Sowing Seeds founder’s passion to help youth grows from her own rough time

Five years ago, Zakiya Esper, then a juvenile probation officer, tired of funneling kids into ineffective programs. Fueled by her own story of struggling in college but finding a career, she took a leap of faith and created a nonprofit focused on interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Passion for history compels retired teacher to dig for treasures

Self-proclaimed relic hunter Jackie Jones has gone from a young girl searching the fields and streets of St. Andrews for treasures to a history and archaeology enthusiast. The Olympia resident is discovering Columbia’s past one bottle, button, fossil or relic at a time

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Quarry internship helps smooth rocky path for Olympia student

Last year, Olympia Learning Center student Dwayne Alston was given an internship with Olympia’s Vulcan Materials Company. This internship greatly enhanced his time at Richland 1’s alternative school, enabling Alston to learn practical skills such as running rock quarry machinery and welding and also forming his career goals for the future.

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This Edgewood barber’s modesty belies his true impact on neighborhood

Moses Felder is a humble man so prominent in the Edgewood neighborhood that a street honors him. The Hill’s Barber Shop owner doesn’t like to talk about it, but his work to help his neighbors is likely to continue affecting generations to come.

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Rosewood residents wary of Memorial Stadium renovations

The idea of speakers pointed toward their houses and increased traffic on their streets has some Rosewood residents worried about Memorial Stadium’s upgrades. They say the renovations began before they were consulted.

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Love affair between officer, Columbia’s Waverly community stretches 18 years

Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly’s first assignment as a rookie Columbia cop was part of a much-publicized attempt to change community policing. It’s turned into an 18-year love affair with Historic Waverly.

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Amid Charleston’s population boom, locals voice concerns over development

  Charleston is South Carolina’s fastest growing city, but while this historic port town is attracting more tourists than ever, a multitude of problems have risen from increased development and construction, alarming thousands of residents who feel like they no longer have control over the changing face of the city they call home. By Kristina Rackley November… Read More Amid Charleston’s population boom, locals voice concerns over development

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DIY recycling: This Cayce greenhouse is really ‘green’

Russell Long has taken the “green” in greenhouse to a new level. Look closely, and you’ll see most of the greenhouse Long has built behind his Cayce Avenues home is from repurposed materials. One expert says such DIY recycling is becoming more common.

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Dreams of restoring Historic Waverly still struggle to become reality

Aspirations have always been part Columbia’s Historic Waverly, a center of South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Two men, James Baker and Frank Houston, now say it’s time to again turn dreams to reality and restore Waverly, but it remains a struggle.

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Olympia-Granby Museum preserves mill villages’ past in uncertain future

Sherry Jaco hopes the Olympia-Granby Museum she’s building helps capture the culture of the mill villages she knows from decades of living there. But even as she builds it, museums like this are becoming a part of the very past they aimed to preserve.

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