Forest Acres Classic, a victory for everyone

The seventh annual Forest Acres Classic, an annual high school baseball tournament hosted by A.C. Flora High School and the City of Forest Acres, kicked off Monday, April 4 with a banquet in the Flora gymnasium. Eight S. C. teams— A.C. Flora Falcons, Camden Bulldogs, White Knoll Timberwolves, Laurens Raiders, Lugoff–Elgin Demons, Dreher Blue Devils, Spring Valley Vikings, and Mid–Carolina […]

Young people fine tune their decorum

Having completed their second year of training in dance and etiquette, the young people and the parent chaperones enjoyed a fine meal sprinkled with polite conversation before the dancing began at the Annual Junior Cotillion Year Two Spring Ball March 20. Hostess Jan Cohn instructed the diners on the finer points of western style formal dining. After dinner, the gentlemen […]

American Red Cross responds after severe thunderstorms

American Red Cross disaster relief workers dispatched an Emergency Response Vehicle to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, located at 6236 Main Street after severe thunderstorms passed through the Midlands early Tuesday morning. The Red Cross served lunch, snacks, and drinks to first responders and individuals displaced due to wind damage that brushed through the Greenview Area, located off of North […]

Hoarder causes dogs to die

When shots rang out in an otherwise quiet Cayce neighborhood March 29, neighbors flocked to the streets to see what was going on. They found police cars and animal control trucks parked up and down the street, and officers were attempting to enter the home of Dennis Reidy, a man most residents only knew by his first name, Dennis. “We […]

Grandparents’ Brag Box

My grandsons are the loves of my heart and keep me young and full of life. My three boys give me hope for a wonderful future for our young people. Their love for each other, and, I like t think, for Grandma and Papa Steve is undeniable. The laughter of a child and endearing things they say can never be […]

Tax break for Amazon unfair

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce announced today its opposition to a sales tax exemption for the proposed Amazon distribution center in Lexington County. “Since 2002 our position has been that ‘the state should not be encouraging the public to make purchases via the internet rather than buying from South Carolina brick and mortar stores. The state should […]

Brick and mortar retailers say Amazon sales tax deal unfair to other businesses

The state government agency that cut a controversial sales tax deal with Amazon.com admits that no promises were made to the online–only retail giant. “We can’t make a promise,” Commerce Department spokeswoman Kara Borie told The State newspaper on Thursday regarding the deal, which was crafted to lure the company to South Carolina. South Carolina’s agreement with Amazon only states […]

Do parents have options other than public school?

Who decides where children attend school? What are the options available to parents who are unhappy with their local public school? Those and other tough questions are being debated in Columbia as both House and Senate subcommittees are set to vote on school choice legislation this month. The bill, termed the “Education Opportunity Act” proposes tax credits to help parents […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tPinebelt Road, 3000 block: Police are looking for a man who they suspect may have stolen a lawn mower sometime around midnight Thursday. The man was pulling a trailer with the lawn mower on it, and the trailer had a burned out tail light. When the driver noticed that the patrol car was behind him, he made a […]

Tree of Life Synagogue

Places of worship

“Clearly overdue.” That was the attitude of the 18 Jewish citizens of Columbia who met at City Hall on January 15, 1896, to plan for a synagogue in the capital city. Charleston already had two thriving synagogues, and smaller cities such as Sumter and Camden had established Jewish congregations. Past time, indeed, for Columbia Jews to have their own formal […]