Treasures flourish in our own backyard

Naturalist and wildlife biologist John Cely describes the COWASEE Basin as an area of enthralling beauty filled with great biological diversity and steeped in historical and cultural significance. “It is full of magnificent, scenic vistas, and beauty beyond description,” he says, adding that although a half million people live within or near the COWASEE Basin, it still contains a remoteness […]

Zoo’s Penguin Coast is hoppin’ with the arrival of one cool chick

A five-week-old rockhopper penguin, born at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden June 14, is now making its home on the zoo’s Penguin Coast. The new chick is the first penguin hatching at the zoo since the arrival of “Chillen Jillen” – a gentoo penguin born June 27, 2010. The baby rockhopper is currently being raised on exhibit by its parents but […]

130 Midlands Children appear in scrumdidilyumptious performance

More than 130 Midlands children will appear in the Columbia Children’s Theatre’s (CCT) YouTheatre production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Junior. Producing a show with this many students created opportunities for the CCT artistic team to try innovative strategies to accommodate so many young actors. Artistic Director Jerry Stevenson made the decision to create two full casts of actors with […]

Upcoming sales tax holiday a big help to small businesses

Ben Homeyer, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business says South Carolina’s upcoming sales tax holiday will be a big help to small businesses still recovering from the recession. This year’s tax holiday is August 3-5. “The sales tax holiday is kind of like the day after Thanksgiving,” Homeyer said. “It gets people fired up and puts them […]

S & S Art Supply supports mental health recovery

S & S Art Supply held its second Annual Silent Auction fundraiser Saturday, July 21, 2012. Over $2,000 was raised by the Silent Auction to benefit the Art of Recovery program at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The Art of Recovery project recognizes the artistic talents of people who live with mental illness and the role that art […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Augusta Road: Police were called to a bar at 1:30 a.m. Friday after two women got into a physical altercation. Witnesses told officers the women had a verbal dispute in the parking lot, and a third woman tried to break it up. At that point, the third woman said a man she didn’t know hit her in her […]

Condoleezza Rice headlines Global Leadership Summit

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headlines the 2012 Global Leadership Summit broadcast live from Willow Creek Church near Chicago August 9- 10. Columbia International University is one of over 240 host sites for “The Summit” an annual event designed to help Christian leaders recalibrate, recommit, and renew their passion to lead with diligence. “ The Summit” features well-known […]

No one should go hungry

Getting food is not as easy as one might think especially for families who have experienced a cut in work hours or the loss of employment. And no one should go hungry. So in an effort to provide groceries to people who cannot afford them, The Salvation Army of the Midlands operates a food pantry at its Center for Worship […]

United Methodist Church “Salkehatchie” repairs home of cancer stricken deputy

Salkehatchie teams work across South Carolina to help families with home repairs, landscaping issues, and provide Christian support to those in need. Deputy Mark Ryan is now one of the beneficiaries of Salkehatchie’s generosity. Sheriff Leon Lott said the Salkehatchie mission team decided to repair the home of Deputy Mark Ryan, a single father of three beautiful daughters who has […]

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