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Surprising— andsurprisingly awesom e
he best part of moving to a new city is discovering things not available in the last place you called home. Here’s what I found surprising — and surprisingly awesome — when I moved to Columbia’s Main Street downtown, from Rock Hill earlier this year. It’s happening on Main Street. One measure of a healthy downtown is the size of the crowd pulsing through the streets. Bring the whole family, including the dog, to the Soda City Farmer’s Market for shopping, eating, and live music in the street. The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, and is the place for peddlers of locally grown produce, artisan’s wares, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers and much more. The crawl continues for First Thursdays on Main, happening the first Thursday monthly. The evening is a time for businesses and restaurants to showcase what they have to offer. It also brings new art shows each month displayed at local businesses including Frame of Mind, anastasia & Friends art gallery, S&S Art Supply, and Tapp’s Art Center. For a low-key outing, catch a flick you likely won’t catch on cable and Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia Museum of Art, and lots of community theaters and ballet companies to deliver. But the city also offers something for culture connoisseurs with more experimental tastes. From a Valentine’s Day burlesque show, to Puppet Slams for adults, to the strange quadraphonics of Conundrum, an inconspicuous music hall in West Columbia, a vibrant underground art scene delivers fresh entertainment for those looking to try something new. So long, landlock ed blues. For the ambitious biped, Columbia has a lot to offer: a seemingly perpetual line-up of foot races, a self-guided historic tour of the monuments on the S.C. State House grounds, and college campuses that provide for nice strolls. But if you’re feeling landlocked, the Congaree River and its tributaries provide a perfect way to get closer to the water. Take a picnic lunch and your fishing tackle down to the Columbia Canal. Find the path that leads to the lower river bank and rocks and spend a day — or even your lunch hour — a toe’s reach away from the water.
Jamie Self writes about state politics and education for The State.

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Population: 270,406 Percent younger than 18: 24.2 Percent older than 65: 12.6 Percent female: 51.1 Percent black : 15 Percent of population, 25 and older with a bachelor ’s degree or higher: 27.3 Number of veterans: 23,441 Average travel time to work : 25.1 minutes Median household income: $52,857 Home ownership rate: 74.6 percent Land area: 699 square miles People per square mile: 375 Political color: Red Registered voters: 162,665 Hispanic registered voters: 1,835 Largest segment of registered voters: Women ages 45 to 64 Licensed vehicles: 251,530 Amount of materials recycled per resident: 671 pounds a year Railroad crossings: 115 Number of tattoo parlors: 9 Number of plastic surgeons: 6

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Population: 393,830 Percent younger than 18: 22.6 Percent older than 65: 10 Percent female: 51.4 Percent black : 46.3 Percent of population, 25 and older with a bachelor ’s degree or higher: 36.1 Number of veterans: 33,781 Average travel time to work : 21.2 minutes Median household income: $48,485 Home ownership rate: 60.8 percent Land area: 757 square miles People per square mile: 508 Political color: Blue Registered voters: 244,705 Hispanic registered voters: 3,289 Largest segment of registered voters: Women ages 25 to 44 Licensed vehicles: 310,634 Amount of materials recycled per resident: 606 pounds a year Railroad crossings: 140 Number of tattoo parlors: 15 Number of plastic surgeons: 10
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If you’re going to live here, you need to know ... April in Columbia is crazy-busy, with more fun scheduled than any one person can possibly enjoy. For Heidi Johnson, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, one can’tJohnson miss is the Nickelodeon theatre’s independent film festival, Indie Grits. On top of that:“It’s prime garden time. There are all kinds of 5K runs. It’s a nice time to be exercising outside before it’s too brutally hot.” The Art Bar is an eclectic gathering place in the Vista, said Briana Evans, a student at Benedict College. “I enjoy pedestrianfriendly areas, Evans like Five Points and the Vista.” The art museum on Main Street is another favorite spot, she said. Nothing compares to the sport of politics in the capital city. Says Wesley Donehue, a Republican strategist:“Blame it on the PPP – presidential preference primary. National politicians infiltrate our state every four years, dumping millions of dollars on political operatives before leaving town. With little to do and the taste of blood on their lips, operatives started treating local and state campaigns like Washington, D.C.” Dawn Hinshaw

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olumbia is a city with passion. Passion for a few things, in particular. Business is big here in the capital city. The region finally landed some sought-after national chains in the past year — Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods — and Costco is on its way. Business leaders are working to reshape our economy with a hightech core that could boost Columbia’s national reputation while drawing — and keeping — more young workers. Meanwhile, the Midlands, like the rest of the state, continues to draw manufacturing and distribution work that have been employment staples for decades. Anyone new to Columbia will learn quickly that life revolves around the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship college. The school’s nearly 40,000 students and employees occupy a campus that carves through downtown Columbia, from the historic tree-lined Horseshoe quad — the original campus — to a riverside baseball stadium. The college mingles with the community through lectures and

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Life in Columbia revolves around the University of South Carolina, and Gamecocks concerts as well as medical, social and volunteer work. But it’s the athletics side of the school that generates the most buzz around Columbia. The Gamecocks have posted recent 10-plus win football seasons and won two national baseball championships. There are some big-name coaches here, like Steve Spurrier in football and Dawn Staley in women’s basketball. Matching the excitement on the field are some $200 million in new and improved facilities, from a football gameday parking lot to a new softball field. The other sport in town is politics. The S.C. State House — festooned with bronze stars marking spots struck by General Sherman’s cannons during the Civil War — is the centerpiece of Columbia’s government core. The historic building is electrified during the first half of the year, when the governor — currently Republican Nikki Haley, a rising star on the national political scene — and the state’s 170 representative and senators work on laws and attend social functions.

football in particular. Here, fans pack the stands at Williams-Brice Stadium. State government is a huge employer here. Columbia is home to more than 100 state agencies and dozens of state trade groups, advocacy organizations and lobbying firms. Adding federal government operations just makes the public sector an even more dominant economic force in town. And so the city’s power bases are intertwined.
Andrew Shain writes about state politics and the University of South Carolina for The State.

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The ABC’s of Schools
For many families, schools are a key factor in deciding where to put down roots. In Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, there are eight public school districts. Top of the class: Two districts are rated consistently among top academic performers statewide: Lexington 1 and Lexington-Richland 5. Richland 2 distinguishes itself with its innovative magnet and choice programs. Where everyone k nows your name: Lexington 3 and Lexington 4 are the smallest Midlands districts, where students often grow up together. Others serving some of the area’s small communities include Lexington 2 and Kershaw County Schools. Rising to the challenge: Among Richland 1’s specialized programs is the Challenger Learning Center, emphasizing math and science. It’s named for the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 – among them, S.C. native Ron McNair. Private school options: There are several private schools in the Columbia area. Among the largest, with programs through high school, are Heathwood Hall Episcopal, Hammond, Cardinal Newman and Ben Lippen. Others offer programs for specialized learning, including Sandhills, Glenforest and Hope Christian Academy.

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his spring, I fell in love with my neighborhood all over again. As a mild winter lingered well into April, my husband and I wandered through fragrant paths at Cooper’s Nursery on Parklane Road, making a pact to buy one shrub. One. In those early days of spring, azaleas were cloaked in blooms. I came home from a plant swap at Rosewood Market with swamp sunflowers. Purple iris, passed along last summer, unfolded. Evenings, the man next door and his tow-headed third-grader threw a baseball. A trouble-making family of raccoons moved in across the street. Mornings, I’d hear roofers hammering or see workmen carting ladders and paint cans. Most people love their neighborhoods, of course, but this spring I found myself writing notes and pausing to talk. One Saturday in May, we walked to the Crawfish Festival, where we ran into some people we knew from our Rosewood neighborhood, bobbing heads to loud music and cold beer. Columbia bills itself “family friendly” and, sure enough, it is. But this college town and capital city – with its Southern history and a diversity of kindred spirits — appeals just as well to those whose children have grown.

The University of South Carolina and the other local colleges offer lectures, concerts, sports and theater. The historic Horseshoe, a brick enclave encircled by ancient oaks, is the prettiest spot in the city for an evening walk. Community institutions rooted in a love of blues music, foreign films, historic buildings and drama have endured through the work of volunteers. More recently, local governments divided by the Congaree succumbed to its charms, building a network of trails and a botanical garden. Companies sprang up to offer lazy floats on inner-tubes when it’s too hot to paddle. Our chapters include General Sherman’s march and Mary Boykin Chesnut’s entries in her diary, Celia Mann’s midwifery and the Confederate battle flag. As you settle in, here are just a few tenets of life in Columbia: You can pretty much write off Friday afternoons. Weekends start along about noon. Richland and Lexington counties are fraternal twins. They’re at opposite ends of the political spectrum. The S.C. State Fair, in October each year, is the best place for people-watching. Plan everything around USC’s home football schedule. Everything.
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Fam ous faces onC olum bia places
Leeza Gibbons is co-host of “America Now,” as well as a best-selling author and advocate for caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Her latest book is “Take 2: Your Guide To Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings.” The audio version is out in June. A graduate of Irmo High and the University of South Carolina, she returns often to see her family, which includes her father, Carlos, who lives in Chapin. “I hatched a lot of dreams at Lake Murray. From the summer I learned to water ski to spraying Sun-In on my hair, many of my girlhood memories are centered around friends and family at the lake. We’d look forward to the first weekend of summer when Mom and Dad would put the boat in at Johnson’s Marina, and for the next three months it was an endless stream of parties and picnics. “I remember going to Bomb Island to see the purple martins and swinging from ropes way out over the water and letting go in what seemed like a rite of passage for summer.”

When USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley was considering the head-coaching vacancy at Ohio State earlier this year, the last thing she expected was a call from Gov. Nikki Haley. But Staley says the call and show of support was touching and one of her favorite memories as the Gamecocks’ coach. Though Columbia can be very different from Staley’s home of Philadelphia, Staley has embraced the city because of how it has embraced her. Withdrawing her name from the Ohio State search not long after Haley’s call, Staley will continue to call Columbia home. “Columbia’s warm. I think the people of Columbia are genuine and hospitable everywhere I go,” Staley said. “From the grocery store to just walking down the street, people will honk their horns and really make you feel good about what you do. They’re really appreciative of my accomplishments in just bringing prominence to the university and the state through the success of our women’s basketball team.”


Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis created a commotion, Columbia police officers dispatched to the doorstep “just kind of laughed and said, ‘Don’t do that.’” Mullis lived in Columbia’s Shandon neighborhood, 1950-62, with his parents and three brothers. He described a city with woods and creeks to explore, a mother who gave him the freedom to roam and public schools that encouraged his interests. “The people that I knew in high school, I definitely have a warm relationship with them,” said Mullis, 69, who shared the coveted Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993.

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Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere than game day at Williams-Brice in Columbia.” home visiting his folks. “I know there’s a great debate in Columbia over which one is superior, and people have different loyalties,” Todd said. “I’m a fan of both.”

Forest Acres native Charlie Todd may live in a city known for its great delicatessens. But he claims nothing in New York City tops his favorite deli sandwiches in Columbia’s Five Points. The 34-year-old founder of Improv Everywhere either orders Andy’s Special (at Andy’s Deli) or the STP Dipper (at Groucho’s) when he’s

Pro-golfer Dustin Johnson grew up in Columbia and went to Dutch Fork High School. He now lives in Jupiter, Fla. “Back in Columbia where I grew up, Lizard’s Thicket is still my favorite place to go,” Johnson said. “I love that good ol’ country cooking.”

Since becoming South Carolina’s baseball coach in 1996, Ray Tanner and his wife have stayed in the same Columbia home off Devine Street. Tanner, now USC’s athletics director, says he is a “downtowner,” taking advantage of his home’s proximity to the shops and restaurants on Devine Street and Five Tanner Points. He’s developed relationships with his neighbors in his 17 years there and says it’s the city’s residents that have made the city feel like home for so long. “I think the first time we won the (baseball) national championship, we came home to our house decorated by the neighbors with the championship slogans and those kind of things. It was kind of neat. Then we proceeded to have a block party, so it was kind of special. It always is. That certainly was a highlight. We have wonderful neighbors, and it’s just a great place to live.”
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Camden native Patrick Davis has written songs for Jewel, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. He now lives in Nashville. “My favorite memories from my time living in Columbia would have to be the early fall Carolina game days,” Davis said. “The sun shining through the changing leaves, friends packed like Ringling Bros.’ clowns in the cars and trucks lining Rosewood and Assembly, the autumn wind blowing the Davis lil’ black sundresses the USC girls so beautifully wear, the tailgate spreads fit for a king, the excitement that builds with each passing minute and that eternal hope that lives in all South Carolina football fans that this game, this year, is gonna be our year. Nothing’s quite like college football in the South and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any more enjoyable

Saxophonist and composer Chris Potter grew up in Columbia. He has more than a dozen of his own albums and performed on dozens of others. “I grew up in the Shandon neighborhood, which was great for a kid; friendly, relaxed, wide streets, lots of trees,” Potter said. “In high school, I used to love to ride my bike down to Five Points and go Potter to Papa Jazz records, which is a great resource; lots of cool and sometimes obscure recordings (heavy on the jazz of course). A lot of the music that has influenced me the most I bought there.”

Nobel Prizewinner Kary Mullis still gets together at the beach each summer with his best friends from Dreher High School. The four of them shared the power of youth and an interest in science. When experiments like building rockets with frogs aboard Leeza Gibbons
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One of the most prevalent styles of historic architecture In the Columbia area is the early 20th-century Craftsman bungalow. The Melrose Heights neighborhood downtown has an impressive collection, recognized by This Old House magazine as part of its 2011 listing of best old-house neighborhoods in the South. The Shandon neighborhood boasts bungalows, too, with large windows, welcoming side porches and transoms over interior doors. In Cayce, the alphabetnamed streets known as The Avenues are filled with Craftsman bungalows, attracting new homeowners who love the charm of living in a small town and the benefits of being close to Columbia’s Main Street downtown. For many, it’s perplexing to realize that Ranchstyle houses are coming into their own in the preservation movement – and the first-ring suburbs of the 1950s and ‘60s are a goldmine. “Columbia has great midcentury Ranch houses in neighborhoods like Rosewood and Forest Acres , especially,” USC architectural historian Lydia Brandt said. St. Andrews is packed with Ranch-style houses. So is West Columbia’s Saluda Terrace. At right: A view of one of the historic home’s original mantels in a parlor room.
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he hardy, turn-ofthe-century house in historic Waverly had been divided into three apartments — then boarded up for at least 10 years — when Sylvie Kenig-Dessau started driving by, dreaming of reclaiming it. She came by so often that a neighbor prone to sitting on the porch began to wave. Then a “for sale” sign went up. Dessau was smitten by the ornate plaster work atop porch columns but, once inside, it was the central staircase, with its carved side-risers, that convinced her she just had to have it. “I felt I could do something for this house. It deserved to be helped.”

Louis and Sylvie Dessau’s restoration of their historic Waverly home has been a labor of love. It was an emotional move, not a calculated one. Dessau was convinced if she didn’t buy the house, it would end up demolished. So she and her husband Louis bought the 3,000-square-foot house in 2004, distinguished by quality workmanship and materials rarely seen in new homes. Its designation on the National Register of

Historic Places refers to it as the Collins House, named for a prominent AfricanAmerican businessman whose family owned the home for most of the 20th century. It took three years and $94,000 for the Dessaus to restore it. Sylvie Dessau did a lot of the work herself — the demolition, framing, electrical work, finish carpentry and flooring. Along the way, she discovered gems. Stainedglass windows had been stashed in the attic. A vinyl bath enclosure covered a window. A cloverleaf pattern on original tile emerged from beneath a grimy finish. Dessau rummaged for doors at salvage stores and in curbside trash piles. She found three identical mantels at an antique mall. Dessau, who worked in real estate development in Paris, where she lived most of her life, said her goal was to create a useable, comfortable house that still looks like the old house it is. “I was not trying to recreate it, and I definitely was not trying to make it a modern house,” she said. She did, however, modify the interior layout slightly to end up with 2½ bathrooms and a laundry room. The lawn and gardens are the domain of Dessau’s husband, a Denmark native who works at USC’s international business school. Louis Dessau discovered a goldfish pond buried in the front yard. A neighbor who remembered the feature from childhood was ecstatic. “This neighborhood has the potential to be a tiny Elmwood Park,” Sylvie Dessau said. “People are buying and fixing up houses — slowly.”
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Numerous lakes and rivers in the Midlands offer homesites as well as recreational areas. The largest is Lak e Murray and its power-generating dam, built from 1927 to 1930. At the time, it was the largest reservoir of its kind in the world, covering 50,000 acres and parts of four counties, according to tourism agency Lake Murray Country. Today, its 650-miles of shoreline is home to thousands of residents. Don’t have a home at Lake Murray? Take a dip at the public beach, celebrate the 4th of July with the annual fireworks display or take a stroll across the dam. Congaree Park downtown is a new subdivision on the West Columbia bank of the Congaree River. The Riverwalk, a picturesque walking trail, is just beyond the fence. Lak e K atherine is one of the largest lakes in a Richland County chain extending from Arcadia Lakes through Forest Acres. People who live there say it’s like a remote resort, yet they can be downtown in minutes. Lak e Carolina , in Northeast Richland, is a series of neighborhoods built in a traditional downtown style with the lake as a centerpiece. Among the amenities of the 200-acre lake are Sunset Park, with picnic tables and walking trails. Lak e Wateree, about 30 miles northeast of Columbia, offers a bird refuge and recreational areas along its shoreline.

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Donna Finkernagel and her family moved away from Lake Murray for her husband’s job but By DAWN HINSHAW dhinshaw@thestate.com lakefront home in the Hilton community in 2009. A peaceful setting for homes from weekend fishing cabins to extravagant estates, Lake Murray provides what Finkernagel called “instant entertainment.” Most evenings, the couple will sit down on the dock in their Adirondack chairs — he with a cigar, she with a glass of wine. “We love to go out in the evening, and we’ll just tool the shoreline. Meet friends out there, watch the purple martins.” While it takes 25 minutes to drive, it’s a 10-minute ride by boat to visit Mark’s mother Alice in Timberlake. (His father Bill passed away last year.) The couple’s college-aged children — Kyle, 21, Taylor, 19, and twins Luke and

missed it here so much they moved back. Hannah, 18 — have migrated back for visits this summer, enlivening their four-bedroom home, on a cove near a public boat landing. “When we’re on the lake, we enjoy each other,” Donna Finkernagel said. “We laugh. We eat well. It’s nothing but good.” Mark owns a locker supply business in Columbia. He has a home office in the first-floor master bedroom that opens onto a screened-in porch. From there, a set of steps leads down to a small lawn and dock with a deck boat, christened “Fink’s Fins,” lashed to it. The family has a collection of watercraft – from kayaks to noodles – that they use to enjoy and explore the lake. Their golden retriever, Copper, jumps in with them. Donna has taken over a second-floor bedroom for her art studio. Donna Finkernagel said they enjoyed their time in Austin. “But our hearts were on the East Coast,” she said. “This is home.”


he lure of Lake Murray brought Mark and Donna Finkernagel back to the Midlands. The couple and their four children moved to the lake from New Jersey in 1999, but then Mark’s job took them to Austin. After five years in Texas, they were back again, returning to a lake community that by then included Mark’s parents, New Yorkers and frequent visitors who had decided to make Lake Murray their home. “We wanted to come back to Chapin,” Donna Finkernagel said. “We loved it here.” The couple bought their current

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Looking for a new place that’s on the cutting edge? The Columbia area has live-work units and urban condominiums for people on the go, smaller new homes tucked into old neighborhoods and suburban communities planned on the front end with nearby schools and shopping. Second- and third-story apartments may be as small as 500-square feet. But the trade-off is paying comfortable utility bills and getting rid of the car. The 28 apartments over Mast General Store on Columbia’s Main Street were rented by 20- to 30-something professionals before the paint was dry. Like many converted commercial spaces, they have high ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized windows and trendy finishes. Energy efficient construction practices are becoming more prevalent, helping new homeowners control their monthly heating, cooling and water bills while avoiding exposure to chemicals. The Mungo Co. got a national award for its “hauSmart” program, used in all of its neighborhoods. Everything old is new again: Some builders are integrating neo-traditional elements in their home designs. That might mean Craftsman-style columns at the front door and, inside, generous use of moulding, built-in shelves and arched doorways. In suburban subdivisions, like Lak e Carolina in Northeast Richland, the concept may be expanded to include commercial villages, too.

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Whether kayaking, canoeing, fishing or tubing – come play where the water is always moving! And while you’re here, walk the scenic Riverwalk, eat in fine restaurants, hunt for hidden treasures in our Antiques District, and visit the nationally acclaimed Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens. EAT, PLAY, LOVE!

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James Quattlebaum and Kristle Garrett have created an inviting living room in their home in the Winchester neighborhood in Northeast Richland.


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‘To get your dream home as a starter home, right off, we were really blessed,” Kristle Garrett said. court and playground. The homeowner’s association is “not too strict, but they do have good rules” to keep the neighborhood attractive. Their home is zoned for Richland 2 schools North Springs Elementary, Summit Parkway Middle and Ridge View High — and, for shopping, they are less than 10 minutes from the Village at Sandhill. “The neighbors are wonderful,” many of them ex-military, Garrett said. “They make you feel at home,” Quattlebaum added. “Before we even moved in, we met the guy across the street.” And at 2,800-squarefeet, the couple has plenty of room to accommodate their blended family of six, including James Jr., 8; L.J., 7; Jernee, 6; and Jasmine, 1. (Not to mention Khloe, a Yorkie, and a bunny named Julius.) Their new home is energy efficient, so utility bills are reasonable — a definite consideration for Quattlebaum, 32, an HVAC technician. And the kitchen has a double oven they both enjoy, as cooks who like to please others with culinary creations. Garrett, 27, a medical assistant, said owning a home really gives her a sense of pride and makes her feel the two are accomplishing what they’d been working toward. Now, she’s saving for dining room furniture she hopes to have for a family gathering at Thanksgiving. “Don’t tell him,” she said, smiling and pretending to be telling a secret from James. “He said next year, but we won’t wait that long.”

Tis the Season, for the season you love.


By DAWN HINSHAW dhinshaw@thestate.com hen James Quattlebaum set eyes on the two-story, traditional brick house on a cul-de-sac in Northeast Richland, he knew it was The

One. After six months of looking at houses, he knew it was the perfect place to raise a family — despite the lime green, orange and navy blue color scheme, grimy living room carpet and lack of light fixtures. “I had to look past the paint,” his fiancee, Kristle Garrett, says now. “I didn’t have his vision.” In March, the couple bought the fourbedroom, 3½ bath home in the suburbs, taking advantage of a Richland County loan program designed to attract firsttime buyers. “To get your dream home as a starter

James Quattlebaum and Kristle Garrett are pictured with two of their children, Jasmine, 17 months, and L.J., 7. home, right off, we were really blessed,” Garrett said, holding toddler Jasmine in a front room now painted a soothing beige. Residents of the Winchester subdivision have use of a clubhouse, pool, tennis

Tis The Season is a year round Christmas store, featuring vintage, consignment and handcrafted items! While we will be showcasing Christmas all year, we will also feature each season and holiday as it comes up during the year! Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall - we will have it all! Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the Red, White and Blue from Memorial Day to Independence Day will be featured also! Each month will have several themes, so please keep coming back to see what is up! My vendors include: Balloon Ornaments, Eamjones, Christy’s Wreaths, Macaroni Baby, Stitch Chick, and Treasures For You and Yours. Along with seasonal décor, we also have gift items! During the Christmas season, I will be available to decorate your home or office! Stop by the shop and say hello where it’s always merry and bright!!!! Please come by for a visit and wander around Tis The Season! Meg Muir, Proprietor 315 State Street, West Columbia, SC 803-661-7417 Follow us on Facebook at: www/facebook/pages/Tis-The-Season Website:http://www.tistheseasonsc.com/
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Wide open spaces
Counts Ferry Road. Two major grocery stores now do business on the highway toward town. Rocky Creek Elementary School opened three years ago just through the woods. Still, the couple maintain a rural view. This time of year, they’re liable to spot deer late in the afternoon. The oldest part of their two-story, brick house was built in 1827. It was expanded over the years and completely remodeled in the 1950s with Colonial touches, such as white columns along the front porch. Jerry Howard’s father, Columbia departmentstore owner Wilson Howard, bought the property as an investment in 1963 and never lived there. Jerry Howard bought the house from his father in 1971, moving his young family to the country. “We wanted to live in the wide-open spaces,” Mary Howard said. “No neighbors.” The inside of the house is filled with deep colors, solid antiques and intriguing artifacts. Jerry Howard’s collection of tiny metal soldiers, lined in even rows, fill a glass cabinet in the front room. He’s knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War in South Carolina and the Civil War, recently accepting an invitation to speak at his grandson’s class. Amy Howard London, a horticulturalist, and her 10-year-old son, Bane, share the home. The Howards are both active in the civic life of Lexington County. Jerry Howard serves on the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Commission after 16 years on Lexington Subdivisions and malls have crept into the countryside surrounding Columbia and Lexington, but there are still plenty of areas where people can go to spread out. Gaston, Swansea and Gilbert , communities just a few miles apart in southern Lexington County, have plenty of open and affordable space. Folks in Lower Richland say they want to capitalize on farmland, history and the state’s only national park, Congaree swamp. Cedar Creek , north of Columbia, has an air of the foothills. The land is still held by families unwilling to sell, for the most part. County Council. Mary Howard is on the board of Riverbanks Zoo. They attend St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. “That’s a big attraction to people coming in – the schools and the churches,” Jerry Howard said. Both promote a sense of community and caring for children and youth, he said. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in September and make time for occasional travel, though they always look forward to coming home to the farm.

photographs by TIm Dominick/tdomicinick@thestate.com

Jerry and Mary Howard, here with their grandson, Bane, love their Lexington home and the sprawling pastureland it sits on at Counts Ferry Road and U.S. 378.

C oyotes, trees and‘wide-openspaces’


By DAWN HINSHAW dhinshaw@thestate.com

hen they moved onto family property west of Lexington, Jerry and Mary Howard named the place Fox Hill. “We saw foxes every day,” said Jerry Howard, a retired electric co-op executive. “Now, we see coyotes.” Their country home on 50 acres west of town is set among pasture land and pecan trees. Across the road, their nephew Chip boards horses. In the backyard is the second-largest white oak in South Carolina, some 300 years old, based on what they were told by a state forestry official. Suburbia is moving closer to the Howard’s home of 43 years on

The home’s front porch is inviting, with plenty of places to sit to enjoy the rural view.

A frog adorns a rug in the sunroom.

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becoming the tire capital of the world as production ramps up at several new facilities being built here. The three tire makers produce millions of tires a year in the Midlands from passenger tires to large, industrial tires. But it doesn’t stop there. Husquvarna in Orangeburg is one the Midlands’ largest employers, making riding lawn mowers, among other products.

We mak e nuk es
The nuclear power renaissance is happening right in the Midlands’ back yard. Two of the first four new nuclear reactors approved in more than three decades are being built by Cayce-based power giant S.C. Electric & Gas at its V.C. Summer Nuclear Power Station in Fairfield County. Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel also employs more than 1,000 people at a plant in Richland County. And Savannah River Site in nearby Aiken County is home to 95 percent of the nation’s non-weapons plutonium and is positioning itself as the site where manufacturers will experiment with building mini-nuclear reactors, an emerging product.

also is home to a range of insurers, including BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Colonial Life and Aflac. BlueCross cuts checks amounting to $1 billion per day — about 10 percent of the total payout in the United States — and handles three-quarters of all claims for U.S. military personnel and retirees.

We mak e the cloud
You’ve heard of the cloud. It’s that place in the ether that hosts all of your emails, documents and other important data. But a chunk of it is right here in Columbia. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has two massive data hosting centers on its Columbia campus that process nearly 1 billion insurance claims a year and serve as storage houses for data from other companies. And Earthlink recently bought a local company, Business Vitals, which has a data hosting center right on Main Street that can hold the equivalent of 50,000 laptops chock full of data.
Photo illustration by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin

And, there’s more
The lists could go on. In downtown Columbia, we make flour and grits at Adluh Flour Mills, circa 1900. In Northeast Richland, we make military machine guns at FN Manufacturing. And in Richland County, Pure Fishing makes fishing tackle. But we know you might be tired by now. In that case, you could head to Best Mattress. In West Columbia since 1928, they make 10 to 25 custom mattresses a day in the factory behind the store. Sweet dreams.
Kristy Eppley Rupon writes about business and retail for The State.

We mak e you well, and then we pay for it
By far, the largest employers in the Midlands are related to health care. Palmetto Health and Lexington Medical Center have more than 14,000 employees combined, and they’re still growing. The region


Buildit, andthey will com e(andbuy)
By K RISTY EPPLEY RUPON krupon@thestate.com Here, a sampling of what we make.


We mak e dinner
That chicken and pasta you had for dinner last night? Chances are it was made right here in the Midlands. The American Italian Pasta Co. runs around the clock, cranking out onequarter of all the pasta consumed in the United States — some 33,000 pounds a day. Louis Rich in Newberry, Pilgrim’s Pride in Sumter and Amick Farms in Batesburg-Leesville — all poultry producers — are the three top manufacturers in the area. That’s not

ere in the Midlands, we make things. Lots of things. Much of the food you eat, the tires on your car, the fishing rod you used last weekend – all likely were made by your neighbors in workplaces throughout the Columbia area. The data center that hosts your email could be right down on Main Street, and the tablet you ordered from Amazon might be coming from a major fulfillment center in Cayce.

to mention all of the chicken and turkey farms in the Midlands’ rural areas. And when you’ve stuffed yourself and can’t eat any more, the Midlands also produces refrigerators to store the leftovers. Haier America located its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Camden 14 years ago.


It’s a season of celebration, planned and presented to entertain, educate, enrich, and excite but mostly

We mak e you go
Whether you’re riding on Michelin, Continental or Bridgestone tires, they are probably made right down the street. South Carolina is on the road to

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discover your armybase
Fort Jackson has several facilities and activities open to the public. A sampling: Graduations: The post graduates about 50,000 new soldiers each year and the ceremonies, held nearly every Thursday, are open to the public. The ceremony at Hilton Field features a review, awards, military oath, singing the Army song and lots of proud family members.
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C ool retailers call C olum bia hom e
By K RISTY EPPLEY RUPON krupon@thestate.com


ool retailers are hot on Columbia. Just a few years ago, many Midlands-area shoppers were asking “why not us?” as Greenville and Charleston scored sought-after national brands that skipped this area. But Columbia is coming into its own, landing in the past 12 months Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Designer Shoe Warehouse — and, coming soon, Urban Outfitters and Costco. The trend started when Mast General Store two years ago opened its second South Carolina location on Columbia’s Main Street in the

midst of a revitalization. Just a month later, Whole Foods announced it would anchor a new upscale shopping center on Fort Jackson Boulevard. As the economic recovery has gained steam over the past two years, the area has scored Academy Sports, HomeGoods and Quaker Steak & Lube. Columbia still can’t check off of its list Costco, an Apple store or Cheesecake Factory. And shoppers will still have to drive 100 miles to Charleston to shop H&M when it opens there this fall. But the city’s cool quotient is ratcheting up. And don’t discount those local innovative entrepreneurs who make Columbia’s retail and restaurant scene unique.

Five Points, a funky urban village, has everything from consignment shops to Papa Jazz, the city’s coolest music store, while the Devine Street area in Shandon offers boutique clothing and specialty shops. Gwen Rawls brings an Italian flair to Trenholm Plaza with her upscale shoe boutique, which features Roberto Cavalli, Loriblu, as well as her own specialty line. And coming later this year, Kristian Niemi’s Bourbon will bring a taste of the French Quarter to the burgeoning culinary cluster around Main Street.
Kristy Eppley Rupon writes a weekly Shop Around column for The State.

Fort Jackson soldiers hoist a teammate over the wall during training.


Things that goboom inthenight (andday)
By JEFF WILK INSON jwilkinson@thestate.com

Museums: There are several, all free. Among them: U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum (803-7517419); U.S. Army Chaplains Museum (803-751-8079); U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Museum (803-751-1747). Contact each for locations and hours. Palmetto Falls Water Park: Located at 3318 Marion Ave., it features a 10,000-squarefoot pool, two water slides, a lazy river and more. It’s open to the public every Tuesday through Friday; season pass holders and military families can go Tuesday through Sunday. Cost, hours and other details: (803) 751-4056. Palmetto Trail: The post’s 14-mile section of the Palmetto Trail is open to bikers and hikers. It is a relatively flat, winding trail that borders the fort, mostly along Leesburg Road. Special events: Watch for special activities, including the Fourth of July fireworks (one of the area’s best) and the Come See Your Army Tour, a chance to see how soldiers train, eat and live. Other details: www.jackson. army.mil/

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f you are living or traveling east of Columbia near I-77, you’re likely to hear the occasional bugle call. If you are living or traveling in Lower Richland, you’re probably used to the sound of jet fighters or helicopters. Those aren’t just random noises coming from somewhere out of the piney woods. That’s the sound of freedom. And even more important, that’s the sound of money rolling into the Midlands, courtesy of the U.S. military. Fort Jackson in Columbia, McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover and Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter put more than $4 billion a year in total economic impact into the Midlands economy. That’s billion with a capital “B.” In addition, Fort Jackson, the nation’s largest U.S. Army training base, employs

nearly 8,000 people — military and civilian. In addition, the fort graduates about 50,000 soldiers every year, and the once-a-week graduations — awesome and open to the public — draw thousands of families to Columbia to eat, drink and cheer for junior. Shaw hires another 9,600. It is home to the largest F-16 fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force as well as Third Army and Ninth Air Force, the planning and logistics arms for ground and air forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan. McEntire adds another 1,750 employees to the local payroll, and that doesn’t include the Guard’s substantial presence at its headquarters on Bluff Road near Williams-Brice Stadium. So the next time you hear the far-off boom of a tank, or are startled by a lowflying helicopter in the middle of the night, remember: It’s one of the things that make the city great.

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Onthe town

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Get ready totakethenight

O ur bucket list of restaurants
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By OTIS R. TAYLOR JR. otaylor@thestate.com

eciding where and how my nights on the town will end is something I don’t have to worry about. The choices are abundant, and decision making at times turns, in my head at least, into song delivered through verse. And it goes a little something this... Let’s see what’s cracking at The Kraken Gastropub. Or we can whisper to each other at Speakeasy. Or alone I can pretend to be the G.O.A.T. at Goatfeathers. Wigging out to jukebox karaoke and pizza slices at The Whig? Sure. Jagerbomb-infused dancing at Art Bar? A nightcap at NightCaps? Probably, because if I’m there, it’s probably, as Shalamar sings, “A Night to Remember.” Next on the evening playlist: The

Cars’ “Drive.” You know: “Who’s gonna drive you home/Tonight.” But before I get to sing myself to sleep, I have to start the night on the right note. And that means spending time with Michelle, the person who holds the key to my nightlife voice. Hampton Street Vineyard’s Michelle Thompson makes the most ambrosial White Russian I’ve ever tasted. Hampton is an American bistro frequented by lawyers, legislators, couples and young professionals. And me. The White Russian is to me what the Old Fashioned is to “Mad Men” character Don Draper, and Thompson’s has a luscious frothiness. I think Thompson has a secret ingredient, though she claims the ice — rhomboid cubes with sunken centers known as “dice ice”— and proper shaking is all there is to it. I trust she’s not being coy. On more

Michelle Thompson makes a White Russian at Hampton Street Vineyard. than one occasion, I’ve even entrusted Thompson, a broker and realtor during the day, to make night-altering decisions for me. I don’t have sob stories to share with Thompson. I’m happy when I see her because, to invoke another title from The Cars’ catalog, she gives me “Just What I Needed.” And when I leave, I’m ready to take the night.
Otis Taylor writes about music and entertainment for The State.


By SUSAN ARDIS sardis@thestate.com

A sampling of local food bloggers on their favorite Columbia spots and dishes: Laura Abogan, http:// the-hungry-lady.blogspot. com:“I would go to either Cellar on Greene or Terra . At Cellar on Greene, I’d order tuna nachos , whatever their fish special happens to be, and the grilled pound cake. At Terra it would be lamb mac & cheese or whatever S.C. fish they have that day.” K im Byer, thepaperapron. com, on Sakura in Forest Acres:“I’m mad for the fried tofu or Age (“Ah-gay”) tofu, four gently fried cubes soaking in a light tempura sauce and covered in wispy threads of seaweed. The taste and texture combination make for a transcendent experience! It’s one of my favorite small dishes around. And, it’s under $5.” Jennifer Thompson, http:// tastefuldishing.wordpress. com:“My first choice, and one in which I always recommend to visitors, is Al’s Upstairs Italian. I am partial to most of his veal dishes, my favorite being Veal a la Al. Veal is one thing that can quickly be ruined if not prepared correctly. The chef at Al’s has mastered it! ... The atmosphere is pleasantly quaint. And the view is one that NO other establishment in Columbia can compete with. Al’s simply says ‘Welcome to Columbia, we’re glad you’re here!’” Follow local food bloggers at thestate.com/food

rom holes-in-the-wall to sleek, hip places to see and be seen, you’ll find dining experiences — and food — for every palate. Let me suggest a few spots in and around Columbia not to be missed. Trendsetters in farm-to-table and sustainable dining: Terra, Motor Supply (housemade charcuterie), Rosso Trattoria Italia, Blue Marlin, Solstice (and sister restaurants Mr. Friendly’s and Cellar on Greene) and The Oak Table (an offshoot of a popular Charleston spot). The innovators: Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, Hunter-Gatherer (beers brewed on site, everchanging menu) and two eateries west of the Vista at opposite ends of the street: tim dominick/tdominick@thestate.com 116 State (order extra bread Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse on South with the mussels...yum!) and Main features artisan brews and gourmet food. 2108 State (look for Lizard Man on the corner and Mr. Bunky’s (general store with a diner... Gamecock sauce on the sandwiches). best onion rings and dare to eat the Classics for special occasions: 32-ounce steak) and Old Mill Brew Pub Garibaldi’s (whole crispy flounder in apricot shallot sauce), Saluda’s, Ristorante in Lexington Been around since forever: Lunch Divino, Villa Tronco, Al’s Upstairs Italian Box (breakfast and lunch), LaBrasca’s (a great view of Columbia at dusk). Pizza (small pizza and cheese salad make Best holes-in-the-wall: Oyster Bar a meal), Mac’s on Main (soul food, live (shucked and steamed for you), Blue jazz, Chef Fatback), Bernie’s (best fried Cactus (a fusion of Korean/Cuban/ chicken) vegan-friendly menu), Food Emporium Good for you: Rosewood Market Deli (fried turkey wings, oxtail, homemade dessert cakes), Mack’s (burgers, cash only, (vegan and microbiotic menu options), Lamb’s Bread (vegan), Good Life Cafe line forms at the back door), Linda’s (raw food and juices) Deli at The Other Store in Forest Acres Great brunch spot: DiPrato’s, Thirsty (greek.turkey.sandwich.) Fellow, MoMo’s Bistro on Devine In the “Oh, and they serve (good) food New this year: Basil Thai (another too” category: Goatfeathers, Kraken Charleston import), Liberty on the Lake Gastropub, Jake’s (outside patio alone is (boat in while enjoying a day on Lake worth it), Flying Saucer (brats!), Cock Murray) and Bull, Drip, The Whig (below-street bar with to-die-for mac and cheese), The Susan Ardis is a food writer and designer with The State. Gourmet Shop (a really good lunch),

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Take a quiet paddle in Congaree National Park, South Carolina’s only national park.

The grea t outdoors

Findyour pieceof paradise

longer hike is the 7.5-mile Oak Ridge Trail, which offers a mix of huge oaks on high ground and bald cypress in low-lying areas. For a gee-whiz geological lesson, Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve with its sandstone formations has a couple of fun hiking loops. If you’re into mountain biking, most locals would tell you to head to Harbison State Forest, the mountain-biking hotbed of the Midlands, with more than 20 miles of winding, rolling trails. But I don’t like crowds, so I usually do my mountain biking on the lesscrowded, less difficult trail at Sesqui. Many bikers don’t like Sesqui’s sandy patches. They fit my slower style. For March through October, I prefer water to dry land. I like to paddle on the rivers and creeks. My recent favorite is the trip from just below the Columbia Canal diversion

just for fun
The entertainment options in the Midlands are endless. Some favorites: Discover art, whether it’s at the Columbia Museum of Art or one of the galleries on college campuses like Benedict, Columbia or USC. Meet Eddie, a 40-foot exhibit of a boy that kids can climb in, at EdVenture Children’s Museum. And speaking of museums , there are several where you can soak in our history, from the S.C. State Museum to smaller local offerings in places like Lexington County and Cayce. Make some new holiday traditions . Attend Riverbanks Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas or a live performance of The Nutcracker by one of our local ballet companies. Dress up for a show at the Koger Center for the Arts, or see late-night shows with an edge at Trustus. Community festivals are a much-loved tradition. Among favorites: St. Pats in Five Points, Lexington County Peach Festival and Sparkleberry Country Fair. Join in one of the many annual road races , or take a stroll across the dam at Lake Murray. Shop a local mark et , whether it’s the State Farmers Market in Lexington County or a smaller neighborhood offering. And check out the ethnic food shops along Decker Boulevard.

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Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve is named for the large sandstone formation seen at the entrance. dam on the Broad River to the Barney Jordan Landing on the Congaree River. You get natural wonders like the Rocky Shoals spider lilies and giant striped bass, and, if you hug the right side of the waterway, the joys of all three local rivers. You start in the warm, brown Broad, catch a little of the cooler, clearer Saluda, then finish in a stretch of the Congaree that includes huge boulders and a historic set of navigational locks. If I could do only one of these trips, which would I do? Depends on the time of year, the weather and the people traveling with me.


By JOEY HOLLEMAN jholleman@thestate.com

he guest log book at Congaree National Park on any given day includes entries from all over the world — England, Japan, Korea, Norway. Invariably, those visitors remark on the beauty of the giant trees and the variety of plant and animal life in the old growth forest. Most days, there are more names from outside the Midlands than from locals. I can’t count the number of times friends and co-workers, knowing I write about the outdoors, have greeted me with some version of “I

went to Congaree National Park (or Sesquicentennial State Park, Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, the Riverwalk, etc.), and I had no idea this incredible place was there.” To which I often reply, “You need to get out more.” Anyone who has lived here long enough to curse the spring pollen or summer heat has been here long enough to discover what makes this place special for outdoor recreation. When newcomers — or those new to getting out of their houses — ask my get-out advice, they usually have to cut me off after 10 or 20 minutes. If they have young children, I aim them to the Cayce and West

Columbia Riverwalks, three miles of curving paved trails ideal for a family walk. If I’m in need of a quick hike and don’t have much time, I head to the Riverwalk. If I’m not in a hurry, I head down Old State Road in Cayce to the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve. You feel like you’re miles from a big city on the well-marked, 2.4-mile dirt trail loop through the old Guignard clay quarry property. For a family hiking middle ground, head to Congaree National Park boardwalk. It’s impossible to get physically lost on the 2¼-mile loop, though you can lose yourself in the park’s natural wonder. My favorite

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Ride bikes on the trail at Sesquicentiennial State Park, one of several state parks and forests in and around Columbia.

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Dick Dyer Toyota 240 Killian Commons Parkway 786-4111 Sales: M-F 9-8 Sat. 9-7 Service: M-F 7:30-7 Sat 8:30-5 dickdyeronline.com

Sales: M-F 9-8, Sat 9-6 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat 8-12

Jim Hudson Toyota 970 Columbiana Dr., Irmo, SC 29063 803-407-5678 Sales: MF 9-8, Sat. 9-7 Service: M-F 7-7, Sat 9-5



230 Killian Commons Parkway
Classic Ford (Formerly Bob Bennett Ford) I-77 Greystone Blvd., Columbia, SC, Zoo Exit 803-779-3673 www.classicofcolumbia.com Sales: M-F 9-8; Sat 9-7 Service: M-F 8-6; Sat 8-5


Carolina Chrysler Jeep Dodge

101 Newland Road, Columbia, SC 29229 Sales: M-F 9am to 8pm Sat 9am to 7pm Service: M-F 7:30am to 6pm Sat 7:30am to 3pm www.capitolhyundai.com

Capitol Hyundai of Columbia 1-800-258-1436

Sales: M-Sat 9-9 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat. 8-4


Dick Dyer Scion
240 Killian Commons Parkway

Sales: M-F 8-9, Sat. 9-7 Service: M-F 7:30-7, Sat. 8:30-5

Lugoff Toyota Scion 878 Hwy 1 South, Lugoff, SC 29078 803-438-2772 Sales: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9-8 Wed & Sat. 9-6:30 Service: M-F 7:30-6:30 Sat. 7:30-2:30

891 Hwy 1 South Lugoff, SC

Sales: M-F. 8:30-9, Sat. 8:30-7 Service: M-F 7:30-6:30, Sat. 7:30-2:30


Galeana-Chrysler-Jeep-KIA 180 Greystone Blvd. 779-7300 Sales: M-F 9-8, Sat 9-6 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat 8-12

Jim Hudson Ford (formerly Ben Satcher Ford) 1201 West Main Street Lexington, SC 359-4114 or 1-877-294-2564 Sales: M-F 8:30-7, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-3

Jim Hudson Hyundai
Sales: M-F 9AM-8PM, Sat. 9AM-7PM Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 8-1

799-1234 or 1-800-962-0684

Greystone Blvd.

Land Rover Columbia 803-731-7493
Sales: M-F 8:30-7, Sat. 9-5 Service: M-F 8-6 I-26 @ Piney Grove Rd.

Jim Hudson Scion
970 Columbiana Dr., Irmo, SC 29063


Dick Dyer & Associates 5825 Two Notch Road Toll Free 1-800-509-3819 Sales: M-F 9-7 Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6:00 Sat 8:30-4:00 dickdyeronline.com

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Make adifference
One on the best ways to get to know Columbia is to volunteer. Here, a sampling of opportunities at Columbia area nonprofit organizations. Find more at thestate. com/livinghere : United Way of the Midlands: The United Way provides a volunteer center to support its agencies and community volunteer projects. The United Way hosts semi-annual Day of Action events in spring and fall, in addition to an annual SC Mission event that provides free healthcare. getconnected.uway.org, @ uwmidland, btupper@uway. org, (803) 758-6987 Columbia Opportunity Resource: Connects talented, creative and young professionals through service, leadership and fun. ourcor.org, @ impactcolumbia, (803) 7332511, volunteer@ourcor.org St. Pats in Five Points: One of the nation’s largest St. Pats festivals is supported by volunteers from dozens of nonprofit organizations. The Five Points Association donates proceeds back to the nonprofits participating as volunteers. fivepointscolumbia.com, @ FivePointsSC, amybeth@ fivepointscolumbia.com, (803) 748-7373.
Compiled by Katherine Swartz, vice president of talent and leadership development with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Columbia Opportunity Resource. @katswartz.


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Church volunteers serve meals during the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Faith in action

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he question that hangs in the air sometimes doesn’t need answering. When I interviewed college kids with Midtown Fellowship who were spending a chilly night outside to highlight the plight of Columbia’s homeless, I didn’t need to ask why. When I found retired English teacher Francie Markham on a sweltering summer day organizing a container load of goods for a United Methodist mission in Zimbabwe, I didn’t need to ask why. When two synagogues joined four neighboring Protestant congregations to build a Habitat for Humanity house, again, I didn’t need to ask why. When a mosque opened its doors to the community to provide a meal of aromatic foods and explain the Koran, I didn’t need to ask why. In the Midlands, people of faith take pride in living out their faith. No questions asked. Volunteers feed the homeless a hot lunch daily at Washington Street United

Methodist Church. Chili and hotdogs are served on Saturdays in a law firm parking lot to anyone in need of a meal. Physicians go to Haiti and the African continent to heal. College students head off at spring break to provide aid to hurricane and tornado victims. Families sign up for church mission trips. And those ubiquitous Southern Baptists? The disaster relief teams who wear the “yellow hats” seem to deploy almost instantly when disaster strikes. Yes, there seems to be a church or synagogue or mosque on every corner. Some are historic and majestic, such as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, First Baptist Church, and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in downtown Columbia. Some are towering new edifices with historical pasts, such as Brookland Baptist in West Columbia and Shandon Baptist on Forest Drive. Some are small, and with tiny congregations and big hearts. But the spirit that emanates out of those houses of worship is what counts here.
Carolyn Click writes about people, schools and faith for The State.


>>O NlINE: Pasto rstalk abo ut makingadifference inc o lumbia, a tthesta te.c o m/religio n
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