A.C. Flora Class of 1962 reunites

The first, and they will say the best, class of A.C. Flora celebrated its 60th reunion Saturday, August 13, at the Gregg Park Club House. The weekend got off to a fast start with a gathering of the “flock” on the night before at Hunter Gatherer at Owens Field. On Saturday night, Ross Holmes Band entertained, and Southern Way catered […]

Jazz Mass returns after two-year absence due to COVID

For a church experience that’s a little out of the box, while also holding onto tradition, consider attending St. Martin’sin the-Fields Episcopal Church’s 19th annual Jazz Mass set for Sunday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m., 5220 Clemson Avenue, across the street from Crayton Middle School. This longtime favorite has been on a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Parishioners and staff […]

Is Cracker Barrel woke?

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

Cracker Barrel is focused on two things— great tasting, southern style food, and We Don’t Care. One would consider this a snowflake free zone. The chain cornered the market on down home vibes and catered to travelers. I first heard of Cracker Barrel, which was established in 1969 in Tennessee, from my mother. She loved traveling. If you ever visited […]

Strengthen the retirement system by reducing its debt

Guest Column

State government ended fiscal year 2021-22 on June 30, 2022, with a balance of surplus funds never before seen in South Carolina’s nearly 250-year history. The General Fund revenues that were actually collected during the year significantly exceeded the revenue estimates that were used at the beginning of the year upon which state agency budgets were based. Actual revenue collections […]

Under the Tuscan Spell— The Chianti Wine Road

Originally published August 26, 2005

After enjoying the sights and history of Florence, Lucca, and Pisa, we turned our attention to the Wine Road through the Chianti Region of Tuscany. Our first stop was in Greve, the home of Chianti’s largest annual wine festival and the center of Chianti wine production. It was our first visit to a typical Tuscan walled town on a hill. […]


The Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC), an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), has welcomed its largest class of new board members in the group’s 11-year history, including Wanda Austin, Dr. Salandra Bowman, Keela Glover, Raishad Glover, Crystal Jamison, Mary Jatkowski, Ingrid O. McMillan, Jamesha Shakerford, Dr. H. Kay Thomas, and Judge Kela Thomas. […]

Scott & Corley, P.A. partners honored

Family professional accomplishments also bind the law firm’s chair with attorney sons

The Columbia law firm of Scott & Corley, P.A., has announced Ronald “Ron” Charles Scott, Scott & Corley, P.A. chair; and Reginald “Reggie” Patrick Corley, managing attorney, have again been named to the annual South Carolina editions of 2023 Best Lawyers in America® and the 2022 Super Lawyers®. Scott and Corley were listed in mortgage default or creditor-debtor rights law […]


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. has announced Best Lawyers ® , has selected 30 attorneys for inclusion in The 2023 Best Lawyers in America © , including three attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” for the Columbia metro area and five attorneys as “Ones to Watch.” The following have been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year:” Clarke W. DuBose, John M. […]

A new Star is born!

Quinleigh Ruth was born Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 3:23 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs,. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. New grandmother Pam Clark is very proud!

Columbia members join newly organized National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims Branch organized and chartered in Greenville

With only two chapters of the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (NSSDP) in South Carolina, Columbia residents Faye Parks, Lynda Smith, Jean Smith, Norma Corley, Lily Richter, Ben Richter, Sarah Kirby, Betty Getgood, and Denise Lane have become charter members of the newest branch. The South Carolina Upstate Branch of the NSSDP) was chartered in Greenville, South […]