Professor searches for oldest South Carolinians



Dr. Albert Goodyear, speaking at the October meeting of the Greater Piedmont Chapter of The Explorers Club, shattered the common belief that the first people in South Carolina, the so-called Clovis people, arrived in Allendale County 13,100 years ago. Conducting research through the South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology at the Topper site on the Savannah River in Allendale […]

Richland One alumni share talents



In the early days of hip hop, Angie Stone was a high school student at C.A. Johnson high school and a member of the youth choir at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Columbia is long way from the gritty streets of New York where hip hop was being birthed. After seeing the success of early artists in the new genre like […]

Richland One alumni share talents



Khristian Dentley, a member of the Grammy Award- winning vocal group Take 6, conducted a master class for performing arts students at Dreher High School on Wednesday, November 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the school. Dentley, who was born and raised in Columbia, went to school in Richland One until the beginning of his junior year in high school, when […]

Vote November 17



In the race for the atlarge seat for Columbia City Council, currently held by Cameron Runyon, Howard Duvall earned 39 percent of the votes. Andy Smith earned 26 percent. Duvall and Smith will face each other in a runoff November 17. In the District 2 race, Ed McDowell earned 38 percent of the vote. Aaron Bishop had 35 percent. The […]

Naomi’s Circle provides support for women who have experienced pregnancy loss



There is no greater joy for parents than to find out they are expecting a baby. There is also no greater sorrow than finding out their little bundle of joy has suddenly passed away. One in four women will experience this loss. For Kristi Bothur, cofounder of Naomi’s Circle, she is all too familiar with the emotions surrounding pregnancy loss. […]

Bulbs that Work



Lemon Drops daffodil blooming along the Richland Street wall at Seibels House. Every couple of years, I get sucked into a big, beautiful lie. During this time of year as I walk into a big box home improvement store, I stare at the display full of bags of tulips boasting huge flowers on stems towering above the foliage. I don’t […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City



Richland County Decker Blvd.: A woman called police at 4:30 a.m. Sunday after she said she was robbed at gunpoint. The 18-year-old woman told officers she and her friend, who also witnessed the crime, stopped to get money at a bank ATM. She said as she was pulling out of the bank’s driveway, she and her friend both noticed a […]

Countable Income for VA Pension Purposes



This month’s column hopes to explain what the term “countable income” means for purposes of the VA Pension program. The VA Pension Program is a needs based program, and its purpose is to assist veterans who don’t necessarily have the money otherwise to take care of themselves. Countable income is the term the VA uses to determine how much money […]

ASK ANN…

Does the City of Columbia Arts Center have a new home yet?

The short answer is, “No, not yet, but one is in the plans.” As I reported before, the city has been searching for a new home for the arts center now located on Calhoun Street. The current building leaks with every rain and cannot be fixed. When I looked into this before, the answer was always, “ We are looking […]

Growing old with my car

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

I’ve noticed a close link between my aging self and my ancient Highlander, especially as our miles mount and insignificant things pop up that must be dealt with just for the sake of sanity, decorum, or living in polite society. One day in mid-October, I rose as usual and almost immediately noticed a sore spot on my back, in a […]