Columbia area shut out in basketball championships

In recent years, boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Lower Richland, Richland Northeast, Irmo, Lexington, Columbia, Dreher, and Dutch Fork have been finalists in the SC High School League championships. Cardinal Newman has represented SCISA in its state finals twice in the past three seasons. But this year only the Lady Silver Foxes of Dutch Fork were able to get […]


Contributed by Richland Two In a ceremony held February 19, in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators’ 137th annual conference, Richland School District 2 Superintendent Stephen Hefner was honored as a winner of the 2005 eSchool News Tech–Savvy Superintendent Award. Sponsored by Software Technology Inc. (STI) and Microsoft Corp., the awards were given to ten of the nation’s […]

Benson wins Students’ Choice Award

Dr. Ann Benson, assistant professor of music, won the Columbia College Students’ Choice Award for 2005. The award is determined entirely by student nomination and vote. Students are asked to nominate faculty members who exemplify teaching excellence and who have made a real difference in students’ learning and development. A 1977 Columbia College graduate, Benson holds a master of music […]

Because of Winn–Dixie is a good, family film

Sunday was a really yucky day. It was cold and dreary, but my day was a little brighter Because of Winn–Dixie. As I have mentioned before, we have a house rule that mandates I read the book before seeing the movie. In this case, I had an added incentive to obey the cardinal rule of movie viewing. After my experience […]

Teachers are not made; they are born

John Pulford brings a wealth of life experience to Heathwood Hall to enrich the educational experience for his students.

John Pulford grew up in Brazil and developed a lifelong passion for reading. This passion led him around the world, and ultimately to Heathwood Hall. The Ugly American by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick, encouraged Pulford to pursue a career in international diplomacy. However, Bob Partridge, Pulford’s high school teacher and soccer coach, helped him realize his natural affinity for […]

Women heat up the ice

Three Columbia Inferno players, Matt Ulwelling, Sean Owens, and Trevor Demmans were there as well, offering personal instruction and advice to the ladies. Many of the women on the team grew up ice–skating and playing hockey, but many others had little or no experience with hockey until they joined the team. Team member Kimberly Pierce heard about an open call […]

L.R.’s Atkins Coach of the Year honor nearly unique

To be unique, something has to be singularly extraordinary. So, when Lower Richland Boys’ Head Basketball Coach Chip Atkins was the recipient of the National High School Federation’sCoach of the Year, he took it in stride. “I asked the people at the High School League if any coach in the state had ever won it before,” said Atkins, who then […]

Ricky’s coming home

Ricky is serving time in a Colorado state prison for robbery when two detectives from Ohio come to pick him up. He’s been charged with first degree sexual assault (rape) back in Ohio. Ricky signs extradition papers, and he’s now cleared for police to escort him back to the Buckeye State for trial. The prosecution has DNA evidence which they […]

Y’all come back, y’here!

Property taxes are soaring. Traffic is terrible. There’s nothing worthwhile on TV. Sprawl is gobbling up Richland and Lexington counties. And Social Security is going broke. The worst thing, however, is that we are losing our Southern culture right before our deep–fried eyes. More and more folks from the North are moving in and corrupting our Southern way of life. […]

Spring break at the SC State Museum

Contributed by theSC State Museum Enjoy an exciting spring break at the SC State Museum with fun hands–on activities and presentations about amazing dinosaurs, cool cryogenics, and mystifying optical illusions during the weeks of March 21, March 28, and April 4. Young paleontologists learn about fossils from creatures of the past and make dinosaur magnets to take home in a […]