Etiquette keeps heads together

Story and photosby John The Columbia Ballroom at the downtown Marriott was the site of the 13th annual Spring Ball and Formal Dinner of the second year Columbia Junior Cotillion class Sunday, March 25, 2007. The class included students from eight different middle schools throughout the greater Columbia area. In all, 29 couples including students and assistants enjoyed a […]

Wind in the Willows

performed by Excelsior Academy

By Rachel Haynie Excelsior Academy’s drama teacher, also the artistic director of Absolute Theatre Company in Irmo, did not even choose what play home- schooled students would tackle until after she had seem them audition. “When I saw what kind of talent we had, I chose Wind in the Willows , Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic. I adapted it for these […]

Kabuki Grimm

performed by Crayton Middle School

Jessica Yarborough, Raina Datt, and Grace Ann Roberts in Kabuki Grimm written and directed by Christopher Cook. The play is being presented by The Department of Theatre of Crayton Middle School March 29 and 30 at 7 pm.

Miss Ramseur (Lindsay) attends book signing of former student

By Warner M. Dr. Dwight Cathcart, author of Ceremonies , was honored when his high school English teacher, Mary Ramseur Lindsay, showed up at his booksigning at the Happy Bookseller March 22, 2007. Lindsay, known at Dreher High in the 1950s as Miss Ramseur, came to critique her most ambitious student who was visiting Columbia from Boston to promote […]

Aging Issues and Answers from Lt. Gov. Bauer’s staff

Question : I’m 65 and I keep hearing about Medicare Advantage plans. Is this something I should consider enrolling in? Answer : Medicare Advantage Plans are health plan options that are part of the Medicare program but are administered by private insurance companies. If you join one of these plans, you generally get all of your Medicare- covered health care […]

The East Room at Dianne’s opens for lunch

By Mimi M. Dianne’s on Devine, 2400 Devine, has opened The East Room for lunch from 11 am to 2:30 pm Monday- Friday. Dianne Light, who has been in the restaurant business since 1968, understands what makes a business work: excellent service and delicious food. Lunch at The East room begins with a classic relish tray and Dianne’s famous […]

Lt. Colonel George D. “Marty” Martin III honored by Eastover Ruritan Club

Story and photo by Pam Clark The late Lieutenant Colonel George D. “Marty” Martin III was recently memorialized by the Eastover Ruritan Club with the unveiling of his Congressional Medal of Honor plaque at the new S.C. Military Museum on Bluff Road. Martin was a son of Eastover Ruritan President George and Thelma Martin. He died in a helicopter […]

Conventional wisdom…headquarters Hilton opens August 1

By John Temple Bill Dukes, chairman of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism, presented to Columbia City Council earlier this month some telling numbers on the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The first number in his presentation was also the last number in construction, the final cost figure. The convention center was completed for $36,987,962.21, and the budgeted […]


by John Temple Ligon Job market According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, of all the companies interviewed in the Columbia area, 30% plan to hire more employees from April to June. On the other hand, 7% expect to reduce their payrolls. Another 56% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 7% are not certain of their hiring plans. […]

Star Profile Brian Payne, attorney for small businesses

By John Temple Columbia business education just got a boost. It’s called Smart Business Matters, a non- profit forum for presentations on vital business matters. Chairman of the board at Smart Business Matters is attorney Brian Payne, managing member of Small Business Law Firm of Payne & Associates, LLC, corner of Lady and Pickens. Payne was born in Minneapolis, […]