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House of Raeford plant fire in North Carolina not expected to affect Lexington County facilites

A fire that destroyed House of Raeford Farms “Wallace” (NC) processing plant will not affect much of the company’s operations in the Midlands. Alberton Volunteer Fire Department Photo. The fire happened early Sunday morning. No one was hurt, but the plant was lost. And about 675 workers now have no place to work. House of Raeford has a processing plant…

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber welcomes new members, Cayce American Legion speaker

Several new members of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce were welcomed at the Chamber’s monthly Breakfast, Tuesday. New C-WC Chamber members. (Photos by Terry Ward.) New members announced are:  Chris Hass of Pollock Co.; Sue Love of Merchant Services Consultants; Summer Lee of Security Federal Bank; Cassandra Paden of the S.C. Federal Credit Union; and Melanie Wood, Rebecca…

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show coming March 10 – 12

The 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show has been scheduled for next month. It’s at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 and presented by Clyde Nettles Roofing. Earl McLeod, of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, issued a release about the show, Thursday. Admission is $5 per person; Kids 14 and…

Consolidated Multiple Listing Service moving to Westpark Blvd.

138 Westpark Blvd. (Photo Permitted.) Consolidated Multiple Listing Service (CMLS), has acquired the building at 138 Westpark Blvd. in Columbia, according to a release from NAI Avant. And CMLS, currently at 1905 Gadsden St., is moving. CMLS purchased the building from 1220 Pulaski, Inc for $864,000. The 7,200-plus sq. ft. office building will be the new headquarters for CMLS. NAI…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Stewart and Steven Mungo honored as United Way Humanitarians of the Year

 United Way of the Midlands will recognize Stewart and Steven Mungo as the 2016 Humanitarians of the Year award recipients. They will be recognized at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Stewart and Steven Mungo. (Photo Contributed.) The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year…

Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar to be built in Lexington

Bee Safe and Wine Storage facility (From Bee Safe Website.) The owner and developer of the new Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar brand has bought 1.62 acres of property at the corner of Augusta Road and Cedarcrest Drive in Lexington. NAI Avant announced the sale yesterday via press release. The buyer is Carroll Capital Investments, LLC. the deal was…

Boeing South Carolina votes not to unionize

Lowcountry Graduate Center Photo. Use Permitted. Two days before a presidential visit, workers at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, rejected an invitation to join the Machinists union. An union organizer conceded, Wednesday, that workers voted not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The vote against unionization was almost 75 percent. About 3,000 workers voted. On…

Columbia area housing market warm in January

The Columbia housing market is starting the year 2017 with a jump, according to statistics from the S.C. Realtors. (Labeled for Reuse Photo.) Data released Tuesday showed an almost 7 percent increase in the number of homes sold in the Greater Columbia area. in January, compared to January 2016. There were 739 homes sold in the first month of this…

AT&T announces 100 percent fiber network for Columbia area

AT&T announced it is offering “Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds” for Columbia residential and business customers. Photo from Tuesday press conference in Columbia. ATT officials and Mayor Steve Benjamin. (Photo Submitted.) The new technology was announced Tuesday morning in Columbia at a press conference that included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are excited to add Columbia to the growing list of areas…

AT&T to unveil new technology Tuesday

AT&T has announced it will unveil new technology on Tuesday in Columbia. What: AT&T South Carolina State President Pamela Lackey and AT&T Director of External Affairs Ted Creech will join Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and AT&T executives for a major announcement about new technology coming to the Columbia area. Who: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Pamela Lackey, AT&T South Carolina State…

Is President Donald Trump coming to South Carolina this week?

Donald Trump. (Permitted Photo.) CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower, on his Twitter feed, is reporting that US Pres. Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. “Donald Trump will visit Boeing’s South Carolina facility on Friday, the first sitting President to do so,” Ostrower posted on Twitter. Boeing’s facility in South Carolina is in North Charleston where the company makes the…

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall details improvement plan, recounts progress

State of the Town address was Monday

Town of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall delivered his “State of the Town” address Monday night. In it, MacDougall addressed traffic congestion, annexation and growth, and some key attractions that have become a part of Lexington’s personality. He also detailed infrastructure projects and funding for repairs that are lingering from flood damage. Lexington State of the Town Address Monday evening. (Photos…

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

Get a signing bonus

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…