May 28, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

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A group of journalists from the Republic of Azerbaijan in Eurasia got a taste of southern hospitality during their visit to the Capital City. To see the video and hear their thoughts on their trip, visit our website, at www.thecolumbiastar.com. More...

News

South Carolina National Guard ADT advises Afghans

LOGAR, Afghanistan — As Coalition forces struggle to defeat the Taliban, and Karzai and Obama square off in Washington D.C., it is difficult to see any promise on the horizon for Afghanistan. More...

Quirky Crimes in THE CAPITAL CITY

West Columbia   More...

Government / Neighborhood

Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin introduces transition team

Beginning Monday, May 24, Columbia Mayor– elect Steve Benjamin’s transition leadership team was in effect. More...

Leaks from the legislature

After a week that was dominated by the budget battle in the General Assembly, the air was sucked out of the room on May 24 when political consultant, blogger and former spokesman for Gov. More...

Homeless shelter coming to Main Street

At Columbia City Council’s work session on Wednesday, May 26, the “optimists” and the “realists” showed in full, and many took the opportunity to speak.   More...

Education

C.A. Johnson cadet receives scholarship

C.A. Johnson High School AFJROTC Cadet Jeffery King, Jr. (center) received a $500 scholarship from the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Foundation. Pictured with him (l–r) are C.A. More...

Principal for the Day at Saluda River Academy

Chloe Sturkie, a five–year–old kindergarten student from Saluda River Academy for the Arts, earned the privilege of being Principal for the Day on May 10 at Saluda River Academy for the Ar More...

Principal of the Day at Rosewood Elementary School

I was Principal of the Day at Rosewood Elementary School on May 19. My job started early that day when Dr. Wachter and I greeted students arriving at school. More...

Sports

Ben Lippen’s Currier among Hall of Fame inductees

Bill Currier never viewed himself as one of South Carolina’s elite athletes. More...

Richland One teams win two S.C. track championships

Richland One schools blew out the competition at the state track meet May 15 at Lower Richland High School winning two state championships as well as nine first–place and ten second–place individual/team medals. More...

Blythewood charges to championship

The Blythewood Middle School boys’ soccer team finished the season with an 8–1 record and the Richland District Two Championship.   More...

Beauty in the Backyard

Culantro and Cilantro: culinary cousins

Stopping to smell the flowers

Two closely related herbs in the parsley family have distinctive appearances, aromas, flavors, growing preferences, and culinary uses.   More...

Township reopens

A year ago the Township Auditorium closed its doors for a 12–month $12 million renovation. More...

Help protect our rare and beautiful spider lilies

Bill Stangler, a USC graduate student who is doing his thesis on the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily is also a river guide for Adventure Carolina. He is teaming up with Karen Kustafik, a former organizer of Lilyfest. More...

On Second Thought

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

If only pet lovers ruled the world

We took Newt to get her rabies shot last Saturday. Anything involving Newt is an ordeal. She hates getting in the car. She’s afraid she won’t be coming back. More...

Forty– something

Hot, bored, and happy

Something is fast approaching. More...

Business

Briefs

Passenger rail study grant The City of Charleston and the S.C. Dept. of Transportation have applied for a $500,000 grant to study a high–speed intercity passenger rail line connecting Savannah, Charleston, Florence, and Raleigh. More...

Power of the purses

The Columbia charity Women in Philanthropy held its seventh annual Power of the Purse auction, Thursday evening, May 20, in the Capital City Club’s main ballroom. More...

Alumnus Pickens brings 100K to USC

J. Leon Pickens, uncle of Columbia attorney Joel Collins and resident of Houston, graduated in 1929 from high school in Chester, S.C. and from USC in 1935. More...

Society

Great grandmother has no plans to retire

When you think of a restaurant employee who shows up a couple of hours early for her shift and does an incredible amount of side work that involves dusting, polishing, and general cleaning, you probably think that’s just a dedicated employee t More...

Columbia native retires from Coast Guard

Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Richard M. Freeman, a native of Columbia, S.C., retired from the Coast Guard May 7, 2010, at a ceremony in Jacksonville concluding 30 years of service.   More...

Columbian stands guard in Afghanistan

U. S. Army Sgt. More...

Events

Events

-ART The Village Artist Gallery will host Go Figure, N.E. Columbia artists group, Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m., Village at Sandhill. 699-8886. More...

Travel

To Lake Wobegon via Atlanta

Part 1: Autos as Art

Linda and I took the opportunity of a free weekend in May to “Do Atlanta!” The main drawing card was Garrison   Keiller’s Prai rie Home         More...