Bear sighted on Cayce Riverwalk

There’s a bear on the Riverwalk! Well, not a live one, but a bear nonetheless. Thanks to Wade Geddings, a local artist known to many as the “Chainsaw Carver in the Carolinas,” and the Cayce Beautification Foundation, there are several new and unique pieces of public art on the Cayce Riverwalk. These works of art are carved from wood and […]

Shealy receives Order of the Palmetto

Suzy McCormick Shealy, although bound to a wheelchair and physically unable to speak due to her battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), received the Order of the Palmetto Monday, May 1 from Governor Henry McMaster at the State House. A celebration in her honor was held by her family, friends, and the agencies that nominated her at Northeast Presbyterian Church […]

From Columbia’s Front Porches

In 2009, Historic Columbia began an initiative called Connecting Communities through History, which aimed to do exactly what it says—to bring people together by sharing the stories from their own back yards. In the South, you’ll often find folks on their front porches. Some may say hello, some may throw up a hand in greeting, others stop you to talk. […]

After the Flood

Part One

The Thousand Year Flood of 2015 brought unprecedented damage to the Midlands. Dams were swept away; roads, homes, and businesses were permanently damaged. Eighteen months later, evidence is still widespread that what happened here then was a monster disaster. The area came together, as areas often do, to clean up, rebuild, and move on. Local political entities partnered with volunteers; […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Trenholm Road: A couple went to police headquarters at 11 a.m. Wednesday after they discovered their home had been broken into. The thief, or thieves, got away with almost $5,000 worth of property including five cash gift cards for $50 each, and they took an entire tower jewelry box the woman said had almost $4,000 worth of rings […]


As a follow-up to the article on Shadow, the abused animal rescued by Pawmetto Lifeline, what are the penalties for animal cruelty in South Carolina and what are some of the efforts under way to combat it?

The South Carolina Code of Laws has the following statutes regarding cruelty to animals: • A person who knowingly or intentionally overloads, overdrives, overworks, or ill-treats an animal, deprives an animal of necessary sustenance or shelter, inflicts unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal, or by omission or commission knowingly or intentionally causes these acts to be done, is guilty […]

Airport Security

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

We were standing in line at the Fresno airport. Our tickets said the plane would board at 5:30 a.m., and we should arrive two hours early. After talking to hotel staff, we decided to throw caution to the Nino winds and sleep an extra hour. I felt like I’d been wearing the same clothes for a week. We’d stayed at […]

I’m Just Saying… I LIVED

I’m just saying...

I’m writing this on the Sunday afternoon before my Monday morning appointment for a total knee replacement so if you’re reading it, I LIVED! It’s been quite a month getting ready for, as I like to say, GOING UNDER THE KNIFE, but now, the time is nigh for the actual procedure. My husband Marty is beginning to get a little […]

On the Road


My wife and I spent about 26 hours in the car this past weekend driving to and from Northern Indiana to help move my oldest daughter home from college for the summer. That’s 13 hours there and 13 hours back. Aside from realizing I need to beg my younger two children to stay a little closer to home when they […]

SC Guard Air Ground Expo Show attracts many May 6 and 7