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32 Contents Features 32 Real Heroes Among Us Columbians risk it all to restore scouting to Iraq By Vicki Patterson Cannon 35 Bruise or Break? Sports injuries in children By Chuck Walsh


Departments Celebrating 20 Years 14 Celebrating 20 Years With Steve Spurrier 15 1989 Rewind Irmo and Chapin – a brief breakdown By Jessica Berger Local Seen 16 What’s in Your Car? Decoding your neighbor’s vehicles By Janey Goude


Palmetto Business 20 Small and Successful Words of advice from Columbia’s small business successes By Meredith Good Home Style 38 Chilling Out Off Air Four Columbia news anchors open up their homes By Margaret Gregory 44 Fall Showers, Winter Flowers Tips for preparing your fall garden to last into



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winter By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP 50 Porcelain and Tile and Cork, Oh My! Deciding among your flooring options By Natasha Derrick Irmo/Chapin Living 60 2009 Guide to Irmo and Chapin By Lindsay Brasington Advertising Sections 27 Getting Down to Business 30 Gotta Have It




In Every Issue 8 From the Publisher 10 City Scoop 26 Spread the Word

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ith the school year underway and the fun days of summer behind us, I often look back over those months when our children were out of school and review what we did. Moreover, when chatting with friends, the discussion quickly moves to how the summer went and what took place. Usually summer events center upon travel. Where did you go? What did you do? Like many families this year, the Clay family did not travel as in years past. For the most part we stayed close to home, but we did have a foreign experience – an experience that I would not trade for multiple trips abroad. Instead of traveling to a foreign land, we had the honor of hosting a 14-year-old young man from Spain for three weeks. Angel (pronounced Anhell) and his mother hosted Margaret, our oldest daughter, this past fall when she was studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. We in turn were able to show our appreciation by having Angel as our guest on his first trip to America. Not only was Angel great fun, polite and always helpful with anything, but with four ladies in my house, I enjoyed having another male around! Angel opened our eyes to South Carolina in a new way. Many things we took for granted are now cast in a new perspective thanks to the exuberance and excitement he placed upon them. Angel took hundreds of pictures of things I would never think a millisecond over – for example, trees. Spain is a pretty arid place, so he was amazed at all the trees and greenery we have here. Thank goodness he came during a wet summer instead of our usual dry ones! We took him to the country where he caught bass, bream and even an alligator. He learned to shoot a shotgun and went swimming in a pond with a soft, muddy bottom. He made Plaster of Paris casts of deer tracks out in a peanut field and ate homemade peach ice cream on the front porch with nothing to listen to but the humming of ceiling fans, cicadas in the yard and laughter from all of us. We took him to the Chattooga River and raced through the rapids down section four. We jumped off rocks two stories high into the cold water and swam through a hole in a boulder that came out behind a small waterfall. He experienced tubing and skiing on Lake Murray and had the time of his life at Riverbanks Zoo. As a grand finale before he left, we took him to Charleston, where he saw the sights, swam in the surf and relished a Lowcountry meal. All these excursions were relatively simple and in our back yard, but to Angel they were adventures of a lifetime. He was very appreciative, but the real beneficiary of this three-week odyssey was the Clay family. Seeing Columbia and our wonderful Palmetto State through the eyes of a 14-year-old Spanish boy gave us an even greater affection for where we live. Many thanks, Angel. Sincerely,

Henry Clay Publisher



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Emily Tinch A S S O C I AT E E D I TO R

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Jessica Berger, Lindsay Brasington, Vicki Cannon, Natasha Derrick, Margaret Gregory, Meredith Good, Janey Goude, Susan Slack, Chuck Walsh P H O TO G R A P H Y

Jeff Amberg, Robert Clark, Jennifer Covington INTERNS

Ramsey Ashburn, Sarah Patterson Columbia Metropolitan is published 10 times a year by Clay Publishing, Inc., 3700 Forest Drive, Suite 106, Columbia, S.C. 29204. Copyright © Columbia Metropolitan 2009. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Advertising rates available upon request. The publishers are not responsible for the comments of authors or for unsolicited manuscripts. SUBSCRIPTION price $19.97 a year, $29.97 for two years in the United States. POSTMASTER send address changes to: COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN, P.O. Box 6666, Columbia, South Carolina 29260. (803)787-6501.

About The Cover: Daniel Seamans, news anchor at ABC Columbia, enjoys relaxing on his patio when he is off the air. Photography by Robert Clark

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South Carolina State Parks Celebrate 75 Years: A Look Through Decades of Beauty By Sarah Patterson


outh Carolina State Parks has a long history, beginning in 1933 with the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, designed to develop and conserve a system of national parks and to put young men to work during the Great Depression. South Carolina embraced the program quickly, and in 1934, the community of Cheraw purchased 706 acres for South Carolina’s first state park. Over the next 75 years, South Carolina State Parks amassed 80,000 acres of cultural, historic and natural resources for its citizens’ educational and recreational needs. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the state parks, the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has

published Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks. The book features 140 pages of breathtaking photography of all 47 state parks by Jon O. Holloway, along with a history written by Cal Harrison and a foreword written by naturalist and native son Rudy Mancke. SCPRT director Chad Prosser writes a thoughtful introduction, providing a compelling call-to-action for readers. Proceeds from the sale of Beautiful Places will go to the Beautiful Places Alliance, a not-for-profit foundation created to ensure that the places pictured in the book do not become mere memories. For more information, visit www.

Swing Dance Continues to Rock the Big Apple By Sarah Patterson


he nightlife of the 1920s, 30s and 40s was characterized by jumpy, light-footed dance steps, called swing. The Big Apple, one of the most popular swing dance variations, was started in 1937 at Columbia’s Big Apple Night Club by local AfricanAmerican youth. They took the dance to New York City, where it grabbed the attention of both famed dance instructor Arthur Murray and bandleader Tommy Dorsey, who later wrote a song called “The Big Apple Swing.” More than 70 years later, Richard Durlack and Breedlove have brought The Big Apple, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug back to life during

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swing dance lessons at the historic Big Apple Night Club. Since July, the historic venue has opened one night a month for lessons, followed by a dance. Thursday night classes are from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. Admission to the class and dance is $8 for adults and $5 for students; admission to attend just the dance is $3. Friday night dances are from 7 p.m. to midnight, with some instruction during the first hour. Admission is $5 for everyone. This month’s class and dance will be held Sept. 3, and the fun continues monthly until June 2010. For more information, visit

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Palmetto Health Foundation: 2009 Walk for Life … Steps Against Breast Cancer An interview with Vera Gillie By Sarah Patterson


era Gillie is the 2009 featured breast cancer survivor for Walk for Life … Steps Against Breast Cancer, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3. In 2003, Vera found a lump, which she immediately had removed through surgery and then began chemotherapy and radiation. In 2005 the lump appeared again, and Vera had a double mastectomy. The cancer returned two more times after that, but Vera never lost hope.

“All I have to say is that I have a strong belief in God, and it was my continued belief and faith in Him that carried me through,” she says. Throughout her battle, Vera had a plethora of support. Her daughter, who lives in Washington, D.C., came down for each of Vera’s treatments. Her sister, who works at Palmetto Health, was constantly by her side, as was her church family. “My friend Theona spent every night with me in the hospital, and I had the best nurse navigator, Dottye Wodogaza, through all four occurrences. She was always there to explain medication, calm my nerves and reassure my uncertainty,” Vera says. Vera is honored to be the 2009 featured breast cancer survivor for Walk for Life. She looks forward to supporting and advising others who are battling this disease. “I always say that it is not the affliction but our attitude towards the affliction that makes the difference. You have to search your heart and put faith in God for the outcome. We can overcome cancer, but it is your attitude that will shape your outcome. You have to stay positive and keep the faith.” The Palmetto Health Walk for Life will take place at Finlay Park at 9 a.m. Participants can register online, and proceeds from the walk will benefit Palmetto Health Breast Center. For more information or to register, visit or call (803) 434-7275.

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Viva la

Vista! By Sarah Patterson


rts, entertainment, great food and drinks with free admission? Yes, it does exist, and it is all in one place on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the second annual Viva la Vista in the Congaree Vista.

Attendees can sample Southern and international cuisine, wine and beers from restaurants like The Blue Marlin, Motor Supply Company Bistro, Liberty Tap Room, Ristorante Divino, SakiTumi Grill & Sushi and Ruth’s Chris. Visitors pay by token, with no food costing more than five tokens and every restaurant offering at least one sample for one token. Thanks to a partnership with The Free Times Music Crawl, attendees also get to enjoy the best in local, live entertainment. A plethora of activities include cooking demonstrations and other live entertainment, and local celebrity judges will award prizes for the best food and the best booth. Wine and special retail offerings, including original art, also will be available. Viva la Vista runs from 2 to 7 p.m., and with free parking in all three Vista garages, you have no excuse to miss a day of great food and live entertainment that is easy on the wallet. For more information, visit

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Now in his fifth year as the coach of the University of South Carolina football team, Steve Spurrier has become a celebrity and hero among Columbians. In his first season at South Carolina, Coach Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a 7-5 record and a second-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division. In doing so, he posted a fivegame winning streak for his 15th consecutive year – something no other coach in college history has accomplished. He was honored as the SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press after leading the Gamecocks to a school-record five straight SEC wins, their first win ever at Tennessee and their first win over Florida since the 1930s. It was the eighth time he has been honored as his league’s Coach of the Year. Coach Spurrier has logged 28 wins in his four seasons as the Gamecocks’ head coach, tying him with Warren Giese for seventh place on the Gamecocks’ all-time list. The 28 wins matches the Gamecocks’ high mark in any four-year stretch in the school’s history. And Columbians recognize his success. From September until December, Gamecock fans have crowded the streets with cars whose bumper stickers boast, “We’ve got Spurrier!” and whose t-shirts yell, “Thank God for Spurrier!” Coach Spurrier is thankful for the encouragement. Since moving to Columbia in 2005, he has been ready and willing to support Columbia Metropolitan magazine. Not only has he graced the cover of our magazine, but his wife, Jerri, has been in our editorial spotlight as well. Columbia Metropolitan would like to thank Coach Spurrier for his continued support of our magazine, our city and our Gamecocks. We look forward to another winning 2009-2010 season – Go Gamecocks!

Photography by Jeff Amberg

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1989 Rewind

By Jessica Berger

Put on your parachute pants, break out the leg warmers and don a jean jacket as we travel back to the era of the first Bush administration. Bon Jovi topped the charts, Madonna was still the bad girl of pop and Milli Vanilli was just bad in general. The year was 1989, and Columbia Metropolitan had begun planning its first issue.

Photography by Jeff Amberg

To mark our 20th year, Columbia Metropolitan will highlight the 1989 happenings of different parts of the Columbia area. Join us as we take a look into the past to recall what happened, as well as what didn’t, and see how much Columbia has changed in two decades. Shopping district in Chapin

Irmo and Chapin – A Brief Breakdown of 1989

Residents of Chapin celebrated the town’s centennial anniversary with events throughout the year. They also buried a time capsule for future generations.

➤ The Irmo Town Council filed a lawsuit in an Photo courtesy of Irmo Chamber of Commerce

attempt to stop Columbia’s annexation of 3,350 acres between Broad River Road and Harbison Boulevard. Dutch Fork High School was still unnamed and only in the early planning stages. The growth in population within Columbia’s suburbs had Irmo High School packed to the brim. Lexington-Richland School District 5 broke ground on the new school in October 1990.

Irmo Town Park

➤ Chapin and Irmo residents were abuzz over School District 5’s Photo courtesy of Columbiana Centre

rezoning plan. Many of the boundary lines throughout the district were redrawn, leaving some students displaced.

➤ The construction of Columbiana Centre was under way. The new mall was set to open July 1990 at the intersection of Harbison Boulevard and Interstate 26 in Irmo.

Columbiana Centre

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What’s in Your Car? Decoding your neighbors’ vehicles By Janey Goude Have you ever walked through a parking lot and peeped into someone’s car as you passed by, wondering if you could spot the person who eventually will climb behind the wheel? Who sports that immaculate convertible? Who drives the SUV that requires a shovel to unearth the floorboard? Measure your automobile acumen. Match the cars’ contents with their drivers.


“Magazines, navigation system so I don’t get lost.”


“Car seat, purse, phone charger.”


“Grandchild’s car seat, books, box of granola bars, beach towel, box of tissues, large map book, car pillow, umbrella.”

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“Blanket to protect seat from family dog and damage from weekend Lowe’s shopping trip (hoses, hose reel, bird seed).”


“Kitchen items to prepare a rehearsal dinner for my son’s wedding.”


“Cooler, book on tape, car seat.”


“Two umbrellas, cleaning kit, ice scraper, rope, flashlight, litterbag, several towels, books, trash bags, napkins, and CD holders. Glove compartment: owner’s manual, insurance documents and candy. Console: aspirin and spare change for parking meters.”


“Yoga mat, teddy bear, poncho, purse, toys, CDs, books.”


“Car seats, stroller, lots of junk.”


“Trash, box of new books, cane, umbrella.”

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Mark Podmore

Life Point hospital development coordinator “ Th e o n l y thing I’d change about my car is I’d clean it. A Sirius satellite radio and refrigerator filled with water would make my clean car a perfect car!”

Dixie Winslow

executive assistant, with husband Jonathan and daughter Tristen “I’m pleased with what is in my car; it’s everything I need … and more! I just wish it was more organized.”

Heath Bartlett

financial advisor, with wife Marika “ Yo u caught me with my car somewhat neat between weekend projects. If I had my wish, it would be spotless, vacuumed and fresh daily. In a perfect world, a member of U2 would be hanging out inside with a driver ready to get us to our next destination.” Marika sets the bar a little lower: “I’ve already got everything but the kitchen sink in there. I’d just like a wet wipe dispenser!”

Brannon Edmonds

stay-at-home mom, with husband Matt, Mason, 3, and Annie, 1 “ Wi t h two kids on the go it doesn’t stay clean, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love my kids and all of the messes that they make. My life wouldn’t be the same without them!”

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Earletha Cash cook

“I like my car just the way it is.”

Peggy Price

C.W. Saari

“I’m pretty pleased with my car. The only thing I’d change is the back.”

“I’m very pleased with the contents of my car. The only thing missing is a big bag of


private investigator


Ruth Varner retired

“My car is too messy. I’d like for there to be fewer items – only the necessities.”

Brenda Gable retired

“My ideal car has a straw hat for shade, a piece of plastic to set flats of flowers on, an umbrella for sudden showers, Kleenex for spills and runny noses, maps of Lexington and Richland counties, an ice cold diet Mountain Dew in my cup holder and my George Strait CD in the radio.”

Stuart Osland

retired, with wife Tommie “I have too much stuff in my car. Ideally there would be just my wife and me in the car.”

How’d You Do? Car 1 – Heath Bartlett Car 2 – Mark Podmore Car 3 – Brenda Gable Car 4 – Dixie Winslow Car 5 – Earletha Cash Car 6 – Peggy Price Car 7 – Brannon Edmonds Car 8 – Ruth Varner Car 9 – C.W. Saari Car 10 – Stuart Osland 18 C O L U M B I A M E T R O P O L I T A N

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Small and Successful Words of advice from Columbia’s small business successes

By Meredith Good


o you have a secret romance with the idea of being your own boss? It is not an uncommon affair. Be aware that the most dangerous thing you can do, in that state of mind, is to walk in to storefronts or restaurants that are successful. They have the ability to make it look easy: set out a few tables, hire a few honest folks, shine it up a bit and there you go. Right? Not exactly. What you do not see are the hours the owner spent untangling an accounting mess, filling in for a staff member who didn’t show and, at times, not even paying himself. So what makes one business successful, while another might struggle along only to close within a few months? According to the most recent statistic from the U.S. Small Business Administration, two-thirds of new businesses survive at least two years after opening. How are they victorious, especially in the present economy? A few Columbia business owners have generously provided glimpses into their secrets of achievement, advice on perseverance and encouragement for overcoming adversities.


Nana by Sally

Sally Peek, owner of Nana by Sally

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Sewing classes must bring out the inner entrepreneur in a lot of people. Sally Peek signed up for a sewing class on a whim to see what she could learn. Hoping to acquire at least an elementary ability to put together unique curtains for her daughter’s room, Sally left class with more than that: a distinctive handbag. As it turns out, friends noticed her bag and started asking about it. Within a few weeks, she had her first orders. “It happened by accident,” says Sally. Sally can look back on her life now and see the foreshadowing that took place. Art had been an integral part of her childhood, nurtured by her parents. By the time she was in middle school, Sally

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was staying up late to make a collection of thread bracelets that she would turn around and sell at school the next day. “I always liked being artistic, and I have a tendency to dive right in to a project,” states Sally. As she put a lot of sleepless nights and work-filled weekends into creating her one-of-a-kind purses, the momentum of her innovative venture grew. Today, simply by word-of-mouth advertising, Nana handbags are a hit and can be found online and at select boutiques throughout the Southeast. Sally emphasizes the role of supportive friends and family in the development of her business. She credits her husband, Scotty, with being the behind-the-scenes support. “His keen eye has really helped me with the design and production aspect of it.” Her encouragement to fledgling business owners is this: “I would definitely stress the importance of networking and being able to knock around ideas with other small business owners.” In fact, Sally has a few friends willing to sit down for a monthly symposium to discuss new product ideas and marketing. “They believe in the business, and they believe in me, and that just means the world,” she says.

In January 2006, a little less than a year after that initial skirt sale, business was really blooming. “So I blindly jumped in,” says Frenchie, “and my willingness to take the risk saved me, because there are some who are so cautious they’d never make the jump.” Since moving to her current location on Devine Street, Frenchie has watched her business double. She also has seen the evolution of her product from simply

skirts to a collection of dresses, tops and a wedding collection that includes wedding and debutante dresses. Walking into her quaint cottage studio, shoppers easily get lost in the one-of-a-kind designs. Frenchie constructs the garments to suit her clients’ taste and completes them with her own artistic touches. Frenchie has some words of advice for those in today’s business environment

“Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.” These are the words of Frenchie Bunch, a former paralegal who discovered her inner fashion designer while taking a sewing class four years ago. Initially, she signed up for the class because she was bored and needed a creative outlet, Frenchie says. But soon her hobby became a passion, and two months after the class was over, Frenchie sold her first skirt and frenchieskirts was born. During her first year, Frenchie continued to work fulltime at her legal job by day, nurturing her new business by night. She laughs as she considers how perpetually fatigued she must have looked during her business’s infancy: “An attorney from the law firm saw my mother and said, ‘We’re really proud of Frenchie,’ and when my mom agreed, she further said, ‘… but she looks positively exhausted.’”



Frenchie Bunch, owner of frenchieskirts

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All of these entrepreneurs have had at least one firm supporter at their side, from the beginning. They credit this ongoing cheerleading as having helped them through the tougher times.

(L to R) Tom McCutchen and Ray Murray, co-owners of Cloud Nine Market

who would like to start their own creative endeavors: “Do not think about it too hard. If I had known how much work it would be, I wouldn’t have done it.” She further advises, “Do not do it for the money. Do it in spite of the incredible responsibility.”

Cloud Nine Market

What if a pharmacist and a florist got together and started a WilliamsSonoma-esque local market, complete with everything from exquisite floral

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arrangements to imported beer by the bottle and a patio fountain for peaceful downtown lunch meetings? That is not what the coowners of Cloud Nine Market, Ray Murray and Tom McCutchen, initially envisioned. In fact, it all started in their home, when Ray began a side business making glorious gift baskets. But within a few months, as Ray and Tom stepped over goods and products simply to get through the living room, they had a realization. “There were boxes of merchandise everywhere, and we knew we needed a storefront to continue business,” says Tom. “It was all word-of-mouth and

spreading quickly. We had the potential to sell more if we had a public space.” And so, a small storefront on Lincoln Street began the adventure. “I didn’t want to do it at first,” says Ray. “It was a big gamble, and Tom basically said, ‘You do what you do, and I’ll handle the rest.’” But Ray never dreamed that his basket business would grow to include serving daily lunch and coffee and a gift venue that has seen customers such as Bette Midler and Del Shores and Jason Dottley of Sordid Lives. Given their current location in the heart of the Vista on Gervais Street, Cloud Nine is

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a favorite of business people and travelers alike; in fact, Ray says that as much as 75 percent of their business is in tourism. “We now have to think of competitive pricing as well as choosing merchandise that can fit on an airplane,” he says. Tom offers this advice to anyone thinking of growing a unique business from his or her home: “I always try to tell people they really need to brainstorm, and don’t get caught up in the romantic idea of owning their own businesses. They need to think of it as a seven-day-a-week, 24-houra-day responsibility. Ask yourself, ‘Am I going to be dedicated enough to know I cannot always quit at 5 p.m.?’ Be prepared to put in hours you didn’t count on.”

To jump or not to jump?

This is a question faced by anyone seeking to create a new endeavor. But especially given the economic climate we find ourselves in today, folks might be more apprehensive about taking the leap into business ownership. To offer confidence in spite of uncertainty, commonalities can be found among the successful. Each of these business owners found a niche and capitalized on it, with no blueprints, outlines or business plans. Once the idea was conceived, each started small and only grew as demand increased. All of these entrepreneurs have had at least one firm supporter at their side from the beginning, and they credit this ongoing cheerleading as having helped them through the tougher times. In addition, they have a humble recognition of the importance of the folks working alongside them – most often staff. Says Ray, “I can handle it because it is a team effort, and we have a great staff. We’ve tapped into our employees’ talents. Since we work well together on the inside, it makes us successful on the outside.”

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Rita Cullum

Ernest Rene Derrick

Gail Carter

Boyd Jones

Brooke Bailey

Amy Moseley

Patrick Cunningham

James Courie

Billy Nichols

Thomas Wingard

Doug Bridges

Barry Myers

G. Ross Roy

Margaret Felkel

Katie Harsey

Mary Goode

Rachel Arthurs

Matthew Hodges

Stephanie Crovelli

Steven Moon

Juana Gustin-Quick

Jamie Austin

Anna Dis Sveinsbjornsdottir

Samuel Waters

Margaret Dunlap, Susan Lyon, Chantelle Janelle, Jane Long, Ronisha Jones, Kristina Brady, Tracey Busbee, Jim Staskowski and Heather Green have graduated from the Leadership RCPL program at Richland County Public Library. Clyde Dornbusch has been recognized for contributing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. Rita Bragg Cullum of Ellis Lawhorne & Sims has graduated from the Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative of the Riley Institute at Furman University. Ernest Rene Derrick has been appointed to the board of directors of The Lexington County Health Services District. Gail Carter has been named assistant vice president/market executive for First Community Bank in Camden. Thomasenia Robinson, manager of Palmer Place in Camden, has been presented with the bank’s Time of Your Life video and a donation. Boyd Jones, executive vice president of NBSC, has joined the board of directors of City Center Partnership. Brooke Bailey has been named director of communication for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Amy Moseley has joined Dubose Web Group as creative director. Terry Padalino has been named broker-in-charge and team leader of the

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Columbia office of Keller Williams Realty. Patrick Cunningham, an Allstate Insurance agent, has earned the title of Personal Financial Representative. Charles T. “Bud” Ferrillo, Jr., has been elected chairman of the board of the SC Arts Commission. Linda Stern has been elected to the executive committee. Palmetto Health has been ranked 30th in Computer World’s annual Best Places to Work in IT. The Heart Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. James R. Courie of McAngus Goudelock & Courie has been elected chair of Hammond School’s board of trustees. Elizabeth Webber-Akre, a Columbia Realtor, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation. Billy Nichols has joined the transaction services group of Grubb & Ellis/Wilson Kibler. Thomas Wingard, Doug Bridges, Brad Ralph, William Earp, Misha Lee Dupre, James Dillard, Bonnie Nola, Lauren Irwin, Susan Irwin, Rana Davis, Lori Trescott, La Jackson, Gregory Timmons, Scott McCulla and Mary Ramsey have joined Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® as sales associates. Katherine G. Stephens has been elected president of the Association

for Hospital Medical Education. Erin McCaskill has been named relationship manager at the West Columbia branch of First Citizens B an k. B ar ry M ye r s has been promoted to senior vice president and wealth advisor. Dr. G. Ross Roy, professor of English at USC, has been awarded the degree Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow. Margaret Felkel and Katie Harsey have joined Burkett Burkett & Burkett. Mary Goode, Rachel Arthurs and Matthew Hodges have earned CPA certification. S t e p h a n i e A n n C r o v e l l i has been named director of research and evaluation with Healthy Learners. Chakisse Newton has won first place in the Toastmasters International Region VIII Speech Contest and will compete in the International World Championship. Abacus Planning Group has joined the MD Preferred Service Network to create the MD Preferred Financial Advisor Network. Erin C. Boyce of Kirkland, Thomas, Watson & Dyches has earned CPA designation. Frank D. Thomas has been awarded Certified in Financial Forensics credential. Mike Biediger, president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, has celebrated his 20th year with the hospital.

Will Ponder has been promoted to vice president, investments, at Edens & Avant. Steven T. Moon has joined the law firm of Rogers Townsend & Thomas as special counsel. Juana Gustin-Quick has been promoted to vice-president for strategic development at Cross + Associates. Jamie Austin has been named junior team tennis coordinator for USTA South Carolina and Columbia Tennis League. Anna Dis Sveinsbjornsdottir and Jill Dougan of CDA Architects have been named LEED®-Accredited Professionals. Khush Tata, Ashley Sherry and Eric Roberts have been elected to the board of directors of Columbia Opportunity Resource. Meredith H. Kaiser has joined The Municipal Association of South Carolina Providence Hospitals has received a GHXcellence Award for achievements in improving supply chain performance. Elaine H. Fowler of Turner Padget Graham & Laney has been elected to the South Carolina Bar Foundation board of directors. Steven W. Ouzts has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. The firm has been included in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List and has been named a Recommended Insurance Defense Firm

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by Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters. Massage Envy of Columbia has announced a focus on prenatal massage therapy. SCBT Financial Corporation was named by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in the US. Samuel C. Waters of Roger Townsend & Thomas has been named a 2009 South Carolina Super Lawyer. David E. Dukes, Stephen G. Morrison, Joel H. Smith, Augustus M. Dixon, Daniel J. Fritze, P. Mason Hogue, Jr. and Sue Erwin Harper of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough have been included in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers. A. Jackson Barnes, Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, Thornwell F. Sowell, Robert E. Stepp and J. Calhoun Watson of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte have been included in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers. Katherine Dudley Helms, Leigh M. Nason and Charles T. Speth, II, of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart have been included in C hambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers. Katherine Dudley Helms, Leigh M. Nason, Elizabeth B. Partlow and Charles T. Speth, II have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Ed Menzie, Mark Knight, David Dubberly, Susi McWilliams, Marc Manos, Tom Stephenson, Neil Robinson, Tom Tisdale and Vickie Eslinger of Nexsen Pruet have been included in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers. Mark L. Bender, Michael T. Brittingham, Henry W. Brown, Russell T. Burke, David E. Dubberly, C. Jones Dubose, Jr., Victoria L. Eslinger, William H. Floyd, III, Julian Hennig, III, Timothy L. Hewson, Fred L. Kingsmore, Jr., William Y. Klett, III, G. Marcus Knight, W. Thomas Lavender, Jr., Alan M. Lipsitz, W. Leighton Lord, III, Burnet R. Maybank, III, Susan P. McWilliams, Julio E. Mendoza, Jr., Edward G. Menzie, William G. Newsome, III, Samuel F. Painter, R. Kent Porth, James W. Potter, Matthew B. Roberts and John A. Sowards have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition.

George S. King, Jr. and John B. McArthur of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd have been included in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers. William C. Boyd has been named a Senior Statesman, and The Best Lawyers in America has listed him as the Columbia Real Estate Lawyer of the Year (2009). William C. Boyd, John C. Bruton, Jr., Joseph D. Clark, Suzanne Hulst Clawson, Frank W. Cureton, J. Donald Dial, Jr., Theodore B. DuBose, Randolph B. Epting, Manton M. Grier, Theodore J. Hopkins, Jr., George S. King, Jr., Edward G. Kluiters, Robert Y. Knowlton, Steve A. Matthews, John B. McArthur, Stanley H. McGuffin, Stephen F. McKinney, Martin C. McWilliams, Jr., Hamilton Osborne, Jr., William H. Short, Jr., John K. Van Duys and Benton D. Williamson have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Steven Benjamin, Scott Garrett, Mundi George, Rusty Goudelock, Thomas Lydon and Hugh McAngus of McAngus Goudelock & Courie have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Michael M. Beal, Robert T. Bockman, M. John Bowen, Jr., Carl B. Carruth. O. Wayne Corley, M. Elizabeth Crum, John W. Currie, Robert W. Dibble, Jr., Erik P. Deorring, James P. Fields, Jr., M. Craig Garner, Jr., Joel E. Gottlieb, Paul D. Harrill, Celeste T. Jones, Richard J. Morgan, William M. Musser, Jonathan H. Nason, Sara S. Rogers, James C. Siokos, W. Marshall Taylor, Jr., Joseph D. Walker and Ethan R. Ware of McNair Law Firm have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Henry S. Knight, Jr. of Constangy, Brooks & Smith has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition. Michael E. Chase, Danny C. Crowe, John E. Cuttino, Cynthia C. Dooley, Charles E. Hill, Catherine H. Kennedy, Lanneau W. Lambert, Jr., Edward W. Laney, IV, Curtis L. Ott, Steven W. Ouzts, Thomas C. Salane, Franklin G. Shuler, Jr. and W. Duvall Spruill of Tur ner Padget Graham & Laney have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2010 edition.

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Angela Heaton, Dr. Manly E. Hutchinson, Jr.

Laser & Skincare Center


he Laser & Skincare Center at Three Rivers Ob/Gyn offers women and men of the Midlands an array of comprehensive treatments and effective products to promote skin that is glowing, healthy and in optimum condition. Angela Heaton, L.E., is the on-staff licensed aesthetician. Prior to joining the practice, she was affiliated with Mille Lewis, Aquarius Spa and Logan Raye. Along with Dr. Manly E. Hutchinson, Jr., she has been the driving force of the skincare division of Three Rivers Ob/Gyn for 2 1/2 years. She has established an enviable reputation throughout the area for her expertise in evaluating and implementing skin care treatments and recommending programs and products that are customized to each client’s specific needs and lifestyle. The hallmark of the Skincare & Laser Center is laser treatments utilizing the Candela Gentlelase or the Candela Gentle YAG that remove unwanted hair, age spots, freckles, Hemangiomas (blue facial veins), spider veins and sun damage. Photo rejuvenation (wrinkle reduction) and skin tightening also are popular services. Botox smooths the lines between the brows and dermal fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse instantly smooth those “parenthesis” lines

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on the sides of the nose and mouth. Other services include relaxing facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and waxing. Angela also is a make-up artist. In fact, many photographers have entrusted her to make up their models for photo shoots. During make-up sessions, Angela teaches clients about proper application techniques as well as which colors are most flattering. The Laser & Skincare Center also offers pharmaceutical grade products including the Glominerals makeup system, which incorporates natural high pigment minerals with the power of antioxidants to cover, correct and protect the skin. For skin care, they offer the SkinCeuticals line, an advanced line of skin care products designed to prevent future damage, protect healthy skin and correct previous damage. The Laser & Skincare Center offers the experience clients expect from a renowned medical practice coupled with the personal attention they deserve. Learn more about the services and products they provide by visiting or contact Angela directly by calling 254-9461, extension 134.


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Providence Hospitals


f you’ve lived in South Carolina for any length of time, you likely know that Providence Hospitals is known for its outstanding heart care. In fact, the surgical team at Providence Heart & Vascular Institute has performed more cardiac surgeries – more than 26,000 to be exact – than any other hospital in the state. The program, which began in 1974 and was the first to perform openheart surgery in South Carolina, also has conducted more than 134,000 cardiac catheterizations. This wealth of expertise has brought national rankings to Providence Heart & Vascular Institute. Often called South Carolina’s Heart Hospital, the Institute’s clinical accolades are numerous:

• BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina designated Providence as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for its commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. • T he Society of Chest Pain Centers accredited Providence as a chest pain center with percutaneous coronary intervention designation to treat blocked arteries of the heart. • The American Heart Association named Providence the first hospital in South Carolina to receive the Gold Performance Achievement award. This award was given based on the hospitals’ treatment of cardiac and stroke patients using the association’s Get With The Guidelines SM — Coronary Artery Disease program.


• T he Society of Thoracic Surgeons database awarded Providence a “Three Star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality locally and a top 12 percent national ranking for cardiothoracic surgical care. In addition to cardiovascular care, Providence Hospitals offers a wide range of medical services in surgery, emergency care, women’s and children’s services and rehabilitation. Providence Orthopaedic & Neuro Spine Institute provides medical and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, joints and spine. To find out more about Providence and its various services, visit the hospitals’ Web site at

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Real Heroes Among Us Columbians risk it all to restore Scouting to Iraq

By Vicki Patterson Cannon Photography courtesy of Stan Haines


or nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. They believe that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society. In America, membership in a local Boy Scout troop is available to most every boy. But halfway around the world, Iraqi and American volunteers risk their very lives to help young people become scouts.

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For 50 years before Saddam Hussein seized power in 1979, Iraq had been a leader in Middle Eastern Scouting. Slowly, Saddam reconfigured the young peoples’ groups to serve the state. Knot-tying classes became hand-to-hand combat drills for 10- to 15-year-old boys. In 1999, the World Organization of the Scouting Movement banned Iraq from membership. In 2003, when Saddam’s dictatorship ended, efforts got underway to restore Scouting to Iraq. A council of Iraqi and coalition volunteers met in the Freedom Palace to re-establish the Iraqi Scouting

Association and decided to name the organization the “Green Zone Council,” and the name stuck. Since then, Gen. David H. Petraeus, an Eagle Scout himself, has committed several million dollars to the Green Zone Council, with an

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overall goal of returning Scouting to the country as a reconstruction effort. Iraqi citizens, who had long valued the Scouting tradition, welcomed the movement. About 40 volunteers, most of whom are former or present Scouting volunteers or professionals in America, are giving their time and energy to help rebuild the program. Two Columbia scout leaders who were stationed in Iraq have made a big impact on the movement. U.S. Army Lt. Cols. Stan Haines and Alex Von Plinsky, members of Columbia’s Indian Waters Council, have voluntarily shouldered a great deal of the work. It all began simply enough. Stan explains, “I was having breakfast one morning and happened to meet a Colonel who told me about the Green Zone Council and his work there. I knew immediately that this was something in which I needed to become involved. Alex arrived three months later, and together we worked to request and direct financial resources to this movement.” Since then, Alex and Stan have held key positions in promoting the Iraqi scout movement. Stan was a member of the Green Zone Council in 2005-2006, serving as chair during his last eight months on the council. Alex served with the council in 2005 and then again in 2006-2007. In February 2009, the Green Zone Council celebrated its five-year anniversary. In Iraq, Scouting is a school-based program offered to both boys and girls who excel academically. Stan says, “One day as I left a school, a young female school administrator grabbed my hand. She said, ‘Make sure to tell the American people how much we appreciate all they are doing for us.’” “Iraqi youth are just like young people anywhere. They long for the experiences and camaraderie that Scouting offers. The only difference is the language,” says Stan. In 2004, a group of insurgents learned about a 50-acre bombed-out training camp that was converted into the Iraqi National Association headquarters and campgrounds. They sent a team to the site, perhaps to

kidnap and kill the scout leaders. Young scouts who had learned of the threat cautioned the leaders to stay away from the headquarters, probably saving their lives. Doug Stone, scout executive for the Indian Waters Council in Columbia, says, “Whether they are in Columbia or Iraq, young people have the same basic needs and desires to help other people.” Alex and Stan’s ultimate goal is to raise funds to create a scout camp in Iraq like Lake Murray’s Camp Barstow. Their efforts have been paying off. One of their most successful fundraisers has been selling Green Zone Council sleeve patches. “To date, we have raised more than $25,000 from the sale of these patches,” says Stan.

“We also raised $100,000 to send 84 adult leaders to Cairo, Egypt for a two-week scout leadership training program.” They even found an island east of Baghdad in the middle of the Tigris River that would have been the perfect spot for such a camp. “It had a palm orchard, would lend itself well to water activities, had caretaker living quarters and was linked to the mainland with a good bridge,” Stan says. Unfortunately, the location was not suitable to the Iraqi government. So for now, they have no camp, but Stan and Alex have hope. “We envision a camp with housing for young people and adult leaders, program areas with huts, a swimming pool, a beach swimming area

“The Scouting ideas are a set of values that can work within anyone’s background, anyone’s religion and anyone’s upbringing.” Lt. Col. Mike Walton

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and a boat dock, a bath house, a ropes course, dining hall with a bakery to produce fresh bread, office space and a caretaker’s home,” Stan says. Lt. Col. Mike Walton, a volunteer scout leader for 38 years who recently received one of the first Iraqi Scouting Association Service Awards for his service as part of the first Green Zone Council board, wholeheartedly supports the efforts. “The Iraqis can take the basic Scouting structure and modify it the way they like or add to it without changing it too much from the original program,” Mike says. “We’re offering them the same thing that’s being offered in 120 other countries around the world: a program of citizenship, character development and personal fitness.” “The Scouting ideas are a set of values that can work within anyone’s background, anyone’s religion and anyone’s upbringing,” he says. “We hope the Iraqi youth will be interested in a Scouting program that provides an adventure for them.” Alex and Stan are among those who believe that spending money now to help the Iraqi scouts will gain momentum and pay big dividends later. Both have seen the positive impact Scouting has had on their own children, as well as the American society in general. “I’m willing to fight for these Iraqi kids to have the same opportunity,” Alex says. “We appreciate the service Alex and Stan have provided to not only the Indian Waters Council, but to scouts around the world,” Doug says. “The fact that Alex and Stan have been helping the young people in Iraq get the same Scouting programs that we enjoy in the United States truly exemplifies the spirit of Scouting. They have done a tremendous job.”

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Bruise or Break? Sports injuries in children By Chuck Walsh


thletic competition always seems to stir the dreams deep inside America’s youth. Whether it’s a game of stickball in the backyard or a high school football game in front of a thousand screaming fans, a player has a deeprooted passion to hit the game-winning home run, kick the winning goal or catch the winning touchdown pass. And with that passion come skinned knees and scraped elbows, as bumps and bruises have been a part of athletics since Apollo tripped Achilles at Mount Olympus. Sadly, however, the nature of athletic competition has changed over the years, and those bumps and bruises have been overshadowed by an alarming number of serious injuries. The steady rise in sports-related injuries has various explanations, and fortunately many of them are

preventable. One major cause of the increase in sports-related injuries is the specialization of sports. In the past, kids played multiple sports, changing from season to season. Not anymore. In warm weather states like South Carolina, sports like baseball and softball are seeing yearround participation. As a result, more athletes are finding themselves on the examining tables in doctors’ offices. The issue has become a growing concern for orthopaedic surgeons with the Moore Clinic. “What we’re seeing is an epidemic in shoulder and elbow injuries for throwing athletes,” says a surgeon with the clinic. “A major reason for this is specialization at an early age, specifically in baseball. They play in multiple leagues and can be on a team from February to November. The reason for throwing injuries is really

simple: too many throws.” A study by the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) of pitchers ages 9 to 14 found that the incidence of elbow or shoulder pain increased with the number of pitches thrown in a game, as well as the number thrown in a season. They recommend that pitch counts be used for all youth leagues, 75 per game and 600 per season. With players playing in multiple leagues, however, keeping up with pitch count numbers isn’t easy. Stress on the throwing arm is taking such a toll that pitchers as young as 15 are undergoing Tommy John surgery, a procedure once performed primarily on pitchers in the Major Leagues. The surgery involves removing the ulnar collateral ligament from the medial elbow and replacing it with a tendon from another part of the body. A 2008

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study by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine found that a third of the patients receiving the surgery were 18 and younger, up from 12 percent in 1997. E. Lyle Cain, MD, of the ASMI, says, “This should be a wake-up call to parents and coaches that specialization in baseball, where kids don’t get adequate time off, is very dangerous.” If more were done to protect young arms, risk to injury could be reduced at the high school level. Andy Hallett, head baseball coach at A.C. Flora, is diligent in protecting his players’ arms while maintaining success on the field. A.C. Flora’s four trips to the state title game, with wins in 2001 and 2007, attest to that. “We start throwing the first week of November, and it goes on for 12 weeks,” Andy says. “We have to make sure we’ve provided the opportunity to get their arms in good shape.” He admits finding the correct balance isn’t always easy. “A player needs to strengthen his arm, but he needs to make sure he doesn’t overdo it.” To make sure Andy’s players have proper rest, he doesn’t allow them to play baseball in the fall. He would like to see youth league players do the same. “The biggest injuries I see are in the younger kids who come in to the program. They’re underdeveloped physically, their growth plates are wide open, and they play spring, summer and fall. They’ve got to take time off to rest their arms.” Andy speaks at clinics about injury prevention, emphasizing the importance of stretching properly before taking the field. And he adheres to the ASMI’s belief that pitchers should be limited on the number of pitches they throw. “We are big on pitch counts,” Andy says. “And the younger the player, the lower the pitch count.” Andy says the way to reduce injury in young athletes is fairly simple. “Take time off. It’s okay not to play 10 months out of the year when you’re 8 years old or 12 years old. Be a student, be a kid. Play more than one sport. Enjoy life.”

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Rick McCain, MD, of McCain Orthopaedic Center, agrees with Andy on the importance of stretching before any activity. Says Rick, “The knee, especially, is vulnerable to rotation and angular stress during athletic activity. Know your limitations of balance, flexility, endurance and strength, and be aware of the impact of cold, fatigue, tension and medication on your body. Stretching before activities can help lessen these impacts.” Dwayne Jones was head softball coach at Spring Valley for 17 years, where his teams played for the state title eight times, winning three of them. Like Andy, Dwayne was committed to injury prevention. As a result, injuries were limited and rarely arm-related. “Common injuries were knee problems, primarily with sliding incorrectly,” says Dwayne, adding, “We spent more time on that particular skill than any other to prevent injury.” Dwayne put extreme emphasis on his players being in proper shape. “We spent eight to 12 weeks in a preseason conditioning program before we ever stepped on the field. That involved stretching to increase flexibility and emphasized upper body strength – specifically the shoulder – as well as the wrist and leg. We tailor-made our workouts so that they addressed those sport specific muscles.” The players weren’t allowed to touch a ball or swing a bat until they were properly stretched. He recommends stretching at all levels of play. Andy and Dwayne both like the idea of young athletes playing multiple sports. “A lot of kids have begun to specialize in the sport they choose, and I wish they would play more than one, as now they are virtually ‘in season’ year round,” he says. He encourages parents to begin strength exercises for their children, but not through weight training. He recommends items such as resistance bands to work on internal and external shoulder rotations. For parents whose children play

“The biggest injuries I see are in the younger kids who come in to the program. They’re underdeveloped physically, their growth plates are wide open and they play spring, summer and fall.” Andy Hallett, head baseball coach at A.C. Flora.

softball year round, Dwayne advises, “Learn the right mechanics. The earlier you teach the child how to throw correctly, the less likely they’ll suffer injuries. There are videos out there if you’re not positive how to teach them.” He recommends college and high school camps to help young players learn proper mechanics. “It’s more important for a parent to invest in that than buying an expensive glove or bat,” he says. Currently an elementary school P.E. teacher, Dwayne wants parents to look for warning signs. “We all want our kids to be the best, but if a kid seems burned out, he probably is. So the constant push to play year-round or to make this elite squad can really put a strain on a child when his body needs a break.” Though specialization in baseball and softball are wreaking havoc on young arms, injuries to other areas of the body – such as the knee in female athletes – are also on the rise. With regard to soccer and basketball, girls who

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participate in the same amount of hours as boys experience more ACL tears. The reason for this can be attributed to mechanical differences between the sexes. Robert M. Peele, Jr., MD with Midlands Orthopaedics says, “Young girls play with greater speed and have greater cutting capacity than young boys at a comparable age; this places greater stress on their knees and therefore the ACL.” Rick McCain believes there is a benefit to plyometric training for female middle school and high school athletes. “These programs involve core strengthening, balance, proper jumping, landing, deceleration, cutting and joint position enhancement,” he says. Though not played year round, football is no stranger to injury. Football-related injuries are common due to the physicality of the game. However, the rise in injury in this sport is situational, namely heat stroke and head injury. According to Frederick Mueller, Ph.D., director of the National

Kasey Parris, softball player at Richard Winn Academy

Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, heat stroke deaths are a serious issue but preventable with proper care. He suggests acclimating the athletes to the heat slowly, as well as altering practice schedules to avoid long practices in high humidity. Being able to recognize heat-related symptoms is important, such as nausea, fatigue, muscle cramps and incoherence. And though the popular belief is that heat stroke victims don’t sweat, that is often not the case. A major concern with head injuries is Second Impact Syndrome, where players are allowed to play too soon after receiving head injuries. To combat not only heat stroke and head-related injuries, but also other injuries, doctors recommend using sports professionals. The Sports Committee for the S.C. Medical Association has been pushing for years to require athletic trainers be on the sidelines of every high school game. Currently, schools are not required to have trainers on staff. A certified athletic trainer holds either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries. When injuries do occur, the resiliency and determination young athletes show on their way to recovery is amazing. The heart of the athlete hasn’t changed, willing to do whatever it takes to recover and get back in the game. Connor Lewis, a senior at A.C. Flora, is a two-sport star in football and baseball. He sustained a shoulder injury that caused him to miss his entire sophomore season in baseball, though the injury occurred playing football. “I was getting hit all the time, and I dislocated it,” Connor says. His injuries included a torn labrum and rotator cuff. In a sling for over two months, Connor participated in therapy and extensive rehab. As painful as the ordeal was, he endured so he could return to the playing field. “I worked hard to get in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life,” he says. Watching from the sideline was all the incentive Connor needed to

return. “I’d do anything to play sports.” In her senior season at Richard Winn Academy, Kasey Parris injured the thumb on her non-throwing hand while diving into third base. When she looked at her mangled thumb, her immediate thought was, “Oh great, my season’s over.” Kasey had dislocated the bottom of her thumb and fractured the tip. She jerked the thumb back into place as she stood on third base. An injury of that nature would have knocked most players out of the game, and perhaps the season. Kasey refused to miss even an inning. A pitcher, Kasey took the mound, barely able to fit her glove on her hand. Her catcher had to roll the ball back to Kasey after each pitch. Not only did she complete the game, but she also got the win. The next day her doctor examined her thumb and suggested she not play. For Kasey, that wasn’t an option, painful as her injury was. She says, “It was worth the pain. Absolutely. I would do it again if I had to.” Kristen Keller, a senior softball player at Richard Winn, tore her ACL during her freshman year, and the injury not only cost her the season, but the following season as well. Kristen knew the road to recovery would be difficult, but through hard work and extensive rehab, she was able to play again last spring. “It was terrible pain, and the bike therapy was the worst,” she says. “But I appreciate the sport now after being away from it. Being able to come back from the injury was worth it. I would definitely go through it all again.” Oh, the resiliency of youth. Athletics provide a spectacular vehicle for children to chase their dreams, and it’s unfortunate that injuries can slow – or eliminate – that pursuit. With so much information available on prevention, however, the injury rate of young athletes could be reduced. Hopefully, parents and coaches will become more aware of injury prevention and return to the day where bumps and bruises are their only concerns.

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Chilling Out F o u r Colum bia ne ws anchors ope n u p t he ir homes We invite them into our homes every day to get news of the day’s events, and we feel like we’ve known them all our lives. Yet we’ve never had a chance to check out where they live or even spend a little oneon-one time with them. Here, four of Columbia’s news anchors have invited us into their homes, giving us a peek at their favorite rooms as well as an idea of how they spend their time off the air.

Daniel Seamans - ABC Columbia

Daniel Seamans became weekend anchor at ABC Columbia in 2005 and made the move to anchoring the News at Six and Eleven two years ago. Such a busy schedule doesn’t leave much room for downtime, but Daniel makes the most of it. Since moving into his patio home, Daniel put his time into designing his favorite spot in the house, which is actually outside on his patio. “I mostly use it on the weekends,” says Daniel. “I like to fire up the grill, and I usually have a few friends over to socialize for a little bit. I would say of all the places in my house, I spend most of my waking hours out here in my little paradise. It’s as laid back and as simple as I can make it, and at the same time makes me say, ‘ahhh.’” Daniel is a “do-it-yourselfer.” When he bought his home, he chose to design a setting that would help remind him of his days growing up on Lake Murray where he attended Chapin High School. “I’ve always been around water and find it very relaxing,” he says. He installed a small pond as a water feature with a potted palm in one section of the yard. A little red bark adds some color. He even got friends to help him lay sod in the backyard, although he had to reciprocate by helping them with their own yards. “At first I was scared I was going to kill all the grass because I had never done anything like this before,” he laughs. His patio furniture is definitely of the laid-back style. “My furniture is mostly Gamecock furniture – chairs and umbrellas.” The tiki torches add to the relaxed atmosphere that he and his friends enjoy. Grilling with his stainless-steel grill has become a favorite pastime. “It’s a grill for guys,” he says. “It’s become quite the talking point on the patio.” And Daniel doesn’t always stick with the tried and true with his recipes. “I try to do more than burgers. I enjoy experimenting with recipes, whether it’s meat or vegetables. I like to try things that I haven’t cooked before to see how they turn out.” And what happens when the sun goes down? Daniel has been known to pull out his guitar and play a country tune. “I’ve been playing about five years now,” he says. “When I was a morning anchor in Wilmington, N.C., I had plenty of time in the afternoon.” He’s also penned a few songs – 13 so far – none of them anything more than his mom’s favorite hits. “Don’t expect to hear them on the radio anytime soon,” he says with a smile. By Margaret Gregory Photography by Robert Clark

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Ashley Norris - WACH-TV

Starting as a reporter nearly three years ago, Ashley Norris has been a weekday co-anchor at WACH Fox News at 10 for a year now. Like Daniel, she also has local roots, graduating from Dutch Fork High School and from USC’s School of Mass Communications. Ashley arrives at work around 2 p.m. each day, spending the afternoon in meetings and working on story ideas. “I love going out in the community and getting stories, so I’m not just in the office all day,” she says. The rest of the day is spent writing, editing and preparing for the evening newscast. A self-professed people person, Ashley enjoys hosting parties and family get-togethers in her home. “I like spending time in the living room. Since my family is here in Columbia, we do a lot together,” she says. Her living room features a tasteful jungle theme with yellow accent chairs and brown-and-tan-striped rugs. A suede cream-colored sofa helps separate the living room from the dining area. Freshly cut flowers, palm trees and gold-tinted wine glasses complement the decor of the room.

Ashley likes a blend of traditional and modern looks. “Too much modern doesn’t make it homey,” she says, “but I think a few pieces mixed in here and there help keep a fresh look to the room.” Ashley shares her home with two very special companions – a Pomeranian named Sadie and a Jack Russell Terrier named Lexie, who are both rescue dogs. Ashley says she’s heard that dogs can pick up on their owners’ personalities, and she’s worried this may be true for her dogs. “My mom always used to say I was a drama queen, and Lexie certainly is, although I hope I’m not quite that dramatic!” Since Ashley enjoys playing hostess, it only seems natural that baking would be another way to spend some free time. “I love Paula Deen, but I try to prepare healthier versions of her recipes. My specialty is baking sweets, especially peanut butter fudge brownies. I make a great sweet potato casserole, and I have a very special cornbread recipe.” Dinner at Ashley’s, anyone?

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Curtis Wilson - WLTX-TV

He grew up in New York, but after 18 years in Columbia, Curtis Wilson definitely considers it home. In addition to being an anchor for WLTX-TV’s morning news show, Curtis also is a recruiter for Benedict College, the voice of Benedict Tigers football, spokesperson for the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, “mic guy” for USC football and basketball and DJ for WWDM-FM. Talk about busy! But when he does have a bit of downtime, Curtis likes to spend it in his man room. Says Curtis, “It’s where I can go to just relax and take a break from my hectic day and wind down. Everyone has their own spot in the house, but that’s my room. I have my sports memorabilia, my computer for office work and my big-screen TV.” Curtis also has a collection of movie posters. Favorite movies include the Rush Hour series with Chris Rock and Jackie Chan. Curtis has quite a collection of sports memorabilia – jerseys autographed by USC standouts George Rogers and Harold Green, a boxing glove from Roy Jones, Jr., and his favorite pro team mementos as well. “I love the Cowboys and the Giants. I have my very own Cowboys jersey, so people think I played for the Cowboys,” he smiles. While Curtis has quite a few pieces of workout equipment as well – a universal weight machine,

I had not originally planned to stay in Columbia this long, but when I got here, I knew I had found home. an elliptical, a bike, an abs machine and free weights – Curtis admits they don’t get used quite as often as they should. He says, “Every once in a while I’ll get the urge to get back into working out on a regular basis.” While his 15-year-old son and wife of 16 years occasionally spend time with him in the man room, it’s his space to relax and unwind. “They know if I come in the door and don’t have much to say, they’ll give me some quiet time in my room.” The room also gives Curtis time to reflect on where he’s been and where he’s going. “I had not originally planned to stay in Columbia this long, but when I got here, I knew I had found home. That room pretty much tells my life, and it’s been a pretty interesting life so far.”

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We moved all around — always lived our life on the go. When we settled down, one of the things we wanted was a place where we could sit, pray and study God’s word.

Judi Gatson - WIS-TV

Judi started out as a radio news anchor for WIS and built a 15-year career, culminating in the evening news anchor position with WIS-TV. She remembers her first big interview with women’s Olympic marathoner Jenny Spangler. “Columbia was hosting the women’s trials, and Jenny’s schedule had changed. I was the only one around who could get to her in time to do the interview before she had to leave,” recalls Judi. “It was such a highlight for me!” Judi and her husband Dwayne place a great emphasis on their faith, and Judi has carried that over into their home through their prayer room. “We moved all around when my husband was in the military, and we always lived our life on the go. Our faith has been the core and basis of our marriage. When

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we settled down, one of the things we wanted was a place where we could sit, pray and study God’s word.” Judi felt so strongly about having a prayer room that she really built the house around that room. “I think you can truly feel God’s spirit and love when you walk in the door,” she says. The room features a fireplace and bay windows to let in natural light. “I love the sunlight and the way it fills up the room.” Judi has filled the room with favorite pieces of furniture as well. “My mom used to be an antiques dealer, and I have a couple of chairs that were hers.” She also has another interesting piece that is a favorite – a step tansu, a traditional Japanese chest. “It’s great for knickknacks. I have angels and special gifts displayed on it. The chest has doors and drawers where I keep Bibles and journals.” Judi often performs various presentations for groups, and her prayer room gives her a place to go when she is preparing a speech or presentation. Judi credits her mom in helping her to develop such a strong sense of faith. “It was really through example that I learned about God, especially with my mom because she was a woman of such incredible faith. It really made more of an impression than I thought.” And it was that faith that helped Judi and Dwayne cope with the loss of their infant son a few years ago. “You have to go through your own trials and tribulations to have revelations of your faith. Because of the foundation and the example that my mom showed, I knew I needed to turn to my faith in those times instead of turning away from God.” Judi and Dwayne realize the importance of having that retreat away from the hustle of their busy lives. “Sometimes we’re just sitting and reading and don’t have to say one word.” Even the dogs tend to relax in the prayer room. “We have two labs, and believe me, they can be so playful and rambunctious, but when they’re in here, they just curl up on the rug.” Their family and friends enjoy the prayer room as well. “Everyone seems to gravitate toward that room,” says Judi. Perhaps this comes from a message over the arched entrance from Mark 12:30 that seems to invite everyone in, which says, “Love the Lord God with all your heart.”

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Fall Showers, Winter Flowers

By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP Photography by Jeff Amberg

Seasonal vegetables that grow through the fall include peppers, onions, broccoli, squash, cauliflower and carrots.

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Preparing your fall garden to last into winter


lush from the success of late summer’s harvest, Columbia gardeners are busy with fall gardens and laying the groundwork for their winter beds. Extending the life of your flower and vegetable gardens so they produce into the winter months is not a difficult task. To get the most out of your gardens, choose hardy plants, protect young plants from early frosts and practice good garden maintenance. Continuously planting cool-weather crops throughout the fall also is a good idea. If you are a novice gardener (and lack space), think big, but start small. Square foot gardening (, container gardening or the pricy, popular Earthboxes ( are a great way to begin and won’t make huge demands on your time. Edible landscaping is another gardening option, which is the popular practice of replacing traditional landscape plants throughout your yard with food crops. Whichever you choose, don’t think of fall as the end of the growing season but as the kick-off for next year’s garden. Each season has its own to-do list of gardening chores. The Midlands is still enjoying warm weather, so watering is still at the top of the list. Deep, thorough watering is best for well-established plants, preferably with trickle irrigation or soaker hoses. Deepwatering encourages root growth. The soil surface should feel dry before the next watering. Newer, less-established garden or container plants need more frequent watering.

Brown is Not a Fashion Color in the Garden! Plants filled with promise in the spring can look ragged by fall. Deadhead annuals by plucking off brownish, spent flowers to promote new flower growth and extend a plant’s lifespan. Scraggly annuals also benefit if you cut back at least one-third of the stem. Trim a few inches from sickly perennials, and they will come back healthier this year or next spring. Feed plants after trimming. If a plant needs complete removal, throw it onto the compost heap, but avoid adding the seeds.

Start Your Cold Weather Garden Build upon good maintenance practices to jump-start a winter garden. If you planted in spring, transitioning to a fall garden that will last into winter is easy. Soil isn’t as difficult to work with in the fall as it is in January; seeds germinate easily. The real trick is to choose crops and cultivars that will tolerate – and even thrive – in cold weather. Depending on your choice of garden, you can have flowers, vegetables or both. Begin with an assessment of your present garden to determine information like soil condition and the successes and failures of past plantings. Don’t try to remember your findings: jot them down in a garden journal or notebook. Create a reference book tailored to your own garden.

Build Good Soil Good soil preparation is essential for a successful planting. The Midlands area has five different types of soil. Soil acidity and alkalinity are measured by pH values. A soil test will determine if you need to raise or lower the pH. Most South Carolina soils are acidic, requiring the addition of lime for correction. On a scale of 1 (most acid) to 14 (most alkaline), 7 is neutral. Ideally, you need to take a soil sample for each section of your yard.

Visit your local extension office to obtain a soil sample envelope with instructions. The test costs $6 per sample; results are available within a week or two on the Internet or directly from the extension office. Soil sample kits also are available by mail for $15 and can be mailed back to the Clemson University Agricultural Service Laboratory for testing. Each kit contains a soil sample bag, instructions on how to take a soil sample and a postage-paid mailing envelope. For more information, visit agsrvlb/interest.htm.

Compost and Mulch Matters Compost is decomposed organic matter that improves soil health. It provides food for the organisms in the soil (mainly bacteria, fungi and protozoa) that help release nutrients to plants. Compost helps sandy soil hold water better, and it helps clay soil drain water faster. Top-dress soil with a thin layer of compost, and then plant. Purchase the compost or make your own by combining moist, nitrogen-rich materials with dry, carbon-rich materials. Green nitrogen-rich items include fresh grass clippings (don’t use if treated with broadleaf herbicide like 2,4-D), vegetable kitchen scraps and manure. Brown carbon-rich items include pine needles, dry leaves, hay or straw.

Roasted Fall Vegetables This is one of the easiest, most delicious vegetable recipes you can prepare for fall. Roasting brings out the sweetness in vegetables. Choose 3 or 4 such as carrots, butternut squash, red onions, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, red or Yukon Gold potatoes, halved brussels sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli. about 8 cups assorted seasonal vegetables, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, parsley or thyme (or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried herbs)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large, sturdy baking pan with foil. Prepare vegetables; put into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Toss veggies to evenly coat with oil and seasonings. Spread them over the prepared pan and cook 30 minutes or until tender and golden brown. With a large ovenproof spatula, turn vegetables occasionally for even cooking. Serves 6.

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Mulch is a powerful tool in the hands of a gardener, reducing the need for weeding and watering. Placed on the ground around plants, mulch can prevent soil erosion, cut down on water evaporation and attract beneficial earthworms. Grass clippings, fall leaves and pine needles can be used. Also peanut hulls, bark, chopped cornstalks, newspaper and landscape cloth are helpful. Organic mulch eventually decomposes into compost, improving the tilth and fertility of the soil.

Pick Suitable Plants Plant hardiness zones are a guide to help you know which plants will grow and survive where you live. The U.S. is broken up into 11 hardiness zones based upon the lowest average winter temperature for the area. According to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, the Midlands is in a transition zone between warm weather and cool weather growing areas. Our zone is split between 7B and A8.

Garden Housekeeping Keep garden areas clean to reduce insects and diseases as summer plants are cut back for winter. Put plant debris in the compost pile if it is pest-free and not diseased. Stay ahead of weeds by pulling them young before they form seed heads. Don’t add

Carolina Okra Fritters Serve these tasty okra cakes as a side dish or appetizer. Recipe can be cut in half. 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1/2 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped minced jalapeĂąo pepper or serrano chile, to taste 1 tablespoon fresh minced herbs 1 cup buttermilk 4 large eggs, beaten 1 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup self-rising flour salt and black pepper, to taste 1 pound fresh, tender young okra, sliced vegetable oil for deep-frying

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seed heads to the compost pile. Tilling the soil kills existing kinds of common chickweed and other winter annual weeds. If your vegetable garden soil test shows the need for organic matter, amend it with some compost, aged animal manure (cow, sheep, chicken), blood meal or bone meal. After planting, add some mulch for a protective layer from the cold.

Cold Weather Flowers and Crops September brings Indian summer days as well as cool, crisp nights. Winter pansies, violas (Johnny-jump-up), chrysanthemums, flowering kale, forget-me-nots, snapdragons, asters, sedum and foxglove all love fall. This is also time for planting bulbs. Herbs that over-winter include rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme and parsley. Cool evenings slow plant growth, so vegetables take longer to mature. As the days grow shorter, less sunlight energy is available to plants, yet some of the besttasting vegetables are produced during this season. Cold weather brings advantages: spinach is less likely to bolt; carrots and cabbage are sweeter and crisper. Fastgrowing lettuces, such as leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce and Romaine, don’t get bitter and are easy to grow. During cold weather, most winter vegetables fill their cells with sugar as

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except okra and vegetable oil. Fold in okra gently to prevent stickiness. Fill a large cast iron skillet 1/3 to 1/2 fu ll with vegetable oil. When oil is hot, drop in spoonfuls of okra batter. Fry until crispy and brown, turning as needed. Drain well and season with salt, to taste. Serve hot. Makes 6 side-dish servings (more as an appetizer).

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a type of natural anti-freeze. This prevents water in their systems from crystallizing. Homegrown and locally grown veggies taste so much better than storebought. Seasonal vegetables that will grow in South Carolina though October include snap beans, okra, broccoli, peas, yellow squash, peppers and zucchini. Butter beans, cucumbers, green onions, peppers and tomatoes are in season through November. Beets, cilantro, parsley, leeks, mixed leafy greens, radishes and sweet potatoes grow through December, some even longer. Many Chinese vegetables (“cole crops”) grow well in the Midlands as cool-season crops: Chinese (napa) cabbage, bok choy, the mustards, tat-soi, Chinese broccoli and snow peas.

Container Gardening Container gardens are ideal if you don’t have space in your yard to plant. Eye-catching plant combinations are endless; try a blend of edible flowers, leafy greens and evergreen herbs. Containers encourage experimentation; if one plant doesn’t grow well, try something else. Easily moved, container plants can be relocated for protection from excess heat or cold. Problems with soil-borne diseases and nematodes are eliminated. Catering to the soil preferences of container plants is easy. Sandy loam or sandy soil is fine; otherwise use a lightweight potting mix with fertilizer, which feeds plants for eight to 10 weeks. Root and leaf crops tolerate partial shade; vegetables need about six hours of direct sunlight. Pay special attention to watering, which may be necessary daily. Large containers don’t dry out as quickly and allow plants to develop deeper root systems. If your boredom threshold is low, experiment with nontraditional containers: a wheelbarrow, an old suitcase or purse, the seat of an old chair, baskets or cinder blocks. Or try edible landscaping for food and beauty. This isn’t a new idea, but it is enjoying a revival. How delightful to stroll through your front yard where fragrant herbs and golden squash are spilling over the walkway. Unlike a traditional block garden, your edibles can be spread all over the yard for dramatic and delicious effect. For more gardening tips from Susan Slack, visit

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Porcelain and Tile and Cork, Oh My! Deciding among your flooring options By Natasha Derrick Photography by Jeff Amberg


he floor − it’s something we walk on every day but rarely notice. While the usual choices rarely garner much attention, the square footage under your feet can be an untapped design resource that can add to the ambience of a room. Some Midlands homeowners have used their imaginations and come up with unique flooring ideas to improve their living spaces. When Caroline and Bob Filbey were renovating their Lake Murray home, they wanted to mix a bit of New England with southern charm and found that opportunity with reclaimed wood flooring from Vintage Wood Brick and More. “We wanted a more antique or casual look,” says Bob, a New England native. “This wood also has a nice variation in grain and color.” The couple chose reclaimed antique heart pine flooring to give their new den – formerly a screened-in porch – an 1800s country feel with a nautical flare. The knobby amber-colored wood creates a comfortable atmosphere to complement the lake view. The wood originated from large beams in a late 1800s to early 1900s warehouse in the Bronx. “Reclaimed wood is very popular,” says Donnie Way, who owns Vintage Wood Brick and More along with his wife, Karen. “People like the look of flooring from 100

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Travis Layson recreated the look of an old Savannah cobblestone street by handcrafting individual bricks of heart pine.

years ago. You can’t take oak or Brazilian cherry and make it look like old floors from the 1800s and 1900s.” The cost for reclaimed wood can be significantly higher than standard wood, but the advantage is that it is eco-friendly. The Filbeys had considered less expensive options but decided the investment was a smart one, considering this was a room they intend to enjoy year-round. Travis Layson, owner of TL Wood Flooring, decided on a unique look for the foyer in his Gilbert home using a much younger source – new heart pine. He recreated the look of an old Savannah cobblestone street by handcrafting 800 individual bricks and then installing them into the floor. He also used a custom stain to give the bricks a used and older look. “Most people who have seen it love it,” says Travis. “I wish I could encourage more people to be more creative with their floors. The options are endless.” The cobblestone look can be created

with any color stain to suit any style. The entire process took Travis about two months to complete, including installation. Travis says the floor is extremely durable, withstanding traffic from his two young children and the family’s two dogs. Since the floor is completely sealed, cleaning is simple. Just vacuuming and damp mopping keeps it looking fresh. Travis continued his unique flooring in the dining room, where he used a French herringbone design. It is a look he considers classic and elegant. Not only can a unique flooring pattern or material augment a room’s aesthetic, but it also can serve a function. Software engineer Austin Meyer had minimalism in mind when renovating his 1972 Forest Acres home. The grand room was designed in a New York City loft style, leaving structural elements exposed and incorporating industrial features like a concrete fireplace. With no window treatments or carpet to muffle

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the sound, the large living area was an echoing cavern. Austin’s interior designer Robert Higgins of Robert P. Higgins Designs chose cork flooring, which absorbs some of the wayward sounds while still blending in with the bare nature of the room. The toffee-colored cork fills the center of the room and is anchored in the corners by a dark maple. “It’s good for high traffic areas, and after you put the sealer on, it wears well,” says Robert. “It doesn’t show dings or scratches, and it’s easy to clean.” Cork also is a renewable resource, making it a good choice for green flooring. The cork used in the Meyer home was derived from the bark of the cork tree, which regrows its bark after it is harvested. “It’s definitely not flashy or showy,” says Austin. “It’s a nice compromise between functionality and design.” Robert also designed an out-of-theordinary floor for another pair of clients. Randy and Vicky West envisioned their home having an eclectic design with a contemporary feel. Robert knew just what to do. “I want each of my client’s homes to be a statement of their own. I don’t like the

Travis Layson installed a French herringbone design in his dining room.

Italian glass in between larger tiles of marble in order to add a touch of beauty without making the look overwhelming. The completed look is elegant and artistic. Old or new, ornate or minimal, flooring is the perfect way to add interest to any room. From concrete to cork, a homeowner has endless possibilities. Designer and flooring expert Cathrine Reynolds of Palmetto Tile Distributors offers this advice to homeowners who are considering tiling their floors. ➽ Small spaces such as powder rooms or laundry rooms are great areas to try something unexpected such as a

funky mosaic, a glass floor or a unique pattern. ➽ The industry trend is leaning towards larger-sized tiles such as 18x18, 20x20 or 24x24. Using larger format tiles in a smaller space actually makes it feel larger. ➽ If tiling a large space or extending the same material throughout multiple rooms and hallways, consider using a modular pattern of various sized tiles. This finishes the space wonderfully while adding some visual interest and movement. ➽ PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE. Know your substrate. While the cost may be more expensive initially, doing the

Randy and Vicky West’s floor incorporates custom-blown glass tiles from Italy scattered between large tiles of marble.

‘cookie-cutter’ look and prefer not to use the same materials that are used for nearby homes,” says Robert. And with the West home, the couple knew their neighbors wouldn’t have anything similar, considering Robert custom-ordered blown-glass tile from Italy. Robert scattered the ornate, delicate

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The manufacturer of these cork planks claims that cork flooring can absorb CO2, reversing some effects of VOC (volatile organic compound) gas emissions.

proper prep work for flooring installation will save you money and frustration in the end. Use uncoupling membranes where specified (i.e. Schluter’s Ditra and Ditra XL) to help reduce deflection in a wood substrate. This will save you from cracking tile and grout as well as a possible tear-out in the coming years. ➽ Concrete backerboard does NOT add to the structural strength of the subflooring. It is merely a like surface for thinset to bond and a great way to meet transitioning heights (i.e. bringing a tile floor up to meet with existing hardwood flooring height). ➽ Ask your installer if doing different patterns will have higher installation costs. Often laying tile on a diagonal will be more expensive, since the installer will have to make more cuts along the perimeter of the space. ➽ If you are worried about cleaning the grout, epoxy grout is mold, mildew and stain resistant and available in more than 26 colors. Feel free to pick a light color knowing that if it does have red wine or red clay sitting on it for several days, wiping the grout surface with a warm soapy sponge will restore the grout, making it look like new. ➽ Rectified tiles are perfectly sized. This allows you to get a grout joint as small as 1/32”. Nonrectified tiles usually cannot have a grout joint smaller than 1/8”. ➽ Consider using tile in the bedroom, as it allows continuity. Afraid of it being too cold? Lay down an area rug or have a heated floor system installed beneath the tile. Heated flooring can also be used in the bathroom. ➽ Porcelain tile is a great product. It is manmade, extremely durable, 30 percent stronger than granite and frost-proof. Feel free to use it outside or inside, as it will not scratch or show wear patterns. Porcelain is very affordable and, with many stone-like options, is a great alternative to natural stone with none of the maintenance. ➽ Afraid of making a bad decision? Consult the professionals, seek out tile designers and take samples home to see their appearance with your finishes and in your lighting.

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New Home Communities PALMETTO BUSINESS

1. Baneberry Place Price Range of New Homes: $127,990 - $189,840 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Eric McCord, (803) 356-1544 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 51/ Longs Pond Rd. Turn left onto Longs Pond Rd. and continue to community entrance on right. 2. Beasley Creek Price Range of New Homes: $150,990 - $260,480 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Deronda Lucas & John Bray, (803) 735-1203 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 24/ Wilson Blvd. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd, then right onto Turkey Farm Rd. Beasley Creek is ahead on the left. 3. Blythecreek Price Range of New Homes: mid-$130,000s - $200,000 School District: Richland 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Steve Applewhite, (803) 309-2023 Kendrick Chiles, (803) 730-9553 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood Rd. Turn right onto Blythewood Rd., then left at light onto Boney Rd. Blythecreek is 1.5 miles ahead on the left. 4. Congaree Downs Price Range of New Homes: $109,990 - $156,490 School District: Lexington 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Alicia White & Jeannie Michaels, (803) 755-0406 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 113 toward SC-302/Columbia Airport/Cayce. Turn right onto Ramblin Rd. and continue 1 mile to community entrance on left. 5. Courtside Commons Price Range of New Homes: $104,900 - $119,900 School District: Lexington 1 US Properties – SC, Ltd. Deborah C. Hall, (803) 234-7810 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 111/ US Hwy 1 to Lexington. Turn right onto

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Oak Drive at Barnyard Flea Market. Community is .25 mile on left next to Lexington Tennis Facility. 6. Creek Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 and up Price Range of Lots: $33,500 - $66,900 School District: Richland 2 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Peggy Fowler, (803) 600-5741 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood. Turn right and go to second light. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. to immediate right on Langford. At first light, travel 4.5 miles to left on Grover Wilson, 3.5 miles to right on Bear Creek, .5 mile to right on N.E. Miles to right into Ridge Creek. 7. Dawson’s Park Price Range of New Homes: $99,900 - $147,900 School District: Lexington 1 Midlands Realtors, LLC Donna Reed, (803) 422-4700 Directions: Take Highway 1 away from Lexington. Community is .5 mile from Lexington High School on the right. 8. Eagle Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $130,000 - $170,000 School District: Lexington 5 Great Southern Homes Bill Guess, (803) 360-0941 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91 and turn left toward Chapin. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Lexington Ave. Go approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Stucks Point Drive. Eagle Pointe will be .25 mile on the left. 9. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $204,990 - $265,480 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Donna Stevens, (803) 407-3708 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right.

10. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Garden Homes Price Range of New Homes: $214,990 - $236,990 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Vickie Proper, (803) 732-5950 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/ Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right. 11. Eve’s Garden Price Range of New Homes: $250,000 - $364,000 School District: Kershaw County Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS ® Novella Taylor, (803) 730-3738 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 98. Turn left toward Camden, then right at Black River Rd. 12. GreenHill Parish Price Range of New Homes: $325,000 - $600,000 Price Range of Lots: $35,000 - $80,000 School District: Richland 2 Manning Kirk & Associates Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Barbara Puffenbarger, (803) 699-0015 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82/Spears Creek Church Rd. Turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd., and continue 2 miles to GreenHill Parish entrance on right. 13. Haigs Creek Price Range of New Homes: $270,000 - $360,000 Price Range of Lots: $40,000 - $48,000 School District: Kershaw County Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc. Shelba Wooten Mattox, (803) 600-0527 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 87, left onto White Pond Rd., right onto Whiting Way (frontage road) and left into Haigs Creek. Follow the new homes signs to new construction. 14. Indigo Place Price Range of New Homes: $109,900 School District: Lexington 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Bridget Biviano, (803) 479-8349 Directions: Take I-77 South to Gaston Exit. Go straight across Charleston Highway

indicates a natural gas community (Hwy 321) onto Fish Hatchery Rd. Indigo Place is .5 mile ahead on right. 15. Indigo Springs Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $230,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Debi Burke, (803) 546-9000 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 80 and turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go approximately four miles and turn right at Summit Parkway. Turn right onto Timber Crest. At stop sign, turn left and then right onto Indigo Springs Drive. 16. Jacob’s Creek Price Range of New Homes: $120,000 - $250,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Robert Perry, (803) 360-9165 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82 and turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd. Jacob’s Creek is approximately 3 miles ahead on the right. 17. Jasmine Place Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Christine Landers & Sharon Thomas, (803) 754-0674 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 19/ Farrow Rd. Turn left on Farrow Rd. then left on Hardscrabble Rd. Community entrance is ahead on right. 18. Kelsney Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $160,000s - $300,000 School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Ken Queen, (803) 600-3361 Directions: Take Two Notch/Hwy 1 north to just over Kershaw County line. Turn right on Steven Campbell Rd. Go approximately 1 mile to Kelsney Ridge on left. 19. Lake Carolina Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s to $2,000,000+ School District: Richland 2 Lake Carolina Properties, (803) 736-5253 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit

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22/Killian Rd. and turn right. Killian Rd. will become Clemson Rd. At the third light, turn left onto Hardscrabble Rd. Continue for 2.5 miles. Turn right into Lake Carolina. Please proceed to the Information Center for your personal tour of Lake Carolina. 

Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Columbia Ave., toward Chapin for 2.1 miles. Continue through the light and you will be on Amick’s Ferry Rd., continuing 5.4 miles. Turn left on Green Meadow Drive then turn left into Night Harbor and take an immediate right to the sales center.

20. Lake Frances Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $220,000 School District: Lexington 1 Great Southern Homes Beth Gardner, (803) 360-3599 Directions: Take Blossom St. Bridge and continue to follow SC-215/US-176/US21/US-321. Take slight right at Airport Blvd/ SC-302. Go approximately 5.5 miles and turn right onto Ramblin Rd. Lake Frances is on the left.

22. Longtown Place Price Range of New Homes: $195,090 - $251,580 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Amanda Little, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/Killian Rd. Turn right onto Killian Rd. and take to end. Turn left onto Longtown Rd. and continue to community entrance on the left.

21. The Landings at Night Harbor Price Range of New Homes: $215,000 - $235,000 Price Range of Lots: $39,000 School District: Lexington 5 ERA Wilder Realty Debbie Erdman, (803) 917-3521

23. Orchard Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 - $375,000 School District: Lexington 1 Sycamore Development, LLC, (803) 788-8300 Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS ® Jean Reed, (803) 358-1158, Directions: Take I-20 to Highway 378 West toward Lexington/Lake Murray Dam. Turn left onto Mineral Springs Rd. Orchard Pointe is 1.2 miles ahead on the right.

Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 80. Turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go 1.5 miles (towards the Village at Sandhill) and turn right onto Earth Rd. Peach Grove Villas is located on the right just before the entrance to Woodcreek Farms.

24. Paradise Cove on Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $299,000 - $700,000+ School District: Lexington/Richland 5 ERA Wilder Realty Todd Beckstrom, (803) 719-2090 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Chapin. Turn left over interstate and follow Columbia Ave. through Chapin. Go straight at stoplight, Amicks Ferry Rd. and veer to right after one mile. Continue on Amicks Ferry Rd. for approximately 2.1 miles and turn right on Crystal Lake Rd. Follow to end on left.

26. Rabons Farm Price Range of New Homes: $84,900 - $155,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Jody Styron, (803) 360-1558 Directions: Take Bull St./SC-277 North and go approximately 9 miles. Take the Farrow Rd. exit and turn left. Turn right at Rabon Rd., slight left to stay on Rabon Rd. Turn left at Flora Dr. Turn Right at Rabons Springs Rd.

25. Peach Grove Villas Price Range of New Homes: $199,000 - $275,000 School District: Richland 2 Epcon Columbia Daniel Elmaleh, (803) 223-9545

27. Saddlebrook Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s - $220,000s School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Charlie Thomas, (803) 413-9607 Directions: Take Two Notch Rd./Hwy 1 North. Go through Elgin, approximately 3 miles. Saddlebrook will be on the left.

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28. Saluda River Club Price Range of New Homes: $190,000 - $1,000,000+ School District: Lexington 1 Saluda River Club Realty, LLC Bridget Downing, Kathy Seymour & Ted Johnson, (803) 358-3969 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/Hwy 378. Turn right and take immediate right

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onto Corley Mill Rd. The entrance to Saluda River Club is located 1.5 miles down Corley Mill Rd. on the right. 29. Stonemont Price Range of New Homes: $203,990 - $265,980 School District: Lexington/Richland 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Darlene Reese, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/ Ballentine/White Rock. Turn right onto Koon Rd. to community entrance on left. 30. Summer Lake Price Range of New Homes: $285,000 - $800,000 School District: Lexington 1 Southern Visions Realty, Inc.

Anne Wilkins Brooks, (803) 359-9571 Directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 378. Take Hwy 378 West through Lexington approximately 4 miles. Summer Lake is on the right just past the Piggly Wiggly. 31. Wellesley Price Range of New Homes: $149,990 - $207,300

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School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Matt Shealy & Brantley Jones, (803) 957-3290 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/US 378 toward Lexington. Merge right on US 378 and turn left at first light onto Ginny Ln. Continue to community ahead on right.

32. Westcott Ridge Price Range of New Homes: Patio Homes $180,000 - $250,000; Traditional $300,000 - $500,000 School District: Lexington/Richland 5 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Rhonda Jacobs Walsh, (803) 781-6552 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 97/Peak. Veer Right on Hwy 176. Westcott Ridge

is on the left, across from Waterfall subdivision. 33. Willow Tree Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Angelia Jefferson, (803) 783-7183

Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 9/Garners Ferry Rd./US 378. Turn right on Garners Ferry Rd., left on Trotter Rd., left on Caughman Rd. and right onto Ulmer Rd. Continue to community entrance ahead on left.

This listing is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia.

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he beautiful communities of Irmo and Chapin are located just over 10 miles from Columbia, along the shores of Lake Murray and the Saluda River. Both Irmo and Chapin boast numerous parks and recreational opportunities to take full advantage of the sunny South Carolina weather. For those who like to shop, Harbison Boulevard and several shopping centers in the area offer plenty of places to shop ‘til you drop. With the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, Frankie’s Fun Park and Chuck E. Cheese’s, kids and adults alike will never run out of fun things to do. As dusk begins to settle in the evening, get out your fancy attire and head to the Chapin Community Theatre, the movies or one of dozens of restaurants and bars in the areas. When the weather begins to cool, make way for the Chapin Labor Day Festival, followed by the Irmo Okra Strut, both of which are held every September and attract folks from all over the area. Looking for places to live? The areas offer numerous neighborhoods, all encompassed in the award-winning School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. Midlands Technical College also has a scenic satellite campus in the Harbison area in Irmo. Come with us as we visit Irmo and Chapin, and discover all that these communities have to offer. You’ll never get bored out here!

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By Lindsay Brasington


or centuries, Cherokee Indians lived in the South Carolina Midlands. In the 18th century, German and Swiss immigrants settled along the Saluda and Broad rivers, naming the area the Dutch Fork.


In 1889, a New Yorker named Martin Chapin had chronic lung problems and was advised by his doctors to move south and inhale the healing vapors of the piney woods. He moved into the wooded area near Dutch Fork and started a lumber mill with the help of the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens (CN&L) Railway, founding the successful little town of Chapin. In 1927 during the Great Depression, the Saluda River was dammed, forming Lake Murray, the largest man-made lake in the nation at that time. The hydro-electric power source the lake provided led to Chapin’s own little industrial revolution. Today, three-quarters of a century later, Chapin calls itself the capital of Lake Murray, one of the biggest draws for incoming residents.


Irmo was founded in 1890 by two railroad men, C.J. Iredell and H.C. Moseley. They came up with the name by combining the first two letters of their last names. Today the town of Irmo, with more than 12,000 residents, is a highly affordable and sought-after place to live.

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Irmo Okra Strut



ocal color is never lacking in Irmo and Chapin. A big part of the charm of these two communities is the festivals they offer every fall. September boasts the largest festivals for both Chapin and Irmo each year, the Chapin Labor Day Festival and the Irmo Okra Strut. Both festivals are famous for miles around. Chapin’s Labor Day festival often brings in presidential candidates, while the Irmo Okra Strut was named in USA Today as one of the “10 great places to celebrate food.”

more than 30 years ago. All vendors, arts and crafts will be outdoors. The legend of the Chapin Labor Day Festival is that for a politician to become president, he or she must first participate in the Chapin Labor Day Festival. Politicians, including several presidential candidates, have visited, including former President George W. Bush. For more information about the Chapin Labor Day Festival, call 345-2444, ext. 106.

Irmo Okra Strut

The Irmo Okra Strut is held every year on the last Friday and Saturday of September. This year’s family-friendly two-day event will be Sept. 25 and 26. The festival kicks off with the annual Okra Strut Charity Golf Tournament at noon Friday, followed by the Budweiser Friday Night Street Dance from 6 to 11 p.m., which features live bands and entertainment, food, drinks, dancing and, of course, plenty of okra. Saturday begins with the Dam Run to Irmo at 7:30 a.m., followed by the First Citizens Okra Strut Parade at 9 a.m. Businesses, schools, civic organizations, dance studios and hundreds of community members line up to walk, drive or ride through the streets Chili cook-off in Chapin of Irmo, tossing out candy and waving to their Fall officially kicks off in the town fellow townspeople. Okra Strut Saturday of Chapin with the Chapin Labor Day is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring an arts Festival. The town buzzes with well-known and crafts fair (complete with numerous politicians, good food, great friends and okra- and non-okra-related handiworks), entertainment. “Chapin Idol,” a local lots of food and drinks, live music and talent show, includes all types of acts from a carnival. singing, bands, juggling, skits, comedy, For more information about the Irmo gymnastics and anything in between. Okra Strut, call the Town of Irmo Okra Strut Typically held at Chapin High School, Administrator Jim Twitty at 781-7050 or this year’s festival will be on Beaufort and 781-6122. Clark streets, where it was originally held

Chapin Labor Day Festival

Jim Twitty Talks about the Okra Strut

“This will be our 36th annual event, and we’re planning lots of new special events relating to okra. Plans are underway for several events including okra growing, cooking and eating contests, as well as a contest where you guess the number of pods in a pickle jar. We also have lots of kid-friendly activities centered around our Okryland area, which features amusements, entertainment and make-and-take crafts, and The Great Okra Giveaway, where we give out free gifts, prizes and services just for registering. The festival begins on Friday with a street dance on the Irmo Beach in front of the concert area. Beach music has been a longstanding tradition at the event and draws thousands from the community. Saturday kicks off with the Okra Strut Parade followed by activities at the festival site. The festival will be held in and around the Irmo Village Shopping Center at St. Andrews and Thames Valley roads.”

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Saluda Shoals Park contains many fun options for kids. Year-round the park has a playground, Bark Park, picnic shelters and paved trails on which to walk or ride bikes. During the summer, the splash pad is available as well as fun summer camps. 5605 Bush River Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 731-5208

Kid-Friendly Fun


he Irmo and Chapin areas offer plenty for kids to do. Frankie’s Fun Park, Fun Zone for Kids and Plex Indoor Sports are great for both rainy and sunny days. The YMCA in Irmo offers children’s programs all year, and Saluda Splash at Saluda Shoals Park is open to kids every summer. In addition, the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission offers fun summer day camps for children of various ages at all three of its parks. Crooked Creek in Chapin and Seven Oaks Park in Irmo also have great playgrounds and activities for kids all year.

The Irmo YMCA has a playground, afterschool learning and fitness programs all year, as well as camps in the summer. 1501 Kennerly Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 407-8007 FUN ZON E For Kids has rentable inflatable party and play centers including basketball, an obstacle course, a bounce house and a multi-slide facility. 105 Ministry Drive Irmo, S.C. 29063 732-8900

Frankie’s Fun Park is a great place for parties or family outings. Kids and adults alike can enjoy food and games like Frankie’s Island Golf, arcades, prizes, laser tag, go-carts, batting cages and more. 140 Parkridge Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-2342 Saluda Splash at Saluda Shoals Park

The Ballentine Link Library, part of the Richland County Public Library System, has story time, as well as great books, DVDs and CDs for kids of all ages. 1321 Dutch Fork Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 781-5026 The Lexington County Public Library System has local branches, which offer puppet shows, story readings, songs, DVDs, CDs and books for children of all ages. Irmo Branch 6251 St. Andrews Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 798-7880 Chapin Branch 129 Columbia Avenue NW Chapin, S.C.  29036 345-5479 These are just a few of the many attractions of these two communities.

Plex Indoor Sports boasts one of the only indoor skate parks in the state. The facility also houses an ice-skating rink where public sessions are offered daily. Other activities include soccer leagues, summer camps, flag football teams and after-school programs. 1019 Broadstone Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 732-1900 Chuck E. Cheese’s has fun for younger children, even toddlers. The play place includes games, arcades, a toddler zone, rides, entertainment, prizes and more. 1775 Burning Tree Columbia, S.C. 29212 772-0435

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rmo and Chapin provide numerous facilities for building a solid education. Midlands Technical College has a picturesque satellite campus in the Harbison area, and Sylvan Learning has a center on Lake Murray Boulevard. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties is known statewide for its excellent award-winning schools and championship athletic programs. The district, made up of 20 public schools, encompasses northern Lexington and northwest Richland counties. All schools in District Five have won South Carolina Department of Education Red Carpet School awards for family-friendly environments, except Oak Pointe Elementary, a brand new school in the district. The Alternative Academy is the only alternative school in the state to earn this award. Many of the schools are also Palmetto Gold and Silver winners, awarded by the S.C. Department of Education for exceptional student achievement. The District Five high schools offer advanced placement courses in American Government, Art Theory/History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Music Theory/History, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History and more. An International Baccalaureate Program is also offered at Irmo High School to district high school students.

Dutch Fork Elementary: National Blue Ribbon School, Red Carpet School, Palmetto’s Finest, Exemplary Writing School, Green Steps School H.E. Corley Elementary: Palmetto Silver School, South Carolina Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness School, Exemplary Writing Hall of Fame, Red Carpet School Harbison West Elementary: Palmetto Silver School, Red Carpet School, USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, National Association for Educating Young Children Recognition Irmo Elementary: National Blue Ribbon School, South Carolina Exemplary Writing School, Red Carpet School, National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, Professional Development School with University of South Carolina, SMART Showcase School

Lake Murray Elementary: Palmetto Gold School, Red Carpet School, Literacy Spot Award School, Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Leaphart Elementary: South Carolina Exemplary Writing School, Red Carpet School Nursery Road Elementary: National Blue Ribbon School, Red Carpet School, Palmetto Silver School, named a “Power School” by Compass Learning Oak Pointe Elementary: Palmetto Silver School, Award for Closing the Gap for Historically Underachieving Groups 2007-08, United Way of the Midlands Merit Award 2008, No Book Left Unread Contest State Level Award Winner 2008, USC Partnership Network School River Springs Elementary: Palmetto Gold School, Red Carpet School Seven Oaks Elementary: National Blue Ribbon School, Red Carpet School


Ballentine Elementary: South Carolina Exemplary Writing School, South Carolina Exemplary Reading School, Palmetto Gold School, Red Carpet School Chapin Elementary: National Blue Ribbon School, Palmetto Gold School, Red Carpet School State Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex visits Kelly Payne’s civics class at Dutch Fork High School.

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Chapin Middle: National Blue Ribbon School, Red Carpet School CrossRoads Middle: Palmetto Silver School, Red Carpet School Dutch Fork Middle: Red Carpet School Irmo Middle: Red Carpet School, National Blue Ribbon School, Palmetto’s Finest Award, School of Promise, SC Exemplary Writing Award


Chapin High: U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best High Schools, National Blue Ribbon School, Palmetto Gold School, 2008 State NJROTC Champion, Red Carpet School Dutch Fork High: Newsweek’s 2009 Top 1,000 High Schools (rank 323), National Blue Ribbon School, Palmetto Gold School, 2009 AFJROTC Distinguished Unit Award, Red Carpet School Irmo High: Newsweek’s 2009 Top 1,500 High Schools (rank 1,087), three-time National Blue Ribbon School, 2008 South Carolina and Georgia Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl winner, Red Carpet School, INC Lighthouse School, 2008 AFJROTC Silver Saber Award


Alternative Academy for Success: Red Carpet School, Lexington County Schools Fire Drill Safety Award for 2008-09, DHEC All-Health Team Awards in 2007 and 2008

Other Educational Opportunities Midlands Technical College 7300 College Street Irmo, S.C. 29063 738-8324 Sylvan Learning Center 900 Lake Murray Boulevard Irmo, S.C. 29063 (877) 381-1621

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Timberlake Golf Club is a semi-private, 18-hole par-72 golf club in the beautiful Timberlake Plantation community. 284 Club Drive Chapin, S.C. 29036 345-9909



ake Murray, the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission and Saluda River access offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities in Irmo and Chapin. The YMCA also has a great facility in Irmo. The Irmo Town Park is perfect for picnics, and Harbison Forest offers plenty of biking and walking trails.


Lighthouse Marina is the first certified green marina on Lake Murray. Bring your own boat or rent a pontoon and ride right out into the water. 1925 Johnson Marina Road Chapin, S.C. 29036 749-1554 Crooked Creek Park is a fun place for recreation. Part of the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, the park has athletic fields, walking trails, playground, tennis courts and more. 1098 Old Lexington Highway Chapin, S.C. 29036 345-6181 Billy Dreher Island State Park is Lake Murray’s state park. It includes picnic shelters, hiking trails, primitive campsites, campsites with facilities, fishing, a boat ramp and more. 3677 State Park Road Prosperity, S.C. 29127 364-4152 Lake Murray Golf Center has a lighted nine-hole course, driving range, miniature golf and event facility with a playground. Golfers can play their way around the beautiful par-27 golf course, and duffers can take lessons from PGA professional instructors. 2032 Old Hilton Road Chapin, S.C. 29036 345-0199

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Saluda Shoals Park is part of the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. It includes Saluda River access, trails for biking/ walking/horseback riding, splash pad, playground, kayak/canoe rental/launch/ boat ramp, environmental education center and an exhibit hall. 5605 Bush River Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 731-5208 Seven Oaks Park is another great park in the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. It has athletic fields, walking trails, playground, community garden, tennis courts and more. 200 Leisure Lane Columbia, S.C. 29210 772-3336 SCE&G provides public access to the shores of Lake Murray at several parks and pavilions along the Lake Murray dam. They are perfect for picnics, swimming and enjoying beautiful Lake Murray. The dam also includes a walking/running path. Lake Murray Boulevard Columbia, S.C. 29212 (800) 830-5253 The Southern Patriot on Lake Murray

The YMCA has a facility on Kennerly Road with fitness classes, an indoor swimming pool, a playground, picnic shelters and more. 1501 Kennerly Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 407-8007 All Star Gymnastics provides training in individual and competitive team gymnastics and tumbling. 4046 D Fernandina Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 561-9682 Irmo ITA TaeKwonDo Academy offers training in TaeKwonDo, Jiu-Jitsu, yoga, self-defense and HanMuDo. 7467 St. Andrews Road, Suite 9 Irmo, S.C. 29063 749-0822 SOAR sports leagues are family-friendly leagues for all ages, including soccer, baseball, softball, flag football, golf, basketball and cheerleading. There’s something for everyone in a clean environment. 5637 Bush River Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 772-1000, ext. 21 Plex Indoor Sports offers sporting teams, training and individual recreation in ice hockey, figure skating, soccer, flag football and more. 1019 Broad Stone Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 732-1900 The Southern Patriot offers private and group cruise tours of Lake Murray by appointment. 1600 Marina Road Irmo, S.C. 29002 749-8594 Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club in Ballentine is great for fun times on the lake. Complete with a snack and beverage center, Dockside Bar & Grill and member events, the club is entertainment for the entire family year-round. 1600 Marina Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 781-1585

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Harbison State Forest is a large state park with more than 16 miles of nature trails for walking, biking, hiking or horseback riding. The park also includes a canoe landing for kayaks and canoes. 5500 Broad River Road Columbia, S.C. 29210 896-8890 The Club at Rawls Creek is a beautiful 18-hole, par-71 course that offers great golfing and professional instruction. 2121 Lake Murray Boulevard Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-0114 Coldstream Country Club is a semi-private golf course, and it also includes a playground for children. Highway 6 Irmo, S.C. 29063 781-0114

Koosa Golf at Weed Hill is a driving range across Lake Murray Boulevard from The Club at Rawls Creek. 2122 Lake Murray Boulevard Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-0711 The Spirit of Lake Murray is a new charter passenger yacht on Lake Murray, perfect for parties, weddings or just a fun time out on the lake. Reservations are required. 1600 Marina Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 730-3044 These are just a few of the many attractions of these two communities.

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eople from miles around travel to Irmo for its shopping scene. Just drive down Harbison Boulevard for a huge array of shops and the renowned Columbiana Centre mall. Irmo also offers shopping opportunities for sporting goods. Drive down Bower Parkway for Dick’s Sporting Goods or check out Golf Headquarters on Harbison Boulevard. The town of Chapin has great antique and gift shopping opportunities, especially down Beaufort Street.


The Chapin Road Corridor includes R & T Gifts, Material Things, Julia Neal Interiors-Fine Apparel-Jewelry, Merle Norman @ Palmetto Hair Studio, Chapin Furniture, Trucky’s Marine Supplies, Boland’s True Value Hardware and Little Mountain Unlimited Antiques and Gifts.

Virginia Street features Palmetto Fine Arts, Chapin Flower & Gift, Doza Rizen Bakery & Cafe and Aquarius Spa. Beaufort Street includes Jon Maxwell’s Salon & Color Studio as well as cute shops including The Nifty Gifty, Judy Jarrett’s ArtCan Studio Gallery and She’s Crafty Glass Artwork.


The Columbiana Centre Mall includes Belk, JCPenney, Sears, The Limited, Express, Express Men, Pac Sun, Waldenbooks, Hot Topic, Williams Sonoma, Victoria’s Secret, White House Black Market, Hollister, American Eagle, Dillard’s, Coach, Abercrombie & Fitch, Things Remembered, Banana Republic, Gap and dozens of others.

Shop window on Beaufort Street



The Food Lion and the Bi-Lo Shopping Centers include SMS Sportsworld, Palmetto Gems & Gemological Services, Chapin Pharmacy, The Rivalry, Chapin’s AT&T Store and other stores and services including The UPS Store and Ivy’s Nails.

Harbison Boulevard includes Target, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Ross, Rugged Wearhouse, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Best Buy, Total Wine & More, Marshall’s, Golf Headquarters, Wal-Mart and many more great places to shop. Bower Parkway shopping includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michael’s, Sam’s Club and numerous others. The Murraywood Shopping Center includes stores such as Black Tie, Talbot’s, Enchanted Closet, Edible Arrangements and more. The Seven Oaks Shopping Center includes K-Mart, Kitty’s Hallmark Store, Pack & Mail and more.


These are just a few of the many attractions of these two communities.

Beaufort Street, Chapin

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Nightlife Chapin

The Chapin Community Theatre is a playhouse with performances throughout the year. This season the players will perform Deathtrap Sept. 7 through Oct. 3 and Christmas Belles Dec. 3 through 19. 107 Columbia Avenue Chapin, S.C. 29036 345-6181 Mark’s Steaks, Seafood and Spirits has live music Thursday nights and a patio seating area for warmer weather. The atmosphere is upscale casual and is open only for dinner. The menu includes delicious southern fare, an excellent wine selection and a full bar. 2371 Dutch Fork Road Chapin, S.C. 29036 781-2807 The Rusty Anchor at Lighthouse Marina sits on Lake Murray providing a beautiful view, especially at sunset. The restaurant and bar offers live music all summer and is attached to Lake Murray’s first certified green marina. Enjoy a meal or drinks indoors year-round or outdoors on the lake when the weather gets warmer. 1925 Johnson Marina Road Chapin, S.C. 29036 749-1555 The Tipsy Toad Tavern has live music every Friday and Saturday, as well as televisions for sports fans. The restaurant has a full bar and is also open Sundays during football season. 103 Beaufort Street Chapin, S.C. 29036 932-4470 Alfredo’s Italian Restaurant features nightly specials, delicious Italian cuisine and a laidback atmosphere. 223-A Columbia Avenue Chapin, S.C.  29036 945-0350 Cannon’s BBQ & More has been a Chapin favorite for years.  It’s open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and

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he Irmo and Chapin communities have plenty to offer in the way of nightlife. With several great restaurants and bars, as well as bowling, movie theaters and the Chapin Community Theatre, there’s always something to do in the evenings. Saluda Shoals Park also offers a few family-friendly nighttime events throughout the year. The Holiday Lights each December features a spectacular display of beautiful holiday decorations throughout the park. And Unearth is a weekend dedicated to showcasing natural art and live music each October, including family-friendly entertainment both day and night. caters all throughout the week. 1903 Nursery Road Little Mountain, S.C.  29075 945-1080 Vella’s Restaurant is always hopping, offering great nightly food and drink specials.  It features a roomy covered patio, a full bar and live entertainment most weekends. 912 Chapin Road Chapin, S.C.  29036 941-7113 La Fogata Mexican Restaurant (932-2475) and San Jose Mexican Restaurant (3457772) both offer nightly specials and are very popular with a huge group of regulars including athletic teams, church groups and Chapin High School students.


Anchor Lanes Bowling is open until midnight Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays and is open until 2 a.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Reserve a late night Cosmic Bowling lane for a special experience. The bowling alley is fun for people of all ages, with adult and kid specials throughout the week. 1000 Columbia Avenue Irmo, S.C. 29063 732-7880 Carmike Cinemas 14 is located just across the street from the Columbiana Mall and right behind Bailey’s Sports Grill, Fazoli’s and Monterrey’s. 122 Afton Court Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-3067 The Irmo Town Park is a beautiful area to enjoy nature or share a picnic. Complete with live entertainment and concerts throughout the summer, the park is a picturesque place to soak in the warm weather of South Carolina. The gorgeous green grass and colorful flowers also make the park a wonderful backdrop for wedding or prom photo shoots. 1229-1249 Lexington Avenue Irmo, S.C. 29063

Regal Cinemas Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, also known as the Columbiana Grande Theatre, is Irmo’s youngest movie cinema. Located on Bower Parkway near Marble Slab Creamery, Miyo’s, Bonefish Grill, Foxfire Grill and several other restaurants, it’s the perfect locale for dinner and a movie. 1250 Bower Parkway Columbia, S.C. 29212 407-9898 St. Andrews Road Multi Cinemas’ movie tickets are always $1.50. The cinema also has a video arcade and games. 527 St. Andrews Road Columbia, S.C. 29210 772-7469 Alodia’s Cucina Italiana has a great selection of wines, beers and Italian cuisine. The atmosphere of an adorable little restaurant in Italy is perfect for a romantic evening with its low lighting and charming décor. 2736 North Lake Drive Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-9814 Bailey’s Sports Grille is open until 2 a.m. daily. The bar and restaurant specializes in ribs, appetizers and numerous drinks. Located just outside of Carmike Cinemas 14, it is a great hangout after the movies. 115 Afton Court Columbia, S.C. 29212 407-3004 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Family Sports Pub has a great bar and menu and is surrounded by televisions for watching sporting events. The atmosphere is smoke-free and familyfriendly. 2742 North Lake Drive #104 Columbia, S.C. 29212 781-5656 Bonefish Grill has a delicious dinner and bar menu, with specialty martinis and cocktails year-round. The restaurant has daily drink and dinner specials and an extensive wine list. 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A-1

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The Rusty Anchor at Lighthouse Marina

Columbia, S.C. 29212 407-1599 Carolina Ale House serves its full menu until 2 a.m. daily. It is a fun atmosphere for hanging out or watching sporting events. 277 Columbiana Drive Columbia, S.C. 29212 407-6996 Carolina Wings Smokehouse has specials throughout the week, including all-you-can-eat wings every Monday night. Kids eat free with a paying adult Tuesday nights. 7587 St. Andrews Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 781-0084 Catch-22 Seafood & Rawbar has drink and dinner happy hour specials every Tuesday through Thursday and live entertainment on weekends. 1085-D Lake Murray Boulevard Irmo, S.C. 29063 749-4700 Copper River Grill has a great selection of affordable drinks and an excellent dinner menu. A few doors down from the Columbiana Grande Movie Theatre, it is a great place to wind down the evening, complete with televisions around the bar for prime sports watching. 1230 Bower Parkway Columbia, S.C. 29212 749-4647 Hemingway’s Saloon is a casual sports bar with daily happy hour and a large appetizer selection, as well as a regular menu. The

bar is open until 2 a.m. daily, with live music every Friday and Saturday night. 7467 St. Andrews Road Irmo, S.C. 29063 749-6020 Wild Hare Sports Café has daily specials on food and beverages. During sports seasons, check out the café for prime event watching. Wednesdays are Working Women’s Days, when ladies can get great deals on appetizers and drinks. 5122 Bush River Road Columbia, S.C. 29212 213-1000 Wild Wing Café offers live music every Friday and Saturday night, trivia every Sunday and drink and dinner specials nearly every night of the week. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1150 Bower Parkway Columbia, S.C. 29212 749-WING (9464) Wings & Ale is a fun place to hang out with friends and enjoy a few drinks. Grab a group of pals for Tuesday night trivia, and come back on the weekends for live entertainment, including great bands and performers. The bar is open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 125-C Outlet Pointe Boulevard Columbia, S.C. 29210 750-1700 These are just a few of the many attractions of these two communities.

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Neighborhoods Irmo

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Riverwalk Rolling Creek Shadowood Cove Sheffield Southwell St. Johns Place Sunset Place Sweetgrass Courtyards Tattler’s Wharf Water Fall Waterford Wexford Wexford on the Lake Wexhurst White Hall White Hall Extension White Hall II Willow Winds Winrose

Winrose Place Woodland Hills Wood Moor The Woods Woodwinds Wyndhurst


Bay Pointe Ballentine Cove Bending Brook Bush River Plantation Cedar Cove Crystal Pines Eagle Pointe Estates at Hilton Fairhaven Firebridge Forty Love

Homes in Chapin


Aderley Amberly West Arbor Oaks Arborchase The Arbors Archers Court Ascot Ascot Downs Ascot Glen Ascot Place Ascot Ridge Ascot Ridge Courtyards Ashford Ashford Hall Avalon Beacon Point Belfair Belfair Oaks Bookman Knoll Brittany Brittany II Caedmon’s Creek Carriage Lane Cedar Grove Cedar Hills Challedon Chestnut Hill Plantation Chestnut Hills Clearwater Coatesworth Coldstream Courtyards at Ridgemont Courtyards at Rolling Creek Crosscreek Dutch Creek Forest I Forest II Foxboro Place Friarsgate Garden Brooke Gardendale The Hamptons Harbison Heatherstone Hidden Oaks Highland Hills

Hillcreek Ivy Green Lake Murray Lost Creek Milford Park Misty Glen Murraywood New Friarsgate Northlake Nursery Hill Nursery Ridge Old Friarsgate Palmerston South Pine Valley Quail Valley Regatta Point Ridgecreek Ridgemont River Creek


rmo and Chapin have dozens of beautiful neighborhoods from which to choose. Much of the Irmo and Chapin area sits along Lake Murray, making the community a great location for boaters, kayakers and water skiers, as well as people who just enjoy watching the sun set over the water. Other neighborhoods boast colorful landscaping and gorgeous homes.

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Indian Fork Jasmine Bay Lake Murray Lake Pointe Lakeport Lakeside at Ballentine Magnolia Key Milmont Shores Murray Point Night Harbor The Oaks The Palms Paradise Cove Plantation Hills Plantation Summit Revelstone Richard Franklin Estates Smallwood Estates Timberlake Timberlake Estates Timberlake Plantation Turkey Point Village at Hilton These are just a few of the many neighborhoods of these two communities.

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What’s new? Irmo

The Galleria Irmo will open soon. It will feature dozens of stores, including a spa, jewelry store, ladies’ apparel, gift shop, restaurant, florist, formal wear, frame shop, art gallery, financial planning, attorney and mortgage company. Saluda Shoals Park is building Saluda Shoals Wetland Preserve. Plex Indoor Sports, which opened May 7, has summer camps, skateboarding, snowboarding and ice-skating. Tsunami is a sushi restaurant that opened in May on Bower Parkway. A Super Wal-Mart is opening soon on Broad River/Dutch Fork Road.


Beaufort Street is undergoing revitalization, including The Nifty Gifty and John Maxwell’s Salon & Color Studio. Timberlake Country Club is building a new clubhouse at its award-winning golf course on Lake Murray. The owners of Vella’s Restaurant in West Columbia have opened a new location in Chapin. The Spirit of Lake Murray set sail this summer and can carry 149 passengers on cruises. These are just a few of the many new attractions in these two communities.

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S E P T E M B E R 2009

GOOD EATS KEY $ - $10 or less $$ - $11 to $20 $$$ - $21 and up

Restaurant Guide DOWNTOWN & THE VISTA AMERICAN Bernie’s $ B,L,D 1311 Bluff Rd., 256-2888

Hampton Street Vineyard $$$ L,D 1201 Hampton St., 252-0850 Hennessy’s $$ L,D 1649 Main St., 799-8280

FIVE POINTS & DEVINE STREET AMERICAN Goatfeather’s $-$$ D, SBR 2017 Devine St., 256-3325

Biscuit House $ B 1019 Bluff Rd., 256-0958

Motor Supply Co. Bistro $$ L,D 920 Gervais St., 256-6687

Harper’s Restaurant $-$$ L,D 700 Harden St., 252-2222

Blue Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge $ 721 A Lady St., 251-4447 Voted Best Cocktail

P.O.S.H. $$ B,L,D 1400 Main St. (at the Sheraton), 988-1400

Mr. Friendly’s $$-$$$ L,D 2001-A Greene St., 254-7828

Finlay’s Restaurant $$ B,L,D 1200 Hampton St. (in the Columbia Marriott), 771-7000

Ristorante Divino $$$ D Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant 803 Gervais St., 799-4550

Flying Saucer $ L,D 931 Senate St., 933-999 Gervais & Vine $$ D Voted Best Appetizer Voted Best Wine Menu 620-A Gervais St., 799-VINE Hunter-Gatherer Brewery $$ D 900 Main St., 748-0540 Liberty Taproom & Grill $$ L,D 828 Gervais St., 461-4677 Mac’s on Main $ L,D 1710 Main St., 929-0037 Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$ L,D Voted Best Steak 924-A Senate St. (at the Hilton), 212-6666 ASIAN M. Café $$ L,D 1417 Sumter St., 779-5789 Miyo’s Fine Shanghai & Szechuan Cuisine $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 922 S. Main St., 779-MIYO COFFEE/DESSERT Immaculate Consumption $ B,L 933 Main St., 799-9053 Nonnah’s $ L,D Voted Best Dessert 930 Gervais St., 779-9599 DELI Cool Beans! Coffee Co. $ B,L,D 1217 College St., 779-4277 No Name Deli $ L 2042 Marion St., 242-0480 FINE DINING Columbo’s $$ B,L,D, SBR 2100 Bush River Rd. (in the Radisson), 744-2200

ITALIAN Mellow Mushroom $ L,D 1009 Gervais St., 933-9201 Villa Tronco $$ L,D 1213 Blanding St., 256-7677 NATURAL/HEALTH Garden Bistro $ B,L 923 Gervais St., 933-9085 Nice-N-Natural $ L 1217 College St., 799-3471 SEAFOOD Blue Marlin $-$$ L,D Voted Best Seafood Restuarant 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838 The Oyster Bar $-$$ D 1123 Park St., 799-4484 SOUTHERN 300 Senate at the Canal $-$$ L 300 Senate St., 748-8909 Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 818 Elmwood Ave., 779-6407 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 902-A Gervais St., 254-5100 SUSHI Camon Japanese Restaurant $$$ D 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400 SakiTumi $$ L,D 807 Gervais St., 931-0700 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 600 Gervais St., 256-8844 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 729 Lady St., 252-9464

Salty Nut $ L,D 2000-A Greene St., 256-4611 Yesterday’s $$ L,D 2030 Devine St., 799-0196 ASIAN Baan Sawan $$$ D 2135 Devine St., 252-8992 Egg Roll Chen $ L,D 715 Crowson Rd., 787-6820 DELI Adriana’s $ B,L,D 721 Saluda Ave., 799-7595 Andy’s Deli $ L,D 2005 Greene St., 799-2639 DiPrato’s $ L,D, SBR Voted Best Sunday Brunch 342 Pickens St., 779-0606 The Gourmet Shop $ B,L 724 Saluda Ave., 799-3705 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 611 Harden St., 799-5708 FINE DINING Dianne’s on Devine $$$ D Voted Best Wait Staff 2400 Devine St., 254-3535 GERMAN Julia’s German Stammtisch $$ L,D 4341 Ft. Jackson Blvd., 738-0630 GREEK Devine Foods $ L,D 2702 Devine St., 252-0356 INDIAN India Pavilion $ L,D 2011 Devine St., 252-4355 IRISH Delaney’s $ L,D 741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345 ITALIAN Garibaldi’s $$$ D Voted Best Restaurant in Columbia 2013 Greene St., 771-8888 MEXICAN

B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner SBR - Sunday Brunch

Columbia Metropolitan’s 2009 Best of Columbia contest winners are in red.

El Burrito $ L,D 934 Harden St., 765-2188 Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 6118 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6650 NATURAL/HEALTH Mediterranean Tea Room $ L,D 2601 Devine St., 799-3118 PIZZA LaBrasca $ L,D 4365 Jackson Blvd., 782-1098 Village Idiot $ L,D 2009 Devine St., 252-8646 Za’s Brick Oven Pizza $ L,D Voted Best Pizza 2930 Devine St., 771-7334 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-0095

Zorba’s $ L,D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 2628 Decker Blvd., 736-5200 ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D 101 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., 419-9313 MEXICAN Hola Mexico $ L,D 10014 C Two Notch Rd., 865-7758 San Jose $ L,D • 801 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-8861 • 420 McNulty St. #C, 735-9787 • 808 Highway 1S, 438-2133 SEAFOOD Blue Fin $$ L,D,SBR 461-4 Town Center Pl., 865-7346 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 • 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662

SUSHI Saky $-$$ D 4963 Jackson Blvd., 787-5307

Mint Julep $-$$ D 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 419-7200

Sushi Yoshi $ D 2019 Devine St., 931-0555

STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 2760 Decker Blvd., 736-7464

NORTHEAST AMERICAN 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries $ L,D Voted Best French Fries 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200 Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar $$$ D Voted Best Restaurant in Northeast 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966 Village Bistro $$ L,D,SBR 498-1 Town Center Place, 227-2710 DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 111 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-6767 • 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509 Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery $ B,L Voted Best Bakery 8502 E Two Notch Rd., 736-CAKE FINE DINING Arizona’s $$$ L,D 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001 GREEK

Steak Carolina $-$$ L (Sat only), D 5 Lake Carolina Way, Ste 170, 661-6424 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 2000-18 Clemson Rd., 419-0022 D’s Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Wings 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, 462-1895 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 480-2 Town Center Place, 865-3365

IRMO AMERICAN Sticky Fingers $-$$ L,D 380 Columbiana Dr., 781-7427 ASIAN Miyo’s at Columbiana Place $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788 Miyabi Kyoto $$ L (Sun only),D Columbiana Centre, Harbison Blvd., 407-0574 Thai Lotus Restaurant $ L,D

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Voted Best Thai Restaurant 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006

Carolina Wings $ L,D 7587 St. Andrews Rd., 781-0084

DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515 • 2009 Broad River Rd., 750-3188

D’s Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Wings 285 Columbiana Dr., 227-0238

FONDUE The Melting Pot $$$ D Voted Best Romantic Dinner 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 731-8500 GREEK Zorba’s $ L, D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 6169 St. Andrews Rd, 772-4617 ITALIAN Alodia’s Cucina Italian $-$$ L,D 2736 N. Lake Dr., 781-9814 INDIAN Delhi Palace $ L,D 1029 Briargate Cir., 750-0866 MEDITERRANEAN Al-Amir $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Irmo 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0522 MEXICAN El Chico Restaurant $$$ L,D 1728 Bush River Rd., 772-0770 Little Mexico $ L,D 6164 St. Andrews Rd., 798-6045 San Jose $ L,D • 1000 Marina Rd., 749-9484 • 498 Piney Grove Rd., 750-3611 NATURAL/HEALTH Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant $ L,D 7509 St. Andrews Rd., 732-4488 PIZZA Custom Pizza Company $$ L,D 6801-3 St. Andrews Rd., 781-6004 Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599 Catch 22 $$ L,D 1085 D Lake Murray Blvd., 781-9916 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 7569 St. Andrews Road, 732-1225 • 1824 Broad River Rd., 798-6427 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 171 Harbison Blvd., 732-2482

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Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 1150 Bower Parkway, 749-9464 Wings & Ale $ L,D 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., 750-1700

LEXINGTON BARBECUE Hudson’s Smokehouse $ L,D Voted Best Barbecue Voted Best Ribs 4952 Sunset Blvd., 356-1070 DELI Cafe 403 $ L 403 N. Lake Dr., 808-2992 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 117 1/2 East Main St., 356-8800 FINE DINING Lexington Arms $$ D 314A West Main St., 359-2700 ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Lexington 5074 Sunset Blvd., 957-2422 MEXICAN Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 604 Columbia Ave. 957-9443 San Jose $ L,D 4510 Augusta Rd., 957-5171 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 621 West Main St., 951-3555 WINGS Buffalo’s Café $ L,D 5464 Sunset Blvd., 808-6001 Carolina Wings $ L,D 105 North Pointe Dr., 356-6244

CAYCE & WEST COLUMBIA AMERICAN New Orleans Riverfront $$ L,D Voted Best Outdoor Dining 121 Alexander Rd., 794-5112

SUSHI Inakaya $-$$ L,D Voted Best Sushi Restaurant 655-C St. Andrews Rd., 731-2538

COFFEE/DESSERT Café Strudel $ B,L 118 State St., 794-6634



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House Coffee $ B,L,D 116 State St., 791-5663 FINE DINING Al’s Upstairs $$$ D Voted Best Italian Restaurant 300 Meeting St., 794-7404 Terra $$ D 100 State St., 791-3443 GREEK Grecian Gardens $$ L,D 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552 Nick’s $$ L,D 1082 Sunset Blvd., 794-9240 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 2240 Airport Blvd., 796-7820 • 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-0314 • 2234 Sunset Blvd., 794-0923 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 2347-C Augusta Rd., 791-0260 D’s Wings $ L,D 920 Axtell Dr., 791-4486


AMERICAN Tombo Grille $$ D 4517 Forest Dr., 782-9665 ASIAN Miyo’s on Forest $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 3250 Forest Dr., Suite B, 743-9996 Sakura $-$$ L,D 20 Forest Lake Shopping Center, 738-9330 Sato $$ D 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064 DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801 McAlister’s Deli $ L,D 4710-A Forest Dr., 790-5995 ITALIAN Italian Pie $$ L,D 3246 Forest Dr., 454-1743 Pasta Fresca $$ D 3405 Forest Dr., 787-1838 Rosso $$ D 4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949 MEXICAN

Casa Linda $ L,D 2009 Beltline Blvd., 738-0420 San Jose $ L,D 4722 Forest Dr., 462-7184

AMERICAN Rockaway Athletic Club $ L, D Voted Best Hamburger 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075

NATURAL/HEALTH Zoe’s $ L,D Voted Best New Restaurant 4855 Forest Dr., 782-1212

DELI The Deli at Rosewood Market $-$$ L,D,SBR 2803 Rosewood Dr., 256-6410

PIZZA Village Idiot $ L, D 4515 Forest Dr, 787-5005

ITALIAN Moe’s Grapevine $$ L,D 4478 Rosewood Dr., 776-8463

SEAFOOD Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200

PIZZA Dano’s $ L,D 2800 Rosewood Dr., 254-3266

SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 402 Beltline Blvd., 738-0006 • 3147 Forest Dr., 787-8781 WINGS D’s Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Wings 2005 Beltline Blvd., 787-2595


FINE DINING Mark’s $$-$$$ L,D,SBR 2371 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-2807 SEAFOOD Rusty Anchor $$-$$$ D Voted Best Lakeside Restaurant 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555 Visit for an extended listing.

Pizza Man $ L,D 341 S Woodrow St., 252-6931

REMBERT FINE DINING Boykins at the Mill Pond $$$ D 84 Boykin Mill Rd., (803) 425-8825 Lilfreds of Rembert $$$ D 8425 Camden Hwy., (803) 432-7063


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PICTURE THIS Columbia Museum of Art’s Soiree du Soleil

Clinch Belser, Mary Belser, Callie Belser, Duncan Belser

Carol Shropshire, Jed Shropshire

David Yohan, Allison Horne, Kathy Horne, Allen Horne

Matt Warren, Meagan Warren, Chuck Skeen, Becky Knotts

Peter Parrott, Lynn Parrott, Duncan McIntosh, Laurie McIntosh

Sue Sullivan, Neel Keenan

Mae Parker Sparrow, Karen Brosius, Bud Kibler, Beth Kibler, Willson Powell, Henry Roe

Tim Anderson, Christine Sellers, Carroll Heyward, Channing Powers

Ashley Clarke, Elizabeth Baston, Alison Anderson, Lisa Seth, Melissa Blanchard, Susan Menge, Kindall Otis, Melinda Steifel

Color The Arts

Andrew Witt, Ann Henry, Wallace Cunningham

Davis Baird, Brian Rego, Deanna Leamon

Joan Brady, Bob Bishop, Jon Robinson, Jennifer Robinson

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Lou Clyde, Ellen Rodillo-Fowler, Bettye Morris

Rita Cullum, Terry McCullough, Megan Keatley

Judy Davis, Jerry Davis

Jill Armbruster, McKenzie Walsh, Lauren Tucker, Kelly Shockley

S E P T E M B E R 2009


COR’s Table For Six Networking Event

Elaine Taylor, Alison Shuman

Katherine Swartz, Beth Kelly, Chakisse Newton

Romina Frank, Greg Hilton, Lindsey Spires

Family Connection’s Annual Benefit and Auction

John Moorman, Kirsten Moorman, Mickey Brabham, Gene Brabham

Jessica Scheuter, Robin O’Neil, Madison Penninger

Joseph Horne, Hannah Horne, Robin O’Neil

Kenneth Long, Laura Bird Long, Robin O’Neil, Nancy Neubiser, Steve Neubiser

Lauren Stephens and Jason Holliday

W W W. H I G H C O N T R A S T S T U D I O S . C O M / P I C T U R E S

Georgette Clemons and Darriel Council


Anna Vass and Bennett Hammett


Cheri Bond and Todd Glowacki


W W W. M I C H A E L K O S K A . C O M

W W W. M I C H A E L K O S K A . C O M


Shayna Katzman and Philip Simoneaux

Diane R. Onofry and David F. Ford, II

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Jamie Foxx

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana, 781-9814 Sept. 21 Silent Auction Fundraiser benefiting Palmetto Health Foundation, 7-9pm Chapin Community Theatre, 345-2444 Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 Deathtrap Children’s Chance, 254-5996 Sept. 11-12 Kickin’ Cancer Nite Owl Ride, 8pm-8am City Center Partnership, 779-4005 Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25 Fall 2009 Main Street Marketplace, 10am-2pm Colonial Life Arena, 576-9200 Sept. 11-13 Sesame Street Live Sept. 18 Jamie Foxx, 8pm

through Sept. 30 Gallery Installation: Extraordinary Interactive Art through Sept. 30 Gallery Installation: Children of Hope Sept. 11 Columbia Design League Lecture: Planning Ground Zero, 6pm Sept. 11-12 Film: Forming and Framing: The Keys to Appreciating Abstract Art Sept. 25 Concert: Beatrix Jar, 8pm Congaree Vista Guild, 269-5946 Sept. 12 Viva La Vista

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 545-0000 Sept. 1 Green is Good for Business Conference Sept. 21-22 2009 Statewide After School Conference Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 through Sept. 27 Exhibit: Cleve Gray: Man and Nature

EdVenture, 779-3100 Sept. 8 Family Night, 5-8pm Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Toddler Tuesdays, 10am Historic Columbia Foundation, 252-1770 Sept. 12 2009 Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, 11am-4pm, MannSimons Cottage

SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, 737-8095 through Dec. 6 Exhibit: Forgotten Stories: South Carolina Fights the Great War Sept. 4 to Dec. 6 Exhibit: World War I in 3-D SC Philharmonic, 771-7937 Sept. 12 Masterworks 1: All in a Family, 7:30pm, Koger Center Sept. 21 Golfing with the Phil, 1pm, Golden Hills Golf & Country Club Michael Ludwig

Irmo Okra Strut, 781-6122 Sept. 25 Friday night street party Sept. 26 Irmo Okra Strut Festival and Parade Koger Center, 777-7500 Sept. 22 USC Symphony Orchestra with violinist Michael Ludwig, 7:30pm Sept. 25 The Tams and The Drifters, 8pm Sept. 26 Sweet Honey in the Rock, 8pm Lexington Fun Fest, Sept. 12 Lexington Kiwanis 5K Run/Fun Walk Sept. 16 LCLEOA FunFest Bass Tournament Sept. 17 & 19 Student Art Show, Lexington Town Hall Sept. 18 Mama’s Home Cookin’ Band, 6:30-10:30pm Sept. 19 FunFest DooDah Parade and presentation of FunFest Queens McKissick Museum, 777-7251 through Jan. 23 Exhibit: Southern Satire: The Illustrated World of Jak Smyrl

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Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 Sept. 12 The Spirit Singers, 8pm Sept. 13 John, Jazz & The Starlight Quartet, 3pm Sept. 18 Steve Tyrell, 8pm Sept. 22 Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 7pm Sept. 27 The 434th Army Band from Fort Gordon, Ga., 3pm

SC State Museum, 898-4921 through Sept. 7 Exhibit: Powers of Nature through Feb. 14 Exhibit: Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race Sept. 9 Holocaust Lecture with survivor Eva Kor Sept. 26 Museum Garage Sale Theatre USC, 777-4288 Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 Cyrano de Bergerac Town Theatre, 799-2510 Sept. 18 to Oct. 10 The King and I Workshop Theatre, 799-6551 Sept. 11-26 The Producers

S E P T E M B E R 2009

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