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Trans-Siberian Orchestra spectacular comes with local connection

West Cola native provides vocals for the powerful Christmas rock show set for Saturday

Most fans of Christmas music know the Trans-Siberian Orchestra through the group’s classic holiday hit “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” an instrumental that fuses arena rock excess and bombast with Broadway-worthy melody and a tinge of melancholic holiday spirit. The group didn’t start out to be a Christmas music juggernaut, but its history twists and turns through several other bands and…

Escaped convict caught in Lexington after allegedly stabbing Columbia police officer

“God is so good!” That was the exclamation Thursday from Scott Crede, headmaster at Northside Christian Academy in Lexington. Michael Alan Williamson (All photos provided) Crede had good reason to give praise. Just hours before, Lexington Police apprehended a desperate, dangerous, and cornered prison escapee who tried to break into the facility during school hours just a day after he…

Columbia Police seek attempted murder suspect

Have you seen this man? Columbia Police investigators are on the lookout for a man with a long list of active arrest warrants, including an attempted murder charge in connection with an incident Tuesday. Nathan Lamar Brown (Photo provided) Nathan Lamar Brown, 23, is wanted for attempted murder, burglary first degree, pointing and presenting, and possession of a firearm during…

Burglary suspects busted during drug arrests

Call it a two-fer. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said an officer prevented a home burglary from in an East Columbia neighborhood this weekend while making two narcotics arrests. Image provided According to Holbrook, the officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Beaver Lake Drive on Sunday, for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a cul-de-sac at…

Bojangles Bash high school hoops tourney tips off

Promising “three hot days of hoops,” the fourth-annual Bojangles Basketball Bash tips off Thursday evening at Ridge View High School. The event will feature a slate of local high-school basketball teams taking on elite high school teams from several other states. All games will be played in the main gymnasium at Ridge View High, located at 4801 Hard Scrabble Road…

Search is on for missing Columbia teen

Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen August 24

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators are searching for a Columbia teen who hasn’t been seen or heard from in more than three months. Thomas Neil Thurman (Photos provided) According to investigators, Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen by his parents Aug. 24 as he left for the late bus to Irmo High School. “Thurman’s father tells us Thomas was running…

Columbia man killed in industrial accident

A Columbia man was killed and two others were injured following an accident Tuesday at a plastics manufacturing plant northeast of Gaston. Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth identified the deceased man as 63-year-old Alton Zeigler of Columbia. An autopsy is pending, Porth said. Two others were hurt in the accident at the DAK Americas plant, located along the Lexington and…

¡Ay caramba: Columbia Spanish teacher nabs major award

Nursery Road Elementary teacher Vanessa Torres is state's lone recipient of prestigious Milken Educator Award

Walk through the halls of Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia and they may be abuzz with students conversing in Spanish. With daughter and Nursery Road kindergarten student Sophia by her side, Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres calls her husband to tell him the good news about her surprise win minutes earlier of the 2017 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. (Photos…

Son, mother face charges in death of man found in car trunk

A man suspected of killing another man near downtown Columbia last week is behind bars, and so is his mother, whom police have charged as an accomplice. Murder suspect David Therelle Anderson (Photo provided) On Friday, Columbia police arrested and charged 21-year-old David Therelle Anderson with murder in the death of Rashawn Williams, 21, whose body was found by police…

Columbia law firm donates $10,000 to Harvest Hope

Columbia-based law firm Callison Tighe has contributed $10,000 to Harvest Hope, continuing its annual commitment to the nonprofit organization that helps feed millions of South Carolinians every year. The donation to the food bank has become somewhat of a tradition at Callison Tighe, one of the firm’s partners said. The firm made its first contribution during the 2009 holiday season…

Is there still time to get on the Nice List?

Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit EdVenture every weekend in December

The holiday season is in full swing in Famously Hot Columbia, and the city is hosting some very special guests during the month of December. Santa has arrived in Columbia, joined by his wife, Mrs. Claus. The two said they are excited to share part of their holiday season with children at EdVenture Children’s Museum in downtown Columbia. In fact,…

Columbia offering ranger-led outdoors programs

Enhance your understanding of the local nature scene by joining the City of Columbia’s park rangers during a variety of programs in December. The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-guided activities where guests will learn about the birds that can be found at Riverfront Park; celebrate the Winter Solstice; hear the history of the Columbia…

Who’s a good dog? Chiver’s a good dog!

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital welcomes Chiver, the facility's new and adorable therapy animal

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital recently welcomed a new team member who specializes in providing a calming experience while motivating children to focus on therapy. Chiver and Palmetto Health physical therapist Bethany Clark. (Photo provided) Meet Chiver – a 2-year-old yellow lab and golden retriever mix, who comes to work daily with physical therapist Bethany Clark. Chiver was matched with Clark…

Local music spotlight: Unconventional rock duo Dreiberg says ‘Hi’

Despite the success of some high-profile examples such as The White Stripes or The Black Keys, the typical lineup of the average rock ‘n’ roll band is still overwhelmingly at least guitar, bass, and drums. Image provided Columbia duo Dreiberg is proving that less can be more even on a local level, and on its new EP Tell ‘Em We…

Governor’s Carolighting signals Christmas in South Carolina

The holiday season kicked off Thursday night in Columbia with the 50th annual Governor’s Carolighting. Photos by Allen Wallace The program on the steps and north lawn of the State House centered around the lighting of the state Christmas tree, which stands along Gervais Street at the Main Street intersection. Hundreds gathered despite the chilly evening, and hot chocolate was…

Dead body found in car trunk in Columbia

An unidentified body was found in the trunk of a car near downtown, the Columbia Police Department said Thursday. Few details were available Thursday night, but authorities said the deceased person was found late Thursday morning near Columbia College in the 1200 block of East Muller Avenue after police were asked reportedly by the Columbia Housing Authority to search for…

Taco Bell coming to Batesburg-Leesville

New fast-food restaurant expected to hire more than three dozen employees

Continuing a trend of new development in the Batesburg-Leesville area, a Columbia-based developer on Wednesday said it plans to build a Taco Bell slated to open early next year. (Image provided by Cason Development Group) Representatives of Cason Development Group said the planned 2,200-square-foot, free-standing restaurant and drive-thru will be located at 177 E. Church St., next to Walmart, in…

Couple charged in sex trafficking of teen girls

A Midlands couple is in jail on charges they allegedly trafficked teen-aged girls to perform commercial sex acts at a Columbia-area motel, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sex-trafficking suspects Michael Carter (left) and Shalil Alford (Photos provided) Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Tuesday said Michael Carter, 30, has been charged with three counts of trafficking in persons…

Welvista, a local healthcare stalwart, celebrates 25 years

Healthcare non-profit christens new facility in a bid to serve even more uninsured and underinsured in the Midlands

Welvista’s staff, partners, and supporters took time Tuesday to celebrate the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary, but made clear those 25 years are only the beginning, or, as the programs printed for the occasion put it, “the first quarter.” The second quarter began along with the celebration, as Welvista opened its new building at 121 Greystone Blvd. in Columbia. Officials cut the…

Teaming up to provide the elderly a Merry Christmas

Here's how you can "Be a Santa to a Senior"

Christmas isn’t just for the children. Many elderly in Richland County will go without gifts this holiday season. But a handful of organizations and businesses are teaming up to help make sure that doesn’t happen. The annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” project is now underway, combining the efforts of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Project HOPE (Helping Our…

Meet Columbia’s ‘family of comedy’

No joke: Jenn Snyder, John Gibson and cohorts seriously at work building a vibrant local comedy scene

“Laughter is the best medicine.” “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Insert your favorite quote here, but the fact is that we tend to lean on our comedians for solace in difficult times. What many in Columbia may not realize, however, is that there is a thriving bunch of funny guys and gals who have forged a local comedy scene…

Tech startup RumbleLab snags EngenuitySC prize

The Columbia area increasingly is becoming a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs. It was in that spirit that a burgeoning tech startup called RumbleLab recently took home top honors and $5,000 in seed capital as part of EngenuitySC’s annual Ignite! 2016 Ideas Contest. EngenuitySC Executive Director Meghan Hickman and RumbleLab creator Moultrie Ball. (Photo by Hal Millard) RumbleLab, created and led by…

Nominations open for Dream Keeper Scholarship

The City of Columbia now is accepting nominations for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The Dream Keeper Award recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to King’s tenets. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence and unselfish service must be demonstrated voluntarily by the nominee in support of his or her…