Mary wants to be an American

On a cold morning in the northern region of Iraq, a puppy wandered aimlessly down a road. The never ending hunger and the internal parasites had drained the last surge of energy and all of the hope from her body. She lay down to die. Just outside a small Iraqi Kurdish town named Erbil, a group of U.S. Special Forces […]

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Who is Jason Watkins?

The baby grand A native of Columbia, Jason Watkins was born in 1974. After enjoying a childhood on the banks of the Broad River, Jason left his hometown in 1989 to attend Riverside Military Academy, a boarding school located in Gainesville, Ga. It was during summer and Christmas vacations at home Jason began to play the family’s baby grand piano. […]

Richland Sertoma Club installs new president

Bill Todd, senior counsel, North American Driver Safety Foundation and 2008 board chair of the Richland Sertoma Club installs Whitney Woolfolk, assistant VP, commercial loan officer at Congaree State Bank, as the 2008 club president. Woolfolk presides over the 48- year- old organization and its two fund raising events: the 48th Annual Sportsarama Football Jamboree set for August 18, 2007, […]

Molly, the City of Columbia Animal Shelter Dog, dies at age 17

Molly, the 17- year- old Jack Russell mix who came to symbolize homeless animals in the Midlands, died yesterday after a long life of working to help homeless animals in the Midlands. Molly came to the shelter in 1992, after being picked up off Rosewood Drive as a stray. She was shy and although she did not find her home […]

Realtors’ CEO speaks to Columbia Rotary

Nick Kremydas, the chief executive officer of the S.C. Association of Realtors, addressed the Columbia Rotary at Seawell’s on Rosewood, Monday, July 23. Kremydas’s organization is primarily concerned with holding high housing opportunities and continuing to protect private property. In other words, they are dedicated to the American Dream of home ownership. The audience of about 200 heard reassurances of […]

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Pat Mason, Center for Carolina Living

Born in Duluth but reared in Austin, Minn., Columbia’s Pat Mason is about to celebrate his 25th anniversary since he left points North. Educated and practiced as a professional in hotels, restaurants and tourism, Mason and his wife Layla publish Carolina Living, a magazine for contemporary Carolina tourists who investigate relocating in the Carolinas. Mason’s father worked for Hormel, as […]


Speak the language Come September, North Charleston may enact a new ordinance requiring all residential construction sites to have an English- speaking foreman on the site at all times. Also, the English- speaking foreman must be experienced and knowledgeable about the actual type of work overseen by the foreman. Half- Moon Outfitters goes green The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership […]

Folks about town

Michael C. King has been named senior vice president of S.C. Bank and Trust. The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties announced the election of the 2007- 08 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Chair, Donna Northam; Chair- elect, Tripp Whitener; Treasurer, Fred Johnson II; Secretary, Cheryl Behymer; United Arts Fund, Scott Blackmon; Allocations, Jimmy Chao; Planning and […]

S.C.’s largest tourist attraction breaks another record

Over 900,000 visitors walked through the gates of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden this fiscal year making 2006- 2007 the fourth highest attended year in the Zoo’s history. In addition, 30,000 individuals attended wedding receptions, corporate events, and after-hours business functions at the Zoo and Garden. “Riverbanks attributes the record breaking attendance this year to a high quality guest experience along […]

Coalition aims to make health insurance a reality for all South Carolinians

A diverse, non- partisan coalition of key business, health care, and insurance industry leaders joined forces with the stated goal of providing every South Carolinian with access to quality, affordable health care by the year 2010. “A challenge of this magnitude requires a united front and a unified sense of purpose,” said former Palmetto Health CEO Kester Freeman, president of […]