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Two men who died in Lake Murray boating accident are identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victims of a fatal boating accident that occurred on Lake Murray on Friday. The body of Mr. Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which took place at approximately 11:10 p.m. Link to initial report An autopsy performed on Saturday revealed that Phillips died as the result of blunt…

S.C Highway Patrol service remembers those killed on roads

SCHP Photo There was a memorial in Columbia Saturday to remember the 1,017 people who died in traffic accidents in the state in 2016. The S.C. Carolina Highway Patrol held the service at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. It is an annual event that began in 1988. Family members and friends of those who have been killed came. The…

Richland 2 students, faculty join Relay For Life effort Saturday

On Saturday,  hundreds of supporters and volunteers will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Richland County High Schools at Richland Northeast High School. The event is being held to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m. with Opening…

Man charged after dead animals found in his apartment

A Richland County man has been charged with 24 counts of ill treatment to animals. Kurt Hafner (RCSD Photo) Kurt Hafner, 36, was arrested after Richland County Sheriff deputies enforcing an eviction order, found dead animals in his apartment. He is a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Jackson. The 24 dead animals, the sheriff’s department said, were in an apartment on…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) “We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re…

Sparkleberry Country Fair awards 27 scholarships to Richland 2 students

The Sparkleberry Country Fair is helping 27 Richland Two students pay their college expenses. Photos contributed (Click to enlarge) The students, from all five Richland Two high schools, will each be awarded $1000 at a reception Wednesday, April 19. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2),  at 763 Fashion Drive, at the…

S.C. traffic fatalities down, about same in Richland, Lexington counties

The S.C. Department of Public Safety reported that seven people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday until midnight Sunday. There had been 14 road fatalities in Lexington County by midnight Sunday. One of those was Larry Edgar Williams, who was killed on a motorcycle on Easter Sunday. The woman who ran into Williams was charged with felony DUI. By…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

S.C. Highway Patrol looks for car involved in fatal hit-and-run early Sunday

The S.C. Highway Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Fairfield County. A pedestrian was hit and killed on Old Camden Road, near Trade Mill Court, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle that is believed to be involved is a 2006-to-2010 Dodge Charger. It could have damage to…

SCDOT to close Bear Creek Road Monday until Friday, to repair bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  plans to close Bear Creek Road from NE Miles Road to Hidden Valley Road to thru traffic for bridge repair. Traffic will be detoured along NE Miles Road, Smyma Church Road, Peake Road and  Hidden Valley Road. For additional information, the public may contact the Richland County Maintenance Office at (803) 786-0128.

hhgregg going out of business, 2 Columbia stores closing

hhgregg is going out of business. It is closing all South Carolina stores, including one at Harbison and the one at Sandhills in the Columbia area. The Indianapolis-based consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection in March. On Friday hhgregg officials said it is closing all stores after no buyer could be found to take over the stores. “While we…

Reactor refueling outage started at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company took Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline April 8 to begin a scheduled refueling outage. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 23rd for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984. “Our focus during this outage is to perform those activities that position Unit 1 to…

From Afghanistan to Catawba Trail Elementary, Zoe Thompson reunites with her dad

By Renee Ittner-McManus Catawba Trail Elementary second-grader Zoe Thompson got more than she bargained for when she lined up with classmates Friday for a field day race. At the end of the lane lay more than bragging rights for the team’s winner: her dad, Capt. Joseph Thompson, fresh off the plane from a 12-month tour of Afghanistan, was there to…

Richland County government offices close at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, Richland County Government offices will close at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 5, with the exception of essential personnel. Emergency officials continue to monitor weather models and have been preparing for severe weather response. Today’s early release is to not cause alarm, but to ensure employees have adequate time to safely commute home before some of the heaviest…

Child advocates gather at State House to confront child abuse

By Renee Ittner-McManus The need to combat child abuse and neglect was highlighted Tuesday at the State House as child advocate groups gathered to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. The S.C. Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Department of Social Services, the Attorney General’s office and child advocates Children’s Trust and Silent Tears partnered for a press conference at the…

Coroner confirms Westwood student killed in vehicle accident, Thursday evening

  A Westwood High School junior was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Wilson Boulevard, Thursday evening in Blythewood. Ellis Hawkins was killed in the crash Link to ColaDaily story on fatal accident Ellis Hawkins was a passenger in a car with two other teenagers that hit another vehicle near Fulmer Road. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m Hawkins was a…

Students run marathon in Richland 2 for Young Life scholarships

By Callie Grace McManus Blythewood High School senior Jacob DeClemente and Richland Northeast High School Young Life leader Trent Hancock ran the “Get to Blythewood” Young Life Marathon Sunday. Richland Northeast YoungLife leader Trent Hancock (left), and Blythewood High School senior Jacob Declemente. (Photos by Callie Grace McManus/Callie G Photography) But it was more than just running.  The students are on…

Chapin’s Downtown Oyster Roast raises funds for beautification

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Ridge View students plant hope and joy during Day of Service

By Renee Ittner-McManus On an early Saturday morning when most teenagers could be sleeping in, students and parent volunteers from Ridge View High School are already hard at work. These students have rakes and shovels in hand, doing their part to beautify the school during Ridge View’s Day of Service. Ridge View High School senior Maria Mathew  and sophomore Malcolm Wilson…

Dutch Fork Middle, Round Top Elementary selected Palmetto’s Finest

Dutch Fork Middle School in Irmo and Round Top Elementary in Blythewood were selected for the prestigious Palmetto’s Finest award this week, according to the the state Association of School Administrators. Information about the selected schools was issued In a release from Hannah Pittman, Associate Director SC Association of School Administrators. Round Top Elementary (Blythewood, Principal Jeaneen Tucker) serves 565…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…