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SCDOT installs USC-W Basketball National Championship signs

USC Photo Contributed The South Carolina Department of Transportation installed the first of 15 state highway signs, Friday, recognizing South Carolina’s 2017 Women’s Basketball National Championship. The initial sign went up at southbound SC 277 near the Harden Street Extension intersections with the others going up at Welcome Centers near the South Carolina border and at several other locations around…

Ridge View High’s Dasya’ Young has not missed day of school in 12 years

Dasya’ Young (Photo Submitted) Ridge View High School senior Dasya’ Young hasn’t missed a day of school in 12 years. The South Carolina Department of Education is recognizing her for perfect attendance from first-through-twelfth- grade. Dasya’ says her mother has been her personal alarm clock and made sure she had everything she needed before arriving to school. “I take attendance…

Trooper David Jones says Highway Patrol to be out in force for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, bringing a day off and lots of festivities. Have fun say law enforcement authorities, but don’t be dangerous. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke to Tyler Ryan of the Dude Radio, Thursday. He said if you drink, do not drive. “Don’t even go into a function to have a…

State’s unemployment rate hits record low in April

The unemployment rate in Richland County fell to 3.5 percent in April from 3.9 percent in March. In Lexington County, the unemployment rate fell to 3 percent from 3.4 percent in March. Lexington County was tied with Charleston County for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Richland County ranked 13th of the state’s 46 counties.  The data was released by the…

Main Street Mile, Fun Run Friday night, Governor’s Cup is Saturday morning

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HUD allocates additional $7.3 million to Richland County for flood recovery

The federal government is providing an additional $7.254 million to Richland County to help with flood recovery efforts. ColaDaily file photo The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday it is providing $163 million in additional funding to several states struggling to rebuild after natural disasters struck in 2015 and 2016, including Texas, Florida, Louisiana and North…

Richland County’s drone program revolutionizing data collection

1/3Drone photo Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Drone Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Richland County personnel with drones Show Caption Hide Caption From the Richland County Public Information Officer: Richland County drone photos. They may look like toys, but Richland County’s two drone units are anything but. Each unmanned aerial system ― or UAS, but commonly called a drone ― is elevating…

Masked gunman sought by Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies

From surveillance camera video. Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a robber who was in a a mask. and robbed a restaurant at gunpoint. An employee outside of the Sonic at 4436 Hardscrabble Road was confronted by the mask robber, on May 8, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Video from a surveillance camera…

Columbia Police investigate 2 shootings

Columbia Police are investigating two shootings that occurred Wednesday night. According to a police report, one shooting occurred at the intersection of Cushman Drive and Farrow Road just before midnight. The victim was shot in the lower body. Officers provided medical attention to, the report stated,  until EMS arrived to transport the victim. In another shooting Wednesday night, a man was…

Lugoff Automotive Group receives Business Partner of the Year Award from Kershaw County Chamber

Presentation to Lugoff Automotive Group. (Photos Submitted) Lugoff Automotive Group has received a 2016-2017 Kershaw County Business Partner of the Year Award from the The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. The group was nominated by Kershaw County School District is an effort to acknowledge the time and resources the group gives to local schools. Jennifer McElveen of Lugoff Automotive Group accepted the…

Coroner says Spring Hill High School student, 16, died from too much caffeine

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Davis Allen Cripe died due to large amounts of caffeine. Watts held a press conference Monday at the coroner’s office to talk about Cripe’s death. The teen had a large soft drink, a coffee-based product and an energy drink close to the time of his death, Watts said. Original story of Cripe’s death. Cripe…

Richland Library named national award winner, one of top five libraries in the country

The Institute of Museum of Library Services has named Richland Library as a winner of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for their service and dedication to the community. Melanie Huggins making the announcement Monday in front of library board. (Terry Ward Photo) The award comes after back-to-back years…

Blythewood’s 2017 Class selects Michael Varnadore Teacher of the Year for 6th time

Michael Varnadore and his Environmental Science class. (Photo Submitted) Blythewood High School’s Environmental Science teacher Michael Varnadore has been chosen as the 2017 Senior Teacher of the Year. Members of each graduating class select one Teacher of the Year, and Varnadore has now been honored for six consecutive years. “I am humbled with this award. Receiving it once was amazing,…

Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Blythewood High School – postponed until May 19

Due to weather threat

WHAT: Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, community members and students will unite for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Blythewood in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event originally scheduled for Friday (May 12) has been postponed a week until Friday (May 19) due to severe weather threats. Funds raised…

USC Football Coach Will Muschamp says newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” about players

USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp. (USC Athletics Photo) University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Will Muschamp is asking for an apology from a Columbia newspaper after two of his players have been cleared of involvement in an assault. Muschamp said publicly Monday that he feels Columbia’s The State newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” regarding Gamecock football players. Muschamp also said…

SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link

Longleaf, Summit Parkway Middle schools in Richland 2 getting new principals

The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of new principals for Longleaf and Summit Parkway Middle schools, effective July 1. Robert Jackson will take over as principal of Longleaf Middle and April Shell will take the reins as principal of Summit Parkway Middle. April Shell. (Photos Provided) Jackson began his education career in Florence School District…

Riverbanks Zoo mourns death of beloved African elephant, Penny, 37

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is saddened to announce the death of one of its female African elephants. 37-year-old Penny was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand. Riverbanks Zoo photo of its elephants. Penny arrived at Riverbanks in December of 2001 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)…

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

Columbia International University adds women’s softball

Columbia International University is adding women’s softball to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The first season for Rams softball is scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year. Athletics Director James Whitaker said softball has been in the plans since CIU’s inaugural intercollegiate athletic season in 2012. The search for a head coach is underway. “Hiring the right coach for the job…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…

Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

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Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Midlands industrial development climate is better than ever

A report from a Columbia-based leasing and broker operation sites several favorable factors that point to robust economic growth in the Midlands. The industrial real estate market in Columbia saw decreased vacancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to report released by NAI Avant Monday. The trend follows a steady declining vacancy trend than began in the first quarter…