Honesty in the garden

Stopping to smell the flowers

“Honesty is the best policy” according to William Shakespeare and Benjamin Franklin. But did you know you can grow it in the garden? The hardy biennial honesty plant, Lunaria annua, is grown for the scented white to purple flowers and decorative fruits. Over the years the plant has acquired a litany of common names referring to the unique features of […]

Star Chefs Fourrth of Jully Desserrts

Because it is always hot on the 4th of July in South Carolina, what better dessert to have than ice cream? Add any of the following toppings to good quality vanilla ice cream for a cool treat. Add a few teaspoons Triple Sec or other orange liqueur) to fresh sliced peaches Top with cinnamon and whipped cream Any kind of […]


No Bull The sale of the former state mental hospital site on Bull Street is on hold, at least for its one buyer prospect, Greenville–based developer Bob Hughes. Hughes was offering to buy 165 acres out of a total of about 180 acres, leaving 15 acres still in public hands. Earlier Hughes was the point man for Green Diamond property […]

Bakery begets business

At the convention center on Lincoln Street, Wednesday morning, June 23, Verizon Wireless held a press conference to announce its comprehensive network upgrade including 55 new cell towers for the Midlands. A result of the $28 billion Alltel purchase by Verizon in early 2009, the addition of the 55 local cell towers affords dramatically denser site coverage. Inside buildings where […]

Folks about town

Briani Bennett Mellen has joined Nexsen Pruet’s Tax Group as an associate. Ryan Melvin has joined the Columbia Metropolitan & Visitors Bureau as its new sales assistant. Monica Griffin has joined the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center as its new events coordinator. Bob Coble, a member (partner) in Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia office, has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the […]

Mayor–elect’s transition team wraps up work

Columbia Mayor– Elect Steve Benjamin’s Transition Team wrapped up weeks of committee meetings. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this process and gave so much of their own time and energy to help this city live up to its potential,” Benjamin said. “We have so much talent right here in Columbia and when we all work together there […]

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC announces formation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC (RTT) announces the formation of its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice Group to better serve the legal needs of its clients and colleagues within the legal community. As advocates, arbitrators, and mediators, the ADR Practice Group regularly conducts mediation and arbitration and ap-pears before dispute review panels. ADR affords clients a measure of control and […]

Teachers Curing Kids Cancer fundraiser at Dent Middle School

The Dent Middle School Beta Club raised over $1,300 for Teachers Curing Kids Cancer by having students, teachers, and staff donate money in a teacher’s name. The teacher with the most money donated in his/her honor would have to either get a pie in the face or dress like a woman for the day. The “winner” was orchestra teacher Brent […]

Five Richland One Schools win Red Carpet Awards

If you call or visit Brennen Elementary, Burton- Pack Elementary, Columbia High, Crayton Middle, or Heyward Career and Technology Center, you can expect the “red carpet” treatment. The five Richland One schools have been named Red Carpet Schools by the S.C. Department of Education. The awards recognize schools for creating familyfriendly environments and providing excellent customer service. State Superintendent Dr. […]