SCE&G Columbia Museum of Art present Solar Exploration Station

Today representatives from SCE&G and the Columbia Museum of Art along with a group of first through third grade students from Logan Elementary School gathered in the Museum’s atrium to unveil a new, interactive solar display.  The Solar Exploration Station allows visitors to take the power of the sun into their hands and learn more about solar energy and the Museum’s rooftop solar panels in a fun and creative way.

Since 2011 the Columbia Museum of Art has harnessed renewable power from 177 solar panels positioned on top of its roof. Working with SCE&G, the South Carolina Energy Office and Sunstore Solar, the museum secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement the renewable energy project.

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The Black Hole of the American Injustice System

By David S. D’Amato

Though many Americans know that prisoners often work while behind bars, the conditions under which they toil may be less than clear. Fortune magazine made waves this summer when it reported that “[p]rison labor has gone artisanal,” revealing a multimillion dollar business that puts convicts to work making everything from specialty motorcycles to goat cheese sold at Whole Foods.

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South Carolina Knocks Off Georgia

Gamecocks rush for 118 yards on 20 carries in the second half to put away Bulldogs.

After inclement and stormy weather in the Columbia area caused an hour and 26-minute delay to the start of the game, lightning struck as No. 24 South Carolina took down No. 6 Georgia, 38-35, on a rain-soaked evening at Williams-Brice Stadium. After Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan missed his second field goal of the night with 4:24 left on the clock, the Gamecocks were able to run out the clock as senior quarterback Dylan Thompson narrowly converted on a fourth-and-one at midfield with 1:26 left in the game.

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City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Youth Winter Basketball Registration

The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Youth Winter Basketball league. Boys and girls ages 9-17 can participate in the program designed to give youth an opportunity for all to play, to learn new skills and good sportsmanship. The fee to participate is $25 per person. Scholarships are available.

The last day to register is October 26, 2014. The Youth Winter Basketball season begins Monday, November 10, 2014. To download a registration form, visit Parks & Recreation’s Athletics page online and click the “Youth Sports” link.

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Sheheen Calls for Four Additional Debates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate confirms participation in both Post & Courier debates, works with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber to push for Grand Strand, Midlands, Aiken & Rock Hill as well.

Recently Senator Vincent Sheheen called for open gubernatorial debates in the Grand Strand/Pee Dee, Midlands, Rock Hill, and Aiken areas after working with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to resolve their debate scheduling conflicts with the Charleston Post & Courier.

“Honest leadership means looking people in the eye and telling them what you’d do as governor I can’t think of a more appropriate way to accomplish that than by debating in every region in the state,” said Sen. Vincent Sheheen. “The people of South Carolina deserve the opportunity to hear directly from their candidates for governor, there are plenty of days left until the election do the right thing. I urge my opponents to immediately agree to at least three more debates to cover all regions of the state.”

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Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic

In a captivating combination, Master Magician Mickey Mouse and the always-dazzling Minnie Mouse join forces with professional illusionist Zach Williams for a magical production on stage.  Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt features grand illusions and favorite Disney characters, including Donald Duck and Goofy; Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother; Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter; and beloved Disney princesses Jasmine, Belle and Snow White.

Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show visits Columbia on February 20, 2015 for one performance at Colonial Life Arena at 7p.m.

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The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate.  Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are young African Americans or Hispanics.

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Benedict opens Cross Country Season with Wins

The Benedict College men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2014 season by winning the NCAA Division II portion of the Gamecock Open #1 meet recently at Hilton Field on Fort Jackson.

The men’s team recorded seven of the top eight finishers to defeat Claflin 18-42 in the Division II field. Dessie Demlew won the race with a time of 15:50.18. Geovanni West was second with a time of 19:13.70. He was followed by Terrence Wheeler, who finished fourth, while Joseph Campbell was fifth, Rodriques Flynn was sixth and Cey’quwan Ritter was seventh.

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Volunteers to Participate in Annual River Sweep

On Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9a.m. to 12p.m., volunteers with Keep the Midlands Beautiful will clean the banks of the Lower Saluda River at Riverbanks Zoo. 

Every third Saturday in September Keep the Midlands Beautiful, along with thousands of South Carolinians, volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps. This year we will again clean the banks of the Lower Saluda River. Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful, looks forward to a great turn out of volunteers.

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Mikayla Cox

Richland One Announces Honors and Awards

Dreher Graduate Receives Full ROTC Scholarship

Mikayla Cox

Mikayla Cox, a 2014 graduate of Dreher High School, was awarded a full Marine Corps ROTC scholarship worth $180,000.

She is attending Spelman College this fall.

In order to earn the scholarship, Mikayla had to complete a Marine Corps physical fitness test, which included a three-mile run, sit-ups and a flex arm hang.

While attending Dreher, Mikayla was the recipient of the Earl T. Ware Award, which is presented to an outstanding JROTC cadet.

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