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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Hollywood Park gets renovations from within the community

Hollywood Park is dying. The playground needs to be replaced and the trees are dead. But, help is coming and from much closer than expected. Todd Martin has worked on parks before, but this time it’s just around the corner.

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Break-ins have Avenues residents keeping a close eye on things

Following dozens of car break-ins, residents of Cayce’s Avenues neighborhood are taking steps to protect themselves. While homeowners say it’s still safe, they’re now keeping porch lights on and locking car doors on advice from police.

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Facade program improves North Main storefronts, community morale

The almost $650,000 that Columbia has spent to update the facades of over 24 businesses in the North Main area during the past three years has meant more business for owners like Mark Sills of Angelo’s Zesto and a more livable neighborhood.

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