Samantha Robertson in a white shirt and grey vest

Samantha Robertson

Senior City Editor

Sam is based in Columbia, SC and previously worked in PR marketing for several local brands and startups in the Soda City before joining COLAtoday as a City Editor in 2021. When she’s not content creating, she loves staying active, brunching around town, rooting for the Gamecocks, and spending time by the rivers.

The yearly fundraising event, hosted by the West Columbia Beautification Foundation, raises money for local beautification projects, including ongoing development for Highway No. 1.
Entrepreneurs come from everywhere, including The Midlands. Read about three products that have been featured or inspired by the show “Shark Tank.”
Looking for a night out and an evening full of local music with friends and family? Head to Jammin’ in July this weekend.
If you love local fine arts or are curious about what it takes to get a play from page to stage, join the Play Right Series with The Jasper Project and get involved in the production process of a local play.
An all-inclusive guide to business resources if you’re looking to start a business in Columbia
Not everyone loves the loud boom that echoes as fireworks go off on Independence Day. Here’s a short guide for how to still participate in the celebration if you (or your pets) don’t like fireworks.
Following the success of hundreds of submissions in 2023, we are getting a jump on our 2024 contest.
Do you need more ways to beat the heat? Check out our list of pools, water parks, and splash pools in Columbia.
They don’t call Columbia famously hot for nothin’, but while the heat stays in the triple digits and the Midlands is under heat advisories, here are tips and recommendations for other activities.
Have you ever considered the benefits of planting a tree in your local neighborhood or community? City of Columbia and Columbia Green are partnering to bring more trees to the Columbia area.
Have you ever wondered what Public Works does in your county? We are providing you a quick rundown of the basic tasks this civic department completes and how to interact with it.
Local skate shop Bluetile Skateboards is hosting a citywide skateboarding competition and watch party this weekend for Go Skateboarding Day.
Rivers, lakes + streams, oh my. The Midlands has some pretty great freshwater fishing spots and is only about an hour from saltwater. Reference this guide before you fish around Columbia.
Need some new tech? A new boutique electronic store with cutting-edge tech, Gadgetboy, is open on Devine Street in Columbia.
Don’t know what to get the Dad in your life this Father’s Day? We’re giving you a few ideas on what to get them or how you can spend Father’s Day in Columbia.
Every year, Columbia hosts the SC Juneteenth Freedom Festival (SCJFF) and we’re breaking down how you can get involved around town.
Check out these eight hiking trails catering to all skill levels in and around Columbia, SC, for outdoor adventures.
From skytrams that go over 378 to river development and pedestrian bridges, here are some of your answers for What if... Columbia looked like this?
Thanks to our readers and followers, COLAtoday was nominated several times in Free Times’ annual Best of Columbia contest. See which ones and vote for us below.
If you’re trying to reach new running goals, consider signing up for one of these upcoming races or find ways to get more steps in around Columbia
Dream big, Columbians. We want to hear your whackiest, wonkiest, dreamiest, funniest, what if Columbia ideas.
We’re giving you all the pertinent details about some of the elementary, middle, and high schools in Columbia so you can make the best decision for your family.
Looking to level up your dessert game and always crave a little something sweet after dinner? Here are five, can’t-miss desserts in Columbia to split with friends (or keep all to yourself.)
Governor McMaster highlighted SC’s tourism’s $29 billion impact and we break down local and regional tourism stats.
We are looking to update our Columbia summer playlist with our reader’s favorite local artists and references.
From revitalized landmarks to leadership in preservation, discover the projects and individuals recognized for their dedication to preserving Columbia’s historical and architectural legacy.
The annual St. Pat’s event surpassed $1.2 Million in total contributions, supporting 40 Midlands nonprofits and attracted over 32,000 attendees
Explore the Cayce Riverwalk’s 1.4-mile TRACK Trail with engaging activities for kids, part of the national Kids in Parks program.
Explore top-rated local car detailing services in Columbia, offering interior and exterior cleaning, mobile services, and more for your car or boat needs.
Discover how community collaboration and perseverance transformed a dream into Irmo’s newest recreational hotspot; Friarsgate Skatepark, nestled inside of Rawls Creek Park.