Spring appears to have sprung!

The early springlike weather is affecting homeowners and farmers

Experts say South Carolina’s spring is already some 20 days early, with blooming shrubs and pollen-loaded pines testifying to the warmest February temperatures since Reagan was president. When it comes to South Carolina’s weather, “There’s no such thing as normal anymore,” says Clemson Extension Agent David DeWitt, adding above normal temperatures and the threat of a late cold snap pose […]

Downtown Church to move to former central energy facility at BullStreet

Downtown Church, a Presbyterian congregation based in downtown Columbia has announced it will relocate to the Bull- Street neighborhood. The church plans to move from its current home at 701 Whaley to the former central energy facility at BullStreet in the next year. Downtown Church was founded in 2012; since then, the church has outgrown the space it now occupies. […]

Energy Auditing a Historic House

As April 15 approaches, our thoughts turn to the importance of complying with Uncle Sam’s tax requirements— so as to avoid being audited. Filing your tax returns on time can be a good way to save money, by way of not paying penalties for a late filing, and to stay in the good graces of the Internal Revenue Service. But […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Lakeshore Drive: Police were called out at 1 a.m. Sunday after residents complained of people yelling and causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they saw several people pile into two cars and take off. They followed them at a distance and eventually pulled both cars over as “suspicious” vehicles due to the fact one car had an out-of-state […]


With the influx of coyotes into South Carolina, I want to know more about their threat to other animals.

The number of coyotes, which first appeared in South Carolina in the 1970s, continues to increase greatly, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources reports. Closely related genetically to wolves, they are having a negative impact on the number of white-tailed deer, the official state animal, especially preying heavily on fawns. In addition to deer and livestock, coyotes also kill an […]

Bovine Fit Bit

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

Walking is my go-to exercise. I routinely do three miles with Stella, the terrorist canine posing as a Corgi that rules our home. When I’m feeling extra energetic, I stretch it out to four miles. I can tell when I’m getting beneficial results. I start sweating, and my breathing increases. If I walk regularly, or substitute 30 minutes using my […]

Compute Some Humanity

I’m just saying...

Our world is becoming totally dehumanized. I just got back from a long weekend in New York, and during the trip I happened upon the newest innovations in preventing human beings from talking to each other which I couldn’t believe. My sister-in-law and I were in the airport waiting on our flight to board and decided to get a drink […]

Crazy for Crumbs


The other night I got one of those late cravings for ice cream. I’d been a good boy all day. I’d conserved enough calories. I’d exercised. The way I saw it, I deserved some chocolate chip cookie dough and a little chocolate ice cream mix…my current favorite combination. It’s the little things in life. That day leading up to my […]

Found “Into Africa” disturbing

I found the front page story of the February, 24, 2017 issue extremely disturbing. The article was titled, “Into Africa.” The article highlights the experiences of Jon Ken Powell working for S.D. Kruger Safaris of South Africa. Kruger Safaris charges $650 to blow a zebra away and “tens of thousands” to eradicate a cape buffalo, an elephant, a leopard, a […]

Councilman provides updates to CCN

Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston provided an update at the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods meeting Thursday, February 23. Livingston urges residents to visit the county’s website regarding the transportation penny, www.richlandpenny.com, to look at the number of projects completed, those in the works, and the ones still to come. He asks for anyone who has feedback on the projects to […]