Columbia Civitan Club donates to Epworth Early Intervention Center

Columbia Civitan Club recently donated $710 to Epworth Early Intervention Center. These funds will be used to purchase a variety of communication devices to be used with preschool children who are nonverbal or who have emerging language skills. They will provide opportunities for language learning and choice making. Columbia Civitan club was established on November 4, 1929 and continues to […]

Ribbon cutting held for FuruSato Bento in Five Points

The Five Points Association, along with the City of Columbia’s Economic Development Office and Office of Business Opportunities, hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for FuruSato Bento, 748 Harden Street, Tuesday, April 26. FuruSato Bento is opening in the former Grilled Teriyaki location. FuruSato Bento is a convenience store offering many Japanese snacks. It also has many grab-and-go offerings as […]

SCDNR’s K9 Rio receives donation of body armor

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) K9 Rio has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. K9 Rio’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR – EOW 1/16/20.” SCDNR’s K-9 team is used in the investigation of hunting and fishing […]

Lithuania, a new democracy, a new friend —An Uzupian wedding

Originally published April 22, 2005

Being in Uzupio is much like tripping through a medieval fairy tale. Gnarled and bent trees cast moonlit shadows across paths where gnomes roam and gremlins scamper. A mermaid sits beside the river waiting for her star–crossed lover. A horse and carriage on cobblestone streets and wooden bridges cast echoes against an ancient castle wall. Our host, Andrius, raised his […]

Government charge cards require stringent oversight

Guest Column

Government procurement cards, known as p-cards, are intended to streamline routine purchases such as for office supplies and small dollar items. Functioning like credit cards and used by thousands of state and local government employees across South Carolina, they’re designed to make small expenditures more efficient often by eliminating the need for purchase orders, thus reducing the time and cost […]

Beauty in the Bottles

I’m just saying...

When P.T. Barnum said there was a sucker born every minute, I think he had me in mind. I don’t really understand it because I’m a reasonably intelligent and educated woman. I like to think of myself as pretty streetwise after all of my years in Los Angeles and especially after all the time I spent working in the food […]


First Reliance Bank has named Michael Edens market president of Columbia; Brent Mackie as regional executive to the Lexington market; and Casey Goodrich as senior vice president, relationship banker. Mark Duffy has joined Chernoff Newman in its public affairs division. Carrie McCament has been named chief executive officer. The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) received two awards at […]

Nephron Pharmaceuticals supports Lexington District One pharmacology students

The Lexington One Educational Foundation applauds the continued generosity from Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy. Kennedy, a leader in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a Lexington District One alumna, recently donated $5,400 to the Educational Foundation to support the Lexington District One students enrolled in the pharmacology course this school year. A $300 course fee is a […]

Historic Randolph Cemetery needs help

Randolph Cemetery was created by black businessmen and opened in 1872 as the first formal, private cemetery for blacks in Columbia and Richland County. It is named for Senator Benjamin F. Randolph (Republican, Orangeburg) who was assassinated in 1868 amid a year of political violence toward whites and blacks. Randolph was a proponent of integrated public education. The cemetery is […]

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Lexington Medical Center will host a drive-through site on the hospital campus in West Columbia to drop off unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Community members can drive to Lexington Medical Park 3 at 222 East Medical Lane in West Columbia from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, April […]