South by Southwest

Stopping to smell the flowers

Some like it hot and dry. A fiesta of drought tolerant plants common to the desert southwest but well suited for South Carolina landscapes is displayed at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. The garden grows several small varieties of agave along with the famous American agave or century plant. While the century plant takes years before flowering, none take anywhere near one- […]

Shandon Beauty

When she's not dancing, Betty Stockman choreographs beauty in her backyard.

Midlands Quail Forever chapter forms

Wildlife advocates, habitat conservationists and quail hunters united to create the Midlands Chapter of Quail Forever (QF). This new chapter will focus its efforts within Richland and Lexington Counties. Landowners in Orangeburg County are also interested in joining. Due to the lack of land management for area habitat, increased crop production, and suburban growth, the Midlands group of founding members […]

Indigo blue is more than the State color

The color indigo blue was associated with political and religious rituals in early world civilization. It is a blue dye derived from the leaves of a leguminous plant which grew in India and Egypt before Christ. During the 16th century Portuguese, Dutch, and English traders brought it to Europe from India. This dye had an important role in the industrial […]

Chinese musical comes to Dreher to help earthquake victims

What: “The Third Sister” Musical presented by The Third Sister Liu Musical Troupe from Guangxi, China. Sponsors: Chinese Association of Columbia (CAC), the Columbia Academy of Chinese Language (CACL), the Columbia Chinese Christian Church (CCCC), the Columbia Chinese School (CCS), and the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS) When: 7:30pm, Monday, June 16, 2008 Where: Dreher Auditorium, 3319 […]

Shandon United Methodist Church wins conference award

Shandon UMC is the recipient of the Bishops Five Star Award for Excellence in Evangelism Ministry for the fourth straight year. This is an incredible accomplishment that should be celebrated by all members of the church. This year’s award was presented to Dr. Mike Guffee, Rev. Todd Davis, and Staff/Parish Relations Committee chairperson, MaryAnn Crews at this year’s Annual Conference […]

Volunteers help at PETS, Inc.

For any pet owner or prospective adopter, a visit to PETS,Inc is worth the gas. Tuesday I dropped by to pick up my pet food and litter (at their non- profit pet store) and was greeted by the sight of 15 or 20 recruits from Fort Jackson working away, painting, clearing the grounds, doing repairs, and playing with the animals. […]

Free kitten spay/neuter

It is kitten season! The Humane Society/HSPCA is offering free kitten spay/neuter from June 16- July 18. Kittens must be between three and five months of age to qualify. Spring and early summer is prime kitten season. The benefits of spay/neutering go far beyond prevention of overpopulation. It is healthy for your pet. Spay/neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence […]

CHF developer makes history on stage at Koger Center

Looking back over his lifespan, Titus Glover sees a historic pattern emerging: he was born and grew up in the historic district of Asheville N.C.; he now lives in Columbia’s venerable Forest Hills neighborhood, and his career is focused on Development for the Historic Columbia Foundation. “I don’t know whether I’m following historic areas around, or they just find me,” […]

Archaeology project underway at Hampton- Preston Mansion

Historic Columbia Foundation will embark upon significant archaeological survey work at the Hampton- Preston Mansion this summer and fall. The project will provide insight into the landscape usage on the property, which is one of the preeminent 19th- century sites in South Carolina’s capital city. As a catalyst for Historic Columbia Foundation’s Cultural Landscape Master Plan in the Robert Mills […]