Alternative rocker Thom Kehr crafts hardships into personal, deep-rooted music

Columbian musician Thom Kehr of the band Hold Fire opens up about the struggles and successes of being a musician in a city with an up-and-coming music scene and what initial success means to him.

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Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

A new public darkroom for Midlands photographers is built on one photographer’s love for film in the digital age. Richard Voltz says “I probably would have cried” if he’d had access to a 24-hour darkroom years ago. By Hannah Slater May 5, 2018 Because photographer Richard Voltz has a love affair with film, Columbia photographers… Read More Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

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Quarry internship helps smooth rocky path for Olympia student

Last year, Olympia Learning Center student Dwayne Alston was given an internship with Olympia’s Vulcan Materials Company. This internship greatly enhanced his time at Richland 1’s alternative school, enabling Alston to learn practical skills such as running rock quarry machinery and welding and also forming his career goals for the future.

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Vista shooting brings worries about Columbia crime

The October shooting in Columbia’s Vista worries those who work and play in the entertainment district. Some wonder if stricter gun control measures could make Columbia a safer place to stay.

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By forging new black educators, Clemson education initiative way ahead of recent study

Researchers at the Institute of Labor Economics found that having a black teacher at the elementary level makes it more likely for a poor black student to pursue college. The problem is, South Carolina doesn’t have enough black teachers to go around. Enter Roy Jones and Clemson’s Call Me MISTER program.

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Energetic Soda City Market boon for businesses and fun for customers

Businesses of all sizes are vying to be featured in the wildly popular Soda City Market. The event takes over Main Street in Columbia each Saturday and looks to be a mainstay thanks to its wide array of shopping and entertainment options. 

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Columbia residents reflect on the solar eclipse

Months after the August total solar eclipse, residents of Columbia, South Carolina, still share their experiences of being in the path of totality and their thoughts on the universe now.

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S.C. legislator to propose bill banning bump stocks

Shortly after Stephen Paddock fired a volley of shots into a Las Vegas crowd and killed 58 people, a debate emerged over the “bump stocks” that the 64-year-old man had used to transform his assault rifles into automatic weapons. 

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Midland man’s photos gain notice as they bring him spiritual fulfillment

Midlands photographer Charles Hite will tell you a picture needs no words to tell a story. Hite’s work is getting increasing attention, but his real joy is in feeling closer to God with every frame.

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