Passengers get a different view of Columbia

AEROFEST 2016 took place Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at Hamilton- Owens Airport. The event was presented by the Experimental Aviation Association 242 and the S.C. Historic Aviation Foundation. Featured were antique and warbird aircraft, vintage motorcycles, food trucks, face painting, a jump house, and much more. Attendees lined up to take rides around downtown Columbia on […]

RCSD to receive funds for body cameras

On October 18, the Richland County Council meeting included the remaining two items due for recognition not recognized in the last meeting. October is National Community Planning Month. Council member Greg Pearce read the proclamation announcing Richland County’s inclusion in that national remembrance. Stephen Gilchrist was on hand to represent the Richland County Planning Commission and Tracy Hegler represented the […]

Hampton-Preston Mansion Garden Dedication

On Sunday, October 16, Historic Columbia hosted a special reception, bringing families and supporters together, to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the garden rehabilitation at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. This occasion marked an important milestone— the ribbon cutting of a new gazebo, which is the main focal point of the Henry Michael Powell Memorial and Children’s Garden. The […]

Of floods and families

The Tortoise and the Hare of 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the 45th installment in a series of articles by staff writer Cathy Cobbs chronicling her unique journey of the illness and death of her father and the loss of the family’s home in the Great Flood of 2015. This week, she discusses the anniversary of the flood. “But the ending always comes at last Endings always […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Forest Drive: Police were looking for a woman who was accused of shoplifting from a grocery store at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The store employees said the woman came in and began to “shop” throughout the store. They said she didn’t realize she was being watched as she meandered through the store and picked up items like cotton swabs […]

Perspective on a Sunny Day

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation

The morning was relatively ordinary by Key West standards. Sunrise temperature around 80. The constant breeze cut the humid air unless one was doing something strenuous, which I wasn’t. I had walked to the Cuban Coffee Queen for Café con Leche and a fresh-made pastry. Sitting on a bench at the Bight, a marina that makes Key West Key West, […]



The other day, my middle child—my nearly 17-year-old daughter— asked me how I’d like to celebrate my 49th birthday. Normally, this is a nice sentiment coming from the mouth of a person in that particular age group. Usually, teenagers are so wrapped up in hormones and their own worlds that little else matters outside their sphere of existence. Yes, it […]

Furry Food Wars

I’m just saying...

“What are you doing Julia? Working on a new story?” This was from my husband Marty recently when he walked into my office, and I was furiously typing on the computer. “No honey, I’m making a list of instructions for you for when I’m in Jamaica. You know…so you’ll know what to do while I’m gone.” “You’re making a LIST […]

Council honors Leona Plaugh, moves forward with storm water projects

The Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, October 18. Council approved a motion to move forward with a rate study of a storm water bond and priority projects. The motion was part of a final recommendation by Melissa Gentry, assistant city manager of operations. According to Gentry, there is a priority list to be considered for storm water […]

Richland One officials clarify Dreher upgrades

More then a week ago, the Melrose Heights Neighborhood Association voted against any facility improvements at Dreher High School. Concerns were raised about lighting and trust issues with the school district. Richland School District One Athletic Director Robert Matz said as of Tuesday, October 18, Richland One officials have attended eight meetings, including Shandon Neighborhood Council and Melrose Heights Neighborhood […]