Midlands

Farm to table to tourism: Local culinary exploration on the rise in Columbia

Travel is big business for South Carolina’s hotels, attractions and especially its restaurants. Visitors to the Palmetto State like to eat, as evidenced by the $3.6 billion generated in food sales in 2014, according to the state’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department. Bourbon owner Kristian Niemi serves up specialty drinks for guests of Columbia Food Tours as he tells them…

‘To infinity and beyond’: Richland One launches summer space camps

Kids across the Midlands can spend the summer launching model rockets or learning how to build robots at the Richland One Challenger Learning Center’s summer camp for elementary and middle school students. The center is hosting three different camps open to any child age 7 to 14 in the Midlands. Astronaut Academy will give campers the opportunity to visit the learning…

Calling all writers and book lovers: Nominations open for Richland Library honor

Richland Library Friends seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to promote literature and libraries. The nonprofit arm of the county library has announced a call for nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, named in honor of the former Richland Library director. The Lucy Hampton Bostick Award is named after the former Richland Library Director who advanced libraries and…

Small businesses in the spotlight this week

South Carolina’s small businesses employ more than 740,000 people, or 46.9 percent of the state’s workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. With that in mind, the city of Columbia, Richland County and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to highlight the efforts of small businesses that help build the state’s economy. National Small Business Week recognizes…

Friday is deadline for nonprofits to apply for flood relief funds

Nonprofit organizations have until 6 p.m. Friday to apply for recovery funding to help their communities rebuild following last October’s floods. Friday’s deadline applies to the submission of applications for financial support offered through the One SC Fund. “The One SC Fund has helped bridge the funding gap in order to rebuild our state,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO…

Hot spot: Midlands attractions garnering awards and tourists

For Columbia city leaders, the recent announcement that the South Carolina State Museum has earned the Governor’s Cup Award from the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is proof that the Midlands is becoming one the state’s hottest spots for travel and tourism. The new observatory dome is lifted to the roof of the South Carolina State Museum in 2014…

Red alert: Friday fashion show raises awareness of heart disease dangers

Red was the signature color Friday night at the Columbia Convention Center. The second-annual “Go Red Columbia Fashion Show” featured women and young girls — outfitted in frocks fit for work, formal events or a night on the town — strutting down a ballroom runway. The ladies weren’t showing off just to show off. They were raising awareness about heart disease…

Richland Library hosts “Get The Facts” tour to help residents enroll in ACA health insurance

Richland Library staff took the new Access Freely bus out Thursday to help encourage people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The library, along with the Palmetto Project, teamed up with national nonprofit Enroll America to ensure residents in the Columbia area were aware of their options. Representatives from Enroll America, Richland Library and the Palmetto Project…

Palmetto Health unveils new neuroscience intensive care unit to help stroke patients

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital has taken a major step toward providing greater patient care for stroke patients. The hospital has opened a neuro intensive care unit, the first and only in the Midlands. The neuro-ICU at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital will give stroke patients specialized post-operative care. (photo by Kelly Petty) “It’s a historical day in the Midlands,” said Dr….

New restaurant on North Main Street to feature Midlands-inspired cuisine

North Main Street continues to expand and grow with a new restaurant that looks to celebrate Midlands cuisine. Rendering of the War Mouth, which will be at 1209 Franklin St. in the Cottontown neighborhood (photo provided) Former Free Times state government reporter Porter Barron and Charleston chef Rhett Elliott have teamed up to open the War Mouth, an eatery that will…