Pilots introduce children to flying

International Young Eagles Day, to be celebrated locally at Owens Field June 10, affords children eight to 17 an opportunity to experience flight. Among the pilots who will be participating in the annual event are Paul Carter, Francis Drayton, Ron Shelton, Xen Motsinger, and George Esslinger. Pilots furnish their planes and fuel just to introduce young people to the thrill […]


Sealed proposals will be received by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, for water main construction. Proposals will be accepted from any Contractor qualified to bid under the South Carolina Licensing Law, until 2:00 p.m. , local time, June 15, 2006 at the second floor Conference Room, 1225 Laurel Street in Columbia, South Carolina. […]

Notice of Application

Notice is hereby given that Jay R’s Stop N Shop, LLC, intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale on premises consumption of Beer, and Wine only, at 10447 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood, SC 29016. To object to the issuance of the permit/license, written protest must be received by the SC […]


CHILDREN/family The Columbia Museum of Art will present Family Fun Night Fri., June 2 from 5:30-8pm. Additional Family Fun Nights will be Fri., July 7 & Fri., August 11. www.columbiamuseum.org or 799-2810. CHURCH/Charity Shady Grove United Methodist Church will host Wild, Wonderful, Wacky Wednesdays, each Wednesday beginning June 21 from 9:30 am-noon. 781-4832. World Changers is bringing 92 junior and […]

Slave Trade Expedition to Africa Part 6: The Queen’s Palace

In May of 1856, a British missionary visited Farenya and described what was known as Niara Bely’s Queen’s Palace: This most interesting old lady dwells in a commodious house surrounded by huts and stores etc., which form quite a village. Standing on a large piece of ground, it is walled in by a stout stockade of mud and wood. One […]

Midlands Technical College breaks ground on new education facility

Memorandum signing commemorates unique partnership between MTC and Batesburg-Leesville

(Batesburg-Leesville, SC) Midlands Technical College President Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White Jr., MTC Commission Chair Robert F. Dozier, Jr., and Batesburg-Leesville Mayor James E. Wiszowaty joined other town, Lexington and Richland County, and college officials May 17, 2006, to break ground on a $1.65 million education facility. White and Wiszowaty also signed a Memorandum of Understanding that signifies a unique partnership […]

Heathwood Hall teacher wins top award

Tom Simpson was recognized and honored April 18 as one of the top three Lower School independent school teachers in S.C. at the annual SCISA Teacher of the Year Awards banquet. Simpson is Heathwood’s technology curriculum coordinator and teaches computer technology to students in kindergarten through the 5th grade. Since the school began participating in the statewide contest in 2000, […]

Aunt and niece graduate together

Fifty-six-year-old Ruth Hopkins had plans to watch her 17-year-old niece’s graduation ceremony in May but those plans have changed. Hopkins walked the graduation stage with her niece! Determined her niece would receive her GED, Hopkins accompanied her to the W.R. Rogers Adult and Continuing Education Center. After coaxing and encouragement from the staff, she began to fulfill her own dream […]

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Remotely Dale

Mike Cox During the last weekend in April, as part of Talladega race festivities, NASCAR put together a gigantic shindig honoring Dale Earnhardt. A birthday celebration, induction into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame, even a tribute car driven by Dale Jr. was included. No one is more revered in NASCAR than the Intimidator, especially in the South. Earnhardt […]

Saturday night in North Jersey

Steamer and his wife, Imogene, are out painting the town red up in North Jersey on this particular Saturday night. They’d been playing shuffle board in Tabachi’s bar and had a couple dozen mugs of beer. Actually, the bouncer at Tabachi’s told them to leave. Driving around looking for another bar, Steamer and Imogene continue to drink from a beer […]