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Rock school students perform benefit for Children’s Cancer Fondation

Teenage students from the Columbia Arts Academy Rock Band program will perform a benefit concert at Jillian’s in the Vista Sunday, March 3. The concert is family friendly, open to all ages and admission is free. The students will perform original rock songs as well as covers from the 70s to today. A raffle and silent auction will be held […]

State license tag honors Gamecock baseball team

My Carolina Alumni Association, in conjunction with the University of South Carolina Athletics Department, will offer alumni and fans the opportunity to show their school pride by purchasing a state license tag honoring the Gamecock baseball team’s back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011. Legislation authored by Rep. Michael A. Pitts of Laurens and Rep. Garry R. Smith of Greenville, […]

Freezin’ for a reason

When Saturday, February 16 dawned cold, dark, and rainy, most people probably snuggled back under the blankets for a few more minutes of snoozing, but not the family, friends and school mates of 17-year-old Chase Goodwin. They were all getting up and preparing to literally go jump in the lake. Lake Murray that is. That was the meeting place this […]

That’s no crescent moon on the S.C. flag

In the first of a fourpart series, we’ll be examining the crescent-shaped object that appears in the upper left corner of the state flag. Most South Carolinians know the story of the Sabal Palmetto Tree and its special relationship with the state and in particular, her martial history. But what about the other emblem? For generations, many of us have […]

Historic Columbia

Artifacts of the Week Copeland/Derby style porcelain dinner plate featuring hand-painted polychrome design of exotic birds, circa 1815. April 1, 1865 edition of Harper’s Weekly [HCF 2009.3.1] which contains six images of the city, including a gatefold panoramic view of downtown from the vantage point of Laurel Street above Sidney (today Finlay) Park. February 17, 1865 Commonly referred to as […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres tForest Drive: Police were called to a grocery store at 10 p.m. Sunday after a man tried to return some stolen food items. A manager told officers she had spoken by phone to a man who told her he had some things he needed to return, but he had gotten them from a different branch of the store. […]

What will you do when the time comes?

Part 4

Editor’s note: During the month of February, The Columbia Star has been featuring a series on the options available and decisions involved in caring for our aging loved ones. Part 4: If problems arise, an ombudsman may be needed to mediate between families and care facilities. Alyse Stanley is grateful for the care her grandmother was given at Rice Estate, […]

Checklists for seniors and assisted living facilities

Signs a senior may need help: • Increasingly unsteady walking with potential for falls • Inadequate grooming and personal hygiene • Decreasing appetite, altered eating and cooking habits • Keeping food past dates of expiration • Unpredictable/unreliable driving ability • Decreasing interest in favorite activities • Hesitancy to socialize • Loss of focus or sound judgment • Loss of memory—forgetfulness, […]

Conversations you need to have with your parents

There are nine conversations you inevitably have to have with your parents or senior adults for whom you will be responsible. 1. Driving: Taking Away the Keys While my parents are still capable of driving, we have had the conversation of what happens when they cannot drive. We have already discussed the need to hire a driver 2-3 days a […]