SCFCL celebrates 100th anniversary

South Carolina Family and Community Leaders (SCFCL) celebrated its 100th anniversary October 12 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in West Columbia. SCFCL was organized June 7, 1921 at Winthrop University. An anniversary display included a history of organization, pictures of past state presidents and terms of office, historical photos, state projects, a copy of The Quiet Revolution, a 75 year […]

Columbia Garden Club plants fall flowers at VA Blue Star Memorial site

The Columbia Garden Club is bringing a bright touch of fall flowers to the new Blue Star Memorial Marker site at the Veterans Hospital complex on Garners Ferry Road. Trudy Miles Wilson, chair of the of the Blue Star Memorial Project, led the planting project Thursday, October 14 after overseeing the marker’s relocation in March to the VA site from […]

Enjoying pumpkin season

Brian and Audrey McLane, with their sons Brian (l) and Brewer, enjoy the fall weather at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin patch.

Autumn’s Way honors daughter

The start of 2021 was a joyous one for West Columbia City Councilman Joseph Dickey and his wife, Kiosha. They just found out they were expecting their second child. The journey to build their family had been a hard one for the Dickeys. They have a three year old daughter, Alexis, but they have also experienced the pain of three […]


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

Since my children got me addicted to YouTube, I have noticed a significantly reduced amount of free time. Not sure I’m more productive but I know I’m not idly twiddling my thumbs waiting on minutes to pass at a pace that makes DMV employees seem speedy and pondering weighty issues—like whether people still twiddle their thumbs. That website has improved […]


Excerpt No. 43 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 10 (Cont’d) Joey braced himself for her perfect lips, but he should have braced for her rather large shoulder because it hit him square in the […]

Mansfield Plantation Part 1: Wilbur Smith Connections

When Linda and I decided our French “son” Martin should experience a Southern plantation in his “conquest” of America, we took him to Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown County. It was a very familiar place to me since it was once owned by Wilbur Smith. When I was a student at USC, I had the pleasure of escorting Sally Smith to […]


Colliers South Carolina office brokerage team members Brantley Anderson, CCIM; Taylor Allen, SIOR, CCIM; and Bailey Tollison represented Gallivan White & Boyd in a long-term renewal of its ±19,765-square-foot office space in Capitol Center at 1201 Main Street. Colliers South Carolina’s Chuck Salley, SIOR; Dave Mathews, SIOR; Thomas Beard; and John Peebles represented Weston Inc. in the 54,073-square-foot lease for […]


Catherine Chiles, Keonye Johnson, Cheryl King, Stephanie McMillan, Brittany Mims, Maxine Moses- Adams, and Cherie Reese have been inducted as new members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter. Dr. Saundra Glover has been named the U.S. Department of Agriculture South Carolina State Director. George B. Wolfe, partner at Nelson Mullins, will receive the 2021 […]


Jada Wilson and Moses Washington have been named 2021 Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholars and have been awarded law school scholarships from Nexsen Pruet law firm.