Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

  Activists in the ground war for public opinion about Lexington County’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase began their campaigns in part by establishing beachheads on social networking sites like Facebook. Campaigners used their pages as low-cost vehicles to interact with residents, distribute talking points and even coordinate their campaign efforts.  Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists

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Neighborhood residents want more for Hyatt Park

Columbia’s Hyatt Park could be so much more than what it is today, residents of the surrounding neighborhood say. They want renovations at the 11.5-acre park in North Columbia, and they’re upset at what they say have been the city’s broken promises.

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SC’s naturalist, Rudy Mancke, winding down career, not ending it

Naturalist Rudy Mancke, who taught generations of South Carolinians about nature’s wonders, has “retired.” But don’t tell him his nature walks are over. Mancke reflects on his career and how he plans to continue educating people as long as he can.

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Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

Tim Smith has owned Papa Jazz in Five Points for over 30 years and has found himself right in the middle of a vinyl resurgence. We talk with him about the record store business and what he sees ahead. By Zach Newcastle May 6, 2014 Step into Papa Jazz on Greene Street, and the sea… Read More Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

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Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

Village Idiot owners Brian and Kelly Glynn reel college students in with pizza and beer – two late-night favorites. It’s not that simple, though, to avoid the fate of so many Five Points bars that are now just memories. The Glynns understand it takes more than just good food and cheap drinks to keep customers… Read More Village Idiot’s menu for success: Slice, pour, serve, entertain

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Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

Classical Glass of South Carolina owners Bill and Hi Roberson lead a double artistic life. You’ll find them in films like “Forrest Gump” and “Radio,” and you’ll find their stained-glass work in churches throughout the area, at a Georgia vineyard and at Fort Jackson, among other places. By Kathryn Duggan April 24, 2014 As sunlight… Read More Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

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Wrigley’s success shows radio’s struggles

Rick Wrigley recently celebrated 50 years with WUSC, and his experience with local radio stations and online radio has given him perspective on the current issues radio faces, as well as some of the things that need to be done to stay relevant.

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Linsky trades battlefields for St. Peter’s sanctuary

After hanging up his boots and leaving active duty in the military, the Rev. Gary Linsky has traded his position as an Air Force colonel and chaplain to serve as priest of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Assembly Street. He says his duties now are the same as ever, even if the context is a… Read More Linsky trades battlefields for St. Peter’s sanctuary

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Gun giveback day rises from minister’s horror at school shootings

Moved by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, retired Methodist minister John Evans is working to lessen gun violence in Columbia through his nonpartisan and nonprofit Faith Coalition on Gun Violence. The Hollywood-Rose Hill resident continues to organize events like Saturday’s gun giveback day.

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Howard Hunt finds the artist in everyone at Elmwood Park studio

Local artist Howard Hunt juggles many roles, among them being a mentor to the students in his “Paint Your Bum Off Wednesday” classes. He helps amateurs and experts alike explore new artistic territory and get their art in the public eye.

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