Mural mirrors magnetism of Five Points

Palmetto Center for the Arts to present Fame the Musical

The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company at Richland Northeast High School will present Fame the Musical Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, October 11, 12, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 3 p.m. in the Richland District Two Auditorium on the Richland Northeast campus. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Featured performers are […]

Community leaders attend dedication of new Decker Center

Residents of Richland County were invited to a dedication ceremony September 29 at 11 p.m. honoring the new Decker Center, 2500 Decker Boulevard. The 112,000-squarefoot facility cost $31 million to renovate from a shopping center to a hightech space for the Central Magistrate Court, divisions of the Sheriff ’s Department, and community rooms. The steel-framed building will also house the […]

Eagle Scout gives new life to neglected cemetery

An overwhelming urge to honor those who had gone before him drove Eagle Scout McKenzie Vaughn to pick a project to restore an extremely neglected graveyard in West Columbia. Vaughn, of Troop 515, along with 50 to 100 other volunteers, cleared debris and bushes at the Lybrand Cemetery, which contains almost 1,000 grave plots, many of which hadn’t been maintained […]

Historic Columbia to create virtual tour of Hampton-Preston Mansion

Historic Columbia is pleased to announce a new partnership with SYNOVUS/NBSC and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, to support enhanced interpretation of the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. The goal of this project is to meet the educational needs and expectations of 21st century visitors to one of Richland County’s and Columbia’s most historically significant and publicly accessible sites. The Virtual Tour […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Forest Drive: A man was arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday after he was spotted driving with no tag light on his car. When the patrol officer pulled the 28-year-old man over he could smell marijuana emanating from the car and saw smoke coming out of the window. Due to smelling the drug, the officer asked the driver for […]


Do you have any advice for people who want to buy a puppy online?

Like many other shoppers these days, people looking for a new puppy often turn to the internet, so it’s not surprising to hear that ever more prevalent scammers have found a way to exploit those looking for a pet to love. The National Better Business Bureau has just warned as many as 80 percent of the dog sale advertisements online […]

Cooking made really, really easy

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

Riding in Central Kentucky with an employee. He was from Corbin; had lived there for his full 50 plus years, except for a two year stint working in a factory in Indiana. I was going through the death throes of a 25 year marriage in a workplace where there were no secrets. At some point during our day together he […]

Going off the grid


I would seriously go off the grid if I weren’t hopelessly dependent and addicted to my iPhone. But I am. Which, I’m afraid, leaves me vulnerable to the little computer nerds sitting alone in their parents’ basements with nothing better to do than screw with me. The other day I was working away, minding my own business when I got […]

No Gray Area

I’m just saying...

In last week’s column I talked about some super bug I caught, and I want to thank you all who sent well wishes my way. I’m back to myself now, but during that time, I had to cancel three hair appointments. THREE. And I don’t mean just a little cut and blow dry. Although, I was born a natural redhead…and […]