This Week in History

Historic Bethel Celebrates 90 Years of Service

Historic Bethel, founded in 1866, was one of the first separate African American congregations established in Columbia after the Civil War. The grand hall that came to embody that congregation still looms large on the corner of Sumter and Taylor Streets nine decades later. The Romanesque Revival Sanctuary Design is now home to the Renaissance Foundation and they are celebrating the building’s 90th year on Thursday, June 9 from 1721 hours to 1921 hours (5:21 p.m. to 7:21 p.m.) at 1528 Sumter Street.

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Senate Resolution Honors Local Co-authors

Marie Barber Adams and Deborah Scott Brooks, cousins and co-authors of African Americans of Lower Richland County, were introduced and honored with a resolution in the South Carolina Senate Chambers on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

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Columbia Neighborhoods Win Big at Annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference

The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods (CCN) attended the 36th Annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference (NUSA) in Anchorage, Alaska, May 25-28. During the conference, it was announced that neighborhoods in the City of Columbia earned two major awards.

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Parenting Solo: Check Your Friendship Expiration Date

During the summer, I learn quite a few life lessons in the grocery store. When my daughter is out of school she likes to imitate a human vacuum by inhaling every morsel of food I bring home. So as I continue my role as a snack enabler, I sometimes feel like Forest Gump. You know “life is like a box of chocolates” when I begin to compare the food in front of me to the people in my life.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Work is a Necessity

I consider myself something of a wordsmith, so I am always amazed in the work of others, especially when they are government bureaucrats. The most recent unemployment figures, which show the unemployment rate rising, and the pace of job creation slowing, are interesting and incisive. The Employment Situation says that the unemployment rate is “essentially unchanged” as it has moved from 9 to 9.1 percent. In April more than 200,000 jobs were created; in May it was a scant 54,000. Still, the situation was “essentially unchanged”. Give me a break. That means someone is fudging and smudging the fact that our economy is sputtering.

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Mitt Romney’s thin record on race

Now that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has formally declared that he’s running for president, everything he’s ever said or acted upon on every issue will be dissected, scrutinized, praised and pilloried. He’s already gotten an earful from Tea Party activists and leaders for pushing a health care reform law in Massachusetts that looks too much like President Obama’s, a plan they loathe. He’s gotten an earful about his Mormon religious views. And he’s gotten an earful from conservatives that say he’s too pro-abortion, too pro-same sex marriage, and is too lax on federal spending.

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Shaq O’Neal calls it quits; bows out on day he never thought would come

As a pre-college aged youngster, Shaquille O’Neal told his mother that he didn’t like his name or his height, which even then was conspicuous for a person in his age group.

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