Celebrating Resident Mermaids and Aqua Women

Columbia Scuba, SC and Jeep Rogers Family YMCA partnered to recently celebrate Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Women's Dive Day 2019 in the Midlands. Participants spoke of how independent and accomplished the experience made them feel and how they got to discover what's it's like to be a "part of that world." Photography by Hayden Davis and Clapper Captures  

Celebrating Fourth Annual Columbia’s Shrimp and Grits Fest

With plenty of great shrimp and grits on the menus of regional restaurants, it's interesting when they come together to compete to see whose is judged the best. One restaurant, The Grand, was named "Columbia's Best Shrimp and Grits" by a panel of judges. Additionally, the "People's Choice" division winner and creativity award went to Midlands' Modern Southern … Continued

Happy 25th, Lake Murray Association!

Lake Murray Association members, also called "The Voice of Lake Murray," recently observed the group's 25th anniversary. The association began in December 1993, with 150-plus attendees at its first meeting. In April 1994, the group officially organized as a nonprofit with elected officials. Among its goals are lake levels, safety, water quality, conservation and environmental or community matters. Photography by … Continued

Pups ‘n’ Pints

Have you participated in some slobbery fun at the new Pups 'n' Pints events hosted by The Venue? Every Friday, 6-9 p.m., dogs and diners can gather on their patio for live music and tap brews. 1624 Main St., Columbia

Lake Murray Sunsets Inspire

The rich colors of Lake Murray's natural beauty astounds residents and visitors alike. It routinely captures the attention of one local photographer who offers prints, greeting cards, photo mugs, throw pillows, water bottles and decorative plates with his images of Lake Murray and the surrounding Columbia area at WilliamCopeland.ArtistWebsites.com. Photography by William Copeland.

Taste of Lake Murray 2019 Funds Fireworks

With a purchased ticket for this year's Taste of Lake Murray annual event, attendees received food, drinks and live entertainment from two local bands, The Voltage Brothers and Tokyo Joe. All proceeds went toward supporting the Fourth of July fireworks to be held on Lake Murray. Photography courtesy of Capital City/Lake Murray Country

Ladies of Lexington Tea Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

The Inaugural Ladies of Lexington Tea was held April 13. This event was a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals spearheaded by Miss Lexington 2019 Yvannah Garcia. The Miss America Organization is a national partner of CMNH. To donate directly to Yvannah’s CMNH online account, visit MissAmericaForKids.org/Contestant/YvannahGarcia.

Stone Canyon Cabins of Columbia Prepares for Grand Opening

Jim Bowie, president of Stone Canyon Cabins, is enthused about opening in West Columbia. Jim says he's proud to bring these custom-built homes to Lake Murray and introduces three of their designs. Stop by to see six of their custom-built homes at 1410 Sunset Blvd., or call 803.312.3000. 

May 2019 Around Town

FIPS ED 2020 Black Bass World Championship The United States Angling Confederation will host the FIPS ED 2020 Black Bass World Championship in Columbia, South Carolina, on Lake Murray Nov. 16–21, 2020. USAC will utilize the professional resources of FLW to provide the championship of a lifetime. The venue of Lake Murray is a world-class bass fishery … Continued