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Gov. McMaster against gas tax, S.C. Senate panel moves gas tax plan forward

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Will there be a showdown over a gas tax? South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said he is opposed to raising the state’s gas tax. McMaster said Wednesday “raising taxes on the people of South Carolina is not the right answer.” He also said more than $640  million-a-year is generated from the state’s current 16.75-cent-a-gallon gas…

White Knoll Middle Robotics team qualifies for state

Middle and high school students from across the state descended on White Knoll Middle School on WKMS Robotics Team. (Photo Contributed.) Feb. 11, for the VEX Robotics Competition War Hawk Qualifier.   Twenty-six teams came together for a nonstop, action-packed day of competition, battling against each other with robots created from VEX EDR. Participants squared off in the VEX Robotics…

New poll says 58% in South Carolina favor Trump, 78% oppose gas tax

Trump in South Carolina. (Photo Contributed.) A poll released Tuesday shows President Donald Trump’s South Carolina approval rating at 58 percent. The poll was released by the The Trafalgar Group and surveyed more than 1,200 people. It is in contrast to a poll from Winthrop University published in February. According to the Winthrop poll Trump’s approval rating in South Carolina…

West Columbia has $16.7 million unfunded liability because of State Retirement System

It grew by $1.5 million in a year

The City of West Columbia has done an excellent job minding its budget, but the city owes $16.7 million in unfunded liability to the S.C. Retirement System. CPA Bill Hancock informed West Columbia City Council that the unfunded liability is $16.7 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “It will be a budget challenge,” said Bill Hancock, a CPA with The Brittingham…

Airport’s Alaisha Gardner and BC’s Colleen Guseman named to All-State Choir

Airport’s Alaisha Gardner and BC’s Colleen Guseman named to All-State Choir. (Photo Contributed.) Alaisha Gardner, a senior at Airport High School and Colleen Guseman, a junior at Brookland-Cayce High School have been selected as members of the S.C. Music Educators Association 2017 All-State Choir. The students are from Lexington School District 2 and they are members of their school’s Advanced…

Seven people displaced as a result of two West Columbia fires

Seven people were displaced after fires broke out in two separate residences in West Columbia on Tuesday afternoon. House in the 4000 block of Florentine Road. (Photo Contributed.) Lexington County emergency personnel responded to a residential structure fire call in the 4000 block of Florentine Road just before 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival, Lexington County firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames…

Weatherfest blows into EdVenture this Saturday

EdVenture and the National Weather Service (NWS) are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017 at EdVenture. It’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how a…

Carolina Water Service fined almost $80,000 for sewage spill

It is a substantial penalty. Tubers and kayakers downstream of the Saluda River at the Gervais Street Bridge. (Photos by Terry Ward.) Carolina Water Service has been fined $78,940 for dumping sewage into the Lower Saluda River. The amount of the fine was revealed Monday in an agenda for a board meeting of the the S.C. Department of Health and…

Lexington High School set to cut ribbon on upgraded softball field

Lexington High School reopens its newly renovated softball field at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, at home plate, with an official ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting will be held just before LHS’s varsity softball game against Spring Valley. Dr. Gregory D. Little, superintendent, will throw out the first pitch before the varsity game. The $547,374 renovations and upgrades include dugouts with storage…

Lower Richland wins it all in basketball

Lower Richland High School has a State Championship. Trailing by as much as 18 points in the first half, the Lower Richland High School boys basketball team came from behind to win the 4A State Basketball Championship on Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. The Diamond Hornets, which won its last championship in 1999, defeated Wren High School 51-42. Head basketball…

Boutique grocery store coming to Columbia’s Main Street 

City Center Partnership, in conjunction with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities, is pleased to announce a boutique grocery store will open later this summer. The move was announced in a press release Monday. 1712 Main, Columbia. Ayme Rushing, a Columbia attorney, will open a 3,000 sq. ft. store called Local Yocal at 1712 Main Street. “Local Yocal…

United Way of the Midlands celebrates record-breaking campaign

1/3 Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Kraft Heinz Company Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Publix Super Markets Show Caption Hide Caption United Way of the Midlands celebrated a record-breaking campaign year and recognized hundreds of organizations and individuals for their generosity at the Live United Awards on March 2 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention…

Free shred event in Chapin, Thursday

The Chapin Police Department and Shred360 are providing opportunity for Chapin area residents to properly destroy personal documents in order to avoid fraud with another free Shred Event on Thursday, March 9 from 9 – 11 AM at Chapin Town Hall parking lot, located at 157 NW Columbia Avenue. According to officer Jeff Parrott, the town and Shred360 team up…

Lexington County Detention Center to test emergency siren

Correctional officers at the Lexington County Detention Center will test the facility’s emergency warning siren system Wednesday (March 8) at approximately 11 a.m. The system is intended to alert homes and businesses near the detention center at 521 Gibson Road in the event of an emergency situation, such as an escape. The test tone will sound for approximately 60 seconds….

Cayce plan to beautify moves forward

1/3 Knox-Abbott Drive, in Cayce, looking east. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Guignard Park, Cayce. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Cayce Streetscape rendering. Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce could start looking better soon. City of Cayce Photo of Streescaping plan on Knox-Abbott. The City of Cayce is preparing to develop new projects at its entryway from the Blossom Street Bridge…

Condo fire results in total loss

CFD Photo. A condominium fire in Columbia on Sunday resulted in the displacement of five people, according to the Columbia Fire Department. The fire was reported on the 4400 block of Bethel Church Road. One condo unit was burned and described as a total loss. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Columbia Police investigating fatal hit-and-run

The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a female pedestrian and a vehicle. The incident happened Friday night in the 3600 block of Broad River Road. As a result, the victim who has been identified by Richland County Coroner’s Office as 67-year-old Alicesene Dear Gilmore of Hopkins died from blunt force trauma to the…

Part of Paces Run Apartments destroyed in early-morning fire

CFD Photo. The Columbia Fire Department responded to a two- alarm fire at Paces Run Apartments around 4:10 a.m. Saturday. The apartments are off Parkland Road. Forty people were displaced from 24 apartments. Twelve apartments were a complete loss Flames were coming through the roof when firefighters arrived. There were multiple rescues but no injuries. The CFD later reported the…

Former Columbia resident sentenced to 15 years for child pornography

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated Friday that Richard J. Probst, 66, of DeSoto, TX, has been sentenced in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography. United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Probst to fifteen years imprisonment to be followed by Supervised Release for Life during which Probst will be required to obtain sex offender treatment;…

Human Trafficking Task Force discusses strategy

It was a chance for those in the field, fighting human trafficking, to come together and compare notes. Kathryn Moorehead, coordinator of the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force in the AG’s office. She is peaking to those who are in the field fighting human tracing.  (Photo by Terry Ward.) A statewide Human Trafficking Task Force meeting took place Friday at…