Heathwood Hall seniors receive Young and Gifted Awards from Urban League

Heathwood Hall seniors (back row, l-r) Robert Golden, Kaleb Barnes, Rondarius Porter, Khadir Irving (middle row) Brooklyn Moore, Myles Roberts, Justin Ansley, (front row) Jazmin Harper, Derek Lewis, India Young, (not pictured) Kayla Barnes, and Rondasha Caughman have been honored by the Columbia Urban League with its 2022 Young and Gifted Award. The award honors students who excel in academics, […]

Rob Shaw Gallery hosts opening reception, show of works by artists Mark Conrardy and Howard Hunt

Rob Shaw Framing and Gallery at 324 State Street, West Columbia, will host an opening reception for a show featuring artists Mark Conrardy and Howard Hunt March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists, enjoy curated collections of their work, and purchase artwork. The show runs through March 28. Originally from Kansas, Conrardy […]

Columbia Children’s Theatre presents Nora’s Ark

Join Columbia Children’s Theatre March 11, 12, and 13 for its musical production of Nora’s Ark. Show times are Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 12 at 2 and 7 p.m; and Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m., at Cottingham Theatre at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. General admission tickets are $10, and $8 for active military […]

Coming to America: African discovers his roots

Originally published February 25, 2005

“Do you mean this is my day?” he asked. Dr. Naby Camara slowly realized the significance of February 16 being declared Dr. Naby Camara Day in the City of Columbia by Mayor Bob Coble. “But it can’t be just my day. It is the day of alliance between Columbia and Farenya, my village.” So it is. And we decided to […]


The Final Excerpt (No. 62) from Mike Maddock’s novel available now on Amazon
50– Something

Editor’s Note: We have been pleased to publish Mike Maddock’s novel, Sunnybrook, in its entirety as a “50 Something” weekly series for 2021-2022. If you enjoyed Sunnybrook, please purchase a copy on Amazon and/or write a review. Chapter 13 The Conclusion “I know you’re going to love Columbia, and you’ll meet tons of new friends.” “That’s what Chris’s mom said.” […]

Cheaters never win

I’m just saying...

As my husband, Marty, was getting into his truck last weekend to head to our lake place, he stopped and turned around to face me. I thought he might be about to kiss me goodbye again, but he had a very serious look on his face. He placed his hands on my shoulders and took a deep breath before speaking. […]


Elliott Epps has joined United Way of the Midlands’ community impact team as director of leadership and capacity building. Eden Hendrick has been named executive director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) by Governor Henry McMaster. Crystal Baker has been named research manager for Colliers South Carolina. Cayce City Councilman, Hunter Sox, has been awarded the McLaughlin […]


McKay Firm partners Julius W. “Jay” McKay II and Daniel R. Settana Jr. are now certified circuit court mediators with the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. Stuart Andrews, a civil rights lawyer, has joined Burnette Shutt & McDaniel.

The Blood Connection, Five Points Association Partner to host blood drive, promote return of the 40th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, many are preparing for the “luck of the Irish,” but The Blood Connection ( TBC) and the Five Points Association (FPA) are partnering to bring the “luck to the donor,” to encourage blood donations in the Midlands. The two organizations are working together ahead of the highly anticipated return of the 40th Annual St. […]

stayAPT Suites opens in Columbia

Columbia-area travelers now have access to a better way to stay while away from home, thanks to a new apartment-style hotel, stayAPT Suites, which is now open. Located at 851 Columbiana Drive in Irmo, stayAPT Suites’ residential-inspired suites offer a new standard of comfort for travelers seeking any length of stay. The 75-room Columbia- Irmo hotel continues a wave of […]