Historic bomber headed to proposed museum

Remember that World War II-era B-25 bomber that was recovered from the bottom of Lake Greenwood in 1983 and later became a centerpiece in Columbia for the 50th and 60th reunions of the Doolittle Raiders, the heroic Army Air Corps flyers who bombed Japan in April 1942? It’s undergoing a painstaking restoration at Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Field in Columbia to […]

Retired Richland One librarian celebrates 90th birthday

Esther Ruth Butler Sims has been in the educational arena for more than 60 years. This is a glimpse of her 90th birthday storybook celebration. And so began the storybook themed celebration Saturday, February 8. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History was the venue for the gathering where family and friends experienced chapters of The Book of Ruth. […]

Road Trip: Seattle and Thor’s Well

We rose early in Seattle, excited about our first time together in that city, unhappy about our last day as a trio. Shane had an early morning flight tomorrow for home. Jake and I would be a pair. The motel proprietor provided a driver to take us into Seattle, saving us the hassle of finding transportation. It was worth the […]

How COVID-19 impacts Historic Columbia

Just as we are entrusted to be good stewards of historic sites, we also must be caretakers of the safety of our staff and community. In consultation with the City of Columbia, Richland County and its board of directors, Historic Columbia is postponing all public events through the end of April. Additionally, visitations of HC house museums— including Robert Mills […]

Bad Driver-itus

I have grown up believing South Carolinians were inherently bad drivers. Swerving all over the road, changing speeds at random, and occasionally veering into the next lane only to quickly return to their original one. Well, I am proud to announce, after 17 years of careful study, I have discovered the cause of the “Bad Driver itus.” I know y’all […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Forest Drive: A grocery store employee called police at 1:30 p.m. Sunday after he discovered he had been burglarized. The 30-year-old man told the officers someone had gotten into his unlocked car and had stolen his wallet which he had left in the console. The wallet contained several forms of identification and his ATM card. He also had […]

Nuf Sed

Down on the farm, we have no shortage of paper products, says Phillip Jones (as Stan Laurel) and Li’l Ollie, practicing safety!

With no Carolina Cup this spring, here’s an armchair look at S.C. horse racing history


What is the history of horse racing in South Carolina? With coronavirus precautions, the cancellation of the popular Carolina Cup steeplechase spring event brings to mind the rich history of horse racing in the Palmetto State, dating back to colonial times. Probably since the first Europeans arrived in the 1500s and more than two people and a couple of horses […]

Nicknames and Heart Attacks

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

Bobby and I overlapped orbits with each other from junior high through graduation. Just after graduation, we lived in an apartment together with some other guys as we leaped at the chance to prove we were finally men, while still teenagers. He was slightly built and had small, vivid brown eyes. Bobby’s nickname became Mouse early on. An unfortunate handle […]

Tissue Issues

I’m just saying...

When I was a little girl, my mother had this crocheted tissue box cover that she kept over the “special” tissues in the bathroom. It was a pretty pink and white little thing and back then Mama would buy pink tissues to go in it. I’m not sure you can even get anything but white tissues these days, but back […]