Bolen wants to restore community’s confidence in Brookland-Cayce

It has been a rough few months for Brookland Cayce High School. In May, assistant principal Leon Brunson was charged with assault after a physical altercation with a student. A few weeks later the high school was found to be in violation of 28 state codes. As a result the school’s accreditation status was dropped to Accredited/ Advised. Schools that […]

Smoked’s bartender wins national title

Jess Pomerantz, bartender at Smoked on Main Street, won the national title for Speed Rack July 24 in New Orleans. Speed Rack is an exclusively female high-speed bartending competition designed to highlight up-and-coming self-identifying women in the cocktail industry and give back to those impacted by breast cancer. The competition in Speed Rack Season 9 was fierce, but so was […]

Spring Valley graduate first to land skilled craft career through new S.C. Chamber–Dominion Energy partnership

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Dominion Energy South Carolina co-hosted a “signing day” recently where Spring Valley High School Class of 2022 graduate Justin McElveen announced he will begin his career in Dominion Energy’s full-time apprentice lineman program. The ceremonial event commemorates a successful partnership between the South Carolina Chamber Foundation and Dominion Energy to create and expand […]

Cherrys celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Jim Marion Cherry Jr. and Rosa Waring Thornton Cherry of Kingstree celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 28. The couple was showered with hundreds of postcards and well wishes from friends they have made over the years. The card shower was hosted by their children—Dr. and Mrs. David Stone Jr. ( Anne Waring Cherry) , Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thornton […]

Saving us from demons

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

My brother, Rick, and I were touring the home country—West Blocton, Alabama—origin of most of the maternal side of our family. Rick had stayed familiar with the area; his job kept him nearby regularly. He slowed near a nondescript gravel pit on Highway 24. A talented artist had carved gargoyles and other fantasy creatures in the soft sandstone walls. There […]

Don’t hide evidence in Murdaugh murder case if you want public trust in justice

Guest Column

Want to start restoring confidence in the South Carolina system of justice? Disregard both banks of lawyers in the murder case against Alex Murdaugh and demand the business of the court remain public, not gagged. At a bond hearing July 20 in the historic Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, defense attorney Dick Harpootlian asked Judge Clifton Newman to seal all […]

Under the Tuscan Spell— Farewell to Florence

Originally published July 29, 2005

It was our last day in Florence, a sad day, so Linda and I tried to cram in as much as we could. Right after breakfast in our Strozzi Palace Hotel, I rushed to the Duomo to beat the crowd. Six Euro and 414 steps later, I reached the top of the Campenile, the bell tower overlooking all of the […]

William “Bill” Durant Cox

A funeral service for William “Bill” Durant Cox, 81, was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Old Johnsonville Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Mr. Cox went home to Jesus on July 24, 2022, his beloved wife of 40 […]


Kevin Garrison, a member of Robinson Gray, has been named to the SCBIZ News 2022 Power List—Real Estate Attorneys. He has been profiled in a special section of the SCBIZ Magazine’s July/August issue. Demetri “Jim” K. Koutrakos, a member of Callison Tighe and Robinson, recently received the 2021 J. Lee McDonald Award from the Palmetto Land Title Association for his […]


Amy Hansen has joined the South Carolina Power Team as executive assistant and operations manager. Richland County Recreation Commission’s Board has elected new officers, including Donhzetta Lindsay as chair, Brittany Singleton as vice chair, and Alphonzo Anderson as secretary. Councilwoman Dr. Aditi Bussells has been appointed to the South Carolina Opioid Recovery Board by Governor Henry McMaster. George Schodowski has […]