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S.C. AG calls Human Trafficking Task Force meeting for Friday

Assistant AG Marie Sazehn, Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, speaks at a meeting in 2015. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has called a Human Trafficking Task Force meeting. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, at the City of West Columbia Municipal Complex 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia. The task force will meet to discuss updates,…

S.C. Secretary of State’s office launches on-line document access

Mark Hammond, S.C. Sec. of State. The S.C. Secretary of State’s office is offering an online service for organizations to file official business forms. The new service offers digital access to more than 150 documents. Link to Business Filings Site It is designed to increase efficiency and help improve support for customers by providing an on-line method for companies to…

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

1/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption SC National Guard Photos. Sunday morning, S.C. National Guard soldiers from the 742nd Support Maintenance Company deployed from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, at the Eagle Aviation Terminal. They are headed…

Deputies investigate man beaten badly

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the severe beating of a 65-year-old man. Deputies went to Palmetto Health Richland at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, where the “severely beaten” man was. He had injuries to the head. He was found in the 1100 block of St. Andrews Road and transported to the hospital. The man has undergone surgery. No more information…

Blythewood joins Columbia-area teams in Championship game

The S.C. High School League state championship games are Friday and Saturday at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. WACH -Tv will televise the games. On Friday: The Blythewood Boys will play Dorman in the 5A Championship game at, 8:30 p.m. Blythewood defeated Irmo Saturday in Florence, to become the Lower State finalist. Link to: Lower Richland, Keenan going to state championship…

Fire destroys Columbia towing business

CFD Photos. Crews from the Columbia Fire Department were called to Sandy Run Towing at 3610 North Main late Friday night. Firefighters battled a fire for more than two hours before it was extinguished. There were no injuries. The one-story building and the cars inside were a complete loss, according to information released by the CFD. The cause of the fire…

Don’t blink, Cayce Motel 6 will be gone soon

1/46 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/46 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/46 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/46 4 Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Motel 6 is slated for demolition. The  motel sits on the property where the new Brookland-Cayce High School Arena is planned. On Thursday, Don Icenhower, chief operations officer for Lexington School District 2, said…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River is Tuesday

Join the West Columbia Beautification Foundation for a Taste on the River. It’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 28) at Stone River, Alexander Road, West Columbia (Beside the Riverwalk Amphitheater at the base of the Gervais Street Bridge.) The best restaurants from West Columbia and The Vista will be on hand for a fun evening. Chefs will showcase their elegant-…

Aug. 21 eclipse in Columbia affecting school attendance calendars

Dr. Bill James, Lexington 2 Superintendent. Dr. Bill James, Superintendent of Lexington Two Schools, said all Midlands schools are working around their school calendars to deal with the Aug. 21 eclipse projected for Columbia. “There will be a million people here,” James said at the Lexington School Board meeting, Thursday. He said he has conducted meetings with other Midlands school…

Darius Rucker has scheduled free concert for USC

Darius Rucker (Use permitted.) Darius Rucker, Nashville star and formerly with Hootie and Blowfish, will play a free concert on Wednesday, April 5 at the Colonial Life Arena. USC  President Harris Pastides announced the free concert on Twitter, Friday. Harris Pastides @HarrisPastides Just got off the phone with @dariusrucker. Mark your calendars, #UofSC students! Darius is coming home! http://sc.edu/darius  Pastides Tweeted….

REMINDER: Mayor Benjamin to play in Black History Month Basketball Tournament, Sunday

Mayor Benjamin Partners with Columbia Parks and Recreation and Public Safety Agencies for Black History Month Basketball Tournament Event will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday. WHAT: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with…

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Lexington Two School Board votes to change plans for Springdale Elementary

Parking lot access road moved

The Lexington Two School Board voted, Thursday, to change the plan for parking lot renovations at Springdale Elementary School, Thursday. “Option C” that was approved for Springdale Elementary Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The new plan will allow for 135 parking spaces and stacking room for 68 cars in the pickup/drop off line. Amber Bond, who lives in Parrish Plantation, voiced…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

game is in greenville

In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

Lexington County detectives investigate homicide, looking for victim’s car

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Gaston man’s death as a homicide after deputies found his body in his home during a welfare check Monday night. 2006 Toyota Corolla (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man as 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak. Link to LCSD video “We responded to Mr. Kobylak’s home in the 200…

Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show coming March 10 – 12

The 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show has been scheduled for next month. It’s at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 and presented by Clyde Nettles Roofing. Earl McLeod, of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, issued a release about the show, Thursday. Admission is $5 per person; Kids 14 and…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Hemming’s dramatic 3-pointer advances Brookland-Cayce to playoff showdown

BC is 15-0 in 2017

Is the Brookland-Cayce Boys basketball team peaking at the right time? BC Head Basketball Coach Robert Wells. Photo by Terry Ward.) Tuesday night, BC’s Lloyd Hemming hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 67-65 win over Ridgeville-Hardeeville. The game was played in Estill. Hemming is the S.C. 3A Player-of-the-Year. But he was not even the…