Business

Indah Coffee Co., Circa Barber Shop coming to Cottontown

The redevelopment of 2238 Sumter St. in the Cottontown neighborhood has been launched by the Cason Development Group has. The newest tenants are Indah Coffee Co. and Circa Barber Shop. Indah Coffee Co. Cason has also acquired 2222 Sumter St. and it will be redeveloped in the future. Rendering of Indah Coffee Co. at 2238 Sumter Street in Cottontown. (Photo…

Lexington Technology Center students soar at business competition

Several Lexington County School District One students will compete at the upcoming state Future Business Leaders of America event after winning awards at the district-level competition. Students from Lexington Technology Center’s FBLA chapter competed at the S.C. FBLA District Two competition held at Lexington Technology Center on Saturday, January 28. Photo provided The following students placed in their respective competitive…

Apply now for S.C. State Fair’s ‘Ride of Your Life’ scholarships

2017 marks 20th year of helping deserving South Carolinians pay for college

Need help to pay for college? Each year, the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship Program awards a total of $300,000 in scholarships to high school students in South Carolina. Image courtesy S.C. State Fair This year, 50 scholarships of $6,000 each will be awarded to students across South Carolina, for a $1,500 scholarship per year over…

Work begins on historic Ensor Building at BullStreet

First floor to feature restaurant and hospitality use, with office space on upper floor

Work has begun on renovations of the historic Ensor Building at BullStreet, developers announced Tuesday. The Ensor Building at BullStreet (Photo provided) The building, located between Spirit Communications Park and the First Base Building in the 181-acre BullStreet neighborhood in downtown Columbia, will feature restaurant/hospitality space on the first floor, including a large outdoor patio overlooking the ballpark entrance plaza,…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

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Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

Nephron headquarters’ move to Lexington County almost complete

Replacement hires are South Carolinians

Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced last month it is moving its headquarters from Orlando, Fla. to its Lexington County Facility. Nephron President and CEO Lou Kennedy said Thursday there are only a few Nephron employees left in Orlando and the move is almost complete. “They are ‘winterizing’ the Florida location,” Kennedy said, explaining the final touches are being put into the shutdown…

Ridge View senior named Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

Jazmine Prince will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Colonial Life

With the hard work and dedication of local student Jazmine Price and her mother, and the support of school teachers and mentors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands afterschool programs, the Ridge View High School senior is now on a path to mentor and support other young minds. Jazmine Prince (Photo provided) Selected from a group of…

Job prospects look bright in Lexington, Richland counties

Lexington and Richland counties ended 2016 with lower unemployment rates than the year before. (Stock image) Lexington County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 4 percent. Both counties ended 2016 with a significantly lower unemployment rate than the year before. The joblessness rate for December 2015 in Lexington County was 4.3 percent. It…

Ground broken for multi-million-dollar Brookland project

The flowing water of the Congaree River symbolizes life, and the leaders of West Columbia have embraced the river. That’s what Matt Mundy said as ground was broken for Brookland. Local officials, developers, and others break ground Tuesday on the long-awaited Brookland project. (Photo by Terry Ward) Mundy is a developer with Estates and Co., the company overseeing the anticipated Brookland…

Lexington Medical Center undergoing rapid growth

The growth in Lexington County is “exponential” and Lexington Medical Center is trying to get ahead of it. Senior Vice President of Operations Roger Sipe updates local business leaders Tuesday on the progress of construction at Lexington Medical Center. (Photos by Terry Ward) “We are incredibly busy and we are incredibly full,” said Senior Vice President of Operations Roger Sipe,…

Cola Daily names Terry Ward new managing editor

Terry Ward, an award-winning local journalist, has been named managing editor of ColaDaily, the online companion newspaper to WWNQ 94.3 The Dude. Cola Daily’s new managing editor Terry Ward. (Photo by Hal Millard) Ward most recently served as a reporter for The Lexington County Chronicle & Dispatch News, and the editor and publisher of his own local news website, West…

United Way to offer free tax prep in the Midlands

Midlands households earning up to $64,000 are eligible for free state and federal tax preparation and filing services using MyFreeTaxes.com, United Way’s online tool powered by H&R Block, the agency announced. Stock image In partnership with The Cooperative Ministry, United Way of The Midlands will also offer free in-person filing assistance, beginning as early as Monday, January 23, to households…

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

New tenant coming to Killian’s Crossing shopping center

Founders Federal Credit union to join Kroger Marketplace, Chick-fil-A and others at growing Northeast Columbia center

Another business has committed to Killian’s Crossing, a Kroger Marketplace-anchored “lifestyle center” located at the intersection of Killian’s Road and Interstate 77 in Blythewood. Founders FCU, which operates 27 offices and three service centers in 11 counties across North and South Carolina, recently purchased 1.84 acres of land at the center to build a 5,000-square-foot branch at the site, according…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Columbia ranks first in South Carolina in livability

But Columbia MSA has work to do in other key areas, report concludes

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is ranked higher than Greenville and Charleston MSAs and is tied with Raleigh in livability, according to EngenuitySC’s third annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. 2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report USC President Harris Pastides presents Engenuity’s report Friday in Columbia. (Photo by Jeff Blake) The report, announced Friday by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and USC…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

Software firm announces major Columbia expansion

A Columbia-based software firm announced it is set to rapidly expand its operations. Rendering of First Base Building (Image provided) TCube Solutions will be next new tenant of the First Base Building at the BullStreet development adjacent to Spirit Communications Park on the grounds of the state’s former mental hospital, the company announced. The firm, which services the insurance industry…

‘Adult spelling bee,’ with a twist of adult beverages, spells F-U-N

Leave your kids at home for this grown-up fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Children's Theatre

Spelling bees are a part of our national culture, from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee to local contests within our own children’s schools. If you are an adult spelling and word afficionado, however, opportunities to prove that skill are mostly limited to Facebook games and Scrabble nights. For the third year, however, Columbia Children’s Theatre is hosting “Columbia S-P-E-L-L-S,”…

Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday. “The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Photos by Terry Ward Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the…

Lexington County seeks public input on flood hazards

Have property in Lexington County? Does it sometimes flood? Then officials want to hear from you. Lexington County officials announced Monday they are seeking help from the public to identify areas within the county that historically flood as they seek to develop a new comprehensive Floodplain Management Plan. A public-input meeting has been scheduled for January 17, from 5:30 p.m….

Commercial rent rates exploding in downtown Cola

Landlords are increasing the asking rents on office space by three to five percent every year in downtown Columbia, according to a new report by realty firm Colliers International – South Carolina. Since the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall average asking rental rate for downtown office space has increased 28.2 percent to $21.06 per square foot a year. Over…

Columbia Kroger stores raise thousands for Harvest Hope

Generosity poured out in abundance across Columbia over the holidays as Kroger grocery store customers and associates contributed more than $7,240 in just six weeks to Kroger’s 2016 Can Hunger campaign – and an additional $4,000 to a second initiative benefiting the Harvest Hope Food Bank. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 24, Kroger customers supported the annual Can Hunger campaign…