Copper theft in the Midlands

Jay Grimsley is the owner of Southern Heating & Air, and his business is repairing and maintaining heating and air conditioning units. When he drove up to his place of business on Millwood Avenue earlier this year and found that three of his air conditioning units had been stolen, he said he couldn’t help but recognize the irony of the […]

Famously Hot

Historically Cool for 225 years

On March 22, 1786, the General Assembly of the new State of South Carolina made some historical decisions:  The capital of the state would be relocated from Charleston to the center of the state. A spot to the east of the junction of the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree Rivers known as Taylor’s Hill was chosen over Stateburg, Granby, and […]

Who is the Strongest, fastest, and toughest of them all?

The City of Columbia Police Department in partnership with Carolina Crossfit is proud to host the First Annual Battle for the Cause. The Battle for the Cause is a physical fitness competition that pits police, fire, EMS, and military personnel against one another to see who is the strongest, fastest, toughest, best all around branch of uniformed service providers around. […]

Local chooses Uganda for academic study

Edi tor’s note: Carol ine Burns attended Satchel Ford Elementary, Crayton Middle, and A. C. Flora High School (2006) and the College of Charleston (2010). She is the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and is spending a year in Uganda. Uganda. I bet the name of this far–off East African country is pretty exotic sounding to those back home. […]

Open letter to Governor Haley, Superintendent Zais, and SC legislators

I am a proud graduate of Richland #1 schools, and I’m thankful everyday for the high quality education provided for me and my fellow students. I am also proud to be a Richland #1 teacher; now it is my responsibility to ensure that students continue to be offered the same high quality education I received. I love teaching children! Because […]

Eddie “Sweet Thang” Brown

If anyone ever deserved to be nicknamed “Sweet Thang,” it would be Eddie “Sweet Thang” Brown. He was a well–liked kid in the late 40s–early 50s, who played Little League Baseball and backyard football with the best of them, and sang competitively at the Five Points Theater. Eddie moved on to Hand Junior High School and then to Dreher High […]

I refuse to be discouraged

I refuse to be discouraged, To be sad or to cry; I refuse to be downhearted, And here’s the reason why… I have a God who‘s mighty, Who’s sovereign and supreme; I have a God who loves me, And I am on His team. He is all wise and powerful, Jesus is His name; Though everything is changeable, My God […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tWoodmont Drive, 1500 block: A woman called police at 4 p.m. Tuesday after she said her ex–boyfriend was harassing her by phone. The 37–year–old woman told officers the former 43–year–old boyfriend cannot accept they are broken up, and he is incensed she has a new boyfriend. He calls her incessantly and demands they get back together. The woman […]

Kilbourne Park Baptist Church

Places of worship

It’s a familiar story in church histories. Newcomer families in a city lack a Sunday School in their neighborhood and start gathering and teaching in their homes. Membership grows, and pretty soon, a new church is chartered. That’s how Kilbourne Park Baptist Church began in the early 20th century. In 1927 Springdale Memorial Baptist Church was officially organized with 36 […]

Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry to receive Cooper Medal in Columbia

USC’s Thomas Cooper Society will honor Larry McMurtry, the award–winning author, essayist, and screenwriter, with its Cooper Medal during the society’s annual dinner and general meeting starting at 6 p.m., April 21 at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. McMurtry is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Lonesome Dove and more than 50 other works. McMurtry is also […]