Gems from the Diamond Mine

Part 1

Lower Richland athletic director Debbie Wardlaw spent the past summer moving trophies out of the Diamond Hornets’ cases while the entire lobby outside the basketball arena was undergoing renovations. While the process of taking inventory and moving the trophies was cumbersome, the sheer volume of trophies made something clear: “Lower Richland has a tradition of excellence. It is a tradition […]

Girls Rock Columbia empowers youth

Girls Rock Columbia, the mentoring program that has been empower ing youth through music education since 2013, will continue its program under Jessica Oliver’s leadership. In the past, the new executive director has been a volunteer and organizer for both Girls Rock Columbia and Charleston. To take part in the camp, each student pays a tuition of $ 350; although, […]

Lower Richland Ruritan Club donates to “Vittles for Veterans”

The Lower Richland Ruritan Club donated $100 of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to the “Vittles for Veterans” program at its September 4 meeting. V.A. Medical Center Associate Director Jeffrey Soots spoke to members about how this program began from a drawer in his desk, then a closet, and now a fully stocked pantry. Many of his clients are […]

25–year anniversary of Dail Dinwiddie’s disappearance

Columbia Police Department investigators announce that this weekend marks the 25-year anniversary of Dail Dinwiddie’s disappearance. A $20,000 reward is still being offered in the case. The 23-year-old disappeared September 24, 1992, after attending a U2 concert at Williams-Brice Stadium. She was last seen with friends at approximately 2:00 a.m. at Jungle Jim’s in Columbia’s Five Points. The Dinwiddie family […]

Scarecrows in the Garden returns to Robert Mills

As Halloween approaches, Historic Columbia is gearing a season of family fun. Back by popular demand—Historic Columbia will once again host Scarecrows in the Garden. For the entire month of October, the east lawn at the Robert Mills House will be decorated with scarecrows designed to spook and delight guys and ghouls of all ages. Much more than your traditional […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City will return next week

City of Columbia Municipal Election

As of Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., the following individuals filed for the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election: • Sam Davis (incumbent) filed for the District I Seat on August 14, 2017 • Tameika Isaac Devine (incumbent) filed for the At-Large Seat on August 14, 2017 • Daniel J. Rickenmann (incumbent) filed for the District IV Seat on […]

Columbia announces 17 pet adoptions during Pre-Owned Pet Adoption Special

Columbia Animal Services hosted a pre-owned pet adoption special and 17 adoptions were made. Columbia Animal Services would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our community for the community’s support of the adoption event this past weekend, September 22-23, 2017. “We are very pleased with the outcome of last weekend’s adoption special. These events are a wonderful way […]


Since the Equifax hacking incident, are there any simple steps consumers can take right now to protect themselves from identity fraud, besides waiting on Equifax for consumer protection or putting a freeze on credit?

After news that hackers had stolen personal information from Equifax on 143 million people, the credit reporting agency offered fraud protection to consumers. Some security pros recommended freezing your credit reports to prevent fraudsters from getting credit in your name. However, signing up for the Equifax consumer protection offer has proven to be a challenge, since the site apparently is […]

He always said hello

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

Jay Leno once told a story about going to the grocery store and being ignored by the cashier, who was talking to a co-worker. After having his groceries checked wordlessly, being robotically given the total, and receiving his change without comment, Leno replied sarcastically, “you’re welcome.” The cashier became offended and snarled,”It’s on your receipt.” He checked and, sure enough, […]