Unclaimed veteran buried with full military honors

Army Specialist Ronald Baker Thomas, having no family to claim him, was buried with full military honors Friday, October 11 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, thanks to the efforts of local organizations working together with the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program. See obituary, P. 5

Local author writes history of Georgetown’s Sunset Lodge

David Hodges, local insurance agent and book collector, has written an historical account of one of the most disgraceful, yet strangely successful businesses in South Carolina history in Sunset Lodge in Georgetown: The Story of a Madam. The Sunset Lodge was a brothel run by a strict businesswoman named Hazel Weiss and was Georgetown’s wellkept secret for 33 years. With […]

RCSD takes top honors in Police Olympics

The Richland County Sheriff ’s Department’s TEAM RCSD won several awards during the recent S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association 2019 Police Olympics, including the coveted “Top Cop” award, beating all participating competitors statewide. The competition was held October 5 at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. The law enforcement related events included a shooting skills competition, strongman event (categorized into age, […]

“Buddies, Not Bullies Week” in Columbia

The City of Columbia proclaimed October 6– 12, as “Buddies, Not Bullies Week” at a rally at the South Carolina Statehouse October 6. The second annual anti-bullying rally was planned by TiffanyJ, a local musical artist and graphic designer who has created self-esteem and anti-bullying programs for youth and children. TiffanyJ has dealt with low self-esteem and depression in her […]

A Spiritual (and Historic) Homecoming

Historic Columbia’s origin is rooted in a very special site—one that has drawn visitors to downtown Columbia for more than fifty years. For us who have the privilege of being ambassadors for the capital city, the Robert Mills House can feel like a home away from home. It’s where we spend a lot of our waking hours (and sometimes many […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres Forest Drive: Police were called to a department store at 1 p.m. Thursday after a loss prevention officer had detained an accused shoplifter. The store guard told the responding officer the 49-year-old woman had been caught on tape stealing all sorts of merchandise including women’s panties and undergarments, men’s T-shirts, sunglasses, and a bottle of designer perfume. The […]

Flying Premium Economy

Flying Premium Economy on American Airlines from Columbia to Philadelphia to Prague during the first week in October was a great idea. How could the plane be overbooked this time of year? Well, the Philadelphia and Chicago teams played that weekend in Prague. It was our second time in Premium Economy on American. Last spring, we returned from Lima, Peru […]

Plant native plants and shrubs to create a healthy habitat for feathered friends


What can be done to help birds threatened with extinction though climate change? Just last week, the National Audubon Society warned two-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction due to climate change, calling it a true emergency. Last month, Science published an equally grim report, noting a steady decline of nearly three billion North American birds since 1970. Audubon […]

Budweiser and Charlize Theron

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

I’m willing, begrudgingly, to give Budweiser some credit for their most recent advertising. True, they still use giant knights to link their beer to ancient history, or at least television about ancient history. Even used this shtick to announce something called Bud Light Platinum, a new beer that doesn’t seem to have a targeted consumer. Bud’s parent company continues offering […]

A Roman Blackout

I’m just saying...

If you read this column regularly, you know I just went on a trip to Italy a couple weeks ago. It was the trip of trips…absolutely amazing and a feast for the senses every step of the way. My girlfriend, Kathy, and I had come on the trip together and we were on our last night in Rome. We had […]