Dreher High School class of 1956 holds 66th reunion

After having its reunion postponed in 2020 and again in 2021, the Dreher High School Class of 1956 celebrated its 66th class reunion March 25–26 with a Friday night gathering at Dr. and Mrs. Eddy Richmond’s house and a class luncheon Saturday at Forest Lake Club. Guests traveled from as far away as California, the D.C. area, Florida, and New […]

The Telephone

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

“Hey Baby I’m the Telephone Man. Just show me where you want it and I’ll put it where I can.” An obscure singer-songwriter named Meri Wilson recorded this monstrosity back in 1977. If you think nothing that happened before you were born matters, not knowing this song is a positive of that belief. If you’ve lived long enough to suffer […]

Want to receive your S. C. income tax refund faster? Choose direct deposit

Guest Column

The April 18 tax deadline is drawing near, and the pressure to get your tax returns completed is gaining momentum. With the rising costs of gas, food, and other goods and services, you may be thinking about how helpful your tax refund will be, too. Let me give you an important tip to make sure you’ll receive your 2021 tax […]

Vilnius, founded 1323 Lithuania, a new democracy, a new friend

Originally published April 1, 2005

I landed in Vilnius with my friend, Dr. Jim Fisher. Our mission was to speak at the 2004 UNESCO conference at the Law University of Lithuania. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its rich history and beautifully restored buildings. The conference, organized by Dr. Jurate Morkuniene, was entitled “Learning to Live Together: Problems […]


Grant Butler, property manager in Colliers South Carolina and LCK’s Columbia office, has received the 2021 ONE Colliers Award. The Service Excellence Award was presented to Joan Beardsley, lease administrator in the Columbia office. The Innovation Award was presented to Adam Lynch, director of preconstruction services, and Satyam Pachori, assistant project manager, in the Columbia office. The Rising Star Award […]


NAI Columbia’s Peyton Bryant, CCIM, and Ryan Causey facilitated the lease of 2,750 square feet of office space located at 1325 Park Street. They also facilitated the lease of 2,600 square feet of office space located at 1331 Park Street.

Concentrated Active Ingredients & Flavors establishes operations in Lexington County

Concentrated Active Ingredients & Flavors, Inc. (CAIF), a supplier of innovative naturally sourced ingredients, has announced its plans to establish operations in Lexington County. The $5 million investment will create 20 new jobs. Founded in 2016 with a mission to support global well-being, CAIF specializes in the procurement, custom production, and distribution of a thoughtfully curated portfolio of premium, science-backed […]

League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area celebrates Women’s History Month

The League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area (LWVCA) celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting guest lecturer, Dr. Jacqulyn Dowd- Hall, Julia Cherry Spruill professor emeritus at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hall spoke about her book, Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America (2019). She is the founder of the University of North Carolina […]

Richland Library accepting applications for Ethel Bolden Minority Fellowship

The Richland Library Friends and Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Ethel Bolden Minority Fellowship. The $3,500 fellowship encourages and provides support to students from underserved and underrepresented ethnic and racial groups who are working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree at any university or college in South Carolina. They must also express an interest in working at […]

Students continue to volunteer in Olympia

While thousands of students from the University of South Carolina were preparing to cheer on the UofSC Lady Gamecocks, a dedicated group of young people had “community service” on their minds. As part of UofSC’s BIG Event for student volunteers, hundreds of students fanned out over Columbia to provide services to local nonprofits on April 2. The BIG Event is […]