Melrose Heights Neighborhood to host Holiday Art in the Yard

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many creative approaches have been made to bring people together in safe, socially distanced ways to enjoy fellowship. The residents of the Melrose Height’s neighborhood designed their own response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to support the many artists in their neighborhood and to celebrate the unity and generosity of the people they live and work […]

Holiday Gifts for the Home Gardener

Stopping to smell the flowers

The winter holidays of Christmas, Kwanza, and Hanukkah include gift giving as part of their celebrations. We polled a panel of horticulture experts on their suggested gift for the home gardener. Let’s dig into their pile of presents. Terasa Lott, state coordinator of the S. C. Master Gardener Program, recommends “a continuous composter since every garden benefits from added organic […]

Waffle House Magic

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

I read last week Waffle House has now inspired beer. Georgia’s Oconee Brewery developed something called Bacon and Kegs, featuring bacon flavored red ale. The can features pictures of a Waffle House. I’m not surprised. The iconic southern 24-7 greasy spoon has been serving the South in many ways since opening Labor Day weekend in 1955. FEMA uses the reliable […]

Ode to my Father

Part 24: Warner is born

(Note: This series is from my father’s memoirs I found long after his death.) Bub [brother John A.] and Lottie bought a house in the new development where Gervais Street ended at the Glenwood Golf Course run by Mr. Jennings. We called it “Bagnal’s Bottom” because all the homes were built below Mr. Bagnal’s big house. Mama began to go […]

Masks simply don’t compare to seat belts


I get the mask hysteria and the call to wear them, but could we please not equate mask mandates to seat belt laws? It’s just not a fair comparison. For starters, seat belts don’t give me acne. Sure, the mask keeps it covered, but I haven’t had to use Clearasil since my senior year in high school, and I’d like […]

Nuf Sed

Wanda L. Forbes

Mrs. Wanda L. Forbes, wife of the late Major Brown Coleman Forbes, USAF (ret.), died Saturday, November 21, 2020. Eldest daughter of the late Edmund Maywood Wageley and Edith Margaret Cline Wageley, Mrs. Forbes was born on July 21, 1925 in Keyser, WV. She graduated from Keyser High School, and in 1944 following her freshman year at Potomac State College, […]

City of Columbia recognizes employee on 50th anniversary

The Columbia City Council held a virtual meeting Tuesday, December 1. Council recognized Oscar Davis, an employee with the solid waste division, on his 50th anniversary working for the City of Columbia. Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to approve the use of certain funds in order to acquire, construct, equip, and develop land and improvements within the […]

Deadline nears for residents to comment on neighborhood plan

Northeast Richland residents still have time to weigh in on plans for the area’s future. Richland County Community Planning & Development is seeking final input from residents as it finishes developing a neighborhood plan for the Sandhills area. The area includes the Richland Northeast Industrial Park on Clemson Road, as well as historic businesses and residences at Two Notch and […]


Peter A. Pigeon and D. Garet Strange, of Hobbs Group Advisors, LLC, a comprehensive financial planning firm and SEC Registered Investment Advisor, have been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. Bank of America has named Senior Resources a Neighborhood Champion, in recognition of the work to advance economic mobility in Columbia. James Jenkins […]