You can teach old dogs new tricks

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks hadn’t reckoned with the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews. This Columbia-area all-volunteer, interfaith learning program for senior adults completely disproves that adage. When the COVID virus struck in the spring, most Midlands centers for senior continuing education went dark but not the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, headquartered at Columbia’s […]

Halls are decked all over town

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

Wine Clubs and Freedom

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

Terry and I were drinking wine, socially distanced by telephone. I was consuming a sassy Old Vine Zinfandel. Terry was enjoying a feisty Cab that mellowed with each dainty sip. Our wine club met remotely last month and both members enjoyed our time together. We have two rules. We only drink wine we like, and we don’t buy anything that […]

Pinewood, a place on the road

Part 1: The Town & Railroad

Pinewood is a place on the road to Greeleyville, Pineville, and The Beach. I have no relatives there. I don’t know anyone who lives there. And, I’ve seldom stopped there…. until now. Officially, Pinewood is a town located on SC Highway 261 at the southern entrance to the High Hills of Santee in Sumter County. The town has an area […]

The Magic of the Holidays…and Advil


I made the mistake of letting a slightly exasperated groan escape when one of my children suggested we get our Christmas tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I’m no Grinch and I certainly wasn’t trying to “Bah Humbug” this moment but getting the Christmas tree and putting out the associated decorations is no easy task…at least it hasn’t been in the […]

Nuf Sed

It’s easy being a ventriloquist… wearing a mask! Selfie by Phillip Jones as Stan Laurel, with Li’l Ollie.


Resource Financial Services has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the Top Mortgage Workplaces report released by this year’s Mortgage Professional America. Cooper Rust has been named the winner of the RAD Centenary Dance Teacher Awards Community Engagement Award. Colliers International’s Allen Wilkerson has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the […]

Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. expanding operations in Richland County

Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi), a global leading supplier of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs), announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The $55 million investment will create 40 new jobs. Founded in 1999, SETi manufactures and sells UV LED products for applications in curing, sterilization, sensors, biomedical devices, and home appliances. Over the last 20 years, SETi’s technology […]

West Columbia and Columbia get new U-Haul dealer

U-Haul Company of South Carolina, Inc. announced Jack’s Corner, an El Cheapo gas station and convenience store, has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the West Columbia community. BestBuy Auto Sale of S.C. has also signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Columbia community. Jack’s Corner at 3862 Charleston Hwy. will offer essential services […]


Adams and Reese has received recognition in the 2021 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” list, published by U. S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® (by BL Rankings, LLC). Lawrence Flynn, a public finance and governmental law attorney and member of the management team with Pope Flynn, has received “Lawyer of the Year” […]