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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USC blues professor teaches students more than just music

Walter Liniger is an unlikely blues professor. He isn’t African-American and he isn’t from the U.S. He’s Swiss, and his passion brought him here to study under blues legends. In his USC classes, you won’t find a textbook or PowerPoint. Instead, students learn about themselves through playing music.

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Lifelong Avenues resident looks to new generation to revive neighborhood

Four generations of Mary Sharpe’s family have grown up in Cayce’s Avenues neighborhood, and in 75 years she’s seen the neighborhood change as much as her family has.

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Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

How do you take something you do every day and make money from it? For Toni Tarbutton, that meant turning her juicing lifestyle into a business after buying mobile juice bar Gin’s Juice. Her new business venture also lets Tarbutton be able to interact more with the community. By Charnita Mack Nov. 23, 2015 For… Read More Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

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Hyatt Park’s Mary Thurman shaping community center into local hub

In two years, Mary Thurman has brought dozens of programs to Hyatt Park’s Leroy Moss Community Center, and she says she’s not done. As she puts it, “I’m here for the betterment of the people.”

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Vino Garage owner hopes other businesses follow him up North Main

Vino Garage owner Doug Aylard took a chance when opening his first business in Columbia’s North Main district. Three years later, he’s thumbing his nose at the banks that snubbed him and hopes his success will attract more business to the area just beyond downtown.

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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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Back to basics approach brings success to 5th Avenue Deli and owner Scott Mechling

Scott Mechling opened 5th Avenue Deli with a simple objective: Serve quality food while providing quality service. Mechling has done just that and found success along Rosewood when some businesses have struggled and closed.

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Retirement for Woody Windham just means moving to nightclub, online radio

  Well-known S.C. broadcaster Woody Windham retired in 2012, but he isn’t finished behind the microphone. For the past four years, he’s been pumping out the music at his dance club in Columbia’s Vista and launching his own Internet station.

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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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