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Kershaw County man charged with sexually assaulting 3 children

David Adam Barton-KCDC photo. Kershaw County deputies said David Adam Barton has been arrested for sexually assaulting three children. Barton, 42, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age first degree, and one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 14, third degree. On Jan, 14, deputies said…

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Richland and Lexington counties

NWS-Columbia graphic. There is a prediction for “wintry precipitation” at several locations in South Carolina, Wednesday. And the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Richland and Lexington counties, in addition to Kershaw, Edgefield, Columbia, McCormick, Newberry, Fairfield, Saluda and Lee counties. the advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory means…

Students pitch in to help Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger for Harvest Hope Food Bank

1/4Hudsons Heroes Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Hudsons Heroes 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Hudsons Heroes 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Hudsons Heroes 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Early on a Saturday morning of a long weekend, one might expect high school students to be still in bed. This Saturday, though, more than 100 teens from 10 local high schools were…

SCANA says it pays $82 million in property taxes in Richland, Lexington counties

SCANA Corporation and its subsidiaries paid South Carolina counties more than $209 million in property taxes for property assessed in 2017. SCANA announced the amount in a press release, Thursday. Lexington County received the largest payment, more than $41.8 million, followed by Richland County with more than $40.3 million. “These funds are essential to the counties throughout the state,” said…

1 person killed in Hopkins shooting, another hospitalized

A Richland County Coroner’s Office employee was killed in a shooting Tuesday and a county refuge control employee was wounded. The shooting happened during an argument in the 1500 block of Clarkson Road in Hopkins. According to a Richland County Sheriff Department’s report the shooting took place around 12:30 p.m. on the outside of a home. Residents of the area…

Richland County residents encouraged to apply for boards, committees

From Richland County Public Information officer Richland County residents can take active roles with local government by applying to serve on one of several boards, committees and commissions. “We value the input, consideration, recommendations and time and energy our board and committee members bring to the table,” said Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson, District 2. “Serving on one of…

Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington, Richland County offices closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

City of Columbia offices will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan.15 All recycling, garbage & yard waste pickup will remain on regular schedule during this holiday. Richland County Government offices will close Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The County’s C&D Landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off…

Mothers plan for March’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala

Mary Rickman and her husband Jay are this year’s recipients of the Living and Giving Award. By Karamie Sullivan There are three Lexington women who are passionate about funding for type one diabetes research. And they are doing everything they can to help find a cure for this autoimmune disease. These women are: Mary Rickman, Amber Bland, and Beth McCrary….

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…

Update – Columbia Fire Department responds to fire on Two Notch Road

Crews from the Columbia Fire Department are on the scene of a fire at a commercial building in Richland County. A later report indicated the fire was extinguished. The fire department responded to the fire in the 3100 block of Two Notch Road, according to the Columbia Fire Department. The report was posted before 8 a.m. Friday. According to a…

Richland One schools on a 2-hour delay Thursday, others on normal schedule

NWS graphic Richland One will operate on a two-hour delayed start schedule for students Thursday. Richland School District Two will operate on a normal schedule on Thursday, January 4. Lexington County School District One schools will operate on a normal schedule Thursday. Lexington School District Two will operate on a normal schedule Thursday. Lexington-Richland 5, on regular schedule Thursday.

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…

Richland District Two schools dismissing early Wednesday

Richland School District Two will dismiss early Wednesday, due to the potential for winter weather that may impact travel conditions. Middle schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. High schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. All after-school events and activities, including after-school care, are canceled at all schools and district facilities.

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…

Body of a man found on the side of the road in Richland County

The body of a man was found on the side of a road Sunday by Richland County Sheriff’s deputies. The man had been shot in the upper body. The body was discovered at approximately 10 a.m. at the intersection of Coley and Pincushion roads, near Bluff Road, according to the sheriff’s department. The Richland County Coroner’s Office was working to…

Coroner identifies victim in fatal car accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died early Friday morning in a two-vehicle collision. The accident happened at the intersection of Rabon Road and William Harden Road, Columbia, at approximately 1:15 a.m. Jereld Cecil Robinson, 31, of Windsor Trace Drive, Columbia, was the unrestrained driver of a vehicle that struck another vehicle and left…

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…

Phenom Palmetto Winter Classic, with top high school basketball talent, begins Thursday at Ben Lippen

The Phenom Palmetto Winter Classic high school basketball event will take place Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 28-30) at Ben Lippen School in Columbia. The teams included are filled with multiple Top 100 prospects and players committed to major college programs. In addition to national powers, local programs including AC Flora, Ben Lippen, Blythewood, and Hammond, are participating. The elite high…

Post-Christmas clean-up begins today, Columbia sanitation schedule changed, Grinding of the Greens begins

Click to enlarge The City of Columbia has adjusted its sanitation schedule for the holidays. Garbage, recycling and yard waste that would have been collected, normally, on Monday will be collected Tuesday (Dec. 26.) And Garbage, recycling and yard waste that is normally collected on Tuesdays will be collected on Wednesday this week (Dec. 27.) Grinding of the Greens The…

Man shot early Friday in Columbia dies, coroner identifies, RCSD makes arrest

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a shooting. The incident Friday occurred at 4 a.m.  at 7041 Parklane Road, Columbia. James K. Copeland, III, 30, of Agard Street, Cumming, GA, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died at 4:55…