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Columbia teenager killed in accidental shooting

It was a deadly weekend in Richland County. The second shooting death in as many days has claimed the life of a Richland County teen, authorities said Sunday. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said autopsy results indicated Jalin T. Palmer, 17, of May Oak Circle in Columbia, died from a single gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was found…

Richland deputies investigating Columbia shooting death

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a Columbia man being shot to death Friday night. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Saturday identified the victim as Benjamin Johnson, 37, of Camelot Street in Columbia. An autopsy revealed Johnson died at the scene as a result of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso….

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Suspected car thief killed in freak accident

A man alleged to have helped steal a SUV with two others died Friday in Columbia after the vehicle struck and killed the man after the trio abandoned the moving vehicle and attempted to flee police on foot, authorities said. The person killed was identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as 18-year-old Djon D’Angelo McDaniel of Slighs Avenue, Columbia….

Ex-USC assistant coach sentenced for possessing child pornography

A former assistant USC Soccer coach has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Thursday. Bert Molinary (USC Photo) In addition to the prison term, handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger, Roberto “Bert” Luis Molinary, Jr., 51, must also submit to supervised release for life…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Local Music Spotlight: Atlas Road Crew

Charleston-based band with Columbia roots gearing up for a big year

This time last year, the guys in Atlas Road Crew were getting ready to fly to Europe for their first international shows, a short tour of the continent that saw the band play in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain. A year later, they are still not quite believing that it happened. (Story continues below) Atlas Road Crew (Photo…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

‘We continue the journey’ — Hundreds gather to honor King’s legacy

Hundreds gathered Monday on the north lawn of the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds gathered Monday at the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (photo by Allen Wallace) The King Day at the Dome event, organized by the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP,…

Columbia crowns its new queens

A University of South Carolina alumna will serve as Miss Columbia in 2017. Miss Columbia 2017, Suzi Roberts (Photos by Allen Wallace) Suzi Roberts won the crown Sunday night and will represent the Famously Hot city in this summer’s Miss South Carolina pageant. Joining Roberts in the Miss South Carolina competition will be Jordyn Fox, who was crowned Miss Capital…

Columbia author celebrates new novel

James D. McAllister borrows from local lore for his latest

There’s a grain of truth in even the most fictional story, but in Columbia author James D. McAllister’s new novel, “Let The Glory Pass Away,” any local followers of the city’s cultural scene would be forgiven if they feel like they recognize whole wheat fields of characters, settings, and more. In this third novel from McAllister, he’s finally drawing from…

Richland One taking language-immersion program applications

Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes

The Richland County School District One Language Immersion Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes for the 2017-2018 school year. The program, which began in August, is based at Carver-Lyon Elementary School and currently serves 98 pre-K and kindergarten students. It will expand by one grade level each year through fifth grade. First-grade classes…

Richland One to hold Montessori parent info sessions

Do you think a Montessori education would be a good fit for your child? Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori teaching method? Richland County School District One is holding a series of information sessions for parents interested in learning more about the district’s elementary Montessori programs for the 2017-2018 school year, including preschool. Parents who would like…

Columbia ranks first in South Carolina in livability

But Columbia MSA has work to do in other key areas, report concludes

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is ranked higher than Greenville and Charleston MSAs and is tied with Raleigh in livability, according to EngenuitySC’s third annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. 2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report USC President Harris Pastides presents Engenuity’s report Friday in Columbia. (Photo by Jeff Blake) The report, announced Friday by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and USC…

Feds drop prosecution of Spring Valley High resource officer

The Justice Department on Friday said it has dropped its investigation of a former Spring Valley High School Resource Officer who had been accused of using excessive force against a black female student in an Oct. 26, 2015 incident that made national news. In a press release, the federal government said there was “insufficient evidence” that former Richland County Sheriff’s…

Software firm announces major Columbia expansion

A Columbia-based software firm announced it is set to rapidly expand its operations. Rendering of First Base Building (Image provided) TCube Solutions will be next new tenant of the First Base Building at the BullStreet development adjacent to Spirit Communications Park on the grounds of the state’s former mental hospital, the company announced. The firm, which services the insurance industry…

‘Adult spelling bee,’ with a twist of adult beverages, spells F-U-N

Leave your kids at home for this grown-up fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Children's Theatre

Spelling bees are a part of our national culture, from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee to local contests within our own children’s schools. If you are an adult spelling and word afficionado, however, opportunities to prove that skill are mostly limited to Facebook games and Scrabble nights. For the third year, however, Columbia Children’s Theatre is hosting “Columbia S-P-E-L-L-S,”…

Midlands sweeps McDonald’s All-American nominees

Give it up for high-school hoops here in the Midlands. Image provided Perhaps the highest honor for any high school basketball player – male or female – is to be named a McDonald’s All American. Each year, McDonald’s nominates the best players around the nation for inclusion on the final roster to play in the annual McDonald’s All American Games….

Columbia sets MLK Day celebration

The City of Columbia’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 16, at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street. The City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced that Claflin University President Dr. Henry Tisdale will be the keynote speaker. Tisdale…

Katrina’s Kids hosts Cola benefit concert for foster kids

Hear four live acts, bid on Darius Rucker's guitar, and more at special concert to help kids in need

Music and children are a natural fit. But for many foster children in South Carolina, activities like music lessons or band camp are simply out of reach. So are summer camps, athletic and recreation programs, scouting, leadership development, job skills training – and a whole host of other after-school and summer enrichment activities. S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, founder of Katrina’s…

‘Night at the Museum’ sleepover planned at State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is giving families a chance to experience a night at the museum this coming weekend. S.C. State Museum exhibit space (photo provided) Overnight, from Friday January 13 through Saturday, January 14, guests will get to explore the entire museum, including a special exclusive preview of the museum’s new blockbuster exhibit Savage Ancient Seas, and a variety…

Commercial rent rates exploding in downtown Cola

Landlords are increasing the asking rents on office space by three to five percent every year in downtown Columbia, according to a new report by realty firm Colliers International – South Carolina. Since the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall average asking rental rate for downtown office space has increased 28.2 percent to $21.06 per square foot a year. Over…

Soda City Rock Show: Building a music scene one show at a time

Showcase of five hard-hitting bands hits New Brookland Tavern Saturday night

If you’re in a local rock band and you perceive something is lacking in the opportunities afforded to you and your like-minded peers, what do you do? StarDog (Photos povided) If you’re StarDog, you put a series of shows together featuring various local and regional rock acts and dub it “Soda City Rock Show.” On Saturday night, they’ll host the…

Columbia’s ‘Uncle Teddy’ sentenced in oxycodone trafficking case

A man known as “Uncle Teddy” is headed to federal prison for his role as the mastermind of a scheme to acquire and illegally sell thousands of dangerous and highly addictive oxycodone pills in the Midlands, acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Thursday. Stock photo Theodore Fulton, 61, of Columbia was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment – more than 9 years…

Columbia Kroger stores raise thousands for Harvest Hope

Generosity poured out in abundance across Columbia over the holidays as Kroger grocery store customers and associates contributed more than $7,240 in just six weeks to Kroger’s 2016 Can Hunger campaign – and an additional $4,000 to a second initiative benefiting the Harvest Hope Food Bank. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 24, Kroger customers supported the annual Can Hunger campaign…