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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Head of Cayce charity quietly helps those who need it most

Linda Keisler left a comfortable manager’s job at BellSouth because it was God’s will. She ended up in Cayce and now helps over 200 people a month. It was a hard sell for her and her family, but after 19 years, Keisler has established God’s Helping Hands as Cayce’s and West Columbia’s go-to charity.

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Altar Ego: Otter mascot plays key role in pastor’s mission

Blythewood pastor Jamie Ballentine has his own way of preaching and teaching the word of God. He uses his past skills as a mascot to dress as Olly the Otter and provides a different perspective in order to connect with children.

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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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Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

By Caitlyn McGuire July 22, 2013 At first sight, Columbia looks like a city composed of a large football stadium, some office towers and numerous fast-food chains. Except for a few exceptions, like the Vista, over the past few decades redevelopment has largely meant out with the old and in with the new. This was… Read More Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

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