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Lexington County deputies recover nearly $600,000 in stolen equipment

Lexington County deputies recovered nearly $600,000 worth of stolen equipment from the 5000 block of Platt Springs Road Monday afternoon. With the help of one of the victims, deputies traced a stolen front-end loader to the area. After circling the location, they noticed several pieces of work equipment in a field, according to an incident report. More than half a…

49 murdered in Orlando last year, remembered in Columbia, Monday

A year ago, 49 people were murdered at an Orlando nightclub. Monday, Columbia sent the message that they are not forgotten. “Today we remember the lives of some beautiful, talented, smart, friendly and loved individuals,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who spoke at the event. “The dark and heinous act that took their lives was meant to evoke terror and…

Clemson football team welcomed at the White House, meets with president

President Donald Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers football team to the White House Monday. Clemson won the 2016-2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. Gov. Henry McMaster was also on hand for the Tigers’ visit. During the White House ceremony, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney presented the president with official Tigers No. 1 jerseys. President Trump called Clemson’s victory over Alabama…

USC’s Beyond Sports Program helps athletes in careers after graduation

By Caroline Petrone University of South Carolina athletics is coming off of a year that saw the men’s basketball team go to the Final Four and the women win a National Championship in basketball. Officials in the athletics department hope this is only the beginning of more success to come. To help with that; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Chris Rogers,…

Governor vetoes $56.4 million, state school boards chief calls for override

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced the veto of $56.4 million in state spending, Monday.  About one-third of that money ($20.5 million) would have gone to buy new school buses. South Carolina School Boards Association Executive Director Scott Price called for “the immediate override of Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of funding for the crucial purchase of school buses.” “This is not…

Courtyard by Marriott in Cayce has opened

The Courtyard by Marriott in Cayce has opened. The hotel opened last week. The property features 100 rooms, a Bistro with a full service bar, 683-sq.-ft. of meeting space, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a business center, a market pantry, a guest laundry room, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and a grill. Raines Hospitality management company,…

Lots of college baseball coaches are possibilities to replace Gamecocks’ Holbrook

By Chandler Mack The University of South Carolina’s baseball team won national championships in 2010 and 2011. Ray Tanner (Capture from USC Athletics.) In 2012, the Gamecocks made it to the finals of the College World Series. Then baseball coach Ray Tanner moved into the role of USC Athletics Director. He hired assistant Chad Holbrook to take over the team…

Man arrested for breaking windows at S.C. Statehouse

A man was arrested for damaging state property by the Bureau of Protective Services on Statehouse grounds around 4 a.m. Sunday. Two BPS officers were on routine patrol when they encountered a man walking down the south steps of the Statehouse. He was speaking loudly to the officers and began walking toward them with a 2-by-4 piece of wood in his hand….

Lexington County Museum’s “Murders and Mysteries” tour a big hit

The Town of Lexington’s history goes back to the days before the Civil War. Saturday night, a crowd of several hundred gathered to explore some of the darkest parts of that history. The Lexington County Museum’s “Murders and Mysteries” walking tour had the crowd assembled and waiting well before the 8 p.m. start time, filling the area near the Pitter…

West Columbia Public Works, one of the best

1/3Public Works called out at night after tree falls and blocks street. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Clean up day on a Saturday at City Hall Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Public works around town Show Caption Hide Caption While there is no weekly poll, the City of West Columbia’s Public Works Department is one of the best. “This is probably the…

Woman killed in collision Friday was Lexington County EMS technician

 The Lexington County public information office said a woman killed Friday morning in an auto accident was a county employee.  Carmen Nunez “It is with heavy hearts, and great sorrow, that the County of Lexington Public Safety Department announces the death of Emergency Medical Services’ Pfc. Carmen Nunez following a fatal collision early Friday morning. Link to crash information At…

Boeing 757 cockpit installation underway at EdVenture

1/44Edventure Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Boeing 757 installation at EdVenture Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Boeing 757 cockpit at EdVenture Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4757 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture began installing a Boeing 757 cockpit early Friday morning. It’s on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight.”…

Lexington County detour on I-20 at SC 6 begins Friday night

The SC 6 westbound exit ramp (Exit 55A) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday and Saturday night (June 9 and 10) for road shoulder reconstruction. Motorists heading west who want to take Exit 55A should proceed to Exit 51 and turn onto Northbound Long Ponds Road. At the next intersection (Two Notch Road), traffic will take…

Coroner identifies 2 people killed in Friday morning crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identities of two people killed in a two-vehicle early morning accident. The accident occurred in the 1500 block of St. Matthews Road (Hwy 6) in Swansea on Friday. At approximately 07:20 a.m. vehicle being operated by Jimmie Lee Haygood, Jr., 29-years-old, of Orangeburg crossed over the center lane of St. Matthews Road…

2 killed in Lexington County crash, Friday morning

Two people died in a head-on collision in Lexington County Friday morning. A 2006 Nissan crossed the center line of SC Highway 6 outside of Swansea and collided with a 2016 Nissan, said Lance Cpl David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 7:20 a.m. Jones said the driver of the 2006 Nissan was entrapped and pronounced…

Lexington Hometown Sears store plans “refresh”

Sears Hometown Store in Lexington is planning a refresh and a grand reopening celebration June 16-17. The announcement of the refresh came a day after Sears said it will close 72 Sears stores, auto centers and K-Mart stores. During the celebration weekend of the Sears Lexington store, customers will be offered discounts on almost everything in the store, according to a…

Basketball success good for USC’s enrollment numbers

The University of South Carolina is seeing an increase in enrollment. USC’s 2017 freshman class is expected to be 5,600 to 5,700 students,. The 2016 freshmen enrollment was 5,036. Dennis Pruitt, vice president of student affairs and vice provost,  discussed the swell in the class size with the Daily Gamecock newspaper on Tuesday. Pruitt said there have been spikes in…

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

Batesburg-Leesville considering hospitality tax

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council discussed the the feasibility of a hospitality tax, Monday at a work session, according to Ted Luckadoo, B-L’s town manager. Luckadoo detailed the hospitality tax meeting in a press release. A local hospitality tax of 2% sales tax would be added to prepared food and beverages. Its revenue would be used for projects related to tourism,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

S.C. Congressman Trey Gowdy chosen to lead House Oversight Committee

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from the Upstate of South Carolina, has been chosen to lead the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The sharp-questioner and ultra-popular Gowdy will replace Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is leaving Congress at the end of the month. Gowdy is expected to be confirmed by the House next week. Gowdy is a…

PaleoPalooza, day of fossils, dinosaurs, at the S.C. State Museum, June 17

Experience a special day full of fossils, dinosaurs, natural history and more, June 17

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate all things paleontology, Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will get to meet a paleontologist, skype with scientists in the jungles of Panama, make their own fossils, see live birds of prey and more during this full day of natural history. Guests will also get a chance to meet…