National Geographic editor thanks Richland One’s schools

Don Belt is being inducted into the Richland School District Hall of Fame January 29, 2011

An itch to travel, a love of foreign languages, and a desire to understand and communicate “with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances” has been the driving force in the life of 1968 A.C. Flora graduate Don Belt, whose goals were more than accomplished during a nearly 30–year writing career at National Geographic magazine. Belt, who will be honored January 29 […]

Owen comes out of the pouch

Next time you visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, be sure you stop by Koala Knockabout to see the zoo’s newest resident, a koala joey. To onlookers, the baby koala may resemble a small bear, but it is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial, like the kangaroo. The koala mother has a pouch where she carries her young […]

Columbia College professor teaches in Mongolia

Columbia College professor teaches in Mongolia Dr. Lynne Noble, professor of early childhood education at Columbia College, is now a Fulbright Scholar in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia. She will teach and conduct cross cultural/comparative research in Mongolia through June 2011. She is living across from the U. S. Embassy in a 10–story high rise apartment known as Golden Ville. Her husband, […]

Small business—backbone of rural America

In order for America’s rural cities and small towns to contribute fully to the nation’s economic recovery, we must enable small, mainstreet businesses to build a better future for themselves, their community, state, and nation. Representative Ron Kind (D–WI) and Representative Wally Herger (R–CA) have introduced legislation to do just that. Their Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit Act (HR 5990) is […]

Budget friendly School Choice bill introduced

Lawmakers in both the South Carolina Senate and House introduced comprehensive School Choice legislation January 20, designed to seat all students in the classroom best suited for their unique learning needs. The tax credit based proposal was carefully crafted to engage parents in their children’s education while saving local school districts and the state General Fund money. “This is a […]

League of Women Voters says no to photo ID for voters

On behalf of the League of Women Voters, I write in strong opposition to Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3003 that would require voters to obtain and show a valid government–issued photo ID when they exercise their constitutional right to vote. It’s uncertain what the price tag will be for implementation of this legislation and the legal challenges that […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia tAlexandra Street, 100 block: Police were called to a home at 8:30 p.m. Thursday after a mother and daughter got into a fight. It wasn’t clear who called police, but when officers arrived, they spoke to a 16–year–old daughter who told them she and her mother began to argue because her mother had been on a bender and […]

Arsenal Hill Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Arsenal Hill Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church began life as a “Mission Sabbath School” outreach of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia the day before Christmas Eve, December 23, 1883. Its first meetings were held in the main building of the State Agricultural Society, at the old Fair Grounds located on Elmwood Avenue where Logan School now stands. The Mission Sabbath […]

Teenager needs help gaining pounds

By Cathy Cobbs Adair Bramlett wants to gain at least 2,011 pounds by Super Bowl Sunday, and she needs your help. As one of 12 members of the National Youth Advisory for the Souper Bowl of Caring, Bramlett, a senior honor student at Hammond School, is spearheading Columbia’s efforts to collect food for the hungry from now through February 6. […]