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Top Grossing Movies – January 27, 2020

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 01/24/2020 to 01/30/2020 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Bad Boys For Life 2  $34,011,714  $120,655,879 2 1917 5  $15,916,580  $103,999,889 3 Dolittle 2  $12,198,835  $44,383,565 4 The Gentlemen 1  $10,651,884  $10,651,884 5 Jumanji: The Next Level 7  $7,700,526  $283,246,326 6 The Turning 1  $6,950,045  $6,950,045 7…

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Village Idiot Pizza hosts “VIP @ VIP” experience for St. Pat’s in Five Points

 

The pot of gold is really New York Style pizza and an open bar during this year’s event Village Idiot Pizza’s (VIP) Five Points location is offering a specialty ticket to experience Village Idiot Pizza in an exclusive setting during Columbia’s, St. Pat’s in Five Points festival on March 21. VIP’s original Five Points location…

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Little Dog Agency client update

 

Wasabi Restaurant Group Wasabi Sushi Spotlight of the month is Genki Maki. Our sushi chefs handcrafted a fresh, nutritious recipe for you to stay true to your New Year’s resolution. This delicious roll features Zuke Sake, beets, asparagus, avocado, cucumber, spring mix and brown rice wrapped in Green soy paper and finished with chipotle ponzu Wasabi…

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St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival highlights release

 

38th St. Pat’s in Five Points – Saturday, March 21, 2020 Benefiting local charities in the Midlands Today, the Five Points Association brought St. Pat’s in Five Points back to its roots. From the Yesterday’s parking lot, where it all began 38 years ago, the Executive Director, Kelsey Hennighan, and festival M.C., FatRat Da Czar,…

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Top Grossing Movies – January 22, 2020

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore Week of 01/17/2020 to 01/23/2020 Rank Title Weeks Week Gross Cumulative 1 Bad Boys For Life 1  $73,033,944  $73,033,944 2 Dolittle 1  $28,301,930  $28,301,930 3 1917 4  $26,907,050  $81,524,034 4 Jumanji: The Next Level 6  $12,660,811  $273,573,786 5 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 5  $10,592,727  $494,238,528 6 Little Women 4…

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Invisible People

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Clothes make the man, and when it comes to camouflage, it must make the man, woman, boy, and girl too. Seems everyone wears camouflage year-round, but it’s a rural, small town thing. You don’t see city people wearing camouflage unless you go to places like Sportsman’s Warehouse and Walmart where you’re…

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Patrick Davis, How Sweet The Sound

 

By Tammy Davis   I first saw Patrick Davis in Columbia. The skirts were short, the heels were high, and the bar was open. The women crowded the stage to get as close to Davis as possible.  We danced badly and sang loudly. I started following Davis on Facebook. I was impressed, but not surprised,…

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En garde! Third annual SwordFest features every kind of swordplay. And it’s free!

 

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will again come alive to the clanging and schwinging of swords. All kinds of swords. Basically, if it’s got a blade and a hilt, you’ll see it in action or on display at the museum’s third annual SwordFest. And it’s all free…

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South Carolina’s State Tourism Office will celebrate National Plan For Vacation Day

 

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism will celebrate National Plan For Vacation Day on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to encourage workers and employees to convert their hard-earned vacation time into actual vacations. Using the hashtag #PlanForVacation, the agency’s social media accounts (@Discover_SC on Twitter and Instagram, and @DiscoverSC on Facebook) will post stories and reminders to motivate…

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The Sweetery to launch new Wine Sticks portion size at national show this weekend

 

The family-owned bakery, The Sweetery, will be introducing a single portion size of its popular Wine Sticks line this weekend at the National Association of Specialty Foods trade show in San Francisco. The new portion size is the latest development in the Anderson-based company’s Wine Sticks and Beer Buddies lines that are delectable treats crafted…

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The Lindler House, Beautiful Survivor

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   It’s high noon at High Noon gift shop in Ballantine, South Carolina. I’m signing books when a lady approaches. “You write about old homes don’t you?” “When I come across one I like.” “Have you seen the Lindler House?” “No, where is it?” “Right around the corner.” Those two questions led…

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Uncut Gems – A Movie Review

 

By Tammy Davis   One Man’s Many Rock Bottoms Uncut Gems opens with a chaotic Ethiopian mining scene where a worker has been badly injured. At first, the opening didn’t make sense.  Lots of screaming and confusion with nobody focusing on what needed attention – the injured man.  Now I see the introduction as a…

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Free lecture to tell soldier’s view of what the 1779 Siege of Savannah was like

 

What was it like to participate in the Siege of Savannah, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolutionary War, and a disastrous failure for the Continental Army and its French allies? That’s what Erick Nason will endeavor to convey at noon on Friday, Jan. 31, at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and…

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Top Grossing Movies – January 13, 2020

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 01/10/2020 to 01/16/2020 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 1917 3  $37,000,200  $39,721,479 2 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 4  $15,187,034  $478,297,724 3 Jumanji: The Next Level 5  $14,005,131  $257,130,112 4 Like A Boss 1  $10,011,272  $10,011,272 5 Just Mercy 3  $9,713,228  $10,149,216 6 Little Women…

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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church to Host Free Conference on Serving the Disabled – February 1

 

February 1 Event Will Provide Information and Inspiration for Individuals, Families, and Church Groups On Saturday, February 1, 2020, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will host a conference to address ways that church leaders and congregations can better support and engage individuals with special needs and disabilities. The public is invited to attend the event, which…

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A Christmas Do-Over, Please

 

By Amy Coward Cars are no longer decorated with wreaths and reindeer noses. Our holiday decor is packed up in red and green containers. The last of my cookies have been gobbled up or given away and there’s a 1/4 cup of eggnog in the fridge. The holidays are over and like most years, I’m…

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Face Jugs

 

By Tom Poland   Bulging whites with snake-eye slits for pupils and yellow teeth like chipped piano keys radiated light as if shadows could never exist. Its gruesome expression captured the way a face might look just before a bullet shatters skull bone and sends brain matter spattering. The angry face seemed about to utter…

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Top Grossing Movies – January 6, 2020

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 01/03/2020 to 01/09/2020 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 3  $34,524,815  $451,582,256 2 Jumanji: The Next Level 4  $26,227,346  $235,933,751 3 Little Women 2  $13,612,373  $60,060,705 4 Frozen 2 7  $11,854,169  $450,439,533 5 The Grudge 1  $11,404,113  $11,404,113 6 Spies In…

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Caleb Lee Hutchinson – Singer, Songwriter, Smooth-talking Scamp

 

By Tammy Davis 2019 American Idol Finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson was playing at the Tin Roof in Columbia, and my brand-new press pass was burning a hole in my pocket. Caleb Lee did not make my first celebrity interview easy, but he surely was cute about it. I had witnessed his range each week on…

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Sylvan Learning Center announces December’s Teacher of the Month

 

Known for greeting every student with a smile, Sylvan Learning Center has named Debbie Mullen as the Teacher of the Month. Mullen, who teaches third grade at Blaney Elementary School, started with Sylvan of Columbia in June of 2015. With a Master’s in Elementary Education from Clemson University, Mullen works primarily with students in elementary…

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Top Grossing Movies – December 23, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 12/20/2019 to 12/26/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker 1  $177,383,864  $177,383,864 2 Jumanji: The Next Level 2  $26,505,147  $102,316,512 3 Frozen 2 5  $12,980,927  $387,214,888 4 Cats 1  $6,619,870  $6,619,870 5 Knives Out 4  $6,503,186  $89,952,095 6 Bombshell 2  $5,109,146…

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Deck The Halls

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   You know the lyrics … “Deck the halls with boughs of holly …” Sadly, songs like “Deck the Halls” fall victim to commercialism. This time of year businesses and ad agencies cram the airwaves with cheesy jingles. Yes, this time of year ads hijack Christmas songs to sell everything under the…

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Let’s make good grammar relevant again

 

By Reba Hull Campbell I confess. I’m a word nerd. For me, writing is a passion, not just a way to communicate. I see writing as an intersection of creativity, experience, knowledge and connection. It’s an art and a science where clarity and crisp communication converge with inspiration and flow. Writing, editing and proofing are…

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Carols, Candlelight Tours, and Carriage Rides at Christmas

 

By Tammy Davis   If you love history and want to get in the Christmas spirit, take a holiday tour with Historic Columbia. For the Candelight and Carriage Tour, we parked on the street and walked into a pretty, gravel courtyard with white lights strung overhead. The crowd was mostly couples enjoying a romantic night…

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Top Grossing Movies – December 16, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 12/13/2019 to 12/19/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Jumanji: The Next Level 1  $59,251,543  $59,251,543 2 Frozen 2 4  $19,072,948  $366,433,020 3 Knives Out 3  $9,138,699  $78,815,947 4 Richard Jewell 1  $4,680,124  $4,680,124 5 Black Christmas 1  $4,240,245  $4,240,245 6 Ford v. Ferrari 5  $4,080,749  $98,185,543…

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State Museum to Host An Enchanted Tea Party

 

Exciting new holiday event to feature debut of new 4D experience, Fri., Dec. 27 The State Museum excited to present An Enchanted Tea Party, a magical new holiday event sure to spark young guests’ imagination from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27. During the event, sponsored by Cool Care Heating and Air, guests will…

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Families Helping Families, Families Helping Me

 

By Tammy Davis   Before the flood, I loved working with organizations that provided Christmas for families in need. Angel Trees, Red Cross, Families Helping Families, we did them all. I did it to help the less fortunate, of course, but if I am honest I think I liked the feeling of being in a…

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The Chapel In The Vale

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   I spend more time photographing country churches than attending my own country church. Not sure what that says about me, but I’ll go with it. The large churches of the city hold no power over me. No charm there to be honest, but let me drive past a gleaming white country…

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Amazon Best Books of 2019

 

In November, Amazon announced its selections for the Best Books of 2019, naming Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments – the sequel to her dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale – the Best Book of 2019. The annual list features the Top 100 books of the year plus Top 20 lists across various categories ranging from literary fiction,…

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Top Grossing Movies – December 9, 2019

 

Week of 12/06/2019 to 12/12/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Frozen 2 3  $35,165,614  $338,090,515 2 Knives Out 2  $14,216,723  $63,553,214 3 Ford v. Ferrari 4  $6,655,136  $91,228,489 4 Queen & Slim 2  $6,642,685  $27,006,690 5 A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 3  $5,200,508  $43,120,923 6 Dark Waters 3  $3,996,275  $5,181,024 7 21…

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Holidays not the time for less vigilance

 

By Sheriff Leon Lott We are in the midst of the holiday season when most of us more-deeply embrace that which we all want: “Peace on earth; good will toward men.” Unfortunately, those among us with more selfish, self-serving aims will capitalize on the fact that so many of us seem to let-down our guard…

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How a Columbia girl helped launch America’s response to Pearl Harbor attack

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunging the United States into World War II. Ten days later, a 16-year-old girl from Columbia literally helped launch America’s response to that sneak attack. Her name was Jean Adams Paschal. She was in Camden, N.J.,…

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The Magic Light Bulb

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   You probably think an ordinary light bulb is boring in this era of LED lights. Well, the ordinary light bulb holds a special place in my memories. Our family visited my grandparents a lot of Sundays. That meant a trip to Mom’s family in the Beulah Community of Lincoln County. Back…

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Van Gogh, Far From What He Wanted to Be

 

By Tammy Davis   Van Gogh’s work is valued in the billions of dollars, and, yet, he died a failure. He tried to be a preacher like his father. That didn’t work out. He taught school for a while. That wasn’t his gig. He was fired from an art dealership. Professionally, he was a loser.…

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Learn to trace your Revolutionary War roots from free lecture at Relic Room

 

Hicks Chappell had an interesting Revolutionary War. He was captured twice by the British, and another time he and two other men captured 50 enemy soldiers on their own. During the conflict, he rose from private to the rank of major. We know a lot about his revolutionary career because of the detail he put…

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Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, S.C., celebrates 30th anniversary

 

Pioneering farm-to-table restaurant commemorates milestone with December specials It has been three decades since Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, S.C. — one of Columbia’s longest-standing restaurants — first opened its doors, leading the charge to revitalize the capital city’s fine dining scene. Now celebrating its 30-year anniversary, Motor Supply has established itself as a…

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Women in Philanthropy holds its annual Leadership Breakfast on December 13

 

Women in Philanthropy (WIP), an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, holds its annual Leadership Breakfast on Friday, December 13 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Palmetto Club. Kathy Izard, the award-winning author of The Hundred Store Home, will be the keynote speaker. “We have an outstanding speaker joining us at this…

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Top Grossing Movies – December 2, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 11/29/2019 to 12/05/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Frozen 2 2  $85,977,773  $288,845,131 2 Knives Out 1  $26,769,548  $41,414,093 3 Ford v. Ferrari 3  $13,168,306  $81,031,328 4 Queen & Slim 1  $11,890,490  $16,000,790 5 A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 2  $11,776,422  $34,291,766 6 21 Bridges…

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Tips for safe, online shopping this holiday season

 

With Cyber Monday just around the corner and the holiday season in full swing, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) wants to remind South Carolinians of safe online shopping tips. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 165 million consumers are expected to shop Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. Retail analyst eMarketer predicts that Monday will be the…

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The Sad Ballad Of Moses Corley

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   Each Thanksgiving, I Remember Moses We all cross paths with a person we can’t forget. And so, a man by the beautiful name of Moses Corley lingers in my mind. If every life is a song, then Moses’s life was a sad, sad ballad. Moses worked as the janitor in the…

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Thanksgiving 2015

 

I wrote this essay on Thanksgiving morning after the flood of 2015. I know my mother is going to make us go around the room and tell what we’re thankful for before we eat our Thanksgiving lunch. I will probably take the easy route and say something lighthearted like, “I’m glad I didn’t have to…

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Top Grossing Movies – November 25, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 11/22/2019 to 11/28/2019 Rank Title Rating Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Frozen 2 PG 1  $130,263,358  $130,263,358 2 Ford v. Ferrari PG13 2  $15,730,678  $57,720,248 3 A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood PG 1  $13,251,238  $13,251,238 4 21 Bridges R 1  $9,250,117  $9,250,117 5 Midway PG13 3  $4,640,673…

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Join us at the Relic Room to Remember – and learn about – Pearl Harbor

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – “Remember Pearl Harbor!” Who could forget? It wasn’t just the “date that will live in infamy,” but the moment when America turned on a dime and was permanently transformed. We went instantly from being a nation of isolationists who didn’t want to hear about the problems of Europe and Asia, to a…

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Funerals Down South

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   “Lawdy, Miss Ruth, I don’t know when I enjoyed a funeral so much.” Whenever a funeral came up Mom repeated what this lady told her. I didn’t know the woman. She may have belonged to the Newberry Missionary Baptist Church or another church back home in Lincoln County, Georgia. I remember…

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My Dog Bruzer – He Trained Us Well

 

By Tammy Davis   Most dogs greet their humans at the door at the end of the day. Not my dog. My dog, Bruzer, plays hard to get. When we come in from school, we call to him and tell him we’re home. His response? Nothing. You would never know there was a dog in…

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Kick off the Holidays with Historic Columbia

 

Decorative house tours, classic carriage rides and breakfast with Santa heighten the holiday season Historic Columbia is the home for holiday traditions, and the new season of events is sure to bring back memories — and establish new ones. The Historic Columbia holiday season will officially kick off on Friday, Nov. 22 with historic holiday…

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Top Grossing Movies – November 18, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 11/15/2019 to 11/21/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Ford v. Ferrari 1  $31,474,958  $31,474,958 2 Midway 2  $8,505,531  $34,896,304 3 Charlie’s Angels 1  $8,351,109  $8,351,109 4 Playing With Fire 2  $8,332,607  $25,280,431 5 Last Christmas 2  $6,493,930  $22,369,695 6 Doctor Sleep 2  $6,006,949  $24,865,108 7 The…

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The-Fluff-The-Straw Philosophy

 

By Tammy Davis   Old people call it fluffing the straw.  It’s a genius gardening hack for when your flower beds start to look bad.  You take a pitch fork, lift up the pine straw, give it a good shake, put it back down, and voila, your beds look good as new.  No need to…

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Return Of The Beavers

 
Tom Poland

By Tom Poland   All these years later I still don’t know who is right, Uncle Joe or the beavers. I know one thing, though. The old mine hole, long filled by rain and a creek, is still going strong. A long time ago, men mined manganese on what is family land back in Georgia.…

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Top Grossing Movies – November 11, 2019

 

Theatrical grosses from comScore   Week of 11/08/2019 to 11/14/2019 Rank Title Weeks Weekend Locs Weekend Gross Cumulative 1 Midway 1 3,242  $17,897,419.00  $17,897,419.00 2 Doctor Sleep 1 3,855  $14,114,124.00  $14,114,124.00 3 Playing With Fire 1 3,125  $12,723,781.00  $12,723,781.00 4 Last Christmas 1 3,448  $11,441,055.00  $11,441,055.00 5 Terminator: Dark Fate 2 4,086  $10,808,236.00  $48,465,366.00 6…

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