WWII veteran receives Legion of Honor Award

WWII Battle of the Bulge Veteran David Hubbard received The Legion of Honor Award from USAF Chaplain Lt. Col. Brian Bohlman on Veterans Day, November 11, for service to his community and those serving in the military. Over the past year, Hubbard has made hundreds of wooden crosses for soldiers and airmen, as Hubbard describes it, “to bring some peace […]

Columbia veteran receives award for saving another veteran’s life on Veterans Day

The Red Cross of South Carolina awarded its highest honor in a recent ceremony to Jonathon Upton of Columbia. The award recognizes him for saving the life of a veteran who was choking at a Veterans Day event. Upton, trained through the Red Cross First Aid/CPR/ AED course, received the Certificate of Merit, the highest award given by the Red […]

Columbia Garden Club decorates State House Christmas tree

In keeping with their annual holiday tradition, Columbia Garden Club (CGC) members decorate the official South Carolina Christmas Tree at the State House. The Columbia Garden Club partners with the Garden Club of South Carolina to obtain and decorate the tree with thousands of lights. This year’s tree, a concolor fir, was delivered from Maryland. CGC Christmas Tree chairs are […]

Forced to Wear Seat Belts

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

In 1968, the Socialist American government declared all new vehicles would include seat belts. Most true Americans, me included, ignored these attempts at tyranny and continued as before, regardless of what “science” said. In 1984, fittingly, if you read George Orwell, New York made seat belt use mandatory. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a suspect organization with links to […]

When fetch goes horribly wrong


The other night I was playing with our dog, Millie. She’s a rescue dog with a whole lot of Labrador Retriever in her. Millie is still very much a puppy, but she’s almost full grown, which means she’s got the strength of an adult with the mind of a child…kind of like me. Although she’s much stronger. Millie has gotten […]

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Not Dustin

Ode to my Father

Part 21: Playing football at PC

(Note: This series is from my father’s memoirs I found long after his death.) Billy Barron, a friend of mine from Greeleyville, had finished Presbyterian College (PC) and was attending medical school in Charleston. During the summer he had a job recruiting students for PC. Billy offered me a scholarship to attend PC and play football. Of course, I accepted. […]


D’Alberto & Graham and Grimsley Law Firm have merged their practices to form the firm of D’Alberto, Graham & Grimsley. The firm is located at 508 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Partners Dan D’Alberto, Michael Graham, and Ben Grimsley created the firm through the merger of their respective firms. Johnna Menke has joined Bluestein Attorneys as an associate. Callison Tighe & […]


Patrick Palmer, CCIM, director of retail services and principal at NAI Columbia has been elected to serve a three-year term on the National CCIM Board of Directors. The S.C. Central Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honored the finest achievements of the philanthropic community in the Midlands at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day, including Outstanding Small […]

City of Columbia approves ordinances

The Columbia City Council held a virtual meeting Tuesday, November 17. Council approved six resolutions, including: •Authorizing the city manager to execute a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery subrecipient agreement between the City of Columbia and The St. Bernard Project, Inc.; •Authorizing the city manager to execute an assignment of contract of sale and purchase of real estate between the […]