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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Important S.C. jazz cafe worries about losing home in redone Finlay Park

Skipp Pearson’s Le Cafe Jazz stands out not only as the renowned saxophonist’s home base but also for its focus on the music. But look at the preliminary renovation plans for Columbia’s Finlay Park. You won’t find the building it now calls home.

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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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Columbia geeks provide glimpse into vibrant local nerd subculture

Three “geeks” — avid fans of comic books, anime and other pop culture genres — reveal the nerdy alter-egos they assume after they leave work or school.

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Divided political parties raise questions of polarization

The first presidential debate was the most watched in history, with the following two drawing in equally large audiences. But following the election, many wonder if these debates actually changed any minds. James Piereson, an expert on the topic, weighs in with commentary from voters from both parties.

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Political expert molds young minds

USC political science professor Don Fowler has been involved in state and national politics for nearly half a century and hopes to encourage political civility in a new generation of students.

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Main Street Bakery’s owner shares her Southern roots through her sweets

Dana Myers knew she wanted to be a baker ever since her mom gave her an Easy-Bake Oven and her grandmother taught her how to make pound cakes. She started out selling her sweets at hair salons. Now she owns Main Street Bakery, which got national attention when Hillary Clinton stopped by.

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Local Buzz owner creates safe space, not just coffee shop, in Rosewood

A vibrantly colored sign at The Local Buzz in Rosewood welcomes “all sizes, all colors, all ages, all cultures, all sexes, all beliefs, all religions, all types, all people – safe here.” Stephanie Bridgers painted the sign and runs her coffee shop by this creed.

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