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News

Obamacare causes insurance rates to increase significantly

The South Carolina Department of Insurance forecasts that health insurance rates in the soon-to-be-established federally facilitated exchanges will increase by 50 percent to 70 percent in the individual market and by 10 percent to 20 percent in the s More...

500 health care providers and volunteers donate time and talents

Over 1,300 patients were seen at the SC Mission 2013: Midlands held at the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia August 2 and August 3, 2013.  More...

Shandon United Methodist Church holds 8th Annual Treasure Sale

The Shandon United Methodist Women will hold their Eighth Annual Treasure Sale Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, from 8 a. m.– 1 p. m. More...

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Dorm-life Memories

I’m just saying...

As I get my stepson ready to go back to college, I’m reminded of my own college days and especially the ones when I lived on campus at Carolina.  More...

Tipping over

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

During a week where news and sports agencies fell over each other proclaiming Riley Cooper a total racist based on one word, Drew Breese snuck through with a story that might have been more volatile under different circumstances.  More...

Business

North Columbia economic development moving, but is the pace too slow?

Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis recently described his North Columbia district as “. . . More...

City Snippets

Columbia hospitals recognized for quality cardiac care  Palmetto Health Richland and Providence Hospitals are among ten South Carolina hospitals recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for delivering quality cardiac care as part of More...

Devine Street business moves to Trenholm Plaza

Letter to Devine Street Merchants,  More...

Sports

Ward and Lemmons lead Dreher

OVERVIEW: Despite missing out on the playoffs, former head coach Josh Stepp was able to parlay a winning season at Dreher into a chance to coach the Lexington Wildcats. Taking his place at Dreher is Treigh Sullivan. More...

Irmo-Chapin wins state championship

Irmo-Chapin Post 193 came back from a late-night victory over Greenville two weeks ago in the American Legion baseball semifinals at Riley Park in Sumter. Coach Kurt Seibert’s Legion nine returned to the park the next morning for a 10:30 a.m. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Young gifted artists perform with orchestra

Young solo artists from the Columbia area, ages 14-18, gave stellar performances recently at Union United Methodist, Irmo, to an appreciative large audience that gave standing ovations. More...

South Carolina State Museum hosts 22nd Annual Southeastern Toy Soldier Show

More than 30 exhibitors from across the South will be at August 10 event

Toy soldiers and other “military miniatures” will bring out the kid in all guests of the South Carolina State Museum as it presents its 22nd annual Southeastern Toy Soldier Show Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.  More...

Travel

Siberia Revisited

Part 11: St. Isaac’s Square

We drove back into St. Petersburg with visions of the Romanov’s palaces still dancing in our heads. What splendor! What extravagance! What an excuse for a revolution! More...

Smoke free laws do not negatively affect the economy

Local smoke-free laws are not harming South Carolina’s restaurant and bar industry according to a new, largest of its kind study sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease (CDC). More...

Freedom and Justice: Cecil Williams captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle

Richland Library and Columbia SC 63 invite visitors to view the Freedom and Justice: Cecil Williams Captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle exhibit, now open at Richland Library Main.  More...

On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia   More...

The Columbia Curmudgeons

Kids need parents, not more friends  Dear Curmudgeons,  When did parents start asking children to behave? More...

Historic Columbia

This month’s plant spotlight from Historic Columbia Foundation’s living collections features the scarlet rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus). More...

Government / Neighborhood

New Columbia economic director says city’s attitude toward business was the key in accepting post

Columbia’s new economic development director is probably going to miss the ocean breezes at his Pawleys Island home, but as a man accustomed to challenges he’s probably going to be right at home in the Capital City.  More...

Grandson of city’s namesake honored by City of Cayce

At the regular scheduled Cayce City Council meeting August 6, Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Reid Cayce was honored by the City of Cayce.  Chief Cayce is a World War II Veteran and is the grandson of the city’s namesake, William J. Cayce. More...

West Columbia City Council approves additional floating holiday for full-time city employees

The regular meeting of the West Columbia City Council was held August 6, 2013, at 6 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Joe Owens. More...

Education

Members of Troop 37 earn Eagle Scout Awards

(L-R) Mac Stevenson, Selby Mitchell, Forrest Hemphill, Hagood Hemphill, Hunter Griffin, and David Baxley, members of Boy Scout Troop 37 received Eagle Scout badges at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor h More...

Richland One announces new principals, assignments for the 2013-2014 school year

There will be new faces in the principal’s offices at several Richland One schools when students head back to school on Monday, August 19. More...

Society

Newly appointed judges for City of Columbia Municipal Court take oath

Four newly appointed judges for the City of Columbia Municipal Court were given the Oath of Office August 5, 2013, in the City of Columbia Municipal Court, 811 Washington Street. More...

Do you remember?

The job that changed my life

Some of the jobs I have had make amusing memories or happy ones. When a teenager, I was desperate for a job but had no experience and did not know how to apply for one. More...

Garden Club Council members tour Riverbanks Botanical Garden

Members of the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia toured the Riverbanks Botanical Garden in June. More...

Home & Garden

Enter the gateway to fall gardening

Stopping to smell the flowers

Fall is prime planting season in the south. So it is not a coincidence that the South Carolina Midlands Master Gardener Association scheduled its annual gardening symposium for October 17th this year.  More...

Star Chefs

Butternut Squash Soup   More...

New hours for Harry Hampton Visitor Center take effect in October

Congaree National Park has announced a change to the hours at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Effective October 6, 2013, Visitor Center will be open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, yearround. More...

Pets

Dogs get their day August 26

Whether they are toddlers or seniors, princes or paupers, everyone who has enjoyed the companionship of a dog understands why they are called man’s best friend. More...

Dr. William Otis embraces call to make veterinary medicine his life’s mission

With a master’s degree in business and on-the-job experience, Columbia native Dr. William L. More...

Properly secure your pet in a vehicle

With pet travel on the rise, more and more dogs and cats are suffering severe injuries from not being properly restrained. A pet that is not properly restrained in a vehicle is a danger to itself and other passengers in the vehicle. More...