Invulnerable to the heat

Stopping to smell the flowers

While the angst of August heat wilts humans, the premiere flowering tree for the southeast stands poised in direct sun showing no clue to the sizzling temperatures. Sun- dressed in frilly ruffled flowers of white, pink, lavender or red, the crape myrtle takes to the heat regally. Throughout Columbia crape myrtle trees have been planted in public and private space. […]

New USC president takes office August 1



S.C. Bar foundation wins for jobs instead of jail



The South Carolina Bar Foundation will receive the 2008 National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF) Award for Bar Foundation Excellence in Public Service Programming. The Foundation’s project, Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI), is an initiative conducted by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and serves non- violent, low- income fathers who are underemployed or unemployed and behind in their […]

Banker’s association wins award for financial education



The top award of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Personal Economics Program Award of Excellence went to the South Carolina Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division for its efforts to increase financial education in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina’s Young Bankers earned this distinction by sharing their financial expertise with more than 77,795 consumers of all ages during […]

Friend receives letter 64 years late



WWII Veteran Bill Sellars recently received a letter from his childhood friend, Albert Smith, 64 years after it was written. Bill Sellars, Albert Smith, and Albert’s brother, Woodrow, grew up together at Epworth Children’s Home. During World War II, the two friends, Bill and Al, joined the military. Al, an army paratrooper, was stationed in France, Germany, and England. Bill […]

Communing with the canine cousins



On my recent trip to Memphis to visit family, I made the acquaintance of my Uncle’s “Boys,” Bennett and Beaumont. The “Boys” are playful hulking old English sheep dogs. Old English sheep dogs are an old and noble breed with a tenacious work ethic and an endless capacity for affection. In today’s story, I will share with you what I […]

Dog Days Celebration at Earthfare



Earth Fare has selected the Humane Society as their non- profit animal welfare organization for the Dog Days Celebration. On Saturday, August 9, five percent of all Earth Fare sales will be donated to the Humane Society. The daylong event will feature family fun including a dog wash, dog message therapy, a hot “dog” cook out, a “bark” sale, pictures […]

Pup Strutters cares for its clientele for 17 years



Debra Hall, owner of Pup Strutters, and her staff have been taking care of our four- legged friends for 17 years. Starting out in 1992, Debra was recuperating from neck surgery and thought about making a fresh start. She had been a medical recruiter for a local company when she had a boating accident. During her three months of healing, […]

Community names Riverbanks Zoo’s African lion cubs



The votes are in, and the pedigreed African lion cubs that were born at Riverbanks on June 7, 2008, now have official names. The cubs, which keepers have fondly referred to by number (based on their birth order) for the past eight weeks, will now be known as Johari, Chuma, Jasiri- Congaree and Lina. The names for cubs one, two, […]

Pupcakes holds first annual Pooch Pin Up



Pupcakes Pet Boutique has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: South Carolina Chapter, Team In Training® and Bridget Clarke Photography for a unique fundraising event of canine couture that will take place from 9 am- 6 pm on August 16, 2008, in- store. To help the LLS South Carolina Chapter Team In Training® raise funds and succeed in its […]