Remembering Lt. Farrow, UofSC’s famed Doolittle Raider

It has been described as one of the most courageous deeds in U.S military history, America’s first victory of World War II, and the first step toward the United States’ defeat of Japan in 1945. Led by Lt. Col. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, a renowned daredevil pilot and recipient of a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of […]

West Columbia residents receive Humanitarian Award

What is a “humanitarian?” The dictionary says a humanitarian is a person who actively engages or promotes human welfare and improves the health and happiness of a person or group. Sybil and Ralph Jarrells of West Columbia have received the “Humanitarian Award” by the Royal Society of St. George in a ceremony recently held in Beverly Hills, California. Her Majesty, […]

Congaree Vista Guild installs new sculpture

The Congaree Vista Guild has announced the installation of Motherhood, a new sculpture by Nora Valdez, on the corner of Lady and Gadsden Streets in the heart of the Congaree Vista. The project was facilitated by One Columbia for Arts and Culture. The sculpture, carved from Indiana limestone, represents all mothers—working mothers, immigrant mothers, single mothers— and their strength in […]

The Dabompa School— Part Three: A plan for improvement

Originally published February 11, 2005

Dr. Naby Camara (Camara Nabi) is coming to America. He is The Columbia Star 2005 Scholar. Dr. Camara was born in Farenya, Guinea, West Africa, in 1940. His parents, Momodou and Mimi, were farmers in a small village on the Rio Pongo, 40 miles from the Atlantic coast. During his childhood, Camara learned to appreciate the rich history of his […]


Excerpt No. 60 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 ebsite, Chapter 13 cont’d “I guess everything is changing.” “When my mom told me I got pretty upset. I asked, ‘ What about my friends?’ and she […]

Man Made Mediation

I’m just saying...

I’m beginning to suspect my husband, Marty, might need some play dates with his male friends. He retired last summer and went from a male-filled social calendar of guy things like fishing, football, and practically any sport out there to… well…me. Most of his guy buddies are still working, and those who aren’t either live in other states or other […]


Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) has announced the four local artists selected to participate in the 2022–2023 Art in the Airport program: Emily Ward (March–May 2022), Marie Boyd (June– August 2022), Cait Malone (September –November 2022), and Laura Rohlfing (December 2022–February 2023). Abi Snyder and Merrell Johnson have joined Assurance Financial’s Columbia branch as loan officers. Thomas Beard, SIOR and Dillon […]


Cypress Commercial & Investment Real Estate has announced a record year for 2021 with 37 real estate transactions representing a total value of more than $46 million, a 100 percent increase over 2020. Colliers South Carolina’s industrial brokerage team of Chuck Salley, SIOR; Dave Mathews , SIOR; Thomas Beard, SIOR; and John Peebles has been hired for brokerage and marketing […]


La’Jessica Stringfellow, an associate with Robinson Gray, has been named a Star of the Quarter by the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division. Ashley Lamb, Robinson Gray law firm’s manager of HR programs and diversity and inclusion coordinator, is one of 39 to be invited to participate in the 14th Midlands class of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. Ashley […]

Columbia City Council gets federal legislation update

Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, February 15. Ralph Garboushian, federal lobbyist, provided a briefing regarding federal legislation. The 117th Congress, second session convened January 2. Garboushian said the congress was expected to complete the spending for fiscal year 2022 in either January or February. President Joe Biden is scheduled to give his State of the Union Address […]