S.C. Chapter of American Board of Trial Lawyers holds annual dinner

The South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) held its annual black tie dinner at the Palmetto Club on February 4, with a large crowd in attendance. John T. Lay, 2015 president of ABOTA, opened the business meeting, and Keith M. Babcock gave the invocation. After dinner, Lay presided over the introduction of the new ABOTA members, […]

From tobacco, cotton, and corn to Marine, lawyer, and devoted family man

I first met Eugene F. Rogers at a birthday party his daughter Carol Papaletsos gave for her son. I had become acquainted with Papaletsos when I wrote an article about her Greek cooking. Mr. Rogers was sitting to the far left in the living room, rocking back and forth in his chair while talking to anyone who stopped long enough […]

Richland One celebrates 20th anniversary of Challenger Learning Center

For 20 years, a spirit of adventure and a love of science and math, along with the help of a space flight simulator, have “transported” thousands of students, teachers, and visitors across the solar system at Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center, the only one of its kind in South Carolina. The district celebrated the Challenger Learning Center’s 20th anniversary Thursday, […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres: Forest Drive: A woman called police at 8 a.m. Friday to report she was getting harassing phone calls at her job. The 22-year-old woman told officers that a man whose voice she doesn’t recognize has been calling her continuously at work and claiming to be a police officer telling her she is in legal trouble. On top of […]

Remembering Columbia

By the time you read this article, an important event for some Columbians, particularly those belonging to Christian denominations that follow a liturgical calendar, will have passed. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent— that forty-day period of reflection before Easter— was central to the annual calendar of worship practiced by members of Christ Church, which stood on the […]


What and where is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus in Central and South America is a strain from French Polynesia. It was probably introduced when a traveler came from French Polynesia to South America with the illness and was bitten by a mosquito. The mosquito then bit another person and transferred the virus, and the outbreak began to grow. A person may have the virus and […]

Love at the Waffle House

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

Waffle House is offering a Valentine’s Day Special this year to help lovers celebrate. I like the connection. I spent my early married years eating dinner at Waffle House most weeknights at 3 a.m. Working from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. in telephone manholes back then offered few dining choices. Dodie and I visited Waffle House regularly. The entertainment was […]

Loving Out Loud

“I love you.” Those are three little words, but they can be life changing. The first time I said them to my husband Marty, it meant I was willing to move from my life in California and take up residence in a state I had not-so-lovingly referred to as “that God forsaken hellhole in the south.” You can imagine my […]

The Case for Clunkers


There are advantages to driving a ten-year-old, heavily-used minivan. For starters, my minivan brings me closer to God because I spend a lot of time praying about it. I pray it will start when I’m the last one to leave a cold dark parking lot miles from my home. Nothing is quite as terrifying as that lonely, frigid walk across […]

Richland County Council allows housing authority to use county landfill for Gonzales Garden demolition without costs

At the February 9 meeting, Richland County Council featured a presentation by the Capital City/ Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board. Miriam Atria, CEO of the board, thanked the council for its support over the three plus decades the organization has been operating and announced that Lake Murray Country had won the prestigious Champion of Economic Development trophy for the […]