Shuckin’ at City Roots

Julie Buchleitner along with Chris and Linda Larson traveled from Irmo to City Roots Farms in the Rosewood Neighborhood Saturday February 1, to enjoy shucking steaming oysters and eating pit roasted pig at the Seventh Annual Oyster and Pig Roast at City Roots Farm.

The 16th Annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala honors Midlands legends

Richland School District One holds an annual Hall of Fame Induction event to honor graduates of Richland County School District One schools who have achieved great accomplishments in their lives and made a lasting impact in our community. The 16th Annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala honored Judge Mildred Weathers McDuffie and Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr. as the […]

Columbia Civitan Club celebrates 90th anniversary

The Columbia Civitan Club is the oldest Civitan club in South Carolina that has kept a consistent membership and active charter for 90 years. Civitan, now Civitan International, was founded in Birmingham, Alabama March 17, 1917, as a service organization and was named for the latin word “civitas” which means citizenship. Civitan began chartering other clubs in the 1920s. The […]

Road Trip—The Badlands

This submission is an excerpt from a book project about various travels during my life. (so far) The working title is Road Trips. Google Maps tells us Badlands National Park is a tad more than 13 hours from Thunder Bay, Ontario. This should be our last long driving day, mainly due to a scheduling problem allowing my oldest child to […]

Submit your nominations for Historic Columbia’s 2020 Preservation Awards

Imagine Columbia without 701 Whaley, Indah Coffee, and Hunter- Gatherer Brewery at the Curtiss-Wright Hangar, or Hotel Trundle. It’s a sobering thought! These repurposed buildings lend to Columbia’s appeal, a city steeped in history with an eye on the future. Holding significant history yet later neglected, these buildings now house some of Columbia’s most exciting venues and businesses. To acknowledge […]

“What Have You Done Did Now?” A Tale of a First-Year Teacher

Isaiah Shaver* was what we called a two-for. Teachers would take on two kids to get a two-for off their roster. Isaiah’s reputation was so bad, teachers would have taken three or four students to keep him out of their classroom. I was a first-year teacher and didn’t know about this unofficial system of negotiation, so I ended up with […]

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia Platt Springs Road: Police were sent to a home at 1 a.m. Friday after neighbors complained about yelling and noisy behavior. When the officers arrived, they saw a woman in the front yard wielding a knife in a threatening manner. She was ordered to drop the knife. She did and was then detained. She told officers her “friend” […]

Nuf Sed

I’m looking at my shadow… I need to lose some weight!

It’s tax season, so more identity thieves are lurking, federal officials warn


What is tax identify theft and how can we prevent it? Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit tax fraud. Your taxes can be affected if your social security number is used to file a fraudulent return or to claim a refund or credit, cautions the IRS. When envelopes stamped “Important Tax Return Document Enclosed” […]

Revised Drug Testing

Last summer, Texas Panhandle schools decided to drug test any student involved in extra curricular activities. Not sure why this seems to happen more frequently but it does. I would think students playing sports, or in the band, are less likely to make poor decisions. Maybe Texas is different. I know it is in other ways. Then again, I have […]