Leslie Coleen Sharpe

Leslie Coleen Sharpe, 38, of Charleston, SC, died Thursday, March 8, 2018. Born in Charleston, SC, she was a daughter of Donna Stone Singley (Jeffrey K.) of Chapin, SC and Peter Marc Sharpe (Farah) of Japan. Leslie was a fun…

Tony Ranall Hill

Tony Ranall Hill was born on December 6, 1956 in Roanoke Rapids, NC to William Henry Hill and Carrie Pecolia Hill. He was called home to be with the Lord on March 5, 2018 at Piedmont Hospital in Rock Hill,…

Marcia R. Labounty

Marcia R. Labounty, 74, of Columbia, died Thursday, March 8, 2018. Plans will be announced by Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel.  

Jacob “Jake” Henry Bundrick

Jacob “Jake” Henry Bundrick – Graveside services for Jacob H. Bundrick, 75, of West Columbia, will be held at 3:30 PM, Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery on Delree Street in West Columbia. Rev. Dr. Russell…

Ruth Irvine Gordon Fraser

Ruth Irvine Gordon Fraser of Columbia, SC, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018, at the age of 99. Ruth Irvin Gordon Fraser was born on June 17, 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Grace MacKenzie Gordon and John Gordon.…

Mr. Wilson Henry Lear, II

Mr. Wilson Henry Lear, II, 90, of Columbia, died March 8, 2018. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.  

John Albert Timmerman, Sr.

John Albert Timmerman, Sr., 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, March 8, 2018. John was born October 15, 1925, in Edgefield, SC, the son of William Ryght Timmerman and Mamie Cheatham Timmerman. A farm boy by…

Gregory Vincent Morales

Gregory Vincent Morales, 55, of Columbia, South Carolina passed away March 6, 2018 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina. He was born on March 24, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Kenneth A. and Barbara Ann Crowell…

Baby Gage Alan Smoak

Baby Gage Alan Smoak, of Pelion, South Carolina, passed away March 3, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was born on July 30, 2017 in Lexington, South Carolina, to Shawn and Brandy Hudson Smoak. Gage is survived by his parents,…

Charles Mengedoht

Charles Devant Porter Mengedoht, 33, of Lexington, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. Charlie was a loving father; husband, brother, son, and friend. He was the most giving, caring, and selfless person to anyone and everyone who had the pleasure…

Gloria Faith Ballenger

Gloria Faith Ballenger, 64, of Columbia, South Carolina went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 5, 2018 at the home. She was born on December 18, 1953 in Warren, Arkansas to the late Walter and Aline Doss Mahaffey.…

James “Jim” Harold Knotts, Sr.

James “Jim” Harold Knotts, Sr., 92, passed away March 4, 2018 at Agape House in Columbia SC. He was born on April 21, 1925 in Ft Meyers FL, to the late Earl and Louwertha Keadle Knotts. Jim is survived by…

Myrtle Salonich

Myrtle Salonich, 82 passed away Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born April 13, 1935 in Liberty, NY to the late Albert and Myrtle Lippelt. Myrtle is predeceased by her husband, Alexander Salonich; siblings, Hilda, Albert (Sonny), Bertha, Caroline, Clarence…

Ralph McClure Hendrix, Sr.

Ralph McClure Hendrix, Sr., 97, of Columbia, died Monday, March 5, 2018. Born March 27, 1920 in Greer, SC to J.O. Hendrix and Ernestine Wilson Hendrix. He graduated from Duncan High School (now Byrnes High) in 1937. He graduated from…

Kenneth Max WIlliams

Mr. Kenneth Max WIlliams, 79, of Blythewoood, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Plans will be announced by Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel.  

Dorothy Louise "Dot" Goldson

Dorothy L. Goldson, 95, of Columbia, died Monday, March 5, 2018. Plans will be announced by Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel.  

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Dent Middle School Raffle @ Dent Middle School
Mar 1 – Mar 26 all-day

Dent Middle School’s AVID and Gills Creek Watershed Student Association are sponsoring a raffle. Proceeds will be used to continue the work our Dent Middle School students do as part of the SC Adopt a Stream Project. AVID will use its share of the proceeds to help defer the costs of field studies that will prepare students to be college and career ready.
A limited number of tickets will be sold!
1st Prize – One Day Park Hopper Passes to Disney World (Quantity 4)
2nd/3rd Prize – Fireflies hat/ball set
Each Ticket Costs $7.50

Tickets are on sale March 1-March 26 and only available online( Winners will be drawn March 28!

Winners must be able to pick up their prize from Dent Middle School


Don’t Call Me Brother @ WOW Performing Arts Center
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm

WOW Productions and JW Hill Productions presents “Don’t Call Me Brother”.

Another black youth has been killed by the police under questionable circumstances. Andrew Merritt’s first task as the recently promoted Chief of the Community Liaison Department is to restore his former community’s confidence in the police. His loyalty is immediately in question.

Making his job even more difficult is Hassan, his highly visible, activist brother who ignores Andrew’s difficulties and calls for immediate police accountability and department wide reform. Hassan’s public stand not only incites the community but it wreaks havoc with the already fragile relationship between the two brothers.

Pulled into an unbearable conflict, he’s criticized from both sides. Andrew struggles between his allegiance to the police department where after twenty-four years he finally has an opportunity to step into his destiny and his loyalty to his family and community. All eyes are on him. Can he answer the loyalty question each side is asking? Is he Black….or Blue?

Capital City Shag Extravaganza IX @ Embassy Suites – Greystone
Mar 23 – Mar 25 all-day

Shag Extravaganza is a three-day weekend gala celebrating the South Carolina State Dance “the Shag” and Shag music.

Entertainment features the award winning Band of Oz on Saturday night and Association of South Carolina Deejays Gene Sistare, and Ray Scott throughout the weekend.

The Admission price includes four fabulous meals, a lavish Hospitality Room, and Shag and line dance lessons with acclaimed instructors Sam and Lisa West. Vendors will be there too.

Also scheduled is an exhibition by Jeremy Webb the 2016 II National and Grand National Champions — Non-Pro Division.

Hosted at Embassy Suites Hotel on Friday and Saturday and at Jamil Shrine Center on Sunday.

Tartan Day South – Celtic Commotion @ Icehouse Amphitheater
Mar 23 all-day

An evening of Celtic culture featuring music, demonstrations and artistic exhibitions.

Sylvan’s Jewelers Spring Diamond Event @ Sylvan's Jewelers
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sylvan’s Jewelers Spring Diamond Event
Friday, March 23 from 10 am to 5:30 pm

Discover diamonds and diamond jewelry for all the milestones in your life at the Sylvan’s Jewelers Spring Diamond Event on Friday, March 23. Shop hand-selected diamonds and designer jewelry collections from Christopher Design, Gottlieb, Hearts On Fire, Precision Set and SUNA Bros. for fine jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands for him and her. Look for shapely new solitaires; marquise, oval and pear diamonds in unconventional east-to-west, two-stone, halo and solitaire styles; more rose gold and mixed metal settings; and intricately detailed bands that look amazing from every angle. Upgrade or restyle your current diamond or diamond jewelry. Choose from a special selection of loose diamonds in assorted shapes and sizes—including fancy cuts and natural color—and enhanced selections of 18-karat white, rose and yellow gold and platinum mountings. Diamond experts and representatives from the featured designer collections will be on hand to assist with selections. Gift with purchase and financing available, see store for details.

For more information call 803.779.2250 or email

Physics & Astronomy Public Lecture: “The Promise and Challenges of Super Resolution Microscopy” @ W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (Darla Moore School of Business Room #101)
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm

Dr. William E. Moerner is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University (Stanford, CA). He has been elected as a member to numerous prestigious scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Moerner also serves as a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, he was named a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his leadership in and contributions to the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

This public lecture will take place on Friday, March 23 at the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall in the Darla Moore School of Business (Room #101) at 6:00 pm. The content will be presented at a level accessible to a broad general audience.

This lecture is free of charge and all are welcome to attend! No reservations are required, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope you can join us for this special event!

Fun Home at Trustus Theatre @ Trustus Theatre
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Chad Henderson
Music Direction by Randy Moore

WINNER! Best Musical – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) – 2015 Tony® Awards!
WINNER! Best Musical – New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

General Public tickets on sale February 23rd at 12am.

Flex Pass and Donor tickets on sale February 16
Friday March 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday March 24 at 8:00pm
Thursday March 29 at 7:30pm
Friday March 30 at 8:00pm
Saturday March 31 at 8:00 pm
Thursday April 5 at 7:30pm
Friday April 6 at 8:00pm
Saturday April 7 at 8:00pm
Sunday April 8 at 3:00pm
Tuesday April 10 at 7:30pm
Wednesday April 11 at 7:30pm
Thursday April 12 at 7:30pm
Friday April 13 at 8:00pm
Saturday April 14 at 8:00pm

The Fun Home Band is sponsored by Cheryl and Ken Wheat.

Sponsored by PALSS.

Tartan Day South @ Historic Columbia Speedway
Mar 24 all-day

8th Annual Tartan Day South is a one of a kind celebration featuring 4-events in 4 days in 4 cities (Columbia, Lexington, Cayce and West Columbia) honoring Celtic heritage in the Midlands area. Saturday’s festival is an array of different events featuring unique sports, incredible music, great foods as well as interactive and interesting exhibitions. Join us in celebrating the contributions of Scottish and Irish Americans and the culture they love that brings such great fun for all ages.

2018 Gardening Symposium @ Robert Mills Carriage House
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Starting in the early 19th century, South Carolina was a hotbed of horticultural experimentation and mastery. Many of the South’s most treasured and iconic plants were introduced into North American gardens through the work and passion of early South Carolinians, including the Hampton-Preston family. Learn about this exciting legacy and the current efforts underway to revitalize the Hampton-Preston gardens.

Guided Historical Walking Tours – Battle of Congaree Creek @ 12,000 Year History Trail
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Walk with us on the 12,000 Year History Trail to hear stories of soldier and civilian accounts of what happened during the burning of Columbia.

All tours are led by National Park Service trained volunteers and are about 2 miles (60 to 90 minutes).