2005-08-05

Under the Tuscan Spell

Part Eight: The walled city of Lucca

Lucca is one of Tuscany’s most famous walled cities. It is west of Florence, 20 miles from the sea, and about 15 miles from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From its beginnings as an Etruscan town, it was a trading post on the road from Gaul to Rome protected by high walls. In 56 BC, Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus met […]

Notice of Application



Notice is hereby given that VEER, Inc. intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale off premises consumption of Wine and Liquor only at 841 Sparkleberry Lane Unit 3, Columbia, SC 29229. To object to the issuance of the permit/license, written protest must be received by the SC Department of […]

Notice of Application



Notice is hereby given that Sumter Investment Group, LLC dba Wild Wing Café intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale on premises consumption of Beer, Wine and Liquor at 480-2 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC 29229. To object to the issuance of the permit/license, written protest must be received […]

US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to Republicans at fairgrounds



Tronco’s at the fairgrounds served lunch to the local Republican’s First Tuesday Club, and their speaker was US Senator Lindsey Graham (R–SC). Graham thanked the crowd for their warm welcome, and he thanked them for electing him to the US Senate, something SC does maybe every 50 years, he noted. Graham sits on four committees in the US Senate: Armed […]

Stevens & Wilkinson sues city for $1.3 million



The city–financed, city–developed, and city– owned 300–room convention center headquarters hotel deal soured in early 2004 when it approached $72 million in total development cost. The proposed Metropolitan Columbia Convention Center Headquarters Hotel ratcheted up to over $240,000 per room in total development cost, and the city decided not to develop an assured money loser. Atlanta–based architecture and engineering firm […]

Lawsuit settlement benefits Camp Kemo



Attorney General Henry McMaster visited with campers and staff from CAMP KEMO Thursday, and presented the Palmetto Health Foundation with a check for $25,000. The money is part of a multi–state settlement the Attorney General’s Office reached with Bristol–Myers Squibb Co. in a federal antitrust case surrounding the cancer drug Taxol©. The states alleged that the drug company enforced patents […]

Events Calendar

August 5

August 5–12Friday 5 The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hold a lunch meeting at 11:30 am at Seawell’s restaurant. Call 951-3213 or email ruthdona@att.net. Window to the World Family Fun Night will be at the Columbia Museum of Art from 5:30–8 pm. Call 799-2810 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org. Fiction writer Lee Bauknight and band Petrillo Relents present as […]

For the love of Beaufort

Alexia Jones Helsley writes Beaufort: A History

Alexia Jones Helsley was a teen when she fell in love with Beaufort. Her love began as soon as the first storm blew in off the river. Inspired by great teachers and surrounded by other students also blessed, Helsley found her niche for success early and easily. “There were six merit finalists in our senior class,” including author Pat Conroy […]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a sweet and creepy mixture



I just saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Sandhills Cinema 16. I must say that I have seen the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and read the book. This means I have two points of reference for this film. The new Willy Wonka was fairly accurate to the book but not so much to the original film. […]

Friends take diamond skills to Winthrop and Erskine



Two young men who contributed to 16 baseball victories for A.C. Flora High School and another nine victories for Richland Post 6 this past season head to college. Ben Halligan takes the mound for Coach Joe Hudak’s Winthrop University Eagles, a team that won the Big South Conference Championship and participated in the NCAA playoffs. Halligan’s teammate and good friend […]