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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…

Chapin landlords must register rental properties

The Town of Chapin is asking property owners that lease residential properties within the town limits to register with the town. There is no fee to register, but property owners who lease more than two properties are required to secure a business license with the town. The deadline to register is April 15, 2017, to avoid a late-fee penalty. The…

Botanical Parkway to reopen at long last

Driving to the zoo is about to get a lot easier. The West Columbia road to the botanical gardens at Riverbanks Zoo is set to reopen at 3 p.m. this Sunday, according to Lexington County officials. The barricades will come down Sunday when the county officially reopens the rebuilt Botanical Parkway in West Columbia. (Photo by Terry Ward) The reopening…

S.C. Treasurer Loftis vows to fight fine, reprimand on ethics charge

An ethics complaint filed against S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis Jr. has resulted in penalties, but the matter appears far from over. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Jr. (Photo provided) Loftis, of West Columbia, received an official reprimand and was ordered late last week to pay a $500 fine by the State Ethics Commission. Loftis had been accused of hiring a long-time…

Lexington-Richland District 5 program aims to combat child hunger locally

In a continued effort to make sure no child is hungry, Lexington-Richland School District Five’s partnership with the Snack Packs program has been a rousing success so far, district officials said. Through its partnership with Ameris Bank in Irmo, the District Five community managed to raise over 268,000 food items in the month of October that will help feed those…

Restaurant serves up sandwich in honor of breast cancer survivor

A Columbia restaurant is contributing to the fight against breast cancer this month in a way that’s personal for one employee. The Mary Prince’s Reuben is being served up this month in honor of the grandmother of Midwood Smokehouse server Chase Beaudry. Mary Prince was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 1998. (Photo by Allen Wallace) Midwood Smokehouse is…

New Publix open in Chapin … finally

The atmosphere Wednesday morning at the grand opening of the new Publix store in Chapin was a little like a Friday night football game and a little like Black Friday. In fact, that’s exactly how Virginia Gibson of Newberry described the event. The Chapin Marching Band entertained the crowd of about 75 people who were up early Wednesday morning for…

Columbia medical facility among those listed in massive fraud settlement

$145 million Life Care Centers of America settlement with Justice Department is largest ever among skilled-nursing chains

In what is being called the largest-ever settlement of its kind, Life Care Centers of America and its owner have agreed to pay the federal government $145 million to settle lawsuits alleging the company imperiled patients and fleeced the government and taxpayers through bogus billings to Medicare and its military equivalent, known as TRICARE. The Tennessee-based company owns four skilled-nursing…

‘Rebuild blitz’ underway to repair flood-ravaged homes in Columbia area

More than 350 volunteers will be working on a range of projects

Just two weeks after announcing a plan to ramp up efforts to assist local homeowners victimized by last year’s historic floods, representatives with United Way of the Midlands are rolling up their sleeves and making good on that pledge. This week, the agency and its Midlands Flood Recovery Group partners — Habitat for Humanity, Home Works of America, Reach Global, and SBP…

Bakery at BullStreet the latest endeavor in Columbia’s high-tech evolution

Another step in the process of turning Columbia into a haven for creatives, thinkers, techies, and entrepreneurs will take place this Friday. Folks hunkers down to get work done at The Iron Yard, one of the new tech-friendly tenants at the Bakery at BullStreet. (Photo by Sean Rayford) The Bakery at BullStreet, the latest historic building to be renovated as…

New Lexington amphitheater envisioned as prime catalyst for downtown development

Ribbon-cutting ceremony precedes this weekend's inaugural Lexington Craft Beerfest

After numerous weather-related construction delays over the past 13 months, Lexington’s long-awaited downtown amphitheater is officially open for business. Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall cuts the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the town’s new 900-seat amphitheater Thursday. (Photo by Hal Millard) Led by Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall, numerous local officials and business and civic leaders took part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony…

(UPDATED) Contest to reward Midlands entrepreneurs for the next great idea

UPDATED — October 25: The deadline for the Ignite! Ideas Contest for Midlands entrepreneurs has been extended until November 4. Entrepreneurs with great ideas and business-startup concepts are encouraged to enter them over the next two weeks – and possibly could win $5,000 to jump start their business. It’s all part of the Ignite! Ideas Contest sponsored by EngenuitySC and Lexington…

Art with a twist: New paint-and-sip studio opens in Columbia area

Painting with a Twist is now open in the Harbison area. (Photos provided)There’s a new opportunity in Columbia to let your artistic side flourish while enjoying an adult beverage and creating your own personal work of art. “Paint-and-sip businesses have become so popular because they give people a chance to unplug and unwind, and possibly discover a talent they never…

Lowes Foods to open 2 new stores in Lexington area

Local shoppers soon will have a few new options for grocery shopping now that two new stores are under construction in Lexington. Lowes Foods, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., already has broken ground on the new locations. One of the new stores will be at the intersection of U. S. Highway 1 and Charter Oaks Road, and the other is at…

Family tradition: John Harris Body Shops to open 2 new locations

The new John Harris Body Shops location in Irmo is expected to open after Labor Day and will serve as the company’s headquarters. (Photos by Sandy Coots) Longevity in the business world can sometimes be a difficult goal to achieve. One Midlands area business has been serving the community for more than 40 years and traces its secret of success…