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Columbia's vibrant arts scene, driven in recent years by multiple gallery openings, festivals and special events nearly every month, came to a standstill a year ago when COVID-19 shut the city down. While some events continue virtually and others begin returning with a modified format, some … Read more

Keep the fire burning. That’s a central theme in Columbia singer K Ford’s patient, meditative “The Shining,” included on her debut album, “The Release.” Read more

SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman says that the Biden administration's refusal to let South Carolina skip a second year of standardized testing means “educators and students will be forced to spend an inordinate amount of time preparing, administering, and taking tests whose results won't be known for months, when they should be focused closing academic gaps and addressing the social and emotional needs of our students.” So here's a crazy idea: Let's skip the endless preparation, stop stressing out the students and return the tests to their original purpose. Read more

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