Donations needed to assist Clothes for Kids

The Salvation Army needs donors and volunteers to help local children this summer

Do you remember how thrilling it was to receive a new shirt, pants, shoes, and school supplies when you were a child as you prepared for the first day of the new school year? There is something exciting about starting fresh. Unfortunately, there are children in our community whose families may be unable to afford new clothes for their children […]

House passes Congressional districts reapportionment

Every 10 years, just after the census is taken and confirmed, the South Carolina Legislature has to redraw the political map of South Carolina to make sure every vote counts. At least, that’s the intent. The reality can be a bit different. The strategy began in Boston in 1812 under Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The governor signed a bill that […]

Cuba? Why not?

Part 10: The beat of a new Cuba

Note: This series first appeared in The Columbia Star in 2001 soon after Linda and I returned from an illegal trip to Cuba. In celebration of President Obama’s opening of Cuba to Americans, I am republishing the articles. The U.S. defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War of 1898 and became an empire ruling lands around the globe. The American flag […]

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department offers free water safety instruction

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will offer free water safety basics and survival instruction for children and adults from Monday, August 8 through Saturday, August 13. Registration began Monday, July 25 at the following locations and will end Monday, August 1: Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, 2-5 […]

Local students named 2011 National Merit Scholars

The following students were named 2011 National Merit Scholars: John Henry Thompson of A. C. Flora High School, Grace E. Tuttle of Dutch Fork High School, and Tess N. Dawkins of Lexington High School.

First Choice Community Center hosts Back-to-School “Jump Start”

The First Choice Community Center will be hosting a Back-to-School “Jump Start” Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3315 Broad River Road. The event will include health information and screenings as well as free backpacks with school supplies (while supplies last). First Choice Community Center phone number is 731-1207.

Get ready Cayce neighborhoods

It is time for the “Back-to-School Caravan”

Busbee Creative Arts Academy, Claude A. Taylor Elementary, and R. L. Davis Elementary join with the Cayce Community Police Advisory Board to distribute back-to-school supplies to all students living in the Cayce area. The second annual “Back-to-School Caravan” will be Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m. Thanks to Love Chevrolet and many private donations, families will receive hundreds and hundreds […]

The Columbia Star Midlands SCISA 3A Top Five

1) Hammond2) Ben Lippen3) Orangeburg Prep4) Heathwood Hall5) Cardinal Newman Overview: Hammond Skyhawk head coach Erik Kimrey always seems to reload. He may not have to with leading rusher Joey DeAngelis and the versatile B.J. Bennett returning. The defense should be solid with Logan Smith, Jon Allen Babson, Robbie Gandy, and more. The Skyhawks are the class of SCISA 3A […]

Cavaliers’ experience should help in 2011

Editor’s Note: Over the course of the next several weeks in a run- up to the start of the 2011 high school football season, The Columbia Star will present previews of several area schools. This week we present the Richland Northeast Cavaliers. Overview: It’s another season and another change to the offense for Richland Northeast. A year after switching from […]

Local offensive stars to look for in 2011

 Jake Nidiffer (Hammond) The junior quarterback will make his starting debut for the Hammond Skyhawks this fall, and he’s got some big shoes to fill. First, he’s taking the controls of the current, five- time defending SCISA Champions. Second, he’s taking over for his older brother, Dave, who helped bring two of those championships to Hammond. While coach Erik […]