100-year-old Veteran, retired Richland One administrator receives Order of the Palmetto

Centenarian Stonewall McKinney Richburg received the Order of the Palmetto from S.C. Governor Henry McMaster March 10 at the South Carolina State House. Richburg received the Centenarian Award from Governor McMaster’s office on his 100th birthday, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin named August 14 “Stonewall McKinney Richburg Day” in recognition of Richburg’s dedication and service locally through Richland School District […]

Vista Guild and Main Street District partner on new mural

The CongareeVista Guild and Main Street District have announced a joint art project on the corner of Lady and Assembly Streets at The Palms on Main. The two organizations contributed financially to the creation of the mural. The mural is the creation of artist, Ija Charles, a Columbia artist who is a self-taught painter and entrepreneur. Charles has other works […]

Veterans to tell about surviving one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War

Craig Van Hout and his comrades in the 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, fought the very last major battle Americans experienced during the Vietnam War. It’s regarded as one of the bloodiest fights of the war. They lost 139 men, and hundreds of others were wounded. And no one back home even knew about it. It happened in 1970, at […]

Coming to America: African dignitary tours Washington

Originally published March 11, 2005

Dr. Naby Camara, a Muslim, was struck by the religious spirit he found in America. He commented many times, “Before you eat, you pray. Before you work, you pray. Before you sleep, you pray. Everyone says, ‘God bless you.’ This must be why America is such a powerful country.” At his request Dr. Camara was taken to the Macedonian Baptist […]

Fiscal transparency improves government, builds trust

Guest Column

Making detailed financial information easily available to the public improves the quality of government. It keeps officials on their toes and makes it easier to catch misspending and waste. Transparency builds trust with taxpayers, who have a right to know how their hard-earned dollars are being spent. About this time each year, advocates for open-government celebrate Sunshine Week, a national […]

The old gray mare goes to heaven… doesn’t she?

I’m just saying...

“Julia…what are all these activities you have marked down?” My husband, Marty, was looking at the calendar we keep in the kitchen for appointments and errands and such. And he was right… my coming days were full. I had a hair appointment, a manicure and pedicure appointment, a brow waxing, and several other “beauty” meetings in one week. It was, […]

Gov. McMaster joins Spectrum to announce 350 new jobs in West Columbia

Spectrum and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster have announced plans for the company to hire 350 new inbound sales representative and management positions at its West Columbia call center by the end of 2022. Gov. McMaster and Spectrum leaders were joined by state Sen. Katrina Healy, Lexington County Chairman Scott Whetstone, and a host of other elected, community, and business […]

Cities where your dollar goes the furthest

Worries about inflation have been the biggest economic story of recent months. Month-over-month and year-over-year price increases have been at historic highs through much of 2021 and into 2022, with categories like energy and vehicles seeing increases of more than 40 percent since the beginning of 2021. A number of factors explain the recent nationwide trends in price increases. Strong […]


The Congaree Vista is among one of four cultural districts in the state of South Carolina to be recertified as a cultural district by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). Susan Blume, Wes Green, and Carly Grady have joined EXIT Real Estate Solutions, 7116 Firelane Road. Christal Scarborough, Charlene Ray, and Jenna Lawson have joined EXIT Real Estate Consultants, 5175 […]


Colliers South Carolina has announced the following recently completed commercial real estate transactions: Crawford Prezioso represented PASI Inc. in the sale of a 10,864-square-foot retail building at 5900 North Main Street in Columbia to JMCG Corporate Buildings LLC. Allen Wilkerson, SIOR, CCIM and Henry Roe represented BV DRP Synergy LLC in the lease of 3,742 square feet of office space […]