West Columbia woman uses art to heal

When Pam Borawski learned she had painful fibromyalgia, the West Columbia woman went searching for her own cure. Listen as Borawski explains how she found relief through spiritual healing now embodied in her artwork.

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When even seasoned officers are rattled, this SC minister listens

Twenty years ago, the state police asked the Rev. Eric Skidmore, then a parish minister, to lead the new S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Since then, he’s helped provide support for officers after numerous police shootings and some of the region’s most gruesome events.

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Head of Cayce charity quietly helps those who need it most

Linda Keisler left a comfortable manager’s job at BellSouth because it was God’s will. She ended up in Cayce and now helps over 200 people a month. It was a hard sell for her and her family, but after 19 years, Keisler has established God’s Helping Hands as Cayce’s and West Columbia’s go-to charity.

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Altar Ego: Otter mascot plays key role in pastor’s mission

Blythewood pastor Jamie Ballentine has his own way of preaching and teaching the word of God. He uses his past skills as a mascot to dress as Olly the Otter and provides a different perspective in order to connect with children.

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Linsky trades battlefields for St. Peter’s sanctuary

After hanging up his boots and leaving active duty in the military, the Rev. Gary Linsky has traded his position as an Air Force colonel and chaplain to serve as priest of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Assembly Street. He says his duties now are the same as ever, even if the context is a… Read More Linsky trades battlefields for St. Peter’s sanctuary

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Gun giveback day rises from minister’s horror at school shootings

Moved by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, retired Methodist minister John Evans is working to lessen gun violence in Columbia through his nonpartisan and nonprofit Faith Coalition on Gun Violence. The Hollywood-Rose Hill resident continues to organize events like Saturday’s gun giveback day.

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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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