Education

Airport High School’s Maddie Haag is “Amazing,” receives special scholarship

Maddie Haag Maddie Haag is not only a special needs student, she is special. Maddie, who has Down syndrome, was chosen Ms Amazing at Airport High School’s Miss Aquila pageant. And she finished First Runner Up in last year’s AHS Homecoming Queen voting. Friday, Maddie received a scholarship from the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club. She is enrolling at Winthrop University…

Active shooter vests being donated to every SC school district, announced Gov. McMaster, Sheriff Lott

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“Cosmically cool” exhibits to debut this summer at State Museum

SCSM photo. South Carolina State Museum representatives announced their new exhibits opening this summer, and they are “out of this world.” Kicking off what the museum dubs its “Cosmically Cool Summer” is the premiere of a new 4D movie. Fly Me to the Moon 4D will include wind gusts, seat vibrations, feet ticklers and more. Guests will be treated to…

Parents oppose plan to build cell tower on Richland Two school grounds

Kelly Mill Middle School. 1141 Kelly Mill Rd., Columbia. Drew Hill photos. Some parents of children attending Kelly Mill Middle and bordering Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland District Two, have recently become concerned with a possible new “addition” to school grounds. According to the district’s Chief Communications Officer Libby Roof, Richland Two was approached in 2016 by cell phone companies…

UofSC acquires rare comics collection from single donor worth $2.5 million

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Chapin High School students sign Prom Promise to refrain from driving under influence

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UofSC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides holds book signing, discusses retirement plans

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All moms to receive free admission into State Museum for Mother’s Day

Representatives from the South Carolina State Museum announced Monday that all moms will be celebrated this Mother’s Day (Sunday) with free general admission. In addition to the one-day free admission, mothers will also receive 10 percent off in the Cotton Mill Exchange gift shop. The SCSM offers four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Guests…

Lexington High School archery team advances to nationals in first year of competing

LHS archery team. Photo provided. The Lexington High School archery team has hit the mark in its very first season of competition. LHS qualified for the Eastern Nationals event at the 2019 S.C. National Archery in the Schools Program IBO 3D State Championships. The state competition will take place this month in Louisville. The team of 14 archers scored a…

Columbia College celebrates class of 2019

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Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit opening this month at Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo graphic. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden officials are inviting families to take a “Jurassic journey” back in time, when the newest exhibit Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors comes alive. Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 25), guests visiting the zoo will have the opportunity to experience more than 25 life-size, life-like dinosaurs that will reside along the banks…

Blythewood names 11-year-old Poet Laureate

Blythewood Poet Laureate Sara Corn with her award. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Blythewood capped a month-long celebration of poetry Tuesday evening by naming its first Poet Laureate: Sara Corn, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at the Center for Knowledge North. Corn’s poem was selected by Bravo Blythewood in its annual poetry contest that honors the life and legacy of J. Gordon Coogler (1865-1901)….

Richland Districts 1, 2 join Lexington-Richland 5 in closing Wednesday due to State House teacher rally

It was announced Tuesday that both Richland Districts One and Two will be closing Wednesday, due to a large amount of teachers participating in a State House rally beginning at 9 a.m.  As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are three Midlands districts that have canceled classes for the day, the third being Lexington-Richland District Five. Richland Two representatives announced their…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis visits Summit Parkway Middle, Janet Price is Financial Educator of the Year

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Lexington-Richland 5 schools closing Wednesday – S.C. Ed. Supt. Molly Spearman not joining teacher walkout

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman released a statement Monday regarding a scheduled teacher walkout and Statehouse rally, on Wednesday. Teachers promoting the protest said the rally is necessary because their demands for a 10-percent salary increase, smaller class sizes and uninterrupted planning time are being unmet. The walkout is being organized by an online-based…

South Carolina filmmakers take spotlight at Doko Film Fest in Blythewood

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State Museum to feature new art exhibit inspired by South Carolina’s rivers

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Richland Northeast High’s Sabrina Suber named National Principal of the Year for magnet schools

Dr. Suber (center) after receiving the 2019 National Principal of the Year award by Magnet Schools of America. Photo provided. Richland Northeast High School principal Sabrina Suber, received a surprise announcement at the National Conference on Magnet Schools in Baltimore in April. Magnet Schools of America announced Suber as the 2019 National Principal of the Year. Suber said she was…

Congaree National Park to conduct prescribed burn of 384 acres Thursday

Photos from Congaree National Park Facebook page. Officials from Congaree National Park, along with park partners are preparing to conduct a large prescribed burn Thursday (weather permitting). The burn will span over 384 acres, and is intended to help with habitat restoration and fuel reduction in accordance with the park’s fire management plan. Crews from Kings Mountain National Military Park,…

Columbia mansion undergoes restorations after ice storm damage, tours conducted in May

Kensington 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington 6 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Kensington Mansion photos from Historic Columbia website. Historic Columbia has announced that special public tours of the Kensington Mansion will return May 18 and…

Open Streets joins Soda City to promote sustainability

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Four finalists announced in search for next UofSC president

The University of South Carolina’s presidential search committee announced four finalists Wednesday, one of which will serve as the 29th leader of the university. The search for a successor to current President Harris Pastides began in November. Pastides has served as UofSC’s president for 10 years. The school’s presidential search is led by an 11-member committee comprised of several members…

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher traveling to Morocco to learn techniques for classroom

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher Sherry Hope. Photos provided. Lake Murray Elementary School art teacher Sherry Hope has just embarked on the trip of a lifetime. She and eight other teachers from across the country have been given the opportunity to travel to Morocco to learn more about their passion: art. Hope and the others, through the National Art Education…

Lt. Gov. issues proclamation identifying April as Safe Digging Month

Kaziah Howard, Director of Public Awareness for SC 811. Photo provided. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette visited the office of South Carolina 811 on April 3 to deliver a proclamation, identifying April as Safe Digging Month in South Carolina. The proclamation comes as a response to the statistic that more than 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year…