Ringing the bell

Columbia East Rotary Club members ring the bell for The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Drive.

Cheraw Congregation meets in Columbia

The Cheraw Congregation, a misnomer of sorts, is a group of folks who grew up or spent part of their youth in Cheraw and now live in the Columbia area. The Congregation name was selected in deference to the late Charles Duvall, a retired Episcopal Bishop who was raised in Cheraw and involved with the group as it formed several […]

Veterans honored with wreath at Veterans War Memorial

With the ringing of the bell at noon December 13 on the State House grounds, Maj. Gen. Van McCarty (l), S.C. National Guard Adjutant General, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Akshai Gandhi (r), Assistant Adjutant General Air Guard, lay a wreath at the Veterans War Memorial honoring all Veterans past and present for their service to this country.

New Richland One employee finds fulfilling niche in human resources

There are very few professions which haven’t been challenged to adapt to changes brought about by the pandemic. For human resource professionals, the already complex process of recruiting, hiring, and explaining benefits for employees has been altered drastically with the onset of COVID-19. Dr. Tammy Small was hired by Richland One in August as a coordinator of special projects in […]

War on Christmas

On December 2, I saw my first We Say Merry Christmas bumper sticker of the 2021 season. For folks living under a rock, the slogan is a must for anyone afraid we’re trying to cancel Christmas in America. The idea of one not saying Merry Christmas somehow lessens the value of Christmas. The modern version of this insanity began in […]


Excerpt No. 51 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 12 Cont’d “Oh, God!” Chris screamed. “He’s going for it!” None of the boys noticed David and Mary Katherine running towards them. They did not notice […]

Historic Eutawville Part 6: Ferguson

After the Civil War, Yankee lumber companies realized the forests of the Northeast and Midwest were becoming exhausted, so they focused their attention on the virgin forests in the humbled South. Two lumber mill magnates from Chicago, Francis Beidler and B. F. Ferguson, formed the Santee River Cypress Lumber Company in South Carolina and purchased over 165,000 acres of land […]


Jacob Darnell, Brian Boyer, and Jeff Mascarella have joined Thomas & Hutton’s civil department as designers. The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) has added four new members to its team, including Kimberly Washburn Motte as arts learning director, Amanda Noyes as K-12 coordinator, Krista Grendze as assistant grants coordinator, and La Ruchala Murphy as arts industry director. Jada Samuel has […]

Aflac Group awards $365,000 in grants to South Carolina nonprofits

Aflac has awarded $365,000 in grants to 47 local nonprofits in its spring and fall 2021 grant cycles. Nonprofits receiving grants are working on projects that support health and well-being and education in communities throughout South Carolina. The selected organizations and their projects are: Spring 2021 Grantees•Bridges of Hope, Stepping StonesGrief Support for Children, Teens &Families•Camp Happy Days, Camp 2021•Classy […]


Daniel S. Sanders Jr. has been chosen to lead the office of general counsel for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Jack Cohoon, an attorney at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, has received the Richland County Bar Association’s Civic Star Award.