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Victim of fatal I-20 accident identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person killed in the single vehicle accident that occurred just before 1 p.m. on Monday. The accident occurred on Interstate 20 at mile marker 61 in Lexington County. Fisher reported that Kari Grace Brown, 29, of Taylors  died at the scene from multiple body trauma. The 2006 GMC truck in which she was a passenger…

Lexington mayor in crash after traffic patrols increased

Postal vehicle in Lexington wreck. (LPD Photo.) Lexington police announced an increase in the number of patrols this week on some of the town’s busy roads. On the first day of the ramped up traffic enforcement, Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall was involved in a multiple-vehicle collision. The Monday and Tuesday extra patrols include traffic enforcement saturation and safety checkpoints, according…

Drain the Columbia swamp the focus at Trump rally

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22 “Travelers” to enter guilty pleas, Tuesday

Racketeering case

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake, 22 defendants are scheduled to enter guilty pleas in the Traveler Racketeering case. The “change of plea” hearings have been scheduled for the 22 defendants who were previously indicted on racketeering charges arising from a criminal enterprise that operates in the North Augusta area of South Carolina. The hearings…

First Tee of Columbia Children’s Golf Sessions registration until March 3

The First Tee of Columbia Spring Golf Sessions for Children The deadline to register is Friday, March 3. Registration is accepted online at www.TheFirstTeeColumbia.org or in person at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center.   The First Tee of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center will hold its Spring Golf Session for children ages 5-17 from March 14 through…

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

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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…