Blythewood

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…

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…

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…

Columbia Mayor’s 8th Annual Drills and Skills Clinics are July 17-21 and August 7-11

The Steve Benjamin FREE Clinics are July 17-21 and August 7-11.  The clinics are for ages 6 through 13. Participants will have an opportunity to learn instructional basketball, tennis, soccer, golf, flag football or cheerleading skills during the week. The clinics are free, but require registration. To download an application, visit Drills and Skills registration form

Update: person rescued by Columbia Fire has died

Firefighters from the Columbia Fire Department rescued an occupant of a house-on-fire late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. The person taken out of the home was taken to the hospital. But the person rescued later died at the hospital according to a later report- around 11 a.m.- from the CFD. The house fire was in the 1300 block of Lyon Street….

Gamecocks announce the 3 players going to SEC Media Days

University of South Carolina Football will be represented by quarterback Jake Bentley, tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receiver Deebo Samuel at Kickoff 2017 – the SEC Football Media Days, next week in Birmingham, it was announced Wednesday. Gamecocks’ Head coach Will Muschamp and the trio of offensive standouts will be at the Wynfrey Hotel for the annual event on…

Grand opening set for Richland Library Cooper on N. Trenholm Road

WHAT: Cooper Grand Opening Celebration WHEN: 10 a.m. – noon., Wednesday, July 19 WHERE: Richland Library Cooper 5317 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206 WHO: The event is free and open to the public. WHY: In November 2013, Richland County residents passed a $59 million bond referendum that will enhance library facilities over the course of the next few years….

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

1/5Ryan Rawl event 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ryan Rawl workout Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ryan Rawl presentarion Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ryan Rawl tribute Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ryan Rawl event Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan About 150 people came to the S.C. State House Tuesday morning for the fifth annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event. It was…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

Roads bill tax hikes coming for vehicle services beginning July 1

  Beginning July 1, 2017, people who purchase or register vehicles in South Carolina will owe a new type of fee, replacing the sales tax they’re used to paying. The tax increases were noted in a press release Thursday. The changes you will see on July 1 reflect the first phase of implementation of the Roads Bill. Below are  details…

Gamecocks Jake Bentley, Jacob August work out with special kids

1/3Gamecock QB Jake Bentley Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Jacob August, Gamecock tight end Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Players and M.A.T.E.S. staff Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The children of Camp M.A.T.E.S.’s summer camp welcomed a couple of surprise visitors, Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Bentley, and tight end Jacob August of USC’s football team participated in the MATES yoga class….

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care Fair in Columbia packs the house

Leeza Gibbons gained international fame as the longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, and her work as a journalist made her an Emmy winner, but the University of South Carolina alumna has never forgotten her home. Gibbons, who grew up in Irmo, was in Columbia Saturday to host the first Dare2Care Fair at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The day included…