State Superintendent approves 25 school district reopening plans

Today, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced the approval of 25 school district reopening plans submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).

Cornhole World Championships come to Columbia

If you have ever been to a college football pre-game tailgate, there’s a pretty good chance you played cornhole. But did you try an airmail shot, a roll shot, or a slider shot? According to American Cornhole Organization (ACO) professional Mathew West of Spartanburg, these are among the big shots used by players in both professional and the “tailgaters” divisions […]

Five of the SC7 visit the Midlands

The South Caroliona Seven (SC7) expedition led by S.C. Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin passed through the Midlands during their month-long, 500-mile trek from the mountains (in the Upstate of S.C.) to the sea (in the Lowcountry). This picture was taken Wednesday, July 15, at the Heise Pond Alpine Lodge where SC7 participants stopped for lunch, a “fireside chat,” and […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Richland County Covenant Road: A woman called police at 6:30 p.m. Monday after she said a man was “spitting” on her children’s baseball equipment as they played in a park. The 53-year-old woman told police this was the second time she had had an altercation with the same man in the same park. She insisted the 29- year- old man […]

Nuf Sed

Unfair ordinance against hydronic heater

My husband Stan and I are longtime residents of Forest Acres. We are writing to educate the residents of the town about an ordinance that is currently being considered by city council to ban hydronic heaters in Forest Acres. To our knowledge, Stan and I have the only hydronic heater in our town, which has a population of approximately 10,000. […]

2020 healthy hygiene and skin issues


In practicing good hygiene against COVID- 19, what are some tips for treating dry and irritated skin caused by frequent washing? Dry and irritated skin affects not only health care providers but also lay people in warding off COVID-19 through frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizers, wearing masks and gloves and other good hygiene measures. “These measures are key to reducing […]

Remembering old recipes

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

The new issue of Garden and Gun arrived last week. There was a story about lesser known southern recipes in there and two brought back memories. The first was poke sallet, a wild weed similar to turnip greens, that can be poisonous if not prepared properly. I can’t say those two words together without a Tony Joe White guitar lick […]

Books and Buttons

I’m just saying...

Either I’m just becoming a cantankerous old lady or the world is just moving too darned fast. And since I don’t want to be labeled “cantankerous” or “old,” I’m going with a fast moving world. Nothing is easy anymore. There’s no on and off buttons and personally I think that’s the problem. Everything has to be “downloaded” or “streamed” or […]

Canine Crazy


How do dogs experience anxiety? Wouldn’t they have to be thinking creatures to experience irrational fears? I thought crazy was left to us humans, but apparently dogs can be just as weird. My big bad Akita trembles at the hint of a thunderstorm. One slight rumble of thunder sends her cowering beneath a table, and she often stays there after […]