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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Sowing Seeds founder’s passion to help youth grows from her own rough time

Five years ago, Zakiya Esper, then a juvenile probation officer, tired of funneling kids into ineffective programs. Fueled by her own story of struggling in college but finding a career, she took a leap of faith and created a nonprofit focused on interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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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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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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USC grad nurtures water nonprofit she began in college

  Four years after graduating, Kelsie Stanley still nurtures Quench, the nonprofit she started at USC to help bring clean water around the world. She’s got a full-time job, but with the help of current students Quench is finding ways to pay for projects in places like a Ugandan village.

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Columbia luthier Damir Horvat knows he controls his own legacy

Damir Horvat was taught to be a luthier by his father. He was mentored by one of the world’s renowned violin makers. Yet as he works in the Northeast Columbia shop at his home, Horvat says he knows it’s up to him to make his own reputation. By Abe Danaher April 27, 2018 Violin maker… Read More Columbia luthier Damir Horvat knows he controls his own legacy

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Fiber artist Lenz celebrates individuality through her pieces

Columbia fiber artist Susan Lenz doesn’t subscribe to the stereotype of the life of leisure for an artist. She stresses hard work and constructive criticism and says her work tries to highlight that we are all similar, yet vastly different, in the best ways.

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A walk in the natural world with Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke has inspired many to care about the environment, through his television programs and podcasts.  He’s lived his life exploring the natural world and bringing his experiences to anyone interested in listening to him.

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When even seasoned officers are rattled, this SC minister listens

Twenty years ago, the state police asked the Rev. Eric Skidmore, then a parish minister, to lead the new S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Since then, he’s helped provide support for officers after numerous police shootings and some of the region’s most gruesome events.

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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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