Passion for history compels retired teacher to dig for treasures

Self-proclaimed relic hunter Jackie Jones has gone from a young girl searching the fields and streets of St. Andrews for treasures to a history and archaeology enthusiast. The Olympia resident is discovering Columbia’s past one bottle, button, fossil or relic at a time

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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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Olympia-Granby Museum preserves mill villages’ past in uncertain future

Sherry Jaco hopes the Olympia-Granby Museum she’s building helps capture the culture of the mill villages she knows from decades of living there. But even as she builds it, museums like this are becoming a part of the very past they aimed to preserve.

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Columbia developer Richard Burts strives to keep city’s history alive

Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.

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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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Arts community helps flood victims throughout the Midlands

Artists Matthew Kramer and Jarid Brown got the idea for a collaborative show years ago. They recently held that show at Olympia’s 701 Whaley and then donated almost half their earnings to helping flood victims. It has been a common effort by the arts community.

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Viola Hendley fights for a better Olympia

Conflict doesn’t scare Olympia’s Viola Hendley. She started the Olympia Residents Council in 2013 to address multiple neighborhood problems and often spends extra hours finding solutions. Now, she plans to spend even more of it on Olympia as she nears retirement. By Andrew Moore Nov. 18, 2015 When she’s not in a classroom teaching, Viola… Read More Viola Hendley fights for a better Olympia

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Olympia residents harvest more than fresh produce from new garden

Olympia’s Organic Hope garden grew from an unlikely partnership. It’s provided the community with produce and more since May. But now it’s choked with weeds, and the woman behind it says it might be time for change. By Andrew Moore Nov. 6, 2015 Once an empty field in Olympia, Organic Hope community garden is completing… Read More Olympia residents harvest more than fresh produce from new garden

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Artist Eto Otitigbe combines passions to create new works

To craft powerful and controversial political messages and statements, artist Eto Otitigbe combines two of his passions – art and engineering. One of his latest subjects is the Confederate flag that flies outside the S.C. State House.

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Tracie Broom sees a bright, progressive future for Columbia

 Tracie Broom returned to her Columbia roots and helped create the Flock and Rally public relations and event-planning firm in the Olympia community. She came back from San Francisco, she says, because she sees a bright – and progressive – future for Columbia.

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