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Grab your partner: Ballroom dance academy opens in Columbia

Columbia’s dancers, and those who want to learn, have a new place to cut a rug. Elite Ballroom Dance Academy officially opened its doors with a Christmas Showcase on Saturday night at its new home at 3512 Bush River Rd., putting on a show for experienced dancers and newcomers alike, and raising money for Epworth Children’s Home in the process….

‘Shop with a Cop’ aids dialysis patients, families

The main entrance to the Bush River Road Walmart was packed with police officers Saturday morning, but no crime had been committed. Their mission had nothing to do with law enforcement. Photos by Allen Wallace The officers were all local members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and they assembled for the 28th year to make sure dialysis patients…

Midlands group collecting items for Columbia’s homeless

'Operation Spread the Joy' hopes to make their Christmas a little brighter and a little easier

The sixth-annual “Operation Spread the Joy” project is once again collecting items to distribute Christmas Eve morning to downtown Columbia’s homeless. Operation Spread the Joy founder and organizer Heather Malovic (right) and her daughter, Lakelyn Malovic. (Photos provided) “Joy” volunteers will be available now through Saturday, December 19, at several separate drop-off locations throughout Columbia, Irmo, Chapin, and West Columbia…

Economic growth looking good for state, Columbia region

The Columbia metropolitan area experienced healthy economic growth in 2016, a trend that should continue here and statewide in the coming year, according to USC economists. Image provided. Overset image: S.C. Department of Commerce While growth in the Columbia region, which also includes all of Lexington County, lagged behind metro areas such as Greenville/Spartanburg, Charleston, and Rock Hill, the Columbia…

New pediatric, breastfeeding resource for mothers coming to West Cola

Next year, Midlands mothers will have a new facility to help improve the health of their newborn babies. South Carolina Pediatric Alliance, a merger of Palmetto Pediatric and Sandhills Pediatric, recently purchased approximately 1.54 acres of land at 2618 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. The Alliance announced the land will be used for its planned Newborn Wellness and Breast Feeding…

‘Armed and dangerous’ robber hits B-L bank

An armed man robbed a Batesburg-Leesville bank Tuesday, and local law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s help identifying him. According to the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and CrimeStoppers, the suspect entered a BB&T branch on 303 W. Columbia Ave. in Batesburg and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Surveillance photo provided No one was injured…

Walmart, Sam’s Club raise thousands for local children’s hospital

It’ll be a good Christmas for a local children’s hospital. Local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign, collecting more than $85,000 on behalf of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. It was all part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals nationwide. Donations…

Banking on kindness: Harvest Hope receives $45,000 grant

Bank of America state president and Columbia employee volunteers last week presented Harvest Hope Food Bank with a $45,000 grant specifically targeted to provide outreach and service to the families of military service members in need of assistance. Local Bank of America employees present Harvest Hope Food Bank with a $45,000 grant to help the organization with its mission to…

After the flood: A Christmas blessing for ‘Miss Mary’

This year, Mary Daden is looking forward to a Merry Christmas. It can’t possibly be any worse than last year’s. Mary Daden, top center, poses with volunteers who helped restore her flood-damaged home. (Photos by Hal Millard) Last Christmas, the 80-year-old Columbia resident and her 73-year-old husband, Benny, were just two months removed from the devastating October floods, living precariously…

Chapin home to new Palmetto Bone & Joint location

There’s a new business headed to Chapin ready to fix those aching bones and joints. Work has already started at the site on Columbia Avenue – across from Chapin High School – for the new Palmetto Bone & Joint location and its attached Chapin Orthopedic Surgery Center. It was a chilly South Carolina morning, but sunshine and blue skies provided…

Property sales popping in West Columbia-Lexington corridor

It seems that property is becoming hotter in the West Columbia-Lexington corridor. A 1.99-acre parcel of land at Sunset Boulevard and I-26 has sold. It is the former site of a Quincy’s steakhouse restaurant and the building on the property now was also once a Muarice’s Piggie Park Bar-B-Que restaurant. NAI Avant, announced last week that Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc.,…

Bojangles Bash high school hoops tourney tips off

Promising “three hot days of hoops,” the fourth-annual Bojangles Basketball Bash tips off Thursday evening at Ridge View High School. The event will feature a slate of local high-school basketball teams taking on elite high school teams from several other states. All games will be played in the main gymnasium at Ridge View High, located at 4801 Hard Scrabble Road…

Columbia man killed in industrial accident

A Columbia man was killed and two others were injured following an accident Tuesday at a plastics manufacturing plant northeast of Gaston. Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth identified the deceased man as 63-year-old Alton Zeigler of Columbia. An autopsy is pending, Porth said. Two others were hurt in the accident at the DAK Americas plant, located along the Lexington and…

Columbia law firm donates $10,000 to Harvest Hope

Columbia-based law firm Callison Tighe has contributed $10,000 to Harvest Hope, continuing its annual commitment to the nonprofit organization that helps feed millions of South Carolinians every year. The donation to the food bank has become somewhat of a tradition at Callison Tighe, one of the firm’s partners said. The firm made its first contribution during the 2009 holiday season…

Help those in need this holiday season

Cola Daily & The Dude partner with Liberty Tax Service for food drive

Cola Daily and 94.3 The Dude are teaming up with Liberty Tax Service for a holiday food drive. From now until Dec. 31, folks can donate food items to the “One Can CAN” food drive for those in need this holiday season. All donations will go directly to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at any of…

Who’s a good dog? Chiver’s a good dog!

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital welcomes Chiver, the facility's new and adorable therapy animal

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital recently welcomed a new team member who specializes in providing a calming experience while motivating children to focus on therapy. Chiver and Palmetto Health physical therapist Bethany Clark. (Photo provided) Meet Chiver – a 2-year-old yellow lab and golden retriever mix, who comes to work daily with physical therapist Bethany Clark. Chiver was matched with Clark…

Chapin dedicates sequoias on Arbor Day

Members of the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation gathered for its first Arbor Day celebration Friday morning at the new Chapin Business and Technology Park. Chapin Arbor Day Foundation President Gerald Meetze presents a certificate and check for $50 to Alexis DeJesus for her winning logo design. (Photo provided) The ceremony included the unveiling of the new organization’s logo, designed by…

Taco Bell coming to Batesburg-Leesville

New fast-food restaurant expected to hire more than three dozen employees

Continuing a trend of new development in the Batesburg-Leesville area, a Columbia-based developer on Wednesday said it plans to build a Taco Bell slated to open early next year. (Image provided by Cason Development Group) Representatives of Cason Development Group said the planned 2,200-square-foot, free-standing restaurant and drive-thru will be located at 177 E. Church St., next to Walmart, in…

Amazon expanding in Lexington County

Amazon is expanding its footprint and bringing more jobs to Lexington County. Photos by Terry Ward The gigantic online retailer is moving its book-making operation to the Amazon site in the Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park, near Cayce. The move is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017, and will create around 150 jobs, company officials said. The book-making operation is a part of…

Welvista, a local healthcare stalwart, celebrates 25 years

Healthcare non-profit christens new facility in a bid to serve even more uninsured and underinsured in the Midlands

Welvista’s staff, partners, and supporters took time Tuesday to celebrate the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary, but made clear those 25 years are only the beginning, or, as the programs printed for the occasion put it, “the first quarter.” The second quarter began along with the celebration, as Welvista opened its new building at 121 Greystone Blvd. in Columbia. Officials cut the…

Teaming up to provide the elderly a Merry Christmas

Here's how you can "Be a Santa to a Senior"

Christmas isn’t just for the children. Many elderly in Richland County will go without gifts this holiday season. But a handful of organizations and businesses are teaming up to help make sure that doesn’t happen. The annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” project is now underway, combining the efforts of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Project HOPE (Helping Our…

Craigslist transaction goes horribly wrong

A Lexington County man thought he was selling his used car. Instead, he got robbed at gunpoint.

Buyer beware! And, if you’re transacting on Craiglist, beware of strangers as well. Case in point: A man in Lexington County who planned to buy a car from a stranger he met online was instead robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday night, according to Lexington County sheriff’s Capt. Adam Myrick. Justin Allen Penzes The victim told Lexington County sheriff’s deputies…

Meet Columbia’s ‘family of comedy’

No joke: Jenn Snyder, John Gibson and cohorts seriously at work building a vibrant local comedy scene

“Laughter is the best medicine.” “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Insert your favorite quote here, but the fact is that we tend to lean on our comedians for solace in difficult times. What many in Columbia may not realize, however, is that there is a thriving bunch of funny guys and gals who have forged a local comedy scene…

Tech startup RumbleLab snags EngenuitySC prize

The Columbia area increasingly is becoming a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs. It was in that spirit that a burgeoning tech startup called RumbleLab recently took home top honors and $5,000 in seed capital as part of EngenuitySC’s annual Ignite! 2016 Ideas Contest. EngenuitySC Executive Director Meghan Hickman and RumbleLab creator Moultrie Ball. (Photo by Hal Millard) RumbleLab, created and led by…

Salvation Army receives major donation from local businessman

The Salvation Army of the Midlands may need a bigger bucket. A local businessman renowned for starring in his humorous and sometimes over-the-top auto-dealership commercials has made a major donation to the charity as it kicks off its holiday season fund-raising push. Photo provided JT Gandolfo and wife, Mary, presented a $100,000 check to the organization earlier this week at…