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Man charged with 5 counts of attempted murder following house fire

Joseph Harry Riester. LCSD photo. A Columbia man has been charged with five counts of attempted murder after deputies said he set a Swansea home on fire with five people inside late Saturday night. Joseph Harry Riester, 48, entered the victims’ home on Jones Wire Road with a knife shortly before midnight, according to the arrest warrants. “The victims told…

SCE&G to test emergency sirens at Lake Murray, V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, Tuesday

SCE&G will conduct two separate tests of siren warning systems Tuesday (Jan. 9) in two separate Midlands locations. At noon, SCE&G will activate the siren warning system along the Lower Saluda River as part of the Lake Murray Dam emergency action plan. A full, three-minute sounding of the sirens is conducted on the second Tuesday of January each year. One-minute…

American Pickers looking for leads in South Carolina – contact info.

American Pickers, Mike and Frank want to pick in S.C. – American Pickers photo. Mike and Frank from The History Channel show American Picker are coming to the south, and South Carolina, this winter. The picking team is in search of picks, warm weather, and Southern hospitality. In addition to South Carolina, the pickers will be in Georgia and Florida…

1 killed, 1 injured in Lexington County car accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single-vehicle accident. The accident occurred in the 2800 block of Calks Ferry Road near Pelion at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Friday. According to Fisher, Crystal Marie Padgett, 34, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Padgett’s…

West Columbia issues Christmas tree disposal information

The City of West Columbia has numerous options for disposing of your Christmas tree. It can be dropped off at a location below or the City of West Columbia Sanitation and Recycling Department will begin pick up the week of January 15. In partnership with the Lexington County Stormwater Consortium and Keep the Midlands Beautiful Grinding of the Greens program,…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his legislative priorities for 2018

1/2Joe Wilson 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Joe Wilson 2 Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and his wife Roxanne, Wednesday at his West Columbia office. ColaDaily photo. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson  said Wednesday, he looks forward to backing the initiatives of President Donald Trump. Wilson (R-Springdale) was at his Sunset Boulevard office in West Columbia. It was part…

Snow expected in Columbia, advisory issued

NWS-Columbia Image The National Weather Service has revised its winter weather advisories to include Richland and Lexington counties, until 10 p.m. Forecasts call for snow to begin to fall around 2 p.m. and it could be more than an inch, locally. The winter weather advisory is in effect for Aiken, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties, too. A Winter Weather Advisory for…

SCE&G has 1,000-plus employees to respond to weather-related power outages

SCE&G image From SCE&G Forecasts call for freezing rain, sleet and snow for most of SCE&G’s service territory Wednesday and through the evening. SCE&G announced that it has 1,000-plus company and contract employees prepared to respond, as ice can cause tree limbs to break, sometimes taking power lines and meter boxes down with them. Report outages at 1-888-333-4465 or via…

SCANA to be sold to Dominion Energy, SCE&G customers to get refunds, rate reduction

Dominion Energy photo. A Virginia-based power company is buying SCANA. The sale was announced Wednesday morning. Dominion Energy of Richmond, said it will purchase SCANA. The deal involves an all-stock merger. There are also plans to immediately refund South Carolina Electric and Gas customers who footed the bill for the failed nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer power plant in…

Lexington County Animal Control issues citation to man after 2 dogs are killed

Lexington County Animal Control investigating after dogs killed Lexington County Animal Control officers are investigating a fatal dog attack after two family pets were killed. The incident occurred when several dogs belonging to a neighbor entered a home in the 3000 block of Wessinger Road Monday evening. A Lexington County Animal Control officer arrived at the home just after 7:30…

US Rep. Joe Wilson’s legislative priorities for 2018 tour is Wednesday

Joe Wilson speaking in Lexington County last week. Congressman Joe Wilson will announce his legislative priorities for 2018 during a tour of the second congressional district on Wednesday. The schedule for Congressman Wilson’s tour is as follows: 10:00 AM: Midlands Office of Congressman Joe Wilson 1700 Sunset Blvd (US 378), Suite 1 West Columbia, S.C. 29169   12:00 PM: Aiken Aiken County…

Close to half-a-million dollar bond set in Lexington County home invasion, shots fired incident

Morris, Thompson – LCSD photo. Bond has been set at close to half-a-million dollars, combined, for two men charged with several crimes, in Lexington County, after an alleged Saturday morning home invasion. A judge has set a $240,000 bond for Quintrell Morris, 18. The Hopkins resident is charged with: three counts of kidnapping, three counts of assault and battery, armed…

Woman, 82, dies in Lexington County vehicle accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The crash occurred at Amicks Ferry Road and Lake Tide Drive in Chapin at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. According to Fisher, Ms. Nelva S. Lindler, 82, of Chapin was pronounced dead at the scene. Lindler, a passenger, was in a…

No charges filed in fatal stabbing

No charges will be filed against a Gaston man for his involvement in a fatal stabbing at a Meadowfield Road home Thursday. Investigators from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department consulted with prosecutors from the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and determined 21-year-old Joshua Rossman acted in self-defense during an altercation with 19-year-old Rayshawn Porterfield. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Porterfield…

Teen is the victim in fatal stabbing, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide. It occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday, in the 700 block of Meadowfield Road in Gaston. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. Rayshawn Q. Porterfield, 19, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene after being stabbed in the upper body. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating,…

2017 traffic fatalities fewer in Richland County, higher in Lexington County

With just one more weekend left in 2017, statistics reveal that there were fewer, by far, traffic fatalities in Richland County this year, than the year before. In 2016, 68 people died on Richland County roads, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. In 2017, as of Thursday, 47 people had died on Richland County roads. That’s 21 fewer…

Lexington Sheriff’s Department investigating a stabbing death

The Lexington Sheriff’s Department is investigating a reported stabbing in the 700 block of Meadowfield Road, near Gaston. One suspect in custody. The suspect was apprehended by deputies close to crime scene after a brief search. Based on the information investigators have gathered early on at the scene, the male victim and the male suspect knew each other. It was…

Nephron gives 600-plus employees a 5% pay raise due to federal tax cuts

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Construction on Rainbow Drive bridge over I-26 continues into 2018

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West Columbia Sanitation schedule changed, Lexington County Grinding of the Greens locations

To get mulch: 1307 Augusta Road West Columbia – Call- 803-733-1139 info@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org The City of West Columbia City Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26, in observance of the Christmas holidays. It will be closed Mon. Jan. 1, too, (for New Year’s Day.) Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, December 27. West Columbia Public Works Director…

Churches full as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday – Photo gallery of churches

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Ex-boyfriend arrested by Lexington Police on kidnapping, domestic violence charge

Joshua Dale Cassada Booking Photo. The Lexington Police Department arrested Joshua Dale Cassada, 40, of Pomaria on charges stemming from a Domestic Violence investigation. LPD Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest Sunday. According to a LPD report, officers were dispatched to a residence Saturday morning at the Cedarcrest Mobile Home Park, 366 Railroad Ave. in Lexington, for a possible burglary…

Food’s important, but family is special at Christmas in West Columbia

Delucca’s staff: Mike Hicks; Callie Wessinger; Lynn Raley; Irvin Prioleau; Ella Lee; Tom Maynard; and Matt Mitchell. From the traditional to adventure cooking, Christmas meal perpetration in West Columbia varies. And getting together with the people you love is as important in West Columbia as the turkey or the oysters. Mike Hicks is the owner of the popular Delucca’s restaurant…

Man running from Lexington County deputies is identified

Larry Christopher Richburg was the subject of a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department  search near Longs Pond Rd Thursday night.  He ran away from a traffic stop. Richburg is wanted on three previous warrants: domestic violence, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights. If you know where Richburg is or if you have information on where he might…