Irish flair highlights Thanksgiving for Veterans

The Connick School of Irish Dance clogged and tapped their way around the residents and staff of the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, November 27, as a way to bring in the holiday. The dancers, ranging in ages from six to 17, serenaded everyone in the form of tap, ballet, jazz, and square dancing. Though the dance troupe […]

RNE alum completes the Appalachian Trail

Brice Janvrin seemed to be on the brink of launching into a great life. In May, he graduated from the University of South Carolina after majoring in international and environmental studies with a minor in Spanish. He had secured a job offer and an apartment. It was his time. But then the job went away, and with it, the apartment. […]

Spring Valley student creates Seniors 4 Seniors

Spring Valley senior Tyler White thought he engaged in community service—until he saw the impact a concerted grassroots effort could make— and the effort it takes to make it happen. White, who has committed to playing soccer next year at Johns Hopkins University, started GoFundMe pages, raised money for charities, and served as an alter boy at his church. He […]

An Advocate for the People: Modjeska Monteith Simkins

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka struck down racial segregation in schools. For Modjeska Monteith Simkins, who co-authored the petition that became Briggs v. Elliott, one of the five cases that comprised the Brown decision, the Supreme Court’s ruling was far from either the beginning or the end of […]

Speed related accidents

As Columbia has grown over the past 30 years, so has the amount of traffic on our roads increased. Although not yet as bad as traffic in Charlotte, Atlanta or other larger nearby metropolitan areas, the roads are still noticeably more congested than just a few decades ago. As traffic increases, so increase accidents and, unfortunately, deaths. We all know […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Augusta Road: Police were called to a store at 3 p. m. Friday after an employee spotted a woman and man shoplifting. When officers arrived, the duo had been detained but both people vehemently denied they had “stolen anything.” The officers asked to see the woman’s purse and when she complied, they found over $ 100 of various […]

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The pace of change has become more rapid in the 21st century


A intergenerational topic around our Thanksgiving table was how many changes have occurred in recent times. What are considered the major changes? Yes, whenever families gather for the holidays, change is evident at your own table as youngsters have grown taller and the pace of a favorite uncle may be slower. Also, hostesses may have insisted digital devices not appear […]

The Science of Cute

Unlike many members of my demographic, I’m unwilling to spend the remainder of my life ignoring new information. Curious by nature, I like to read, and think about stuff, sometimes too much; I also understand there are really meaningful things being discovered in the years since I waved goodbye to my prime. If recent discoveries included only tectonic plates, CRISPR, […]

Decking the Halls with Joy to the World

I’m just saying...

My guys are not happy with me at the moment. It’s that time of the year we decorate for the holidays and that is definitely NOT one of my husband Marty’s or my stepson Van’s favorite times. I do have quite a bit of festive decorations and of course they are stowed away each year. The tree ornaments can be […]