Officer manager loses; former fire chief gains

A lawsuit was filed June 29, 2010 on behalf of an employee who has served the City of Columbia for over a quarter of a century. Valerie Smith, whose position as office manager within the office of City Manager Steve Gantt and who has served two previous city managers, has lost her position in order to create a temporary position […]

Project Breathe Easy formed to help children with asthma

The Family Connection of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization that serves families of children with disabilities. One of the ways it serves is with a parent–to–parent network. The America Lung Association and the National Institutes of Health have declared asthma to be one of the most critical and fastest growing threats of the 21st century. In 1997, The Family […]

Caring for those who care

Who takes care of those who take care of others? Sadly, for the most part, nobody. That’s where the Professional Caregiver Wellness Program comes in. Designed for uninsured or underinsured health care workers, the program offers free health education, screenings and exercise programs, to employees who care for others. Jenny Barber of Right at Home, the company helping to launch […]

Beware! Big Brother is watching you

On Tuesday, June 22nd the City of Columbia, in a continuing effort to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Columbia conducted a Quality of Life Sweep in various neighborhoods throughout the City. The sweep was conducted by multiple departments/divisions of the City of Columbia which started at 8 a.m. and continued into the afternoon. A collaborative effort […]

CiCi’s Pizza to employ 25–40 Columbians

At the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods meeting on Thursday June 24, Tony Lawton, director of Community Development, spoke on programs the Community Development team is helping to put together throughout Columbia. Funding for the programs is coming from Community Development Block Grant funds through HUD. Among the projects are a summer camp for high risk teenagers, a façade program, a […]

Leaks from the legislature

Cigarette tax goes up Buying cigarettes in South Carolina just got a little more expensive. For the first time in more than 30 years, the state tax on a pack of cigarettes is going up. Instead of the usual seven cents per pack, it’s now up to 57 cents. Before, South Carolina held the title of the nation’s lowest cigarette […]

Scouts trek over 68 miles

Eight Scouts and three advisor’s from Shandon United Methodist Churches’ Boy Scout Troop 37 returned from Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron New Mexico after spending 11 days hiking. Their trek was 68 miles, but including day hikes, the total miles hiked was more like 80 to 85 miles. They also climbed Mount Baldy with an elevation of 12,441 feet. In […]

Columbia loses one its favorites

Kimya, the youngest gorilla at Riverbanks, was found deceased by his keepers in his off–exhibit holding area June 28. At this point in time, Riverbanks does not have information on the cause of death. Kimya showed no signs of illness or stress prior to Monday’s discovery. He has been transported to the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine for […]


Turning Pages, formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council, seeks volunteer tutors to help adults with reading, math, English language, or computer skills. 240-2441.


A.C. Moore Stores will hold age–appropriate craft workshops for children ages four and up every Wednesday through August 25, 3 p.m.–5 p.m. No reservations necessary, free while supplies last. www.acmoore.com Columbia Police Department and Fast Forward will host free Internet Safety Seminars July 20 and August 17, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. To register, email Amanda@fastforwardctc. com. www.fastforwardctc.com John Wiles, Program Manager […]