2008-01-04

Lithuania fears new Russian takeover



Several years ago, I visited Vilnius, Lithuania where I spoke to a university symposium about free press in the U.S. Participants were from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, and Russia. I have continued to correspond with my host, Andrius, through email concerning events in Lithuania. This is an edited version of his last email. If he is correct, the U.S. government […]

Thirty-something speaks

From careful planning to cage match

Sometimes my visions of fatherhood are a bit grandiose. I often expect my children to fall in line and behave like the subjects of a Norman Rockwell painting. But that’s not reality. Children are more like Picassos. They each have their own beauty, but they’re a little disturbing and usually confusing and chaotic. That’s what makes planning special moments with […]

It’s not a criticism, it’s an observation.

We are the No. 1 sad folks

In a recent World Health Organization survey, America was No. 1. The bad news is this survey was for depression. The U. S. has 9.6 percent of its population under treatment for some type of depression. Nigeria rolls up a spiffy point eight. A country with widespread poverty, political upheaval, and low life expectancy has less depression than the greatest […]

Rose Ellen in the wind



Rose Ellen is booked in the high country of Utah. Warrants cite her on numerous charges of fraud, theft, and burglary. Investigators say, “It’s safe to say this gal ain’t no lady, and she’s not to be trusted.” StandaNrodw- E axbaomutin tehre matter of trust. According to the newspaper in Idaho, Rose Ellen tells a jail guard she has a […]

Mary Lou was sited at Devine Foods over the Christmas holidays.



Panthers name Flora’s Page a Community Captain



During the 2007 season, the Carolina Panthers have recognized ten high school student- athletes in the Carolinas through the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program. The program recognizes outstanding high school student- athletes in North and South Carolina who excel on the football field, in the classroom, and in their community. The Panthers Community Captain program encourages these outstanding young leaders […]

Knight Foundation graduates another class of leaders



The Knight Foundation funds an afternoon leadership program at EdVenture Children’s Museum, as they do at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Riverbanks Zoo, and Trustus Theater. Local middle school students attend classes Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 4:15 and 5:30 pm for nine weeks. Graduation is held in the Gibbes Middle School auditorium. At EdVenture, the students actively learn […]

Charley’s Backyard Stars



Charley’s Backyard Stars are young South Carolina students who have read the Official Children’s Book of Columbia, Charley’s Columbia Backyard, and wish to tell others about their own backyard experiences. Author Caroline Bennett visits schools and collects writings and art from participating students. Visit www.BAreader.com .

Pineville, a historic refuge

Part 40: Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church

Disaffected by the established Episcopal Church following the Civil War, black Anglicans organized churches under the name of the Reformed Episcopal Church. In 1874, five local Reformed Episcopal churches merged under the leadership of Rev. Frank Ferguson as the Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church of Pineville. Rev. Benjamin Johnson, the first superintendent of the church in South Carolina, approved and accepted […]

Cayce City Council calls special meeting

"Why do we want something that Columbia and Richland County turned down?" - Ron Vaughn

The Cayce City Hall chambers filled for the second time in just one week for a Special Council Meeting to discuss the proposed annexation of 3,113 acres of land in Richland County formerly known as Green Diamond. Mayor Avery Wilkerson, Mayor Pro- Tem Rick Myers, Councilpersons James Jenkins, Kenneth Jumper, Robert Malpass, City Manager John Sharpe, City Attorney Danny Crowe, […]