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Albert Roger Smarr, 74, SC Dept. of Mental Health retiree

Albert Roger Smarr Albert Roger Smarr, of Columbia, died Oct. 15, 2015, at the age of 74. Born Aug. 29, 1941, in Columbia, he was the son of the late Dr. Roy G. Sr. and Bertha A. Smarr. Roger attended Hand Junior High School and Columbia High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a nursing degree…

First responders recognized as thousands pack Senate Street for Brad Paisley concert

  Senate Street in the Vista became a concert venue Friday night as country star Brad Paisley performed at a stage set up for the occasion outside the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. https://youtu.be/MI_jpEpXYSI The concert was free, but only a limited number of passes were available. The crowd included many firefighters, police officers and others who work to protect…

S.C. State Fair to shorten admission hours Saturday

Admission sales at The South Carolina State Fair will end at 7 p.m. Saturday in consideration of the timing of the University of South Carolina football game and the expected post-game traffic around Williams Brice Stadium. USC will kick off against Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. and the game is expected to end around 7 p.m. “We don’t want to add…

USC alumni gives 1,900 first responders chance to see Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley will perform Friday night in Columbia, and University of South Carolina alumni are making sure the crowd cheering him on will be filled with first responders and their families. My Carolina Executive Director Jack Claypoole and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook appeared on 94.3 The Dude Monday to announce the donation. (photo by Allen Wallace) Jack Claypoole of…

USC fans cheer on Gamecocks, give back at Jake’s

  The USC vs. LSU football game may have been moved out of state, but that didn’t stop fans from supporting their team and their community. Jake’s on Devine in Five Points hosted a Gamecock watch party to which the entry fee was a $5 donation or a donation of a non-perishable food item to Harvest Hope Food Bank. “Columbia has been devastated…

Friends join forces to help Columbia K-9 officer and family recover from floods

Columbia police officers have worked around the clock since floods hit the city, joining other law enforcement, first responders and military personnel in working to protect and serve the community. Officer Chris Williams (red shirt) and his family were joined Saturday by friends including Marcus Lattimore (photo provided).As K-9 Officer Chris Williams worked to save others, the floods struck his…

Vanderbilt, Clemson, FSU set aside rivalries to help USC recover from flood

  Some things are bigger than rivalries. In the aftermath of this week’s flooding, schools who usually provide the opposition for the University of South Carolina stepped forward to help. Vanderbilt University officials sent two 18-wheeler trucks full of water, shoes and extra generators overnight to USC. “Oh my gosh, Vanderbilt football, we play them next week … I really…

Volunteers step forward to help flood victims

  The rain finally stopped Tuesday in the Columbia area, and as the flood waters began to recede, throngs of volunteers rushed to do what they could to help those hit hardest by the disaster. Harvest Hope Food Bank, which serves those in need of food every day of the year, was strained beyond normal capacity by the needs of…

‘It is still dangerous out here’ : Officials urge caution, warn of scams as recovery begins

  Law enforcement were “out in force” Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to provide safety and security on the third night of curfew for Columbia and Richland County, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. “It is still dangerous out here,” Lott said. “One thing we’re having problems with is just nosy people. We still have too many people out here who…

Rick Patterson, 60, US Navy veteran who fought during the Vietnam Conflict

Rick Patterson Rick Patterson, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at his residence. He was 60. Rick was born March 20, 1955, in Shelby, North Carolina, to Phyllis Furr Stone (Gene), of Crossville, Tennessee, and the late Roger Glenn Patterson. He was baptized in the Baptist faith by his grandfather, W. T. Furr. Rick was retired after 40 years in the…

UPDATE: COMET suspends bus service for Tuesday; area schools cancel classes

COMET officials have announced service will be suspended a second day. Buses will not run Tuesday, officials announced via Twitter. The transit system had canceled route service for Monday. Schools around the Midlands are announcing cancellations for a second day as Columbia tries to recover from last weekend’s flood. Richland One has announced that schools in the district will remain…

USC celebrates 175th anniversary of South Caroliniana Library

The oldest freestanding academic library in the United States might be getting a face-lift for its 175th birthday. USC Dean of Libraries Tom McNally speaks Tuesday while surrounded by items from the South Caroliniana Library collections. (photo by Allen Wallace) University of South Carolina officials have planned several events to celebrate the anniversary of the 1840 opening of the South Caroliniana…

USC archaeologists retrieve Civil War cannons from Great Pee Dee River

A team of underwater archaeologists from the University of South Carolina brought three very heavy pieces of history into the light of day Tuesday. The team raised three Civil War cannons, each weighing more than 15,000 pounds, out of the Great Pee Dee River near Florence. The Union Dahlgren sits between the two Confederate Brooke rifle cannons. (photo provided) “The recovery of these…

Want to see Brad Paisley for free? My Carolina can help

Country music star Brad Paisley will perform in Columbia as part of the My Carolina Alumni Association’s homecoming activities, and a limited number of free tickets are available to the public. Paisley will be the headliner for a street party and concert starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in front of the new University of South Carolina Alumni Center at Senate and Lincoln streets…

Military couple to renew vows in USC Love Story wedding

A couple who met via Skype and got to know each other while thousands of miles apart will renew their vows Nov. 4 in the latest University of South Carolina Love Story wedding. Bill and Lily Abell shared some celebratory cake after Thursday’s announcement (photo by Allen Wallace) “I was really surprised,” said Bill Abell. “I found out we were entered…

Photo Gallery & Video: Bubble soccer sends USC students bouncing through tournament fun

A sport that started as a joke came to the University of South Carolina Wednesday, and based on the hits exchanged on the field, the players were taking it seriously. Bubble soccer began with a spoof from two Norwegian comedians in 2011, according to the National Association of Bubble Soccer, an American organization which oversees leagues in 40 cities in…

Student groups encourage young people to get out and vote

Several student organizations came together Tuesday in an effort to increase the number of young registered voters on the University of South Carolina campus. “To me the most important challenging issue is student debt,” Rep. Jim Clyburn said. “They won’t be able to buy homes and start families because they are drowning in debt.” Tables were set up along Greene Street…

Volunteer Spotlight: Former Marine spends time helping sexual assault survivors

If asked to picture a typical volunteer who gives time to help survivors of sexual assault and seniors at an assisted living facility, some might imagine a woman. Andrew Arnold shatters that stereotype every week. Andrew Arnold helping sort and fold clothes donated for survivors at STSM (photo provided) “I wish people wouldn’t let the name of the organization or the…

Photo Gallery & Video: Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan cap dedication of USC Journalism School with concert

  The Latin term for the university one attended is “alma mater.” It means “kind mother,” and Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan made clear again Wednesday night that they regard the University of South Carolina just that way. The two music stars and Hootie and the Blowfish members performed a free show on the Horseshoe at USC as part of…

Experts at USC symposium say it’s too early to know who will emerge in presidential race

The campaign to be the next president of the United States has been underway for months, but as University of South Carolina instructor and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler said, “Now it gets serious.” Tuesday night’s panel featured Laura Woliver (from left), Harrison, Tumulty, Scott Huffmon, Alexis Simendinger, and Charles Bierbauer (photo by Allen Wallace) Voters will begin…

Photo Gallery & Video: Gameocks honor Heisman winner George Rogers with statue

  Hundreds of people gathered Saturday near the northwest corner of Springs-Brooks Plaza to honor the only Gamecock to win the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the best college football player in the country. Unfortunately for the fans who filled Williams-Brice Stadium for the team’s home opener, all the celebrating happened before the game, as Kentucky’s Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed for…