Columbia developer Richard Burts strives to keep city’s history alive

Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.

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Ed Albritton reflects on 15 years of running W. Columbia’s iconic bookstore

Fifteen years ago, Ed Albritton was at a crossroads. He took the leap from a stressful mental health career to opening Ed’s Editions rare and used books in West Columbia. His son thought he was crazy, but Albritton now says it’s the best decision he could have made.

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Through wrestling, Hyatt Park program grapples with enriching boys’ lives, involving more fathers.

When the boys in a Hyatt Park gym start talking about chicken wings, it isn’t time to chow down but to practice their takedowns. Mats 2 Men, a wrestling program, is trying to enrich their lives and teach character while also getting their fathers more involved.

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New Columbia dog park would give dog owners extra choice

Dog owner Ola Helsing so wants another free dog park in Columbia that she’d drive several miles to get there. She and other dog owners could soon get their wish with a free dog park planned for Owens Field Park. But not everyone supports the idea.

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Museum director, assistant hope to tell Cayce’s rich history and untold stories

Cayce’s rich history and amazing people and places are itching to be uncovered, the city’s museum director says. So Leo Redmond and his assistant, Rachel Steen, friends for 50 years, are writing a book about some of the things they say have been overlooked. Residents might discover how little they know about Cayce’s past.

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Sale nears for Olympia landmark Jaco’s Corner

Jaco’s Corner, the 104-year-old bar in the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium, is likely to pour its last beer this summer. The Jaco family, which has owned the Olympia neighborhood bar at Rosewood Drive and Bluff Road for three generations, is reluctantly being pushed toward the sale by financial and generational realities.

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How a photographer and archivist saved thousands of memories following SC flood

  Photographer Kathleen Robbins watched the coverage of October’s floods and felt an overwhelming need to help. She grabbed her neighbor Beth Bilderback, an archivist, and they set out door to door in South Beltline to see what they could do. What they found – thousands of damaged photos – proved a welcome challenge.

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The night the SC rains came: One man’s minute-by-minute tale of saving neighbors

Wienges stayed up all night watching water levels rise at his Gills Creek home, then rescued several neighbors who were trapped in their houses during the SC flood.… Read More The night the SC rains came: One man’s minute-by-minute tale of saving neighbors

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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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