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USC launches SC Cyber to lead fight on database attacks

The University of South Carolina is taking the lead on protecting personal information and filling a workforce shortage in the cyber security sector. The university is partnering with government leaders, industry executives and academic institutions to form SC Cyber. “Carolina is proud to serve as the epicenter of this important work. We look forward to working with all our consortium…

Arts incubator hatches local choreographer’s ‘Ruins’; debut is Saturday

A group of nine dancers and actors twist and turn across the Harbison Theatre stage. It’s a Wednesday night, the performers have finished school and work, and they’ve gathered for one of the last rehearsals before Saturday’s debut. The performance stage reverberates with the thump, thump, thump of songs from Nina Simone, India Arie and D’Angelo and the Vanguards. The performers rehearse…

USC students use pets, PR to make military veterans feel welcome

Student veterans at the University of South Carolina got some much deserved attention Monday with the help of some furry friends. The school’s Student Veterans Association teamed up with a group of public relations students to host “Vets and Pets.” Military veterans and their families got a chance to cuddle and socialize with some dogs, while also learning more about the…

Going to the mat: USC club coach, wrestlers dedicate time for love of the sport

  Athletes in some college sports are motivated by dreams of scholarships, of turning pro or of Olympic glory. Others compete purely for the love of the game. Coach Tim Goodwin and the members of the University of South Carolina’s club wrestling team fit the latter category. Goodwin has coached the students for six years of the club’s 10-year history…

Archives reveal history, culture behind African-American mourning

The South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina is inviting the public to explore the legacy and history of black-owned funeral homes in South Carolina in a public lecture called “African-American Collections at the Caroliniana: Homegoings, Funeral Homes and Celebrations of Community Life” on Tuesday. A fan from Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home collection (photo courtesy of Bobby Donaldson) “It was…

Suspect arrested in connection with sexual assault of USC student

Columbia police have arrested a West Columbia man accused of sexually assaulting a USC student near campus this past weekend. Carlos Jovany Hernandez (photo provided) Carlos Jovany Hernandez, 22, turned himself in around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hernandez faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault and kidnapping. The student told police she was talking with a man on Barnwell Street near the…

UPDATE: Police search for person of interest in connection with reported sexual assault near USC campus

Columbia police are investigating a reported sexual assault of a University of South Carolina student. Columbia police want to talk to this man about a reported sexual assault. (photo provided) A female student told police she was having a conversation with a man she did not know around 3:45 a.m. Saturday near the corner of Barnwell Street and Gibbes Court…

‘Remembering Columbia’ offers visual road map of city’s people, places

Columbia’s history is a melting pot of race, class, religion and culture in the heart of South Carolina’s capital. The latest book to explore the Famously Hot city is “Remembering Columbia,” and it moves readers along the streets and neighborhoods of the city from behind the camera lens. “Remembering Columbia is not just a visual journey into the past, it’s also…

Moe Baddourah steps into USC teaching position as Moe’s Grapevine closes

New Year’s Eve marked one door closing and another opening for Moe Baddourah. The restaurateur spent the last few hours of 2015 preparing meals and serving customers in his beloved restaurant Moe’s Grapevine. Baddourah, who also serves as the District 3 representative for Columbia City Council, has decided to close Moe’s Grapevine after 10 years to accept a teaching position…

‘It means the world to me:’ USC’s A’ja Wilson joins elite company with national award

The past winners of the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year award read like a who’s who of the best in the history of the sport, including Lynette Woodard, Cheryl Miller, Teresa Edwards, Lisa Leslie, Chamique Holdsclaw, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore. University of South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley is a two-time winner, and Tuesday one of her current players…

Fan reaction mixed as USC hires Will Muschamp to lead Gamecock football team

The University of South Carolina’s new football coach said he thinks he will lead the Gamecocks to the top. USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner (left) and President Harris Pastides (right) pose with new Gamecock head football coach Will Muschamp. (photo provided) “The ceiling is limitless,” Will Muschamp said at a news conference Monday. “We’re about winning championships here.” USC’s board…

USC economists give optimistic prediction for Columbia area in 2016

Columbia’s biggest economic assets are the state government headquarters, the University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson and the capital city’s quality of life, according to USC economists who say the area’s economy is strong and likely will continue to improve. The manufacturing industry has played a key role in statewide economic growth, but major manufacturing plants have gone to the…

H.B. Rhame Elementary School teacher puts focus on collaborative learning

Those who step in to Stephanie Johnson’s classroom at H.B. Rhame Elementary School will find a comfortable space with soft lamp light and a cozy couch. Kid-sized tables and chairs are scattered around the room to allow her third-graders free movement and collaboration on activities. Third-grade teacher Stephanie Johnson plays a math game with her students at H.B. Rhame Elementary…

USC fans react to close loss to No. 1 Clemson

Clemson came into Saturday’s matchup against the University of South Carolina as a top-ranked, undefeated team, and the Tigers had their eyes on a national championship. The Gamecocks arrived at Williams-Brice Stadium 3-8, coming off a loss to The Citadel, with many fans already looking to next season. It looked like a mismatch on paper, but Interim Head Coach Shawn…

Local businesses gear up for post-Black Friday sales with Shop Local Saturday

Black Friday is the day that big box stores rack up huge profits, but businesses around Columbia are hoping to attract customers during Shop Local Saturday this weekend to support the small shops that boost the Midlands economy. “We know the big guys,” said University of South Carolina retail professor Marianne Bickle. “It’s the small and medium-sized guys who are…

USC gets $3.94 million donation from anonymous donor

Several department officials and many students at the University of South Carolina have something extra to be thankful for this week. A recently deceased anonymous alumnus from Columbia left $3.94 million to the school his a will. The money will fund scholarships at the South Carolina Honors College and the School of Music as well as rare book acquisition and…

New center at USC to tell ‘real story of South Carolina,’ civil rights era

In 1961, police arrested a group of civil rights protesters at the South Carolina State House for disturbing the peace. The goal of the protest, according to University of South Carolina historian Bobby Donaldson, was “to challenge the guardians of the status quo.” Among those jailed for three days was a young South Carolina State University student. Rep. James Clyburn…

Margie Buchanan Branham, 89, Bayview Baptist Church member for 65 years

Margie Buchanan Branham, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the age of 89. Born Nov. 2, 1926, in Spartanburg, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Ruth LeMaster Buchanan. A graduate of Blythewood High School, Margie worked for many years in the garden center of Sears Roebuck. She later was a member of the accounting office staff…