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4 die in house fire in Lexington County – SLED, coroner on the scene

1/1Mossb Show Caption Hide Caption According to the Lexington County Fire Service, four people were killed in a house fire in the 100 block of Mossborough Drive. One person was airlifted to the hospital. Two people got out safely. The home is near the Oak Grove section of the county. The Lexington County Coroner and SLED are on scene.  SLED…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Four Midlands schools are finalists for Palmetto’s Finest Award

BC Grammar School No. 1 in West Columbia was a Palmetto’s Finest winner last year. Four Midlands schools, and nine South Carolina schools are finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture. Last…

Cayce’s Newman Boat Landing, on the Congaree River, officially reopened

1/3Boat 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Boat 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Boat3 Show Caption Hide Caption After a long wait, the time has come. City of Cayce photos. The City of Cayce announced more than a week ago that the Thomas Newman Boat Landing is officially reopened. All repairs have been completed. Cayce Mayor Elise Partin has said when work…

Experience Columbia SC, experiences evolution of the city’s brand

"The Real Southern Hot Spot."

Columbia introduced a new brand last week. It’s still “Famously Hot,” but add to that: “The Real Southern Hot Spot.” Graphics provided by Experience Columbia SC. Andrea Mensink is communications director for Experience Columbia SC. It’s the group that was known before as the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism. She said more than a year of research and…

Bond denied for man accused of killing Lindsey Lee

Jason Don Lee had a bond hearing Friday afternoon at the Law enforcement center in Lexington. Glenn Detention Center Photo. No bond was set for Lee during the hearing, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The murder of Lee’s estranged wife, who was found dead last Tuesday, was investigated by SLED. Lee will continue to be held at the…

St. Pat’s in Five Points draws thousands to Columbia

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UPDATE- Columbia Police look for suspect in sexual assault of woman in doctor’s office restroom

UPDATE: Sexual assault suspect Charles Lamb is now in CPD custody. Investigators said he was being interviewed. Columbia Police Investigators are searching for a registered sex offender who is accused of sexually assaulting a female. Charles Lamb. (CPD Photo) Officers have outstanding arrest warrants for Charles Lamb, 46. Once located, he will be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree, Kidnapping, Strong…

Coroner identifies fatal shooting victim

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred Friday at approximately 4:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Piney Grove Road. According to Fisher, Dontre’yal Weathersbee, a 23-year-old man of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday. The investigation…

Reminder- St. Pat’s in 5 Points is Saturday – See schedule

1/1Poster STP Show Caption Hide Caption SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7:30 am – Get to the Green 15K / 10K / 5K / 1-Mile Family-Fun Run 9 am – Festival gates open! 10 am – St. Pat’s Parade – FREE musical mile down Devine Street 10 am – 6 pm – Pot O’ Gold Playland – FREE and located at MLK Park 2 pm – 6 pm – Silent…

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey says Courson indictments “shaken the public’s confidence”

Friday, Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey issued the following statement following the indictments of Senator John Courson: Sen. Shane Massey “I am saddened and, quite honestly, shocked by the allegations of misconduct against Senator John Courson.  Senator Courson is one of the most popular and well-respected members of the Senate, and he has provided valuable leadership on many difficult issues. …

One indictment of Sen. John Courson involves moving campaign money

Sen. John Courson State Sen. John Courson allegedly paid the political consulting firm of Richard Quinn & Associates $247,829, and then RQ&A made multiple exchanges of cash back to Courson in the amount of $132,802.  That is the charge made in one of three Grand Jury indictments of Courson made public Friday. The alleged movement of money took place over…

Free shuttle and cab transportation offered for St. Pat’s Day in 5 Points

Park and Ride for FREE at the St. Pat’s in 5 Points celebration Saturday. “Hassle free” shuttle transportation is offered.  Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes, and drop off at a festival entrance gate. *Food, beverages, backpacks, coolers, and containers are NOT allowed on shuttles Friends, please be respectful of our surrounding neighborhoods and do not park there. Parking in…

Estranged husband charged in violent death of Lindsey Lee, Lexington Sheriff’s employee

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Jason Don Lee, 38, of Simpsonville with murder in the death of Lindsey Nicole Lee, his estranged wife. Jason Lee (Glenn Detention center Photo.) She is the civilian employee of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was found dead, during a welfare check, on Tuesday, in her home. The home where Lee was found…

No decision made on Brookland-Cayce soccer coach placed on administrative leave

1/3 Crowd overflowed into the lobby Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Stickers of support by a large crowd. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 A packed board meeting room. Show Caption Hide Caption Large crowd in support of Heise. (Photos by Terry Ward.) About 150 people came to the Lexington 2 School Board meeting in support of Brookland-Cayce High School Soccer…

Lexington Sheriff’s Department investigates stabbing at flea market

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a reported stabbing incident that happened Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. 1 Metro Flea Market. The flea market is between West Columbia and Lexington. After interviewing witnesses, the sheriff’s department reported that it had identified a suspect. The sheriff’s department also said the victim left the scene before they could talk to him.

S.C. State Museum to present solar eclipse event with SCE&G

Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke attending

The South Carolina State Museum is selling tickets for its 2017 Total Eclipse weekend events in August for the solar eclipse over Columbia. The weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities is being presented by SCE&G, Aug. 18 – 21. The events will take place throughout the museum with special exhibitions, planetarium and 4D shows. An appearance by Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen….

No one injured in Thursday morning Lexington County fire

Lexington County Photo of fire scene. A family of five was displaced after a fire broke out in their home in the 100 block of Gum Street, just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Lexington County 911 dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS after receiving the call for a residential structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from…

16-year-old high school student reported missing, is back home

Trinity Makaela Schmidt, the 16-year-old Airport High School student reported missing is back at  home. “She is safe and with her parents,” according to a Twitter message, Wednesday night , from the The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. She was reported missing by her family on Monday.  Schmidt had been last seen at her home on Fish Hatchery Road, according to…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department employee is subject of SLED death investigation

Lindsey Nicole Lee. LSSD Photo. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department civilian employee. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the employee as Lindsey Nicole Lee, 31, of West Columbia. Lee died as a result of a sharp force injury, according to Fisher. “Lindsey was a valued member of the LCSD…

Target Zero puts aggressive drivers on alert

1/1 Target Zero Press Conference, Wednesday. Show Caption Hide Caption The big St. Patrick’s Day festival in Columbia is Saturday. There will be a lot of fun, but safety will be a priority, too. Target Zero press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “We have a very big weekend before us,” said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook at the Midlands…

Groundbreaking set for new Lexington 2 elementary school

Build site across from Northside Middle School. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The Board of Trustees and administration of Lexington School District Two has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school on Cougar Drive in West Columbia.   The groundbreaking will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 4.  The grades K-through- 5 school will combine BC Grammar School No. 1…

Sheriff Jay Koon requests SLED investigation after woman found dead

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Haleywood Lane (near Three Fountains) in West Columbia right before 9 this morning after receiving a request for a welfare check. During the welfare check, deputies found a deceased adult female inside a home. Because of a potential conflict of interest, Sheriff Jay Koon has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to lead…

House prices increasing, homes selling faster in Greater Columbia

New construction home sales are brisk in Harvest Glen in West Columbia. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The median price in the Greater Columbia area for a house increased by $4,250 to $154,250 in February compared to the same month a year ago. Houses are also selling a lot faster too in Greater Columbia. The average Days-on-the-Market dropped from 98 to…