The train’s coming

As Hopkins youngsters and elders alike used to shout in the old days when they heard the iconic whistle, the train is coming. On Saturday, December 1, the train is indeed arriving as a centerpiece for the 6th Annual Holiday Taste and Tour, presented by Southeast Rural Community Outreach (SERCO). The Historic Village of Hopkins in southeast Richland County is […]

Art comes in many forms

Natalie, a human sculpture hanging from the ceiling by purple scarfs, was the center piece above a large crowd who gathered to see “ Two Artists One Painting,” a two year collaboration by Curran Stone and Toni Elkins. Their art pieces decorated the halls of 701 Whaley Street Wednesday, November 7, 2012, for the opening reception. According to the program, […]

Native son of Hopkins remembers the times that were

Hopkins native John B. Barber Jr., now 91 and living in Detroit, remembers when the so- called Hopkins Turnout was a peaceful place with the sounds of both freight and passenger trains punctuating the tranquil pace of everyday. The son of the Rev. John B. Barber and Mamie Holley Barber, his grandparents were the Rev. Samuel Barber and Harriet Barber, […]

Historic Columbia Foundation celebrates 50 years

Over 400 guests enjoyed food, retro cocktails, music, and dancing under the large tents on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Gardens Friday night, November 9, 2012, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Columbia Foundation. Many guests came dressed in 1960’s vintage cocktail attire.Ford cars 1960s era were on display and vintage clothing and other items […]

Richland County Council meets November 13

The November 13 Richland County Council meeting featured a discussion about the recent voting problems, issues, and possible irregularities. Unfortunately for citizens and regular readers of this newspaper, the discussions were held during Executive Session, behind closed doors. Perhaps the public will become aware of any problems and solutions at a later date. The third vote for a nine million […]

Council approves second reading for rezoning

Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 13. Council members present were Leona Plaugh, Sam Davis, Cameron Runyan, Moe Baddourah, and Brian Newman. A first reading of a map amendment requesting to rezone 1027 Barnwell Street from a PUD to C-1, changing the zoning from a plan unit development to a commercial classification, was passed by council during […]

Forest Acres City Council refuses rezoning request

The Forest Acres City Council on November 13 denied on first reading a rezoning request by Cardinal Newman High School that would have allowed it to hold meetings and afterschool sessions at two properties it purchased on Gamewell Drive. Councilman Shell Suber moved to approve the request to rezone the properties at 1620 and 1700 Gamewell Drive from Residential R-1 […]

Political Cartoon

Making sense of the later years

I’m just saying...

I guess it’s official. I’m getting old. Twice recently I have been invited to events that started at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. When I got the invite my first reaction was “Are you kidding me?” At that time of night, I’m usually brushing my teeth and making a soothing cup of tea to crawl into bed and read myself […]

Cool new technology

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

I played my first round of golf at a veteran’s hospital in Tuscaloosa. My friend Bruce offered me the opportunity. His love interest at the time, a redhead named Ivy, lived on the grounds. Her father was a VA doctor. Bruce hoped to see her and resolve a misunderstanding. It’s amazing how much fuller life is for any man who […]