The Magical Tree will live again

After worship services on Sunday, July 13, 2008, members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbia (UUFC) gathered outside in the children’s playground to say goodbye and to say thank you to a mighty oak tree that has stood for 200 years on the property at the corner of Heyward and Woodrow Streets. UUFC minister, Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, described […]

Mulberry: Tree for wildlife and the good life

Stopping to smell the flowers

For the gardener who loves berries and birds, plant a mulberry tree this fall. Mulberries need full sun and adequate space to mature since they can reach a height of 30 feet. They thrive in any well drained soil and tolerate drought once established. Children love mulberries almost as much as do birds. It’s a tree to climb into to […]

Public Notices

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Public Notices Public Notices For information about public notices, contact Pam Clark, 771-0219, or email NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE The following vehicles(s) or other property are subject to towing, repair and/or storage liens, are declared to be abandoned pursuant to Section 56-5- 5810, 56-5-5636 and 29-15-10 SC Law as Amended, and are in the custody of City Garage and […]

USC doctor joins medical team of U.S. Olympics

In China, beginning August 8, Columbia can claim one of its own as a member of the medical team for U.S. Olympic athletes. Dr. Jeffrey Guy, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the USC Sports Medicine Center, has been invited to help out in Beijing this summer. Dr Guy will wait until just before the Games begin to leave […]

New superintendent confident after 27 days

Dr. Percy Mack looked every bit the part of a confident new superintendent as he was presented Monday to the Columbia Rotary Club by Rick Noble, director of Richland First Steps. Dark suit, dark tie, undaunting step to the podium, command of the microphone. Just 27 days on the job prevented Mack from giving a full analysis of his new […]

Southern Strutt sweeps world championship

Southern Strut sweeps world championship Mary Kate Sullivan, Charlotte Hanchard, Carly Cooke, Walker Redick, Rebecca Sieverding, Kelly Bland and Tina Deese of Southern Strutt celebrate their big win at the Starpower World Championships. Southern Strutt, Central S.C.’s premiere dance studio, swept the Starpower World Championships at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center July 10- 14. Seventy- three Southern Strutt dancers took […]

Today’s children may live shorter lives

American Heart Association spokesperson, Russell Pate, PhD. of USC, testified Thursday before a U.S. House committee in support of federal legislation that would improve physical education and boost academic performance. Pate’s testimony was followed by a youth rally supporting the legislation. Pate asked members of the House Committee of Education and Labor to support the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) […]


In the July 25th issue of The Columbia Star, the wrong photo was published. This is the correct photo of Lou Sossamon.

Community reception to meet new superintendent

Columbia Rotarian John Keith welcomes Dr. Percy Mack to Columbia

Community members will have an opportunity to meet Richland One’s new superintendent during a special event next week. The Richland One Board of School Commissioners will hold a community- wide welcome reception for Dr. Percy A. Mack at 5:30 pm Thursday, August 7, in the Dreher High School cafeteria, 3319 Millwood Ave. By a unanimous 7- 0 vote, the board […]

WWII nurse remembers the horror

When asked about her experiences during World War II, 88- year- old Agnes Gray immediately replied, “It was awful… but we got through it.” She said she continues to tell about her time in the war because she wants people to know what the women did and the hardships they suffered. She said there is plenty told about the harshness […]