A.C. Moore student awarded Medal of Freedom

Tuesday afternoon, February 15, in the White House, President Obama presented 13 distinguished Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. South Carolina’s Jasper Johns was one of the 13 recipients of the award, but he was only the second studio artist to ever receive the award. Sculptor Alexander Calder was the first in 1977. Jasper […]

Egyptian born doctor came to U.S. for a chance

After almost three weeks of protests in Egypt, joyful cries of victory rang out last week when President Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president of the country and surrender his power to the military, therefore ending 30 years of what the people called authoritarian rule. From thousands of miles away in his office in North East Columbia, Egyptian born Dr. […]

Unusual exotic pig joins Riverbanks family

A male babirusa is now calling Riverbanks Zoo home. The babirusa, named Bertello, is a little over one year old and approximately 70 pounds—a little more than one–third of what he will weigh when full grown. With his thick, nearly hairless body and wrinkly skin, it may seem like Bertello could be a distant relative of the hippopotamus; but his […]

Happy 99th Cornelia Freeman

Cornelia Freeman, one of Columbia’s finest, turned 99 February 11, 2011.

S.C. poet explores Iraq

Dr. Jennifer Pournelle is an archaeologist, anthropologist, former U.S. Army intelligence officer, arms control negotiator, reconstruction consultant, and award–winning poet. She is currently a research fellow at USC’s School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Her work in Turkey, Iraq and the Caucasus has been featured in The New York Times and on The Discovery Channel. Pournelle is the 2010 recipient […]

SC Department of Mental Health holds community forums

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) hosted its 14th Statewide Community Forum at the G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital at 6 p. m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011. SCDMH is holding 25 community forums in locations across the state from July 2010 through July 2011 to facilitate community involvement and discussion of strategies and action steps that can […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tSatchelford Road, 6000 block: A property owner called police at 9 a.m. Wednesday after he said a neighbor notified him the front door to a vacant residence he owned was open. Officers met the owner, and they found the thieves had broken the glass panes in both of the double front doors, stolen all three deadbolt assemblies in […]

The book Forest Acres is now avai lable

Local author Warner M. Montgomery, Ph. D. and Arcadia Publishing present Forest Acres, the newest addition to the popular Images of America Series. Boasting over 200 vintage images, Forest Acres showcases the beginning of the town at Quinine Hill and the blossoming into the community of today. Revolutionary War heroes Thomas Taylor and Wade Hampton I bought 18,500 acres along […]

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church

Like several of its neighbors in Columbia, Trenholm Road United Methodist Church ( TRUMC) started life in the chapel at the Carolina Children’s Home. That was 55 years ago, September 13, 1954. Today, the campus of TRUMC stretches across the adjacent land, providing several buildings and ample parking space on the Trenholm Road property where it began. Near the sanctuary, […]

Legendary aviator inducted into S.C. Aviation Hall of Fame

Vanishing from skies above Venezuela in 1927 made aviator Paul Rinaldo Redfern an elusive legend whose adventures and accomplishments have continued to evoke wonder for more than eight decades. Last week, he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Association’s Hall of Fame during that organization’s annual meeting at Myrtle Beach. Redfern’s international acclaim is tied to his making history’s […]