Angels among us


Angels hear you when you sing. They can sing in church. They sing Gloria. They take us to church to give thanks to the Lord that God is King… An angel stopped me from falling into the creek, head first. Angels watch me paint, I want my angels all over the world. I want to keep on painting angels forever. […]

Eight year old helps children go to summer camp

Copeland Ellen, daughter of Bill and Jackie Ellen, was strongly influenced by a classmate who told her she lived in a cottage with other children where there were no parents. It sounded like a fairytale to Copeland. Jackie Ellen, Copeland’s mom, said, “We try as parents to shelter our children, but it is also important for them to see the […]

Young entrepreneur driven by angels

Philip Powell believes in angels, and Francis McMeekin believes in Philip. She nominated him for South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for service, the Order of the Palmetto, which he recently received in recognition of all he has done to better our part of the world. Philip volunteers his time at Atria, a local assisted living facility, working with Alzheimer’s patients. […]

Furry four- legged function features fun

Ronald McDonald House lights up

Being away from home with a seriously ill or injured child is difficult and stressful for families. The cost of hotel rooms, long commutes, lengthy nights in the hospital, and being away from friends and family members in a strange place takes a enormous emotional and financial toll on families in crisis. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) comes […]

Summer I Chorus at USC presents Elijah

Columbians have a unique opportunity to hear and even to participate in choral music every summer. Music students at the University of South Carolina combine with singers from the Midlands community to present major choral works. On Sunday, June 28 at 4 pm and on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 pm, the USC Summer I Chorus will present scenes from […]


In the June 19, 2009, issue of The Columbia Star, a photo with the ar ticle” Twelve hundred students went to college because of the Byrnes” by Jackie Perrone, was incorrectly identified. The correct name is Dr. Ror y Priester.

Rhythm on the River presents homeboy Justin Smith and the Folk Hop Band

Justin Smith and the Folk Hop Band Rhythm on the River will feature Justin Smith and the Folk Hop Band, fresh off a short engagement opening for Snoop Dogg. West Metro Chamber of Commerce president Gregg Pinner is excited to be able to once again feature the popular group with the unusual mixture on the banks of the Congaree June […]

Columbia City Council approves $5,004,720 for EdVenture terrace

Roll call Columbia City Council convened around 9 am Wednesday, June 24 on the third floor of City Hall for its regular meeting. All members of council were present: Kirkman Finlay III, Tameika Isaac Devine, E.W. Cromartie, Mayor Bob Coble, Sam Davis, Daniel Rickenmann, and Belinda Gergel. Budget Council voted for the fiscal year 2009/2010 budget with total expenditures and […]