Local Voices

Midlands Media Group introduces FIZZ, internet radio site

Click for link to FIZZ Radio The owners of 94.3 The Dude, and ColaDaily have incorporated another media outlet. Link to FIZZ Radio – The Sound of Soda City FIZZ – The Sound of Soda City, is a local internet radio format that is specifically geared toward the Columbia area. The type of music FIZZ offers is “Album Adult Alternative,” similar…

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Protesters exhort Trump, McMaster: ‘You represent us, too’

Hundreds, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gather in Columbia to send message to political leaders

As America’s political divide deepens, protesters assembled Monday on Presidents Day at the S.C. State House to send a message to President Donald Trump and the state’s new – and unelected – Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Though living in an unmistakably red state, a group of nearly 600 people from across South Carolina – along with representatives from a wide…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Organizers planning ‘People’s March’ on Columbia

Aim is to spotlight “human rights” concerns to new Gov. Henry McMaster and, by extension, President Trump

Organizers are working to bring thousands of peaceful protesters to Columbia from across the state later this month to send a “strong message” to new S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and President Donald Trump. Image provided “The People’s March on Columbia,” slated for President’s Day, February 20, at the S.C. State House, is a call to action, said chief organizer, Pastor…

‘Respite Awareness Day’ to honor state’s family caregivers

Event will take place Valentine's Day at State House Rotunda

Every day in South Carolina, more than 770,000 family caregivers lovingly care for their chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved ones. Image provided On this Valentine’s Day, February 14, at the State House rotunda, the S.C. Respite Coalition will celebrate and salute caregivers in the state who provide round-the-clock unpaid care to a family member. “They do it with love,” said…

State’s top principal to headline Chapin Prayer Breakfast

Chapin High Principal Akil Ross to be annual event's featured speaker March 31

Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson has announced that Chapin High Principal Akil Ross will be the featured guest-speaker for the fourth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. The prayer breakfast is schedule for Friday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. at Chapin Town Hall. Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross (Photo provided) Ross was recently honored by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators…

Trustus pushes boundaries (again) with ‘Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet’

Final entry in dramatic trilogy from Oscar-nominated 'Moonlight' story writer begins 10-show run this Friday

Columbia’s Trustus Theatre has a reputation for challenging its audiences, both in subject matter and in the manner its plays are produced. “Marcus, Or the Secret of Sweet” (opening this Friday and running through February 18) is the latest installment in a series of three plays Trustus has presented over the last three seasons. Actor John Floyd (Photo provided) They’re…

Columbia protesters denounce Trump immigration order

The group ranged in age from children to seniors, and several races and religions also were represented

About three dozen people gathered in front of the State House on Sunday to protest the immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump. Dozens gathered Sunday in Columbia to protest President Trump’s controversial order on immigration, joining other cities across the nation. (Photos by Allen Wallace) The demonstration, which followed larger-scale protests in dozens of cities such as New York,…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Ben Lippen dance marathon raises thousands for children’s hospital

Katie Kendall knows as well as anyone how important Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is. She learned firsthand during 2-½ years of treatment there as she battled leukemia. Dance Marathon organizer Katie Kendall addresses the crowd Saturday at Ben Lippen School. (Photos by Allen Wallace) She won her fight, and thanks to her efforts and the efforts of those she inspired…

Ambassador Nikki Haley to U.S. adversaries: ‘We’re taking names’

The Lexington County resident and former S.C. governor sets the tone of her new post on the first day on the job

An upbeat Nikki Haley walked into United Nations headquarters on Friday and wasted no time letting the world know that Donald Trump’s new U.N. Ambassador doesn’t intend to play games. New U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Friday after the formality of presenting him the United States’ diplomatic credentials. (Photo provided) Though…

Local Music Spotlight: Our Brother George

Former Jam Band Musician from Columbia, Now in Nashville, Learning To Fly Solo

When is a band not a band? When it’s a mostly solo project from former Walk With Porpoise member Henry Long dubbed “Our Brother George.” The easygoing Americana of 2016’s Delight: Live In A Hotel proved he could expand his songwriting past the loose experimental jams of that local high school band; but he still performs under a band name…

Black History Parade and Festival set for Feb. 4

Celebrate Black History Month at the 13th Annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival next month. The event will be held from 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located at 2300 Greene St. in Columbia. The parade begins at Harden and Gervais streets. The event will spotlight the National Buffalo Soldiers. The festival also will…

New S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster assumes reins of power

In a divisive "game of musical chairs," Sen. Kevin Bryant becomes Lieutenant Governor as Senate president Hugh Leatherman scrambles to retain his dominant legislative role

Hal Millard contributed to this report A lot has changed in state government in a short period of time. South Carolina transitioned from one governor to the next, and got a new lieutenant governor in a 24-hour span, from Tuesday to Wednesday. New S.C. Governor Henry McMaster (Photo provided) Former Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn in as the state…

‘Coffee with a Cop’ helps parents tackle cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects students every day. The proliferation of cell phones and other devices being used by children and young adults means more and more students can be targets for cyberbullying. To combat that, Dutch Fork Middle School has made the decision to take action to inform and prepare students and parents by creating relationships between school staff, parents, and local…

Local Music Spotlight: Atlas Road Crew

Charleston-based band with Columbia roots gearing up for a big year

This time last year, the guys in Atlas Road Crew were getting ready to fly to Europe for their first international shows, a short tour of the continent that saw the band play in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain. A year later, they are still not quite believing that it happened. (Story continues below) Atlas Road Crew (Photo…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Columbia author celebrates new novel

James D. McAllister borrows from local lore for his latest

There’s a grain of truth in even the most fictional story, but in Columbia author James D. McAllister’s new novel, “Let The Glory Pass Away,” any local followers of the city’s cultural scene would be forgiven if they feel like they recognize whole wheat fields of characters, settings, and more. In this third novel from McAllister, he’s finally drawing from…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

‘Adult spelling bee,’ with a twist of adult beverages, spells F-U-N

Leave your kids at home for this grown-up fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Children's Theatre

Spelling bees are a part of our national culture, from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee to local contests within our own children’s schools. If you are an adult spelling and word afficionado, however, opportunities to prove that skill are mostly limited to Facebook games and Scrabble nights. For the third year, however, Columbia Children’s Theatre is hosting “Columbia S-P-E-L-L-S,”…

Columbia sets MLK Day celebration

The City of Columbia’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 16, at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street. The City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced that Claflin University President Dr. Henry Tisdale will be the keynote speaker. Tisdale…