We interrupt our regular coronavirus coverage in this space for a special bulletin: I have inched closer toward my goal of a clear, crisp, perfectly framed photograph of one of Columbia’s famous white squirrels.
The closest he’s ever come to dying, Henry O. Johnson says, was during a typhoon in Okinawa in 1945. Navy records report 92 mph winds sending 35-foot waves that battered ships, sinking 12 and grounding 222. The human toll was 36 sailors killed, 100 seriously injured.
The Dec. 11, 1941, edition of The Columbian-Progress published just four days after Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, yet young men from Marion County had already both signed up for duty and shipped out for training.
By my estimation, I've written some 4,000 news stories and opinion pieces during my newspaper career. That's a lot of ink slung, and while some memorable assignments stand out, a lot of them start to run together after filing that many reports.