The Great Amazing Race is coming to Sesqui

The Great Amazing Race is coming. No, it’s not the TV show that features teams of competitors racing around the world for a $1 million prize. The Great Amazing Race, modeled after the popular TV show, will bring fun activities to participants at Sesquicentennial Park on Saturday, January 28. The Great Amazing Race is tagged as a fun family health […]

Attorney honored for defending those who cannot afford counsel

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association has honored Daniel J. Westbrook, a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Columbia office, with the Arthur Von Briesen Award. The award honors a private attorney who has made substantial volunteer contributions in support of the delivery of civil legal aid or indigent defense representation, according to the organization. Westbrook has […]

Town Theatre’s Robert Telford remembered

Robert Sheldon Telford ( 1923– 2016) passed away at the age of 93 on October 24, 2016. Telford was buried at the National Cemetary near March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, with military honors which included a flag draped casket, an honor guard, and a 21 gun salute. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. […]

Piano and Pastrami to benefit new Jewish History exhibit

Historical Spotlight

The Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, a partnership of Historic Columbia, and the Tree of Life Congregation are excited to host Piano and Pastrami from 6–8 p.m. this Sunday, December 4. This fundraiser will feature a special solo concert by renowned pianist Marina Lomazov, authentic Jewish cuisine, and will benefit a new Jewish history exhibit. Lomazov’s performance is inspired by Jewish […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Charleston Highway: Police were called to a club at 12:30 a.m. Saturday after an employee called and told them he had a patron in the kitchen after being assaulted by another man. When officers arrived and made contact with the employee, he took him to the alleged victim. That man told them he was going to the bathroom […]

Of floods and families

The End—Part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the 50th and second-to-last installment 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. Well, we did it. In the space of three days, we successfully moved our flood leftovers […]


When did the debutante balls begin and why?

A debutante or deb (from the French word “debutante” for female beginner) is a young woman from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity and, as a new adult, comes out into society at a formal “debut.” Originally, the term meant the young woman was now old enough to be married, and part of […]

A Chef’s Life

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

I’ve recently become hooked on a PBS program titled A Chef ’s Life. Vivian Howard, along with her husband a New York based chef, decides to accept her parents’ offer of financing a restaurant if she will move her family back to her home in Eastern North Carolina, a place she “swore she’d never return to.” The show offers us […]

Deck the Halls

I’m just saying...

WHO are these people who you see this time of the year who have all their decorations up and their neatly wrapped gifts strategically placed beautifully under the tree? Do they even exist??? I’ve been seeing Martha Stewart on various television shows explaining how to hand paint your own ornaments, enchanting ways to wrap each gift that will reflect the […]

Growing out of toughness


I did not grow up with one of those mothers who babied me when I had a cold. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I was probably one of those kids who all the other mothers hated because I came to school with multiple communicable ailments. I sneezed and coughed my way through “Dick and Jane” stories and forced […]