Hundreds deliver final salute to unclaimed veteran

Petty Officer 3rd Class James Miske, 75, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1944, died May 26, 2019 in Columbia. Though he was not homeless when he died, he had no family able to make his final arrangements. Miske served in the United States Navy Active Duty from 1965-1967 assigned to Aviation Administration Maintenance before transferring into the Naval Reserves. Miske […]

Columbia man’s path from childhood abuse, combat, and PTSD—to new life in nursing

Ronald Parker is living proof that long odds are simply that…odds. They don’t define you. A little effort, mixed with a bit of good fortune, can change the tide of one’s life. That is certainly what happened to Parker. When he was 10-years-old, Parker’s biological mother gave him up to the foster care system, along with his three siblings. The […]

Brig. Gen. Jones takes command of S.C. National Guard

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffery Jones took command of the South Carolina National Guard April 2 as the new Deputy Adjutant General. After a busy two months on the job, Jones says, “It has been such an honor to serve the people of South Carolina and get the opportunity to work with quality airmen, soldiers, and state employees.”

From the Desk of Carroll Heyward

The momentum of Historic Columbia’s intentional efforts to preserve Columbia rests on three key pillars: • Advocacy • Education • Preservation Being a member at Historic Columbia matters to me. It has given me countless opportunities to anchor myself in this important cause and keeps my finger on the pulse of preservation that keeps our growing community engaged in Columbia’s […]

New Hampton Park building will encourage visitors to stay for a stroll


Since getting outdoors has so many health benefits, how can you take a break like that when you’re working in the middle of a city? The mental and physical benefits of getting outdoors, even for a short break, are well documented, and fortunately for City of Columbia residents, there are numerous opportunities provided through its Parks and Recreation Department. For […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Forest Drive: Police were called to a convenience store at 11 p.m. Monday after the clerk said customers were complaining about a man in the parking lot harassing them. When the officers arrived, witnesses told them the man was openly drinking alcohol and asking everyone for money. They spotted the man across the parking lot approaching someone buying […]

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Sexism in Nature

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

When something goes wrong in our home, we have a team meeting to determine blame for said catastrophe. I’m sure significant others frequently gather exactly as we do in countless places for similar reasons. In most cases, the person carrying that pesky Y chromosome is considered at fault. In the tiny number where the XX mixture might be responsible, the […]

Soggy Froggy Safety

I’m just saying...

“What is THAT Julia???” This was my husband Marty’s response when I opened yet another package I had ordered online. It’s a little scary how easy it is to spend money online when all you have to do is click a button and in a day or so your package arrives! I’ll admit I may have gotten a tad overzealous […]

I can’t share a midlife crisis


My wife turned 50 last Friday and for the first time since I’ve known her, a birthday actually got to her a bit. Because this never happens and for appearance sake, I comforted her and walked her through what can only be described as a “ brush” with a midlife crisis. I should know because I’m an expert in this […]