Dining Underground

With Underground Kitchen, it’s all about expecting the unexpected— and that goes for the host who stages these pop-up events all over the Southeast. Underground Kitchen is a Richmond, Va. based pop-up dining society known for hosting high-style, multi-course dinners in secret locations with up-and-coming chefs across the Mid-Atlantic. According to the company’s press release, UGK was founded three years […]

Dogs, drones, and families face rain for a night out

For the past 35 years, Fort Jackson has hosted the annual National Night Out event. Even a thunderstorm earlier in the afternoon couldn’t prevent the tradition’s continuation. The event acts as a means of fostering a positive relationship between the community and law enforcement. “It brings the community,” said School Resource Officer Lionel Brown. “I like to look at it […]

Columbia’s namesake sub, USS Columbia, changes hands

The Los Angelesclass fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) held a change of command ceremony at the historic Pearl Harbor submarine piers August 3. Cmdr. Tyler Forrest relieved Cmdr. Dave Edgerton as the commanding officer of Columbia. The ceremony’s guest speaker, Capt. Paul Davis, commander, Submarine Squadron Seven, praised Edgerton for his leadership of Columbia through multiple deployments. “The Columbia […]

Historic Columbia’s Fourth Annual Water Balloon Battle Returns

Cool off with more than 3,600 water balloons and recreate epic battles history August 24

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat in Columbia? Join Historic Columbia for its fourth annual Historic Water Balloon Battle, presented by The Art of Real Estate, from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, August 24 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. Participants will break into two military teams, take their commands from a drill sergeant and […]

S.C. Barbeque Association announces new leadership

Your Voice, Your Paper

Jim Wellman of Lexington and Don Adkins of Seneca have been appointed president and vice president, respectively, of the South Carolina Barbeque Association (SCBA). SCBA co-founders Lake High and Walter Rolandi made the announcement at a recent SCBA event. Wellman has been serving as the SCBA treasurer and as a board member. He is an SCBA-certified master judge and also […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia McSwain Drive: A man was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after an officer on patrol spotted him loitering in a motel parking lot. When the officer approached the man, the driver told the officer he didn’t have a room at the motel. He said he was “waiting on a friend” who had been inside one of the rooms […]

Fuel Pump Scams


How can you spot a fuel pump scam? People are paying more at the gas pump and federal agencies are warning drivers they could be paying an even higher price if they are victims of a fuel pump scam. Just last month, as 44 million drivers took to the road for the July 4 holiday, the FBI and Secret Service […]

Yellowstone Live

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

I’ve been interested in nature forever. Didn’t have much choice as a youngster. We had several critters get inside the house during my childhood. A snake appeared one Saturday morning while my brother and I watched Buffalo Bill Junior. To us, the snake suddenly materialized between the living room and kitchen. We assumed the dang thing was magic and could […]

Fords, Fingers, and Philosophies


My son officially became the fifth and final driver in our household this week. His mother and I had our doubts as to his ability to pass the driver’s test so quickly, but he managed. Don’t worry; my son is not a dangerous driver. Quite the contrary. He’s what some would refer to as “cautious,” and others would call a […]

Nature calls on nice neighbors

I’m just saying...

Renovation is NOT for the weak of heart. We are doing some remodeling at our house and our lives are upside down. The coffeemaker is on our fireplace hearth, the fridge is in the living room, and if you threatened me with hot tar and feathers, I couldn’t tell you where a dish is! As I write this, the water […]