Dreher High School to represent S.C. in national theater competition

The Dreher Drama Department won the coveted Chapter Select Award at the South Carolina International Thespians and Palmetto Dramatic Association Festival for its performance of the one-act, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. As Chapter Select, this group of juniors and seniors will represent the state of South Carolina as part of the International Thespian Festival at Indiana University. The […]

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews finds new ways to serve local community

The Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, an all-volunteer, interfaith learning program for active adults 50 and above, is known not just for offering a wide array of classes and activities but also for a long history of giving back to the local community. The center, located at Ashland United Methodist Church, reaches out to serve its neighbors throughout the wider […]

St. Timothy’s honors organist and choirmaster

Elaine Sandberg, organist and choirmaster, was honored upon her retirement by the vestry and members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Sunday, May 29. Sandberg began her musical ministry there in October of 2002 and officially retired May 29. Following the service, a program was held in the sanctuary, during which time her husband and two daughters spoke. Elaine reflected on […]

Pet of the Week

Shamrock is the City of Columbia’s adoptable pet of the week. This three-year-old cat was living outside but is now looking for an indoor home. Please refer to ID number A277879 when visiting www.columbiasc.net/animal-services.

Just Watching the Sun Set

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

We were sitting on adjacent rocks watching the sun set, almost an hour early. I’ve known this man for nearly 50 years. He and his two siblings are my closest friends. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the universe just then. We’d waited out the sunset many times before—both together and alone. There is something about appreciating […]

Big Red Barn receives grant to support transcendental meditation training for veterans and first responders

Guest Column

The Bank of America Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to The Big Red Barn Retreat recently to fund its Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) training program. The money will be used to offer T.M. training for veterans, active-duty service members, first responders, and their immediate family members in an effort to improve the mental wellness of South Carolina’s military and first responder […]

Customer service and pond water

Letter to the Editor

Spectrum recently experienced a widespread problem with its streaming app. This resulted in an approximately 24-hour service blackout for some subscribers. I called Spectrum to complain, asking why I should have to pay for a full month’s service when only 29 days of service were provided. Spectrum politely agreed, promptly apologized, and immediately refunded one day’s worth of the monthly […]

Under the Tuscan Spell—La dolce vita begins in Firenze

Originally published June 17, 2005

In his book Too Much Tuscan Sun, Dario Castagno tells of an American couple who traveled to Italy “to visit an art city called Florence, but they couldn’t find it on even the most detailed maps.” Firenze is Florence, a city of a half–million people famous for enjoying la dolce vita, the rich life of trattorias, museums, galleries, churches, theaters, […]


Madison Dugar has joined LS3P as a student intern for the summer in its Columbia office. Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbia Chamber, and the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board (LCAB) honored 61 graduates of the Leadership Columbia program, including Dana Austin, Briana Bateman, Fran Boyd, Daniel Branham, Paige Bryant, Pamela Bynoe-Reed, Shawn Caraballo, Nic Collins, Ken Corning, Coleman Davis, Helen […]

Schattdecor expands operations in Lexington County

Schattdecor, an international, family-owned decor printing company, has announced plans to expand operations in Lexington County. The company’s $21 million investment will create 23 new jobs over the next five years. Headquartered in Germany, Schattdecor produces printed, impregnated, and finished surfaces. Since 1985, the company has provided customers with unique surfaces for flooring, furniture, countertops, doors, and interior design. With […]