Ribbon cutting held at Page Ellington Park

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held June 21 to dedicate Page Ellington Park, a 20-acre public park at Bull Street. The park includes running and walking paths, a dog park, shelters, and natural water habitats featuring a two-acre pond. The park also includes the daylighted Smith Branch Creek. Speakers included Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Councilman Edward H. McDowell, Robert Hughes of […]

Columbia City of Women unveils Architecture of Strength

Architecture of Strength, new monument at corner of Main and Gervais Streets in Columbia, will celebrate the city’s legacy of remarkable women

At the northwest corner of Main and Gervais Streets June 16, Columbia thought leaders and Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke at the official “unveiling” of Architecture of Strength, a brand new monument celebrating the historical accomplishments of women in Columbia. It was designed to inspire inclusion and honor remarkable women. Architecture of Strength will be a permanent monument to celebrate and […]

A Dane in Denmark

Part 2: Pastries and Legos

Denmark is not the first destination that comes to mind when you think of a holiday in Europe, but if you want something out of the ordinary consider joining a small group of “scan fans” that will travel to Copenhagen December 11–18 on a holiday shopping and sightseeing journey.

Roach Anxiety—Part 5: Peace Corps Thailand

In 1962, I became the first person from South Carolina to join the Peace Corps, and regrettably, my roach anxiety followed me. After three months training at the University of Michigan, I was sent to Thailand to teach English in a high school in Korat, a large provincial town in northeast Thailand. Samut, an agriculture teacher, and I shared an […]


Excerpt No. 26 from Mike Maddock’s novel available now on Amazon

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to publish Mike Maddock’s novel, Sunnybrook, in its entirety as a “50 Something” weekly series for 2021. All published excerpts will also be available on our website, www.TheColumbiaStar.com. Chapter 5 (Cont’d) The climb out was not as difficult as the boys thought it might be. They discovered a natural staircase of smaller rocks and erosion […]

From Hair to Eternity

I’m just saying...

“Julia what are you doing?” This was from my husband, Marty, a few nights ago when he was coming to bed and saw me straightening my hair. It was almost 9 p.m., and I was in my pajamas. “I’m doing my hair Marty. I’ll only be a few minutes.” “I can see WHAT you’re doing…but WHY? Are you thinking of […]


Cyberwoven has been awarded a Gold American Advertising Award for “She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage,” an interactive website companion to PBS American Experience’s documentary series, The Vote, released in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. First Community Bank has recognized the 2021 graduates of its Leadership Institute with a ceremony at the Columbia International […]

First day of summer = lake home shopping season

The new Summer 2021 Lake Market Report is out just in time for the first day of summer. The 200+page report details the $45 billion lake home real estate industry across the country and by state, including South Carolina. Download the free report at www.lakehomes.com/report. The total lake home market in South Carolina is $1.4 billion. Here are a few […]


McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC), a regional insurance defense firm, has announced the four recipients of the 2021 MGC Diversity Scholarship— Trey Ellis, Erienne Reniajal “ RJ” Lewi s, Savannah Putnam, and Kristy Nguyen. Reginald “Reggie” Belcher, shareholder at Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P. A., has been named a 2021 Leadership in Law honoree by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Drive-thru etiquette and other helpful hints

Drive-thrus have been in operation since 1947, and people haven’t stopped using them ever since. In fact, during the pandemic, the drive-thru helped many restaurants thrive during a challenging time in the industry. Restaurants that were able to stay afloat due to drive-thrus and other takeaway options can thank Red’s Giant Hamburg in Missouri for the success of their drive-thru […]