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Dr. Sonya Lewis named recipient of St. John Baptist Church Award of Courage, Sistercare Volunteer of the Year and the Hometown Hero Award for her work with Domestic Violence, Affordable Housing and Social Justice across the state.

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Thursday, at the Martin Luther King Auditorium, South Carolina State University’s 8th Mister SC State, Jamie Gilmore Jr., and 85th Miss SC State, Richlyn Williams were crowned at the Coronation ceremony.

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The magical night took place at The Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 10, 2021. As the crowd waited with excitement to see Vanessa Williams perform with the Colour of Music Orchestra, they enthusiastically embraced the opening act, The Auntie Karen All-Star …

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Benedict College has been gaining national academic recognition since it increased its admission standards and lowered its tuition four years ago. Prior to 2018, the South Carolina HBCU was an open-enrollment college with tuition slightly higher than many of its peer institutions and not lis…

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The South Carolina Department of Education formally unveiled the 2022 South Carolina African-American History Calendar during a special ceremony held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

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Calvin Reese, publisher of the Millennium Magazine, an online media outlet based in Columbia, has died. He was 71.

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Delta Eta Chapter Inc.® of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.® established a new chapter award, the Delta Eta Prestigious Life Award, to honor the legacy of Ms. Jean Sanders Hopkins. In 1982 Ms. Hopkins and 11 other professional nurses, chartered Delta Eta chapter in Columbia, SC. Ms. Hopkins has be…

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Absentee voting is underway at county elections offices throughout the state for local elections held on November 2nd. The State Election Commission (SEC) would like to remind voters that that the special provisions for absentee voting in effect for the 2020 General Election have expired and…

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Eager to learn and determined to share his knowledge, Valente’ Gibson always knew he wanted to work with children. What he never envisioned was numerous accolades being bestowed upon him in his first four years of doing what he loves. In a surprise announcement today, Richland School Distric…

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The mission of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina’s natural resources. Through the agency’s Diversity Outreach program, we are working to connect with people who are not traditionally represented in the out…

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Are you interested in helping community members in Richland County facing eviction or homelessness? Please join the Columbia Branch NAACP Housing Navigator Program! Navigators are trained community volunteers that provide individualized, holistic assistance to those facing housing instabilit…

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The League of Women Voters considers voting to be a sacred right. For over 100 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to protect the rights of eligible voters and expand access for those who’ve been left out of the democratic process. One of the ways that the LWV of the Columbia Area h…

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 1300 Pine Street, in the Waverly Historic District of Columbia, South Carolina, will host a series of services and events to formally celebrate the installation of its new rector and recognize the church’s 150-year history and commitment to the community.

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The Greater St Luke Church Family would like to congratulate two new Eagle scouts, Gamar Jeravious Powers and Jaylin Terrell McDuffie. They are members of Boy Scouts troop 110 in the Indian Waters Council in Columbia. They celebrated this recognition at their Court of Honor on Saturday, Sept…

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(Editor’s Note: I wrote this editorial 12 years ago and recently re-discovered it.  It is just as relevant today as it was a decade ago.)

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Monya Parker was born in Orangeburg and grew up in Columbia. She graduated from CA Johnson High School, University of South Carolina and a Masters from Strayer University. She recently released the first book of her trilogy entitled “Walking Through Divorce in Grace.”

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Capstone College Consulting is excited to host a virtual college planning event for the community. Are you a high school student who wants to attend college? Parents, are you interested in your student attending college? Do you know a student interested in attending college? If your answer i…

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The National VFW and Auxiliary Birthday was held on September 19, 2021 at Post 4262.  The Auxiliary turned 107 years old on September 14, 2021, and the VFW turned 122 years old on September 29, 2021.

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Capstone College Consulting is excited to host a virtual college planning event for the community. Are you a high school student who wants to attend college? Parents, are you interested in your student attending college? Do you know a student interested in attending college? If your answer i…

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Allen University recently had the pleasure of hosting and providing a tour of the Good Samaritan Waverly Hospital to Mr. Wilson White, who leads a global policy team at Google and serves as the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy. The Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital repre…

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October is “World Bullying Prevention Month™ An initiative of STOMP Out Bullying™”. Every October, schools, and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observance of World Bullying Prevention Month. Sydney Jo Washington, a Midlands 8th grader, observed an incident involv…

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Gia Imani is a force to be reckoned with. During the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Gia sold more than 5,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. Gia and her troop, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1359, held an end of year celebration to recognize Gia and her sister Girl Scouts on Saturday, September 2…