Shriners honor fellow Veteran on 99th birthday

Jamil Shriners honored retired LTC Maynard Cusworth on his 99th birthday (sitting) at the Jamil Children’s Circus February 8. Before circus showtime, Cusworth was escorted to center ring by fellow shriner Jim Hamilton as the crowds applauded and sang happy birthday. Hamilton said, “Retired LTC Maynard C. Cusworth is 99 today! He is a 30-year Airforce pilot Veteran of WWII, […]

Happy Valentine’s Day to Fido

They are our best friends, our constant companions, our roommates. Today they are our Valentines. They won’t appreciate roses today and please don’t give them chocolates (chocolates can be toxic to dogs)! Most dogs will always be grateful for extra treats or a new toy. There are other ways you can show your dog you love him that might not […]

Remembering Red and his time at Epworth Children’s Home

John Robert “Red” Bruner Sr. passed away January 18. Red was an active member of Petersen Presbyterian Church and a faithful alum of Epworth Children’s Home. He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Ione Mae (Bennett) Bruner, his beloved wife of 60 years, Cleo B. Bruner (2014); his son, John R. Bruner Jr. (2015); siblings, Paul (1937), Charlie […]

League of Women Voters celebrates 100 Years

On February 14, 1920, the national League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. After the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, women had finally won the right to vote. In the aftermath of this victory, the national movement of women, known as suffragists, realigned themselves […]

Richland County celebrates new firetruck

Columbia-Richland County Fire Department celebrated its new firetruck with a push-in ceremony Monday, February 10. Richland County Councilwoman Chakisse Newton, other county officials, and firefighters with the Columbia- Richland County Fire Department helped push the new firetruck into the bay at Capitol View Station. Richland County bought the new truck, Engine 30, using $430,866 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) […]

Local woman, 80, wins film festival awards

At age 80, Jo-Ann “Jody” Wilhelm’s first script is ready for Hollywood to make it into a feature film or TV movie. Her adoption story, Where’s Stephanie? has won 11 “Best,” three “Finalist,” and two “Selected” awards at film festivals. Based on a true story, awards include the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival’s coveted Platinum Remi Award. Wilhelm wrote the […]

“A Book a Minute”— The Legacy of Lucy Hampton Bostick Columbia City of Women February 2020 Honoree

Lucy Hampton and her twin sister, Gertrude, were born in 1898 to Frank Hampton and Gertrude Ruffini Elliott Gonzales. As the grandniece of Wade Hampton III, she grew up as a socialite. She attended Converse College and studied library science at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of South Carolina. On October 16, 1925, The State announced her as […]

I Love It When—Part Two A Valentine’s Day Story About My Daddy

In one of my recent stories, I mentioned that “I Loved It When” my daddy gave us boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. After that story ran, my mother told me she was happy I remembered that tradition. How could I not? It was part of who Daddy was. He loved buying gifts for us. I had forgotten Mama’s box […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Richland County Bethel Church Road: A woman called police at 2:30 p.m. Monday after she said a man came to her door and threatened her. The woman told the responding officers a man she didn’t know appeared at her door knocking loudly and demanding to see his “niece.” She said she didn’t know his niece or anyone by the name […]

What the world needs now is love, the song by that title says


What is “broken heart syndrome?” Fans of Civil War novels know the stories of women whose beloved soldiers died, leaving them to pine and eventually die of an incurable broken heart. Truth is, that’s not completely fictional. There is some truth in that indeed. As we know, if we didn’t need a reminder, today is Valentine’s Day. Originating as a […]