Help is on the way …or is it?

Columbia police and city officials, hearing urgent complaints about dozens of store break- ins along the Devine Street corridor, had a single, united message during the two- hour meeting – “We’re doing the best we can with what we have.” During a meeting Tuesday night at Rachel and David Harris’ store, Simply Savory, the site of one of the most […]

Mrs. U.S. spends reign fighting for the mentally ill

Dr. Gariane Gunter, a native of Batesburg- Leesville educated at the University of South Carolina, has completed her reign as Mrs. United States 2009. She recently finished her residency in general psychiatry and is now participating in a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Palmetto Health. Over the last year, she has traveled the country educating and working with mental […]

A Century Plus One

Contributed by Agapé Senior Mildred Harriet Gilmore Memler turns 101 Mildred Harriet Gilmore Memler Local resident of Agapé Senior, Mildred Harriet Gilmore Memler, turns 101 years old and continues to live each day with passion. Ms. Memler, a former teacher, loves writing poetry, studying genealogy, and began to paint in her early 70s. She is a true Ren- aissance woman. […]

Morihiko showcases the components of his team

The South Carolina Philharmonic launches Morihiko 2.0, its 2009/2010 season, with “All in a Family” on Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 pm in the Koger Center. Music Director Morihiko Nakahara is using the backdrop of football season to showcase the components of his team of musicians, presenting works during the first half of the concert featuring each distinct family of […]

Watch Jean’s Journal

Beaut iful f ish that pack a painful sting are now in the Atlantic Ocean. The Lionfish, native to the Indo- Pacific Ocean, have invaded our waters and are here to stay. Visit www.- to hear the whole story.

Decorated Army officer speaks to Colonial Dames members

The Governor Robert Gibbes Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century was proud to have member and Columbia native, Colonel Tara Osborn, USA, as the main speaker at its May 2009 meeting. A career officer, Colonel Osborn currently serves as circuit judge, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ft. Stewart, Georgia. She has also served overseas in Germany and Korea. […]

Kindness speaks to Somalian family

Kind gestures are a universal language when two people don’t speak the same language. I was reminded of this lesson when Dr. Garane Garane introduced me to several Somali refugees in July. Garane is the refugee coordinator for S.C.’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. Hamido Mohamed and her three children came to S.C. about five years ago to escape the threat […]

Golden K Kiwanis donates $1500 for shoes

Forest Acres Photos Needed

Warner M. Montgomery is writing a history of Forest Acres and needs photos of homes, churches, businesses, and people. Please bring the photograph to the office of The Columbia Star, 723 Queen Street, any weekday between 9 am and 5 pm. The photo will be scanned and returned to you. If your photo is digital, it can be emailed to […]

Canine Capers by John Dixon

The psychology of the canine

Life has been interesting around our house since we added a new Australian shepherd puppy to the pack. Since it had been a long time since we had a youngster in the house, these past months have been a course in Canine Psychology. We’ve learned much about non- verbal communication and the leisure pursuits of one curious and energetic puppy. […]