2008-11-21

Councilman’s son swimming to Stanford



  Payne "Mack" Montgomery, a senior at Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, has signed a letter of intent to enroll at Stanford on a swimming scholarship. Mack is from Columbia and attended Spring Valley High before enrolling at Cannon for his senior year in order to continue training with swimming coach David Marsh at SwimMac in Charlotte. Montgomery, who […]

Burkett recognized as Teacher Educator of the Year



Dr. Chris Burkett received the Exemplary Teacher Educator Award from the South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators (SCATE). Burkett was nominated in recognition of his exemplary service to the state through his editorship of the Teacher Education Journal of South C arolina. Dr. Burkett joined the Columbia College faculty in 2006. He is assistant director of the M.Ed. program in […]

Bridge Creek Elementary hosts National Storytelling Champion



Rixon Lane, an 11th grade student at Woodruff High School, was the guest presenter for National Red Ribbon Week. Lane has been telling stories since he was three years old. He developed his storytelling skills by listening to CDs of other tellers and by practicing on his family and friends. He has presented at festivals around the country and also […]

Local rider attains “A” rating



Palmetto Pony Club recently announced the uprating of Helen Harvey Laffitte from H- A to A at a testing held in July in Aiken, South Carolina. Helen, 21, is the daughter of Drs. Helen and Tucker Laffitte of Columbia. To earn the rating, Helen passed an examination that tested horsemanship skills and knowledge. She has passed a series of eight […]

Carolina Wildlife Care announces 20th anniversary logo competition for kids



Carolina Wildlife Care is having an art competition for kids to design a logo celebrating the wildlife center’s 20th anniversary of saving wildlife. Children in grades K through eighth from Richland and Lexington counties are eligible to submit an original drawing they feel best expresses the wild and wonder of wildlife living in their own backyards or neighborhood. The winning […]

Ancient Rome comes to Center for Knowledge



As a culminating activity to a Hirsch unit on Ancient Rome, the third graders at the Center for Knowledge participated in Roman games during recess, had a Roman feast during lunch, and made oral presentations on Ancient Rome research completed in class on October 22.

Columbia Children’s Theatre presents The Snow Queen



Columbia Children’s Theatre will present the world premier of an original musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen November 28 – December 7 at The Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center. With a book and lyrics by CCT’s Artistic Director Jerry Stevenson and music by Alex Moore and Dionne Hough this adaptation follows Gerda on her journey to […]

Thirty- something speaks

Education, not just from the playground

I learned just about everything I ever needed to know about cabbage patches and stork deliveries in the first grade on a playground. Between games of chase and kickball, and while I was hanging upside down on the monkey bars, my fellow classmates and I imparted wisdom upon each other like we were unlocking the mysteries of some secret society. […]

Bob Ford’s Call the Cops!

Another life- saving pet story

Last week we wrote about a German shepherd saving the life of a man who’d collapsed in his apartment. This week we’ve learned of yet another critter who came to the rescue in a situation that surely would have ended the life of a Colorado toddler. According to CBS News in Denver, it’s early November, and Meagan is babysitting with […]

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

Feeling the pain of plants

I had lived in Chattanooga about five years when Randy showed up. He came from Alabama, didn’t have a banjo, but we had mutual friends. The other phone techs were distrustful at first and thought he was a management spy sent to infiltrate the fine, dues paying, hard working union they belonged to. In truth he was just a little […]