January 4, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Canine Americans visit the vet

Today's installment of Canine Wisdom is centers on the Canine Americans' annual pilgrimage to the vet, which is not a favored pursuit but does have its perks. First of all, both dogs love Dr. Roof and Dr. More...

News

J. B. White employees remember the good ole days

Editor's note: In the December 21, 2007, issue of The Columbia Star, a name was left out under this photograph. We regret the mistake and hope it is now rectified. More...

Don't be a victim

The fear of crime creates special problems for the elderly. The following advice can be effective when you follow these tips. WALKING • Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. • Walk confidently. More...

Greenwood lives up to his name

Sean Greenwood first became a code enforcement officer for Summerville, S. C., when he got out of the Army in 2001 because it allowed him the flexibility to finish school. More...

Business

Santee Cooper asked to stall coal- burning plant

Can there be a clean coal plant? A healthy cigarette? Pee Dee people are looking for both. More...

Briefs

by John Temple Ligon

Governor back in charge There are more than 10,000 citizen soldiers and airmen in S.C. as members of the National Guard. More...

Edwin Dargan of Dargan Turf Farm

Star Profile

Florence and Mechanicsville in the Pee Dee are connected by South Charleston Road, aka the Mechanicsville Highway. More...

Sports

Panthers name Flora's Page a Community Captain

During the 2007 season, the Carolina Panthers have recognized ten high school student- athletes in the Carolinas through the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program. More...

Events

It's happening right here in your community

Send your events to annekathryn@sc.rr.com

ART Art,Art,and More Art at Mays Park will offer classes through March. Just the two of us, parent and child for ages 2- 4; Homeschool art for ages 4- 7, 8- 12, and 12 and up; and Afterschool for ages 4- 7, 8- 12, and 12 and up. More...

Slave Trade abolished! Let's celebrate!

On March 2, 1807, President Thomas Jefferson signed into law An Act to prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States from and after the first day of January, More...

Montessori Programs begin open enrollment

Parents interested in enrolling their children in Richland One's innovative Montessori programs are invited to attend information sessions scheduled for January and February, 2008. More...

Beauty in the Backyard

A southern garden in the making

Stopping to smell the flowers

Ron and Donna Aiken began work on their Shandon garden ten years ago. Their intent was a southern garden with yearround green to include dogwood, crepe myrtle, cast iron plant, fatsia, and loquat. More...

Nature's Gym

Croft State Natural Area

Set in the thick woods of southern Spartanburg County, Croft State Natural Area is a picturesque wilderness park ideal for a day- long outing or weekend camping trip. This 7,054- acre park was an Army training base during World War II. More...

Prevent winter stress

Winter can damage cherished trees and shrubs in suburban landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. More...

Cook survives two terrorist attacks

Michael Melville came to the U.S. from South America looking for a new life. He found it and then some. At the tender age of 17, this adventurer left his native Guyana in 1979 to join family members in New York City. More...

Group always gathers December 23 at 5:30 pm

Every December 23 at 5:30 pm, family and friends gather at the corner of Heatherwood and Tomeka around the tree planted in honor of Christie Benet. Above them, a large moon shines as they sing. More...

On Second Thought

Thirty-something speaks

From careful planning to cage match

Sometimes my visions of fatherhood are a bit grandiose. I often expect my children to fall in line and behave like the subjects of a Norman Rockwell painting. But that's not reality. Children are more like Picassos. More...

It's not a criticism, it's an observation.

We are the No. 1 sad folks

In a recent World Health Organization survey, America was No. 1. The bad news is this survey was for depression. The U. S. has 9.6 percent of its population under treatment for some type of depression. Nigeria rolls up a spiffy point eight. More...

Rose Ellen in the wind

Rose Ellen is booked in the high country of Utah. Warrants cite her on numerous charges of fraud, theft, and burglary. More...

Government / Neighborhood

Living green in Forest Acres

Recently, Forest Acres won recognition from Richland County for the refurbishment and beautification of the City's Public Works Area on Robert Springs Road. More...

Cayce City Council calls special meeting

"Why do we want something that Columbia and Richland County turned down?" - Ron Vaughn

The Cayce City Hall chambers filled for the second time in just one week for a Special Council Meeting to discuss the proposed annexation of 3,113 acres of land in Richland County formerly known as Green Diamond. More...

Montgomery to teach History of Columbia course

Dr. Warner M. Montgomery, publisher of The Columbia Star, will teach a history of Columbia course in January and February, 2008, with the Historic Columbia Foundation. More...

Education

Knight Foundation graduates another class of leaders

The Knight Foundation funds an afternoon leadership program at EdVenture Children's Museum, as they do at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Riverbanks Zoo, and Trustus Theater. More...

Charley's Backyard Stars

Charley's Backyard Stars are young South Carolina students who have read the Official Children's Book of Columbia, Charley's Columbia Backyard, and wish to tell others about their own backyard experiences. More...

Travel

Pineville, a historic refuge

Part 40: Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church

Disaffected by the established Episcopal Church following the Civil War, black Anglicans organized churches under the name of the Reformed Episcopal Church. In 1874, five local Reformed Episcopal churches merged under the leadership of Rev. More...

Lithuania fears new Russian takeover

Several years ago, I visited Vilnius, Lithuania where I spoke to a university symposium about free press in the U.S. Participants were from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, and Russia. More...

Pineville, a historic refuge

The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) was created in 1873 when the established Episcopal Church would not ordain black clergy. Today, the church has over 100 parishes in the U.S. and Canada. Membership is over 13,000. More...