School gets a new lab

Spring break is over, and testing has begun. Most students and teachers are sprinting to summer break, but that is not Susan Woodley’s focus. Instead, this innovative preschool teacher for students with autism at Lake Carolina Elementary Lower School has been focusing on new ways to enhance her students’ experiences in the classroom, including bringing in extra reinforcement in the […]

Octogenarian begins new adventure

Heise leaves legacy of success

Kevin Heise announced his resignation as head coach of the Brookland Cayce Bearcat boys’ soccer program Wednesday, April 19. The resignation comes more than two months after Heise was placed on administrative leave. Heise leaves as one of the most successful coaches in Brookland- Cayce High School history. He coached the Bearcats from 1991 to 2016. During that time, the […]

Historic Columbia: A Midlands Journey

For the past 20 years, I have had the benefit and the pleasure of witnessing growth and improvement in downtown Columbia that has resulted in a revitalized downtown attractive to citizens of all ages seeking modern amenities in our middle-sized southern capital city. Fortunately, much of this growth has occurred through the adaptive use of historic structures that serve as […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Richland County Percival Road: A man called police at 7 p.m. Wednesday after he said his wife was “off her medication” and had been drinking steadily for several days. When officers arrived, they found the woman in a very agitated state of panic. She told them there were “roaches” all over her and threatened to cut her throat to “relieve” […]

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What is a stump meeting?

A stump meeting is a political speech event and is so-named for the stumps candidates used to mount for their oratory in the 19th century before the invention of microphones and more modern forms of campaigning. South Carolina is home to what is considered to be the oldest and largest such event in the country with its famous Galivants Ferry […]

Listening to your heart

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

Two days before my latest birthday, I heard my heart. I’ve been having minor heart palpitations, if there is such a thing. Several doctor visits resulted in more tests and an escalation in doctor expertise. A cardiologist decided an echo cardiogram was worth the trouble. I thought I’d heard my heart many times before. As Chris Hartman and I waited […]

Free flying with impatient patients

I’m just saying...

What has happened to customer service? Apparently, the old adage “the customer is always right” is a long forgotten memory and these days, actual service and convenience are buried in our past. A person would have to have been living under a rock to not have heard about the latest airline debaucheries that have resulted in claims of passenger abuse. […]

Untucked Passion


There’s a lot of passion out there these days. Some of it’s good. Some of it…not so much. Some creates positive change, while some simply creates a mess. Sometimes the passion of others inspires me, and sometimes it just makes me smile. I grinned from ear to ear when a certain entrepreneur’s passion was revealed to me on a commercial […]