Blythewood

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…

Duck Donuts lets you create your own sweet, draws crowd

1/3Duck Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Duxk Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Yummy Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Hundreds of people came to the grand opening of a new business in Columbia over the weekend, and waited in a line that overflowed through the door. They came to try a new donut. Duck Donuts is located on Cross Hill…

Columbia Housing Authority to open public housing application process

Click to enlarge The Columbia Housing Authority is preparing for the re-opening of the Public Housing Waiting List. The application process will be strictly online and will be available on Wednesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following that date, the CHA will only accept applications on the first business day of every month, (i.e. September 1, October…

Columbia Miracle Field officially opened at Owens Field

1/4miracle field 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4miracle field 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4miracle field 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4miracle field 3 Show Caption Hide Caption When the umpires shout “Play ball!” at Columbia’s newest baseball and softball field, those who obey will include many who have never before had the chance. The Columbia Miracle Field officially opened…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

1 person killed in I-77 crash that closed interstate, Friday afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on I-77 Friday. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the time of the wreck as 1:02 p.m. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said a 1996 Ford pickup truck collided with a 1997 Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was killed. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jones said…

EdVenture’s FLIGHT- with Boeing 757 cockpit, opens Saturday

1/4Flight 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Flight 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Flight 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Flight 1 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture is opening its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT.  Museum members are invited to preview the exhibit at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to EdVenture guests, in general, at 10 a.m. FLIGHT has been made possible with…

At least 1 injured after truck turns over

1/3Crash3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Crash1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Crash Show Caption Hide Caption Members of the Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire  were in the the 2600 block of Screaming Eagle Road after 3 p.m. Thursday, near McCords Ferry. There is a report of  a serious collision. An 18-wheeler that was carrying sand overturned. At least one person was…

Capital City All-Star boys have a blast in Miami for MLB All-Star game

By Chandler Mack Capital City All-Stars (City of Columbia Photos)  A Columbia youth baseball team is back in town after a stint in Miami for Major League Baseball’s all-star game. The Capital City All-Stars participated in the All-Star Youth Classic, a tournament the team was able to play in due to their involvement in Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball…

Plans for Capital City Stadium property change, without Kroger

By Karamie Sullivan The development of the Capital City Stadium property on Assembly Street in Columbia has experienced another delay. The plan for a Kroger grocery store to be built has now changed after Kroger pulled out of the deal about a month ago. According to Bright-Myers, the Atlanta-based contractor for the development, Kroger officials decided not to build in…

Coroner releases name of Monticello Road crash victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a two-vehicle collision Monday at 11 a.m.  The incident occurred at the intersection of Monticello and Campground roads, Columbia. Troy Tucker, 48, of Sunny Plain Road, Logoff, was the driver of a tractor-trailer truck that was struck by another vehicle causing it…

S.C. Department of Corrections holding Job Fair, Friday

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is holding a Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday (July 14.) The SCDC is seeking Cadets ages 18-to-20, and Officers, ages 21-and-up. Also wanted are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and qualified mental health professionals. Other employment opportunities include food service, administrative, trades specialists and teachers. The Job Fair is…

Pro-Confederate flag group flies it again at Statehouse for a day

1/4Confederate flag display and opponents Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Secessionist Party member Cameron Maynard with other Civil War-related flags Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4July 10, 2015 is the day the flag was removed Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Some dressed in period attire Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan If you drove by the South Carolina Statehouse from 10 a.m….

Tractor-trailer truck driver killed in Monticello Road collision

The driver of a tractor-trailer truck was killed Monday in a collision on Monticello Road (SC 215.) In Richland County accident occurred about 11 a.m. It involved 2004 Peterbilt traveling south on Monticello Road. That truck collided with a 2006 Nissan Frontier coming west from Campground Road. The driver of the Frontier disregarded a stop sign, said Lance Cpl David…

Man, 50, accused of molesting girl from age 6-to-11

Charles A. Branham has been accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl over a five-year period, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The alleged offenses occurred in Richland County, but Branahm lives in Winnsboro according to a report. Branham, 50, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of…

Contract awarded by SCDOT to repair Wilson Boulevard in Richland County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  awarded a repair contract Monday, for US 21 (Wilson Boulevard) in Richland County, according to S.C. Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. “This is good news the community of Blythewood and we look forward to the end result of this process,” Hall said. “We would like to thank the public for being patient while this…

S.C. Highway Patrol conducting recruitment sessions beginning Tuesday in Columbia

Click on poster to enlarge The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be traveling the state in July conducting recruitment presentations. The first recruitment session is Tuesday at the Troop 1 Headquarters at 1626 Shop Road, in Columbia. Each session begins  at 6 p.m. See the poster, left, for all recruitment presentations and the date and place.

One lane of Farrow Road Bridge to be closed at 6 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m., Monday

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to close one lane on the northbound Farrow Road Bridge in Richland County this weekend to place the final section of latex overlay. Crews will shut down the lane Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m. The lane will be reopened by 7 a.m. Monday, July 9.  One travel lane will remain open to traffic throughout construction….

Columbia’s First Thursday on Main features 70s trivia, “That ’70s Show” art

Thunderstorms brought an early end to many of the outdoor activities planned for Columbia’s First Thursday on Main, but inside the Columbia Museum of Art, a crowd of more than 100 ignored the weather and the present for a trip back in time. The museum hosted a night of 1970s trivia in honor of one of the current exhibitions: “That…