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Southeastern Piano Festival returns with rising stars of classical music

The 2016 Southeastern Piano Festival kicks off in Columbia next week, and the event’s signature opening concert will feature what organizers call the world’s smartest player piano. This year’s Piano Extravaganza Gala Concert will feature the Spirio, the latest, technology-advanced piano by Steinway and Sons. (Photo provided) The Piano Extravaganza Gala Concert on June 12 will feature Spirio, the newest…

Day in the life: Dutch Fork students attend hands-on medical program

Dutch Fork juniors got a jump start on their future careers at the University of South Carolina. (Photo provided) Four local high school juniors ended their school year with a day in the life of a surgeon. Dutch Fork High School students Anna Lee, Erica Schmidt, Marissa Porter and Victoria Singleton earned an opportunity to participate in the elite Perry…

Columbia Museum of Art highlights untouched Gullah life in new exhibit

The Columbia Museum of Art launched its latest exhibit this weekend capturing Gullah culture on Daufuskie Island, which stood as the last South Carolina sea island untouched by the outside world. One of the photographs taken by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe highlighting daily Gullah life on Daufuskie Island in the 1970s (Photo provided) “Daufuskie Memories” features more than 60 photographs taken by…

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…

Burrito bowl vs. burger: Research finds fast-casual meals to be caloric heavy-hitters

“We were surprised that there were higher calories at fast casual restaurants, but one of the main takeaways from the paper is that there are a lot of high-calorie options at both kinds of restaurants,” said Danielle Schoffman, the study’s lead researcher. (Image via Albumarium) A burrito bowl or artisan sandwich might look healthy, but they could be higher in…

Former NBA CEO heads to USC to teach entertainment management

Susan O’Malley, the former president and CEO of Washington Sports and Entertainment and the Washington Wizards NBA franchise, will join the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment as a senior instructor. Former NBA CEO Susan O Malley. (Photo courtesy of the University of South Carolina) O’Malley, who at age 29 became the first female president of an…

New housing development coming to Assembly Street

Richland Library will get a new neighbor as a Chicago developer looks to add a 15-story residential development at 1401 Assembly Street in downtown Columbia. Representatives of Clayco Development Corp. unveiled plans for the proposed apartments during Thursday’s Design Development Review Commission meeting. Chicago developers are proposing a 15-story multi-family unit development on Assembly Street. (Photos courtesy of Clayco Development Corporation)…

Columbia artists, institutions among those honored for promoting arts in S.C.

A local museum, a University of South Carolina professor and a group of Gamecock alumni were among the recipients of South Carolina’s highest honors that celebrate those who have made significant contributions to arts in the state. Members of Hootie and the Blowfish are honored with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts. (Photos by Kelly Petty) “We’re…

Former Gamecock Marcus Lattimore joins Heathwood Hall football coaching staff

Former University of South Carolina football player Marcus Lattimore has joined the football coaching staff at Heathwood Hall. (file image provided) A familiar name in South Carolina football will be on the Heathwood Hall sideline this fall as former South Carolina Gamecock and San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore joins the Highlander football staff. Lattimore, who graduates today from USC, has served as…

Columbia businessmen honored with SBA awards

When flooding hit the Midlands last October, Joseph Walker, owner of 16 Marco’s Pizza franchises in North and South Carolina, made it his mission to help the victims. The military combat veteran shut down one of his stores in Columbia for two days, used ingredients he had on hand and worked with his staff to make more than 2,000 pizzas for families…

Blythewood High student vies for National Chemical Olympiad

Blythewood High School junior Colton Kelly has been nominated for the United States National Chemical Olympiad by the South Carolina chapter of the American Chemical Society. In March, Kelly earned one of the best scores in a local chemistry competition and now he is one of 10 students selected from South Carolina to take the three-part national exam at the University…

Columbia hosting national symposium on legacy of Reconstruction Era

For two days this week, some of America’s leading historians will gather in Columbia to discuss America’s Reconstruction Era, a period of great importance to South Carolina history. The Reconstruction Era marked a period in America when African Americans newly freed from slavery fought to claim and protect their citizenship status and the freedoms that came along with it. From…

USC-IBM partnership produces new campus research center

“Where did the Hardee’s go?” That was the question University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin pondered Thursday morning as they prepared to celebrate the launch of a new public-private partnership. The fast-food restaurant, formerly located at the corner of Assembly and Blossom streets, was a popular place for USC students like Benjamin to visit between…

William Shakespeare comes alive through ‘First Folio’ exhibit

The University of South Carolina’s Hollings Library is displaying the collected works of English playwright William Shakespeare in the “First Folio” exhibit. (Photos courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library) A 393-year-old original text that put Shakespeare’s plays on the map will call South Carolina home throughout April. “First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare” is heading across the U.S. over…

Youngsters enthralled by Columbia storytelling festival

Darion McCloud is an accomplished raconteur. And on Friday the local actor and director shared with schoolchildren gathered in downtown Columbia for a storytelling festival an old Gullah tale about a man named Aaron Kelly. McCloud began by explaining to the children that Gullah is an African-influenced culture and language still found today on the coast of South Carolina. Then…

New law pressures Columbia landlords to crack down on rowdy tenants

The city of Columbia is a step closer to cracking down on rental properties that create a nuisance in communities, and that could mean penalty fees for landlords. The city council Tuesday unanimously approved a new ordinance that makes landlords responsible for what happens on their properties. “We’re looking in the best interest of the city,” Councilman Sam Davis said…

Family time: Many employees enjoying more generous parental leave policies

Bank of America’s recent decision to expand paid leave for mothers, fathers and adoptees for up to 16 weeks follows a trend among businesses to respond to the diverse needs of their workforces, a University of South Carolina professor says. “What underlines a lot of these policy changes is a greater recognition and appreciation of diversity in the workplace,” said…

USC seeks to assist nonprofits with pro bono marketing marathon

In a 24-hour burst of creativity this fall, a group of University of South Carolina students will prepare free marketing campaigns for worthy, state-based nonprofit agencies. All they need now are applications from agencies interested in taking advantage of their largesse.  USC students helped FIDO, a local dog rescue organization, revamp its logo and graphics. (Photo courtesy of CreateAthon@USC) The university’s…

USC campus minister opens up in his first ‘awkward’ book

When he’s not wrangling four kids of his own and about 100 college students, Sammy Rhodes finds himself being awkward. Fortunately, the University of South Carolina campus minister has been able to turn those moments into a new book. Rhodes, well-known to some for his 140-character tweets, held his first book, “This is Awkward,” in his hands a little less…

New Columbia-area medical group says it will improve care, reduce costs

Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine today announced a new partnership, called the Palmetto-USC Medical Group, which has as its goal connecting thousands of medical professionals to coordinate healthcare services for Midlands residents. Cynthia Pridgen, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at Palmetto Health, supports a new mother. (Photo provided) “We want our medical group to become…

Weekend event invites art lovers into artists’ studios, homes

  Caroline Harper loves indigo dye. The dark ink, made from the powder of an indigo plant, has a pungent smell and makes fabric appear green before turning blue. It’s the foundation for most of Harper’s wearable art and home goods. It also calms her spirit. “Blue is so soothing. It’s all about nature,” Harper said. “It’s such a big…

USC professor earns $11 million grant to study stroke recovery

Survival from stroke has improved thanks to better technology and treatment. But researchers at the University of South Carolina want to reverse the long-term effects the disease has on some patients who have trouble communicating with others. USC Professor Julius Fridriksson is taking on the challenge with the aid of an $11 million, five-year grant for stroke recovery research awarded…

From STEM to space: Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years

Three ninth-grade students from W.J. Keenan High School have completed an experiment that has been chosen to be performed on the International Space Station later this year. The students test how cornstarch and water react in a weightless environment that’s similar to space. It’s an experiment that studies microgravity and tests how starch particles, which are found in plants, move…