Passionate volunteers provide help at North Main disaster relief center

The volunteers at the NAACP-American Red Cross disaster relief center on North Main all share a passion for helping those still in need after the historic flooding of early October.

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Chasing Tails Facebook page helps reunite pets, owners after SC flood

Meg Ellis just wanted to create a tool to help people. It wasn’t until South Carolina’s October floods that she realized how much of a resource her Chasing Tails Pet Patrol Facebook page has become.

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Arts community helps flood victims throughout the Midlands

Artists Matthew Kramer and Jarid Brown got the idea for a collaborative show years ago. They recently held that show at Olympia’s 701 Whaley and then donated almost half their earnings to helping flood victims. It has been a common effort by the arts community.

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Lifelong Avenues resident looks to new generation to revive neighborhood

Four generations of Mary Sharpe’s family have grown up in Cayce’s Avenues neighborhood, and in 75 years she’s seen the neighborhood change as much as her family has.

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Hyatt Park’s Mary Thurman shaping community center into local hub

In two years, Mary Thurman has brought dozens of programs to Hyatt Park’s Leroy Moss Community Center, and she says she’s not done. As she puts it, “I’m here for the betterment of the people.”

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Vino Garage owner hopes other businesses follow him up North Main

Vino Garage owner Doug Aylard took a chance when opening his first business in Columbia’s North Main district. Three years later, he’s thumbing his nose at the banks that snubbed him and hopes his success will attract more business to the area just beyond downtown.

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Viola Hendley fights for a better Olympia

Conflict doesn’t scare Olympia’s Viola Hendley. She started the Olympia Residents Council in 2013 to address multiple neighborhood problems and often spends extra hours finding solutions. Now, she plans to spend even more of it on Olympia as she nears retirement. By Andrew Moore Nov. 18, 2015 When she’s not in a classroom teaching, Viola… Read More Viola Hendley fights for a better Olympia

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Miracle Field coming to Rosewood means more than baseball for disabled

Children and adults all over the nation with disabilites are spending their weekends playing a game they may have never thought they could play. … Read More Miracle Field coming to Rosewood means more than baseball for disabled

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Neighborhood president seeking change for South Kilbourne

South Kilbourne’s neighborhood association president says maybe it’s time to get back to her “dad’s days,” when neighbors looked out for neighbors. But first Michele Huggins has to break through her neighbors’ apathy.

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Some Columbia residents long for a railroad quiet zone

Ten years later, and residents of Five Points and University Hill are still troubled by Norfolk Southern train horns. They continue to press Columbia to create a quiet zone, but they aren’t finding much comfort from City Hall.

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