Heathwood & Lexington take top spots at Highlander Invitational

The Lexington Wildcats swept the girls’ and boys’ team championships at the Highlander Invitational October 2 on the campus of Heathwood Hall.

Blythewood ready for region play

By Josh Cruse   October is one of the best months of the year. Fall is in full swing, the weather should get cooler, the leaves should start changing colors, and high school football gears up for region play. For teams with lofty postseason dreams, this is where those dreams either begin to materialize or are dashed away. The Blythewood […]

Meet Me at the Rocket

commemorates 150 years of the State Fair

In 2013, local historian Rodger E. Stroup was asked by Walter Edgar to research and publish a history of the South Carolina State Fair for the State Agricultural and Mechanical Society of South Carolina, the nonprofit that manages and produces the South Carolina State Fair every year. The society was founded in 1869 to manage the fair after several failed […]

Quarterly book sale—a labor of love

In all the years I’ve been going to the Richland Library Friends and Foundation book sale, there have been numerous times when I’ve found and bought books, the discovery of which struck me as being odd coincidences or mysterious instances of unexplainable happenstance. For example, right after returning from a group tour of South Carolina Revolutionary War sites led by […]

Historic Columbia brings spirits and scarecrows to life this October’s spooky season

In October, hundreds of Columbia youth and families gather at Historic Columbia’s site and beyond to celebrate an historic and fun Halloween season. Whether through exploration of our annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit featuring handcrafted scarecrows made by local artists and creative community members or exhuming the stories of Columbia’s past by the light of the moon with ever-popular […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Richland County Two Notch Road: A man was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after he tried to steal $46 worth of steaks from a grocery store. The loss prevention officer spotted the man stuffing T-bone steaks in his pants and followed him to see if he was going to pay for them. When the man walked past the check-out without […]

A New Pair of Shoes—Lamar Thomas* Part Two

On our first day back after Christmas break, Lamar did something odd. He ran in, said hello, and then took his shoes off. He lined them up carefully beside his desk and then slip slided back out into the hall for a few more minutes of socializing before class started. He told me those shoes were his favorite Christmas present. […]

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Regardless of your vote in a primary, you can vote for any presidential nominee in the general election


If a person votes in a specific political party’s primary election, is he or she required to vote for that party’s nominee in the General Election? A registered voter may vote in any party primary he or she wishes, but not in the other party’s runoff election if there is one. In primary run-offs, you can only vote in the […]

Regulating offensive speech, once again

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

Dog Days of Summer, version 2019, has been interesting. It seems like the craziness that’s inflicted America for the last couple of decades has tripled in both intensity and frequency. California, as usual, leads the league in head shaking decisions. San Francisco has banished such terrible words as felon, convict, and juvenile delinquent from their available vocabulary, while Berkeley has […]