2019 Lake Murray Holiday Gift Guide

Hankering for a different way to wrap holiday gifts this year? Consider yarn as a handy wrapping aid. Yarn is known as a great way to secure gifts, but more importantly, it can become a gorgeous, homespun accent against unassuming paper. First, wrap presents in brown parcel, white butcher paper or a solid color paper. Then wrap yarn around the present multiple times…

Soccer Sensation

Despite Carli Lloyd's unprecedented success in Olympic and Women's World Cup soccer, she's still the down-to-earth person she was while playing college soccer 15 years ago. The New Jersey native played at Rutgers University, graduating in 2005 with a degree in exercise science and sport studies. Now 37, Carli describes herself as hard-working, relentless and highly competitive—but only when competing against herself.

Custom Wooden Pens

Eight years ago, Lake Murray area resident Janice Woods bought a custom-made pen for her husband, Nathan, as his birthday present. It's been one of those gifts that keeps giving!

Love Locks

 "Always on my mind. Forever in my heart."  A worldwide trend stemming from Paris continues at the Lake Murray Dam. Called "love locks," they're padlocks placed in public places to symbolize unbreakable love. Some people engrave names, initials or dates on the padlocks and throw away the key to symbolize unbreakable love. The lake's local chain-link fence bears testament to many stories of enduring love.    However,…

Smart, Resourceful Investing

As the end of any year approaches, many people start to examine the "health" of their finances more closely, wondering what adjustments would be prudent. Kenneth Calcutt's team of experienced advisers at Cornerstone Financial Management, LLC, in Columbia stand ready to assist with the full spectrum of customized financial planning. 

Creating Smiles One Stone at a Time

Who knew tiny, colorful dots on rocks could make so many people smile?

2019 Holiday Open House Tour

The spectacular weekend of Nov. 7–10 provides a special time to get a jump on the holiday season by shopping locally with participating Lexington businesses. Known as the annual Lexington Holiday Open House Tour, this year's event is being handled by professionals at Midlands Media Group and the Greater Lexington Chamber & Visitor’s Center. Refreshments, door prizes and unique treasures await at participating…

Ed’s Editions:

A family-operated bookstore that started in 2001 at 406 Meeting St. in West Columbia now carries an estimated one-of-a-kind and gently read 40,000 books, with some inventory available on its online database. Ed Albritton, owner of Ed's Editions, says Thanksgiving prompts self-reflection, often about gratitude found in life.

Alodia’s Homemade Tastes

With locations in Lexington and Irmo, Alodia's Cucina Italiana is a restaurant business with true roots in an Italian family. Since 2008, proprietor Adam Huneau's restaurants have been wowing taste buds of all ages with authentic Italian cuisine stemming from recipes pulled from the pages of his family's cookbook.  Named after Adam's great-grandmother, Alodia's fare and ambiance smells, tastes and feels of Old Italy.…

Walk for a Cause

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Money raised in the walk supports life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone affected by this disease. This year, the local Walk is slated for Nov. 16 at Segra Park.