Picking the rescue dog that is right for you

If your New Year’s resolution is to add a canine family member, good for you. Somewhere out there is the perfect puppy or adult dog for your family. You have a lot of things to think about when you begin to look for that new family member, puppy or dog? Large or small? Purebred or mixed breed? From a breeder […]

Mary Key Escue named S.C. Humanitarian of the Year

The South Carolina Association of Veterinarians ( SCAV) has named Mary Key Escue the 2020 South Carolina Humanitarian of the Year. Escue was recognized at a banquet recently held at the SCAV Annual Conference in Spartanburg. Escue and her late husband, Bill, started SQ Rescue in Northeast Columbia 20 plus years ago. SQ Rescue was never one of the big […]

A tidy place is a happy place

I’m just saying...

I was in my office the other day when my husband, Marty, came upstairs and sat down with a huge sigh. He didn’t say a word. “Hi baby…what’s up?” I asked him. He just looked at me and sighed again as he ran his hands through his hair. I quickly began calculating and reviewing everything I could remember I might […]


Excerpt No. 2 from Mike Maddock’s novel available now on Amazon

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to publish Mike Maddock’s novel, Sunnybrook, in its entirety as a “50 Something” weekly series for 2021. All published excerpts will also be available on our website, www.TheColumbiaStar.com. PROLOGUE (Cont’d) For a brief second, she felt a little better than she had when her son, Joey, had woken her up at 6:50 that morning asking […]

Holy Land—Part 1: Rachel, Lazarus, Al-Aqsa

I have always been attracted to the Holy Land, modern Israel, and Jordan. Three times I have found myself wandering through the historic sites searching for the meaning of life. In 1970, after doing research in Thailand for my dissertation, I stopped off in Jerusalem for three days. In 1983, after completing two years as principal of an American school […]


Tigerron (Tiger) Wells and Tracy S. Bailey have been appointed to the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina board of trustees. New officers have also been elected including Andy Folsom, chair; Mitch Watson, vice chair; Gerald Smalls, treasurer; and Brian Murrell, secretary. Luther J. Battiste III has been elected to serve on the ColaJazz Foundation board of directors. Morris […]


The Nexsen Pruet law firm has elevated eight attorneys to members of the growing legal team including Bridget Blinn-Spears, John Bruton, Grant Close, Kelly Jones, Erin Mosley, Matt Ormiston, Ashley Parr, and Sara Svedberg.

Richland County Council welcomes 5 new members

Beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, Richland County Council Chambers were open for the official Swearing-In Ceremonies of five new council members. The ceremonies were livestreamed on Richland County’s Facebook Page and on YouTube. Family and friends of the newly elected council members were present for the ceremonies. Derreck Pugh was sworn-in to represent District Two. He replaces Council […]

Columbia City Council gets COVID-19 update

The Columbia City Council held a virtual meeting Tuesday, January 5. Harry Tinsley, Emergency Management director, offered a COVID-19 update. As of January 5, there are 18,875 confirmed cases and 284 deaths from the virus. Tinsley said there has been an average of 70 to 90 new cases each day over the last two weeks. The zipcodes that have seen […]

Drayer Physical Therapy opens Forest Acres outpatient clinic

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute has opened its tenth outpatient clinic in the Columbia area with the Forest Acres clinic located at 4711 Forest Drive, Suite 19. Appointments are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The clinic can be reached at 803-888- 7760. The clinic offers outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, including preand post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, and injury […]