July 4, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Paul Redfern flew over Columbia 85 years ago today

July 4, 1923, marked the first night flight over Columbia. Few onlookers were on hand when aviation prodigy Paul Redfern took off from an airstrip at the State Fairgrounds about 10:30 pm. More...

News

You must be the change you want in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

"We will be identified as a community in how we relate to the least of these." - Rev. Amos Disasa

In a study completed in January of 2007 by the United Way, it was found that there were approximately 1100 homeless individuals in the Columbia area. More...

CASA needs a few good men

A child's home should be a place of security and well- being. Unfortunately, there are homes in Richland County where there is no safety. Children are abused and in danger. If parents are the aggressors, who speaks for the children? More...

Columbia will miss Lourie's

After 96 years, Louries has closed its doors forever. Susan Lourie with Mick and Nancy Lourie at the closing of Lourie's on Main Street. A painting of Sol Lourie is in the background More...

Business

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel prepares for its first overnight guests

The Palmetto Building, built at the corner of Washington and Main in 1913 as the headquarters home for Palmetto National Bank, is within a week of fully operating as the 135- room Sheraton, replete with 16 suites and five separate venues for food a More...

Briefs

Scana subsidiary scores The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved the second rate increase in two months for natural gas provider PSNC Energy, a subsidiary of Scana Corp. More...

Profile

Stanley McGuffin of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Super Lawyers magazine lists attorneys in each state chosen by their peers and through independent research. More...

Society

Mary Richardson Briggs was responsible for the State Waltz of South Carolina

Mary Richardson Briggs of Summerton died last week, but something special lives on, not only for her extensive family but for the entire state of South Carolina. More...

Calling Home by Janna McMahan

I met Janna McMahan in a writing group in the early 90s. She was passionate and serious about the craft of writing. Now her dream of being an author has come true with Calling Home ,which, when I last talked to her, is in its third printing. More...

It's never too late...

A BA degree and Phi Beta Kappa at age 76

Rosemary Smith was born in a German colony in Africa called Southwest now known as Namibia. Smith's family moved to Karlsruhe, a city in their homeland of Germany, when she was two years old. More...

Events

It's happening right here in your community

-ANIMALS The Animal Protection League will hold a garage sale at 1727 Laurel Street (across from the Fire Station) July 12 and 19, 7 am- 3 pm. Call Joyce, 206-5779 or Bob 351-3536. Donations accepted. More...

Beauty in the Backyard

Stopping to smell the flowers

The state plate breakfast at the All- Local Farmer's Market has Columbian's getting up and out early Saturday mornings. The idea for the market comes from Emile DeFelice, farmer and advocate for sustainable agriculture. More...

Garden of the week

Hydrangea happiness

Send your Garden of the Week nomination to mike@thecolumbiastar.com or mail it to "Garden of the Week" c/o The Columbia Star, P.O. Box 5955, Columbia, SC 29250. More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

XXXXXXXXXX NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Quick Stop & Go intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale on premises consumption of Beer, Wine, and Liquor at 8825 W More...

When I win the lottery...

Everyone wants to win the lottery. Many plan their lives around their future winnings. But what has really happened to the big winners. At the encouragement of a friend, I have engaged in an non- scientific Internet study of lottery winners. More...

Summertime

Melissa Irvin shows her children Alise and J.T. how to pick blueberries at AA Farms. More...

Photo

Boy Scout Troop #400 of Christ the King Luthern Church and the Lower Richland Ruritan Club held a US Flag Retirement Ceremony this past Tuesday night outside at the Lower Richland Ruritan Clubhouse facilities. More...

On Second Thought

Thirty- something speaks

Welcome to the family, Sniffy Doug

I have four experiences with rodents from my childhood, and none of them are good. My second experience occurred when I was eight. My parents caved in to my begging and bought me a hamster. I named him Fred. More...

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

Sticks and stones...and words???

Johnny Miller, NBC's golf analyst, has an uncanny ability to predict golfer's actions but habitually dismisses the talent of current pros by declaring so much of their work easy. He is also abrasively honest. More...

A barn like no other

According to a story circulating on the Internet, a New York man and his wife retire and are looking for a place to settle down- somewhere out in the country. They see an ad for a farm that's being sold for back taxes. More...

Government / Neighborhood

U.S. Judge Matthew Perry inaugurates three at Columbia City Council

Columbia City Council held its swearing in ceremony at four in the afternoon, Monday, June 30. City Manager Charles Austin presided over the ceremony, and Mayor Bob Coble welcomed the crowd. Council members E.W. More...

West Columbia's City water system receives $160,000 grant

Roll call Mayor Bobby Horton called the West Columbia City Council meeting to order at 6 pm. Council Members Mayor Bobby E. Horton, Mayor Pro- Tempore Tommy G. Parler, Eric L. Fowler, L. Dale Harley, Jack L. Harmon, Boyd J. Jones, Marsha J. More...

"I've been fighting dirt roads for 20 years and ain't giving up now." - Bernice Scott

Roll call Chairman Joe McEachern, Vice Chair Val Hutchinson, Joyce Dickerson, Norman Jackson, Damon Jeter, Paul Livingston, Bill Malinowski, Greg Pearce, Bernice Scott, and Kit Smith were present for the Richland County Council meeting. More...

Education

Irish Children's Program continues for the 25th year

This is the 25th anniversary of the Irish Children's program in Columbia. On Sunday June 29 at Cardinal Newman's cafeteria, the room was abuzz filled with the chatter of children and their sponsor families. More...

What happened to the cookie money?

At their end of the year meeting, Brownie Troop 1168 presented Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) a check for $600. More...

Sports

Richland Post 6 wins slugfest over Lexington Post 7

Lexington 10 Richland 12

In a game featuring five home runs and 22 runs, it was pitching that ultimately secured victory for Richland Post 6. More...

AMERICAN LEGION LEAGUE EIGHT BASEBALL

League Eight Standings (As of Tuesday , July 1):

1. Irmo (13- 3) 2. Richland (12- 4) 3. Lexington (9- 7) 4. West Columbia (6- 10) 5. Columbia NE (6- 10) 6. Newberry (2- 14) More...

West Columbia gets four in the sixth to sink Columbia Northeast

West Columbia 11 Columbia NE 6

Luke Beasley went 3- for- 5 from the plate hitting two doubles, knocking in two runners, and scoring three runs himself to lead visiting West Columbia over Columbia Northeast 11- 6 at Spring Valley High School Friday, June 27. More...

Travel

Pineville, a historic refuge

Part 66: Belvidere Plantation

King George III of England granted 590 acres on the Santee River to Captain James Sinkler, a Scot emigrant, in 1770. Sinkler developed his plantation, Old Santee, in St. Stephen's Parish. More...

S.C. Wildlife offers adventures for the summer

Evening with Wood Storks Varnville, July 12 The SCWF and Skeet and Gail Burris invite you to join them for an evening of observing the endangered wood storks at Cypress Bay Plantation in Varnville, SC. More...