Realtors doing good for children with special needs

Families were impressed to see the facelift at The Therapy Place due to a full day of volunteering by Keller Williams Palmetto. Over 30 realtors converged on the space for the company- wide annual RED DAY (Renew, Energize, & Donate). The entire company across the U.S. and Canada participates with one project taking place at The Therapy Place, a local […]

Cayce’s first fire truck returns to service

The City of Cayce will have its 1936 fire truck back on the streets Wednesday, June 9, as part of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association 2021 Convention at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The fire truck, which was restored in 2019, will be escorted to the convention center at 11 a.m. from Cayce City Hall. It will be placed […]

Early Columbia Cemeteries

Part 19: From Furniture Maker to Modern Day Funeral Home

In the 1800s, James. M. Van Metre owned and operated a large furniture store and cabinet making business and a funeral home at 1313-1319 Main Street. Saluda Virginia Van Metre, daughter of James. M. Van Metre, married John S. Dunbar, a Columbia druggist and trained mortician. At the death of James Van Metre, his estate was divided among his children. […]

Rogan and Barkley

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

Joe Rogan’s been popular on news feeds lately. And not for good reasons. He’s tempting fate with honest statements about things better left unsaid. But I think he’ll be alright. He has a massive following— around 11 million podcast subscribers. He is a former comedian and actor. He’s familiar with UFC style fighting. And he seems to have the resiliency […]


Excerpt No. 23 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, Chapter 5 (Cont’d) “I’m in,” Ryan said sticking his hand in waiting for the others to join in. “I can’t believe I’m asking this,” Chris said as […]

Roach Anxiety— Part 2: The Protection Plan

Adventure Travel

Bully Bobby didn’t stop! Instead, he began to punish me for “telling on him.” He pushed me out of line as we changed classes, grabbed me up, and shouted in my face, “I’m gonna beat you up, Sissy Boy!” He took the ball from my dodge ball game, threw it over the fence, and snarled, “Now, go get it, Sissy […]


The following have joined NP Strategy: Beverly Bowers as project manager; Celesia Patterson as strategic marketing manager; Valentina Rojas as communications coordinator; and Imani Frasier as communications coordinator. Jan Hollar has been named to the board of directors at First Community Corporation. Chernoff Newman, has recently expanded its core team to include new hires Becky Elam as a media buyer […]

Bank of America Foundation awards Big Red Barn Retreat grant to support its transcendental meditation program

Bank of America Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Big Red Barn Retreat (BRBR) May 17. The grant supports the Transcendental Meditation (TM) training program. The money will allow the BRBR to offer Veterans, active duty service members, first responders, and military family members the opportunity to train in this age-old meditation practice of transcendental meditation. Transcendental Meditation (TM) […]

Dominion Energy to reopen Lake Murray Park Site with limited capacity

Dominion Energy will reopen a Lake Murray recreation area to visitors on a limited capacity. Located immediately south of the Lake Murray Dam, Park Site 1 has been closed since the COVID- 19 pandemic began impacting South Carolina last year. Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dominion Energy will allow a limited number of visitors […]

Sheppard’s Glass Service opens new Chapin location

Sheppard’s Glass Service has opened a new full service (auto, commercial, and residential glass) location in Chapin at 855 Chapin Road. Its original location in West Columbia on Platt Springs Road celebrated 50 years in business in 2018. “We saw an emerging need in the market and moved to take advantage of it,” said Calvin Sheppard, president of the company. […]