Lake Area Photo Backdrops

Jordan Blackwell, local owner of JH Photography, says her greatest priority with photography-related clients is having great relationships.

Wistful August

For many of us, August is a bittersweet turning point in the calendar year. Summer freedom is winding down, and school bells will be ringing any day now. While the lazy days of sipping cool beverages lakeside or poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and new school supplies … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Poly Energy Handles Home, Business and Specialized Solar Projects Don’t have the right roof for solar panels? Did you know Irmo-based Poly Energy constructs custom structures to fit various needs, such as carports and ground mounts? The goal of Poly Energy is to provide more than one solution to lower energy costs while helping customers move closer to energy independence.   Solar … 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

Warmth From Watercolors

As a self-taught artist, Rachel Parker gets her innate talent honestly. She comes from a family of Lake Murray artists, with her mother an award-winning portraitist and her father an award-winning photographer.

Every Day is a Birth Day

At 35-weeks pregnant, Irmo native and Columbia resident Hallie Willm Biediger went to Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, for a routine pregnancy visit in April. But the appointment turned out to be anything but ordinary.

Blaze a Trail of Encouragement

As a young boy growing up in the Boy Scout program, I was accustomed to camping trips that included long hikes through different, wonderful environments. The lessons taught by the leaders and guides left countless valuable memories and positive influences on my entire life.

Family Fitness Fun for Summer

Most families want to enjoy as much sunshine and fun as possible before August. But if you’re like our family, summer is too short! Maximizing time by making exercise a family activity can help families have fun and grow healthier all at once. Playgrounds are one of our favorite spots. Try the following exercises that the whole family can enjoy together.