Visit Saluda Riverwalk

Want to go fishing? Walk your dog? Take a stroll? Bird watch? Bicycle? Meditate? Or have a picnic? Go to Saluda Riverwalk any day, from dawn to dusk. You can do any of these activities and more on the Saluda Riverwalk near Riverbanks Zoo, just off I-126. The trail, built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, is about three miles […]

Granby Chapter NSDAR celebrates Constitution Week

The United States Constitution, America’s most important document, stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights. Constitution Week is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23 to commemorate its history and importance, and bring attention to how it serves still today. This celebration of the Constitution was started […]

Tanner retires from Dunbar Funeral Home

Uly Joe Tanner Jr. (l) officially retired from Dunbar Funeral Home Thursday, September 15. Tanner joined Dunbar on September 15, 1975 and stayed with the funeral home for 47 years. He is joined by Greg Dunbar, who recognized Tanner and his years of service with a plaque at Thursday’s retirement party.

UofSC Theatre premieres new outdoor festival stage with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance will launch its 2022/23 performance season October 2–9 with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented outdoors on the brand-new Shakespeare Festival Stage. Show times are 3 p.m. October 2, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. October 8, and 3 p.m. October 9. Admission is $15 for students, $20 […]


•ANIMALS PAALOWEEN, a Halloween weekend costume party event for adults in the Midlands, all while helping PAALS raise money to provide service dogs for South Carolinians with disabilities, will be held Saturday, October 29, 6-10 p.m., indoor River Center at Saluda Shoals Park. •ART Alexandra’s Art Studio, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Road, offers adult classes, kids classes, kids camps, and […]

Things I wished I’d asked my father

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

My father would be turning 100 this month according to the family Bible. Other sources say he’s one year younger. So his age is the first thing I’d ask my dad. With examples like John Wayne Gacy, John Wayne Wilson (whose exploits inspired the movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar), and Elmer Wayne Henley (convicted of killing 27 men in Houston), […]

Enough is enough: bad behavior by coaches, parents, and fans must stop


There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in South Carolina and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents, and fans at high school athletic events. We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting, and even physically assaulting high school referees, umpires, and other officials during and after games. And oftentimes, the harassment continues on social […]

Under the Tuscan Spell—

Siena, a living artifact
Originally published September 23, 2005

Before we hopped on the plane with Alan Shoemaker and his Merry Band headed for Tuscany, I had heard of the rivalry between Florence and Siena. Both were spared during the Allied invasion of Italy during WWII. Both are popular with American tourists. Some of our friends said, “Spend all your time in Florence. The rest of Tuscany is wasted […]


Nicole Stroud has been named corporate marketing director at M.B. Kahn Construction. Just in Powell has been named chief of staff at the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Madeleine (Maggie) Hendry has been named acting deputy secretary for finance and administration at the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Vanessa Mota has been named the 2021 recipient of the FBI Columbia […]

Johnson Controls supports workforce training at Midlands Technical College

Company grants $100,000 to MTC Foundation for purchasing new training equipment

Midlands Technical College will enhance training for the next generation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration technicians. Through a $100,000 grant from the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program, students will receive hands-on training as well as classroom instruction that prepares them for family-sustaining careers. “This funding from Johnson Controls will support the purchase of new training equipment for our […]