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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…

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…

Thanksgiving came early for this USC class

USC professor Sporty Jeralds teaches lesson on importance of expressing gratitude

More than 200 University of South Carolina students in Professor Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds’ class took time last week to thank influential people in their lives. USC students last week learn the importance of expressing gratitude and thanks for those people who have touched or molded their lives, through Professor Sporty Jeralds “Wall of Fame,” and by resurrecting the fading practice…

System taking a bite out of Lexington traffic congestion

Lexington’s notoriously congested traffic isn’t going away anytime soon – but it should at least be getting better. Last week, town officials said a new high-tech traffic-signal system has been expanded to seven more intersections as part of an incremental town-wide rollout that should be complete and fully operational by the end of 2017 or early 2018. A camera on…

Conspirators plead guilty in Columbia healthcare fraud

Two individuals are facing possible prison terms after pleading guilty to a Columbia-are healthcare fraud scheme, said U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Drake said Timothy Weldon Arthur, 39, of Columbia, and Danielle Nicole Burroughs, 35, of Duncan, S.C., entered guilty pleas this past week in federal court in Columbia to conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia accepted the…

Awaken your inner-Santa: Toys for Tots donation season underway

It’s getting to be that special time of year when children begin dreaming of Christmas. But in reality, for many local children, Christmas is just that: only a dream. (Photo courtesy Lexington Police Department) To make sure kids have a present under the tree Christmas morning, the Lexington Police Department kicked off its annual Toys for Tots “Fill the MRAP” campaign…

Lexington County hires new economic rainmaker

Mike Eades to assume role as Lexington County's Economic Development Director

Despite an already positive economic climate, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, Lexington County is seeking even more growth and prosperity in the years ahead. County officials are banking on Mike Eades to take them to the next level. Mike Eades (Photo provided) After a “thorough search,” county officials announced Eades will take over as Lexington…

Local bar raises money to fight breast cancer

The Ale House Lounge joins other businesses in the Midlands to fight the dread disease

The Ale House Lounge staff and their members spent the entire month of October to help fight breast cancer in the Midlands as part of National Breast Cancer Research and Awareness Month. The private club at 12 Tommy Circle in Columbia came up short of its $2,000 dollar goal but was still able to raise $1,432. The money will go…

Todd & Moore proceeds benefit breast-cancer detection

Todd & Moore donated more than $1,000 to Palmetto Health Foundation last week to help beat breast cancer in the Midlands. Photo provided The amount was 5 percent of sales during Todd & Moore’s “Sport Your Pink” weekend to benefit the Foundation’s 26th-annual Walk for Life and new Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon. “We’re very grateful that again this year,…

Amazon donates hundreds of smoke alarms to local fire departments

Representatives from Amazon recently donated 700 smoke alarms to the Lexington County Fire Service and several other Midlands fire departments, which will be installed in local residences. Lexington County Fire Service personnel pose with some of the 700 smoke detectors donated by Amazon to area fire departments. (Photo provided) The smoke alarms were delivered to the Lexington County Fire Services’…

Columbia College to slash tuition costs

33 percent reduction bucks decades-long trend of rising costs in South Carolina, nationwide

Columbia College is bucking the trend of rising educational costs. The private, predominantly female college announced Thursday it will cut annual tuition by 33 percent, from the current $28,900 to $19,500. Photo provided The lower tuition will apply to full-time students in the college’s traditional undergraduate program starting with the 2017-18 academic year. The school currently has about 640 full-time…

Joe Pinner awarded for Lifetime Achievement

It was a night to recognize the business community. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Wednesday at West Columbia’s Holiday Inn and Suites. The highlight of the night included one of the most recognizable faces in the Midlands. Joe Pinner (center) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cayce-West…