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Columbia area housing market warm in January

The Columbia housing market is starting the year 2017 with a jump, according to statistics from the S.C. Realtors. (Labeled for Reuse Photo.) Data released Tuesday showed an almost 7 percent increase in the number of homes sold in the Greater Columbia area. in January, compared to January 2016. There were 739 homes sold in the first month of this…

Trump coming to South Carolina

President Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. A visit, this week, to the Palmetto State has been rumored since Sunday. Link to initial report Trump will visit North Charleston and the Boeing aircraft facility there. The visit will take place on Friday, when Boeing’s latest 787 aircraft will be introduced. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump’s visit to South Carolina…

Gray Collegiate Academy has one of nation’s top basketball players

Jalek Felton. (Photos Submitted.) One of the top high school basketball players in the country is right in our backyard. Gray Collegiate Academy, in West Columbia, is a No. 1 seed in the 2A S.C. High Playoffs. The War Eagles play Chesne in a home game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Gray is coached by Dion Bethea. The team is led…

AT&T announces 100 percent fiber network for Columbia area

AT&T announced it is offering “Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds” for Columbia residential and business customers. Photo from Tuesday press conference in Columbia. ATT officials and Mayor Steve Benjamin. (Photo Submitted.) The new technology was announced Tuesday morning in Columbia at a press conference that included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are excited to add Columbia to the growing list of areas…

DHEC reviews new plan to seal coal tar in Congaree River

Cofferdam plan not favored

Coal tar remediation on the Congaree River has officially moved to a plan to seal and cap the spill. Tar site after the 2015 flood and a portion of the Columbia Canal wall collapse. Sandbags are where clean-up is planned. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) held a public meeting, Monday, to discuss plans to mitigate the…

What can West Columbia’s old City Hall become?

Speculation has already started

News came out last week that the City of West Columbia is moving to buy West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Department. City Hall inscription. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The yard surrounding the old building – from Meeting-to-Center Street – will be converted to parking space for about 100 cars.  The site is one-half block from State Street and The…

Lexington woman charged with attempted murder

Lexington County detectives have arrested and charged a woman with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Gaston. Tiffany Leigh Metze. (LCSD Photo.) Tiffany Leigh Metze, 24, and an unidentified male confronted and shot the victim on Feb. 5 at a home on Carrie Lane, according to an arrest warrant. “Even though the victim was gravely injured, he was…

18-year-old charged in connection with shooting of 13-year-old

Columbia Police investigators have arrested a teenager in connection with a weekend shooting that critically injured a juvenile. Ada’ Q. Conway (ASGDC Booking Photograph) Ada’ Quonza Conway, 18, is charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Conway is accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy in the upper body at a Wild Iris Court home yesterday morning….

AT&T to unveil new technology Tuesday

AT&T has announced it will unveil new technology on Tuesday in Columbia. What: AT&T South Carolina State President Pamela Lackey and AT&T Director of External Affairs Ted Creech will join Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and AT&T executives for a major announcement about new technology coming to the Columbia area. Who: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Pamela Lackey, AT&T South Carolina State…

Woolbright is Lexington High’s new athletic director and football coach

At a special board workshop, on Feb. 11, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Perry Woolbright as Lexington High School athletic director and head football coach. Woolbright joins Lexington District One on February 20, 2017. “I am delighted to have Coach Woolbright join our Wildcat family,” commented Melissa Rawl, LHS principal. “Being a…

Boy in critical condition after being shot

A 13-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot, Sunday, according to police. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook talks with media. (CPD Photo.) Just just before noon, Columbia Police officers responded to a house on Wild Iris Court, near Garners Ferry Road. There they found the 13-year-old boy inside with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The boy was in surgery…

Coroner releases name of man killed at Columbia restaurant

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident at 2:20 a.m. this morning at 205 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia. It’s the address of a Waffle House, according to an earlier report. Wayne A. Bell, 28, of Blue Ridge Terrace, Columbia was transported from the scene…

Women empowering themselves, literally, in Chapin

Event nets $1,500 for Chapin Girls Lacrosse

It’s a self-defense class designed especially for women. Inside a gym at Chapin High School about 100 girls and women spent Saturday morning learning skills to help protect themselves. Women warm up for self-defense training. (Photos by Sandy Coots.) Instructors from SASS (Surviving Assault Standing Strong) Defense taught the class. The event was also a fundraiser for the Chapin Girls…

Is President Donald Trump coming to South Carolina this week?

Donald Trump. (Permitted Photo.) CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower, on his Twitter feed, is reporting that US Pres. Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. “Donald Trump will visit Boeing’s South Carolina facility on Friday, the first sitting President to do so,” Ostrower posted on Twitter. Boeing’s facility in South Carolina is in North Charleston where the company makes the…

Man claims he was shot after trade-site transaction goes bad

A  man was shot after a supposed Craigslist transaction went wrong in Blythewood, late Saturday night. The incident happened just before midnight Saturday, according to a report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded after receiving a call regarding an injured person at Providence Northeast Hospital. The man, who was shot, claims he went to Grover Wilson Road in Blythewood for a…

Man is dead after argument at Columbia restaurant

One person is dead after an argument in a Columbia restaurant early Sunday morning, according to the Columbia Police Department. A shooting occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Waffle House at 205 Stoneridge Drive. A male victim died from a gunshot wound to the lower body after he and the suspect argued. A man was detained by officers and is being questioned,…

Lexington Police Department arrests woman for murder

(Alicia Danielle Pilgrim. LPD Photo.) The Lexington Police Department has arrested one of three subjects wanted in connection with a murder early Saturday morning in Spartanburg. Early in the evening on Feb. 11, the Lexington Police Department was made aware that Alicia Danielle Pilgrim, 30, of Inman had fled to Lexington and was located at 105 George Street. Warrants had…

Sunny skies, warm weather and the Columbia Boat Show

1/2SCBCA Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Chapin Show Caption Hide Caption Boat Show draws large crowd. (Photos by Terry Ward.) It was a perfect day to show off boats and talk about a day on the water. The State Fairgrounds hosted a large crowd for the Columbia Boat Show, Saturday. Hundreds of boats, for sport, hunting, cruising, recreation, and more were…

Gunshots and high-speed chase end with capture

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. ( Brittany Jackamonis- RCSD Photo.) Four suspects were caught overnight after a high-speed chase that involved gunfire at state troopers. The chase started Friday night in Fairfield County, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s department. The suspects fled on foot after crashing the car they were in at Killian Road and I-77. Brittany Jackamonis of…

Man tracked down, charged with shooting his brother

Burroughs (LCDC Photo.) A Pelion man is facing numerous charges after his brother suffered a gunshot wound Thursday night at a home on Highway 178 in Pelion. John David Burroughs, 41, is charged with attempted murder for shooting his brother with a pistol, according to an arrest warrant. Other charges against Burroughs include unlawfully possessing a pistol, unlawfully possessing a…

Zoo saddened by death of beloved African lion

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is sad to announce the passing of the Zoo’s female African lion. Brynn (Riverbanks Zoo Photos.) Riverbanks’ veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize 16-year-old Brynn on Friday because of her sudden decline in health. The Median Life Expectancy of African lions in AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) managed populations is 16.8 years. “Brynn…

Super Gamecock fan, Bill Golding, passes away

Bill Golding (Gamecock Baseball Twitter Photo.) Bill Golding – known as the Gamecocks’ Super Fan died Friday morning. He was 84. He had been a mainstay at Gamecocks’ athletic events for more than 30 years. He was most-known for his presence at USC baseball games, at the old Sarge Frye Field and Founders Park, the Gamecocks’ newer venue for home…

Lake Murray Elementary student scores 99 percent on typing assessment

JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp (Photo Contributed.) During this week’s Lake Murray Live! news show at Lake Murray Elementary, one student received a certificate for a near-perfect score. On Monday, LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp presented Fourth-Grader JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with a certificate recognizing her work on the Typing.com program. In addition to being…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating body found, and shooting

Location of where the body was found. An investigation is underway after the discovery of a body in wooded area in the 3900 block of Fish Hatchery Road in Lexington County. The cause of death is unknown, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Twitter feed. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating a shooting in the 600 block…