BCBS waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19

To better serve customers during the COVID-19 crisis, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will waive all out-of-pocket costs related to in-network COVID-19 medical treatment through June 1, effective immediately. This update is the latest in a series of coverage expansion efforts taken by BlueCross in the midst of the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay up to date […]

S.C. LLR extends license renewal deadlines

Effective immediately, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) is extending the license renewal deadline for licenses, registrations, and permits scheduled to renew during the months of April, May, June, July, and August. The new renewal deadline is extended to September 30, 2020.

Together While Alone: “Fore” The Win

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series called “Together While Alone” that will explore creative solutions that Columbia residents and businesses are employing to connect to each other while still staying safe and healthy. Meribeth Moore, a resident of Forest Acres for more than 40 years, has as one of her most vivid memories 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis, […]

Local florist sends smiles to Columbia seniors

Tucked away in a tiny shop off of Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia is a little florist with a big heart and it is spreading good cheer in this tumultuous time of the COVID-19 virus. Savanda Farmer, owner of Balloons, Arches and Flowers, decided while so many assisted living facilities were on lockdowns and not letting families in to […]

Artist publishes watercolor collection of U.S. Veterans

Mary Whyte’s heart is in painting portraits of people in their normal occupational or life settings, while portraying the character and personalities of each of her subjects as honestly as possible. Whyte, an internationally acclaimed watercolor artist, moved to Johns Island, S.C., in 1991 from Philadelphia, Penn. She soon became friends with an older woman named Alfrieda who was a […]

Friends flaunt feathered flocks of flamingos

Columbia City of Women April 2020 Honoree: Ethel Bolden

Ethel Evangeline Martin was born December 14, 1918, in Charleston to Ethel Sinkler and Thomas John Martin. Her childhood could easily be called tragic. During the beginning of the Great Migration in the early 1920s, her father moved to Chicago in search of work, where he was severely injured in a car accident. Her mother, separated from a husband who […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Augusta Road: A man was almost arrested at 3 p.m. Friday after he tried to steal a large package of toilet paper. Witnesses said the man had come into the store earlier that day and purchased almost $100 worth of groceries. He had three large 12-packs of toilet paper in his cart but the cashier told him that […]

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Be aware of scammers profiting from pandemic fears


How can we protect ourselves against scammers during the COVID- 19 pandemic? With public awareness of the corona virus pandemic, would-be scammers were quick to capitalize on the opportunity to take advantage of people when they are likely to be feeling their most vulnerable. BBB constantly monitors changes in the marketplace in reaction to COVID-19 (coronavirus), issuing this advice among […]