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>>> who we are

The largest cities in Richland and Lexington counties are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2011 — Columbia its 225th, and Lexington its 150th. Here, fun facts about each that every resident, new or longtime, should know.

POPULATION: 4,625,364 Male: 2,250,101 Female: 2,375,263 Median age: 37.9 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 66.2 percent African-American: 27.9 percent Hispanic or Latino: 5.1 percent Asian: 1.3 percent MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $43,572* AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.49 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 23.2 minutes*

1786, when the state Legislature approved a bill to establish Columbia as the capital city. 2. The state Senate chose to name the city after Christopher Columbus. The Senate’s second choice was Washington, after President George Washington. Columbia won on an 11-7 vote. 3. Bob Coble was the longestserving of Columbia’s 44 THESTATE.COM mayors. He was 2011 marks the in office for 150th anniversary 20 years, from since the first shots 1990-2010. of the Civil War were 4. The Historic fired at Charleston’s Waverly ComFort Sumter. A hismunity, off Taylor tory of the war, and Street, was the how it has shaped city’s first residenSouth Carolina totial community day, at outside city limits. livinghere. It has since been annexed into the city.

COLUMBIA 1. Columbia was founded on March 22,

County seat: Columbia


POPULATION: 384,504 Male: 187,330 Female: 197,174 Median age: 32.6 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 47.3 percent African-American: 46 percent Hispanic or Latino: 4.8 percent Asian: 2.2 percent TOTAL OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS: 161,725; owner-occupied 61.3 percent, renter-occupied 38.7 percent AVERAGE MEDIAN VALUE: $155,000** AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.43 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $47,969 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 21.6 minutes*

The annual S.C. State Fair is a draw for young and old alike.
percent, renter-occupied 26.2 percent MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $140,400** AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.53 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $51,983 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 24.5 minutes*

as Saxe Gotha to commemorate the home area of a German princess who married into British royalty. It was rechristened Lexington, after the Revolutionary War site in Massachusetts. 2. Lexington sits along two major trails once used by Native Americans: U.S. 378 follows the Cherokee Path and U.S. 1 follows the Occaneechi Path. 3. The town seal contains two ovals similar in design to the state seal. One depicts the flags that have flown over the town, with the original name of Saxe Gotha. The other shows Lexington within South Carolina, along with the words friendship and unity. 4. For years, the town was a quiet, small county seat home to as many as 1,000 people. The growth boom that began 30 years ago increased its population to nearly 18,000 today, with predictions it could surpass 30,000 in 10 to 15 years. — Adam Beam and Tim Flach
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LEXINGTON 1. In colonial days, the area was known

County seat: Camden

POPULATION: 61,697 Male: 30,017 Female: 31,680 Median age: 40.2 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 71.3 percent African-American: 24.6 percent Hispanic or Latino: 3.7 percent Asian: 0.5 percent TOTAL OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS: 23,928; owner-occupied 78.4 percent: renter-occupied 21.6 percent MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $128,825** AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE: 2.56 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $45,035 COMMUTING: Mean travel time to work: 27.5 minutes*
Notes: Information from U.S. Census Bureau. Also, *2009 Census American Community Survey; **

County seat: Lexington

POPULATION: 262,391 Male: 128,134 Female: 134,257 Median age: 37.9 RACE/ETHNICITY White: 79.3 percent African-American: 14.3 percent Hispanic or Latino: 5.5 percent Asian: 1.4 percent TOTAL OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS: 102,733; owner-occupied 73.8


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What’s with the weather?
Wondering how to plan your life around the weather in your new hometown? We’ve got some tips: Why’s the weather so crazy in the fall and spring around here? Let’s not get too technical here. Just accept that you can’t base your clothing choice on the calendar in fall and spring. You have to check the daily weather report or stick your head outdoors before dressing every day. Last year, for instance, we had heavy sweater weather on Nov. 7 (high 58 degrees, low 31) and T-shirt and shorts weather on Nov. 9 (high 77). Spring can be even more of a temperature roller coaster, as in a high of 87 on March 22 this year and a high of 47 on March 28. On the other hand, you can pretty much count on FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE STATE THESTATE.COM Columbia being The Columbia area's splash pads can be a great way to cool down during hot in summer. Sign up for summer's steamy days. weather alerts at Why do people go so crazy here about snow? Unlike northern climes where winter AVERAGE snow gets old, the once-every-two-years MONTHLY TEMPERATURES measurable snowfall in the Midlands turns even adults into giddy children. January: 44.6 (Last year was a rare exception with February: 47.9 major snowfalls of 1.8 inches on Dec. March: 55.4 26 and 3 inches on Jan. 10. Don’t expect that to happen again anytime soon.) April: 63.2 Snow makes the powers-that-be weak May: 71.6 in the knees, so expect schools and businesses to shut down at the slightest chance June: 78.5 of snow. And who can blame them for tryJuly: 82.0 ing to keep people off the roads, because August: 80.3 most Midlands residents have no idea how to drive on frozen highways. September: 74.7 October: 63.7 Why do they say Columbia is “Famously Hot”? It’s a play on words. You can be the December: 47.0 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 typically steamy with 10 days reaching triple digits. Combined with our high humidity, the high temps turn the area into a sauna. What was unusual last year was that all of those 100-degree temperatures came in June and July. 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. November: 54.7 —Joey Holleman | Living Here

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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: Administration Building, 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) 4244016; voterregistration@kershaw. rooms designated for smokers. In Columbia, it’s illegal to smoke in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The city also exempts hotel rooms that have been designated for smokers, plus private clubs, retail tobacco stores, medical research facilities and theatrical performances. Restrictions vary on workplace smoking in Cayce, Chapin, Irmo, Lexington. Pine Ridge, South Congaree and West Columbia, as well as unincorporated areas in Lexington County. In Kershaw County, the city of Camden bans smoking in most public and private gathering places and workspaces. porated parts of the county, but some of its municiplaties do. For instance, Cayce limits the number of pets per household to six, three of which can be dogs. 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. Kershaw County has no limits on the number of pets you can own, nor does it have a leash law. However, pet owners are not allowed to have their pets roaming free.

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, Richland County and Kershaw County — but not between midnight Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday anywhere in Lexington County, except in Irmo. Beer and wine also can be purchased “by the drink” at bars and restaurants that have an onpremises license.



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.

Don’t bother to go to the liquor store on Sunday; it will be closed. But you can still buy your favorite cocktail at bars and restaurants that have a Sunday license. State law sets the hours that liquor stores can be open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. And there’s a quirk in state law that keeps liquor stores from stocking mixers. 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, wine and mixers are sold; another for the liquor store right next door.) A final note. Lliquor stores always close on Election Day — and the governor typically orders them closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, too.

Columbia drivers cannot send, read or compose text messages while driving. Exceptions: dialing phone numbers, looking up contacts or using an internal feature of the phone, such as a GPS application. There is no ban in Lexington County, although a few municipalities are considering restrictions. At press time in spring 2011, Richland County was weighing a ban, too. In Kershaw County, only Camden has a ban on texting while driving.


DMV branch offices
Richland County • 1630 Shop Road, Columbia, (803) 737-8350 • 800 Dutch Square Blvd., Dutch Plaza, Building A, Suite 100, Columbia, (803) 896-6238 • 2500 Decker Blvd., Decker Mall, Columbia, (803) 865-9478 Lexington County • 509 Liberty St., BatesburgLeesville, (803) 532-5285 • 1016 Broad Stone Road, Irmo/ Ballentine, (803) 749-9041 • 122 Park Road, Lexington, (803) 356-8537 Kershaw County • 1056 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden, (803) 432-4340

Residents of Columbia are limited to two dogs per household. Richland County doesn’t have a pet limit but is considering whether to enact one. The county does require that dogs and cats be licensed, however. The city and county have leash laws, too, so don’t let your animals run loose. If your pet turns up missing, check the joint city-county animal shelter at (803) 776-PETS. Here’s more about licensing: Both the city of Columbia and the county require pet owners to spay or neuter their animals, with limited exceptions. In the county, a license costs $4. The city’s annual license fee is $5. Getting a license requires a copy of a current vaccination record and proof the animal has had surgery to keep it from reproducing. Applications for county pet licenses are available at or request an application by mail by calling (803) 929-6000. Want to adopt? The city and county have an 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 unincor-

Curbside recycling is available for all single-family homes in unincorporated areas of Richland and Lexington counties, in the city of Columbia and in some of the two dozen surrounding communities, including Camden. The items you can recycle differ slightly by community, but some 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. In addition, Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties have recycling drop-off stations. So does the city of Columbia, which accepts light bulbs containing mercury — but only at its public works facility at 2910 Colonial Drive. You can also drop off old computers, televisions and other electronics on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proof of residency is required, and the items can’t be reclaimed. Another convenient drop-off site is at 2600 Bull St., behind DHEC. For a complete list of which recyclable items are accepted, by community, as well as drop-off stations for recycling in Richland and Lexington counties, visit

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.)


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) 896-5000, weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. VOTER REGISTRATION To find out how and where to vote, contact your county voter registration office, listed below.
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Smoking in public places is frowned upon — and in many places it’s illegal. But because the weather is pleasant most of the year, many bars and restaurants have patios that accommodate smokers. In Richland County, it’s illegal to smoke in most workplaces. The primary exemption is for hotel

Yard trash is picked up in Richland County and Columbia as well as in many surrounding communities. Collection days vary. Just pile it curbside — but, please, keep those piles away from street grates. 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 stations in Lexington and 10 in Kershaw. Check with your city or county government for more details.

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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.

Midlands residents have plenty of • 10:12 p.m. Monday through Saturday choices for getting into, out of and • 8:10 p.m. Sunday around the Columbia area. To get on the bus: Buses, trains and an airport are all • For route and scheduling information: within reach. (803) 255-7100 or The Columbia Metropolitan Airport • Fare: $1.50 per trip, 75 cents for offers daily nonstop flights senior citizens or the disto nearly 10 U.S. cities. abled. Bus drivers can’t make The Central Midlands Rechange. gional Transit Authority has THESTATE.COM • Cocky’s Caravan routes to struggled financially in the the Vista, Five Points and Sign up for past few years but still mainUSC’s campus 9 p.m.-2:30 traffic alerts at tains bus routes throughout a.m. Thursday-Saturday, the Columbia area, though except during evenings with service is limited. USC home football games. Following is a list of transportation • To change buses: Ask the bus driver options: for a transfer slip. • Rack and Roll: Each bus is equipped with racks to hold two standard biAMTRAK cycles. Address: 850 Pulaski St. Phone: (800) 872-7245 for reservations or (803) 252-8246 in the morning. Web site:

Know your colors
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

No change for the meter?
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. Columbia also plans to allow drivers to pay parking meters with their cell phones. That option should be ready by year's end.

Most local taxi companies offer 24-hour dispatch service, sending out drivers shortly after your call. Some companies occasionally will pick up curbside hailers. Area taxi companies include: • Blue Ribbon Taxi Cab Corp., (803) 754-8163 • Capitol City Cab, (803) 794-2225 • Checker Yellow Cab Co., (803) 7993311 • Delux Cab, (877) 803-4226 • Lexington Cab Co., (803) 356-1066

• 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. • 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

Pay now, or pay more later
75 cents: Hourly parking meter rate throughout the city $7: Fine for letting a meter expire $10: Penalty for not paying ticket within 30 days; amount doubles with late fees if not paid within 60 days $10: Fine for feeding a parking meter after it expires $15: Fine for double-parking, blocking a driveway or sidewalk, or parking in a no-parking or loading zone $20: Fine for leaving your keys in an unattended vehicle $200: Fine for parking in a handicapped space without a permit
— From Staff Reports

Address: 2015 Gervais St., Columbia; 104 Wall St., Camden Tickets can be purchased at the stations, online at or by calling (800) 231-2222.

COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 3000 Aviation Way, West Columbia; (803) 822-5000 or (888) 562-5002 or Among carriers that serve Columbia: American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United, USAirways and Vision.
— From Staff Reports

CENTRAL MIDLANDS REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY In general, buses start to run at: • 5:20 a.m. Monday through Saturday • 6:45 a.m. Sunday Service stops at: | Living Here

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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. The main duty of lawmakers each year is to pass a budget to pay for the activities of state government, from K-12 education to colleges to health care.

reform made the state increasingly reliant on sales taxes, just in time for sales to drop during The Great Recession. Now, some property owners say the property tax reform needs to be rethought. Meanwhile, exemptions mean that much of the state’s economic activity is untaxed. Every year, of late, South Carolina’s governor and lawmakers have talked about the need for tax reform; one year, they’ll do something more than talk.

congressmen, Clyburn and Republican Tim Scott of North Charleston, are African-Americans.

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, surviving a Union assault during the Civil War and 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 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 African-American history are popular attractions. The most controversial is the Confederate flag, displayed beside the Soldier Monument on the north side of the State House. Hours for visiting inside the State House: • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays • 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.

ment rate has been among the country’s worst. State lawmakers will debate the policy shifts and investments that the state should make to attract businesses and to help grow those businesses already in the state. Up for debate is whether the state should cut tax deals for large companies or try to capitalize on its anti-union history.

3 HOT-BUTTON ISSUES IN THE COMING YEAR 1. Economy. South Carolina’s unemploy-

2. Restructuring. Under Gov. Nikki Haley, long-languishing efforts to restructure state government have started moving forward. That work continues this year in efforts to start a new Department of Administration, require the lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket with the governor and to let the governor — instead of voters — pick the state education superintendent. 3. Tax reform. Declining state revenues underline the fact that the state’s tax system is a patchwork system that no longer meets the state’s needs. Property tax
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publicans hold all nine statewide offices, including the governor’s office as well as majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives. The state’s congressional delegation has one Democrat, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia. Clyburn is the third-ranking House Democrat. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s two GOP U.S. senators are high-profile as well — Tea Party darling Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, everyone’s favorite (don’t call me) moderate Republican.

3 TIDBITS ABOUT THE CULTURE OF S.C. POLITICS 1. South Carolina is a truly red state. Re-

2. On the national political scene, South Carolina is known for its first-in-theSouth GOP primary. Since 1980, the GOP candidate who wins the S.C. primary has gone on to win the Republican nomination every election cycle. 3. South Carolina has its progressive moments. Current Gov. Nikki Haley is the first woman and first minority ever elected in the state’s history. Two S.C.

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(Next election: Nov. 2, 2014) Nikki Haley (R), Office of the Governor, 1205 Pendleton St., Columbia 29201; (803) 734-2100,

U.S. House of Representatives
Jim Clyburn (D) District 6: Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg D.C. office, 2135 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-3315; Columbia office, 1225 Lady St., Suite 200, Columbia 29201; (803) 799-1100, Next election: Nov. 2, 2012 Mick Mulvaney (R) District 5: Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, Newberry, Sumter, York D.C. office, 1004 Longworth Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 2255501; Rock Hill office, 1456 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill 29732; (803) 327-1114, Next election: Nov. 2, 2012 Joe Wilson (R) District 2: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland

D.C. office, 212 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-2452; Midlands office, 1700 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1, West Columbia 29169; (803) 939-0041, Next election: Nov. 2, 2012

State legislators
To find out who your state representative and senator are, go to www. and click on “Find Your Legislator.” The entire General Assembly is up for re-election in 2012.

Lieutenant governor
(Next election: Nov. 2, 2014) Ken Ard (R), State House, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 142, Columbia 29202; (803) 734-2080,

U.S. senators
Lindsey Graham (R), D.C. office, 290 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, (202) 224-5972; Columbia office, 508 Hampton St., Suite 202, Columbia 29201; (803) 933-0112, Next election: Nov. 2, 2014 Jim DeMint (R), D.C. office, 340 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, (202) 224-6121; Columbia office, 1901 Main St., Suite 1475, Columbia 29201; (803) 771-6112, demint.senate. gov. Next election: Nov. 2, 2016

USEFUL GOVERNMENT WEB SITES 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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Popular communities to call home
Living in town is in vogue again. With close proximity to USC and other schools, cultural offerings, a range of restaurants and the Vista and Five Points entertainment districts, downtown Columbia is an increasingly attractive place to call home. A convention center and hotel, new sports facilities and the Innovista research campus should provide a steady stream of new residents in the years ahead. In addition to historic neighborhoods in and around the downtown core, a range of condo options — popular with singles and empty nesters — have cropped up. 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 alongside train tracks, has been transformed into an arts and entertainment district. Main Street, once the central commercial district, has lost some of its shopping luster but is making a comeback in part because of the success of the Vista. Evening arts events organized by merchants and the introduction of Mast General Store have buoyed optimism. Five Points is a scrappy urban village of shops, bars and restaurants serving college students and those who live nearby. It’s a walkable neighborhood with fountains, good for people-watching. 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 eventual renovations into condos.
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3. The privately owned 701 Whaley St. has become the epicenter for the arts, local food, fundraisers, music and grassroots activism. On Saturdays, an all-local farmers market takes over an adjacent building. Come hungry. NORTHEAST RICHLAND
Award-winning schools, a range of housing options and bustling retail make Northeast Richland among the fastestgrowing suburban areas in the Midlands. Major retailers are showing up. 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: 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 the Blythewood area next fall.


Outdoor dining options are steps away for those living in downtown Columbia. Homes and neighborhoods
Hot ZIP codes: 29201, 29204, 29205, 29206 Who’s moving here: In recent years, young professionals and empty-nesters alike have been drawn to condos and infill housing. Families still prefer the larger houses in close-in downtown neighborhoods, such as Shandon. Median sale price for homes in downtown Columbia area: First four months 2010: $135,000 First four months 2011: $135,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Shandon, Rosewood, Forest Acres, Lake Katharine hospital: 7/8 mile Williams-Brice Stadium: 3 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 9 miles City Hall: 1 mile

School district
Richland 1: (brief district profile, page 32)

Dollars and sense
Tax rate: $747.30 for the owner of a $100,000 home Sewer rate: $25.72 monthly for the average family Water rate: $14.26 monthly for the average family

1. 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 on Assembly at Catawba Street, a good strategy is to take Main Street to Whaley Street, where the train is on an overpass. 2. Local festivals have been organized around art, the blues and crawfish, among other things. Many are free and some are very distinctive. Try the Columbia Blues Festival at King Park, Vista Lights running up to the Christmas holidays, the Artista Vista gallery crawl in the spring, Rosewood’s Crawfish Festival in the spring and the Greek Festival in downtown Columbia in the fall.

3 things to know

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 2010: $138,000

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

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First four months 2011: $152,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Belleclave, Lake Carolina, Longcreek, WildeWood, Woodcreek Farms

Dollars and sense
Tax rate: $48 per year for $100,000 house in Chapin Sewer rate: $17 a month inside town; $30 a month outside town Water rate: $22.56 a month for the first 2,000 gallons, with anything more based on consumption Note: Sewer and water amounts are based on charges by Chapin T own 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 and in the Dutch Fork area, rely on wells and septic tanks.

Dollars and sense
Tax rate: $717.60 for the owner of a $100,000 home, plus an annual garbage fee of $249 for curbside or $486 for backyard service Sewer rate: $46.28 a month for an average family Water rate: $23.15 a month for an average family


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

Northeast Richland is popular for families, with features such as the Children's Garden at Clemson's Sandhill Research and Education Center.
and plantings. It’s half think-tank and half civic action committee, with members who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Meets quarterly. Email hutchv@rcgov. us to get on the list. First four months 2010: $138,000 First four months 2011: $129,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Timberlake, Night Harbor, Firebridge

This area — known for its proximity to Lake Murray, good schools and semi-rural lifestyle — is a half-hour drive from downtown Columbia’s amenities. Growth is slower but steady as new neighborhoods sprout. Both newcomers and longtime residents want to retain a pastoral setting amid the influx of development. Slice of history: Chapin, incorporated in 1889, is named after a prominent 19th-century businessman and civic leader. The Dutch Fork area gets its name from early settlers primarily of German descent. What to watch for in the future: Steady residential growth, with a bit of retail mixed in.

From Chapin Town Hall: State House: 23 miles Columbiana Centre mall: 14 miles Lexington Medical Center: 20 miles, local clinic, one mile Williams-Brice Stadium: 25 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 25 miles

Drive times

School district
Richland 2: (brief district profile, page 32)

1. Rush hour can be rough weekdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and again from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Avoid Clemson, Hard Scrabble and Sparkleberry roads. 2. The Village at Sandhill is a key gathering spot for Northeast residents. The mixed-use village, at T wo Notch and Clemson roads, has a movie theater, numerous shops and restaurants, and a large recreation facility, Plex Indoor Sports. 3. A Northeast Conservation and Beautification Committee, organized in 2005 by master gardener and Richland County Councilwoman Val Hutchinson, has taken root: The group works on anti-litter initiatives, conservation easements, parks

3 things to know

Homes and neighborhoods
Hot ZIP codes: 29036 Who’s moving here: Retirees drawn by the lake’s resort lifestyle and families attracted by good schools, a semi-rural setting and an easy drive to downtown Median sale price for homes in Chapin/Dutch Fork area:

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How far will your home-buying dollars go in the Midlands? Here’s a sampling of properties sold in early 2011, or ones that were still on the market at press time this spring.




BELOW $120,000
This nearly 1,300-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath home at 233 Philmont Drive in Northeast Richland is close to Fort Jackson. It features a one-car garage and front yard maintenance provided by the homeowners association, as well as vaulted ceilings in the family room. Asking price for the patio home: $99,900

This two-story Victorian is in the heart of downtown Columbia. At more than 1,700 square feet, the home at 2230 Gadsden St. has three bedrooms and one bath and a recently updated kitchen. It also features hardwood floors and three gas log fireplaces — and it’s in the National Register of Historic Places. Asking price: $151,900

At nearly 2,300 square feet, this fourbedroom, three-bath home sits on .75 acre on a cul-de-sac in the Ashford subdivision in Irmo. The two-story home at 117 W. Creek Court features an oversized two-car garage, a family room with a fireplace that is open to the kitchen and breakfast room. The secluded backyard intersects with a running creek and woodlands. And the neighborhood provides amenities such as a swimming pool, clubhouse and 15-acre recreational area. Asking price: $199,900




This nearly 3,300-square-foot home in southeast Columbia is a four-bedroom, threebath on more than half an acre and features a grand foyer with 20-foot ceilings and a sunroom. The home, at 114 Steeplechase North Road, has a ground-level master suite with a whirlpool tub and separate shower. The fenced backyard features a large composite wood deck. Asking price: $300,000

This two-story, all-brick home has a threecar garage and oversized great room with a fireplace and custom-built bookshelves. With more than 3,800 square feet, it has five bedrooms and five baths. A finished bonus room features a built-in desk and entertainment center. The kitchen has an island with a raised granite bar. The home is at 201 Upland Trail in Elgin’s Greenhill Parish neighborhood. In addition to traditional amenities, the neighborhood offers a 60-acre wildlife conservation area with trails. Asking price: $414,900

This Lake Murray home at 140 Harbra Court in Lexington sits on 1.25 acres and features 150 feet along the water. With 3,600 square feet, it has four bedrooms and four baths, a kitchen and sunroom with Mexican tile floors and a master suite with a sitting area facing the lake. The home has a formal dining room with heavy molding and wainscoting and features a walk-in attic and a wrap-around wood deck. Asking price: $899,000
— Kristy Eppley Rupon

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Lexington County Administration Building: 28 miles 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.

School district
Lexington-Richland 5: lex5. (brief district profile, page 31)

3 things to know

owned. It’s a 10-mile drive to national retailers in the Harbison area.

1. Most shops are locally

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. Also, proximity to Lake Murray. Median sale price for homes in Lexington area: First four months 2010: $138,000 First four months 2011: $150,000 Among hot neighborhoods: Golden Hills, Governor’s Grant, Woodcreek

2. Traffic is congested during prime commuting times. 3. Crooked Creek park is a
hub for recreation and informal education. Just down the road, Dreher Island State Recreation Area offers a lakeside setting for picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking.

Residents enjoy a concert at Virginia Hylton park in Lexington, a popular gathering spot.
of its proximity to Lake Murray and the 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 U.S. 378 near I-20, adding to road congestion but keeping taxes stable. Slice of history: The town has been a commercial and


Rapid growth in the past 25 years has made the community the second-largest municipality in the Columbia area. The town is popular because

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.

Dollars and sense
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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. 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 First four months 2011: $133,815 Among hot neighborhoods: Saddlebrook, Heath Pond, Kelsney Ridge

1. Lower Richland: Developers and new residents alike are eyeing Lower Richland, which is close to downtown and popular with military families because of its proximity to Fort Jackson. Part of the area’s charm is thousands of acres of open space and farmland. Garners Ferry Road, also known as Sumter Highway, is the main route in and out of Lower Richland, so it tends to get congested during rush hour. South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree, is in Hopkins. 2. Forest Acres/Arcadia Lakes: These established communities just outside the city of Columbia and are known for well-kept homes on heavily shaded lots. Landscapes are dotted with small ponds and lakes; there is little room for new development in the municipalities. There are homes available for almost every budget. The area has several well-known shopping destinations, including Trenholm Plaza, and lots of popular restaurants. It has easy access to downtown and I-77 and I-20. 3. West Columbia/Cayce: The two Lexington County cities along the Congaree River offer a mix of older bungalow-style and ranch homes, new subdivisions and student apartments. While rich in history and traditional Southern values — the parts of the communities began as mill villages — recent years have seen much development along the river. But the area still retains its smalltown feel. There are no traditional shopping malls here, but State Street offers an eclectic mix of shops and eateries. The Three Rivers Greenway draws cyclists and walkers to its trails, while kayaking and canoeing on the Congaree also are popular. It’s a short commute to downtown, with close proximity to Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
— Compiled by Dawn Kujawa

Drive times
Distances from Lexington Town Hall: State House: 17 miles Columbiana Centre mall: 16 miles Lexington Medical Center: 8 miles; local clinic, one mile Williams-Brice Stadium: 19 miles Columbia Metropolitan Airport: 10 miles

Dollars and sense
Tax rate: $1,230 in the county, $1,283 inside the Lugoff Fire District for the owner of a $100,000 home. Sewer rate: $35 monthly average for a family of four Water rate: $30 monthly average for a family of four

School district
Lexington 1: (brief district profile, page 30)

1. 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. 2. The library is home to records popular with amateur historians and genealogists. It also features work by Midlands artists. 3. An effort is under way to develop the first segment of what supporters hope will become a network of local paths for walking, jogging and bicycling. WEST WATEREE
The West Wateree area, which includes Elgin and Lugoff, is the fastest-growing area of Kershaw County. The area is known for good schools, a small town atmosphere, lower taxes than neighboring Northeast Richland, and good housing prices — all with easy access to the interstate, major highways into Columbia and major retailers in Northeast Richland. Slice of history: Elgin is the only incorporated town in the West Wateree area. With a housing boom in neighboring Northeast Richland, 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 $120,000, and more
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3 things to know

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: (brief district profile, page 30)

3 things to know

1. Kershaw County, and Camden in particu-

lar, are known for 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.

2. New shops and restaurants are springing up in downtown Elgin. 3. 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.
— Compiled by Tim Flach, Dawn Hinshaw, John Monk and Kristy Eppley Rupon

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through the lens
We asked our staff photographers to tell us, in pictures, why they love living here. Not surprisingly, our waterways are a big reason.



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Clockwise, from top left: the Saluda, Broad and Congaree rivers are popular for recreation; Rocky Shoals spider lilies, a rare bloom along the Broad River; Lake Murray, a slice of heaven for those who enjoy living on the water; and Gibson Pond Park, a quiet spot to enjoy nature, in Lexington

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Congaree National Park: South Carolina’s only national park — a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Columbia — contains giant hardwoods, towering pines and diverse wildlife. Take the family for a stroll down the boardwalk, register for a free Friday evening Owl Prowl or sign up the kids for the Junior Ranger program. 100 National Park Road, Hopkins; (803) 7764396; Sesquicentennial State Park: 12 miles of trails for hiking and biking, fishing or canoe rentals on 30-acre lake, picnic shelters, camping. 9564 T Notch Road, Columbia; wo (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; Harbison State Forest: 2,177 acres of hilly forest land, educational/environmental center, 18 miles of trails for hiking and biking, Broad River access. 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia; (803) 896-8890; state. 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; Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve: 627 acres in an 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) 7343886 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;
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The roughly 15,000-square-foot, custom concrete Owens Field Skate Park, near Columbia's Rosewood neighborhood, is a draw for skateboarders of all ages.

Community parks: Many cities and counties have their own network of parks, the city of Columbia and Richland County among them. In addition to green space, many offer programs for kids and adults alike.

Sesquicentennial State Park: 9564 T wo Notch Road, Northeast Richland, $25 per dog per year, plus admission to the state park of $2 per adult per visit or $50 for an annual pass; (803) 788-2706 Columbia Doggie Park: Humane Lane, just off Shop Road at I-77, $50 per family per year; (803) 353-8816 The Barking Lot: 5605 Bush River Road, Saluda Shoals Park, $55 annually (residents in Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission tax district get a $15 discount); (803) 772-3336 NOMA Bark Park: Earlewood Park, 111 Parkside Drive, off North Main Street, Columbia, $25 per dog; barkpark

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 — lions, giraffes and zebras — and those native to Australia — koalas and wallabies. 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 and Greystone Blvd.; (803) 779-8717;

Columbia Museum of Art: This is one of only two museums in the state with a significant European art collection, most from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The museum also hosts exhibitions from other institutions. Hampton and Main streets, Columbia. (803) 799-2810; S.C. State Museum: This facility emphasizes S.C. artists. 301 Gervais St., Columbia (803) 898-4921; 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-

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Columbia is blazing hot and full of hills, so you wouldn’t think it would be friendly for runners. But the city is quickly establishing itself as a recreation destination with a road race nearly every weekend. The area will host its first marathon in years in spring 2012, and tourism officials are hoping to host an Ironman triathlon. Here, some of Columbia’s most popular races: Governor’s Cup Half Marathon (13.1 miles): This is Columbia’s oldest race, founded in 1972. It starts at the State House and finishes at USC’s Horseshoe. The race was at one time one of the state’s signature races. It has declined in recent years, but with a new title sponsor, the race had close to 1,000 finishers in 2010. But be warned, the race has one of the toughest finishes in the city, running straight up Blossom and Sumter streets. If a half marathon is too much for you, the event also has an 8K (5 mile) race. Next race: Nov. 5, 2011. Get to the Green 5K (3.1 miles): Columbia’s largest road race, with more than 1,800 finishers this year. That’s mostly because it’s part of Columbia’s largest festival, St. Pat’s in Five Points. It is also one of the city’s most competitive races. T be in the top 50, you o have to run under 20 minutes, or about 6:26 per mile. But most runners are just interested in having fun, and winning the Best Dressed Leprechaun contest. Next race: March 2012. Ray Tanner Home Run 12K (7.4 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles): Named for the head coach of the USC baseball team (2010 national champs) and benefitting the Ray Tanner Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bettering economically and medically disadvantaged children and their families. The main attraction is the finish line: home plate at Carolina Stadium. Next race: Oct. 15, 2011. USMC Mud Run: Running the 4-mile course is the easy part. It’s hurtling the 5-foot-tall walls and running through waist-deep mud that will get you. The course is so tough it even has its own nickname: The Leatherneck. But with more than 14,000 participants in 2010, the race is the largest Mud Run in North America. Next race: Oct. 15, 2011. Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler: South Carolina’s only female road race. Sponsored by Providence Heart & Vascular Institute, the race isn’t a fundraiser but is designed to raise awareness about heart disease for women. The race starts and finishes at Finlay Park. And don’t be fooled by all of the pink: these ladies can run. The course record is 26:55 — an average pace of 5:23 per mile. Next race: April or May 2012.
— Adam Beam


foot exhibit of a boy named Eddie, large enough for adults and children to climb in and through to learn about the body. The museum also hosts special exhibits, summer camps, afterschool care and preschool programs. 211 Gervais St., Columbia; (803) 779-3100;

At the lake: A public beach at the south side of the Lake Murray dam has a sandy beach, picnic facilities and lots of water and scenery. Off North Lake Drive. Public pools: Several public pools are open in Richland County, at Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road; Maxcy Gregg Park, 2650 Park Circle; Drew Wellness Center (indoor), 2101 Walker Solomon Way; Greenview Park, 6700 David St.; and Hopkins Park, 150 Hopkins Park Road. Spray, splash parks: Several city parks feature free outdoor spray areas where kids can have fun and cool off. At Saluda Shoals Park, the popular Saluda Splash is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for $3. 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia; (803) 7315208; Water parks: Palmetto Falls Water Park at Fort Jackson, with slides, a lazy river and splash areas, is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays in the summer. $9.50. (803) 751-4056;
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Newcomers will find an array of health services for everyone — young 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 new hospital, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge in Irmo, is expected to open in 2014.

From recreation centers to area gyms, there are plenty of options for fitness. Here, participants take a class at Drew Wellness Center.

Location: 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia Contact: (803) 791-2000 (main campus); THESTATE.COM A look at the hospitals’ specialities and other details, at livinghere.


Locations: Providence Hospital and Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, 2435 Forest Drive, Columbia Providence Northeast Hospital and Providence Orthopedic and Neuro Spine Institute, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia Contact: (803) 256-5300;

To your health
No matter your age, there’s plenty to help keep you healthy.
Community and rec centers, gyms and more
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation: Activities for children, adults and seniors ranging from pottery-making classes to volleyball, basketball and swimming. 1932 Calhoun St. (803) 545-3100; Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission: Activities include racquetball, tennis, softball, football and basketball. 563 S. Lake Drive; Lexington. (803) 359-0964; Richland County Recreation and Aging Commission: Recreation centers, an 18-hole professional golf course, a boat ramp with access to the Congaree River, tennis centers, swimming pools, the Adult Activity Center and several neighborhood parks. 7494 Parklane Road; Columbia. (803) 754-7275; Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission: T traditional recrewo ation centers, Crooked Creek in Chapin and Seven Oaks in Irmo, for youth sports leagues and craft classes. The nature-oriented Saluda Shoals Park on the Saluda River has miles of hiking and biking trails, a children’s splash zone and canoe/kayak rentals. 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia.; (803) 772-1228; Camden-Kershaw County Recreation Department: Tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, walking paths and an observatory for the astronomy enthusiast. Sports programs,

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.

Location: 1315 Roberts St., Camden, 29020 Contact: (803) 432-4311;

Richland: (803) 576-2980. Children’s immunizations (by appointment only), (803) 576-2840 Lexington: (803) 785-6550 Kershaw: (803) 475-7122 Worth noting: A source of information and vaccinations, including children’s immunizations and seasonal flu shots.

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crafts and instructional courses are available. 1042 W. DeKalb St., Camden. (803) 425-6009 Hit the trail: If walking or running are part of your routine, there are a number of scenic routes for these activities, among them: State House grounds, Finlay Park, Three Rivers Greenway, Sesquicentennial State Park and Harbison State Forest. Fitness centers: There is no shortage of local gyms and health clubs. Among the notables: Drew Wellness Center, the city of Columbia’s fitness facility downtown; the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center in Northeast Richland; Plex Indoor Sports, with locations in the Northeast and Irmo areas; and YMCA, with locations downtown, and in the Northeast and northwest parts of Richland County.

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There is plenty of produce grown in South Carolina, including watermelons, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes, greens, tomatoes, peppers and much more. Here, a sampling of places to find local produce: During summer months, Seeds of Hope markets pop up in church and synagogue lots, where local farmers bring their produce to sell. The State Farmers Market is settling into its new facility on U.S. 321 in Lexington County, within 1.5 miles of both I-77 and I-26. It’s open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The Lexington Farmers Market is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. The city of Forest Acres holds a farmers market on Wednesdays (3-6 p.m.) on the rooftop at Richland Mall, at Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. The Sandhills Farmers Market is open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays, through late November, at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Educa-


In addition to fresh, season produce, farmers markets have special events. Here, strolling the Midlands Plant & Flower Festival, at the Lexington Farmers Market.
tion Center, 900 Clemson Road. In addition to local products, Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions. The All-Local Farmers Market offers locally grown produce and organic meats 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 701 Whaley St. in Columbia’s Olympia neighborhood. The farmers market at Riverbanks Botanical Garden features organic produce, homemade goods and cooking demonstrations by Earth Fare. The market is open 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays, May through October, in the garden’s parking lot, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. The Main Street Marketplace features fresh produce and local craft vendors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, in May and June, at Hampton and Main streets in Columbia. The Kershaw County Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, April through December, at West Dekalb and Church streets in Camden.

Shoppers started spending again in 2011 as effects of a brutal economic recession eased and unemployment started to wane. While soaring gas prices have cut into discretionary spending, many retailers are still reporting better sales than last year. And the Midlands welcomes some new national shops to the area this year. The Columbia area has a mix of national retailers and local boutiques. Here, seven categories — and a small sampling of where you can find it all. a variety of local retailers. For savings, try Revente consignment shop or Urban Thread for overruns, or head to Bohemian for new clothes. Mr. Friendly’s is a great stop for lunch, and stop by the new Fruiti Cup or Tic T Candy Shoppe for dessert. oc Scout rare music finds on vinyl or CD at Papa Jazz. which sells eyeglasses and art (and eyeglasses as art). Many longtime retailers still are standing strong, such as Sylvan’s jewelers, Moe Levy’s outdoor outfitters and Granger Owings clothiers. The Vista is the spot for restaurants and bars mixed with a variety of retailers. Find furniture and imported rugs at Whit-Ash, and stop in for a bite to eat at the Blue Marlin, with dessert across the street at Cupcake.

Main Street is working toward a comeback, with a newly opened Mast General Store leading the way. Among the wig shops and urban clothing stores, look for a variety of art stores, such as S&S Art Supply and Frame of Mind,

A funky urban village, Five Points is the spot for unique clothing and gifts from
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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. Inside Columbiana Centre, you’ll find the Midlands’ first Forever 21 and other typical mall retailers, such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Kay Jewelers, along with a handful of local shops, such as Big Thursday and SC Place.

Forest Acres is a small town within a city and offers a mix of national specialty retailers and locally owned shops. The main shopping district runs along Forest Drive between the newly renovated Trenholm Plaza and the newly sold Richland Mall. Trenholm Plaza features gourmet grocery store The Fresh Market and locally owned B.E.E. Maternal and Bumble Boutique. On the other end of Forest Drive, new owners have been working for about a year to recruit a range of retailers to Richland Mall. The long-suffering mall has some solid anchors, such as Belk and Barnes and Noble and is starting to recruit some smaller shops, such as returning tenant Columbia Art and Custom Framing. All along the Forest Drive stretch, look for locally owned favorites, such as Be Beep toy shop, Casual Living furniture store and Carolina Fine Jewelry.

This area is emerging as the hottest shopping district in the Midlands. Growth at the outdoor mall Village at Sandhill slowed during the economic downturn, but it welcomes an Academy Sports and Outdoor this year and has retained such national retailers 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 Coldwater Creek, Peanut Man and Learning Express T oys. Around the corner on T Notch Road are a variety of bigwo box retailers, such as Target and Best Buy, and locally owned shops such as Summit Cycles and Swanky Boutique, a women’s clothing store. The Killian Road and I-77 intersection also is blossoming with national retailers, such as Lowe’s and Walmart and a variety of auto dealers.

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 Jewelry Warehouse, 14 Carrot health food store and Marty Rae’s furniture.

The Devine Street area in Shandon should be your destination for boutique clothing and specialty home furnishings. Try Bohemian Design Store for funky furniture; Rice Music House for a Steinway piano; Pink Sorbet/Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop for that special spring dress to wear to the horse races; and Britton’s 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). | Living Here

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Restaurants may come and go, but some things do remain constant. Here, a list of not-to-bemissed food related events in the Midlands:

Taste some of the best that Columbia has to offer from fine dining to casual during Restaurant Week. Hundreds of participating restaurants create special menus, promotions, packages and discounts for this event, allowing diners to try out a new spot or return to an old favorite. When: mid-January Details: or columbiacvb. com


The annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival has grown from one bar's back-alley fun into a neighborhood event with live music, games and, of course, lots of crawfish.
begins with an antique car and tractor show, then there’s the Peach Parade, beauty pageants and an end-of-the-evening fireworks spectacular. This year will feature a Revolutionary War reenactment with cannon firings at specific times of the day as well as a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon. Come out and enjoy barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers and fresh peaches. When: In 2011, 8:30 a.m. — 10 p.m. July 4 Details: years include pimiento-stuffed sausage with Adluh grits from 300 Senate, mini osso bucco by Ristorante Divino, organic pizza by Z Pizza and kid-friendly candy apples, boiled peanuts and snow cones from Cromer’s P-Nuts. Admission is free, and parking is free in all three Vista garages. Guests may purchase tokens for food and beverages (ranging from $1 to $5) in advance or at the gate. When: In 2011, noon - 6 p.m. Sept. 25 Details: or

of them. This family-friendly The Central Carolina Food festival started out as one bar’s & Wine Festival is a months’ back-alley fun and has grown long series of events created to into a neighborhood event showcase local gourmet food with live music, arts and crafts, and domestic and international children’s games and, of course, wineries while raising money lots of crawfish. Start the day for a good cause. with the 5K CrawSelect from a variety daddy Dash or 1-mile of wine dinners at walk and then join participating area THESTATE.COM friends and family for restaurants and make an afternoon of good Read Susan Ardis’ food and fun. plans to attend the Carolina Kitchen gala finale featuring When: Late April/ online and bian all-out evening early May monthly Wednesof tastings from the days in The State Details: rosewoodbest restaurants in newspaper. the area and wine from around the LEXINGTON COUNTY world. In 17 years, the nonprofit PEACH FESTIVAL foundation has been able to raise Summer means peach season over $735,000 in support of its in the Midlands, and the Lexmission of helping charitable inington County Peach Festival, dividuals and businesses meet the in Gilbert, is the place to be for critical needs of the community. all things peachy. The Gilbert When: February through April, Community Club has sponwith gala event in early April sored the festival since 1958. Details:

With thousands of attendees each year, Viva la Vista showcases the neighborhood restaurants of the Congaree Vista (the heart of which is the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln streets). This year about 30 restaurants will be providing signature dishes for sampling while patrons enjoy live music and entertainment, artisanal beers and family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. Culinary highlights from past

This annual all-day event raises money for numerous local charities. Contestants enter their secret chili recipes and cook on-site at one of Five Points’ most venerable establishments, Group Therapy bar. Guests vote on the best-tasting chili in various categories. When: Late October Details: — Susan Ardis

It’s all about the crustacean here, folks. All 7,000 pounds
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Volunteers usually start about two weeks ahead of the festival date peeling close to 50 bushels of peaches that will be made into cobblers, parfaits, sundaes and ice cream. Festival day

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What is real Southern food? That question was the subject of a collegial debate between cookbook authors Matt and T Lee (“Simple, ed ONLINE Check out What’s Fresh, Southern”) and John T. Edge Good Here, a se- (“Fried Chicken: An American ries with Columbia Story”), filmed at ETV’s studios in area restaurant summer 2010. owners, online While neither side could agree on and bimonthly what made Southern food … well Wednesdays … Southern, one thing was certain. in The State When it comes to cuisine, the South newspaper. And, is rich in gastronomical delights. join Eaton Wright More simply put, we have some on Facebook for really good food here. seasonal reciHere are just a few local favorites: pes, food events Shrimp & Grits: A perennial and more: www. Southern favorite, second perhaps only to the heavenly she crab soup. tonwrigh. Once you’ve sampled this dynamic pairing, don’t stop there. You might try variations such as quail and grits or fried fish and grits, too. Barbecue: By now you’ve probably heard of the South’s world-famous barbecue, usually of the pork or chicken variety, slow-cooked in a tangy or savory sauce. (And notice we said cooked in a sauce. If sauce is on the side, that’s not barbecue, it's roast with sauce on the side.) If you want to see a lively debate, just ask which is better, mustard or vinegar. (And don’t even bring up tomato-based.) Perloughs, pilafs and bogs: Oh my. You might hear the words perlough (pronounced per-lo), pilaf and even bog, as in chicken bog, thrown around at a get-together and think “T oto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Don’t fret. Southerners have a way of stretching things out, especially when cooking for a crowd. The common denominator for all three of these dishes — which, if truth be told, are really interchangeable — is rice, a Southern staple. When combined with chicken or sausage and cut-up vegetables, this all-in-one dish can be found at tailgating, the Carolina Cup or just about any weekend get-together. Hoppin’ John: In the South, eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. But you also might spot it on specialty menus yearround. The meal consists of greens (usually collards, turnip or mustard, and sometimes kale) and black-eyed peas. Greens symbolize currency, and peas, pennies or coins. Tea: Wow, that’s sweet. Most restaurants continue with the tradition of making tea sweet, though many will have an unsweetened version on standby. And really good, lip-smacking sweet tea is made by adding a cup or so of sugar to a half gallon or gallon of water after the tea has brewed, and before icing it down. And if someone says, “Bring me an Arnold Palmer,” they’re not talking about golf. They’re asking for half lemonade, half iced tea.
— Mindy Lucas

>>> on the town


The South Carolina Philharmonic plays at the Koger Center.

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 more than 90 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; Workshop Theatre, started in the early ’70s, began as a theater for young directors but has since become known for its musicals. 1136 Bull St., (803) 799-6551; Trustus, in an old warehouse in the Vista, is a professional theater that offers cutting-edge work as well as late-night shows. It has an additional performance space for small, intimate shows.
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520 Lady St., (803) 254-9732; 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; Koger Center for the Arts hosts a touring musical theater season and a variety of concerts. 1051 Greene St., (803) 7777500;

The orchestra plays at the Koger Center. (803) 254-7445 USC Symphony provides a continuing flow of concerts, from contemporary to experimental. orchestra USC School of Music offers a range of mostly free concerts, often held at the Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St., (803) 7774280;

Columbia City Ballet, the city’s oldest ballet company, which turned 50 this year, offers full-length classical ballets as well as original productions. (803) 799-7605; Columbia Classical Ballet generally presents tried-andtrue works by the world’s great choreographers. (803) 252-9112 Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet gives performance op-

Colleges and universities, churches and other community bands and orchestras offer performances. Here is a sampling of the larger, established groups: South Carolina Philharmonic’s music director, Morihiko Nakahara, enters his fourth season with The Phil.

portunities to dancers of local pre-professional programs. Brodie was the founder of Columbia City Ballet. www. Vibrations Dance Company adds African, jazz and even hiphop dance to its contemporary performances. UNBOUND Dance Company pushes the boundaries of modern dance with inventive and sometimes wonderfully quirky routines. South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company presents highly articulate contemporary dance. USC Department of Theatre and Dance has been expanding its offerings and for the past four years has brought in members of the New York City Ballet for a performance. (803) 777-5636; www.cas.

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Columbia has a mighty music scene
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 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 shows, some of the best bands booked here. 900 Main St.; (803) 748-0540 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 high-quality 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. | Living Here

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Editor’s note: 2010 SAT averages listed here do not include essay portion of test. Information provided by school districts. 22,346 Total teachers projected this fall: 1,704 2010 SAT average: 1532 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 87 percent

Kershaw County residents enjoy a rural landscape and small school system with a family feel.

All classrooms feature interactive technology. Middle and elementary schools are establishing technology laboratories. Plans call for personal mobile computing at high schools. Newer facilities like Rocky Creek Elementary are built for energy efficiency. A goal is 75 percent of graduates speak a second language by 2020 as instruction is expanded in elementary classes. Advance study is offered at high schools — agribusiness at Pelion; science, technology, engineering and math at Lexington T echnology Center; health and medicine at White Knoll; and world languages and international business at Lexington. In the future, sustainable design will be added at Gilbert while law, global policy and multimedia art design and production will be taught at River Bluff after it is built.

2029 W. DeKalb St., Camden 29020; (803) 432-8416; Superintendent: Frank Morgan Total schools: 11 elementary, four middle, three high schools. In addition, there are schools for career and technology education, alternative education, adult education and parenting. Total students projected this fall: 10,300 Total teachers projected this fall: 780 2010 SAT average: 967 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 77 percent


A Lexington 2 student keeps watch on an experiment. The district covers Cayce, West Columbia and other nearby areas.

ing high levels of academic achievement, A 2011 Center for American obtaining high rates of student academic Progress national study measuring the improvement and closing achievement productivity of every school district in the gaps, including Baron DeKalb, Bethune, country rated the Kershaw County School Blaney, Camden and Wateree elementaries; District as providing a “high reStover, Lugoff-Elgin and North turn on investment” — the only Central middles; and Camden school district in the Midlands High. and one of only 12 in the state to THESTATE.COM earn the report’s highest rating. All Kershaw County elemenKeep up with tary schools achieved Adequate Midlands high LEXINGTON 1 Yearly Progress for the first time. school sports at A fast-growing school system Blaney Elementary teacher that serves the Gilbert, LexingTonya Jackson was chosen as a landspreps. View ton, Oak Grove, Pelion and Red national finalist for a Presidential S.C. State Report Bank areas. Cards for local Teaching Award in science. school districts The new Jackson School ABOUT THE DISTRICT at became the first “LEED 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexlivinghere. Gold” certified school in South ington, 29072; (803) 821-1000; Carolina for its environmentally sustainable design. Superintendent: Karen Woodward Doby’s Mill Elementary School was selected as a 2011 “School of Character.” Total schools: 16 elementary, six middle, Nine schools were recognized by the four high and one career center State Department of Education with Total students projected this fall: Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for hav30 | Living Here

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

715 Ninth St., West Columbia, 29169; (803) 796-4708; Superintendent: Venus Holland Total schools: One early childhood center, nine elementary, four middle, two high and one alternative Enrollment projected this fall: 8,575 Teachers: 644 2010 SAT average: 1463 Percent of students who met the standard for high school exit exam: 91.7

Lexington 2 state school ratings improved. Congaree Elementary and Springdale Elementary were Palmetto

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Lexington-Richland 5 was one of the state's top school districts in 2010, according to annual state report cards. Here, students at Chapin High School head to class.

Gold winners for overall academic performance and Palmetto Silver award winners for academic improvement in closing the achievement gap. Taylor Elementary and Fulmer Middle received two Palmetto Silver awards, one for overall academic performance and one for academic improvement in closing the achievement gap. Pineview Elementary received the Palmetto Silver award for overall academic performance. Airport High’s JROTC team placed first in the All-Army State High School Drill Team Championship and fifth overall against the best high schools in the country and from overseas military bases at the national championship. Busbee Creative Arts Academy was selected for the Apple Exemplary Program for its 21st Century iLearn Project. Busbee is one of 40 schools that Apple is recognizing nationwide and the only school in South Carolina.

Total schools: One primary, one elementary, one middle, one high Total students: 1,985 Total teachers: 150 2010 SAT average: 1384 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 92.7

Total students projected this fall: 3,150 Total teachers: 224 2010 SAT average: 1384 Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 85.2

Schools are multi-year recipients of Palmetto Gold and Silver awards, recognizing high levels of performance and improvement. A new early childhood center provides kindergarten for ages 3-5 through lessons designed to meet young learning needs. Swansea High’s freshman academy assists ninth-graders in preparing for social aspects and academic rigors of latter grades.

Lexington 3 is one of two districts with all teachers rated highly qualified. The “on-time” graduation rate at Batesburg-Leesville High is above the state average. Batesburg-Leesville Middle and High received Palmetto Silver awards for closing the achievement gap.

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

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.

The district serves the Batesburg-Leesville area in western Lexington County and eastern Saluda County.

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

338 W. Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville, 29006; (803) 532-4423; Superintendent: Chester Floyd

1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, 29063; (803) 476-8000;
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Superintendent: Stephen Hefner Total schools: 12 elementary, four middle, three high, one alternative Total students: 16,362 Total teachers: 1,246 2010 SAT average: 1536 Percent of students who met the standard for high school exit exam: 93.4

Lexington-Richland 5 was one of only five school districts in the state to receive two Excellent ratings on report cards issued by the South Carolina Department of Education. Craig Andrysczyk, teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary, was named a finalist for the 2011 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. The district’s composite SAT scores were nearly 100 points above the state average and 39 points above the national average in 2010.


Members of Richland Northeast HIgh's Pop, Broadway and Jazz group perform at the Village at Sandhill in Northeast Richland. The school is home to a magnet program for the performing arts.

Richland 1 has completed its $381 million Schools for the 21st Century bond construction project, which renovated or rebuilt all district middle and high schools, as well as athletics stadiums and fields.

school students who met the standard for the exit exam: 69.6 percent passed both sections on first try

Richland 2 is the largest school district in the Midlands. Serving the mainly suburban neighborhoods in Northeast Richland, the district is perhaps best known in the state for its choice and magnet programs. That system of magnet centers and specialty programs allows families the opportunity to apply to any school in the district. More than 5,135 magnet and choice applications were submitted for the 2011-12 school year.

Richland 1 is nationally accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. Richland 1 has been named one of America’s Best Communities for Music Education three times in the past nine years (2002, 2006, 2011). Richland 1 schools earned 20 Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for 2010 from the S.C. Department of Education for student achievement gains and closing achievement gaps between groups of students. Richland 1 has had two high school seniors — Hakeem Hicks and Theta Brown, both of Eau Claire High — win the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship in the past three years.

Total teachers: 1,848 SAT average: 1005 math and verbal Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 81.8 percent

In the 2010-2011 school year, Richland 2 grew by 3 percent, or 747 students. That’s equivalent to the size of one large elementary school. Richland 2 is opening two schools in August 2011: Catawba Trail Elementary School, 1080 Old National Road, Elgin, and Muller Road Middle School, 1041 Muller Road, Blythewood. Catawba Trail Elementary is being built to accommodate 749 students. Muller Road Middle is being built to accommodate an opening day enrollment of 1,050 students, with a core capacity of 1,300 students. Recently, the Center for Achievement moved out of portable classrooms and into a new permanent facility located on the campus of Kelly Mill Middle School.

1616 Richland St., Columbia, 29201; (803) 231-7000; ; Twitter: Superintendent: Percy Mack Total schools: 28 elementary, nine middle and seven high schools, plus a career and technology education center, alternative school, school for special needs students, evening high school, adult education program, and charter school Total students: Pre-K to grade 12, 23,963 Total teachers: 2,046 SAT 2010: 925 2010 percentage of high

6831 Brookfield Road, Columbia, 29206; (803) 787-1910; fax 803.738.7393; www.richland2. org Superintendent: Katie Brochu Total schools: 18 elementary, seven middle, four high; two child development centers, four magnet centers, two alternative schools, one adult education and technology center; one charter school Total students: 25,697 PreK-12

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Managers, Assistant Managers and Sales Associates
We are seeking Managers, Assistant Managers and Sales Associates for our C-Store and Restaurant locations in greater Columbia. Previous Convenience Store and/or Restaurant experience a plus. Comprehensive benefit package including Paid Vacations, Insurance, Bonuses and much more. We will train the right individuals. If you are self motivated and want to grow with our organization, please send/Fax resume with salary history to or apply in person at:

Collision Centers, Inc.
Summit Collision Centers, the largest body shop chain in the Columbia area, now has 4 locations to serve its customers: NE & SE Columbia, Irmo and Lexington. We are growing and expanding and always looking for dedicated and skilled employees. We have positions for: Managers, Collision Repair Estimators, Receptionists, Experienced Autobody Technicians and more. If you are interested in applying with Summit Collision Centers you may: stop at any of our 4 locations and fill out an application, fax a resume to 803-788-8133 or you may email it to:


Carolina Convenience Corp.
557 Whiteford Way • Lexington, SC 29072 Fax: 803-356-2084

South Carolina MENTOR is seeking families or individuals willing to foster a child in need of a home. Must be 21, have a spare bedroom and high school diploma/GED. Up to $930 monthly stipend. Call our Columbia office at 803-451-3982 or 1-877-852-4453.

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Parents of primary- and secondaryage children have a variety of privateeducation 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. A sampling of offerings: grade 12; Episcopal, college prep 3000 S. Beltline Blvd., Columbia 29201; (803) 765-2309; 612 Gabriel St., Columbia 29203; (803) 735-9570;

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;

Ben Lippen Elementary School
Grades: K-4 to grade 5; Christian 500 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29210; (803) 807-4400;

Columbia Adventist Academy
Grades: pre-K to grade 8; Seventh-day Adventist 241 Riverchase Way, Lexington, 29072; (803) 796-0277; columbiaadventistacademy. com

Montessori School of Columbia
Grades: 1-6; Montessori 2807 Oceola St., Columbia 29205; (803) 783-8838;

Ben Lippen Elementary School
Grades: K-4 to grade 5; Christian 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia 29203; (803) 807-4300;

Montessori School of Columbia
Preschool: ages 3 to 5; Montessori 1000 Greenlawn Drive, Columbia 29209; (803) 783-8838;

Covenant Christian Academy
Grades: K-4 to grade 12; Christian 3222 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia 29170; (803) 796-2860

St. John Neumann Catholic School
Grades: 4 years to grade 6; Catholic 721 Polo Road, Columbia 29223; (803) 788-1367;

Glenforest School
Grades: K-5 to grade 12; serves children with learning differences and focusing issues 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia 29169; (803) 796-7622;

Ben Lippen Middle and High School
Grades: 6-12; Christian 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia 29203; (803) 807-4100;

St. Joseph Catholic School
Grades: K-4 to grade 6; Catholic 3700 Devine St., Columbia 29205; (803) 254-6736;

Cardinal Newman School
Grades: 7-12; Catholic 4701 Forest Drive, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-2814;

Grace Christian School
Grades: K-3 to grade 12; Christian 416 Denham Ave., West Columbia 29169; (803) 794-8996;

Columbia Jewish Day School
Grades: 1 year to grade 5; Jewish 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-1831;

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School
Grades: 3 years to grade 6; Catholic 2225 Hampton St., Columbia 29204; (803) 254-5477;

Heritage Christian Academy
Grades: K-5 to grade 8; Christian 649 Barr Road, Lexington 29072; (803) 951-3901;

Covenant Classical Christian School
Grades: K-5 to grade 12; Classical Christian, college prep 2801 Stepp Drive, Columbia 29204; (803) 787-0225;

St. Peter’s Catholic School
Grades: K-4 to grade 6; Catholic 1035 Hampton St., Columbia 29201; (803) 252-8285; stpeters-catholic-school. org

Holy Trinity Lutheran School
Grades: K-4 to grade 8; Christian 2920 Pella Ave., West Columbia 29170; (803) 791-9039

Hammond School
Grades: K-4 to grade 12; college prep 854 Galway Lane, Columbia 29209; (803) 776-0295;

Sandhills School
Grades: 1-11; for children with learning differences 1500 Hallbrook Drive, Columbia 29209; (803) 695-1400;

Camden Military Academy
Grades: 7-12; male military boarding school 520 U.S. 1 North, Camden 29020; (800) 948-6291;

Harmony School
Grades: Age 2 to grade 5; Montessori 3737 Covenant Road, Columbia 29204; (803) 787-1899;

Timmerman School
Grades: K-3 to grade 8; independent 2219 Atascadero Drive, Columbia 29206; (803) 782-2748;

Montessori School of Camden
Ages: infants to grade 6; Montessori Two Montessori Way, Camden 29020; (803) 432-6828;

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Grades: 3-year-old nursery school to
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V.V. Reid School
Grades: infants to grade 5; Christian

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>>> colleges & universities
Columbia has a richly layered higher education landscape focused on 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.

1530 Harden St.; (803) 3765700; Allen is a private, four-year college founded in 1870 and supported by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Allen offers eight majors and 16 concentrations within three academic divisions – mathematics and natural sciences, business administration and humanities. The school has an evening college. Enrollment: 848 Cost: In-state annual tuition and fees, $10,884


Benedict College's Band of Distinction performs at a football game.
women. The college is home to The Leadership Institute and The Alliance for Women, a public-private partnership with the S.C. Commission on Women. Enrollment: 1,367 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $24,060 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.midlandstech. edu 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: 12,078 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $3,480 for residents of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties; $4,344 for other S.C. residents; $10,440 for non-S.C. residents Columbia) Cost: In-state annual tuition and fees, $9,786

1600 Harden St.; (803) 2535000; Benedict is a private, coeducational liberal arts institution founded in 1870. The college offers undergraduate degree programs with classes that meet in the evenings and on Saturdays. Enrollment: 3,137 Cost: Annual tuition and fees, $16,370

701 South Main St.; (803) 7774155; 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: In-state annual tuition and fees, $20,236


7435 Monticello Road; (803) 754-4100, (800) 777-2227; The university comprises Columbia Bible College, CIU graduate COLUMBIA school and Columbia COLLEGE THESTATE.COM Biblical Seminary and 1301 Columbia School of Missions. A sampling of College Drive; (803) other higher edu- Columbia Interna786-3871, (800) tional is a private, cation offerings 277-1301; www. multidenominational at Christian school that livinghere Founded in 1854, offers undergraduate Columbia College is a private, and graduate degrees and certifiliberal arts, women’s college cate programs. It has a campus in with co-educational evening Germany and houses Christian and graduate programs. The radio station WMHK (89.7 FM). college, affiliated with the Enrollment: 1,201 United Methodist Church, has Cost: Annual tuition and a student-to-faculty ratio of fees, $17,520 12-1 and boasts students from 23 U.S. states and 20 nations. MIDLANDS TECHNICAL Columbia College emphasizes COLLEGE leadership development for 316 South Beltline Blvd.,

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: In-state annual tuition and fees, $24,776

Pendleton and Sumter streets; (803) 777-7000; 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: 29,599 (USC- | Living Here

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>>> faith

South Carolina is steeped in religious School for youngsters and workshops for history, so it makes sense that faith and married couples. spirituality remain strong, vital elements in Wonderful walking cemetery: First Presthe lives of many Midlands residents. byterian Church, another historic Gothic While Southern Baptists and other downtown gem, has a wonderful walking Protestant denominations dominate in tour of its churchyard. Its burial ground, numbers and in houses of worship, there is established by the Legislature in 1798 and a increasingly broad representation of many includes ministers, government officials, religions and faith groups that enrich the lawmakers and soldiers of the Revolution, life of the region. the Mexican War and the Civil War. Finding the right Fastest-growing: The congregation takes time, Rev. Gregg Surratt founded 3 THINGS: ABOUT but along the way you can THE FAITH COMMUNITY Seacoast Church in Mount peek into some speculator Pleasant and added eight houses of worship, study other campuses in South 1. Ignore that old saw about fine architecture and learn politics and religion. In South Carolina, including Cothe history of various lumbia and Irmo — as well Carolina, people love to share religions. Here, a look as congregations in North their opinions about the two at some area houses of Carolina and Georgia. It’s a subjects, which are often worship: modern church with many entwined. A downtown beacon: online resources. First Baptist Church in Where justice rolls down 2. Southern Baptists dominate, downtown Columbia is like water: Zion Baptist but there are plenty of other known for its multiple Church on Washington Christian variations, including outreach ministries and Street in downtown CoRoman Catholics, Anglicans Bible studies, but it is lumbia served as a meeting and Protestant denominations also a place to take in place during the civil rights that include United Methodbeautiful faith-based movement in Columbia, as ists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, musical performances. did First Nazareth Church Episcopalians, African MethodThe congregation stages on Gervais Street and ist Episcopalians, Pentecostals a salute to liberty every Bethel AME Church, now and others. summer and a Christmas on Woodrow Street. Now pageant in December. The 3. Wednesday night is church the three congregations are congregation offers a place active in Christian mission night. Many congregants enjoy for downtown workers to and outreach while retaina good meal, religious programs enjoy a specialty coffee ing their historic place in and fellowship on this midweek and a browse books at its civil rights history. evening. Higher Grounds store. Preaching: The Rev. History lessons: Trinity Charles Jackson at BrookEpiscopal Cathedral is once again open land Baptist Church in West Columbia is for services after a three-year, $7 million known for dynamic preaching, but don’t renovation of its historic Gothic sanctuary. stop there. The congregation is well-known The stained-glass windows, the restored for its outreach to those less fortunate and woodwork and the gloriously painted apse are for Jackson’s focus on education and ecorestored to the finest detail and worth a look nomic empowerment for its membership. inside. The church just across the street from Focus on outreach: Bibleway Church the State Capitol is known for its varied musiof Atlas Road tops 9,000 members on its cal offerings and choirs, including its cathedral rolls but the nondenominational Africanartist series on Sunday afternoons. American congregation serves as a close“Main Street” ministry: Shandon Baptist knit community of believers who use the Church on Forest Drive is known as a facilities almost every day of the week. Led congregation that will find a place for you. by state Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, Walk down the church’s “Main Street” the church adopts a yearly theme. In 2011, inside the red brick edifice and you’ll find it's “A Time T Believe.” o a ministry to suit every congregant’s needs. A call to prayer: Columbia-area MusShandon is known for its many outreach lims are small in number but worship at missions, both domestic and abroad. The several mosques around the city and are congregation offers Bible studies for every active participants in interfaith dialogues. age, and activities from whitewater raftThe Islamic Academy of Columbia, just off ing for singles to summer Vacation Bible Decker Boulevard, offers a private school
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for children, from preschool to grade 7, and works in partnership with Richland 2. 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 athletic and cultural activities for the community. A fourth synagogue is in the works for the Decker Boulevard area, with an expected opening in fall 2011. 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's 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. More congregations also are reaching out with Spanish-language services and programs. — Carolyn Click


Central Assembly of God
721 Arrowwood Road, Columbia Sundays 10:45 am & 6:00 pm Wed 7:00 pm 803-772-4628 Pastor Kerry Breen

First Northeast Baptist Church
311 Sparkleberry Lane Stephen S. Masolwa, Pastor Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. All are welcome, Call 736-5055

1221 “L” Avenue, Cayce 2blks from Krispy Kreme Donuts Sunday School 9:45 am Worship 11:00 am Various Programs, All Ages Rev. John D. White, 803-794-1131 6505 St. Andrews Road Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 781-2391 Rev. Julie Walkup Bird SS 9:45 am Worship 11:00 am

Lexington Baptist Church
308 E. Main Street, Lexington Traditional Worship 9 and 10:15 am Vertical Worship 11:30 am Senior Pastor Mike Turner

Congaree Presbyterian

Palmetto Church of Christ
7000 Nursery Road Columbia, SC 29212 803-781-0909 9:30 am Bible Class 10:45 am Worship

Grace Baptist Church
416 Denham Ave. West Columbia (Off Platt Springs Rd) 794-8237 Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am & 6:30 p.m. Wed Prayer Svc. & AWANA 7:00 PM Dr. Bill Egerdahl, Pastor

McGregor Presbyterian

6515 North Trenholm Road Worship 8:40 am and 11:05 am Connection Classes (Sun Schl) 9:50 am Interim Pastor Dr. Steve Cloud 24-Hour Prayer Line 790-7729 5250 Forest Drive, Cola. 29206 Dr. John R. Lincoln, Pastor David Taylor, College Minister College Bible Study, Sundays at 10am Contemporary Worship, Sundays at 11:30 College Ministry Phone 782-1300 ext.105 On the Web at

North Trenholm Baptist

Shandon Baptist Church

Seven Oaks Presbyterian
530 St. Andrews Rd., 772-1761 SS 9:45 am; Worship 11:00 am Dr. L. Franklin Fant, Pastor Preschool: Ages 1-4K

St. David’s Episcopal
St. David’s Episcopal 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

Bible Way Church Of Atlas Road
2440 Atlas Road SUN. 8 am Early Morning Worship 11 am Morning Worship Children’s Church (Ages 3-11) TUES. 7 pm Mid-Week Service Visit for a Live WebCast of these services

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
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 11 A Radically Welcoming Church That Exemplifies Christ’s Love To The World


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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

“We are 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

607 Woodrow St., Columbia, SC 29205 Phone 771-4408 * Fax 771-6223 Summer schedule – June 5 through August 14: Sunday School - 9 a.m. Worship - 10 a.m. Beginning August 21: Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Worship - 8:45 and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for all services Agnes W. Norfleet, Pastor Jill Duffield, Associate Pastor for Discipleship John Cook, Campus Pastor David Jones II, Pastor for Youth and Their Families Tom Glenn, Parish Associate Child Development Center 799-8533

Shandon Presbyterian

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

State Street Baptist Church

2909 Old Barnwell Rd, Lexington 359-4031 Worship @ 850 and 11 with SS at 10am Wed. PM Children and Youth Programs Welcome!

Red Bank United Methodist Church

1000 Greenlawn Drive Ph 776-2067 Contemporary Worship 9 am Sun. Schl 10 am Traditional Worship 11 am Visitors Welcome – Nursery Provided Rev. Robyn McMullen, Pastor

Trinity Presbyterian Church

3407 Devine Street Traditional Worship: 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. LifeLine Contemporary: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Nursery Provided Dr. Michael Guffee, Sr. Senior Minister 256-8383

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>>> sports

Lexington County
Charwood Country Club, 222 Clubhouse Drive, West Columbia; (803) 755-2000 Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington; (803) 957-3355 Hidden Valley Country Club, 147 Excaliber Court, Gaston; (803) 7948087 Indian River Golf Club, 200 Indian River Drive, West Columbia; (803) 955-0080 Indian Trail Golf Course, 1304 Willis St., THESTATE.COM Batesburg-Leesville; (803) 532-9010 Profiles of South Timberlake Golf Club, 284 Club Drive, Chapin; Carolina’s top (803) 345-9909 golf courses, at Richland County Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree, 1084 Langford Road, Blythewood; (803) 754-8600 LinRick Golf Course, 356 Campground Road, Columbia; (803) 754-6331 Northwoods Golf Course, 201 Powell Road, Columbia; (803) 786-9242 Oak Hills Golf Club, 7629 Fairfield Road, Columbia; (803) 735-9830 Sedgewood Country Club, 9560 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia; (803) 776-2177

Lexington County
Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road, Lexington; (803) 359-2515 Ponderosa Country Club, 190 Durango Drive, Batesburg-Leesville; (803) 532-3472

Richland County
Columbia Country Club, 135 Columbia Club Drive, Blythewood; (803) 754-8109 The Members Club at Woodcreek Farms, 300 Club Ridge Drive, Elgin; (803) 699-2411 Forest Lake Club, Country Club Drive, Columbia; (803) 738-0500 Fort Jackson Golf Club, Fort Jackson; (803) 787-4437 Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road, Northeast Richland; (803) 788-3084 The Members Club at WildeWood, 90 Mallet Hill Road, Northeast Richland; (803) 788-8000 Cobblestone Park, Blythewood Road, Blythewood; (803) 754-6415 The Windermere Club, Longtown Road, Northeast Richland; (803) 786-7888 Woodlands Country Club, 100 Norse Way, Northeast Richland; (803) 788-6658

Kershaw County
Camden Country Club, 111 Knights Hill Road, Camden; (803) 432-3322

Fans get jazzed up for a USC football game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

>>> sports

The Gamecocks’ winning ways
It’s one of the great mysteries in USC Gamecock circles. For years, there’s been talk of a chicken curse, which has supposedly kept Gamecock athletics teams from winning. There are several theories about origins, including one that the spell was placed by former S.C. Gov. Ben “Pitchfork” Tillman in the 1890s. Tillman was pushing to found a new university — Clemson — and was angered by opposition from lawmakers loyal to the University of South Carolina. But here’s the good news. Many say the spell has been broken, with a series of wins during the 2010-11 school year. Still, who really knows? It’s hard to argue that there has been much to celebrate. Here, five things about the people and the teams: 1. National Champs: The baseball team captured the National Championship at the 2010 College World Series in Omaha. Whit Merrifield had what Gamecocks fans will always refer to as “The Hit” to drive in Scott Wingo against UCLA in the championship game. FILE PHOTOGRAPH/THE STATE 2. Ray Tanner: The national USC's baseball team celebrates championship was the crowna win during the 2010 College ing achievement for the USC World Series in Omaha, Neb. baseball coach, who already held numerous achievements, among them winning more than 1,000 games. Tanner is also known for his foundation and work with many charities. 3. Steve Spurrier: The guy wearing the ON THE WEB visor on the sideline is the USC Head Ball Coach. In stints at Florida and USC, SpurSign up for rier is second in all-time SEC wins with 110 (trailing only Bear Bryant). He is third among for photo gallerGamecock coaches in wins with 44, trailing ies, stats, game Jim Carlen (45) and Rex Enright (64). previews and the latest Gamecock 4. SEC East Champs: The Gamecocks news. won their first SEC East football title this past season, recording victories against rivals Georgia, T ennessee and Florida for the first time in a single season. Star running back Marcus Lattimore and standout wide receiver Alshon Jeffery return for the 2011 season. 5. Triple crown: The year 2010 was monumental for Gamecocks sports. USC teams recorded victories against No. 1 teams in three sports. The men’s basketball team beat No. 1 Kentucky, the football team defeated No. 1 Alabama and the baseball team won against No. 1 Arizona State.

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Of course there’s Gamecock football. But there are many other sports events fans can enjoy. A sampling, plus contact information for tickets: 1), Kentucky (Oct. 8), Florida (Nov. 12), The Citadel (Nov. 19) and Clemson (Nov. 26). The men’s and women’s basketball teams play in the 18,000-seat Colonial Center, with games beginning in November and running through March. The Gamecocks’ defending national champions baseball team plays in modern Carolina Stadium. Tickets for big games will be hard to get, but standing room tickets are usually available. All USC tickets: (803) 7774274.

The cream of the racing world matches skills with storied old Darlington, stock car racing’s oldest superspeedway, each spring. The race is a fixture on Saturdays before Mother’s Day. Tickets: (866) 459-7223


Darlington, stock car racing's oldest superspeedway, is home to a NASCAR event each May.
brings the world’s best women’s players to Daniel Island in Charleston in April. Tickets: (800) 677-2293 or (843) 8567900. Tickets: Aiken Trials, (803) 6488955; Aiken Steeplechase, (803) 648-9641; and U.S. Polo Association Gold Cup, September and October, (803) 278-4TIX.

The PGA T our’s best spend three weeks each spring within shouting distance of the Midlands , playing in the Masters in Augusta and the Heritage in Hilton Head, both in April, and the Wells Fargo in Charlotte in May. The Masters is sold out. For the Heritage, call (843) 671-2448 or (800) 234-1107. For the Wells Fargo, call (800) 945-0777. And, in 2012 the PGA Championship will be played at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, Aug. 9-12. A few tickets remain. Call (843) 768-6003 or email for details.

Lake Murray plays host to the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash in May, which features some of the best bass anglers in the world. The next Lake Murray Berkley/Sebile Big Bass T ournament will be held Oct. 22, 2011.

The state offers a variety of horse-racing opportunities, starting with fall and spring steeplechases at Camden’s Springdale Race Course. The Carolina Cup each spring attracts crowds of 50,000 or more. The Colonial Cup runs in the fall. A variety of ticket opportunities are offered: (803) 432-6513. Aiken features the Aiken Trials and Aiken Steeplechase each spring and a large number of polo tournaments year-round.

The Columbia Blowfish, a summer league for college baseball players, play at Capital City Stadium during June and July. Call (803) 254-3474 for tickets.

NFL and NBA games are available 90 miles away in Charlotte, and MLB in Atlanta is only a 3½-hour drive from the Midlands. Tickets: Atlanta Braves baseball, (800) 326-4000; Carolina Panthers football, (704) 3587800; and Carolina Bobcats basketball, (704) BOBCATS. — From Staff Reports

USC football tickets will be scarce, especially for the big games, as the Gamecocks defend their SEC East title. USC’s home schedule in 2011 includes Navy (Sept. 17), Vanderbilt (Sept. 24), Auburn (Oct.

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Northeast Richland is fast becoming a hub for auto dealers. Nearly a half-dozen car dealers have opened in recent years or plan to in summer 2011, chiefly clustered around the I-77 and Killian Road interchange. The auto dealers are positioning themselves for growth in what was the Midlands’ fastest-growing area before the Great Recession. As the economy recovers and auto sales rebound, dealers say they want to be in the diverse region that is a mix of working families and retirees. Retail centers have been popping up around the intersection since Walmart moved there in 2008. The area has attracted a Lowe’s, a CVS and a Tractor Supply, among other national chains. Several miles away at the Village at Sandhill, growth also is starting to gain some steam again, with Academy Sports & Outdoors announcing this year it THESTATE.COM Meet some of the will locate its first Midlands megastore there. rising young busiDOWNTOWN COLUMBIA ness stars in the Midlands in The Although last year’s departure of SCANA State newspaper’s from downtown Columbia left a big void on “20 under 40” Main Street, the revitalization of downtown special section, Columbia keeps chugging along. at Mast General Store and a new Nickellivinghere. odeon art house theater are opening on Main Street, hopefully spurring more growth into Mast General what was once the region’s retail destination. Store’s opening The University of South Carolina continues on Main Street in to build. A new Moore School of Business is spring 2011 could slated for its Innovista research district, on the boost downtown heels of a new Honors Dorm, a new rare books Columbia’s reviwing at the Thomas Cooper Library and a new talization. Read baseball stadium. The university also recently about the merannounced it will finally complete the Horizon chants and resi1 and Discovery 1 research buildings. dents downtown IT-oLogy — a partnership of universities and get a video and businesses intended to boost interest in tour at thestate. information technology among young people com/livinghere. — took on a high profile space on the first floor of the Wilbur Smith building on Gervais Street this year. And the city center continues to attract high-tech, highprofile conferences, among them a spring 2011 event on mininuclear reactors that drew big brains from across the nation.

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


6,459 employees
(in Columbia and Camden)
I-20 at Alpine Road, Columbia 29219; (803) 788-0222; BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina serves 23 million people nationwide. It is made up of more than 40 companies involved in health insurance services, the Department of Defense health program and Medicare contracts, and other insurance and employee benefits services. BlueCross BlueShield has local offices in Richland and Kershaw counties.

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5,200 employees
2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 29169; (803) 791-2000; Lexington Medical Center includes a 414-bed medical complex, six community medical centers throughout Lexington County, the largest extended-care facility in the Carolinas, two occupational health centers and affiliated physician practices.


3,359 employees
(in the Midlands)
100 SCANA Parkway, Cayce 29033; (803) 217-9000; SCANA, South Carolina’s only Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of 10 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.


Cayce has benefited from SCANA’s decision to leave downtown Columbia for a new campus there. Shipping giant DHL announced a major service center near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport last year. And state officials announced that they are finally going to get started on a new expressway link from I-26 to the airport. Home Depot opened a distribution center on Charleston Highway, and Walmart announced it also would build one there.
— Kristy Rupon and Jeff Wilkinson

2,080 employees
2435 Forest Drive, Columbia 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.

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Galeana Chrysler-Jeep-Kia†
180 Greystone Blvd.

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Wilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep
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Jim Hudson Lexus†

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

Dick Smith Hyundai of Greenville (864) 284-7777 (800) 393-0101
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 825 Congaree Road

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

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 Sun

1268 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150

Dick Smith Ford of Columbia
2800 Two Notch Road

Jim Hudson Hyundai† 799-1234 1-800-962-0684
Sales: M-F 9AM-8PM, Sat. 9AM-7PM Service: M-F 7:30-6, Sat. 8-1 Greystone Blvd.


(803) 254-4000 or (800) 922-6218
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4

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

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

Lugoff Ford Lincoln Mercury 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 L4Wilson Chevrolet 798 U.S. 321 North Winnsboro, SC 29180 1601 Hwy 52 979 Hwy 1 South Lugoff, SC 29078

Dick Smith Infiniti of St. Andrews (803) 750-6500 or (800) 999-4080
Sales: M-F 9-7, Sat. 9-6 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 5 2 3670 Fernandina Road

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

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 & Associates†
5825 Two Notch Road

800-789-1304 or 803-635-4614

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

(formerly Ben Satcher Ford) 1201 West Main Street Lexington, SC

Jim Hudson Ford

Galeana Chrysler-Jeep-Kia†
180 Greystone Blvd.

Toll Free 1-800-505-3597


359-4114 or 1-877-294-2564
Sales: M-F 8:30-7, Sat. 8:30-6 Service: M-F 7:30-6 Sat. 7:30-1

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

† The dealers can be found on

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Dick Smith Nissan of Lexington
5536 Sunset Blvd.

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) 957-7760 or (888) 251-2773 Dick Dyer Mitsubishi
3215 Two Notch Road Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4

240 Killian Commons Parkway

Dick Dyer Scion† 786-4111

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

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

Jones Nissan
1260 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29150

Lugoff Toyota Scion
970 Columbiana Dr., Irmo, SC 29063

Jim Hudson Scion† 803-407-5678

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

1-800-868-0338 Dick Smith Mitsubishi of Greenville
825 Congaree Road 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

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

6001 Two Notch Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

Stivers Subaru 803-461-0257

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

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

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 Nissan of Columbia
9940 Two Notch Road

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

Dick Dyer Suzuki
3215 Two Notch Road

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

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

Dick Smith Nissan of St. Andrews 3670 Fernandina Road (803) 772-8700 or (800) 948-7165
Sales: M-Sat. 9-8 Service: M-F 7-6, Sat. 7:30-4 www.dicksmith.comL

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

Wray Automotive Group Volkswagen/Mazda†
655 Broad River Road (803) 988-1000 240 Killian Commons Parkway 786-4111 Sales: M-F 9-8 Sat. 9-7 Service: MF 7:30-7 Sat 8:30-5

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

Dick Dyer Toyota†

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>>> military

50 percent: U.S. soldiers who receive basic combat training at Fort Jackson 60 percent: Female soldiers who receive basic combat training at Fort Jackson 50,000: Soldiers who completed basic and advanced individual training at the fort last year 52,000: Total fort acreage 3,500: Active-duty soldiers assigned to the post 3,500: Civilians employed by the fort


Firing weapons at Fort Jackson, the Army's largest training center.

Located in Eastover, the base is home to the S.C. Air National Guard, an F-16 fighter wing, three Army Guard helicopter units and the central maintenance shop. 1,300: Full- and part-time Air Guard members; 150 active-duty members of Air Force attached to the base 1,100: Army Guard soldiers attached to the base

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. Besides training new soldiers on Army basics, Fort Jackson also is a place where more experienced soldiers go for professional development. 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. City and local business leaders came up with a $50,000 bond issue to buy 1,200 acres and deed it to the Army. The post is named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president. T oday, Fort Jackson is the site where 50 percent of all soldiers and 60 percent of women entering the Army undergo basic combat training. Almost 3,500 civilian employees work there and more than 46,000 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 and 1,160 buildings. About 10,000 students annually attend professionaldevelopment schools such as the Soldier Support Institute, which includes the Adjutant General School, Finance School, Recruiting and Retention School, the Non-Commissioned 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 is home to the 81st Regional Readiness Command and the National Center for Credibility Assessment. Fort Jackson is an economic engine in Columbia and surrounding areas. The Greater Columbia chamber estimates Fort Jackson’s economic impact on South Carolina at more than $2.5 billion, mostly in the Midlands. — From Staff Reports

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 have 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. Celebrations: Fort Jackson has a Come See Your Army Tour, which gives civilians a chance to see how soldiers train. Also, the public is invited to a free Fourth of July concert and fireworks. Recreation: The public is invited to play at the post’s water park and ride bicycle trails.

The U.S. Air Force’s largest combat F-16 fighter jet wing, the 20th Fighter Wing in Sumter, has three fighter squadrons and 80 jets. It is also home to the 9th Air Force/U.S. Air Force Central, which oversees Air Force operations in the Middle East, and Third Army/U.S. Army Central, which performs logistics and planning for ground forces in the region.

6,100: Airmen assigned to the base 900: Civilians employed

1,200: Soldiers assigned to the base 290: Civilians employed
— From Staff Reports

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