June 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

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Is your child ready to stay home alone?

What age should a child be allowed to stay at home alone? This is a challenging decision for parents, especially when the school year ends. More...

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Ordinary fathers do extraordinary things

I’m just saying...

Sometimes ordinary people can lead extraordinary lives.  We all know them and probably don’t think about them all that much because, since they never make the news in negative ways, they aren’t usually the topic of conversations.&nbs More...

Dixie-Americans under attack

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

The occasion was a compound birthday party in an eastern Columbia backyard swimming pool. The day was fun and carefree. More...

Business

Family owned business celebrates 45 years

Non(e) such was founded in 1978 by Margaret McKissick Davis and her daughter Jean Davis Bruton. Jean had just graduated from the University of South Carolina and was considering moving to Washington, D.C., to work. More...

Equal Pay Act is not working for women

By Lisa Maatz   June 10 marked the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that required employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. Newsflash: It’s not working. More...

City Snippets

This house at 1411 Pine St. in the Historic Waverly District was built in 1900.   More...

Society

Specialist shares roses with Hunting Creek Garden Club and Palmetto Health Hospice

Twice a year, Hunting Creek Garden Club promises to del iver at least 25 bud vases of fresh flowers to the hospice patients of Palmetto Health to brighten their rooms.  More...

Registration open for S.C. Women’s Health Conference

BlueChoice® Health- Plan of South Carolina will host its 12th Annual Women’s Health Conference August 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Registration is open now.  More...

Quail Valley Garden Club dedicates “Linda’s Garden”

The Quail Valley Garden Club recently lost a very special member, Linda Dempster, on Christmas Day, 2012. Linda was not only a dear friend to all the members and the community but also a very dedicated and hard worker for the club and Quail Valley. More...

Events

Events

•ANIMALS  Doggone Days of Summer Camp, sponsored by PAALS, the Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, two weeks of service dog camp for youth, ages 11-14 and for youth with disabilities ages 11-19, will be held at Lonnie B. More...

Home & Garden

Darling Deutzia

Stopping to smell the flowers

The Botanical Garden at Belser Arboretum in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood off Devine Street showcases native and non-native shrub and tree candidates for home landscaping. More...

Star Chefs

Stuffed Summer Squash   More...

Recognizing National Homeownership Month with OMG Workshop

The City of Columbia Community Development Department and the Richland County Community Development Department are recognizing National Homeownership Month by hosting the annual OMG of Homeownership Workshop... More...

Public Notices - Free Access

Public Notices

NOTICE OF  UNCLAIMED  VEHICLES/PUBLIC  More...

Public Notices - Master’s Sales

MASTER'S SALE BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Asia T.  More...

Richland County Master’s Sale

SPECIAL REFEREE'S  More...

Star writers win Bob Ford Excellence Awards

For the past two years, the staff and writers of The Columbia Star have honored the late Bob Ford by presenting a writer with the Bob Ford Excellence Award. More...

CASA Quarterbacks keep children safe

On the football field, a quarterback is reassured that his team has his best interests and is working to protect him. Children in the Richland County court system have the same assurances. More...

On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres   More...

The Columbia Curmudgeons

One works and the other seven watch  Dear Curmudgeons,  Why does it take eight government employees to fix one section of sidewalk or anything else? You always see one working and the rest standing around watching. More...

Historic Columbia

Since the industrialization of America, kitchen gardens have become a thing of the past, but at historic Columbia the horticultural staff is working to recreate and maintain the legacy of the kitchen garden.  More...

Government / Neighborhood

Lower Richland Ruritan Club and Boy Scout Troop #400 hold Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Lower Richland Ruritan Club and Boy Scout Troop #400 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Lower Richland Ruritan Club House in honor of Flag Day, June 14, at the June monthly meeting. More...

South Kilbourne hears about the legal system

The South Kilbourne Neighborhood Association met Thursday, June 6.  More...

Board of Elections chooses new director

The Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration has reached a decision and officially announces the acceptance of an agreement with Howard Jackson to serve as the director of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office. More...

Education

Spring Valley High School raises funds for the Fistula Foundation

During the fourth quarter of the 2013 school year, Spring Valley Call to Action and Spring Valley National Honor Society raised $1,500 for the Fistula Foundation. More...

Summer schedule for Richland Two offices and schools

Starting the week of June 10, Richland Two offices, centers, and schools will operate on a four-day work week. Schools and centers will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More...

Fire victims pay it forward

Richland Northeast High School juniors Ashley Thompson and Sarah Brotman have a lot more in common than being in the same grade and taking advanced placement and honors courses. More...

Sports

Eagles look for stability at QB for bounce back season

Over view: A fivegame losing streak in the heart of the season doomed any chances for success in 2012 for the Airport Eagles, as they finished with a losing record for the first time since 2006 and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since More...

Columbia Tennis League announces winners for 2013 Spring Season

Columbia Tennis League Jr. Team Tennis has concluded its spring Jr. team tennis season with local winners being crowned in four different divisions. These winners will have the opportunity to move on to the Jr. More...

B-C’s Asbury-Heath drafted by MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals

In the photo above, Brookland-Cayce’s DeAndre Asbury-Heath (r) slides safely into second base against Airport earlier this last spring season. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Sign up for the Fourth of July Boat Parade on Lake Murray

$500 grand prize

The Capital City/ Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board will present the Fourth of July celebration on Lake Murray. The daylong celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 29. More...

Local resident chosen as BET Ultimate Fan finalist

Columbia resident Brittaney Hughes was chosen by BET Networks as one of the 12 semifinalists for the BET Ultimate Fan contest.  More...

Travel

Siberia Revisited

Part 3: The Private Train

My wife Linda visited Russia in 1988 and came home ill of body and depressed of mind. She vowed never to go there again. More...

Pets

NEVER leave your pet in a parked car

If you see a pet in a parked car unattended, call the police

With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at its height and it’s time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car. More...

Walking dogs on hot pavement

If it is too hot for you to walk on a surface barefoot, it is too hot for your pet. Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement. Ouch! It is important to remember your dog’s paws feel heat extremes, too. More...

Prepare your pets for hurricane season

Hurricane season is now upon us running from June 1 to November 30. It is expected to be a busy hurricane season this year. Experts predict 18 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of which may be major hurricanes.  More...