Problems at 433 Lafayette St. have included drug use, a rat infestation and people using the restroom in 5-gallon buckets because utilities have been turned off for years, according to neighbors and police.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen ordered demolition of the longtime eyesore Tuesday after a public hearing.
It was a quiet afternoon in the office as we prepared to put out the Christmas edition of The Columbian-Progress that day. What happened not long after lunch on Dec. 23, 2014, changed Columbia and me forever.
At 2:22 p.m., moments after tornado warnings had been issued, an EF-3 tornado touched down in the heart of our community.