Lady Blue Devils make history

History was made at Dreher High School on Wednesday, September 2…twice. The first Richland County School District One regular-season athletic competition (in the age of COVID) was held at Dreher High School. The historic athletic event was a varsity tennis match between the Dreher Lady Blue Devils and the Spring Valley Lady Vikings.

“We don’t want to go home”

Is it safe for students to return to colleges and universities in the age of COVID? This question has been in the news quite a bit over the past several weeks. UNC tried it, but eventually sent all its students home as cases spiked on campus. Other states like California and New York announced all classes in their university systems […]

She Did Day celebrates centennial of 19th Amendment

Two events were held downtown August 26 in celebration of National Women’s Equality Day and the centennial year of the Certification of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. She Did Day Livestream was one of those events and is part of the Columbia City of Women initiative begun by Historic Columbia and WREN S.C. Robin Waites, executive director of Historic […]

Columbia Garden Club gets creative in coping with COVID-19

Dedicated gardeners are imaginative by nature, appreciating the wonder of creation itself. Faced with the challenge of a new year during COVID-19, Columbia Garden Club (CGC) President Mackie O’Keefe has proven that to be true, digging deeply in forging new ways to maintain annual club traditions while confronting the limitations of a pandemic. In a tradition since the 1940s, the […]

BLM art on display at Richland Library

Artwork inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement by local artist Ija Charles is on display on the Washington Street side of the Richland County Library’s main location on Assembly Street. The library, in partnership with One Columbia, will also display the work of Dogon Krigga along the library’s plaza in coming days.

Sports will always find a way

Heathwood Hall fans social distance while watching the Highlanders take on Laurence Manning Friday, August 28.

State of the Art Gallery hosts book signing

On August 28 and 29, State of the Art Gallery hosted its first book signing featuring writer Arica Robinson. Robinson grew up in West Columbia and now lives with her husband in Cayce. Robinson has recently published Pain on Paper, a book about her life experiences as a victim of bullying. Robinson was bullied for several years in her elementary […]

Classroom cameras and wooden stars even in pandemic, we need to connect—part 10 of the corona chronicles

Shopping the Classroom Teachers call it shopping the classroom. When one teacher is leaving, other teachers grab stuff they can use. Melissa Szymanski’s room was the Rodeo Drive of classroom shopping, the Fifth Avenue of fifth grade. By the time I made it down the hall, the room was picked clean, but Melissa had set aside some items just for […]

The less fortunate in Columbia

Main Street in downtown Columbia has recently opened two new businesses—one is The Woody (liquor bar ) and the other is Mom’s Bistro & Bar. Nice touch on the COVID-19 era for positive thinking. For the less fortunate— The vital services associated with Catholic Charities (Clean of Heart) on Laurel is still closed— and has been since early March of […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Augusta Road: A man was arrested at 3 a.m. Friday after officers spotted him having a beer in the middle of the road. When they first saw the man, he was opening the can of beer and then turned it up for a long drink while standing in the roadway. The officers approached the man and got him […]