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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,…

DNR issues summary of double-fatality Lake Murray boat accident

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources released a detailed report of an April boat accident on Lake Murray that resulted in the death of two men. Danny Phillips and Shawn Lanier died in the April 21 crash. The summary confirms an earlier report that said Phillips, driving a bass boat, did not give way to  a 32-ft. power boat.  The bigger boat was driven…

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…

More human remains found in H. L. Hunley

North Charleston – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the , the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save the pioneering vessel have a new understanding of just how cramped and intimidating it must have been for the eight-man crew in 1864 when they cranked the Hunley into world history. Working in the…

“Thermal injuries” cause of death in Tuesday night fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the cause of death of the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred Tuesday night on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. According to  Fisher, autopsy findings confirmed that Aiyanna Shaw, 6, died due to thermal injuries sustained in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation by multiple…

Chapin man accused of trying to burn up his family

A Lexington County man is charged with three counts of attempted murder after family members told deputies he poured gasoline inside his Chapin home and attempted to ignite it with them inside. Mark Allen Bell, 47, is accused of pouring gasoline on the floor and throwing it on multiple people while making threats Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants. “Those…

Lexington County man wanted on murder charge turns himself in

 A Lexington County man charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last month turned himself in early Wednesday morning. Jeremy Antonio Williams is accused of shooting Derrick James Jones multiple times on Hampton Road May 30, according to the arrest warrant. Williams was served with two additional warrants Wednesday. “Williams is also charged with possession of a weapon…

Lexington County Fire Service reports details of fatal fire

Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and EMS personnel to the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road at 10 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to a residential structure fire. Click for link to initial story: Child dies in residential fire Before arriving on scene, firefighters were informed that an individual may have been entrapped in the home. Upon arrival, firefighters entered…

Six-year-old dies in residential fire in West Columbia

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. Aiyanna Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, according to Fisher. The victim, age 6, was a resident of the home.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.  The…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor, says report

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor according to a report on Collier’s International-South Carolina Webpage. A partial report is listed under Quarter One 2017 of the “Columbia Retail Market Report.” The report reads: “The Lexington County retail corridor is a 2-mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard from North Lake Drive to the Target-anchored Lexington Pavilion shopping center. The corridor is booming,…

Ft. Jackson celebrates its 100th birthday with concert party for everyone

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Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market offers food and fun on a warm Saturday morning

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REMINDER – Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration, Saturday

Click for website Fort Jackson Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on Saturday, (June 3.) Gates open at 5:30 p.m. It’s Hunter Hayes’ first time at Fort Jackson. Pickler last performed on post in 2011. The Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration will…

Lexington County man gets life for murdering estranged wife with her 10-year-old daughter present

1/2Rachel Peters Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Sean Peters – Lexington County Detention Center Photo Show Caption Hide Caption Sean Patrick Peters,39, has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. The sentence came after his guilty plea for murder in the shooting death of his wife, Rachel Peters, on December 13, 2015. Eleventh Circuit Chief Administrative Judge Eugene C. Griffith,…

Airport, Brookland-Cayce High Schools buck trend with on-campus graduations

1/2Brookland-Cayce graduation Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Airport graduation. Show Caption Hide Caption Temperatures were comfortable, just above 70 degrees as Airport and Brookland-Cayce High Schools conducted graduation ceremonies. Both graduations were held in the respective school’s football/soccer stadiums. Brookland-Cayce’s graduation was Thursday morning, beginning at 8. Airport’s was Friday morning at 8. While almost every high school in Lexington and…

Councilman Ned Tolar says Malfunction Junction fix through West Columbia neighborhoods is unlikely

Section of I-26 near the neighborhoods being discussed. ColaDaily Photo) The S.C. Department of Transportation is reviewing plans for the I-20/126 East-West Connector Directional Interchange Alternative. The plan is designed to alleviate congestion in an area known as Malfunction Junction at I-26 and 126 going into Columbia. One of the plans, among several, would severely impact five neighborhoods in the…

Riverbanks Zoo’s Conservation Support Fund renamed in honor of retiring Director “Satch” Krantz

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announced that it is renaming its conservation fund in honor of the Zoo’s retiring President and CEO Palmer Krantz also received the Order of the Palmetto,  awarded by SC Gov. Henry McMaster and presented by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, SC Sen. Nikki Setzler, SC Rep. James Smith and SC Rep. Beth Bernstein in recognition of Krantz’s lifetime achievements…

Man entices student to leave school, sexually assaults her, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Adam Bowen has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, according to a Lexington County Sheriff Department report.  He allegedly enticed a female student he knew to leave school Wednesday. Investigators said Bowen supplied the girl with drugs and alcohol and sexually assaulted her at a location away from the school. The victim was treated, released from a hospital Wednesday. She…

Lexington County man gets 50 years for murder to stop witness from testifying

John Christopher Hart, 28, of Lexington County  was sentenced to fifty years in prison for the murder of Paula Justice. Justice, 43,  also of Lexington County, was killed in 2013. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced the sentence, Thursday. After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict, convicting Hart of murder. During sentencing, Hart maintained…

Lexington Police Department hosts “Coffee With A Cop” Friday, 7:30-to-9:30 a.m.

On Friday, the Lexington Police Department will continue with the quarterly “Coffee With A Cop” events at Chick-Fil-A Saluda Pointe. Chief Terrence Green along with officers from each division, Chaplains, and Volunteers In Police Services (V.I.P.S.) members will be on hand to answer questions, discuss issues or concerns, provide information on the the many services and events that the Lexington…

SCE&G encourages preparation as hurricane season opens, 11-to 17 storms predicted

Thursday (June 1) marks the beginning of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and SC Electric and Gas, in a press release, is encouraging customers to take time to understand hurricane risks, get prepared, make a plan and stay informed. SCE&G President Keller Kissam, with SCE&G Spokesman Eric Boomhower to the left, during Hurricane Matthew preparation press conference in 2016. (ColaDaily Photo) …

West Columbia opposes I-20/126 interchange plan that would “destroy homes, relocate families”

In November, West Columbia City Council passed a resolution opposing the I-20/126 East-West Connector Directional Interchange Alternative. The interchange is commonly known as the Carolina Crossroads. Currently it is referred to as Malfunction Junction by the public. In a release, council stated it continues to oppose the proposed interchange plan. City officials said it will negatively impact the residents, businesses…