Meet the Congaree Riverkeeper

How did Bill Stangler become the Congaree Riverkeeper? According to him, “A series of poor choices.” Stangler was working for Adventure Carolina in 2008, as a river guide, when several of his friends, coworkers, and customers became ill from various things. A local sewer company was discovered dumping more than a million gallons of sewage into the Saluda River. The […]

Dessau scuba immersion trip scheduled for February

The first Dessau International immersion scheduled for 2023 will be to Bonaire February 11–18. In addition to diving or snorkeling, participants will get to experience quality of life on the surface and learn a bit about its history. Bonaire, one of the ABC islands off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean, is also known as the island of the […]

Ten years ago… January 2013 100 brave the plunge

By polar bear standards, a dip in Lake Carolina January 5 (2013) was practically a balmy experience. One hundred brave souls participated in the Ninth Annual Polar Bear plunge 10 years ago, which raises funds for Children’s Charities of the Midlands, by stripping down to their swim suits in the 43 degree weather and jumping into 47 degree water, all […]

Under the Tuscan Spell— Sistine Chapel

Originally published January 6, 2006

Within the Vatican, an easy walking distance from St. Peter’s, are some of the world’s greatest museums: • The Treasury contains church ornaments, statues, papal mitres, and gifts to the popes from kings and presidents. • The Vatican Grottoes contain chapels dedicated to saints and tombs of kings, queens, and popes. • The Roman Necropolis is the oldest Christian graveyard […]

The Weight of the World…or Ten Extra Pounds

I’m just saying...

Well here we are again! Another new year and another chance to be better and do better and take better care of ourselves. This is the time of the year when the gyms fill up, diet plans are selling like cold beer on a hot day at the ballpark, and people pledge to discard all their bad habits and start […]

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U-Haul ranks South Carolina the No. 3 growth state of 2022

South Carolina is the No. 3 growth state in America, rising one spot from its ranking the previous year, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022. People arriving in South Carolina in one-way U-Haul trucks increased by one percent over 2021, while departures dropped two percent. Do-it-yourself movers arriving in the Palmetto State accounted for 50.9 […]


Ed Mullins Jr. recently received the American Inns of Court’s A. Sherman Christiansen Award given annually to recognize those who have provided exceptional leadership to the American Inns of Court movement.


Riggs Partners, as part of a public-private partnership with the City of West Columbia, will host an unveiling event for the iconic WECO sign Tuesday, January 10, 5 p.m., Riggs Partners, 750 Meeting Street, West Columbia.

Richland County Council reelects Overture Walker to serve as chair

Richland County Council met January 3. Two newly elected members began their terms of service including Jason Branham representing District One and Don Weaver representing District Six. During the meeting council voted to reelect Overture Walk to serve as chair and Jesica Mackey to serve as vice chair. Council members had the opportunity, in order of seniority in years of […]