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In-Vest USA bulletproof vest fundraiser in Lexington hours after two Cayce officers shot

A concert planned to raise money to buy bulletproof vests for police officers became all the more timely after two Cayce Department of Public Safety officers were shot and wounded while pursuing a suspect who ran after a routine traffic stop Saturday morning. Less than 12 hours after the shooting, the previously scheduled event began at Lexington’s Icehouse Amphitheater, with…

Columbia Police report man shot at Finlay Park, Saturday night

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting in Finlay Park, Saturday night. A male victim shot in the upper body after two men may have been arguing. The victim  was taken to the hospital, according to a police department report. His condition is unknown. The shooting took place about 9 p.m. in the upper part of the park. Anyone with information about the shooting…

Columbia city pools a big splash on first day

1/3Columbia Swimming 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Columbia Swimming 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Columbia Swimming 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Summer officially begins June 21, but on a sunny Saturday with the temperature hovering near 90, Columbia got the season started early by opening the city’s pools and splash pads. Opening day at Columbia’s pools and splash pads (Allen…

Columbia Fire Department units respond to residential fire

Columbia Fire Department units responded to two-story residential structure fire, Saturday, in the 1000 block Coralbean Way. There was fire reported on the second floor. Crews knocked down the fire and began ventilation operations. There were no reported injuries. The cause of fire is under investigation by the Richland Fire Marshal. Damages are estimated at $50,000. The home was unoccupied…

Gamecocks lose to LSU, left to await word on NCAA Tournament field of 64

From USC Athletics USC Athletics. In its fifth game in five days, South Carolina ran out of steam as second seeded LSU reached 10 runs for the fifth consecutive game on their way to an 11-0 win over the Gamecocks in seven innings in the semifinals of the 2017 SEC Tournament.  LSU is now 42-17 with the Gamecocks 35-25 on…

West Columbia Public Works’ Mike Bollinger wins the Midlands Region Backhoe Rodeo

(Photo of Mike Bollinger by Jamie Hook) Mike Bollinger of the West Columbia Public Works Department was the winner if the Midlands Region Backhoe Rodeo. The competition was held Friday in Columbia. He will advance to the State Competition in Charleston in July. West Columbia Public Works Director Jamie Hook congratulated Bollinger and said the whole city staff is proud…

Gamecocks defeat Kentucky in SEC baseball tournament, advance to semifinals

USC Athletics Department report TJ Hopkins’ pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning helped lift South Carolina to a 3-1 win over Kentucky to advance the Gamecocks to the semifinals of the 2017 SEC Tournament.  The Gamecocks are now 35-24 on the year with Kentucky falling to 39-20 for the season. South Carolina will face second seeded…

Two Cayce police officers, and a suspect, shot after chase

Two officers and a man running from police were shot early Saturday morning. At approximately 12:35 a.m. officers with the Cayce Department of Public Safety initiated a routine traffic stop, said Ashley Hunter, spokeswoman for the Cayce Department of Public Safety. The stop began on Knox-Abbott Drive near the Blossom Street Bridge in the City of Cayce. The vehicle being pulled…

Columbia Police investigate woman shot near Dutch Square Mall

Columbia Police Investigators continue to make progress regarding an overnight shooting investigation near Dutch Square Mall. The incident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. at 421 Bush River Road. The female victim who was shot in the lower body has been treated and released from a local hospital. Preliminary information indicates that the victim was shot by a male suspect after…

City of West Columbia plans Solar Fest West

Solar Fest West has been scheduled for the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater. The City of West Columbia announced the event Friday. City officials have issued an invitation to  “view the once in a lifetime solar eclipse at Solar Fest West.” Solar Fest West will feature live music, food trucks, a beer garden, activities, and more. Mark you calendars. The total…

Columbia Police conducting public safety checkpoints over Memorial Day Weekend

The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit will conduct public safety checkpoints including DUI enforcement during the Memorial Day weekend. Officers will increase patrols in North Columbia and at a major Interstate to deter reckless and impaired driving, speeding and other motor vehicle violations that can cause collisions. Patrol officers will enhance these efforts across the City of Columbia. Every…

SCDOT installs USC-W Basketball National Championship signs

USC Photo Contributed The South Carolina Department of Transportation installed the first of 15 state highway signs, Friday, recognizing South Carolina’s 2017 Women’s Basketball National Championship. The initial sign went up at southbound SC 277 near the Harden Street Extension intersections with the others going up at Welcome Centers near the South Carolina border and at several other locations around…

Highway deaths up statewide, down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The number of people losing their lives on South Carolina highways is up. As of Monday, 375 people had died on the state’s roads. At the same time last year there were 366 highway deaths, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. There were more than 1,000 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2016, according to Lance Cpl. David…

Ridge View High’s Dasya’ Young has not missed day of school in 12 years

Dasya’ Young (Photo Submitted) Ridge View High School senior Dasya’ Young hasn’t missed a day of school in 12 years. The South Carolina Department of Education is recognizing her for perfect attendance from first-through-twelfth- grade. Dasya’ says her mother has been her personal alarm clock and made sure she had everything she needed before arriving to school. “I take attendance…

Charleston surpasses Columbia in population by 76 residents, according to Census report

Charleston is South Carolina’s largest city, followed closely by Columbia at the second spot. And Greenville is the nation’s fastest-growing city east of Texas. The U.S. Census information was released Thursday morning. Charleston has surpassed Columbia in population by adding residents each year at a faster rate than Columbia. Charleston’s estimated population in the middle of 2016 was 134,385. Columbia’s…

Trooper David Jones says Highway Patrol to be out in force for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, bringing a day off and lots of festivities. Have fun say law enforcement authorities, but don’t be dangerous. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke to Tyler Ryan of the Dude Radio, Thursday. He said if you drink, do not drive. “Don’t even go into a function to have a…

Gamecocks stay alive in SEC Baseball Tournament with power explosion

By Chandler Mack The Gamecock baseball team’s  NCAA Tournament hopes are still alive after a convincing victory over the Missouri Tigers Thursday afternoon. Alex Destino. (Chandler Mack Graphic) Led by freshman Carlos Cortes, junior Alex Destino, and senior Wil Crowe,  the Gamecocks were able to defeat the Tigers 10-2, advancing to the next round of the SEC Tournament, being played in Hoover Alabama. Destino…

Lowe’s Foods’ ribbon-cutting in Lexington attracts large crowd

Lowe’s Company Photo Provided. A new grocery store has come to the Midlands. Lowe’s Foods cut the ribbon on its first store in the Midlands, Wednesday. It’s at the corner of Charter Oak Road and Augusta Road in Lexington, across from Lexington High School. Despite a day that included a tornado warning, a large crowd, overflowing the parking lot, showed…

Report says growth, strong employment, low prices attracting investors to Columbia’s office market

CBRE Research has released data on the commercial office real estate market in Columbia, for the first quarter of 2017. For the 17th consecutive quarter, according to the report, the Columbia office market has exhibited positive absorption. Investors are drawn to the market’s stability. The growth of government, higher education and the insurance industry,  combined with Columbia being one of the most…

Airport High School students raise more than $50,000 for Camp Kemo

Airport High School Student Government under the direction of adviser, Daniel Bailey, held their annual Charity Drive for Camp Kemo. This year the effort was held from Feb. 24- March 5. In that time, Airport High School raised $50,031.67 for Camp Kemo. The annual fundraiser which has been held by Airport High School for 23 years, partners with Palmetto Health Children’s…

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

SCDOT presents information session about I-26 widening plan in Chapin

The details of a $1.5 billion Interstate-26 -improvement project, outside of Columbia, were presented Tuesday night. SCDOT map of planned upgrades to I-26. The widening of I-26, from Exit 85 to Exit 101, was the topic of discussion. The S.C. Department of Transportation sponsored the meeting at Chapin High School. The SCDOT plan includes widening I-26 (in some cases up-to…

Rep. Rick Quinn to remain free on personal recognizance

After agreeing to return to the court in the future, Rep. Rick Quinn was allowed to go free on personal recognizance by Judge Knox Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo. McMahon, Tuesday in a Richland County courtroom. In accordance with the bond agreement, the Lexington Republican would have to pay a $50,000 bond if he missed a court date. Quinn…

Columbia’s city pools, splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Columbia Parks and Recreation Photo The City of Columbia swim season will begin on Saturday, for Maxcy Gregg Pool, Greenview Pool and spray pools/splash pads, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Both pools…