There’s a new sheriff in town

Larry King couldn’t get him. He didn’t take Diane Sawyer’s calls. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott could have easily turned his 15 minutes of fame into 35 hours, but instead, he chose to give 30 minutes to Columbia Rotary Club members at their weekly Monday meeting, February 23. Despite waiting briefly on the standing ovation he received from Rotary club […]

Edens & Avant snubs community news

In an effort to clean- up the multitude of newsstands and free publications at Trenholm Plaza, executives at Edens & Avant have eliminated all publications from the sidewalks of the shopping center. This includes The Columb i a Star and Free Times among others. This is a puzzling move to some in that in a recent press release, the company […]

Shooting star drains 12- footer

Tuesday, February 10 was no ordinary Senior Night at Cardinal Newman School. The Cardinals were hosting rival Hammond and had a chance to clinch the region championship. As is the case on Senior Nights around the country, seniors start, whether they have played much throughout the year or not. Cardinal Newman was no exception. So, when the starting lineup was […]

Rising star of astronomy makes parents proud

Scott Gaudi lived in South Carolina only a few months, but he has a fan club here led by two enthusiastic rooters: his parents, Bernard and Terri Gaudi. This club already enjoys national participation, one might even say out- of— this- world. Dr. Scott Gaudi has built a reputation in astrophysics. He claims his career started in the second grade, […]

Columbia Speedway fans reunite April 24, 25

Standing among the scrub pines and underbrush, it is hard to imagine what this place once was. The asphalt remains intact and the concrete anchors that once supported bleachers are still substantial. The old concession stand is recognizable; but a long way from serving up an order of fries. Walking down the straightaway reveals little. This could be an abandoned […]

Stand Up to T- LGL

Cheri Standridge, executive director of the Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce has recently been diagnosed with a rare blood immune system disorder called T- LGL. The Abbeville Opera House, Soul Revival, and The Dutch Oven have joined forces and are having a fundraiser on March 7, 2009, to help with Cheri mounting medical bills. The disorder is treatable but could […]

It’s Garden PARTy time

The Columbia Garden Club invites you to a Garden pARTy on Friday, March 6, 2009, at the historic Seibel’s House from 7 – 10 pm. The event is to benefit the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Garden Restoration Project. This gala event will feature a South Carolina art show and sale, a catered reception, and entertainment in the beautiful home and gardens. […]

Hollywood Rose Hill Neighborhood Association participates in Historic Designation Process

The Hollywood Rose Hill Neighborhood Association met on Monday, February 23 for a short meeting. A yard Sale will be held at the Hollywood Rose Hill Park on March 28. If the date is rained out, it will be held on April 4. An Easter egg hunt is also scheduled at the Hollywood Rose Hill Park on April 11. There […]

Plowing, Praying, Paying, and Poisoning: A Lower Richland family thrives

Part 8: Changing the Ravages to Rewards

My father, Blakely Scott Jr. (1920- 2004), was a remarkable man. During his later years, he would often sit quietly in his favorite chair at the kitchen table with a distant gaze. His reply, upon my inquiry about his thoughts, was, “Just thinking about the war and all the places I went. I saw things I never thought I would…just […]

Alliance joins to stop childhood obesity

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (www.healthiergeneration. org), a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, announced the formation of the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, a collaborative effort with national medical associations, leading insurers, and employers to offer comprehensive health benefits to children and families for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of childhood obesity. This […]