Vatican names St. Peter’s Catholic Church a Minor Basilica

Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments recently issued a decree granting Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia the title ‘Minor Basilica.’ This makes the church the first basilica in the Diocese of Charleston which comprises the entire state of South Carolina; it is the 85th in the United States. “We are humbled the Holy See has […]

Local disabled veteran honored at Country Music Fest

Engineer volunteers time and energy to historical research

David Brinkman has a strong desire to see the worlds of science and faith come together. He is interested in String Theory and other scientific efforts that attempt to prove the existence of God in other dimensions beyond our understanding. These beliefs led him to write the book, Miracles of Yesterday. Brinkman was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He […]

Nursing becomes a family affair

The Capers family is taking the idea of “going into the family business” in a new direction. Father Micheal, son Michael, and daughter Michella all decided to enroll in the nursing program at ECPI University, but their merged paths came from completely different avenues. The elder Capers, 55, had earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South […]

Seventh Annual Columbia Fashion Week teaches self-esteem and poise to young models

Alicia Ziegler was born in New York City. She was introduced to the fashion industry working as a child and teen model where she saw her options were open to start her own career at a young age. She left home at the age of 16 to work feeling attending college would slow down her modeling career. She considers herself […]

Fourth of July in Columbia

For many, July 4th— the annual celebration of our nation’s independence— conjures memories of family gatherings, festive meals, spirited patriotic community events, and fireworks. As we embark on this year’s national holiday, headlines from yesteryear— 1949 to be exact—offer a glimpse into the news that concerned Columbians as they embraced summer. Coverage in both The State and Columbia Record recorded […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia t Charleston Highway: Police were called to a business at 4 p. m. Thursday after employees noticed a man who appeared to be drunk looking into some clothing donation bins the company kept in their parking lot. When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw the man staggering from bin to bin and apparently trying to open […]

A Kudzu Queen remembers Mimi Maddock

As one of the founders of the original Kudzu Queens, Mimi epitomized all it means to be truly regal. She had poise, confidence, kindness, elegance and a true sense of style. She provided significant leadership as we evolved as a royal group. I’ll never forget standing with her in front of one of the dining room mirrors at Dianne’s Restaurant […]

Food safety during hot months


What are some tips for avoiding food poisoning at outdoor meals? National Picnic Month in July is on the horizon. As fun reaches a summer peak, however, so do food borne illnesses at outdoor gatherings. Not to spoil the fun, but let’s remember almost 50 million Americans get food poisoning every year. So keep that barbecued brisket fresh and that […]

Evolving Nicknames

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

During a text message about bicycling recently, I discovered my buddy Terry has a nickname at work I was unaware of. The third member of our text group called him Lunchbox during an exchange. I was thrilled. I’m no expert in human behavior but do pay attention to the planet I call home. Constant observation for almost seven decades reveals […]