Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023

Folks About Town



Thomas Dodd, Amanda Shell , Johnnie Williams, and Vannie Williams have joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. Dodd, a 2013 graduate of Blythewood High School, is the son of Yolanda and Tommy Dodd. Shell, a 2013 graduate of Spring Valley High School, is the daughter of Pamela Bell. Johnnie Williams, a 2014 graduate of Richland Northeast High School is the son of Johnnie Williams. Vannie Williams, a 2013 graduate of Ridge View High School, is the son of Jenny Williams.

Army Pfc. Anthony Ervin and Army Pvt. DeAsia Rudder graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. Ervin is a 2012 graduate of Spring Valley High School; Rudder, a 2012 graduate of W.J. Keenan High School, is the daughter of Danielle Rudder.

Adam Weaver, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet, has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Weaver is the son of Douglas Weaver.

Sean Bruce has enrolled in the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps Early Commissioning Program at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. Bruce, a 2014 graduate of Blythewood High School, is the son of Adriana Galindo.



Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Nathan Davis has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Davis, a 2007 graduate of Richland Northeast, is the son of Laurene and Herman Davis.

Dr. Dianne Johnson, Ida Thompson, and Leslie Tetreault received awards presented by the USC School of Library and Information Science. Johnson, a member of the USC English Language and Literature Department, was a Literacy Leader award winner; Thompson and Tetreault received the Inaugural Peggy Parish Prize.

Anna Burns has been named the director of marketing and communication for the Columbia Chamber.

Matt Harris, outside sales professional from FASTSIGNS, has received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2014 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in Frisco, Texas.

Kitty Howel l has been named vice president of business development and employer health services of UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc.

Robert Visbisky, certified public accountant, has joined Scott and Company as a senior auditor on the assurance and advisory services team.

Derr ick Stubbs, Charles Statler Jr., Alan Grimsley, and Todd Dailey have been selected for the newly formed management committee at Derrick, Stubbs & Stith.

Sonya Giffin has joined Sandler Training South Carolina as a leadership coach.

Glor ia Thomas, Robin Rawl, and Joel Skipper were recognized by Junior Achievement of South Carolina at the JACSC board meeting on September 10. Thomas received the JA 2014 Volunteer of the Year award, Rawl the JA Twenty Year Service Pin, and Skipper the JA Ten Year Service Pin.

Jessie Smoake has joined Palmetto Health Foundation as development coordinator.

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