“That’s not my Shandon”

Editor’s Note: The State newspaper once referred to Columbia’s Shandon neighborhood as Columbia’s silk stocking district. This letter is a response to that characterization. For those of us who grew up in Shandon, you may be interested in knowing reporters for The State newspaper once referred to Shandon as “Columbia’s silk-stocking district” as well as one of Columbia’s “most well-heeled […]

Early Columbia Cemeteries

Part Two: Washington Street Methodist Church

In 1803, Rev. John Harper left his church in Charleston and moved to Columbia to start a church on land purchased in 1801 at the corner of Washington and Marion streets. A simple wooden church was completed on this site in 1804 “out in the woods, away from the center of town.” By 1813, membership had grown to 317 members […]

Geese gather

A gaggle of geese congregate in the common area at Wildewood Downs. Are they on their way north or south?

Dogged Devotion

I’m just saying...

During this crazy pandemic, my husband, Marty, and I have stopped watching the news. We just decided one day that listening to the crazy COVID news of doom and gloom wasn’t doing either of us any good. Since then, we’ve been immersing ourselves in Netflix movies and shows along with old television dramas, many of which were westerns. One of […]


Excerpt No. 6 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) David’s eyes followed the trail of Jolly Ranchers and other goodies through the grass to the stairs until the trail led him to look up […]

Holy Land—Part 5: Meggido

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 […]


GMK’s Marta Lockwood has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and has become an NCIDQ-certified and licensed interior designer for the firm’s interiors division. Bobby Ley has become a licensed professional engineer (PE) at Thomas & Hutton. Martin C. Rose, EIT has joined GMK Associates, Inc.’s engineering division as a mechanical engineering designer. The Central Midlands […]

Still Hopes has $52 million economic impact

In a study completed in 2020, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has confirmed Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community (Still Hopes), located in West Columbia, generates a total positive recurring annual economic impact of $52 million in the Midlands region. What’s more, greater than 96 percent of this impact ($50 million) is realized in […]

Statewide public relations firm relocates to Cayce

MPA Strategies, a statewide public relations firm, has opened a new office at 2025 State Street in the City of Cayce. The firm, founded in 2011, offers clients a wide range of services, including strategic digital marketing, association management, media relations, project funding and procurement, grant writing, crisis management, and website and social media management. “Even during a pandemic, seeing […]


Colliers South Carolina announced its real estate management portfolio of office, industrial, retail, and medical properties now exceeds 16 million square feet across the state. Colliers Real Estate Management Services (REMS) division, led by Debbie Lane, senior vice president, experienced unprecedented growth in its managed portfolio during 2020 and continues to be the largest manager of commercial real estate properties […]