Multi-Dog Households: The More, the Merrier



Do you have more than one dog in your household? There are a number of reasons that people end up with multi-dog households. You may have started off with one dog, then worried he was lonely while you were at work. You may have ended up with your son’s or daughter’s pet after he or she got married, or you […]

The shoe fits with Town Theatre’s Cinderella


Don’t let the clock strike midnight before joining Town Theatre’s summer production of Cinderella. This isn’t your mother’s Cinderella either —it’s the new Broadway adaptation of the classic tale. Of course, it has some favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” but the up-to-date libretto will give you a new […]

The Day FDR Died and his Warm Springs


In early April 1945, I was planning my sixth birthday party for May 10, the day my grandmother said I would become a man. I had a “girl friend” I had invited to my party. Sadly, that birthday party never happened. On the morning of April 13, my mother woke me as usual, “ Wake up and get ready for […]

Sunnybrook

Excerpt No. 28 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 w website, www.TheColumbiaStar.com. Chapter 6 (Cont’d) Eric was busy watching a granddaddy long leg crawl up the Miltons’s fence when he heard Joey and his bike make the […]

Lips and Ships and Shopping Trips

I’m just saying...


If I ever get to heaven, I have some questions for some of the people in the Bible. I’d love to hear about the Garden of Eden from Adam and Eve and talk to the shepherds from that first Christmas who were told by a host of angels about the birth of Christ, and obviously it would be amazing to […]

FOLKS ABOUT TOWN

Columbia Chamber and the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board (LCAB) honored 36 graduates of the Leadership Columbia program. The Leadership Columbia Class of 2021 includes John Andoh, Rachel Atria, Marcia Bacon, Michael Barker, Thomas Beard, Kaitlin Beck, Jennifer Berryman, Sam Bond, Tom Bryant, Aditi Srivastav Bussells, Branden Conrad, Kimberlei Davis, Mimi Draft, Megan Huebner, Rachel John, Rula Kibler, Catie Martin, Hunter […]

ATTORNEYS HONORED

Joseph D. Dickey Jr., managing partner of the Dickey Law Group, has been selected as one of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Honorees. Gary A. Pickren, a founding owner and attorney at Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC, has been appointed to the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. Daniel R. Settana Jr., of The McKay Firm, has been […]

REAL ESTATE

Peyton Bryant, Ryan Causey, and Alex Johnson of NAI Columbia, in conjunction with Bern DuPree, Kay Hill, Trey Snellings, and Ari Laurenza of Furman Capital Advisors, represented the seller, TMCO Holdings, in the sale of the Saluda Square Duplexes located at 1800 Oceola Street, 501 S. Saluda Avenue, and 503 S. Saluda Avenue, Columbia for $2,125,000. Patrick Palmer and Bobby […]

Gov. Henry McMaster requires transparency for state budget earmarks


Governor Henry McMaster has taken steps to bolster transparency around earmarked appropriations in the state budget. Specifically, the governor sent a letter to the leaders of 24 state agencies which received funds allocated for earmarked projects and required they provide the Executive Budget Office (EBO) with a detailed explanation of how those funds will be spent by the recipients, and […]

Financial Aid Tip of the Month


High school seniors should keep a close eye on deadlines when applying for college financial aid, according to KHEAA, a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It’s important to take full advantage of any scholarship or grant opportunity that can help pay for technical training and college. Staying on top of deadlines will help […]