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Noted historian Dr. Carol Berkin to discuss women’s roles in the American Revolution

For many people, their image of the American Revolution is a romanticized version of commanders standing tall in rowboats and genteel women stitching the stars and stripes of the country’s new flag, says noted American history scholar Dr. Carol Berkin. Yet, there is much missing in those existing tales, notes Berkin, also an authority on women’s history, and author of […]

New Year’s “Pres-olutions”

The start of a new year is a time when many of us decide to make resolutions— to improve ourselves, to improve our relationships with others, or to improve our community. In 2016, consider making a preservation resolution. You might be surprised by how it can positively affect the things mentioned above, while also improving the relationship you have with […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia South Witt and Spring Streets: Police were called to an intersection at 1 a.m. Sunday after several motorists called in reports of a man staggering and stumbling in the street and impeding traffic. When the officers arrived on the scene, one of them recognized the man from previous arrests, and he approached the man. As he got closer, […]

Of floods and families

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth 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. This week, she switches her focus to the home front, and how she and her family were finding living […]


What is happening in the TD Bank parking lot in Five Points? There is a big hole in the back of the parking lot, and it looks like more digging will ensue. A call to the bank revealed the TD folks are improving the bank’s drainage system. Certainly a good idea to have a top notch drainage system if you […]

Characterization of Discharge and Why it Matters

This month, we take a look at characterization of a veteran’s military discharge and why it matters. When a Servicemember is discharged from the military, he or she receives a form called a DD-214. This states the characterization of discharge of that Servicemember. The characterization of discharge is the key to whether that Servicemember is eligible for benefits from the […]

Misappropriating food culture

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

The latest student uprising isn’t about insufficient housing, racial injustice, or an unnecessary war. No one is protesting Wall Street’s greed or the influence of money in politics. Young activists aren’t even demanding an end to homelessness, free education, or action on climate change. They are ticked about sushi. Actually about unintentional bigotry manifested in politically incorrect sushi. Several students […]

A Memorable Memorial…For Me

I’m just saying...

Over the holidays I’ve had some interesting conversations with my girlfriends. One started at a party the other night when a friend told a story about a woman she knew who was in a coma and had hairs growing out of her chin, and no one was doing anything about it. Well, we were all equally horrified, and we all […]

Wrestling with the past


My son has turned 13 and suddenly thinks he can beat me at anything and everything from Chinese checkers to racing up the stairs, from basketball to baking. I can’t throw an old napkin in the garbage without it turning into some kind of shooting contest. And to make matters worse, my son has joined his school’s wrestling team, and […]