Welcome back spring sports!

March is one of the more anticipated months on the calendar. Day light savings time arrives and offers more sunlight in the evening. Warmer temperatures are welcomed and allow for more outdoor activities and then there is the start of spring sports. While there have been highly anticipated spring sport seasons in the past, there may not have been one […]

What dogs wish their humans understood

Dogs are family, but they are also an entirely different species. My mentor, Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, used to describe the human-dog relationship as dogs being “furry foreign exchange students” in our homes. Their DNA has programmed them differently than our DNA. Despite the fact they live with us, in many cases from puppyhood, there is often a misunderstanding of […]

Ridge Road residents clean up community

Frustrated with trash along Lower Richland Boulevard and Ridge Road, community residents take to the road to pick up litter that lines both sides of the road. Billy Sanders, a Ridge Road resident, organized a community litter pickup Sunday morning, March 7 while traffic was slow. The group picked up 40 bags of litter in only two tenths of a […]

High School Dentists

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

Morgan was very helpful on the phone, getting my appointment in order, filling me in on recent procedural changes, accepting my payment remotely, and letting me know I would have a new hygienist. Mallory did an efficient and quick job on my cleaning, using modern tools effectively and making practiced small talk, suitable for all age groups—much like the music […]


Excerpt No. 11 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. Chapter 1 (Cont’d) When the gang caught up to Joey, he was lying face down in the grass. “Is he dead?” Jerry asked huffing and panting. “No, […]

A Wild Senior Trip

Part 1: The Plan

It was a hot and steamy night in May, 1957. Four students soon-to-graduate from Dreher High School sat in a car in the Cotton Patch Drive- In after taking our dates home. Lee Tigner proposed a Graduation Trip to Alex Jenkins, Kelly Nelson, and me as we sipped cokes. “We have to do something exciting before we go to college. […]

American Airlines restarts two nonstop flights from CAE

On March 5, American Airlines resumed nonstop service from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) to Philadelphia, Pa. (PHL) and Washington, D.C./Reagan National (DCA). Service will operate daily to PHL and four days a week to DCA. “Slowly but surely we are seeing our airline partners bring routes back online after removing them due to the COVID- 19 pandemic and the sudden […]


The Columbia office of Coldwell Banker Realty in the Carolinas has won the Platinum Award for outstanding performance by Realogy Leads Group. Lemuel Brown has been named human resources manager at Experience Columbia SC (ECSC). Pamela Bynoe-Reed has been named director of marketing and community affairs/public information officer at Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET). Daniel E. Lewis has […]


Robinson Gray attorney La’Jessica Stringfellow has been appointed to the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. Collins & Lacy, P.C. attorney Claude Prevost III will lead the firm’s trucking and transportation practice group.


Crawford Prezioso represented the S.C. HIV Council/Wright Wellness Center in the leasing of office space at 1731 Laurel Street. NAI Columbia’s Jeff Hein, SIOR; John Gregory, PE, CCIM; and Thomas Wyatt have fully leased the approximately 32,043 square foot industrial building located at 170 Pontiac Business Center Drive in Elgin, South Carolina bringing it from 40 percent occupancy to 100 […]