Memories of Mrs. Sloan’s Dancing School

Thousands of young Columbians took dance classes with the late Isabel Whaley Sloan. Now recollections of those classes are being recalled and revitalized through the creation of Columbia: In Step with Isabel Whaley Sloan, a book slated for publication in the near future. Renewed interest in Mrs. Sloan’s legacy— strongly centered around her dance school— has been piqued by two […]

One conversation can save a life

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2014, there were 41,149 reported suicide deaths. In South Carolina, suicide is the 11th leading cause […]

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden granted accreditation

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards and are proven leaders in the care and conservation of wildlife as well as education,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. […]

Quirky Crimes in the Captial City

Richland County Forest Drive: A citizen who passed by a running car with a small child unattended called police at 10 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found the two-year-old baby girl in the back seat. She was asleep, but the car was running and unattended by any adult and unlocked. The officers checked on the little girl, and she […]

Remembering Columbia

In September, Arcadia Publishing released Historic Columbia’s most recent addition to local history. Remembering Columbia chronicles the evolution of the Palmetto State’s second capital city from its 18th-century roots to the 1970s through images culled from the local and distant repositories, as well as from private collections. In-depth captions chocked full of information amount to mini-histories in their own right. […]

Fifth Judicial Circuit Veterans Court Program a Success

This column begins a multi-part series on the pension programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the next several months, we will delve into the available VA pension programs and the benefits they offer. We will be speaking on this at the VVA 303 October 20 meeting at 7 P.M. at the American Legion Post located at 200 […]

Reader agrees wth Hook on the decline of Belk

Wow, you sure hit the nail on the head with that piece about Belk ( The Ruin of Retail, By Julia Rogers Hook, September 25, 2015). I have always been pretty much a Hamricks-sales-type person, but about twice a year, I would go to Belk to buy a few nice “church” outfits. No such thing when I went a couple […]


Do toilet seats spread disease?

People are terrified of toilet seats. A whopping 85 percent of folks claim they crouch over public toilet seats. An additional 12 percent say they use toilet paper on the seat. Only two percent admit they sit all the way down on those public seats. Despite the old wive’s tales, toilet seats are a relatively low risk compared to other […]

Shedding light on technology

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

My father toiled in the West Alabama coal mines when he was young and then later talked about carbide lamps—stinky, cumbersome illumination sources that strapped to a miner’s head. The lamps offered little light, smelled horrible, and were uncomfortable. But they also provided a vital service— being able to see in a really dark place. During the years I worked […]

Home is not where the husband is

I’m just saying...

Has anyone seen my husband? I had a perfectly good husband, but I seem to have misplaced him somewhere in the Lake Murray area. We recently bought a house up there, and while I do love that house, I was under the impression that we lived in NE Columbia. Apparently, I was wrong. My husband seems to think we live […]