Author brings back memories of one of S.C.’s most notorious politicians

John [Jenrette] monitored the first-ever democratic elections in Montenegro, trained Cubans fighting Castro, piloted for Jimmy Carter, mixed drinks for Desi Arnez, served grits to Gerald Ford, gambled with Perry Como, sang with Hoagie Carmichael, sponsored the Belarus Olympic weightlifting team in Atlanta, marketed cigarettes in Eastern Europe, rescued two drowning people in a single day, and pulled off numerous […]

Pawmetto Lifeline launches 2016 Pin Ups and Pets calendar

Pawmetto Lifeline’s year-long collaboration with local Roller Derby organizations has concluded and resulted in an extended 14-month calendar to highlight and promote the mission of saving homeless pets. “We are so grateful and proud of the Roller Derby squads , the Columbia QuadSquad, and Richland County Regulators, and the companion pet owners for their hard work in fundraising for this […]

Family finds humor in the midst of tragedy

Westwood High School named an Arts Integrated High School

Westwood High School has been named an Arts Integrated High School by the Arts and Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project. Since its inception in 2012, Westwood High School has focused on arts integration by incorporating academics and the fine arts in school-wide projects. With a dedicated and arts-focused faculty, Westwood High School teachers planned and mounted the first Renaissance Faire in […]

Five Points Rotary Club honors Gov. Haley with a tee shirt

The Five Points Rotary Club sold t-shirts to create awareness and raise money for SC Flood Victims. Rotarians throughout District 7770 helped. Five Points Rotary Club President Jill Michels presented Governor Haley a “SC. A Small State with a Big Heart” t-shirt to acknowledge her leadership and encouragement to the people of South Carolina. Five Points Rotary Club member Mary […]

Of floods and families

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles by staff writer Cathy Cobbs chronicling her unique journey of the illness and death of her father and the loss of the family’s home in the Great Flood of 2015. “Can we leave? I have seen enough for today.” That was Friday, October 9, right after I had seen […]

A Destination by Design: Five Points

Lured by new land opportunities and attractive, modern housing and infrastructure, Columbians began embracing suburbanization during the late 1800s. Growth beyond the city’s original limits of the Congaree River, Upper Street (Elmwood Avenue), Lower Street (Heyward Street) and Harden Street occurred most notably in Waverly (1889), Shandon (1891) [today’s “Old Shandon”] and Elmwood (1905), with further growth in the southeast […]


What is so special about the Boykin Christmas Parade?

Well, I would have to say that just about everything is special about this Christmas parade. When you call to find out about the parade, the first thing you are asked is whether you would like to participate in the parade. The folks of Boykin are anxious to be inclusive, and they welcome all participants. The funnier the float the […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Augusta Road: A woman was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Friday after she called police and told them someone was following her, and she was frightened. When the officers went to the address she gave them, it was a business, not a residence as they had thought, and the woman was crouched down behind the building. The officers asked […]

Flying First Class

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

While boarding an October flight from Key West to Columbia, I was asked by a flight attendant to help perform an important task. Sensing my leadership abilities, strong resolve, and dynamic personality, and determining I was next in line, she asked me to temporarily block the plane entrance. The Southernmost Airport in America features a small terminal without jet ways […]