July 15, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

News

Lots of love results in locks of love

Brian O’Connor of Elgin needed a haircut, but he didn’t want his threeyear hair growth to end up as remnants on a barbershop’s floor. He decided to donate his hair to Locks of Love.   More...

Campers thank community for a great experience

High-ropes challenge course, rock climbing wall, canoeing, paddle and pontoon boats, campfire, outdoor and indoor sports, crafts, swimming, hiking, fishing – these are the things that come to mind when you think of summer camp.  More...

The Animal Mission offers coupons for spay/neuter procedures

The Animal Mission is making coupons for free or discounted spay/neuter procedures available to Richland and Lexington County residents. The nonprofit animal welfare organization has distributed coupons in the Midlands for the last seven years. More...

Government / Neighborhood

The Wizard and the end of the rainbow

Around the age of 12 I had been admiring an eight foot, three point hydroplane across the street from school, professionally built from Popular Mechanics plans. Somehow I managed to persuade the owner to sell it to me for $65.00 without a motor. More...

Fixing flooding in Shandon, underway

The rain showers that have occurred over the summer have brought more than just a refreshing break from the heat to the residents of the Shandon neighborhood; they have brought about flooding.  More...

Volunteers label stormdrains to protect rivers and creeks

Volunteers are gearing up to help mark stormdrains in Five Points Monday, July 18, 2011. More...

Education

PDC dancers earn national titles at recent dance championships

Dancers from Palmetto Dance Center in Elgin, S.C. took the stage in King, N.C. on June 18 with hopes of maintaining their rank as National Dance Champions. More...

A book fair for “Already Enjoyed Books”

On Thursday June 30, 2011, Richland County First Steps, The Columbia Housing Authority, and The Starfish Initiative sponsored a community book fair. There were 381 participants at the book fair and 3632 books found new homes. More...

Pet care tips for summer

As we officially enter summer months, Columbia Animal Services would like to remind all pet owners, that special care needs to be taken into account for our four legged, furry friends. More...

Sports

Irmo-Chapin sweeps Rock Hill, battles Gaffney

Irmo-Chapin Post 193 beat Rock Hill Post 34 last Wednesday night, July 6, 17-7, at the Foxhole Field at Dutch Fork High School to take a 2-0 lead in the best of three American Legion playoff series.  More...

Skyhawks reload for 2011

Editor’s Note: Over the course of the next several weeks in a run- up to the start of the 2011 high school football season, The Columbia Star will present previews of several area schools. This week we present the Hammond Skyhawks.   More...

Heathwood hires Richardson

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has hired Andrew Richardson to coach the boys’ soccer program.  Richardson brings a wealth of championship experience having been successful as both a player and coach at many levels, including his most rec More...

Arts & Entertainment

The Sandlapper Singers introduce a new educational organization

An outreach of the Sandlapper Singers to promote choral singing for young singers will begin this fall. The Young Sandlapper Singers will be a training ground for children and youth in rising third through eighth grades.  More...

Travel

Cuba? Why not?

Part 8: Castro promises free funerals

Note: This series first appeared in The Columbia Star in 2001 soon after Linda and I returned from an illegal trip to Cuba. In celebration of President Obama’s opening of Cuba to Americans, I am republishing the articles.   More...

The Great Outdoors

The Braggin' Board

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Everything you never knew about deer

I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.  More...

Midlands Striper Club hosts annual striped bass tournament

Midlands Striper Club (MSC) held its annual striped bass tournament to benefit South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) on June 11. More...

Home grown female serves Navy as air traffic controller

Dedicated, motivated and hard charging are just a few but certainly not the least words that can be said about one WASP sailor. More...

On Second Thought

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Teach young people how to manage money

In recent years there’s been a lot of discussion about what schools should and shouldn’t be teaching. More...

SC Small Business Chamber joins Sen. Levin to stop Tax Haven Abuse Act

On July 12, Frank Knapp of the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce joined Senator Carl Levin in a Washington, DC, press conference to announce the introduction of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. Below are Mr. More...

Commentary

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Moonwalking, easy...changing a menu, not

I’m just saying...

Remember the moon landing? I remember watching it on TV and walking outside and looking up at the moon and being amazed that humans were walking on it. And we could talk to them. We could hear them. Right there in our living rooms.  More...

Squirrels unlimited

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

I saw a pickup truck last week with a “Squirrels Unlimited” sticker in the rear window. More...

Business

How goes the Great Recession?

The Great Recession began in December 2007, and the financial panic, the bottom, was in 2008. The Great Recession began its end in June 2009. More...

Briefs

GE’s Immelt returns to South Carolina   More...

Sheriff Lott invites the community to help Deputy Mark Ryan and his family

It’s been a long road for a Richland County Deputy and his three teenage girls, and the fight is far from over. Deputy Mark Ryan has stage 4 lung cancer. More...

Society

Pastor Billy Joe Threat

Pastor Billy Joe Threatt, 69, of Hopkins, pa ssed from his ear thly hom e to Heave n’s gate s, July 11 , 2011, wi th his fam ily by his side.  The you ngest ch ildof the lateMrs. Sa die Hud son and Ca rl Bry an t Thre att Sr., Mr. More...

Willeen Hook

Willeen Hook died peacefully in her sleep at Providence Hospital Tuesday morning, July 5, 2011, after bravely battling several health issues for six years. She was the sole surviving child of the late William Nevins Hook and Grace Campbell Hook. More...

Dr. Alexander Grant Donald

Dr. Alexander Grant Donald, 83, died Saturday, July 9, 2011. He was born January 24, 1928, in Darlington, South Carolina, a son of the late Raymond George Donald and Chesnut Evans McIntosh Donald. More...

Events

Events

ART  The Toy Republic and The Dream Life of Broken Toys by Dianna Farfan exhibit will be at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley Street, Second Floor, through July 31. 779-4571 or www.701cca.org   More...

Members invited to enjoy coldblooded residents at Riverbanks

Members of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden are invited to hop, slither, and crawl with some coldblooded creatures during the final Friday of the 2011 Members’ Night Series.  More...

Home & Garden

An Argentine Beauty for Your Garden

Stopping to smell the flowers

Becoming enamored by an exotic Argentine beauty is likely to happen when you least expect it. One stood beside the parking lot near the entrance of Riverbanks Botanical Garden, and I decided to follow a trail to find out more about it. More...

Star Chefs

Alfajores Argentinean Style More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

NOTICE OF  UNCLAIMED  VEHICLES/PUBLIC  More...

NOTICE OF APPLICATION

Notice is hereby given that BJAM LLC intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of Beer, Wine, and Liquor at 5004 Bluff Rd., Columbia, SC 29209. More...

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES

All persons having claims against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of R More...