King of the classroom and theater becomes Queen of the Vista

Gerald Floyd is no stranger to awards and accolades, but recently he received a title that even he never thought he would add to his list. On May 21 for the 14th year, Trustus Theater once again presented its annual fundraiser, The Vista Queen Pageant, where men dress up as women and participate in an actual beauty contest including talent […]

Four young men achieve the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America

Parents closer to school choice

A plan to help low-income and disabled students attend the school of their family’s choosing moved closer to becoming law May 29, emerging from the Senate Finance Committee by a voice vote. The proposal passed the House early this year and offers tax credit-funded scholarships to lowincome and disabled students whose parents elect to send them to private schools or […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Brookfield Road: Police were called to a school at 11 a.m. Tuesday after a student found what appeared to be a fetus of some sort. It wasn’t clear if it was animal or human, so officers collected the remains and photographed them and sent copies to the coroner’s office. The actual remains were taken to pathology and determined […]


Gregg Park Monster

Nancy Harris was startled when she opened the front door of her home to find a giant turtle. She took this picture and her neighbor, Janie Stancyk, called Rudy Mancke at ETV to ask him what to do about it. Rudy reported on the radio, “It is a eastern snapping turtle not an alligator snapping turtle…This female has probably left […]

Riverbanks boasts Top 10 and 4th Best in the U.S.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been named one of America’s Top 10 zoos by TripAdvisor—the world’s largest travel site. The TripAdvisor Popularity Index released May 30 touted Riverbanks as the fourth best zoo in the nation for its ability to provide guests with up-close animal exhibits and interactive attractions. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “Riverbanks Zoo is the perfect family […]

Pageant raises over $3,000 for Palmetto Children’s Hospital

President thanks those who made NAMIWalk a success

Another unbelievable NAMIWalk! Close to 1000 individuals, including over 60 registered Walk teams, came out to the West Columbia Riverwalk on Saturday, May 19 for the 5th annual event. It was another beautiful day full of fun and friends. On behalf of NAMI Mid-Carolina, thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers, and participants who helped raise awareness about mental illness. […]

RCSD partners with Hospice of Tri-County

Sheriff Leon Lott announced a new partnership with Hospice of Tri- County to support a new initiative titled “Life Scripts.” This new program will have seniors in Richland County place a plastic vial (bottle) inside the top shelf of the refrigerator with medical information. A magnet will be attached on the outer door of the refrigerator with the message “look […]

Brainstorm Education meeting at Trenholm Road UMC presents “Let’s Talk: Diversity in Action”

The BrainStorm Monthly Education Meeting will be 6:00 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Trenholm Road UMC. This month’s education meeting will feature newly transferred NAMI member, Gareth Fendley whose topic will be “Let’s Talk: Diversity in Action.” She is a certified peer specialist for the Health Sciences University of the Medical College of Georgia. Fendley is president emeritus of […]