Final plans and approval for former Cardinal Newman property underway

Still waters are running deep at the site of the former Cardinal Newman High School. Even though it looks as if nothing is happening at the 12-acre site, there’s plenty of action going on in the background as final plans are being approved by the Forest Acres Planning Commission, and construction is set to begin by years’ end. Forest Acres […]

Lower Richland graduate promoted to CIO of the Army

Columbia native, Lower Richland High School and South Carolina State University graduate, Bruce T. Crawford, was promoted to Lieutenant General on August 17 in Washington, D.C. Crawford was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Army August 1, 2017. In his role as the CIO, Crawford is responsible for the Army’s information technology strategies […]

Remembering Columbia’s Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

For those of you who own a copy of Remembering Columbia [Arcadia Publishing, 2015], turn to pages 18 and 110, where you will find two impressions of one of the capital city’s oldest remaining buildings. Columbia’s Hampton Preston Mansion & Gardens will be the focus of Historic Columbia’s next installment of its Remembering Columbia series, which will take place from […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Orchard Drive: A woman was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday after police determined she had stolen cell phones from a Lexington restaurant. One of the theft victim’s mother had spotted the woman she thought had stolen the phones earlier and notified police. The woman showed the responding officers the woman she suspected who was in a parking lot […]

High School activities bring communities together

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school […]


Tell us more about false labeling of fish and seafood.

We South Carolinians love our fish and seafood, and we are blessed with an abundance within our borders. What’s better than buying seafood right off the dock or enjoying some fish at a favorite restaurant? But do you sometimes suspect there’s something fishy going on? In many cases, authorities say, you may not be getting what you think you are. […]

Eclipse Memories

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

I remember it distinctly; February 26, 1979, a Monday. I was standing in the pool area at Woodlawn Manor Apartments. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore by the Walker Brothers was playing in the background. Jake, who was not yet four, and Chad, who had turned six just before Christmas, were standing next to me. We were trying to view […]

Eclipsing the Heart

I’m just saying...

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, everyone knows we just had a total eclipse Monday and South Carolina and especially Columbia and Charleston were two of the best viewing spots. By the time the actual day arrived, the media had so over-reported that many people were more or less already tired of hearing […]

It was supposed to be easier


It was supposed to be easier this time. It wasn’t. My wife and I took our oldest child back to college for her sophomore campaign this past weekend, and while many aspects of this second go-round were easier, the final part—the goodbye—was just as hard as the first time. Saying goodbye certainly wasn’t as hard for my daughter. The slight […]

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