Riding through the recession is a joint venture

The Columbia Star selects metropolitan economic and commerce visionaries

The metropolitan economic and commerce visionaries are 1. Dr. Harris Pastides, president, University of South Carolina; 2. Don Tomlin, CEO, Tomlin & Company; 3. John Holder, CEO, Holder Properties; 4. Cheryl Holland, certified financial planner, CEO, Abacus; 5. Jeremy Wilson, CEO, Grubb & Ellis/Wilson Kibler; 6. Richard Eckstrom, South Carolina Comptroller General; 7. Dr. Sonny White, president, Midlands Techical College; […]

Columbia Council of Neighborhoods holds annual meeting

The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods held its annual banquet at the Print Building in Eau Claire December 18, 2008. The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods is a volunteer, community- based umbrella organization which coordinates the activities of approximately 95 city neighborhood organizations. While Columbia is socially and economically diverse, all neighborhoods have similar needs. CCN serves as a clearinghouse for information, […]

Business woman attends Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association reception in Washington, D.C.

Gina A. and Sam E. McCuen recently attended a reception in Washington, D.C. at the residence of His Excellency Pierre Vimont, the Ambassador of France to the United States. The event was held to honor the relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution. Ms. McCuen has been instrumental in providing financial support as a […]

Have a healthy New Year

  Do you remember, as a child, having the freedom to call a "do-over" when your were playing games? What a great tool at our disposal when we were about to lose or got off to a bad start. We could just call a "do-over," and the slate was clean for a new beginning. That’s the beauty of the New […]

1- 2- 3 of brain power

Think of it as a recipe for brain boosting: Researchers are beginning to believe in a three- pronged strategy for keeping a mental edge and retaining memory. 1. Be Physically Active. Regular activity, not necessarily planned exercise, seems to relate to brain fitness 2. Challenge Your Brain. Calculate. Do word- search games and crossword puzzles. Go to lectures, concerts and […]


Hard times Seven of the measures the S.C. House of Representatives is taking to reduce costs to address the 20% cut, so far, in total funding: (1) hiring freeze, leaving six full- time staff positions vacant; (2) employee pay reduced by two percent; (3) employees will undergo a mandatory 10- day furlough without pay; (4) House members furloughed at least […]

World Beer Festival comes to Columbia

On Saturday, January 24, the World Beer Festival opens for a day inside the convention center on Lincoln Street. The festival will take place in two sessions, 12- 4 pm and 6- 10 pm. According to All About Beer Magazine, the mission of the World Beer Festival is the education of the public about beer appreciation and beer quality. The […]

Folks about town

Tony Payne has joined the Lexington Medical Center Foundation staff as its Development Manager. John T. Lay has been selected to the faculty of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy held at Stanford University. David Dick has joined Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC as an associate. Cur tis Wilson, a news anchor with WLTX in Columbia, has […]

Elizabeth Whitener of Creative Management, Inc.

Standing before Columbia City Council on the third floor inside City Hall, Elizabeth Roddey Whitener recently explained on two occasions her management techniques and security tactics at two of her properties, Ames Manor and Riverside, both catering to low- income tenants. She had tightened tenant screenings, and her maintenance crews had improved appearances and infrastructure, while her security measures were […]

Medallion Center opens

Columbia’s newest full- service contemporary banquet facility, the Medallion Center, located at 7309 Garners Ferry Road, held a ribbon- cutting ceremony December 22 attended by community leaders and elected officials. The 43,000 square- foot, state- of- the- art facility has flexible meeting and function space that can accommodate up to 2,900 people featuring a grand ballroom with seating for 900, […]