The Burbs and the Bees

As a kid growing up, Rob Britt developed an interest in beekeeping. He remembers looking through a fence into a neighbor’s back yard, seeing several hives, and thinking that might be worth pursuing. Fast forward through a career in healthcare and Britt finally got his beekeeping opportunity from a friend. He first met Nicole at a dog obedience session. He […]

Celtic Columbia provides chronological history of Celtic people in Columbia

Celtic Columbia, written by Columbia historian Tom Elmore, is a chronology of the influence of Irish, Scottish, and Scotch-Irish peoples in South Carolina’s capital city. An expert on South Carolina Civil War history and a dedicated student of Columbia local history, Elmore has taken another angle in his research of the development of Columbia by tracing its Celtic roots. Celtic […]

St. Pat’s in Five Points returns to Columbia March 18

St. Pat’s in Five Points, one the Southeast’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals returns on Saturday, March 18 for the 41st annual event in Columbia. In addition to the beloved festival, St. Pat’s in Five Points will kick off the festivities in the morning with its annual Get to the Green road race and St. Pat’s Parade. “St. Pat’s in […]

Pineville, a historic refuge

Francis Marion, son and farmer
Originally published April 27, 2007

“Gen. Francis Marion was an ugly little man who walked with a limp… but he was the man most feared by the British during the American Revolution,” said Christine Swager, author of many books about the Revolution, during a seminar March 31 celebrating Marion’s victory at Ft. Motte. Francis Marion’s Huguenot grandparents fled France and settled in the area between […]

Joe Wilson enjoys photo-ops

Letter to the Editor

I’d like to comment on the picture of the ribbon cutting ceremony at Riverbanks Zoo (March 10 Edition of The Columbia Star). Riverbanks is one of the highest-rated zoos in the Southeast. During a visit to South Carolina, my mother remarked how much she enjoyed the zoo’s gardens. In the picture, we see our congressman, Joe Wilson, who never found […]

Defending Detoxing

I’m just saying...

“Oh for crying out loud, Julia…NOW what?” This was from my husband, Marty, the other day as I was opening yet another box mailed from afar. He was remarking on my latest “medical miracle,” some foot pads from Japan that claim they draw all of the toxins in your body out through your feet. Marty was a little dubious about […]


James Devereaux has joined Schnabel Engineering as senior associate engineer. William H. Floyd has been named executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) by Governor Henry McMaster. Thelisha Eaddy has been named local host of S.C. Public Radio’s Morning Edition, making her the station’s first female African American host of the popular morning show in […]

COMPACT Act extends emergency mental health care for millions of Veterans

A recent policy that came into effect in January looks to eliminate financial obstacles by making treatment easier to access for Veterans experiencing a suicidal crisis. The Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment (COMPACT) Act, ensures that Veterans in suicidal crises can now receive no-cost emergency care at any health care facility withing the VA or in the community, […]


Pannerpete Vintage held its grand opening March 13, 738 Harden Street. Family Connection of South Carolina (FCSC) has announced Groucho’s Deli as the presenting sponsor of LOOK!™ 2023. SCDOT is scheduled to start the Interstate 77 Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Project Friday, March 24 with the closure of access to I-77 northbound from I- 26 to Bluff Road. Palmetto Xpress LLC […]

How labor shortages are affecting agriculture

The agricultural workforce is shrinking, and has been for some time. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates there are roughly 2.4 million farm jobs that need to be filled annually, but there has been a drastic decline in workers each year. There are a number of reasons for the shortages. The AFBF says more than 73 percent of farm workers […]