Friinge Benefiits

Stopping to smell the flowers

One of the later spring blooming ornamental specimens glamorizing Columbia lawns, woodlands, and public parkways is the southeastern native fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus. To see one in bloom is to want one. White silky thread–like fragrant flowers shimmer and shake from branches like the fringe on a flapper dress. Both male and female trees flaunt flowers in April or May with […]

Star Chefs

Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture

Visit EdVenture’s “Blooming Butterflies,” and explore the world of these fascinating insects now through October. Interact with live butterflies and watch chrysalises emerge into beautiful butterflies and moths through the “Bloom Room” viewing window. Up to 20 native Southeastern species are on display. EdVenture, 211 Gervais St., www.edventure.org, 803.779.3100. Admission is free for members. Regular admission prices for non–members apply […]

Small business: Driving America’s economy

In the middle of Nat ional Smal l Busi – ness Week, May 2–8, the Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office held an awards luncheon at the city’s convention center on Lincoln Street. The gather ing celebrated the smal l businesses that drive South Carolina’s economy and the business advocates who work to improve our state’s entrepreneurial environment. Earlier […]

Business Briefs

SCANA keeps up with neighbors On Tuesday, May 11, SCANA announced it priced a public offering of 7,150,000 shares of common stock at $37.00 per share. At the end of the day on Monday, May 17, SCANA shares were trading at $37.68. SCANA’s latest sale of stock is to help pay for its portion (Santee Cooper picks up the rest) […]

Folks about town

Petty Officer Second Class Angelo Moore, a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, has been named South Carolina’s “Big of the Year.” William R. Johnson has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division. Joshua Drews has been awarded the sixth annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Award. […]

Library launches WorkSC.org

The South Carolina State Library has launched a new website, WorkSC.org, to assist libraries, state government agencies and employees, and citizens to locate useful resources on the many facets of workforce development. The site, initially created with libraries and first–time job seekers in mind, offers many useful links for the beginning as well as seasoned job seeker. Organized in an […]

St. Andrews Rotary honors student

The St. Andrews Rotary Club recognized Phillip Dorley May 18 as the recipient of the Vocational Service Award, because he was the outstanding student of Lexington School District 5’s Tools Program.

Hair–to–Spare campaign to help Gulf Coast oil spill clean–up efforts

Collins & Lacy, P.C. is launching the “Hair–to– Spare” campaign to help the oil spill clean–up efforts in the Gulf Coast, and the firm is asking all Midlands hair salons to start filling designated garbage bags with hair clippings. The clippings can be stuffed into booms and sent to help absorb an estimated five million gallons of leaked oil in […]

Pediatrician to help Kenyans

While many people focus on giving back in their own community, one Columbia–area pediatrician is focused on giving back to a community more than 15,000 miles away. Dr. Luke Bonnett of Chapin Pediatrics will be taking part in a two–week trip to Lwala, Kenya, as part of the Lwala Community Alliance. Bonnett will be providing care to patients in the […]