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Saluda, Congaree rivers get “green light” in weekly water quality tests

Saluda and Congaree. Going to the river this weekend? A coalition that was organized with the help of the Congaree Riverkeeper is checking river water quality. In the summer, a plethora of tubers, kayakers, canoers and swimmers can be found on the rivers that run through metropolitan Columbia. “All greens again” which means healthy quality river water was the reading…

SCGOP chairman giving Trump Administration voter data, after election commission declines

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick The chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will give state voter data to the Trump Administration. The Trump Administration will get the information after the S.C. Election Commission said state law does not allow for the records to be sent to the federal government. SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick said, Thursday, he will buy the data from…

Property to be cleared soon in West Columbia for parking

  Old out-buildings that will be removed to facilitate more parking. (ColaDaily photo) Things are slowly changing in the West Columbia River District. The City of West Columbia has been in the process of acquiring more property for parking. “We are moving cautiously, but deliberately, to help make sure there is more parking to facilitate our thriving businesses in the…

2 Sumter men arrested in connection to Lexington County stolen handguns case

Detectives arrested two men in Sumter Thursday in connection to a July 4 burglary during which nearly 40 handguns were stolen from a Gilbert sporting goods store. Tyrone Jerome Fleming (left), 19, and Ekelo Simon, 20, both of Sumter, broke into JC’s Outdoors Tuesday morning and stole more than $10,000 worth of handguns, according to arrest warrants. Investigators said Fleming…

Gamecocks announce the 3 players going to SEC Media Days

University of South Carolina Football will be represented by quarterback Jake Bentley, tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receiver Deebo Samuel at Kickoff 2017 – the SEC Football Media Days, next week in Birmingham, it was announced Wednesday. Gamecocks’ Head coach Will Muschamp and the trio of offensive standouts will be at the Wynfrey Hotel for the annual event on…

39 handguns stolen, deputies ask for assistance

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department would like to talk to the men pictured about a break-in at JC’s Outdoors Tuesday. In the break-in, 39 handguns were stolen. The people deputies would like to talk to left in a tan or gold Camry. Anyone with information can call detective Stokes @ 803-422-5602 or leave an anonymous tip  at MidlandsCrime at 888-Crime-SC

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

1/5Ryan Rawl event 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ryan Rawl workout Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ryan Rawl presentarion Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ryan Rawl tribute Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ryan Rawl event Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan About 150 people came to the S.C. State House Tuesday morning for the fifth annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event. It was…

Gilbert Peach Festival is the center of the universe on July 4th

1/4Peach Festival Gilbert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Peach Festival Gilbert 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Peach Festival Gilbert 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Peach Festival Gilbert 4 Show Caption Hide Caption There’s only one way to celebrate America’s birthday for many people in Lexington County, and the party turns a town of less than 1,000 into the center of…

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs “Star Spangled Salute”

1/5Lake Murray Symphony Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Lake Murray Symphony Monday night Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Lake Murray Symphony attendees Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Song list Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan A little rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering Monday night to listen to a patriotic concert put on by the…

Lexington Sheriff’s deputies look for stolen El Camino

The El Camino pictured has been seen in relation to some Lexington County thefts, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. According to the sheriff’s department the El Camino was stolen. And it has been used to try to steal a trailer. Call 888-Crime-SC if you have information about this vehicle.

Coroner identifies man, suspected 2 a.m. drowning in Lake Murray

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a suspected accidental drowning. The incident took place in Lake Murray Sunday. Austin Carson, 23 (age has been corrected)  of Lexington was swimming with a friend near the Lake Murray dam when he began struggling to stay afloat. The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Carson’s body was recovered a…

Lexington County Council Chairman issues statement regarding Chapin Business and Technology Park controversy

Lexington County Council and the county’s administration have been criticized for the handling of the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton. Critics have said the park’s development is behind schedule and over budget. Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a statement in response to the critics late Friday. Link to Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough statement issued Saturday night Statement…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

EdVenture’s Americana Day held Saturday, Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day

1/3Ed2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3ED1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Ed3 Show Caption Hide Caption Lots of baseball, lots of hot dogs and lots of red, white and blue. That’s what visitors to EdVenture found Saturday, as the children’s museum hosted Americana Day as an early celebration of the nation’s birthday. “I got to learn about where fireworks come from,” said…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motorcycle crash.  It occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Thursday night on South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia. William James Culpepper, 28, of North Point Road, Lexington, was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and went down an embankment.  Culpepper was not wearing a…

Man admits in federal court to possessing child pornography in Columbia

Ryan Smith, 23, formerly of Charleston, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to possessing child pornography containing images of children under the age of 12. United States Attorney Beth Drake announced the guilty plea Friday morning. US District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the…

EdVenture’s Military Appreciation Day is July 4, free admission to military

ColaDaily file photo EdVenture will host Military Appreciation Day on July 4 offering free admission to all military members and dependents. Free children’s lunches will be provided on that day to all military dependents under 12 served in the Sysco Carousel Cafe. The day will honor the men and women who serve our country and protect our communities. “We are…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…

Coroner identifies man found dead at U-Haul Storage facility

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who was found deceased on Sunday at the U-Haul Storage facility the on Elmwood Avenue, Columbia. Phillip Robert Tutt, 71, of Columbia, was positively identified and his next of kin has been located and notified.  An autopsy indicated that  Tutt died from natural causes.

Dorn VA Medical Center holds housing fair to help veterans end homelessness

By Jennifer Scales- Dorn VA Medical Center Public Affairs Veterans arrive and sign-in for the start of the Housing Fair, June 21, sponsored by the Dorn VA Medical Center HUD-VASH. (VA Photo Submitted) Veteran homelessness is an epidemic in South Carolina. But the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center staff stepped up recently to continue the effort to wipe…