Still cooking

Palmetto Seafood and owner Addie Moultrie are still going strong after a devastating loss and the stories that followed. When Addie and Lucius Moultrie temporarily shut the doors of Palmetto Seafood in mid- October following the shocking and unexpected death of their 39-year-old son Greg, several media outlets in town essentially wrote an obituary saying the business was also dead. […]

Winter is blooming!

Rachel Varner and her son, Parker, share smiles beside a blooming sunflower in the Shandon area.

World Affairs Council presents Vision Award to Senator Hugh Leatherman

On Thursday, November 29, The Columbia World Affairs Council presented the 25th Annual Global Vision Award to Senator Hugh Leatherman of Florence County for his influential leadership in bringing international business to the state of South Carolina. According to Fred Monk, chairman emeritus of The Columbia World Affairs Council, “Senator Leatherman has been at the center of South Carolina economic […]

Heathwood Hall Middle School Mock Trial wins 2018 State Championship

Heathwood Hall’s Middle School Mock Trial Team has captured the 2018 State Championship, beating out 11 other teams that qualified for the statewide competition, held November 30 and December 1 at Richland County Summary Court. Six Heathwood students were also singled out for individual honors at the competition: • Judges Award for Best Attorney: Liam Quan and Nicole Craft • […]

Explore Holiday History by Candlelight

You’re invited to travel back in time and visit the decorated, candlelit halls of the Hampton Preston Mansion and the Robert Mills House during Historic Columbia’s annual Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides on Friday, December 14. During the Candlelight Tours, each historic home will be lit by candle and decorated to evoke the spirit of an 18th and 19th century […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Sunset Blvd.: A man was arrested 2 p.m. Wednesday after police received a call from a doctor’s office that said the man was causing a disturbance. When the responding officers arrived, they saw the man the caller had described heading for a fast food restaurant. They approached the man, and once they made contact, the officers could tell […]

You don’t have to shop until you drop


Tell me more about the new city and county zoning and development regulations. You have to wonder if there is a holiday season per se anymore. In some ways, it seems to exist all year. Examples of this notion are the resort towns that have Santa shops open all year, not to mention the holiday catalogs that start arriving around […]

The Tybee Parking Attendant

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

We spent several days at Tybee Island last month. Hadn’t been there in years. Future brief coastal trips will probably terminate at Folly Beach. It’s closer and has surfers. I did while away some lazy afternoons sitting on the hotel balcony watching crashing waves. With no surfers available, I had to make adjustments. Plus, there was a giant parking lot […]

Talk to each other

I’m just saying...

I saw something on social media the other day that made me laugh, but later when I thought about it, it made me kind of sad. It was a sign in a restaurant that said, “No we don’t have WiFi. TALK to each other.” It was funny at first, but when you think about it, it’s the gloomy reality that […]

It takes a special kid to wrestle


Wrestling is an interesting sport. I used to think cross-country was the most masochistic afterschool activity around, but the running shorts may have given way to the singlet in terms of the most torturous sports around. Wrestling does have the advantage of a climate controlled environment, but that’s about it. It’s literally sanctioned hand-to-hand combat. They put these kids in […]