Making the most of your hometown

2010-2011 guide to Columbia and the Midlands


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What you should know about living here

Government services, driving regulations and more

A look at living intown, in the suburbs and near Lake Murray

A view of one of the ponds on River Pond Road.

Farmers markets, children’s activities, and what makes Columbia unique

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The S.C. General Assembly meets each year in early January and adjourns on the first Thursday in June. The S.C. House of Representatives, which is elected every two years, has 124 members. The S.C. Senate, which is elected every four years, has 46 members. Lawmakers’ main duty each year is to pass a budget to fund all functions of state government, from K-12 education, to colleges, to health care.

>>> Governor Next election: Nov. 2 Mark Sanford (R) Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12267 Columbia, SC 29211 (803) 734-2100 >>> Lieutenant Governor Next election: Nov. 2 Andre Bauer(R) State House, 1st Floor P.O. Box 142 Columbia, S.C. 29202 (803) 734-2080 >>> U.S. Senators Next election: 2014 Lindsey Graham (R) 290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5972 508 Hampton St., Suite 202 Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 933-0112 Next election: Nov. 2 Jim DeMint (R) 340 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6121 1901 Main St., Suite 1475 Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 771-6112 >>> Area U.S. House Next election: Nov. 2 Jim Clyburn (D) District 6: Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg 2135 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3315 1225 Lady Street, Suite 200 (803) 799-1100 Next election: Nov. 2 John Spratt (D) District 5: Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, Newberry, Sumter, York 1401 Longworth Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-5501 707 Bultman Drive Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-3362 Next election: Nov. 2 Joe Wilson (R) District 2: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland 212 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2452 1700 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1 West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 939-0041 >>> State legislators To find out who your state representative and senator are, go to and click on “Find Your Legislator.” Members of the House are up for election in 2010. The entire General Assembly is up for election in 2012.

1. Budget. As S.C. crawls out of the nation’s worst ever recession, state revenues are projected to languish next year. That means state lawmakers will have to prioritize spending, likely cut essential functions such as public safety and remake state government to match new revenue realities. S.C. has lost $2 billion in revenue over the past two years. 2. Economy. S.C.’s unemployment rate has been among the country’s worst during the recession. State lawmakers will debate the policy shifts and the investments South Carolina should make to attract businesses and to help business already in the state grow. 3. Education. More than $700 million in federal stimulus money has helped soften cuts to the state’s K-12 public schools and to the state’s public colleges and universities. That money has now dried up, so state lawmakers will have to figure out how to pay for education. 4. Tax reform. A panel appointed by lawmakers to review and offer suggestions on how to improve the state’s tax code will be issues in a November report. Based on that report, lawmakers will offer reforms to the state’s tax code next year. 5. Restructuring. Efforts have failed to require the lieutenant governor to run on a ticket with the governor and to let the governor — instead of voters — pick the state education superintendent, secretary of state
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Cherry trees bloom downtown. and agricultural commissioner. After electing a new governor in November, lawmakers will resume this debate in 2011. and stained glass windows. The State House grounds are a monument to the state’s military and political history. Statues of Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton and U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and a monument to AfricanAmerican history in the state are popular attractions. The most controversial is the Confederate flag displayed beside the Soldier’s Monument in front of the State House. Hours for visiting inside the State House: n 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday n 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday n 1-5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month Sitting in on legislative action: The galleries in the House and Senate are open to the public for watching the Legislature in action.

Public tours of the State House and grounds: The public can tour the inside of the State House during business hours and tour the State House grounds anytime. Inside, visitors can see how the nearly 160-year-old building has preserved much of its original character, even after surviving a Union assault during the Civil War and undergoing a series of renovations. The last renovation was about 10 years ago, when the building got a $50 million facelift. Visitors are told the history behind the interior of the dome, the marble flooring

www. The main page of state government; includes links to state telephone directories, agency sites and other useful sites The main page of the General Assembly; includes links to live webcasts of House and Senate proceedings, as well as search engines to locate specific legislation or to research state codes The main employment page of state government; updated daily; includes every state government job being advertised

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Information provided by Central Midlands Council of Governments using 2009 estimates from Experian/ Applied Geographic Solutions, Synergos Technologies, Inc., Austin, Texas.
POPULATION: 4,580,629 Male: 2,214,215 Female: 2,366,414 Median age: 37.9 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 67.4 percent African-American: 28.0 percent Hispanic or Latino: 4.4 percent Asian: 1.6 percent MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $47,684; individuals below poverty level: 641,485 * AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.47 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 22.9 minutes *


Columbia Museum of Art held a viewing of a new mural by Benedict College art gallery director Tyrone Geter before it was sent to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.35 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $52,439 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 21.9 minutes * Asian: 2.4 percent TOTAL HOUSING UNITS: 110,142; owner-occupied 62.9 percent, renteroccupied 27.0 percent AVERAGE HOME VALUE: $169,000 ** AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.49 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $56,487 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 24.3 minutes * Median age: 39.1 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 72.1 percent African-American: 26.2 percent Hispanic or Latino: 2.5 percent Asian: 0.6 percent TOTAL HOUSING UNITS: 26,459; owner-occupied 71.3 percent: renteroccupied 17.4 percent AVERAGE HOME VALUE: $86,420 ** AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.55 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $48,656 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 27.9 minutes*
Notes: * 2000 U.S. Census; ** Estimates from county assessors
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County seat: Columbia POPULATION: 377,295 Male: 185,440 Female: 191,855 Median age: 34.6 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 49.8 percent African-American: 45 percent Hispanic or Latino: 3.9 percent Asian: 2.8 percent TOTAL HOUSING UNITS: 161,985; owner-occupied 56.2 percent, renteroccupied 34.8 percent AVERAGE HOME VALUE: $153,000**

County seat: Lexington POPULATION: 249,272 Male: 120,851 Female: 128,421 Median age: 38.7 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 80.6 percent African-American: 14.7 percent Hispanic or Latino: 4.2 percent

County seat: Camden POPULATION: 60,335 Male: 28,961 Female: 31,374

getting settled } KNOW BEFORE YOU PARK
The city of Columbia operates seven parking garages in the downtown area and 4,600 metered parking spaces. Though there are moments — particularly at lunchtime — when every space seems to be filled, you generally can find a spot if you know where to look.

Red meters: 30-minute parking; found primarily at the end of a block Green meters: Two-hour parking Blue meters: Five- or 10-hour parking; found primarily in the USC area

How to move about the Midlands
Midlands residents have plenty of choices for getting into, out of and around the Columbia area. Buses, trains and an airport are all within reach. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers daily nonstop flights to nine U.S. cities. The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority has struggled financially in the past few years but still maintains bus routes throughout the Columbia area, though service is limited. Following is a list of transportation options:
Service stops at: n 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday n 7:35 p.m. Sunday To get on the bus: n For route and scheduling information: (803) 255-7100 or n Fare: $1.50 per trip, 75 cents for senior citizens or the disabled. Bus drivers can’t make change. n Cocky’s Caravan routes to the Vista, Five Points and USC’s campus 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday except during evenings with USC home football games. n To change buses: Ask the bus driver for a transfer slip. n Rack and Roll: Each bus is equipped with racks to hold two standard bicycles.

SmartCards and tokens are available at the Parking Service Department’s Customer Service Office at 820 Washington St., in the Lincoln Street Garage. (803) 545-4015 One token is good for a full hour on any city meter. Tokens can be bought in bags of 50 for $35, a savings of $2.50. SmartCards can be bought in increments of $20, $50, $75, $100 or $150. The SmartCard itself costs $5. Once the original amount has been used, the card can be recharged at the Customer Service Office. You get a 6 percent bonus of time when you buy a SmartCard. SmartCards can be used in all city meters except those on five blocks of Bull Street from Lady Street to Laurel Street. To pay for parking with a SmartCard, insert it into the slot in the parking meter. The meter will read a microchip in the card and show you how much money is left on the SmartCard. By leaving the card in the meter, you can use the card to purchase time in 20-minute increments every few seconds.


if not paid within 60 days

75 CENTS: Hourly meter rate throughout the city $7: Fine for letting a parking meter expire $10: Penalty for not paying ticket within 30 days; amount doubles with late fees $10: Fine for refeeding a parking meter after it expires $15: Fine for double-parking, blocking a driveway or sidewalk, or parking in a $20: Fine for leaving your keys in an unattended vehicle $200: Fine for parking in a handicapped space without a permit

Address: 850 Pulaski St. Phone: (800) 872-7245 for reservations or (803) 252-8246 in the morning. Web site:

n SMARTRIDE commuter service 6 a.m.6:27 p.m. weekdays from Newberry Shopping Plaza (S.C. 19 at U.S. 76) to Columbia with stops in Little Mountain and Chapin; $30 week; single-trip passes, $4 upon boarding. (803) 276-8266. n SMARTRIDE commuter service 6 a.m.6:30 p.m. weekdays from the United Way, 116 E. Dekalb St., Camden, to Columbia with a stop in Lugoff (U.S. 601), $2 one way, $4 round trip. Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority, (888) 748-4987;

Most local taxi companies offer 24-hour dispatch service, sending out drivers shortly after your call. Some companies will occasionally pick up curbside hailers. Area taxi companies include: n Blue Ribbon Taxi Cab Corp., (803) 7548163 n Capitol City Cab, (803) 233-8294 n Checker Yellow Cab Co., (803) 799-3311 n Delux Cab, (877) 803-4226 n Lexington Cab Co., (803) 356-1066

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport 3000 Aviation Way, West Columbia; (803) 822-5000 or (888) 562-5002 or www. Here are the carriers that serve the airport: n American Eagle: Direct flights to Dallas/ Fort Worth;, (800) 433-7300 n Continental Airlines: Direct flights to Houston;, (800) 525-0280 n Delta: Direct flights to Atlanta, New York/ LaGuardia;, (800) 221-1212 n United: Direct flights to Washington/ Dulles and Chicago/O’Hare; www.united. com, (800) 241-6522 n US Airways: Direct flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington/Reagan; www., (800) 428-4322

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n 2015 Gervais St., Columbia n 907 S. Broad St., Camden Tickets can be purchased at the stations, online at or by calling (800) 231-2222.

CENTRAL MIDLANDS REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY In general, buses start to run at: n 5:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday n 7:35 a.m. Sunday

Cell: (803) 269-8363 • Office: (803) 788-1450 •
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Here is a list of telephone numbers for county, city and town administrative offices. Richland County (ombudsman): (803) 929-6000 Lexington County: (803) 359-8000 or (800) 333-8180 Kershaw County: (803) 425-1500 Town of Arcadia Lakes: (803) 782-2272 Town of Batesburg-Leesville: (803) 532-4601 Town of Blythewood: (803) 754-0501 City of Camden: (803) 432-2421 City of Cayce: (803) 796-9020 Town of Chapin: (803) 345-2444 City of Columbia: (803) 545-3000 Town of Eastover: (803) 353-2281 Town of Elgin: (803) 438-2362 City of Forest Acres: (803) 782-9475 Town of Gaston: (803) 796-7725 Town of Gilbert: (803) 892-5207 Town of Irmo: (803) 781-7050 Town of Lexington: (803) 359-4164 Town of Pelion: (803) 894-3535 Town of Pine Ridge: (803) 755-2500 Town of South Congaree: (803) 755-2760 Town of Springdale: (803) 794-0408 Town of Summit: (803) 892-6161 Town of Swansea: (803) 568-2835 City of West Columbia: (803) 791-1880 (803) 737-8350 n 800 Dutch Square Blvd., Dutch Square Plaza Building A, Suite 100, Columbia, (803) 896-6238 n 2500 Decker Blvd., Decker Mall, Columbia, (803) 865-9478 But beer and wine are available for sale now on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. It’s enough to make your head spin. >>> Age, ID requirements You must be at least 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages in South Carolina. (You must be at least 21 to work as a bartender and at least 18 to sell alcoholic beverages in open containers as a waiter or waitress.) >>> Blue laws South Carolina’s blue laws were first established during colonial times. And, while some restrictions are in place in some of the state’s counties and municipalities — primarily dealing with alcohol sales and store opening times on Sundays — many have relaxed them. While Columbia and Richland County are exempt from blue laws, for example, most mom-and-pop retailers choose not to open on Sundays. As for large retailers, they open anywhere from 8 a.m. to noon to 1:30 p.m. Best to check before heading out. Sales before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays remains banned in Lexington County, which in 1996 rejected a relaxation of restrictions on purchases of a wide range of items. The restrictions keep most stores closed until early afternoon. In Kershaw County, the city of Camden bans smoking in most public and private gathering places and workspaces. in some of the two dozen surrounding communities. Residents in unincorporated Lexington must arrange pickup with private companies. Lexington and Kershaw counties have drop-off sites for recyclables. Camden has recycling pickup once a week of paper, aluminum cans, steel cans and plastic bottles, as well as for brown, clear and green glass. While requirements for curbside recycling vary, some items are uniformly accepted: newspapers and inserts, magazines, aluminum and steel cans and some types of plastic bottles. Plastics must be bottle-shaped or have a screw-on top. Richland County does not collect glass curbside, but many others do. Some also take cardboard and used vehicle fluids, like oil and antifreeze. But Columbia, Richland and Lexington do not take fluids curbside. Drop-off recycling of computers and office equipment: Contact Richland County at (803) 576-2390 or Columbia at (803) 545-3800, which also offers recycling of light bulbs containing mercury. In unincorporated Lexington County, residents may take most recyclables to any of 11 drop-off sites around the county. Richland County has five recycling stations where residents can drop off items not accepted curbside, including junk mail. They are: Sonoco Recycling, 1132 Idlewilde Blvd., off Bluff Road, not far from Williams-Brice Stadium; Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road; the county public works department, 400 Powell Road, off Pisgah Church Road; the Lower Richland Collection Center and the C&D landfill. For a complete list of drop-off locations for recycling in Richland and Lexington counties, visit www. In addition, Sonoco offers free shredding from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Call (803) 779-0500 before dropping by. Yard trash: Such trash is picked up in Richland County and Columbia, as well as in many surrounding communities. Collection days vary by community. In Lexington and Kershaw counties, property owners may hire private companies that provide curbside service in more populated areas. Residents also may choose to take their trash to county-run drop-off stations — 11 in Lexington and 10 in Kershaw. Policymakers in both Columbia and Richland County are weighing whether to require residents to bag their leaves and grass clippings to cut down on problems with storm-water drainage and water quality. Schedules, collection carts and other information: Contact the waste disposal office in the county or municipality where you live.

Residents of Columbia are limited to two dogs per household. Richland County doesn’t have a pet limit, but does require that dogs and cats be licensed. The city and county have a leash laws, too, so don’t let your animals run loose. If your pet turns up missing, check both the city of Columbia’s animal shelter at (803) 776-PETS and Richland County’s ombudsman at (803) 9296000. The county maintains a Web site with photos of animals that have been picked up that is updated daily. (From the home page at www.richlandonline. com, click the “Departments” tab on the left side of the page, then “Licensing and registration” and “animal care.” At the top of the page, hit “view animals.”) The phone number is (803) 576-2461. Here’s more about licensing: Both the city of Columbia and the county require people to have their pets spayed or neutered, with limited exceptions. To get a county pet license, it costs $4 for sterile pets and $20 for others. The city’s license requires a $5 fee for sterile pets and $25 for others. Getting a license requires a copy of a current vaccination record and proof the animal has been sterilized, if appropriate. Applications for county pet licenses are available at www.richlandonline. com or request an application by mail by calling (803) 929-6000. Want to adopt? The city and county maintain a joint adoption center at 127 Humane Lane, and there are several other animal protection groups in the Midlands. Lexington County has no limit on the number of pets in unincorporated parts of the county. But other animal control restrictions are listed on the county’s Web site: under Animal Services page. Inquiries also may be made by calling (803) 785-8149. Among other things, Lexington County has a leash law. The city of Cayce limits the number of pets per household to six, three of which can be dogs.

Lexington County

n 509 Liberty St., Batesburg-Leesville, (803) 532-5285 n 1016 Broad Stone Road, Irmo/Ballentine, (803) 749-9041 n 122 Park Road, Lexington, (803) 356-8537

Kershaw County

n 1056 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden, (803) 432-4340 >>> Customer service line For other questions, call the DMV’s 24-hour customer service line at (800) 442-1368. In the Columbia area, call (803) 896-8623.

To find out how and where to vote, contact your county voter registration office, listed below. >>> Richland County Administration Annex, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia 29202; (803) 576-2240; >>> Lexington County 605 W. Main St., Suite 105, Lexington 29072; (803) 785-8361; >>> Kershaw County 609 Lafayette Ave., Camden 29020; (803) 424-4016; voterregistration@

>>> New residents licensed in former state Military personnel (and their dependents) and students temporarily in South Carolina are not required to get a South Carolina driver’s license. However, you must have a driver’s license from your home state to operate a vehicle here. If you are a new resident, you may use a valid driver’s license from your former state for up to 90 days. However, you must convert to a South Carolina driver’s license before the end of the 90day period. If your driver’s license from your home state has expired, you also must pass the knowledge and road tests. Each qualified driver can have only one driver’s license. You may not have a valid license from South Carolina and one from another state. To qualify for a South Carolina driver’s license, you must pass the eye exam given at any DMV office or submit a statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist. Your license is valid for 10 years.

Richland County is one of just eight counties in South Carolina that charge businesses annual license fees. The licenses run by calendar year, so they expire Dec. 31. The deadline to pay is March 15. For details, see www. or call (803) 576-2287. Lexington County does not have a business license for those in unincorporated parts of the county. However, businesses must meet the county’s zoning ordinances. Kershaw County has no business license fee.

>>> Beer and wine Local laws vary on the purchase of beer and wine on Sundays at convenience and grocery stores. Beer and wine can be purchased any time in Columbia and Richland County — but not between midnight Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday in Lexington and Kershaw counties. Beer and wine also can be purchased by the drink at locations, such as bars and restaurants, holding an on-premises license. >>> Liquor Don’t bother to go to the liquor store on Sunday; it will be closed. By state law, liquor stores can be open only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. And there’s a quirk in state law that keeps liquor stores from stocking the olives mandatory for martinis. Liquor must be sold separately from all other products. (That explains why there are always two doors — one for the part of the store where beer and wine are sold; another for the liquor store right next door.)

Smoking in public places is frowned upon — and in many places it’s illegal. In Richland County, it’s illegal to smoke in most workplaces. The primary exemption is for hotel rooms that have been designated for smokers. But because the weather is pleasant most of the year, many bars and restaurants have patios that accommodate smokers. Richland County’s ban doesn’t apply inside Irmo, a town divided by the Richland-Lexington county line. There are no controls on smoking in unincorporated Lexington County, though County Council has been struggling for a year to establish some kind of limit. Only the town of Lexington has imposed a ban that affects all workplaces.

When it comes to trash disposal, going green varies widely among communities. In some areas, recycling and yard waste removal are part of tax-supported waste disposal. In others, it’s an option that costs you extra. Curbside recycling: Available for all single-family homes in unincorporated areas of Richland and Lexington counties, in the city of Columbia and

New residents have 45 days from the time of establishing residency to register their vehicles and get new license plates. You can get the proper forms at any Department of Motor Vehicle office listed below. >>> DMV branch offices

Richland County
n 1630 Shop Road, Columbia,
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Living in town is in vogue again. With close proximity to USC and other schools, cultural offerings, a range of restaurants and the thriving entertainment districts of the Vista and Five Points, Columbia is an increasingly attractive place to call home. A new convention center and hotel, as well as the University of South Carolina’s Innovista research campus, should ensure a steady stream of new residents for years to come. In addition to historic neighborhoods in and around the downtown core, a range of new condo options - popular with singles and empty nesters, in particular - have cropped up recently. Slice of history: Downtown Columbia consists of the Vista to the west, Main Street in the middle and Five Points to the east. The Vista, once filled with warehouses overlooking train tracks, has transformed into an arts and entertainment district. Main Street, once the center of the city’s commercial district, has lost some of its shopping luster but is making a comeback in part because of the success of the Vista. Five Points, the city’s first suburb, has always been an urban village of quaint shops, bars and restaurants. Much of its future depends on a master plan that calls for more shopping and living space and less bars and restaurants. The master plan has not been approved. What to watch for in the future: As gas prices continue to rise, more people are discovering the value of living downtown. While the housing market has slowed, upscale apartments have popped up all over the city, with an eye toward an eventual renovations into condos. Homes and neighborhoods Hot ZIP codes: 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206 Who’s moving here: Young professionals and empty-nesters alike are drawn by the condos and infill housing that has popped up in recent years. Families still prefer the larger houses in downtown neighborhoods, such as Shandon.
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Sewer rate: $24.03 monthly average for 2009-10 with an increase planned for 2010-11 Water rate: $13.34 monthly average for 2009-10 with an increase planned for 2010-11 Drive times From the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St. State House: 1.4 miles Midtown at Forest Acres mall: 2 miles Palmetto Health Baptist hospital: .78 mile Williams-Brice Stadium: 3 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 9 miles City Hall: 1 mile School district Richland 1: 1616 Richland St., Columbia; (803) 231-7000 or A detailed look at schools begins on Page 32


Susan Cotter lives in the Wheeler Hill neighborhood, which is next to the USC campus.

Susan Cotter
Which neighborhood do you live in?


“My husband, John, and I live downtown in Wheeler Hill, where we’ve lived for about two and a half years after moving to Columbia from the Washington, D.C. area.”
What’s the best part of living on your side of town?

“The best part of living where we do is having easy access to everything the city has to offer, from restaurants and boutique shopping to community events and a rich arts scene. And seeing people we know everywhere we go. The city comes alive during special events like festivals, Carolina football games and recent college graduations, and it’s fun to be part of that energy.”
What’s not so great about living on your side of town?

5 things to know Learn your side streets. Assembly Street is nice and wide, but you have to make it through at least three railroad crossings to get anywhere. Trains can sometimes stop and cause delays of up to 45 minutes. If you get stopped at Catawba Street, a good tip to remember is to take Main Street to Whaley Street, where the train is on an overpass.


“The roads in our neighborhood are in disrepair.”
Where is your favorite place to eat in your area?

“Our favorite places to eat are the independent, locally-owned restaurants that offer a variety of dining options and cuisine.”
What is something you like to do in your area that doesn’t cost anything?

You don’t have to leave town to work up a good sweat. Harbison State Forest is just off Harbison Boulevard and offers 16 miles of trails by the river for hiking and mountain biking. A daily parking pass is $5; annual parking pass $25.


“You will find us running a five-mile loop through Shandon every Saturday and Sunday. The homes and gardens on our route are beautiful as we watch them change through the seasons.”

Median sale price for homes in downtown Columbia area: First four months 2009: $135,000 First four months 2010:

$138,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Arsenal Hill, Earlewood, Melrose Heights, Shandon, Rosewood, Heathwood, Rosewood Hills

Dollars and sense Tax rate: $410 in city taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home (not including property tax relief credits) for 2009-10

On Saturdays, watch for runners. A 5K race is scheduled most weekends in Columbia. Most of them are in downtown neighborhoods and most start around 8 a.m. or so. A list is available at www., the home page for a running shop in Five Points. Bored on a Saturday? Chances are there’s a festival somewhere. Five Points has the St. Patrick’s Day festival in March, Rosewood


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has the Crawfish Festival in May, downtown Columbia has the Greek Festival in September and nearby Irmo has the Okra Strut in September. $135,000 First four months 2010: $138,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Woodcreek Farms, Woodlake, Wildewood, Spring Valley, The Summit, Lake Carolina, Longcreek Dollars and sense Tax rate: $727.90 for the owner of a $100,000 home, plus an annual garbage fee of $249 Sewer rate: $45.39 a month for the average family of four Water rate: $22.67 a month for the average family of four Drive times Distances from Blythewood Town Hall: State House: 18 miles Columbia Place mall: 10 miles Providence Hospital Northeast: 8 miles Williams-Brice Stadium: 17 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 21 miles Richland County Administration Building: 17 miles School district Richland 2: 6831 Brookfield Road, Columbia; (803) 738-3236 or For a more detailed look at schools, see Page 32


There are lots of free things to do if you’re on a budget. The concert series at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Richland Street is one example. It begins in the fall and run through the spring. This year’s run features The Polish Chamber Singers, The Manhattan Piano Trio and pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers.

Award-winning schools, a range of housing options and bustling retail make Northeast Richland among the fastest-growing suburban areas in the Midlands. Major retailers are coming here in droves. Restaurants are plentiful. The Village at Sandhill, a commercial and residential development, has become the heart of the Northeast community. Of course, if you live here, you will have to deal with traffic. But that’s something residents are willing to do, given other draws. Slice of history: Northeast Richland development began in the 1960s when developer Edwin Cooper paid the U.S. government $100 an acre for the land known today as Spring Valley. What to watch for in the future: The county is moving along on development of a new park at Farrow and Hard Scrabble roads. Rising costs and higher fuel prices could force home builders to offer smaller lots in single-family communities, and more attention could be directed to infill projects. The Northeast also will see more retailers and service businesses as well as a fifth high school in Richland 2. Homes and neighborhoods Hot ZIP codes: 29223, 29229, 29016 Who’s moving here: Northeast Richland is attractive to families looking for a good school district and plenty of parks. Median sale price for homes in Northeast area: First four months 2009:


Swati Patel holds her four-month-old daughter Ariya as she chats with her husband, Nick Patel, and his colleague Bobby Kneece while dining at Solstice restaurant.

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Which neighborhood do you live in?

“I live in Wildewood. In December of 2005, we built our house there because it was a quiet neighborhood and a close-knit community. It’s a great neighborhood, where people look out for each other. Since I previously worked a lot of nights in the emergency department, my wife felt safe there, and our neighbors are extremely helpful.”
What’s the best part of living on your side of town?

“You don’t feel like you’re living in a large city. You run into friends and neighbors at local stores and restaurants. It’s also has a very good school district. As a very big believer in public education and a product of public education, I wanted to be in a strong school district. My son is student in the Spears Creek Montessori program.”
What’s not so great about living on your side of town?

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5 things to know Avoid Clemson, Hard Scrabble and Sparkleberry roads between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Sesquicentennial Park, located off U.S. 1, offers Northeast and downtown residents 1,419 acres to roam around and includes a dog park and a 30-acre lake. The Village at Sandhill is the new shopping oasis for the Midlands. Located on U.S. 1 and Clemson Road, the mixeduse village has a movie theater, numerous shops and restaurants and a large recreation facility with Plex Indoor Sports.

“Traffic is a issue at times but most times is manageable. Some of the smaller roads need improvement. “We sometimes wish there were better shopping. Although Sandhills is great, there are some stores that we like that can only be found at Columbiana Mall. I’d also really like to see a public children’s park. We really don’t have one in our area.”
Where is your favorite place to eat in your area?

“Solstice is my favorite place. They have baby-sitter nights a couple of times a month where they will watch kids while you have dinner. It’s very reasonable priced with three- or fourcourse meals for $20 to $25. It’s really good food. “My sons really like eating at Moe’s.”
What is something you like to do in your area that doesn’t cost anything?


“Riding bikes in our neighborhood and family walks at Sandhills mall. We also enjoy the free music nights at Sandhills since it’s something for the entire family.”
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On Percival Road, the National Bicycle Leaguesanctioned track is 940 feet long with a starting hill, three turns and dirt obstacles in between.

Developers and new residents alike are eyeing Lower Richland, which is close to downtown and Fort Jackson. More than 2,000 new homes already are on the planning maps. Still, part of the area’s charm is thousands of acres of open space and farmland. Then there’s the unique Congaree National Park, the state’s only national park, with easy-tonavigate boardwalks, an insightful visitors center and the popular Owl Prowl. Slice of history: Efforts to nurture small farms and save local history, from a simple freed-slave cabin to a plantation home with plaster molding as ornate as icing on a wedding cake, are gaining momentum. Look for announcements of selfguided history tours through the countryside, where two-lane roads and picturesque country churches prevail. What to watch for in the future: Richland County government is preparing a plan for sewerage service into Lower Richland, which would protect the area’s water and open the area to new development. Officials expect to find out about potential funding this summer. Homes and neighborhoods ZIP codes: 29209, 29061 Who’s moving here: First-time home buyers and empty nesters are drawn by the influx of town homes near the city. Military families also like the proximity to Fort Jackson. Median sale price for homes in Southeast Columbia: First four months 2009: $135,000 First four months 2010: $138,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Hampton Forest, Pennington Square


Skateboarders try out the new skate park at Owens Field. Dollars and sense Tax rate: $571.90 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, plus an annual garbage fee of $249 Sewer rate: Many homes use septic tanks, but $45.39 is the monthly average for a family of four living in the city of Columbia’s service area. Richland County provides a public system in limited areas. Water rate: Many homes have private wells, but $22.67 is the monthly average for a family of four living in the city of Columbia’s service area. A variety of other public and private water providers do business in the area, but the majority of the people on a public water system are served by Columbia. Drive times Distances from Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd.: State House: 11 miles Midtown at Forest Acres mall: 10 miles Providence Hospital (Forest Drive): 11 miles Williams-Brice Stadium: 11 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 18 miles Richland County Administration Building: 11 miles School district Richland 1: 1616 Richland St., Columbia; (803) 231-7000 or A detailed look at schools begins on Page 32 5 things to know Want to learn more about Lower Richland? Look out for Swampfest, scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 this year. It’s a festival that celebrates the area’s history and beauty. grocery, meat market, restaurant and gathering place along Garners Ferry Road, near McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

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The mega-church Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, led by preacher and longtime state senator the Rev. Darrell Jackson, has taken on community development as a mission.

Roughly 22,000 acres of forests across wetlands with abundant wildlife make up Congaree National Park near Hopkins. It offers 20 miles of trails, along with fishing, canoeing and camping.

This area — known for its proximity to Lake Murray, good schools and semi-rural lifestyle — is a half-hour drive from downtown’s amenities. Steady growth means more of it woods being transformed into neighborhoods. Both newcomers and longtime residents want to retain a

Garners Ferry Road, also known as the Sumter Highway, is the main route in and out of Lower Richland, so it tends to get congested during rush hour. Mr. Bunky’s Store is an old-fashioned general store,


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Timberlake homeowners bought their neighborhood golf course — the only one in the area — and plan to turn it into a private club. For now, it remains open to public use. Chapin Community Theatre is on the road unwillingly. Members are performing at various sites after losing a long-time home ruled unfit for public use. Traffic is congested during prime commuting times.

Homes and neighborhoods Hot ZIP codes: 29072, 29073 Who’s moving here: Families attracted by good schools and a suburban lifestyle centered on school and church activities Median sale price for homes in Lexington area: First four months 2009: $135,000 First four months 2010: $138,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Golden Hills, Governor’s Grant, Woodcreek Dollars and sense Tax rate: $145 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home Sewer rate: $32.67 monthly average in town, $54.86 out of town Water rate: $28.93 monthly average in town, $52.69 out of town Note: Sewer and water amounts are based on charges by Lexington Town Hall, the main supplier in the area. Other sources provide that service in some neighborhoods at different costs. Some homes, particularly those near Lake Murray, rely on wells and septic tanks. Drive times Distances from Lexington Town Hall: State House: 17 miles Columbiana Centre mall: 16 miles Lexington Medical Center: 8 miles; its local clinic, one mile Williams-Brice Stadium: 19 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 10 miles School district Lexington 1: 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington; (803) 821-1000 or A detailed look at schools begins on Page 32 5 things to know Plans to ease traffic congestion downtown — where three major commuter routes converge — are a few years from completion. The plan includes conversion of some roads into one-way streets. Progress is largely dependent on federal aid.


Crooked Creek park is a hub for recreation and informal education. Dreher Island State Recreation Area offers a lakeside setting for picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking and other fun outdoors.

Michael Glover lives in the Timberlake neighborhood on Lake Murray.

Rapid growth in the past 25 years has made the community the second-largest municipality in the Columbia area. The town is popular because of its proximity to Lake Murray and lower Saluda River as well as its good schools. Its population of 16,000 is more than triple what it was in 1990, with projections of 30,000 people by 2020. A new commercial strip is expanding along on U.S. 378 near I-20, adding to road congestion but keeping taxes stable. Slice of history: The town has been a commercial and political center since becoming the Lexington County seat in 1820. It has bounced backed from many disasters — it was virtually destroyed by Union Army forces in 1865, endured major fires downtown in the early 1900s and recovered from a tornado that skipped through its center in 1994. It’s a rapidly growing suburb with ambitions to become bigger while keeping a small-town atmosphere. What to watch for in the future: National merchants are looking over the area. Growth is not as fast as before. Development also is steady in unincorporated Red Bank along S.C. 6 to the south.

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Which neighborhood do you live in?

“I live in Timberlake. My wife and I have lived there for five years.”
What’s the best part of living on your side of town?

“I love boating, fishing and occasionally playing a round of golf. I can easily accommodate doing all of these activities without leaving my neighborhood. “I can walk down to my dock, hop on my boat and be fishing in seconds. I love fishing for striped bass on Lake Murray. Timberlake has a fantastic 18-hole golf course and is nearing completion of a new clubhouse. I have had an opportunity to golf at a number of country clubs — the facilities at Timberlake are equal to or better than any courses I have ever played.”
What’s not so great about living on your side of town?

“The long drive from my home to work can be a bit much - it takes approximately 40 minutes. I can usually use some portion of that time to conduct a little business via cell phone. I have gotten used to the drive. When I get home on Fridays, I usually do not crank the car up again until Monday. Everything my wife and I enjoy doing pretty much is doable in Timberlake.”
Where is your favorite place to eat in your area?

“Spinners Resort is our favorite place to dine. The Resort is actually located on the lake. We can hop in the boat and be at the restaurant within 10 minutes. The restaurant serves a great Sunday brunch, and the dinner menu is outstanding.”
What is something you like to do in your area that doesn’t cost anything?


“I like walking down to the dock in the afternoon with a cold beverage and watching the sun go down. I don’t think I can find the words to describe the view. If you are lucky, you will also see some form of wildlife. If you have had a busy or stressful day, viewing the a sunset will allow you to end the day feeling good about life .”


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Virginia Hylton Park and Gibson Pond Park are wooded escapes in the busy suburb. The library is home to records popular with amateur historians and genealogists. An effort is under way to develop the first in what could be a series of local paths for walking, jogging and bicycling. A 1,200-seat performing arts center remains on the

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The West Wateree area — which includes Elgin and Lugoff — is the fastest-growing area of Kershaw County. The area is known for good schools, lower taxes than neighboring Richland County, more house for the money — yet easy access to the interstate, major highways into Columbia and major

retailers in Northeast Richland. Many observers say Northeast Richland growth will march to the Kershaw County line in roughly a decade. Slice of history: Elgin is the only incorporated town in the West Wateree area. With a housing boom in neighboring Northeast Richland County, Elgin is preparing for more growth with new traffic management plans and additional emergency services.

What to watch for in the future: A new rental market put in motion with the recent increase in foreclosure rates, additional starter homes under $130,000, and more relocating families because of the lower taxes and good schools. Homes and neighborhoods ZIP codes: 29045 and 29078 Who’s moving here: Young families looking for lower taxes

and larger lots in a rural county and retirees seeking the quiet life, farther out than burgeoning Northeast Richland Median sale price for homes in the Wateree area: First four months 2009: $135,000 First four months 2010: $138,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Canterfield, Heath Pond, Kelsney Ridge

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Dollars and sense Tax rate: Annual taxes on a $100,000 home before credits: $1,079 in the county, $1,130 inside the Lugoff Fire District Sewer rate: $26.15 monthly average for a family of four Water rate: $30 monthly average for a family of four Drive times Distances from Lugoff-Elgin High School: State House: 30 miles Village at Sandhill shopping center: 12 miles Columbia Place mall: 22 miles Kershaw County Medical Center: 8 miles Williams-Brice Stadium: 33 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 39 miles Kershaw County Government Center: 7 miles School district Kershaw County: 1301 DuBose Court, Camden; (803) 432-8416 or www.kershaw. A detailed look at schools begins on Page 33 5 things to know Kershaw County, and Camden in particular, are known for many historic homes and sites that predate the Civil War. An example is Kamschatka, built in 1854 and home of well-known Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut.

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With new sewer lines completed in 2005, new shops and restaurants are springing up regularly in downtown Elgin. Known by most as the largest outdoor cocktail party in the state, the spring Carolina Cup draws more than 60,000 people to Camden for horse racing. There’s a fall counterpart, the Colonial Cup. Located in Camden, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County provides children and adult plays, concerts, art displays and classes throughout the year.

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What is a “cockominium?” A “cockominium” is a condo in one of four buildings that sprang up around WilliamsBrice Stadium several years ago. They are geared toward Gamecock football fans. It is a take-off on the “cockaboose” railroad cars which are outfitted for tailgating parties and also surround the stadium. Good deals are still available on some of these units because as soon as the condos went up, the economy went down. What is that oversized cockroach scampering across my floor? Gross. It’s called a Palmetto Bug. They’re bigger here. Sorry. There are several ways to deal with them: Method 1: Tell yourself they can’t climb, then go to sleep. Do not open your eyes. If you do open your eyes, continue to method two. Method 2: Squish them with your shoe. But remember, they’re bigger so they make a bigger mess. This method is not for everyone. Method 3: Roach motel. Upside: they don’t check out. Downside: they don’t check out. You’ll find them all over your house. Make sure you have plenty of paper towels. Method 4: Co-habitat. Hey, it worked for John the Baptist. What is this talk at the gym about training to run in the mud? Want the perfect recipe to prove your mettle? Columbia has it. Every fall, Fort Jackson hosts the United States Marine Corps Ultimate Challenge Mud Run. People come from all over the Southeast to test themselves. First, stir in the hypercompetitiveness of all of its entrants. Add the main course, 4.2 miles of hills and dirt and obstacles. It’s crawling underneath armored vehicles and climbing over 10-foot walls. Oh, and add water. That’s why its called the mud run. What is the Palmetto Trail? I see signs for it on my sidewalk. The Palmetto Trail is a planned 425-mile path through the state from the coast in Awendaw to the mountains in Oconee County. It’s about 65 percent finished, but many gaps remain. Most of it runs through forests, swamps and farmland. But like everything in this state, politics plays a big role in the trail. Legislators set aside money for the trail, so the trail came to them. The 7.5-mile Capital City Passage of the trail runs from Fort Jackson to Riverfront Park, cutting through the State House grounds on the way. You might notice Palmetto Trail signs on Jackson Boulevard, Kilbourne Road, Devereaux Road, Adger
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Gov. Mark Sanford’s team in the Marine Corps Mud Run included his son Bolton and two of his son’s friends. Road, Wheat Street, Sumter Street, Main Street and Laurel Street. For now, the Palmetto Trail section in Richland County abruptly ends at the end of Riverfront Park. Go to for more details. What’s all this fuss about the Civil War? I thought it was over years ago. History is not something South Carolinians visit every now and again — we live in it. That’s why on the eve the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War (2011 will mark 150 years since the first shots were fired from Charleston’s Fort Sumter), the state is still writing its history, coming to grips with why the war was fought and how to properly pay tribute to a lost cause. Columbia still has scars from the war. General William Tecumseh Sherman and his Union troops marched on Columbia on February 17, 1865. Much of the city was burned. There are stars on the State House marking where Sherman’s cannon balls hit the building. On the State House grounds are monuments to Confederate General Wade Hampton, the Confederate soldier, and the Confederate battle flag itself. Why do I see men and women in Army fatigues all over town, especially at lunch. I didn’t think recruits are allowed off base during basic training. Those aren’t recruits. Indeed, Fort Jackson, the Army’s largest training base, is here. That means there are thousands of employees who must wear the uniform of the day. That makes those employees who train, feed and house those recruits that much more visible to civilians when they go beyond the base’s walls. And really, would you want to eat lunch in a mess hall every day? Where can I get some downhome Southern cookin’? (OK, I’m not really sure what Southern cookin’ is.) We’ve jumped on the fresh and healthy bandwagon here in South Carolina, with “Certified S.C.” stickers popping up on produce at local grocery stores. Still, there’s nothing more Southern than fried chicken and barbecue, boiled peanuts and sweet tea. Care to sample? Try the nearest Lizard’s Thicket, a local chain that has satisfied customers for more than 30 years with its meat ‘n three and selection of pies. Mr. Friendly’s bills itself as a place to go for “new Southern cuisine.” Located in Five Points, it offers shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and catfish — all prepared in urbane, unexpected ways. I keep hearing the term “Three Rivers” (as in the greenway), but so far I’ve only seen one river. When the state legislature decided to move the state’s capitol to a central location, it settled on Columbia, the city sitting at the confluence of the Broad and Saluda rivers that forms the Congaree River. The river that is visible is the Congaree River, a confluence of Broad and Saluda rivers. The Congaree River is well known. It’s the one tens of thousands of motorists cross every day along I-126 to get to downtown. But the less developed Broad and Saluda rivers are well known to recreationalists, who rank the rivers as some of the best in the nation to canoe. Honestly, where are the cutest guys — the Vista or Five Points? Axe Body Spray or the natural scent? Hair gel or bed head? Polo shirts or pullovers? If you’re looking for guys in Columbia, you should know your demographics. Allow us to assist. FIVE POINTS n College students who yell wooh like Ric Flair — even when there is nothing to wooh about. Wooh! n College graduates who still wish they were in college. n Beefy dudes who can point toward Myrtle Beach — and to the small T-shirts in American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale. But not Gap. n Hippies. n Guys who forget how to cross the street after midnight. It’s all in reading the traffic signs - and not walking into traffic. n Guys who can throw a punch. n Guys who think dancing is all about the bump-and-grind.

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n Guys who would pay to see Nickelback. (Lame.) n Guys who frequently have trouble finding their cellphones. THE VISTA n Hipsters. n College students who are hipsters. n College graduates who are still hipsters. n Hippies, too. n Guys with short hair who look good in their military uniforms. n Guys who like to rev their car engines on crowded streets. (Lame.) n Guys who can take a punch. And then swing back. n Guys who think dancing is all about the bump-and-grind. n Guys who would pay to throw nickels at Nickelback. n Guys who check the mirror before leaving the house. At least twice. n Guys who don’t lose their cellphones, yet use this excuse: “I didn’t have my phone with me.” Of course, these guys migrate into each other’s territory. When you really break it down, they’re the same. The only difference is age. Wow. What does that say about men? Guys don’t need help looking for goodlooking women in town. They’re pretty much everywhere. What is the Chicken Curse? Is there an old gangster named Chicken buried in the Williams-Brice end zone? The curse is that, seasoned with lemon pepper and baked or simply fried, chicken is delicious. Oh, you mean the curse that has supposedly kept the University of South Carolina’s athletic teams from winning? Total hogwash. Really. USC President Harris Pastides reversed it by washing a hog on the Horseshoe during a secret, midnight ceremony before last season’s game against Clemson. Let’s look at the results: Clemson’s football team got smoked by the no-longer cursed Cocks, and its basketball coach quit. As for a chicken buried at Williams-Brice, certainly that is not true. Jimmy Hoffa? Yes, he’s there. Right under the block ‘C’ at midfield. Why is it so hot here? Is Columbia some sort of biosphere? Hot and Hotter. That’s Columbia in the summer. The capital city sits on a flat, sandy belt in the interior of South Carolina. The belt stretches from central North Carolina to beyond Macon Ga., making the weather slightly hotter here than in other parts of the Palmetto State. Greenville’s rolling hills and proximity to the mountains help knock down the temperatures somewhat, while sea breezes keep Charleston slightly cooler. Columbia has neither. Combine that with the city’s heat-trapping asphalt streets and it’s a recipe of steaminess. When the Upstate


Will USC football coach Steve Spurrier break the Chicken Curse this year? and the Lowcountry reach the upper-90s, you can almost bet Columbia will be near the century mark. South Carolina always seems to be at the bottom in test scores, employment rates, etc. So what’s so great about living here? Everybody’s heard the old witticism and, frankly, had a few laughs about it: “South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum.” Judge James Petigru, a unionist, is credited with uttering that immortal line on learning of South Carolina’s secession from the union back in 1860. But there are dozens of modern imbroglios (think Gov. Sanford explaining his imaginary trip on the Appalachian Trail, Rep. Joe Wilson’s shout-out at the State of the Union address) to make one wonder: why stick around? Those who have lived here longest know the answer. It lies in the stunning beauty of the landscape, from the pluff-mud marshes to the soaring Blue Ridge Mountains, and in the souls of the people, who are generally gracious to a fault, fiercely independent and mostly willing to forgive indiscretions. South Carolinians, black and white, have survived mosquitoes, malaria, war, slavery, Reconstruction, Redemption, the boll weevil, sharecropping, more war, and a thousand other afflictions. But when they get away from this place, they most always speak of coming home — one day. — From Staff Reports

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There are endless educational and playful opportunities for Midlands children. Here is a sampling:
Congaree National Park: South Carolina’s only national park — a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Columbia — contains giant hardwoods and towering pines. Take the family for stroll down the boardwalk or register for a free Friday evening Owl Prowl or sign up the kids for the Junior Ranger program. 100 National Park Road, Hopkins; (803) 776-4396 or
EdVenture Children’s Museum: This hands-on museum is designed for children 12 and younger but is perfect for families, school groups and those with a lot of kid left in them. The museum features a 40-foot exhibit of a boy named Eddie, large enough for adults and children to climb in and through to learn about the body. Through October is Blooming Butterflies, an outdoor enclosed nature exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies flying among native plants. Through January, explore the culture of West Africa. The museum also hosts summer camps, afterschool care and preschool programs. 211 Gervais St., Columbia; (803) 779-3100; Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: More than 2,000 animals and 4,200 species of botanical beauties await visitors. The zoo is home to a range of animals including those common to the African plains — giraffes and zebras — and those native to Australia — koalas and wallabies. Scout, preschool, homeschool, summer and overnight programs available. 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 and Greystone Blvd.; (803) 779-8717 or Carolina Children’s Garden: Explore Pooh’s Garden and dig in McGregor’s Carrot Patch at the Carolina Children’s Garden, at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center in Northeast Richland. It’s a delightful retreat of tinkling wind chimes and imaginary play — perfect for a picnic. 905 Clemson Road; (803) 788-5700, ext. 30

At the lake: A public beach at the south side of the Lake Murray dam, off North Lake Drive, has a sandy beach, picnic facilities and lots of water and scenery. Public pools: Several public pools are open in Richland County, among them at Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road; Maxcy Gregg Park, 2650 Park Circle; Drew Wellness Center (indoor), near Harden and Calhoun streets; and Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Spray, splash parks: Several city parks feature free outdoor spray areas where kids can have fun and cool off, including a new splash area at Drew Park, behind the wellness center. At Saluda Shoals Park, Saluda Splash is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for $3. 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, (803) 731-5208 or Water parks: Palmetto Falls Water Park at Fort Jackson, with slides, a lazy river and splash areas, is open to the public Tuesdays through

A baby giraffe joins his siblings at Riverbanks Zoo.
Fridays in the summer. $9.50. (803) 751-4056; in Columbia. Bounce houses: Do your kids have energy to burn but it’s broiling outside? Several places have jump castles and inflatables available for walk-ins. Try Monkey Joe’s in Lexington, Leapin’ Lizards in Forest Acres or FunZone for Kids in Irmo.;; Rock climbing: It only sounds dangerous. The 40-foot climbing wall at Stronghold Athletic Club is a great place for kids to burn off energy. And it’s safe because belay ropes protect against falls. 925 Huger St., Columbia; (803) 256-9001


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Ice skating: There is only place to find ice in the Midlands, at Plex Indoor Sports’ Ice, Irmo. In addition to hockey leagues, there are public open skating times. Skate rentals are available. (803) 732-1900; Disc golf: This is a great way to kill an hour or two with the kids, tossing Frisbee-like discs at raised chain-link “holes.” You can play for free on disc golf courses at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin, and Owens Field and Earlewood Park

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Wondering how to plan your life around the weather in your new hometown? We’ve got some tips:
What’s the deal with the first sweater weather always arriving during the State Fair? Surely, autumn would turn cold if the State Fair was canceled, but there is an undeniable link between the first chance to break out sweaters and the 11-day run of the fair. This year’s fair dates are Oct. 13-24. Plan to rearrange your closet around that time. But don’t mothball the warm-weather gear. We had a high of 77 on Dec. 9 last year. Why do people go so crazy here about snow? Unlike northern climes where winter snow gets old, the once-every-two-years measurable snowfall in the Midlands turns even adults into giddy children. (Last year we actually got an extraordinary 8-inch snowfall.) It also makes the powers-that-be weak in the knees, so expect schools and businesses to shut down at the slightest chance of snow. And who can blame them from trying to keep people off the roads because most Midlands residents have no idea how to drive on frozen roads. Why do they say Columbia is “Famously Hot”? It’s a play on words. You can be the judge on how “hot” — meaning cool — the activities are in the area. With the summer weather, however, there’s no doubting the heat. Temperatures routinely reach the 90s in June, July and August. Last summer was mild, with the temperature hitting triple digits only once. Combined with our high humidity, the high temps turn the area into a sauna. June usually is nicer, with evening temperatures bearable outdoors. In July and August, you need to exercise outside at the break of dawn or head to swimming pools, lakes and rivers for water sports. And think 3M — malls, museums and movie theaters. — Joey Holleman


The Saluda River near Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a popular recreation spot.


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There is plenty of produce grown in South Carolina, including watermelon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes, greens, tomatoes, peppers and much more. Here’s several places to find local produce: n During summer months, Seeds of Hope markets pop up in church and synagogue lots, where local farmers bring their produce to sell. n The State Farmers Market is moving to a new facility this summer on U.S. 321 in Lexington County, within 1.5 miles of both I-77 and I-26. n The Lexington Farmers Market is held every first and third Thursday April through October in the back parking lot of The Shoppes at Flight Deck, 109 Old Chapin Road in Lexington. n The city of Forest Acres holds a farmers market on Wednesdays on the Rooftop at Richland Mall, corner of Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. n The Sandhills Farmers Market is held on Tuesdays at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhills Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. In addition to local products, Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions. n The All-Local Farmers Market offers up locally grown produce and organic meats on Saturday mornings at 701 Whaley St. in the Olympia neighborhood n The farmers market at Riverbanks Botanical Garden features organic produce, homemade goods and cooking demonstrations by Earth Fare. The market is held Wednesdays May through October in the garden’s parking lot, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia.


The State Farmers Market is moving this year to Lexington County from its longtime spot next to Williams-Brice Stadium.

Burritos: Used to be you couldn’t get a decent burrito is this town, but not anymore. In addition to authentic taquerias around town (many in the West Columbia area), there is El Burrito in Five Points, where the menu is small but the burritos are big; Yo Burrito on Devine Street, with homemade salsas and one of the most inviting decks around; and Moe’s, where you choose your toppings. And now comes the chain restaurants, with Qdoba adding a second Midlands location, in Five Points, and Chipolte opening its first Midlands location, in renovated Trenholm Plaza. Sweet tea: For a sweet tea that packs a punch, try Firefly’s Sweet Tea Bourbon, the latest from Firefly Distillery, the Lowcountry maker of sweet tea vodka. This version is made with Kentucky Straight Bourbon and infused with sugar cane and tea grown on Wadmalaw Island, which makes this a perfect drink for a evening on the porch. Eating local: Several restaurants boast menus that use South Carolina grown goods. For example, Terra, Motor Supply Company and Hunter-Gatherer use Caw Caw Creek heirloom pastured pork, which is farmed just outside Columbia. And Blue Marlin as well as Lizard’s Thicket serve Adluh grits, milled right here in the Vista. Meeting local: Perhaps because of the shrinking economy, diners want to spend their money on a sure thing, which often makes them a regular at some of their favorite restaurants or bars. So expect to see lots black-slaps and greetings of the “Hey darlin’” or “My, your boy is getting big” sort when you’re out to eat. But that’s one of the best parts about living in the Midlands.
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Full range of faiths in the Midlands
By CAROLYN CLICK “Where do you worship?” That’s a common question in the Midlands where faith and spirituality are central elements in the lives of many residents. Southern Baptists and other Protestant denominations dominate in numbers, but there is a rich representation of many religions and faith groups that enrich the life of the region. Churches, synagogues and mosques open their doors not only for worship but also for all sorts of other activities throughout the week to accommodate the faithful. For many, Wednesday night is church night, with weekly dinners and special activities. Selecting the right congregation takes time. Here, a look at some area houses of worship — and a few of the things that make them special: To God be the Glory: First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia is renowned for its faith-based musical performances. The congregation stages a salute to liberty every summer and a spectacular Christmas pageant in December. The congregation, with its multiple outreach ministries, also offers a place for downtown workers to enjoy a specialty coffee and a browse through books at its Higher Grounds books & beans store. History lessons: The $7 million renovation of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will be completed later this year, and those who have peeked inside the 1847 church say the end results will be spectacular. The beautiful stained glass windows, restored to new grandeur, are worth the trip alone. Until then, congregants continue to worship in adjacent Averyt Hall and Keenan Chapel. Myriad ministries: Walk down Shandon Baptist Church’s “Main Street” and you’ll find a ministry to suit every congregant’s needs. Shandon Baptist is a beacon of spirituality on Forest Drive, well-known for its many outreach missions, both domestic and abroad. The congregation offers Bible studies for every age, and activities from whitewater rafting for singles
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There’s a reason South Carolina is called the buckle of the Bible Belt. Expect to answer this question shortly after being introduced: “And where do you go to church?” Ignore that old saw about politics and religion. In South Carolina, people love to share their opinions about the two subjects, which are often entwined. Southern Baptists dominate, but there are plenty of other Christian variations, including Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Protestant denominations that include United Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, African Methodist Episcopalians, Pentecostals and others. There are strong communities of faith among Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Diversity is respected and there is a strong streak of ecumenism. Wednesday night is church night. Many congregants enjoy a good meal, religious programs and fellowship on this mid-week evening.


Members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church met for a three-day conference at Colonial Life Arena in March to develop initiatives to reduce the number of black men in prison. to summer Vacation Bible School for youngsters and workshops for married couples. Wonderful walking cemetery: First Presbyterian Church, another historic Gothic downtown gem, has a wonderful walking tour of its churchyard. It was established as a burial ground by the Legislature in 1798 and includes ministers, government officials, lawmakers, and soldiers of the Revolution, the Mexican War and the Civil War. Fastest-growing: The Rev. Gregg Surratt began Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant and now has five locations in South Carolina, including Columbia and Irmo — as well as congregations in North Carolina and Georgia. Civil rights history: Zion Baptist Church on Washington Street in downtown Columbia served as a meeting place for hundreds involved in the civil rights movement in Columbia, as did First Nazareth Church on Gervais Street and Bethel AME Church, now on Woodrow Street. Great preaching: The Rev. Charles Jackson at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia is known for dynamic preaching, but don’t stop there. Many congregations will boast that their minister is the best. The congregation is well known for its outreach to those less fortunate and for his focus on education and economic empowerment for its membership. Focus on outreach: In 2008, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, led by the Rev. Darrell Jackson, challenged its membership to contribute 160,000 hours of volunteer work at United Way agencies and other charitable organizations. Last year, the congregation assisted those hurt by the recession. Because of the spirit that emerged out of that effort, the congregation has declared 2010 to be The Year of the Shift: A Time of Transformation. The church’s new mission statement is: “To know God, to love and to serve”. A call to prayer: Columbia area Muslims are small in number but worship at several mosques around the city and are active participants in interfaith dialogues. Shalom: Columbia’s Jewish community gathers in Trenholm Road-area congregations: Beth Shalom (Conservative), Tree of Life (Reform), and Chabad of South Carolina (congregation Beit Midrash) on Rockbridge Road. The three synagogues offer a variety of programs and educational seminars. The Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center hosts vibrant athletic and cultural activities for the community. It’s Orthodox: There are four Orthodox congregations in the Midlands:, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, site of the annual downtown Greek Festival; St. Barnabas Orthodox Church in Lexington; Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church in West Columbia; and St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Cayce. Hispanic ministry: St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Peter Catholic Church operate the largest Hispanic outreach programs. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on St. Andrews Road has a vibrant Spanish ministry, with a regular Sunday Spanish-language service and a Spanish-speaking priest. As more Hispanics make South Carolina their home, congregations are reaching out with Spanish-language services and programs.

606 West Main Street, Lexington, SC Sun. School: 9:00 am Worship: 10:00 am Wed Bible Study: 7:00 pm Dr. Walter Butler, Pastor Ph: 803-359-6804 Fax: 803-359-2380

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church

1100 Sumter Street across from the State House Holy Eucharist celebrated Every day except Saturdays Please see our website for Service times, concerts, and Other events, 803-771-7300

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
The Rev. Paul C. Sizemore

Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Rev. Julie Walkup Bird, Pastor

Roman Catholic
Good Sheperd Catholic Church
809 Calhoun Street Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 9:15 a.m. Coffee Following 9:15 Mass Confessions Sat. 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

1541 Lake Murray Blvd. Sun Sch & Bible Study 9:15 a.m. Worship Service 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 781-5845

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church
5503 Sunset Blvd, Lexington 359-7770 Sunday School (all ages) 9:45 am Traditional Worship: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Contemporary Worship: 10:45 am Nursery Provided Pastor: Dr. James Glatz “Come Worship, Grow and Serve with Us”

Church of Christ
720 Longtown Rd., Columbia Sun Bible Study: 9:00 am Sunday Worship: 10:15 am & 6:00 pm Wed Bible Study 7:00 pm 803-788-7997

Long Creek Church of Christ

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Bethel Lutheran Church
WHITE ROCK – 781-2134 Early Communion Svc. 8:30 am Sunday Church School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am Pastor H. Brett Collins

Pentecostal Holiness

Southern Baptist
North Trenholm Baptist
6515 North Trenholm Road Worship 8:40 am and 11:05 am Connection Classes (Sun Schl) 9:50 am Pastor Dr. Paul H. Ballard 24-Hour Prayer Line 790-7729

1001 12th St., Cayce – 796-5735 (near corner of 12th & Knox Abbott) Rev. Dr. Georg Retzlaff Sunday School 9:00 am Holy Eucharist: Sun 8 am & 10:30 am Nursery Provided/Visitors Welcome 605 Polo Road – 736-0866 Worship 8:00 am & 10:30 am 1st Sunday Children’s Service 9:15 am The Rev. Robert L. Chiles, Rector

All Saints Episcopal Church

119 N.Church St., Lexington 359-6562 Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 am Nursery Provided: S.S. 9:45 am Pat Riddle & Dennis Bolton Pastors

St. Stephen Lutheran

Independent Baptist
First Northeast Baptist Church
311 Sparkleberry Lane Stephen S. Masolwa, Pastor Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 8 & 11:00 a.m. All are welcome, Call 736-5055

“We are a REAL ministry, raising up REAL Christians, to influence the REAL world.” Pastors: Tim and Kim Hodge 2606 Emanuel Church Road West Columbia, SC 29170 Phone: 803/755-0246 / 0334 Sunday: Worship: 10 AM / Sunday School: 6 PM Wednesday Bible Study Classes: 7:30 PM

Crossroads World Outreach Center

Shandon Presbyterian Church
607 Woodrow St., Columbia, SC 29205 Phone 771-4408 * Fax 771-6223 Summer Schedule – June 6 through August 15 Sunday School - 9:00 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Beginning August 22 – Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Nursery provided for all services Agnes W. Norfleet, Pastor Ruth C. Roberts, Interim Pastor for Education and Outreach John Cook, Campus Pastor David Jones II, Pastor for Youth and Their Families Tom Glenn, Parish Associate Child Development Center Phone 799-8533

Springdale Baptist Church
357 Wattling Road 796-8110 Sunday Services: 9:30 am Bible Study for all ages 10:30 am Worship Service 6:00pm Evening Activities Rev. Tommy McGill

St. David’s Episcopal

900 Calhoun Street – 765-1519 (1 block from Governor’s Mansion) The Rev. Tula Henson, Rector Sun 9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 Sun 10:00 am Christian Formation Sun 11:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II A Radically Welcoming Church That Exemplifies Christ’s Love To The World

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

1013 Barnwell Street - 799-1628 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Bible Study 5:30 p.m. Youth Sun. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Prayer 6:30 p.m.

Columbia Evangelical Church

Presbyterian (U.S.A.)
6505 St. Andrews Road 781-2391 Near Irmo High School Worship 11:00 a.m.

Trinity Presbyterian Church
1000 Greenlawn Drive – Ph 776-2067 Sun. Schl 10 am/Worship 11 am Visitors Welcome – Nursery Provided Rev. Robyn McMullen, Pastor

McGregor Presbyterian

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Independent Evangelical

5630 Platt Springs Road Lexington, SC 29073 957-2221 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Wed. Family Night 7:00 p.m. Rev. Derrick Gardner

Life Springs Worship Center

State Street Baptist Church
1420 State Street, Cayce 803-796-6123 Sunday School: 9:15 am Morning Worship: 10:30 am Sunday Bible Study: 5:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Dr. Tommy Pillow, Pastor

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Fort Jackson is far-reaching
Originally established during World War I to train U.S. troops, Fort Jackson has emerged as the Army’s largest and most active training center. When other Army posts were getting scaled back by the Defense Department, Fort Jackson was growing. Besides training new soldiers on Army basics, it also is a place where more experienced soldiers go for professional development. Fort Jackson trains chaplains, drill sergeants, recruiters and soldiers who work in the legal and financial fields. Back in 1917, Army commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur picked Columbia as a training-base site because of the area’s moderate climate and well-drained soil. MacArthur figured few training days would be lost to having troops stuck in mud or digging out of snowdrifts. City and local business leaders came up with a $50,000 bond issue to buy 1,200 acres of land and the Adjutant General School, Finance School, Recruiting and Retention School, the NonCommissioned Officers Academy and the Training Support Battalion. Students also are enrolled in the Army’s only Drill Sergeant School and the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center. Fort Jackson also is home to the 81st Regional Readiness Command and the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, formerly known as the Defense Polygraph Institute. The school trains both civilian and military personnel. Fort Jackson is an economic engine in Columbia and surrounding areas. The post spends more than $600 million a year on salaries, goods and services, much of that in Columbia. The Greater Columbia chamber estimates Fort Jackson’s economic impact on South Carolina at more than $1.2 billion, mostly in the Midlands. — From Staff Reports


Soldiers at Fort Jackson recite the Soldier’s Creed during a graduation ceremony. deed it to the Army. The post is named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh president. Today, Fort Jackson is the site where 52 percent of all soldiers and nearly 80 percent of women entering the Army undergo basic training. Almost 3,500 civilian employees work there and more than 87,000 military retirees use Fort Jackson to receive some veterans benefits. The post covers 52,000 acres and includes more than 100 ranges and field training sites. There are 1,160 buildings on the property. Fort Jackson also supports a variety of training programs for soldiers going into support jobs such as human resources specialists and mechanics. About 10,000 students annually attend professional-development schools such as the Soldier Support Institute, which includes


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Traffic: All vehicles without a Defense Department registration sticker must enter either Gate 2 on Forest Drive or Gate 4 at Percival Road. What to bring: Drivers must show security guards a driver’s license, insurance card and vehicle registration papers. Passengers may be asked to present a picture ID, too. Noise: It’s an Army post so expect to hear occasional booms and gunfire from training events and ceremonies. Neighbors sometimes hear the fort’s public address system broadcast bugle calls for the troops. Reveille is at 5:55 a.m., and taps is at 11 p.m. Celebrations: Fort Jackson has recently started its monthly Come See Your Army Tour, which gives civilians a chance to see how soldiers train, get hands-on experience with the Weapons Simulator System, attend a basic combat training graduation and eat in an Army dining facility. Also, the public is invited to a free Fourth of July band concert and fireworks display. Recreation: The public is invited to play at the post’s water park, ride bicycle trails and visit the museum. Here’s how: nþPalmetto Falls Water Park: Located at 3318 Marion Ave. Open Tuesday through Friday for the general public; season pass holders and military families can go Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $9.50, free for ages 2 and under; season pass is $249 for a family of four. Discounted prices vary for military; log on at waterpark/. nþBicycling: Civilians need to show a valid picture ID and must wear an approved bicycle helmet and some type of reflective material such as tape, wristbands, vest or belt. For riding at night, bikes must be equipped with a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from 500 feet, and a red reflector on the rear visible from 50 to 200 feet. A red light visible from 500 feet may be used in addition to the rear reflector. nþMuseum: More than 4,000 items from weapons to uniforms are on display at the Fort Jackson Museum, located across from post headquarters. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The U.S. Air Force’s largest F-16 fighter jet base, in Sumter, has three squadrons and 80 jets. It is also home to the 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, which oversee air force operations in the Middle East.

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6409 Two Notch Rd. Sales: M-F 9-8, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat. 9-1


Dick Smith Chevrolet of Monck’s Corner (843) 761-8084 or (800) 754-1278
Sales: M-Sat 9-8 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 8-2 1601 Hwy 52

Dick Smith Ford of Columbia
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4

Dick Smith Hyundai of Greenville (864) 284-7777 (800) 393-0101
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6301 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223

Audi Columbia 888-808-8065

800-789-1304 or 803-635-4614


979 Hwy 1 South Lugoff, SC 29078

Jim Hudson Lexus†

Sales: M-F 9 - 7, Sat. 9 - 6 Service: M-F 7:30 - 6, Sat. 8-4

Sales: M-F 8-7 Sat. 9 –4 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat Closed F

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

Galeana Chrysler-Jeep-Kia†
180 Greystone Blvd.

Dick Smith Infiniti of St. Andrews Jim Hudson Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Saab† 783-0110 or 1-800-922-5291
Sumter Hwy.

BMW of Columbia 866-680-2691 Sales 803-404-5400 Service
Sales: M-F 9 - 7, Sat. 9 - 6 Service: M-F 7:30 - 6, Sat. 8 - 4 5919 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29223

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


301 S. Congress Street Winnsboro, SC 29180 800-551-1767 or 803-635-5027 Sales: M-F 8-7 Sat. 9 –4 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat Closed

Wilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep

Sales: M-F 8:30-8, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-1

Sales: M-F 9-7, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 5

(803) 750-6500 or (800) 999-4080

3670 Fernandina Road

Bilton Lincoln/Mercury
70 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter


Sales: M-F 8-6, Sat. 9-2 Service: M-F 8-5 www.biltonlm.comJ

Galeana Chrysler-Jeep-Kia†
180 Greystone Blvd. Sales: M-F 9-8, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat. 8-12

Jones Buick GMC 1-800-768-9331
1268 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150


Dick Smith Lincoln/ Mercury of Greenville (864) 284-7777 or (800) 393-0101
825 Congaree Road

Jim Hudson Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Saab† 783-0110 or 1-800-922-5291
Sumter Hwy. 190 Greystone Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210 Sales: M-Sat 9-9 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat 8:00-1:30

Dodgeland of Columbia† 799-1900

Sales: M/Thur 8:00-7:00 Fri 8-6 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat 8:00 1:00 Sunday closed

Sales: M-F 8:30-8, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-1 L

301 S. Congress Street Winnsboro, SC 29180 800-551-1767 or 803-635-5027 Sales: M-F 8-7 Sat. 9 –4 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat Closed

Wilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep

Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4


Jones Buick GMC

Sales: M/Thur 8:00-7:00 Fri 8-6 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat 8:00 1:00 Sunday closed


1268 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150

301 S. Congress Street Winnsboro, SC 29180 800-551-1767 or 803-635-5027 Sales: M-F 8-7 Sat. 9 –4 Service: M-F 8-6 Sat Closed

Wilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep

Hwy 378 @ 1-20 Lexington, SC 29072 Sales: 803-256-0156 Service: 803-799-1080 Sales: M-F 9-7 Sat 9-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6 Sat. 8-3

Honda Of Columbia

Dick Dyer & Associates†
5825 Two Notch Road

Galeana Chrysler-Jeep-Kia†
180 Greystone Blvd. Sales: M-F 9-8, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 8-6, Sat. 8-12


Sales: M-F 9-7, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6:00 Sat. 8:30-4:00

Toll Free 1-800-505-3597

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Dick Smith Nissan of St. Andrews 3670 Fernandina Road (803) 772-8700 or (800) 948-7165
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8

Sales: M-F 8:30-8, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-1

Sales: M-Thurs 8:30-7, F-Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6 Parts: M-F 7:30-6

Sales: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9-8 Wed & Sat. 9-6:30 Service: M-F 7:30-6:30 Sat. 7:30-2:30

Dick Dyer Mitsubishi
3215 Two Notch Road

Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 www.dicksmith.comL

(803) 691-5600
Sales: M-F 9-7, Sat. 9-5 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-5

Dick Dyer Suzuki
Jim Hudson Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Saab†
Sumter Hwy. 3215 Two Notch Road

Dick Smith Nissan of Lexington
5536 Sunset Blvd.

Sales: M-F 9-7 Sat. 9-5 Service: MF 7:30-6 Sat 7:30-5

Dick Dyer & Associates†
5825 Two Notch Road Toll Free 1-800-505-3597 Sales: M-F 9-7 Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6:00 Sat 8:30-4:00

Dick Smith Mitsubishi of Greenville
825 Congaree Road

(803) 957-7760 or (888) 251-2773
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 www.dicksmith.comL

783-0110 or 1-800-922-5291
Sales: M-F 8:30-8, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-1

(864) 284-7777 or (800) 393-0101
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4

Jones Nissan
1260 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29150

Sales: M/Thur 8:00-7:00 Fri 8-6 Sat 8-4 Sun closed Service: M-F 8-6 Sat 8:00 1:00 Sunday closed www.jonesnissan.comL

Dick Dyer Scion†
240 Killian Commons Parkway

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

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

Wray Automotive Group Volkswagen/Mazda†
655 Broad River Road (803) 988-1000 Sales: M-Sat. 8:30-10 Service: M-W-F 7:30-6, T-TH 7:30-7 Sat. 8-2

Dick Smith Nissan of Columbia
4030 W. Beltline Blvd.

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

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

(803) 256-6600 or (800) 944-8570
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4


Jim Hudson Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Saab†
Sumter Hwy.

Stivers Subaru
6001 Two Notch Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

Lugoff Toyota Scion
878 Hwy 1 South, Lugoff, SC 29078 803-438-2772

783-0110 or

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public schools }
The district is in the final phase of its $381 million “Schools for the 21st Century” bond construction program. The 17 construction projects included four new schools, school renovations and upgrades to district athletics stadiums and fields. Voters approved the bond issue in 2002.

n School officials want 75 percent to students to be conversant in a second language by 2020. n Plans call for advanced studies at high schools in agribusiness; public health and medicine; multimedia art, design and production; global initiatives; environment; business; architecture; and building design and construction.

1616 Richland St., Columbia, 29201; (803) 231-7000; www. Superintendent: Percy Mack Total schools: 28 elementary, nine middle, seven high; a career and technology education center, an alternative school, a school serving students with special needs, an evening high school, an adult education program, and two charter schools Total students: 23,117 Total teachers: 2,115 2009 SAT average: 935 Percentage of high school students who met the standard for the exit exam: 67.7 percent passed both sections on the first try

Lexington 2 covers Cayce, Pine Ridge, South Congaree, Springdale, West Columbia and nearby areas.

715 Ninth St., West Columbia, 29169; (803) 796-4708; www. Superintendent: Venus Holland Total schools: One early childhood center, nine elementary, four middle, two high and one alternative Total students: 8,615 Total teachers: 495 2008 SAT average: 1444 for three tests Percent of students who met the standard for high school exit exam: 75.8 percent

Students from Thomas Elementary, Hyatt Park Elementary and Taylor Elementary schools in Richland 1 attend a special music program in the Eau Claire High School gym.

n Richland 1 was nationally accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission in January 2010. n Retired Gen. Charles Bolden Jr., a graduate of C.A. Johnson High School, was named NASA administrator by President Obama. n Richland 1 is the home of South Carolina’s only Challenger Learning Center for space science education. n Richland 1 schools earned 17 Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for 2009 from the S.C. Department of Education for student achievement gains and closing achievement gaps.

specialty programs allows families the opportunity to apply to any school in the district. More than 4,492 magnet and choice applications were submitted for the 2010-11 school year.

6831 Brookfield Road, Columbia, 29206; (803) 787-1910; fax (803) 738-7393; Superintendent: Katie Brochu Total schools: 17 elementary, six middle, four high; two child development centers, four magnet centers, two alternative schools, one adult education and technology center Total students: 24,884 Total teachers: 1,790 2008 SAT average: 1005 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 80 percent

Hefner, who retired in June, led the district for 16 years, guiding the development of the choice and magnet programs. Katie Brochu, superintendent of the Whitfield County school district in Dalton, Ga., emerged as the top candidate after an exhaustive search that drew nearly 100 applications for the position. n Richland 2 is nationally recognized for its technology innovations, including SmartBoards in every classroom and Parent Portal, which allows parents computer access to their children’s academic record on a daily basis. n Richland 2 will open its newest elementary school, Langford Elementary, in August. The school at 474 Langford Road in Blythewood will accommodate 749 students. n The Tri-District Arts Consortium offers rising sixththrough ninth-graders an intense three-week summer arts program in dance, music, creative writing, theater and the visual arts. The program, at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland Northeast High School, is a joint effort of

Lexington-Richland 5, Lexington 1 and Richland 2 and will run in 2010 from July 6-24.

A fast-growing school system that serves the Gilbert, Lexington, Oak Grove, Pelion and Red Bank areas.

100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, 29072; (803) 8211000; Superintendent: Karen Woodward Total schools: 15 elementary, six middle, four high and one career center Total students: 21,746 Total teachers: 1,665 2009 SAT average: 507 reading, 527 math and 489 writing Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 97.2 percent

n Saluda River Academy for the Arts is among five schools nationally cited for excellence in arts education. n Springdale Elementary, Taylor Elementary and Brookland-Cayce High are among schools receiving state Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for excellence.

The district serves the BatesburgLeesville area in western Lexington County as well as a small section of Saluda County.

Richland 2, which serves the mainly suburban neighborhoods in Northeast Richland, is perhaps best known in the state for its school choice and magnet program. That system of magnet centers and
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338 W. Columbia Ave., BatesburgLeesville, 29006; (803) 532-4423; Superintendent: Chester Floyd Total schools: two elementary, one middle, one high Total students: 1,960

n For the first time in more than three decades, the Richland 2 school board looked outside the district for its top leadership. Steve

n One initiative focuses not only on academic knowledge and technology skills but on training students in caring and integrity.

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Total teachers: 147 2009 SAT average: 433 verbal, 472 math, 431 writing Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 93.8 percent

75.7 percent

n Batesburg-Leesville High School was runner-up in the AA state band championship. n Sixth- and seventh-graders at BatesburgLeesville Middle School can enroll in singlegender classes. n Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School is rated tops in recycling by state officials.

n Melody Johnson, fourth-grade teacher at Lugoff Elementary School, was one of five finalists for the S.C. Teacher of the Year. Johnson is a National Board-certified teacher who leads team-building activities on the first day of school to help students work together as family. n Five Kershaw County schools - Blaney Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High and North Central High - were honored as Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver schools by the State Department of Education for having high levels of academic achievement, obtaining high rates of student academic improvement and closing achievement gaps.

The district serves the Gaston and Swansea areas in southern Lexington County.

Students at Gilbert Middle School in Lexington 1 perform a holiday concert. Total teachers: 1,111 2009 SAT average: 1519 Percent of students who met the standard for high school exit exam: 88.8

607 E. Fifth St., Swansea, 29160; (803) 568-1000; Superintendent: Linda Lavender Total schools: One early childhood center, one primary, one elementary, one intermediate, one middle, one freshman high and one high school Total students: 3,471 Total teachers: 237 2009 SAT average: 453 reading, 476 math and 446 writing Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 66.2

Total teachers: 780 2009 SAT average: 973 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam:

n Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has earned distinction for the second time as a School to Watch - the first middle school in the state to ever earn that honor. The award is presented by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform to honor schools that are “academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.”

n 13 schools are state Palmetto Gold Award winners for high achievement n State education officials gives all schools top marks for customer service n Federal officials rate nine schools as Blue Ribbon for academic performance.

Kershaw County residents enjoy a rural landscape and small school system with a family feel. The district was home to a finalist for S.C. Teacher of the Year in 2009-10 and a winner of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. LugoffElgin High School math teacher Robert Ondere received $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation. The district is also in the midst of implementing a federal four-year $5.7 million Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant aimed at preventing the rise of gangs by focusing on at-risk youth.

n New early childhood education center opens this fall. n Sandhills Elementary and Swansea High are state Palmetto Silver award recipients for performance.

The district is home to suburban schools adjoining the northern and eastern shore of Lake Murray, straddling two counties to serve Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo. Students consistently earn top scores on state and national tests.

1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, 29063; (803) 476-8000; Superintendent: Herbert Berg Total schools: 12 elementary, four middle, three high, one alternative Total students: 16,372

1301 DuBose Court, Camden, 29202; (803) 432-8416; Superintendent: Frank Morgan Total schools: 11 elementary, four middle, three high and one career technical school Total students: 10,200
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Parents of primary- and secondary-age children have a variety of private-education options to choose from in the Columbia area. Some schools, such as Cardinal Newman (Catholic) School and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, have church affiliations, although students from other faiths can and do enroll there. Others are independent or have no religious affiliation. Tuition varies among schools. Some private schools have programs that offer scholarships and other assistance to defray education expenses and meet eligibility requirements. Among offerings:
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School Grades: 3 years to grade 6; Catholic 2225 Hampton St., Columbia 29204; (803) 254-5477; St. Peter’s Catholic School Grades: K-4 to grade 6; Catholic 1035 Hampton St., Columbia 29201; (803) 252-8285; Sandhills School Grades: 1-11; for children with learning differences 1500 Hallbrook Drive, Columbia 29209; (803) 695-1400; Sloan School Grades: 7-12; independent 171 Starlight Drive, Columbia 29210; (803) 772-1677; Timmerman School Grades: K-3 to grade 8; independent 2219 Atascadero Drive, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-2748; www.timmermanschool. com V.V. Reid School Grades: K-2 to grade 5; Christian 612 Gabriel St., Columbia 29203; (803) 735-9570;

Ben Lippen Elementary School Grades: K-4 to grade 5; Christian 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia 29203; (803) 807-4300; Ben Lippen Middle and High School Grades: 6-12; Christian 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia 29203; (803) 807-4100; Cardinal Newman School Grades: 7-12; Catholic 4701 Forest Drive, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-2814; Columbia Jewish Day School Grades: 1 year to grade 5; Jewish 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-1831; Covenant Classical Christian School Grades: K-5 to grade 12; Christian, college prep 2801 Stepp Drive, Columbia 29204; (803) 787-0225; Hammond School Grades: K-4 to grade 12; college prep 854 Galway Lane, Columbia 29209; (803) 776-0295; Harmony School Grades: Age 2 to grade 5; Montessori 3737 Covenant Road, Columbia 29204; (803) 787-1899; Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Grades: 3-year-old nursery school program to grade 12; Episcopal, college prep

Ben Lippen Elementary School Grades: K-4 to grade 5; Christian 500 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29210; (803) 807-4400; Columbia Adventist Academy Grades: K-4 to grade 10; Seventh-day Adventist 241 Riverchase Way, Lexington, 29072; (803) 796-0277; www. Covenant Christian Academy Grades: K-4 to grade 12; Christian 3222 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia 29170; (803) 796-2860 Glenforest School Grades: 1-12; serves children with learning differences and focusing issues 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia 29169; (803) 796-7622; Grace Christian School Grades: K-3 to grade 12; Christian 416 Denham Ave., West Columbia 29169; (803) 794-8996; Heritage Christian Academy Grades: K-5 to grade 8; Christian 649 Barr Road, Lexington 29072; (803) 951-3901; Holy Trinity Lutheran School Grades: K-4 to grade 8; Christian 2920 Pella Ave., West Columbia 29170; (803) 791-9039


Heathwood Hall Episcopal students created a sand mandala of the Haitian flag as part of a schoolwide fundraiser for earthquake victims in Haiti.

3000 S. Beltline Blvd., Columbia 29201; (803) 765-2309; Montessori College of Early Learning Grades: Pre-kindergarten through high school; college prep; operates year-round

1313 Means Ave., Columbia 29210; (803) 772-3317; Montessori Early Learning Center and School of the Arts Grades: 3 year to grade 6; operates yearround 1101 Balsam Road, Columbia 29210; (803) 772-2262; Montessori School of Columbia Grades: 1-6; Montessori 2807 Oceola St., Columbia 29205; (803) 783-8838; Montessori School of Columbia Preschool: ages 3 to 5; Montessori 1000 Greenlawn Drive, Columbia 29209; (803) 783-8838; www.montessoricolumbia. com St.æ John Neumann Catholic School Grades: 4 years to grade 6; Catholic 721 Polo Road, Columbia 29223; (803) 788-1367; St. Joseph Catholic School Grades: K-4 to grade 6; Catholic 3700 Devine St., Columbia 29205; (803) 254-6736;

Camden Military Academy Grades: 7-12; male military boarding school 520 U.S. 1 North, Camden 29020; (800) 948-6291; Montessori School of Camden Ages: 18 months to grade 6; Montessori Two Montessori Way, Camden 29020; (803) 432-6828; www.montessori-camden. com


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colleges }
Columbia offers a richly layered higher education landscape focused on providing training to compete in a job market that covets employees with multiple skills. Whether your ambition is to learn a new language, learn how to do your taxes or participate in the global economy, there’s a school or satellite campus near your home.
school that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate programs. It has a campus in Germany and houses the Christian radio station WMHK (89.7 FM). Enrollment: 1,139 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $16,910 President: William Jones

Midlands Technical College
316 South Beltline Blvd., Columbia; 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia; 7300 College St., Irmo; Fort Jackson Army Continuing Education Center, Imboden Street; 151 Powell Road, Columbia; (803) 738-8324; www. Midlands Tech is one of the state’s largest public, two-year technical colleges, with six campuses in the Midlands. There are more than 90 areas of study, including nursing, computing and basic academics. Enrollment: 11,890 Cost: Annual tuition $3,428 for residents of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties; $4,272 for other S.C. residents; $10,224 for non S.C. residents President: Sonny White

Allen University
1530 Harden St.; (803) 376-5700; www. Allen is a private, four-year college founded in 1870 and supported by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Allen focuses on nine areas of study, including liberal arts, business and education. The school has an evening college. Enrollment: 837 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $10,884 President: Charles Young

Fortis College is now open in Columbia
with over 11 locations nationwide – and growing – so come in and see what Fortis can offer!

Benedict College
1600 Harden St.; (803) 256-4220, (800) 253-5000; Benedict has the second-largest undergraduate student population among private colleges in South Carolina. The college offers undergraduate degree programs with classes that meet in the evenings and on Saturdays. Enrollment: 2,983 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $16,370 President: David Swinton

University of South Carolina
Pendleton and Sumter streets; (803) 7777000; USC is the state’s largest university system, and the Columbia campus is the flagship for the seven other regional campuses. USC offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Enrollment: 28,482 (USC-Columbia) Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $9,156 President: Harris Pastides

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Columbia College
1301 Columbia College Drive; (803) 786-3871, (800) 277-1301; www. Founded in 1854, Columbia College is a private, liberal arts, women’s college with co-educational evening and graduate programs. The college, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12-1 and boasts students from 23 U.S. states and 20 nations. Columbia College emphasizes leadership development for women throughout its four-year curriculum. The college is also home to The Leadership Institute and The Alliance for Women, a public-private partnership with the South Carolina Commission on Women. Enrollment: 1,444 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $23,480 President: Caroline Whitson

University of South Carolina School of Law
701 South Main St.; (803) 777-4155; www. The University of South Carolina’s School of Law is the state’s only public law school. Students earn a juris doctorate, which makes them eligible to be admitted to the Bar and practice law. Enrollment: 700 Cost: Annual tuition $19,034 Dean: Walter Pratt Jr.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine
6439 Garners Ferry Road; (803) 733-3325; The school trains physicians and has become a leader in primary care medical education and research. It also offers a doctorate in biomedical science and master’s degrees in genetic counseling, biomedical science and rehabilitation counseling. Enrollment: 306 Cost: Annual tuition, $24,776 Dean: Dr. Richard Hoppmann

Columbia International University
7435 Monticello Road; (803) 754-4100, (800) 777-2227; The university comprises Columbia Bible College, the CIU graduate school and Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions. Columbia International University is a private, multidenominational Christian

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Fortis College 246 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210 888-335-6103


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Several surrounding municipalities have their own community theaters; here are some of the larger facilities in the Columbia area: The flagship is Town Theatre, which has been in business for 80 years, making it the oldest continuously operating community theater in the United States. It offers a bit of everything, especially detailed stages. 1012 Sumter St. (803) 799-2510 or www. Workshop Theatre, started in the early 1970s, began as a theater for young directors but has since become known for its musicals. 1136 Bull St. (803) 799-6551 or www. Trustus, in an old warehouse in the Vista, is a professional theater that offers cuttingedge work as well as late-night shows. It has an additional performance space for small, intimate shows. 520 Lady St. (803) 2549732 or USC’s Theatre South Carolina brings in experienced graduate students, guest actors and directors from regional theaters nationwide. Longstreet, Greene Street at the foot of Sumter Street; Drayton Hall, College Street between Sumter and Greene. (803) 777-2551 or Koger Center for the Arts hosts a touring musical theater season and a variety of concerts. 1051 Greene St. (803) 777-7500 or


Performers rehearse ‘The Sound of Music’ at Village Square Theatre in Lexington. European art collection, most from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The museum also hosts exhibitions from other institutions. Hampton and Main streets. (803) 799-2810 or McKissick Museum at USC focuses on folk arts. USC Horseshoe, off Sumter Street between Pendleton and Greene streets. (803) 777-7251 State Museum emphasizes S.C. artists. 301 Gervais St. (803) 898-4921 or Fine Arts Museum of Kershaw County hosts a wealth of art mediums: jazz, blues, exhibits, theater and dance. 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. (803) 425-7676; www.

Colleges and universities, churches and other community bands and orchestras offer performances, too. Here, a sampling of the larger, established groups: South Carolina Philharmonic’s music director, Morihiko Nakahara, enters his third season with The Phil. The orchestra plays at the Koger Center. (803) 254-7445 USC Symphony provides a continuing flow of concerts, from contemporary and experimental to organ recitals. ea/orchestra USC School of Music offers a range of mostly free concerts, often held at the Recital

Hall, 813 Assembly St. (803) 777-4280; or

Columbia City Ballet has created several of its own works that blend theater with dance. (803) 799-7605 or www.columbiacity Columbia Classical Ballet generally presents tried-and-true works by the world’s great choreographers. (803) 252-9112 USC Department of Theatre and Dance has been expanding its offerings, and for the past three years has brought in members of the New York City Ballet for a performance. (803) 777-5636 or

Several Columbia area colleges and universities have their own galleries, with exhibits open to the public. Here are four of the larger museums in the Columbia area showing art: Columbia Museum of Art is one of only two museums in the state with a significant


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Sometimes you just crave a burger. What used to be found at just fast-food joints and bars, burgers have now become gourmet. So where can you find the low-end and high-end of burgers in Columbia? Here’s some suggestions:

Pawleys Front Porch: The building has gone through several incarnations, but it looks like this fancy burger joint is here to stay. They smoke their own bacon, grind their own meat and make their own pickles. All burgers are named after South Carolina towns, including the simple Edisto Burger, with caramelized onions and goat cheese, to the loaded Beaufort Burger, with Franks Red Hot onion rings, fried egg, apple cured ham and cheddar cheese. This spring, the restaurant was featured on the Food Networks “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” 827 Harden Street Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe: If you’re looking for an upscale burger, try this longtime favorite of the professor and business crowd. The French Quarter Burger is a blackened half-pound burger with roasted red pepper-blue “pimento” cheese. There’s a lunch special burger, and the kitchen is creative with choices ranging from balsamic roasted portobello mushroom to a Lowcountry burger with jack cheese, fried green tomatoes, applewood bacon slaw, lettuce, tomato, shaved onion. 2001 Greene St., (803) 254-7828

patties. Or go for the bacon cheeseburger, a sloppy mess of pure beef heaven. Add grilled onions and it becomes an even sloppier mess of pure beef heaven. The free toppings include relish, sauteed mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, and A-1 sauce. But don’t forget the fries, which spill out of the bag in crispy abundance. 285 Columbiana Drive in Harbison; downtown at 931 Senate St.; Village at Sandhill near the movie theater; corner of Forest Drive and Trenholm Road


Fuddruckers: Yes, this place is still around, nearly 20 years after coming to Columbia. Has its burger stood the test of time? Of course. And how can you not like a place that serves one-pound burgers? Unlike most burger joints, Fuddruckers allows you to add your own toppings, so you can control how much onion, lettuce, mustard and ketchup you get. 1801 Bush River Road

Kyle Taylor is a chef at Pawleys Front Porch, a Five Points restaurant known for its burgers.

Girls That Love the Lake, Love Julia Neal’s!
Julia Neal Designs
910 Chapin Road, Suite A Tuesday & Wednesday 11:00 - 5:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:00 - 6:00

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers: This is the place for a night out with the kids. The place is high on energy, and the burgers are piled high with flavor. You can get almost anything you want on a burger, including poblano peppers, guacamole, sauteed onions, tortilla strips, lettuce, pepper-jack cheese and ancho mayo -all on one burger! Even higher is the Towering Onion Rings, where 13 onion rings come stacked tall on a wire. Village at Sandhill, in a free-standing building along Clemson Road


Rockaway Athletic Club: This longtime watering hole is known for its burgers, especially its Rockaway burger, which oozes with homemade, finger-licking pimento cheese. Throw in an order of onion rings and your arteries won’t, but your stomach will, thank you. 2719 Rosewood Drive

What-A-Burger: This Lexington County institution, which opened in 1953, still serves simple burgers for simple prices in a simple setting. Go back to the time before burgers became works of art. 804 Meeting St., West Columbia — Janet Kahler

Five Guys Burgers and Fries: For a chain restaurant, these fellas get it right. Choose a little burger, which is a quarter-pound patty, or a regular burger, which comes with two


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If you’re out on the town and the night is still young, check out the local music scene. We’ve put together a few locales to get you started. For the latest on performances and these and other clubs, read The State’s Friday Weekend section or log on at
Blue Martini: The martini bar features jazz fusion and other jazz jams Friday and Saturday nights. And the leather couches make you feel like it’s cool to wear all-leather outfits again. 808 Lady St., (803) 256-2442 The White Mule: The bar and listening room is a fine addition to Main Street. And the food is good, too. The music ranges from stripped-down rock to folk. 1530 D Main St., (803) 661-8199 701 Center for Contemporary Art: The art space frequently becomes a venue for music. The music is challenging, invigorating and not something you’d hear on the radio. And that’s what makes it so great. 701 Whaley St. (803) 779-4571 Unitarian Universalist Coffeehouse: The UU Coffeehouse hosts a concert series that features an array of folk music styles. You can’t drink here, but you can listen to music in a room with people who are actually there to just listen to music. Yes, it’s an anomaly. 2701 Heyward St., (888) 849-4224, ext. 4 Hunter-Gatherer: The pub, which brews its own beer, features Skipp Pearson’s jazz workshops Thursday nights and rock on Friday nights. There are also avant-garde jazz Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: The bluegrass shop and old-timey venue, which also sells instruments and offers lessons, is quaint and spirited. Sitting in a chair sipping a soda here is like rolling through the mountains in a buggy. 710 Meeting St., West Columbia, (803) 796-6477 New Brookland Tavern: Screamo, hard-core, metal, indie rock and other sub-genres of rock swelter here, as well as hip-hop. The club has shifted toward a younger demographic, but come on, you’re never too old to enjoy (sometimes) good music. 122 State St., West Columbia, (803) 791-4413 Art Bar: Head to Art Bar to listen to the disc jockey, dance, dance, dance and go crazy. Friday nights are for gays, straights, punks and preps to convene on the dance floor, giving Columbia a touch of big-city life. Saturday nights are for eclectic bands. 1211 Park St., (803) 929-0198 Mac’s on Main: With jazzy jams and stomachs crammed full of pie, Mac’s puts a twinkle in every eye. 1710 Main St., (803) 929-0037 The Whig: If you’re looking for a place with edge, here it is - with a rock jukebox providing a cherry on top. The bands that play this underground spot are eccentric and, for some, an acquired taste. 1200 Main St., (803) 931-8852 The Venue: Camden isn’t a town where you’d expect to hear highquality music, but here’s a secret: The Venue’s acoustic and rock lineup is really enticing. Since you’re not going to drive after a few drinks, why not spend the night and tour Camden the next day? 1020 Broad St., Camden, (803) 713-8333 — Otis R. Taylor Jr.


Columbia has a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly in Five Points and the Vista.

shows, some of the best bands booked here. 900 Main St., (803) 748-0540


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On the backside of a two-year recession, consumers are starting again to open their wallets. While some retailers didn’t survive the downturn and others are still just hanging on, many retailers are starting to report an increase in sales. The area offers a mix of national retailers and local boutiques. Here, seven categories - and a small sampling of where you can find it all:
retailers and locally owned shops. The main shopping district runs along Forest Drive between the newly renovated Trenholm Plaza and Richland Mall. Trenholm Plaza features the gourmet grocery store The Fresh Market and locally owned B.E.E. Maternal and Bumble Boutique. On the other end of Forest Drive, expect big changes at the newly purchased Richland Mall as owners attempt to recruit a range of retailers to the nearly empty venue. All along the Forest Drive stretch, look for locally owned favorites, such as Be Beep toy shop and Casual Living furniture store.

A funky urban village, Five Points is the spot for unique clothing and gifts. Try Sid and Nancy’s and Revente for savings on consigned clothes and Bohemian and Loose Lucy’s for new clothes. The Gourmet Shop is a great stop for lunch and gifts. Scout rare music finds on vinyl or CD at Papa Jazz.

This area is emerging as the hottest shopping district in the Midlands. Growth at the outdoor mall Village at Sandhill has slowed during the economic downturn, but it has attracted retailers such as Ulta cosmetics, Jos. A. Banks and Kirkland Home. It has the Midlands only Super Bi-Lo and a variety of clothing and gift stores, such as Aeropostale, La Bag Lady and Yankee Candle Co. Around the corner on Two Notch Road are a variety of big-box retailers, such as Target and Walmart, and locally owned shops such as Summit Cycles and Swanky Boutique, a women’s clothing store.

Main Street is working toward a comeback. Among the wig shops and urban clothing stores, look for gift stores, such as Uptown on Main, and longtime jeweler Sylvan’s. Next year will bring a Mast General Store. But don’t forget old favorites, such as Moe Levy’s for outdoor outfitting and Granger Owings for menswear. The Vista is the spot for restaurants and bars mixed with a variety of retailers. Find specialty foods and gifts at Cloud Nine Market and furniture and imported rugs at Whit-Ash.

The U.S. 378 corridor has grown rapidly in recent years, attracting big-box stores and smaller retailers as well. You’ll find the area’s only La-Z-Boy store there, Kitty’s Hallmark and a Sears Hometown store for appliances and lawn and garden items. Also, check out Exotica for ladies apparel, Barnes Jewelers, 14 Carrot health food store and Marty Rae’s furniture.

One of the area’s major shopping districts, Harbison Boulevard is often the place national retailers choose to enter the Midlands. You’ll find the standard Old Navy, Kohl’s and Barnes and Noble. And it’s bookended by home needs -from building to furnishing - with Lowe’s and Home Depot on one end and Ashley Furniture and Ethan Allen on the other. Find upscale retailers inside Columbiana Centre, such as White House/Black Market and Williams-Sonoma.

The Devine Street area in Shandon should be your destination for boutique clothing and specialty home furnishings. Try Bohemian Design Store for funky furniture; Rogers Brothers Fabrics for luscious upholstery fabric; Pink Sorbet/Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop for that special spring dress to wear to the horse races; and Weathers of Columbia for a tailored suit. The corridor also has a knitting store (In the Loop), health food grocery (Earth Fare), gift shops (Non(e)such) and jewelers (Handpicked and Unforgettable Fine Jewelry).
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The great thing about living in the Midlands, the cliche goes, is you’re two hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. The insinuation: You have to leave the area to find outdoors fun. The reality: The beach used to be here millions of years ago, creating some interesting places to explore. And you don’t have to go to the mountains to see majestic trees; many of the largest are here in Congaree National Park. On the edge of the Piedmont and the coastal plain, the Midlands also has more outdoor diversity than the mountains or the beach. You can paddle a canoe on the crystal-clear spring waters of Goodale State Park or the tannin-stained creeks of Congaree National Park. You can ride the hilly mountain bike trails at Harbison State Forest or the flat pavement along the Columbia Canal in the Three Rivers Greenway. You can hike among the funky rock formations of the Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve or along the sandy trails (remnants of the old beaches) at Sesquicentennial State Park. Here is a sampling of federal, state and regional parks in the area:
Sesquicentennial State Park: 12 miles of trails for hiking and biking, fishing or canoe rentals on 30-acre lake, picnic shelters, camping. 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia; (803) 788-2706, Dreher Island State Recreation Area: 348 acres and 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray, boat ramps, picnic shelters, three miles of trails, cabins, camping. 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity; (803) 364-4152, Goodale State Park: 763 acres with picnic shelters, boat rentals and fishing on 140acre, spring-fed lake, canoe-kayak trail. 650 Park Road, Camden; (803) 432-2772, www. Harbison State Forest: 2,177 acres of hilly forest land, educational/environmental center, 18 miles of trails for hiking and biking,


Sesquicentennial State Park held its first 10K Resolution Run to mark the start of the new year. Broad River access. 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia; (803) 896-8890, www.state. Congaree National Park: Nearly 26,000 acres including the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland forest in the country, dozens of miles of trails for hiking and wildlife viewing, canoe trail, fishing, primitive camping. 100 National Park Road, Hopkins; (803) 776-4396, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site: 107-acre outdoor history museum at original site of town of Camden, restored 16th- and 17th-century structures. 222 Broad St., Camden; (803) 432-9841, www. Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve: 460 acres including the largest sandstone outcrops in the state, three miles of hiking trails. S.C. 6, half-mile south of intersection with S.C. 302; (803) 734-3886, heritage/peachtree/description.html Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve: 627 acres in area that has archaeological evidence of human habitation for 12,000 years, 2.5-mile hiking trail. Old State Road, Cayce, just past Cayce Landing; (803) 734-3886, managed/heritage/congcreek/description.html Three Rivers Greenway: Numerous access points in Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce, including Riverfront Park in Columbia. More than half of the proposed 12-mile linear park is open for hiking, biking, skating, fishing and picnics. (803) 765-2200, Saluda Shoals Park: 300 acres along the Saluda River, picnic areas, paved and unpaved trails for hiking and biking, dog park, boat ramp, canoe and kayak rentals. 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia; (803) 731-5208, — Joey Holleman

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Children play at Earlewood Park in Columbia.

South Carolina’s state parks are fabulous, but neighborhood parks are real jewels. Here are five to check out:
Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington: This park is tucked behind the Lexington County Courthouse, near the intersection of U.S. 1 and S.C. 6. It has a one-third mile paved path, a playground (complete with special-needs swings), a koi pond and covered picnic areas with grills. Finlay Park, Columbia: The 18-acre park at Taylor and Gadsden streets downtown has two playgrounds, a man-made waterfall, porch swings and a large open field for picnics or Frisbee. If you prefer plenty of company, head to Finlay Park during one of its many big events, such as the Saturday night Summer Concert Series. But it’s just as much fun on a sunny spring day when nothing’s planned. Gilbert Community Park: Most folks from outside Gilbert know this little park at 250 Main St. only as the home of the Lexington County Peach Festival. But it’s a great place for a picnic or just to let kids run, and there’s plenty of shade, benches and porch-type swings for the adults. Southeast Park, Columbia: This 62-acre park at 951 Hazelwood Road (just off Garners Ferry Road) features 16 tennis courts, but it’s more than a tennis complex. Paved trails around a pond are ideal for hiking or biking, and you can picnic under live oaks on the back of the pond. Guignard Park, Cayce: When you saunter down the trail to the creek in this natural bowl of a park, you forget that five-lane Knox Abbott Drive serves as one of its borders. The shade of the large trees and the gurgle of the creek rolling over rocks make this a great spot to enjoy a picnic. — Joey Holleman
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>>> Charlotte Knights
(Triple-A, International League) Stadium: Knights Stadium, Fort Mill Tickets: Single-game, $5-$13 (free for ages 2 and younger). Purchase online or by calling (704) 357-8071, option 4. Web:

>>> Carolina Hurricanes
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>>> Greenville Drive
(Single-A, South Atlantic League) Stadium: Fluor Field at the West End Tickets: Single-game, $5-$8 (free for ages 2 and younger). Purchase online or by calling (864) 240-4528. Web:

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Stadium: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte Tickets: Single-game, $39-$109; Purchase at the team website or or by calling (800) 745-3000 or (704) 3587800. Web:


Hilton Head Island hosts The Heritage PGA golf tournament each April.

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Stadium: BB&T Coastal Field Tickets: Single-game, $7-$11. Purchase online or by calling (877) 918-8499. Web:

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Stadium: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park Tickets: Single-game, $5-$16 (free for ages 3 and younger, no seat). Purchase online or by calling (843) 577-3647. Web:

>>> Atlanta Hawks
Arena: Philips Arena Tickets: Single-game, starting at $10. Purchase at the team website or or by calling (800) 7453000 or (866) 715-1500. Web:

>>> Charleston Battery
(USL First Division) Stadium: Blackbaud Stadium Tickets: Single-game, $10-$18. Purchase online or by calling (843) 971-4625. Web:

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Arena: Time Warner Cable Arena Tickets: Single-game, starting at $10. Purchase at the team website or or by calling (800) 7453000 or (704) 262-2287. Web:

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Arena: North Charleston Coliseum
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There are plenty of college matchups to catch in Columbia, including the
n The women’s equestrian team, which won national titles in 2005 and 2007 and whose Western team placed third in the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships, holds its competitions at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. n The men’s and women’s track and field teams have produced several Olympians, and the teams host several meets here in Columbia, at the track just behind the USC Roundhouse. n The SEC-championship women’s soccer team, which made it to the round of 16 in the 2010 NCAA championship, plays its n Renovations to the Carolina Natatorium, including a new pool deck and upgrades to the lighting system, are under way, which will make watching the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams all the more interesting. In 2000, the natatorium became a semi-open air facility, with moveable doors that allow swimming under natural conditions. The teams host several home meets as well as a multi-day Gamecock Invitational. — Janet Kahler

season in the fall at Stone Stadium. To kick off the home season, the team hosts the six-team Gamecock Courtyard Cup.

popular football games at Williams-Brice Stadium and basketball games at Colonial Life Arena. But there are plenty of other smaller USC sports to check out, and it won’t cost you much (or anything). And as USC brings its master plan for its athletes’ village to fruition, including new track, tennis and softball

facilities, catching these sporting events will become a treat in itself.

The USC women’s soccer team was 19-4-1 during the 200910 season.

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Newcomers will find an array of health services for everyoneyoung couples starting families, baby boomers getting high-tech hips to replace their worn-out joints, and retirees concerned with heart health.
Location: 5 Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia (Richland); Taylor at Marion streets, Columbia (Baptist) Contact: (803) 434-7000 (Richland); (803) 296-5010 (Baptist); Worth noting: A teaching hospital with close ties to the University of South Carolina medical school, Palmetto Health Richland has the only Level 1 trauma center. It is home to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the Midlands and Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. It offers robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery in urology, cardiology and gynecology. In 2009, it added the latest Gamma Knife technology to treat brain tumors. Palmetto Health Baptist delivers more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands. It also is known for women’s, general surgery, bariatric surgery for obesity, and behavioral care services. The hospital expects to complete a $57 million expansion and renovation of surgical, obstetrics and neonatal services. With the renovation, the neonatal intensive care unit became the first in the state to have private rooms. Final surgical renovations are slated to be completed this summer. Palmetto Health continues to work toward building a new hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Irmo. Palmetto Health Breast Center is the state’s first nationally accredited breast center. and two occupational health centers. The hospital performs more surgeries than any other Midlands hospital and has the second busiest emergency room in the state. The hospital has a certified bariatric surgery center. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center, providing digital mammography, has four locations around Lexington County that are accredited by the American College of Radiology and its main hospital location is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Lexington Medical is the first local hospital to offer single-incision laproscopic surgery as well as Microwave Ablation, a treatment for tumors. Other specialties include a Doula program (for women giving birth) that’s unique in the Midlands. Care, and Associates in Internal Medicine are managed and operated by Augustine Health Group, a subsidiary of Providence Hospitals.

9,000 employees
1301 Taylor St. 29201; (803) 296-2273, Palmetto Health operates four locations in the area including Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland have breast and cancer centers. Affiliated with the USC School of Medicine, Palmetto Health is the community’s teaching hospital.

Location: 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, 29209 Contact: (803) 776-4000 or (800) 293-8262; Worth noting: Dorn serves more than 410,000 veterans from across the state, including more than 1,500 who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Services include emergency care, primary and specialty care, surgical and social services, long-term care and psychiatric care, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Dorn also is a research center with affiliations that include USC programs in medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

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6,677 employees
I-20 at Alpine Road 29219; (803) 788-0222, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina serves 21.5 million customers nationwide through private insurance and government contracts and provides claims processing and customer service to other health insurers. BlueCross BlueShield has offices in Richland and Kershaw counties.

Location: 1315 Roberts St., Camden, 29020 Contact: (803) 432-4311; Worth noting: KershawHealth serves the Kershaw County area through its medical center in Camden, five outpatient centers and medical offices in outlying communities and through the Health Resource Center and Karesh Long Term Care Center. Specialty services include urgent care, cardiovascular care, rehabilitation, sleep diagnostics, diabetes management, home health and hospice, gastroenterology, imaging, aquatic therapy, and women’s care. KershawHealth serves the community through the Medical Center, Karesh Long Term Care and the Health Resource Center in Camden, the Elgin Outpatient Center and Urgent Care at Elgin, the West Wateree Medical Complex in Lugoff and facilities in Bethune and Kershaw.

Locations: Providence Hospital and Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, 2435 Forest Drive, Columbia Providence Northeast Hospital and Providence Orthopaedic and Neuro Spine Institute, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia Contact: (803) 256-5300 Worth noting: Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, Providence Hospitals is a Catholic organization comprised of four entities: Providence Hospital, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Providence Hospital Northeast and Providence Orthopaedic and Neuro Spine Institute. Providence Hospital services include general surgery, emergency care, and imaging. Providence Heart and Vascular Institute offers prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Providence Hospital Northeast offers emergency care, obstetric, women’s services, rehabilitation and community outreach programs. Providence Orthopaedic and Neuro Spine Institute is comprised of the Joint Center, Sports Health and neurosurgical care. Additionally, Providence Women’s Health, Providence Northeast Family

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5,020 employees
2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 29169; (803) 791-2000, Lexington Medical Center comprises a 384-bed medical complex, six community medical centers throughout Lexington County, the largest extended care facility in the state, two occupational health centers and affiliated physician practices.

Location: 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia Contact: (803) 791-2000 (main campus);; Worth noting: The hospital system’s care network includes a main hospital, six community medical centers, the state’s largest nursing home

A source of information and vaccinations, including children’s immunizations and seasonal flu shots. Richland: (803) 576-2980. Children’s immunizations (by appointment only), (803) 576-2840 Lexington: (803) 791-3580 Kershaw: (803) 425-6012

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1,750 employees
2420 Two Notch Road, Lexington 29072; (803) 951-5200, Michelin North America operates two plants at the Lexington complex, producing radial tires for passenger vehicles and huge tires for earth movers and other large construction equipment.


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1,585 employees
3400 Forest Drive 29204, but will move to 565 Spears Creek Church Road, Elgin, 29045 by the end of the year. (800) 575-4473, www.verizonwireless. com The Verizon Wireless 24-hour call center handles customer service calls from around the country in former retail space at Midtown at Forest Acres mall. It is presently building a new facility in Northeast Richland and plans to move there in the fourth quarter of this year. The company also operates seven retail stores in the area.

3,297 employees
100 SCANA Parkway, Cayce 29033; (803) 217-9000, SCANA, South Carolina’s only Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of nine subsidiaries involved in the generation and sale of electricity, and the purchase, sale and transportation of natural gas to wholesale and retail customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. It owns SCE&G, the primary provider of electricity and natural gas for most of central and southern South Carolina.

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1,855 employees
2435 Forest Drive, 29204; (803) 256-5300, Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, Providence Hospitals consists of Providence Hospital and Providence Hospital Northeast as well as the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and Providence Orthopedic and Neuro Spine Institute.

1,257 employees
1441 Main St. 29201; (800) 922-4684, www. Wells Fargo and Co. is a diversified financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs and the Internet across North America and internationally, including 27 branch offices in the Midlands. In 2008, Wachovia became a part of Wells Fargo, but the name has not yet converted in South Carolina.

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1,480 employees
124 Creekside Road, West Columbia 29172; (800) 742-5877, The United Parcel Service facility in West Columbia is one of seven U.S. air cargo hubs for the Atlanta-based UPS of America. UPS has had a package-collection gateway at Columbia Metropolitan Airport since 1982, and expanded its operations there to become a regional hub in 1996. UPS has smaller distribution center in Aiken, Sumter and Orangeburg as well as retail stores throughout the state.

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5801 Bluff Road, 29250; (803) 647-1000, www. The 550,000-square-foot Columbia plant makes fuel for commercial nuclear reactors generating electricity. Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse opened the plant in 1968, but the plant has had foreign parents since Westinghouse was sold off in pieces in 1999. Toshiba Corp. of Japan bought the plant in 2006 from British Nuclear Fuels.


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