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Rhythm on the River Concert Series Spring line-up announced

Concerts to begin earlier

The 2017 CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series Spring Line-up has been released. The popular free concerts are at the West Columbia Amphitheater at the base of the Gervais Street Bridge. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. The first concert is April 8. The concerts are presented by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of…

UPDATE: Firefighter suspended amid fatal arson investigation

The firefighter, called a "person of interest," has refused to speak with investigators; suspended by City Manager Teresa Wilson

A Columbia firefighter labeled as a “person of interest” in a fatal Columbia fire investigation has been suspended without pay, City Manager Teresa Wilson announced late Saturday. A Columbia firefighter, pictured here in surveillance footage, is refusing to talk to with investigators probing a fatal January 29 fire in Columbia. The unnamed firefighter, labeled a “person of interest” in the…

Hundreds celebrate at Statewide Black History Parade and Festival

Next City event is Feb. 20

It was a day of celebration of commemoration, with a theme of unity. Hundreds of people of many races gathered Saturday in Columbia’s Five Points for the 13th Annual Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. Buffalo Soldiers. (Photos by Allen Wallace.) “Black history is everyone’s history. We’re all one country and we have to work together if we’re ever going…

UPDATE – Coroner identifies human remains

The human remains that were found off of Clemson Road on Wednesday have been identified. They were the remains of Dennis Wayne Lancaster, of Elgin, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Lancaster would have been 62 if he would have lived. He was reported missing Feb. 13, 2016. Lancaster died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the coroner’s…

Columbia Canal Ranger-led History Tour is Saturday

Start exploring the fun at your local city park. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities for both youth and adults during the month of February. Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park. (City of Columbia Photo.) This month’s activities will feature a wildlife walk, a history tour of the Columbia Canal, a bird count and more. All…

Lexington County Museum hosts “Murders and Mysteries” Walking Tour, Saturday

The Lexington County Museum will offer its “Murders and Mysteries” Walking Tour of downtown Lexington on Saturday (Feb. 4) at 8 p.m. Attendees will learn about some of the spookier and more gruesome aspects of Lexington’s history, as we will discuss murders, mobbings, and mysteries that occurred in downtown Lexington. Because of the mature subject matter, we ask that attendees…

Pickup hits house near Irmo, injures 2 boys

It was an accident that could have been much worse. A pickup truck crashed into a house near Irmo Friday morning, and two children in the house were hit. The accident occurred at 5:51 a.m. on the 100 block of Raintree Drive, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Jones said Thanh Nguyen, 47, was driving…

Columbia Craft Beer Week hopping with beer necessities

The world of beer is far-reaching and diverse. The Columbia Craft Beer Week is Feb. 11 – 19. It features Smoke and Beer, Beards and Beer, Clint Eastwood and Beer, Two to Taco, Kraken and Swamp Cabbage, Bikes and Beers, New Zealand Cider Maker visits Columbia, and Nesting Night. Leading off the week, on Feb.11, from 11-until-4pm, is the Smoke and…

Vehicle collision claims life on Alpine Road

One person is dead after a two-car collision on Alpine Road in Richland County, Thursday. According to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe was killed. The driver of the Tahoe, Jones said, ran off the road and hit a guard rail. The vehicle then came back on the road, and…

Airport students give $4,100 for Special Olympics trip

More needed

Some Special Needs bowlers are preparing for the trip of a lifetime thanks to some help from their classmates at Airport High School. Airport High School and S.C. Special Olympics are partnering to send Airport’s United Bowling Team to Las Vegas, for a tournament Feb. 13-17. Students on Chic-fil-A night. Photos Contributed.) “United Sports combine the amazing talents of our…

UPDATED- Photos: National Signing Day for some local high school athletes

C.A. Johnson High School standout Dahon Mixon (center, seated), announced he will attend Dodge City Community College on a football scholarship. Pictured (left to right) are Assistant Principal Dr. G. Cleve Pilot; head football coach Ernest Logan; Dahon’s father Charles Mixon; athletics director Gregory Pickett; Assistant Principal Cedric Wright; coach Christopher Malone and Dahon’s grandmother Beatrice McClinton. (Photo Contributed)  …

Cromer’s is moving to North Main Street

Cromer’s current location on Huger Street. (Photos by Terry Ward.) Cromer’s, a landmark Columbia business, is moving. Cromer’s opened in Columbia in 1935 and is known for its popcorn, peanuts, and gift boxes. Cromer’s was founded by farmer Julian D. Cromer who sold roasted peanuts at his produce stand. He came up with the marketing slogan, “Guaranteed Worst in Town”…

City of Columbia Black History Extravaganza planned for Feb. 20

At Greenview Park

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment and more. WHO: The Black History Extravaganza is open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older. WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia,…

Cancer of Many Colors Fashion for Fighters show is Thursday night

Make a donation!

An event with fashion, fun, for a good cause, is Thursday evening. The non-profit organization, Cancer of Many Colors, is hosting a Fashion for Fighters fashion show. It’s from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites at the Columbia Airport.Tickets are $35 dollars and if you cannot attend you are asked to consider purchasing a ticket as a…

Pineview “Mathletes” win Super Bowl versus Springdale and Saulda River

"Math is my favorite subject"

They could not wait until Sunday. Rob Burggraaf Lexington 2 Instructional Technology Coach talks to Pineview Mathletes. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The Super Bowl came five days early for students from three elementary schools. Fourth-graders from Pineview Elementary, Saluda River Academy for the Arts (SRAA) and Springdale Elementary competed in Lexington 2 School District’s Math Super Bowl Wednesday at Wood Elementary in…

Board approves renovations at Airport High School

The Lexington School District Two Board approved improvements to Airport High School on Tuesday night at a special meeting. Diagram and list of internal renovations for Airport High School. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The board approved an expenditure of $2,977, 512 for internal upgrades to the school by Contract Construction. Renovations to the school include a new special-needs area, new art…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation to hold A Taste on the River

Get Tickets

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is asking you to join them for A Taste on the River. A Taste on the River. is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Stone River facilty, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. A Taste on the River will feature the best restaurants from West Columbia and the Vista. The idea…

House fire results in detour on Sunset Boulevard

Photo by Terry Ward A house fire on Kleckley Drive in West Columbia resulted in the rerouting of traffic on Sunset Boulevard Tuesday morning. Anna Huffman Public Information officer for the City of West Columbia said firefighting crews had to run a hose across Sunset Boulevard to fight the fire. The fire occurred around 9 a.m., according to an eyewitness….

Man dies after shooting earlier this month, deputies ask for help from public

The death of a man who was shot in his home earlier this month has prompted Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives to ask the public for assistance in what’s been re-categorized as a homicide investigation. The death was announced in a release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday. 57-year-old David Washington, known to many as “John Jr.,” was injured when…

West Columbia TD Bank robbed, suspects on the loose

Suspects fled in a white, four-door Volkswagen Jetta

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who robbed the TD Bank, at 1926 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. The robbery took place at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, according to WCPD Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. Morrison said “at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, two black males entered the bank and demanded…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

Get a signing bonus

Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

St. Pat’s in Five Points Line-Up Announcement Party is Tuesday

At Delaney’s Music Pub

The St. Pat’s in Five Points Planning Committee is inviting the community to Delaney’s Music Pub Tuesday for the reveal of this year’s music line-up, festival highlights, and changes. Featuring true Irish-themed entertainment to include the Rince N’ah Eireann dancers, bagpipers, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the party will also feature St. Pat’s swag, live music from artist…

Updated: Lexington County Chili Cook-Off crowd basks in sun and music

Attendance double from last year, according to organizers

  Bowls of Fury was winner of the The 2nd Annual Lexington County Chili Cookoff and Music Fest Sunday at Lexington’s downtown IceHouse Amphitheater. Bowls of Fury won both the judges first place and the Peoples Choice Award. Photo contributed.) The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining and the chili was hot. Droves of people turned out for…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…