Lack of Olympia Avenue sidewalks worries some residents

By Kyle Keck and Danyell Lynn July 25, 2013 When Daniel June walks along Olympia Avenue, he dreads a particular section. Right around the Delaware Street intersection, the sidewalk disappears into a patch of tall grass, and he’s suddenly walking dangerously close to traffic. To make matters worse, that stretch of road wraps around a… Read More Lack of Olympia Avenue sidewalks worries some residents

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Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

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Town/Gown: Student renters, older residents feel divide in Wales Garden

By Isabelle Khurshudyan and Brantley Fortenberry July 22, 2013 Wales Garden Neighborhood Association President Andrew Marion doesn’t mind the USC students who have moved into his cozy Columbia community until the late-night parties when he’s charged with damage control. Then the difficulties that can come from living close to the urban campus of a large… Read More Town/Gown: Student renters, older residents feel divide in Wales Garden

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Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

By Caitlyn McGuire July 22, 2013 At first sight, Columbia looks like a city composed of a large football stadium, some office towers and numerous fast-food chains. Except for a few exceptions, like the Vista, over the past few decades redevelopment has largely meant out with the old and in with the new. This was… Read More Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

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Town/Gown: Olympia struggles with student influx

By Kyle Heck July 19, 2013 Vi Hendley has lived in Olympia for 30 years. She was around when Olympia and Granby mills were up and running, and she was around when they closed in 1996. And she has been around as more college students, most from the nearby University of South Carolina, have moved… Read More Town/Gown: Olympia struggles with student influx

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W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

By Jared Owenby July 19, 2013 When he looks out the windows of his restaurant, Terra chef and owner Mike Davis doesn’t see the grand complex that was supposed to be the Meeting Street gateway to West Columbia. Instead, he sees a four-acre lot that remains an eyesore, where patches of grass grow and water… Read More W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

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Vegan cafe hopes to help revitalize Cottontown

By Tom Garzilli July 10, 2013 Business is slow around the historic Cottontown-Bellevue neighborhood, but the Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe is looking to draw new people to the area. Owned by King Khurhu, the cafe offers an eclectic combination of modern vegan menu items, traditional herbal remedies and cultural decor. It also hosts guest speakers… Read More Vegan cafe hopes to help revitalize Cottontown

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Society tries to keep blues alive in Midlands

By Jared Owenby July 10, 2013 The Midlands has caught a case of the blues, and from smoky tunes to smoked barbeque, you can hear the blues and cheers coming from the Midlands Blues Society’s weekly jam session at Mac’s on Main. About a year ago, local musicians and blues lovers decided to revive the… Read More Society tries to keep blues alive in Midlands

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Myrtle Fountain fills neighborhood with memories

By Isabelle Khurshudyan July 9, 2013 In the center of the cul-de-sac, at the end of Myrtle Court, is a gently flowing reminder to Wales Garden residents of times come and gone. The surroundings have changed, but the Myrtle Court fountain keeps bubbling on. What began as a community focal point is now a historical… Read More Myrtle Fountain fills neighborhood with memories

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Carolina Music United seeks to promote unsigned bands

By Caitlyn McGuire July 9, 2013 On any given Friday night in Columbia, finding local live music isn’t too difficult. The independent, unsigned and open-mic music scene is booming more than ever with a range of genres and artists. But it still can be disorganized, so four S.C. musicians have taken matters into their own… Read More Carolina Music United seeks to promote unsigned bands

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