Haven’t you heard? This artist’s ‘pirD’ is the word?

Have you heard about the pirD? Meet the puffin-like character that’s made its home at a local coffee shop and the artist behind it, Whitney Malson, who has turned her grief into a passion.

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Researcher Meredith Blackwell loves fungi so the rest of us don’t have to

The fungi Meredith Blackwell studies can kill you. They also are essential to life. That paradox intrigues the world-renowned researcher now at USC. But Blackwell became a mycologist by accident.

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Dreams of restoring Historic Waverly still struggle to become reality

Aspirations have always been part Columbia’s Historic Waverly, a center of South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Two men, James Baker and Frank Houston, now say it’s time to again turn dreams to reality and restore Waverly, but it remains a struggle.

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Painter finds career painting iconic logo

Eddie Dunning has painted—and repainted—the USC’s Gamecock logo on the 50-yard line for more than three decades. Along the way, he has become just as familiar a figure in Williams-Brice Stadium as the iconic bird.

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Columbia geeks provide glimpse into vibrant local nerd subculture

Three “geeks” — avid fans of comic books, anime and other pop culture genres — reveal the nerdy alter-egos they assume after they leave work or school.

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One school board candidate employs shoe leather strategy to overcome fundraising deficit

Local candidates employ all sorts of strategies to get the attention of voters. One Richland One candidate puts on her walking shoes.

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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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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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