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West Columbia’s State Street – A new hot spot with a rich tradition of commerce

1/10State Street looking north toward Meeting Street. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/10State Street 1940s (Randy Clark Submitted Image) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/10S.C. Rep. Micah Caskey. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/10Randy Clark on the second floor of the old Clark’s Beauty Shop. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/10Clark’s renovation. Show Caption Hide Caption 6/10State Street looking south. Show Caption Hide Caption…

Recap of Week 5 in high school football, by Tyler Cupp

By Tyler Cupp Lexington-Spring Valley (GoFlashWin.com – Click for link.) LEXINGTON 41 IRMO 21 The Lexington Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) handed Irmo their second straight defeat in the Battle of the Dam. The Yellowjackets (4-2, 0-2) trailed by just a touchdown heading into the final quarter but Lexington pulled away. Jordan Hiller had over 150 yards rushing and 2 scores to…

West Columbia man killed in vehicle accident Friday night

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 600 block of Crystal Springs Drive in Lexington. The accident happened just after 10 p.m. on Friday. According to Fisher, Jerry Lee Sharpe, 42, of West Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained when…

Saluda River Principal Tonya Fryer named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year

Tonya Fryer, principal at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, has been named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year. The annual award is given by Palmetto State Arts Education. It recognizes administrators who are champions of arts education. Fryer has been principal for 16 years at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, a previous recipient of the prestigious Schools of…

Carolina Water Service says Town of Lexington offer to buy plant is “unacceptable”

The Town of Lexington stated in a release Thursday that it offered Carolina Water Service almost $1.6 million for the CWS I-20 treatment facility and its customer base of 3,000-or-so. Link to article about Town’s offer to buy CWS facility After the Town of Lexington made its offer public, Robert Yanity, communications coordinator  for Utilities Inc. CWS’s parent company, responded….

Week 5 high school football scores

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 26 Edisto 0 Ben Lippen 55 – Pinewood Prep 21 Brookland-Cayce 28 Gray Collegiate 12 Dutch Fork 67 Westwood 7 Fairfield Central 41 AC Flora 32 Gilbert 48 Dreher 34 Hammond 56 Cardinal Newman 21 Lancaster 27 Lugoff-Elgin 24 Lewisville 42 C.A. Johnson 14 Lexington 41 Irmo 21 North Augusta 34 Strom Thurmond 21 North Myrtle Beach 63 Camden…

UPDATE – Large fire that was burning in Cayce area has been extinguished

Lexington County Fire Services Photos UPDATE: The fire has been extinguished. Preliminary investigation suggests a car battery was origin of fire. 50 cars damaged ~ $15,000 in damage A large fire is burning  in the 2200 block of the Charleston Highway, Cayce. On Friday afternoon, around 5 p.m. clouds of black smoke were rising from the blaze. The thick smoke could…

Lexington County working with Pawmetto Lifeline to handle cats

Pawmetto Lifeline Photo In an effort to address the stray cat population and reduce the euthanasia rate of cats in the county, Lexington County Council adopted an ordinance on June 26, implementing the Community Cat Program in Lexington County. The new arrangement was announced by Lexington County by press release Friday morning. The program, which will take effect on Oct….

Week 5 High School Football Preview by Tyler Cupp

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms (GCA Photo) By Tyler Cupp It’s week five of the high school football season. Here is the preview for some of the Midlands’ big games. BROOKLAND-CAYCE (3-2) AT GRAY COLLEGIATE (4-1) -Game to be played at Sprit Communications Park in Columbia This year, Brookland-Cayce will take on the War Eagles of Gray Collegiate. The Bearcats…

Man, teen charged with making bombs after alleged threat to White Knoll Middle School

Peter John Munson (LCDC Photo) A Lexington County man and teenager have been charged with making homemade bombs after explosive materials were found at the man’s Leesville home. Peter John Munson, 57, was charged with possessing or threatening to use a destructive device, according to the arrest warrant. Munson turned himself in at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department this morning….

Town of Lexington offers almost $1.6 million to buy Carolina Water Service I-20 plant

The Town of Lexington wants to buy the embattled Carolina Water Service’s I-20 plant. The town it made its offer public in a press release Thursday afternoon. “Based on recent appraisal, the Town of Lexington has made an offer in the amount of $1.584 million to purchase the Carolina Water Service I-20 treatment facility and customer base,” was the content…

Eclipse was the largest tourism event in state’s history

Solar Fest West (ColaDaily Photos) The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse attracted more than a million-and-a-half visitors to South Carolina, according to the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. It was the largest tourism event in the state’s history. The SCDPRT reports that 1.6 million people came to – or traveled within- the state to view the eclipse. With…

Lizard’s Thicket serves 12,000-a-day, celebrating 40 years

By Karamie Sullivan Lizard’s Thicket in Cayce. (ColaDaily Photo) If you live in the Midlands, there’s a chance you have been inside one of the 14 Lizard’s Thicket restaurants around Columbia, Irmo, and Lexington. This collection of home-cooking restaurants is about to be celebrating its 40th anniversary. As Lizards Thicket marks four decades, its owners are making an effort to…

Cocky visits BC Grammar School No. 1 to promote reading initiative

1/3BC Grammar 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3BC Grammar 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Cocky at BC Grammar 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Lexington 2 Schools Everyone loves a surprise — especially when it involves a new book and a University of South Carolina mascot. Cocky made a surprise visit to an all-school assembly Wednesday at BC Grammar No….

Leaphart Road Bridge still on schedule to open before end of the year

1/6Leaphart Road 6 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Leaphart Road 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Leaphart Road 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Leaphart Road 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Leaphart Road 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Leaphart Road Show Caption Hide Caption The Leaphart Road Bridge, over I-26, in West Columbia, could be open to traffic in the next three months…

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson joins coalition to prohibit sanctuary cities

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a multistate coalition in supporting the right of individual states to prohibit sanctuary cities within their borders. Sanctuary jurisdictions — cities and localities that prohibit or otherwise obstruct cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement — defy the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of…

Midlands Media Group named Business of the Year at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Gala

1/8Tina Washington, Giles Insurance, with Brad Giles. Co-Volunteer-of- the-Year. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/8Brett Mabe House of Raeford, middle, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/8Daniel Bailey, Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year with Dr. Bill James and AHS Principal Brad Coleman. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/8Debbie Summers, Citizen of the Year, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner….

Christopher Raines (AJ Blues) ordered to wear monitoring device, stay away from children, at bond hearing

The bond hearing for Christopher Glen Raines (AKA A.J. Blues) was held Tuesday morning. He was given a bond of $1,087. Raines is also required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Raines must also stay more than 100 yards away from children to include parks, schools, and daycare facilities. Raines is also ordered to stay away from all Lexington County…

East Point Academy breaks ground on new school in West Columbia

1/4New East Point Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4New East Point 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4New East Point 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4East Point 0 Show Caption Hide Caption East Point Academy was founded seven years ago with 55 students. The state-supported charter school now has 550 students in grades 4K-through eighth-grade. It’s South Carolina’s only Chinese immersion public…

Artist donates commemorative eclipse prints to Lexington 2 schools

From left, Lexington 2 principals Christopher Dickey (B-C Grammar No. 1), Cecil McClary (Cayce Elementary) and Jeff Becker (Congaree Elementary) show commemorative eclipse prints for their schools. The total eclipse on August 21, 2017, was an unforgettable moment for those who witnessed it in the skies over Columbia. And a Lexington 2 graduate wants to make sure it’s a moment…

Lexington Police say “A.J. Blues” threatened violence toward River Bluff High School students

Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) 42, of Lexington, has been arrested by the Lexington Police Department and charged with Unlawful Communication. Chief Terrence Green announced the arrst in a press release, Monday. A.J. Blues has aired Internet audio broadcasts of local music. The warrant charges Raines with  unlawful communication, claiming a series of…

Hobby Lobby, Aiden Lane open in new Lexington Marketplace shopping center

New Hobby Lobby, Lexington (ColaDaily photos)  The new Hobby Lobby store in the Lexington Marketplace shopping center has opened. Aiden Lane, a ladies’ apparel store has opened, too. It’s the complex that will hold The Fresh Market that is coming to Lexington. Hobby Lobby held a grand opening last Monday and Aiden Lane opened last Wednesday. The shopping center is…

Teen charged with murder of 36-year-old man

  Isaac Burton Hidalgo (LCSD photo) A teen has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last night in a Columbia subdivision. Isaac Burton Hidalgo, 19, of Columbia is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Justin Steven Simons,…

Lexington 1 says man has repeatedly threatened students, his arrest is supported

The Town of Lexington Police Department notified Lexington County School District One administrators that Christopher Raines (AKA AJ Blues) was arrested Monday, Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One Schools communications director, said in a press release. The release stated: “The district fully supports the Lexington Police Department’s action. Over the last year, Raines has repeatedly threatened and harassed River Bluff High…