Mystery of the Circus Curse launches June 22 at Columbia Regional Visitors Center

Book cover, The Mystery of the Circus Curse, by Karen Petit A runaway bear, an old- fashioned family circus, and a mysterious curse set the stage for The Mystery of the Circus Curse, the fourth book in the popular "Shandon’s Ivy League" Mystery Series by Columbia author Karen Petit. The book, published by Red Letter Press, will have its official […]

A.C. Flora student serves as page for N.C. House of Representatives

Kelly Grady, a student at A.C. Flora High School, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Harry and Karen Scruggs of Columbia and was sponsored by Representative Tricia Cotham (D- Mecklenburg). Speaker of the House Joe Hackney (D- Chatham, Orange and Moore) appoints the pages and introduces each one to […]

Heathwood Hall earns four statewide awards for PR, marketing projects

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School took home four statewide awards at the recent S.C. Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA) banquet. The school won top honors in four “Silver Wing” categories at the state chapter’s annual Mercury Awards banquet. Of its four entries, Heathwood Hall earned four “Silver Wing” awards for the following: • Its video, in the category of Multimedia […]

New Richland Two year round charter school forming, volunteers collecting signatures

Contributed by Hope Academy Northeast

A group of Northeast Richland residents is holding a signature drive to begin a Richland Two Public Charter School year round. The Hope Academy Charter school committee has submitted its charter- school application to the S.C. Department of Education, and is currently in the process of collecting signatures from current Richland Two parents. Signatures are considered a barometer of community […]

Bridge Creek second grader presents artwork to superintendent

Richland One students win state writing awards

Horrell Hill Elementary School student Tyler Gregory Turner- Clayton and St. Andrews Middle School student Tyler Edmond have been honored as district winners in the State Superintendent’s Writing Award program. In all, the State Department of Education honored 137 fifth and eighth- grade students in South Carolina as district winners. In addition to receiving a plaque from State Superintendent of […]

Nobody should have to do this more than once

I first wrote this column several years ago and intended to use it again on the 65th anniversary of D- Day. But time slipped up on me. Here it is, a bit late: Anybody who saw the movie “Saving Private Ryan” should have known my friend Jack Truluck. On June 6, 1944, Jack drives one of the landing craft that […]

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation

Politics and football

In the early 1920s the South was suffering from an inferiority complex. The Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction decimated the area economically and established southern men as substandard by their northern counterparts. They were the minority class; considered physically and emotionally inferior to men in other parts of the Land of the Free. Then southern college football teams began to […]

Thirty- something speaks

Asleep or not, it's all about TV

My mother likes to say that men have a button in the back of their heads. When this button is pushed by something like the headrest of a La- Z- Boy recliner or the cushions of a couch, then men are rendered powerless and consumed by sleep. When this subject comes up, she usually refers to the time- honored traditional […]

A Middle East Expedition

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St. Katherine’s Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Sinai, Egypt’s highest point at 7,497 feet above sea level. Both are holy places. Jews, Moslems, and Christians believe that God spoke to Moses through the Burning Bush and commanded him to climb Mt. Sinai where he was given the Ten Commandments. Katherine was a young woman who was tortured and […]