Trinity Episcopal Cathedral began in 1812

In the fall of 1812, a small band of worshippers gathered in what was then the original wooden frame South Carolina State House. The gathering represented the genesis of the first Episcopal church in Columbia and what has become the iconic Trinity Cathedral across from the State House complex today. Most, if not all, of the distinguished churchfounders would have […]

John Gregg McMaster receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Attorney John Gregg McMaster was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” this past Friday, with a reception at the Richland County Court House. In front of 60 to 70 fellow lawyers and family members, John Hearn, president of the Richland County Bar Association, presented McMaster with a plaque honoring him for his 74 years of law practice. Hearn noted that […]

Great-grandmother records her memories

Jo Ann D. Broome was raised in Columbia, S.C., during what she considers to be some of the best, safest, and fun times to be young: the 1940s and 1950s. Her life, however, was often marked by tragedy with the untimely deaths of several members of her family. Now a great-grandmother, Broome decided to record her “precious memories” for her […]

Give something that means something

The leaves are changing colors, and temperatures are dropping. One thing that remains the same is the constant need for blood. The American Red Cross asks donors to “Give Something That Means Something” for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food, or tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event. The “Give Something That […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Richland County tTwo Notch Road: A teller from a bank called police at 5 p.m. Tuesday after she said another teller from another branch of the bank had called her at to alert her about a customer who may be in jeopardy. The teller told police the 47-year-old woman had come into the bank with a 32-year-old man who was […]

Political Cartoon

Machines and humanity

I’m just saying...

I wonder why all of the credit card machines are all different. I mean, studies show that most of us use our debit cards and/or credit cards far more than we pull out cash, and every business from fast food restaurants to furniture stores to car lots has machines to let you use the cards. The problem is they are […]

Establishing new profanities

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation

I think it’s time to readdress profanity. An updated set of dirty words to deal with a more modern world is past necessary. There are new standards and new morals. Language has evolved, but we still rely on the same tired list to make sure our children are morally appropriate. A new group of curse words is desperately needed, and […]

Hot is in the eyes of the beholder


When my grandmother was alive, she never used the term “hot” to describe a man’s appearance, and I’m thankful for that. Instead, she referred to any man she found attractive as handsome. It’s an old fashioned word for another generation, but it was appropriate. The problem was my grandmother called any man handsome who was cleanshaven, smelled like he’d just […]

Volunteers save Bi-Lo cats

In September, The Columbia Star did a story on a controversial feral colony of cats in the Chapin area that have become known as the Bi- Lo Cats. For almost an entire decade, the 13 cats had been living in the woods behind a shopping center that includes a Bi-Lo grocery store and several other businesses. All the businesses were […]