Tears to smiles

Mothers of children of cerebral palsy bring innovative program to Columbia

Tears of frustration are turning into smiles of achievement at The Therapy Place due to Conductive Education (CE), a five- week innovative program brought to Columbia by two mothers of children with cerebral palsy, Dawn Darby and Susan Abell. Children with cerebral palsy, a range of disorders involving the control of muscles, typically receive one to three hours a week […]


"Jean's Man on the Street Video Journal" on www.TheColumbia Star.com

This week Pets Inc. in West Columbia has too much love and not enough room. The Director of Pets Inc., Nichole Phelps, says the economy has caused an influx of animals that need loving owners. They are offering free adoptions to try to help their furry friends find happy homes. See Video on www.TheColumbiaStar.com.

Purvis and Dillinger share pasts with S.C. Military History Museum

The address is #1 National Guard Road, which is a couple hundred feet south off Bluff Road, just beyond the National Guard armory. The building is the South Carolina Military History Museum, a wealth of exhibits from 1670 forward. Under the continuing direction of Buddy Sturgis in its first three years of operation, the museum is part of the state’s […]

Family and friends attend Major Gen. Bolden’s confirmation hearing

Many relatives, classmates from C.A. Johnson, friends and long- time supporters from S.C., Florida, New York, Tennessee, Maryland, and Philadelphia attended the confirmation hearing for Major Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. July 8, 2009. Around 3 pm, after a brief recess, Senator Rockefeller presided over the hearing and began asking specific questions regarding Major Gen. Bolden’s plans to re- energize […]

Range manager wins ten gold medals

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Range Manager John McMahan won ten gold medals during the Florida Police and Fire Games in Port Malabar, Florida. The event was held from June 22- 24, 2009. The games were first established in 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the Florida Police and Fire Games is to build stronger bonds among law enforcement […]

The right fit: Whittle leaves Carolina First

Greenvi l le- based South Financial Group (stock symbol TSFG) sees its credit losses declining in the fourth quarter of this year. TSFG is the parent company of Carolina First Bank, the state’s largest independent bank. The company has reduced its balance sheet by about $1 billion since the end of 2008. As of Tuesday afternoon, July 28, TSFG share […]


Atlanta talks with the Upstate Some of the Obama administration’s $8 billion set aside for high- speed rail development brought Atlanta representatives to Greenville recently to look into the feasibility of a line through Washington- Richmond- Raleigh- Charlotte- Greenville to Atlanta and to Birmingham. The Washington- Richmond- Raleigh- Charlotte segment is expected to be the first in the country to […]

Stephen Ard of Ard’s Container Service

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In nearby Lee County, railroad cars constantly carry garbage from New York and New Jersey for burial in the Allied Waste landfill near Bishopville. Solid waste management is big business in South Carolina, big enough to sell access out of state. Stephen Ard works in solid waste management, but he picks up his waste in greater Columbia, and he dumps […]

Folks about town

Army Pvt . Marques D. Posey has graduated from basic infantry training from Fort Benning. Agent Marcus Brown has been named The 2009 Deputy of the Year by the South Carolina Sheriff ‘s Association. Sharon Dantzler, L. Michel le Dhunj ishah, Stacy E. Thompson, E. Katherine Wells, Michael Vi rzi, Andrew N. Cole, Thomas (Roy) Shelley III, Leslie (Les) Cotter […]

Midlands Technical College Commission elects new board chair

Robert F. Dozier Jr. has been elected chair of the Midlands Technical College Commission. He previously served as commission chair from July 2005 to June 2007, and he has served on the MTC Commission since June 1998. Dozier represents Richland County on the college’s 12 member board of trustees. Dozier is the COO/ managing director of Homeowners Mortgage – the […]