Tornado and termites take the brick and mortar but not the spirit

Back in 1924, when a tornado destroyed the lovely old Lebanon United Methodist Church on the Sumter Highway near Eastover, the congregation was undaunted by the destruction of the 1890s-era sanctuary and soon erected the picturesque edifice one sees today. However, the membership recently has confronted a new challenge and has met it with the same resolve and determination displayed […]

Leevy Lane named for community leader

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and the members of Columbia City Council held a special ceremony Sunday, December 9, 2012 for the honorary naming and dedication of the 1600 Block of Gregg Street as Leevy Lane in honor of the late community leader and Leevy’s Funeral Home founder Isaac Samuel Leevy, Isaac Samuel Leevy was born on May 3, 1876, in […]

Police Chief Randy Scott earns City Officer of the Year

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott has proudly received the 2012 City Officer of the Year Award during the annual Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement luncheon. The ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office December 10 at Fort Jackson’s Officers Club in Columbia. Chief Scott says, “This award goes to all of the hard-working men and women […]

Reader says our highways look like garbage dumps

The Columbia area has shown great pride and support for the USC Gamecocks. I now ask that we show pride in our highways. Every morning I leave Chapin (Exit 91 on 26) and go to Exit 107-B toward I-20/Florence and then onto I- 77 to Killian Road. This morning I could not help but notice the amount of litter, trash, […]

Citizen and alert deputies capture burglars

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrests of Antwain Rembert (DOB: 01/05/1991), charged with two counts of burglary and larceny; Tony Henry (DOB: 06/10/1993), charged with two counts of burglary and larceny; and Nickolas Richardson (DOB: 12/02/ 1992), charged with two counts of burglary, larceny, driving under suspension, and driving a uninsured motor vehicle. Lott stated at approximately […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tForest Drive: A woman was arrested at 8 a.m. Tuesday after a grocery store employee observed her stealing cosmetics and a can of soda. The employee told officers he watched the 27-year-old woman pick up the soda and open it and drink it as she walked through the store. He said he then continued to follow her around […]

Heart ’n Soul raises over $1.8 million for charities

Heart ’n Soul is a unique band in many ways. The 11 piece band is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that donates 100% of its net proceeds to local charities. In the past three years, the band has helped charities raise over $1.8 million by performing at various fund raisers. This month, the band is giving two $5,000 checks to Sistercare […]

Seniors gather at pine grove School

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Christmas on the prairie beats Christmas in July

I’m just saying...

One of my favorite television shows has always been “Little House on the Prairie.” It’s a tale of pioneer life written by Laura Ingles Wilder, and it shows life as it was when the brave men and women of the time set out to find new lives and land they could farm and own. These people who traveled in covered […]