reading

Irmo Middle student recognized as top 8th-grade reader in S.C.

Read with the Gamecocks has recognized Irmo Middle School student Corey Corley as the top eighth-grade reader in South Carolina. Irmo Middle School eighth-grader Corey Corley has been named one of the state’s top readers. (Photo provided) Corley read 1,040 pages in just two weeks, earning him the title of “Highest Reading Hero” for eighth-grade across the state, according to…

One Book initiative gathers community to read together

Carla Damron lives in Columbia, and the capitol city is the setting of her newest novel, “The Stone Necklace.” Those facts were just the beginning of what made her book the choice for Richland Library’s “One Book, One Community” event. Carla Damron, author of “The Stone Necklace” (photo provided) The initiative is an effort to build community by encouraging everyone…

Columbia’s newest police officers start by building community ties

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook has emphasized the importance of strengthening ties and building trust between his officers and the community they serve and are a part of since before took the job in April 2014. Holbrook’s officers are shown that emphasis as soon as they are sworn in through the department’s Beyond the Badge program. Each new class of officers spends the…