Columbia officials provide updates for Rapid Shelter Columbia

Helping to end homelessness in our community

City of Columbia officials held a press conference October 26 with Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, City Councilwoman Aditi Bussells, City Manager Teresa Wilson, Assistant City Manager Henry Simons, and Homeless Services Director Kameisha Heppard speaking to media representatives and local homeless services partners to update the status of the Rapid Shelter Columbia construction project. The concept for Rapid Shelter Columbia is […]

City of Columbia’s Pet of the Week

Meleas is a five-month-old pit bull puppy who is looking for a home to call her own. Meleas is happy to hang around with her humans, sunbath, snooze on a squishy bed (which to her is the best thing on the planet), or munch away on a chewie treat. This puppy is currently in a foster home while she resolves […]

Hutchens Law Firm’s Columbia office wins big in Halloween costume contest

Morgan Leaphart of Hutchens Law Firm’s Columbia office took first place—individual during the firm’s company-wide Halloween costume contest.

Voting while Asian

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

I recently got a new voter registration card. I was classified as Asian. After immediately looking in the mirror (one never knows what old age has in store each morning), I checked my existing card—The one I received in 2002, when I moved permanently to South Carolina. The old card confirmed the new card’s designation. I had registered while attending […]

Survey on the state of disability in South Carolina

South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council calls on people with disabilities to help shape programming across S. C.

According to the CDC one in three South Carolinians has a disability. However, many people with disabilities remain unseen and unheard in our state’s policies, politics, business, and communities. Now until November 30, people with disabilities in South Carolina have a chance to be heard by participating in the South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council’s (SCSILC) Needs Assessment. This survey, […]

Under the Tuscan Spell— Bagnoregio, a challenging walk

Originally published November4, 2005

On a short drive from Orvieto we discovered a wonderful example of the courage of the Etruscans, Romans, and Italians to battle the forces of nature. Perched on the top of a volcanic peak like an island surrounded by a sea of green is the town of Bagnoregio. The site was first inhabited over 2,500 years ago. Then it was […]

Nuf Sed

The nurses and pharmacists at S.C. Oncology surprised arriving patients Halloween morning with smiles, treats, and warm blankets…but no tricks! The nurses stations had different themes—Sleeping Beauty, Charlie’s Angels, Pac Man, and more.


Accounting and advisory firm Mauldin & Jenkins is celebrating the five-year anniversary of the firm’s expansion into the Columbia area. Columbia College president Dr. William T. ( Tom) Bogar t will be leaving at the end of the current academic year. Dr. Jim Chow has been named the recipient of the 2022 Global Vision Award by the Columbia World Affairs […]

Columbia Urban League receives a $1.5 million gift

The Columbia Urban League has announced receiving a gift of $1.5 million that will grow its work to empower underserved and disadvantaged communities. The gift from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott is the largest contribution in the affiliate’s 55-year history. “We are thankful to MacKenzie Scott for recognizing the value of our hardworking efforts to uplift and provide fair and […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation of S.C. awards $837,000 in grants statewide

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded grants totaling $837,000 to 100 nonprofit organizations throughout the Palmetto State, including three national groups serving S.C. statewide. Each organization is working to better the lives of those experiencing poverty in South Carolina. Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded over 3,300 grants to South […]