Columbia has its own champions

Jackson Ware to travel to New Jersey to compete in Special Olympics

When Columbia resident Jackson Ware was 15-years-old, he told his mother Kay he wanted to start working out because he wanted to “get big.” She wanted to help her lanky teenager who was diagnosed with a high functioning form of autism call Aspergers Syndrome fulfill his goal. She enrolled them both at Gold’s Gym where they met Scott Jaco, a […]

Carolina Gymnasts win in New York

On January 25 and 26, gymnasts from the Columbia’s Carolina Gymnastics Center traveled to New York Ci ty to par t icipate in one of the region’s biggest and most prestigious meets, the Manhattan Classic. Held in six separate gyms set up in New York City’s Pier 94 and hosted by NYC Elite Gymnastics, the meet drew over 3,000 competitors […]

A.C. Flora student to perform at Carnegie Hall

John Cooper, a student at A.C. Flora High School, has been selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He will perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 with the Honors Choir singing Tenor II. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tTrenholm Road: A woman went to police headquarters at 2 p.m. Monday after she discovered someone had broken into her art studio and stolen thousands of dollars worth of art and art supplies. The woman told officers at the station she had been using a barn-shaped shed she had purchased as her studio and to store her art […]

Woodrow Wilson Family Home Postcard

Smitten with their city’s connection to the first Southerner elected to the United States executive office since the Civil War, Columbians enthusiastically circulated postcards of what is today the Woodrow Wilson Family Home shortly after the 28th president was inaugurated in 1913. Fortunately, a copy of the earliest of these mementos exists within Historic Columbia’s permanent museum collection. With an […]


What are the Common Core Standards, and why do people object to them?

It turns out this is a long story. I am going to start with what the Common Core Standards are and how they were created. Common Core Standards are teaching goals for math and literacy for kindergarten through 12th grade. They establish standards for what each student should know and be able to do at each grade level. The United […]

Is The State scamming subscribers?

Is there some kind of SCAM going on right under our noses from one of the most obvious companies in town? Well, I think so! Granted, we’ve all noticed how our State newspaper has gone down in size and quality. But now, The State is actually charging more without the public knowing it. I’ve been checking my bills for the […]

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As early as 440 B.C., the first case of chronic mental symptoms caused by sudden fright in the battlefield is reported in the account of the Battle of Marathon by Herodotus in which a brave man was stricken blind after witnessing the death of the man at his side at the hands of a giant warrior. 1In modern warfare, the […]

The Columbia Curmudgeons

Poor, tortured soul…bah humbug! Dear Curmudgeons- Why is the media portraying Philip Seymour Hoffman as some poor, tortured soul we should pity? Instead of picking his kids up from the park, he was jamming a needle full of heroin in his arm! Some say he had trouble with the limelight. Really? Well, maybe he should have chosen another profession! I’m […]

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