Double amputee shares faith, encouragement through karate

Taekwondo black belt Ulysses Cornelius’ chances of recovery were slim after a two-year battle with infection left him without both legs. But the faith-driven 59-year-old defied the odds by returning to his karate class, where he teaches out of his wheelchair and ministers to local youths.

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‘Boom Box Guy JJ’ prepares to graduate and retire the persona

  A familiar sight – and sound – on USC’s campus could soon fade into history. Jeremiah Shepherd, better known around campus as Boom Box Guy JJ, is about to graduate. He shares his experience of living out his alter ego and hints at what comes next for him and the boom box.

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In Earlewood, everybody may not know your name – but they’re trying

Earlewood, one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, is working to establish a new sense of community. The neighborhood’s quality of life committee and a bar owner who lives in Earlewood are helping residents get to know each other over a beer.

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Hyatt Park’s Geter marvels at park’s turnaround

Hyatt Park is still a work in progress, but Robert Geter says it’s in a much better state now than it was when he arrived as recreation leader in August 2011. After working with police to weed out negative influences, Geter happily looks back at the turnaround in the North Columbia park.

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Killingsworth Home changes lives of women residents

Killingsworth, a women’s home for recovering addicts on Pendleton Street in University Hill, is not widely known to those who frequent the area near USC and Five Points. But while it doesn’t get much attention, the impact on residents is nowhere near small. Women battling addiction use the program to turn their lives around. (Photo:… Read More Killingsworth Home changes lives of women residents

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Late-night Five Points worker has different view of district’s crime, safety

It’s 3 a.m., and outside the Waffle House on Harden Street in Five Points small groups of men sit on the curb or lean against the restaurant’s wall, laughing and smoking. Inside, cook Tiffany Jones fixes a plate of bacon for a straggling customer. Jones, a third-year social services student at Benedict College and mother… Read More Late-night Five Points worker has different view of district’s crime, safety

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Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

Ms. Millie, whose sign outside her Augusta Road home promises help “with all of your problems,” has been a spiritual adviser in West Columbia for 60 years. Researchers are divided on whether psychic abilities like hers are legitimate. By Alex Buscemi Dec. 5, 2013 Show Ms. Millie your palm for a few minutes – and… Read More Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

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Kraken’s owner relishes customer service and managerial freedom

Aaron Klugh wants his Kraken Gastropub to be known for its customer service and fine dining as well as for its menu and draft beers. The Rosewood restaurant is not the only gastropub in Columbia, but Klugh tries to differentiate his by using his customer-service experience as a sales manager.

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Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

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From ‘biscuit man’ to library: Sansbury still serves the public

By Isabelle Khurshudyan July 9, 2013 A week doesn’t go by that Gene Sansbury isn’t recognized as the biscuit man. But the former owner of the Biscuit House on Bluff Road has moved on. He says he often doesn’t recall most of his former customers when they stop to say “Hi.” He doesn’t even eat… Read More From ‘biscuit man’ to library: Sansbury still serves the public

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