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Passenger traffic continues to rise at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The numbers are up again at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. At the end of November, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CMA) recorded a 2.91 percent increase in the number of passengers and enplanements. And passenger traffic, combining arrivals and departures, was up 3.33 percent, compared to data from 2015. In raw numbers, into November 516,091 passengers boarded flights at CMA. In the same…

Rep. Joe Wilson lays out agenda for GOP-controlled Washington

Excited about the prospect of a federal government fully dominated by Republicans for the first time in 16 years, Congressman Joe Wilson on Tuesday outlined his personal agenda when President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress take the reins of power next month. The last time the GOP controlled all three branches of government occurred in 2001, when George W….

Lexington Medical Center Irmo unit earns top national awards

Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Ambulatory Surgery department is one of the highest-rated healthcare facilities in the nation for patient experience. That distinction comes from Press Ganey, a national company based in Indiana that tracks and ranks the delivery of healthcare across the country through patient surveys. Members of Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Outpatient Surgery department in the operating room. (Photo…

Hospital offers help on this major New Year’s resolution

If quitting smoking is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, local health professionals are offering free help to kick the habit. Palmetto Health, in conjunction with Philip Michels, Ph.D., and Dr. Gary Ewing, announced they will be offering a free comprehensive, adult smoking-cessation program to residents of Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, and Sumter counties. Recent results have shown 74 percent…

Pelion Police get help in battle against auto theft

Auto theft continues to impact citizens in South Carolina and across the country. In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 auto thefts in South Carolina according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Specifically, Columbia and the surrounding area, which includes Pelion, saw more than 3,000 thefts. To help reduce the impact of theft on citizens, the Pelion Police Department recently installed…

Police on the hunt for Five Points bandits

Columbia police are looking for two suspects after a robbery in Five Points on Tuesday night. The incident took place at the Jimmy John’s sub-sandwich shop at 2015 Devine St., where “the smells are free,” but the cash in the register is most definitely not. Surveillance photo of alleged suspects (Photo provided) Employees at the restaurant told police two men…

Fire strikes Gaston business

Authorities are investigating a fire that struck a Gaston business Monday afternoon. Lexington County 911 Communications dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS personnel to a commercial structure fire reported at the Diamond Pet Food Warehouse, located in the 100 block of Woodtrail Drive, just after 3:30 p.m. according to county spokesman Harrison Cahill. When personnel arrived, fire and smoke…

Bluff Road widening project underway

Enhanced walkways, lighting highlight initial phase of Richland penny-tax funded transportation project

Construction on the first phase of a project to widen Bluff Road near Williams-Brice Stadium is underway. The work is the latest major effort of the Richland County Penny Transportation Program and is designed to increase pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow along the major sports and recreational hub around the stadium and nearby South Carolina State Fairgrounds. The project…

Michelin volunteers renovate nature trail with RBES students

Local volunteers recently answered the call of Red Bank Elementary School students who wanted to restore a nature trail at their school. Photo provided Members of the Michelin Wildlife and Industry Together team arrived armed with shovels, tree trimmers, and garden tools. Alongside RBES students, they cleaned up and renovated the school’s nature trail. By the end of the project,…

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…

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…