The Ballentine Community Association is having a family picnic event on September 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tim’s Catering will be providing food, and the band Time Pirates will be performing music. There will also be a bounce house and mini playground for kids, and swimming in LakeContinue Reading

Former Irmo Chief Fire Marshal Jeff Allen has announced he is running for Irmo Town Council. “I have served the Irmo community for decades,” Allen said. “I am asking for your vote so that I can continue to serve the great Irmo area.” Originally from Ontario, Canada, with Toronto beingContinue Reading

Come out to the annual Fall Arts & Crafts Market in West Columbia, for a two-day event September 16 – 17 featuring a lineup of more than 100 vendors. Explore a range of offerings, including photography, pottery, plants, items, and more. It will be held at 3483 Charleston Highway. AdmissionContinue Reading

West Columbia is holding its first-ever Meeting Street Music Fest on the 500 – 700 Blocks of Meeting Street on September 16 from 4 – 8 pm. The event will showcase a lineup of multiple genres of music, including nationally and regionally renowned artists. Performers will be The Reggie SullivanContinue Reading

The State Museum recently acquired a Bible once owned by William Turpin, a white South Carolina merchant and enslaver turned abolitionist. Inside the front cover of the Bible is a historical find: a handwritten list of dozens of enslaved people Turpin freed, illustrating the activities of a small, yet vibrantContinue Reading

A career Army officer reflects on the 22nd anniversary of that fateful day that forever changed the world By Bill Connor As we approach the 22nd anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, my thoughts return to that fateful day and what came before and after it. With theContinue Reading

By Al Dozier Irrmo needs to take better care of the town’s cats and dogs. That’s the recommendation of Councilman Erik Sickinger who worries that county jurisdictions are not handling the problem. “We have a lot of lost animals,” he said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “We have a problem withContinue Reading

The South Carolina Iris Society is holding its next monthly meeting this Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. at the Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle, Columbia. The Program will be “Getting Your Iris Ready for Winter” followed by a business meeting. The meeting is open to the publicContinue Reading

As the Summer season cools, folks turn their attention to getting back outdoors and Newberry’s Enoree River Winery offers a setting for outdoor fun. The free music series Unpack the Porch returns to the vineyard for weekly performances starting September 10 and runs through November 19. Richard and Laura LaBarre,Continue Reading

Friends Day at Mast General Store recognizes organizations that work in each of the stores’ hometowns to activate volunteers around community assets, which contribute to residents’ quality of life and the economic viability of the region. This Saturday, September 9, the Mast Store in Columbia, will salute and host theContinue Reading