Sheriff honored with surprise party

BELFOR Property Restoration CEO Sheldon Yellen and the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department surprised Sheriff Leon Lott recently with a birthday party to express their support and gratitude for their beloved sheriff. For the past 44 years, Sheriff Lott has made incredible contributions to the Richland County community, successfully building and maintaining positive police and community relationships, while also encouraging […]

Columbia VAHCS pharmacist aids Veteran 12,000 miles away

Clinical pharmacist Neiley McAdams, who works in the Outpatient Pharmacy at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, went well beyond the boundaries of the Columbia VA Health Care System to assist a Veteran in Bagram, Afghanistan recently. For McAdams, who comes from a family full of Veterans, this call for aid was within the norm for her. Growing […]

Turning hope into action for suicide prevention

Columbia Out of The Darkness Community Walk

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and in South Carolina. In South Carolina, one person dies by suicide every ten hours. More than twice as many people died by suicide in South Carolina in 2017 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. Our state ranks 26th in numbers of deaths by suicides nationally. On […]

AFP honors Palladium with award celebrating volunteer work

Earlier this month, Historic Columbia’s Palladium group was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day Awards as the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Group Fundraiser award. To receive this award, a fundraising group must demonstrate “outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating volunteers” for various projects to benefit a non-profit’s mission. For Palladium, this award represented more than […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Sunset Blvd.: Police were called to an auto sales lot at 2 p.m. Tuesday after the caller said a woman was causing a disturbance at the business. When officers arrived they saw the accused woman in an obvious agitated state. The man who identified himself as the caller told the officers he and the woman had been in […]

The-Fluff-The-Straw Philosophy

Old people call it fluffing the straw. It’s a genius gardening hack for when your flower beds start to look bad. You take a pitch fork, lift up the pine straw, give it a good shake, put it back down, and voila, your beds look good as new. No need to order a delivery of fresh pine straw. Just fluff […]

Hiding the hidden costs

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

Not sure if you’ve noticed but the Deep State of Capitalism is getting sneaky about making more money. In past decades, it was accepted that big business would profit. When they started making too little money, most companies would either increase prices or close down. Or find more efficient ways of running that particular business. That was in the old […]

Flying Light

I’m just saying...

When I heard Kathy’s laughter tinkling across the airport that morning, I knew I was busted. My girlfriend Kathy and I were flying to New York on the last leg of our whirlwind travels in the last couple of months. We had gone to Italy at the end of September and on that mid-October Wednesday morning we were headed to […]

Searching for iPhone 6 covers and other fossils

40 50–Something

I recently made the mistake of entering a local big box technology store to find a new phone cover for my iPhone. When an associate saw me struggling to find one that fit, he asked me what version of iPhone I had. “A 6-plus,” I answered not entirely sure I was correct about that. It didn’t matter. Even if I […]

Duncan running for Mayor of West Columbia

The 2019 elections are only weeks away. For residents of West Columbia there is a decision to be made as to who will replace Bobby Horton as the town’s mayor. In January, councilman Tem Miles announced his campaign for mayor. Madison Duncan has also decided to run for the mayor’s seat. “I want to be mayor because, as the city […]