2020-01-31

Babcock Building moves closer to renovation


The BullStreet District’s storied Babcock Building, one of downtown Columbia’s most iconic buildings, has a new owner for the first time in its history. Title of the building was given to Clachan Properties, the Richmond, Virginia-based historic renovation specialist, by Hughes Development Corporation, master developer of the 181-acre Bull- Street District project. Under a 2010 development agreement with the South […]

A.C. Flora Veteran starts Hidden Wounds


Around 2010, three military veterans suffering from debilitating physical and emotional injuries asked former Marine Steven Diaz, himself wounded in combat, for assistance. He didn’t know what to say. All three of them took their lives within a short time of each other. “I could have helped all of them, but I didn’t,” Diaz, a Columbia native who was severely […]

EngenuitySC releases 2019-2020 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report


EngenitySC released the sixth annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report at a gathering Monday, January 27 at Central Energy in the Bull Street District. The 2019-2020 report provides a snapshot of the Midlands economy in five major indicators of economic competitiveness— talent, entrepreneurial/ business environment, innovation, industry clusters, and livability. The report compared the Midlands region, or Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area, […]

We Must Never Forget: Life, Death, and the Liberation of Auschwitz


On January 27, 2020, South Carolinians gathered in Columbia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, two death camps operated by the Nazi regime. In the years after their liberation, the camps became synonymous with the Shoah, or catastrophe, which defines the systematic murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust— nearly two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population. […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Platt Springs Road: A man was arrested at 11 a.m. Monday after officers on patrol spotted him and another man smoking in the doorway of a closed business. When the officers approached the two to ask what they were doing at a place clearly closed, both men said they were just “grabbing a smoke.” They were told to […]

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With a fragmented health care system, more patients seek a retainer concierge physician

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What is a concierge or retainer physician? As the health care system becomes harder to navigate, more patients are willing to pay a regular fee to guarantee quicker access to their doctors along with more personal care and attention. Concierge medicine, as it was called originally, was once considered a privilege of only the affluent. Now, it is becoming an […]

Considering Chainsaws

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


These days, when people gather to talk, politics is a subject better left alone. Now, all of us are smart; we gathered information from reliable, worthy sources; and thought the whole thing through without letting our emotions interfere. So our arguments are sound and reasonable. It’s those idiots disagreeing with us who cause all the trouble. Because of them, many […]

Beastly Ballet

I’m just saying...


Editor’s Note: Julia has had a family emergency, so we’re running an oldie but goodie from last year… enjoy! Lately, I’ve been noticing I’ve been suffering from lack of sleep. Not because I stay up late…I don’t. But my husband Marty and I have become unwilling participants in what I call the “Beasty Ballet.” We have two cats and a […]

A Ruff Morning

50–Something


I was on my way back in the house the other morning when I heard a big splash. Panic ensued. Every morning either my wife or I—depending on who wakes up first—lets our two dogs out in the backyard to do their morning business. One of our dogs is a five-year-old female Akita named “Keeta.” She’s an adult dog, but […]