Journalists will do anything for a story

When someone asks you if you want to go for a ride on a camel, you just have to say yes. I was asked. I said yes. And once again I found myself at the home of Clifford and Margaret Fisher, two Richland County Sheriff Deputies who own or stable most of the horses used in the department’s mounted patrol. […]

A walk in the bark park

The City of Columbia and Downtown Neighborhoods hosted a grand opening celebration Sunday, January 16, 2011, for an off–leash dog park in Earlewood Park in North Columbia. Columbia citizens and their pet dogs were invited for a free day at the NOMA (North Main) Bark Park on Sunday afternoon. Mayor Steve Benjamin and other city officials were present to celebrate […]

Fix the filibuster

This is a critical need and time for this change. Please add my voice to this call for a change! Scott W. Trent Jr.Columbia, SC 29223-7548 Many bills are not getting to the floor becouse of the current filibuster use. Crystal FosterLexington, SC 29072-2062

Correction of UUCC

I LOVE The Columbia Star and read it every chance I get, so don’t get me wrong. By the same token, don’t get my church wrong, please. I just saw the web version of The Star featuring the article by Jackie Perrone. The name should be Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. For many years we were the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship […]

Poetic attempt to correct the President

At the halfway point of Barrack Obama’s Presidency, January 20, 2011, it occurs to methat his Inaugural Speech error ought be corrected—perhaps in this pathetic attemptat poetry. “…Forty–four Americans have now taken the Presidential oath of office.From President Barrack Obama’s Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2009 Presidential lore does not make Barrack Obama forty–four.In fact, if election is the key ingredient,Number […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia tShull Street, 800 block: Police were called to a home at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a woman said she had been threatened by her niece. The 65–year–old woman told officers she and her family were in a dispute over a walker, and her niece had called her up and threatened to place the walker up a certain part […]

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church traces its beginnings to 1920 when the downtown St. Peter’s Catholic Church sponsored a new church in the then–suburb of Shandon, at the corner of Maple and Wheat streets. It was originally named St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. By 1948, substantial growth in membership created a need for new facilities. The large, Gothic– style stone […]

Local medical facility sees increase in winter injuries and illnesses

Patients with winter related injuries and sicknesses are filling up a new, local medical facility that offers patients a more cost effective and quicker alternative to the overcrowded emergency rooms. Doctors Express, the nation’s first ever nationally franchised urgent care with a center serving the area, is experiencing a tremendous increase in patients this winter who want to see a […]

Mayor’s wish list goes public

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin delivered the annual State of the City Address Tuesday night, January 18, to a packed audience in the Coble Ballroom at the convention center on Lincoln Street. The occasion was streaming live over the internet, which would be the case with every regular city council meeting. Benjamin began by recognizing all of the city employees in […]

Almost 700 properties in Sealed Bid Auction this week


The Richland County Treasurer’s Office will conduct a sealed auction of almost 700 properties that did not sell at the annual tax sale on December 6th and 7th. The properties to be auctioned include real estate properties such as tracts of land, football parking spaces, buildings, etc. that have not paid tax bills that were first sent out in November […]