Cold cocked with frozen meat

Joe Aiello owns an Italian delicatessen and does a great lunch business. On this day, Joe is sitting with one of his customers when he hears a loud noise coming from the back of the market. Joe goes to investigate, and as he arrives at the walk- in freezer, he sees a tall guy and a short guy with their […]

Volunteers give students much more than their time

More than 3,000 parents, college students, business people, grandparents and ordinary citizens give to Richland One students every day as volunteers, mentors, Lunch Buddies and tutors. On March 7, the district recognized its most outstanding volunteers at a breakfast in their honor. 2008 Richland One Volunteers of the Year • Volunteer of the Year is Floyd Bullock, W.A. Perry Middle […]

Area swimmers qualify for national competition

(front to back) Logan Schumpert, and Courtney, Heidi, and Laura Nichols are heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to represent the Columbia YMCA Swim Club on the national stage. Four local swimmers are heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to represent the Columbia YMCA Swim Club on the national stage. Logan Schumpert (13), and sisters Laura (16), Heidi (16), and Courtney Nichols […]

Falcons shut out Blue Devils

Softball - March 20, 2008

Softball – March 20, 2008 A.C. Flora winning pitcher Ashley Roof Kathrine Johnson went 3- 3 and Kia Savage went 2- 3 to lead A.C. Flora at home over Dreher 10- 0 in five innings. Ashley Roof pitched the shut- out for the Falcons. The win improved A.C. Flora to 3- 3 (2- 3) and dropped Dreher to 1- 5 […]

Falcons’ nine unanswered runs doom Devils

Baseball - March 21, 2008

After trailing 4- 0 in the second inning, A.C. Flora scored nine unanswered runs, seven in the fourth inning, to win at home against rival Dreher, 15- 5 on March 21. Pitcher Will Freeman struck out six Blue Devils and Joseph O’Steen pitched two solid innings to close out the victory for the Falcons. Dreher opened scoring with a four- […]

Thirty-something speaks

Hurry up and wait

I’ve spent entirely too much time in hospitals, emergency rooms, and doctors’ offices the past eight months. One thing I’ve learned over the course of all these visits is that shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy are pretty much complete fiction. Of course, I’m saying this from the perspective of a son, a father, and sometimes, a patient, so my […]

Girl Scouts send cookies to soldiers

Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands is partnering with Blue Star Mothers to send Girl Scout cookies overseas to soldiers. During the cookie sale, Girl Scouts offered customers the chance to purchase cookies that would be sent to soldiers currently serving overseas. The cookies for Soldiers are delivered to the Blue Star Mothers where they pack and ship […]

Patrolman remembers bombing

Letter to the editor

I enjoyed Warner Montgomery’s article on the atomic bomb dropped on Florence in last week’s paper. (I always enjoy Bob Ford’s articles, too). Thought it might be of interest to know that somewhere there is a news film made of the area not long after the bomb was dropped. I don’t remember the date but it was probably on the […]


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

Fishing in the 21st century

I met James when I started climbing telephone poles. He was older than the other new hires and tried to be a big brother. Having spent some time in Davenport, Iowa, he was more worldly than the rest of us. James had kids the same age as mine, so we saw each other at little league parks and YMCA gyms. […]