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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…

U.S. House seat primary in South Carolina is Tuesday

A Special Election primary for the U.S. House District 5 seat is scheduled for Tuesday (May 2.) The District 5 seat opened when former U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) was installed as the director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump Administration. The District Five seat covers 11 counties including: Cherokee, Chester; Fairfield; Kershaw; Lancaster; Lee; Newberry; Spartanburg; Sumter; Union;…

Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

Centennial Park site $3 million acceptance ceremony held at Ft. Jackson, Thursday

The Fort Jackson Centennial Park acceptance ceremony was held Thursday at the site where the park will be. The ceremony was held on the spot that the Soldier’s Statue and amphitheater will be built. It’s at the U.S. Army Basic Training Museum, 4325 Jackson Blvd, on Fort Jackson. Several supporters of the military and Ft. Jackson were on hand for…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert

  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on June 3. Family and MWR is proud to bring Hunter Hayes to Fort Jackson for the first time and Kellie Pickler for her second time entertaining Soldiers, Family members and civilians at…

Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date TBD

Click for link to info. Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date To Be Determined The Township Auditorium Foundation will be presenting the Grass Is Dead from  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday (April 27.) It is a free concert and it will take place in the loading dock area directly behind the Township Auditorium. It’s a night…

Autopsy results released of second Lake Murray boating accident victim

1/2Danny Phillips Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Shawn Lanier Show Caption Hide Caption  According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, an autopsy performed on Monday revealed that Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The injury was sustained in a Lake Murray boat collision, Friday night. Lanier was one of two victims…