West Columbia woman uses art to heal

When Pam Borawski learned she had painful fibromyalgia, the West Columbia woman went searching for her own cure. Listen as Borawski explains how she found relief through spiritual healing now embodied in her artwork.

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Fraud sometimes undermines service animal system

Chiver is among a group of special dogs-in-training that assist people with disabilities. But those who certify the presence of service animals on college campuses say these canines are often confused with comfort or therapy dogs that are not subject to such rigorous training.

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Ed Albritton reflects on 15 years of running W. Columbia’s iconic bookstore

Fifteen years ago, Ed Albritton was at a crossroads. He took the leap from a stressful mental health career to opening Ed’s Editions rare and used books in West Columbia. His son thought he was crazy, but Albritton now says it’s the best decision he could have made.

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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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Break-ins have Avenues residents keeping a close eye on things

Following dozens of car break-ins, residents of Cayce’s Avenues neighborhood are taking steps to protect themselves. While homeowners say it’s still safe, they’re now keeping porch lights on and locking car doors on advice from police.

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‘West Vista’ seeing slow but steady revival as other shops join restaurants

After years of watching downtown Columbia’s revival, West Columbia is beginning to see shops move to its side of the Congaree River. The success of restaurants inside the “West Vista” around State and Meeting streets has been vital in attracting those new businesses.

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New faces fill The Avenues in Cayce, W. Columbia

There are a lot of new faces in The Avenues – the neighborhood of tidy homes that blossomed after World War II but struggled in recent years. One expert says its proximity to the University of South Carolina, just across the Congaree River, has a lot to do with the revival.

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Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

Ms. Millie, whose sign outside her Augusta Road home promises help “with all of your problems,” has been a spiritual adviser in West Columbia for 60 years. Researchers are divided on whether psychic abilities like hers are legitimate. By Alex Buscemi Dec. 5, 2013 Show Ms. Millie your palm for a few minutes – and… Read More Psychic has been seeing future for 60 years in Columbia

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W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

By Jared Owenby July 19, 2013 When he looks out the windows of his restaurant, Terra chef and owner Mike Davis doesn’t see the grand complex that was supposed to be the Meeting Street gateway to West Columbia. Instead, he sees a four-acre lot that remains an eyesore, where patches of grass grow and water… Read More W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’

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