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Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

1/5Pine Ridge Mayor David Busbee Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Mayors Michael Bishop, Springdale and Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin shooting baskets for charity funding. (Photo Terry Ward) The…

Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Midlands industrial development climate is better than ever

A report from a Columbia-based leasing and broker operation sites several favorable factors that point to robust economic growth in the Midlands. The industrial real estate market in Columbia saw decreased vacancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to report released by NAI Avant Monday. The trend follows a steady declining vacancy trend than began in the first quarter…

Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

1/6Girls on the Run5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Girls on the Run4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Girls on the Run3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Girls on the Run2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Girls on the Run1 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Girls on the Run6 Show Caption Hide Caption The streets of Cayce were full of runners Saturday morning. More than  1,000…

West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

Centennial Park site $3 million acceptance ceremony held at Ft. Jackson, Thursday

The Fort Jackson Centennial Park acceptance ceremony was held Thursday at the site where the park will be. The ceremony was held on the spot that the Soldier’s Statue and amphitheater will be built. It’s at the U.S. Army Basic Training Museum, 4325 Jackson Blvd, on Fort Jackson. Several supporters of the military and Ft. Jackson were on hand for…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Clothier LuLaRoe locating distribution center in Richland County, creating 1,000 jobs

LuLaRoe, a national provider of women’s and men’s clothing, is locating a new distribution center in Richland County. The project is expected to bring approximately $35 million of new capital investment and create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. The project was announced by the office of Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday afternoon in a release. Located at…

Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert

  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on June 3. Family and MWR is proud to bring Hunter Hayes to Fort Jackson for the first time and Kellie Pickler for her second time entertaining Soldiers, Family members and civilians at…

Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date TBD

Click for link to info. Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date To Be Determined The Township Auditorium Foundation will be presenting the Grass Is Dead from  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday (April 27.) It is a free concert and it will take place in the loading dock area directly behind the Township Auditorium. It’s a night…

Autopsy results released of second Lake Murray boating accident victim

1/2Danny Phillips Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Shawn Lanier Show Caption Hide Caption  According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, an autopsy performed on Monday revealed that Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The injury was sustained in a Lake Murray boat collision, Friday night. Lanier was one of two victims…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

2017 McDaniels Golf Classic results in $255,000 for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers

The McDaniels Golf Classic benefits Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. It was held Friday at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. (Center) Bill McDaniels (Photo Submitted) Bill McDaniel is a signature sponsor and president of McDaniels Auto Group. He is in his 26th year with the fundraiser. The classic has raised over $4.5 million since it began. The McDaniels Golf Classic helps support…

Two men who died in Lake Murray boating accident are identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victims of a fatal boating accident that occurred on Lake Murray on Friday. The body of Mr. Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which took place at approximately 11:10 p.m. Link to initial report An autopsy performed on Saturday revealed that Phillips died as the result of blunt…

Richland 2 students, faculty join Relay For Life effort Saturday

On Saturday,  hundreds of supporters and volunteers will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Richland County High Schools at Richland Northeast High School. The event is being held to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m. with Opening…

Man charged after dead animals found in his apartment

A Richland County man has been charged with 24 counts of ill treatment to animals. Kurt Hafner (RCSD Photo) Kurt Hafner, 36, was arrested after Richland County Sheriff deputies enforcing an eviction order, found dead animals in his apartment. He is a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Jackson. The 24 dead animals, the sheriff’s department said, were in an apartment on…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) “We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re…

Sparkleberry Country Fair awards 27 scholarships to Richland 2 students

The Sparkleberry Country Fair is helping 27 Richland Two students pay their college expenses. Photos contributed (Click to enlarge) The students, from all five Richland Two high schools, will each be awarded $1000 at a reception Wednesday, April 19. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2),  at 763 Fashion Drive, at the…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

S.C. Highway Patrol looks for car involved in fatal hit-and-run early Sunday

The S.C. Highway Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Fairfield County. A pedestrian was hit and killed on Old Camden Road, near Trade Mill Court, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle that is believed to be involved is a 2006-to-2010 Dodge Charger. It could have damage to…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

1/4Easter Bunny visits kids Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Games Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Easter celebration at the ball park Show Caption Hide Caption Easter Bunny in Columbia. (Photos by Terry Ward) The City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin held the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday. The event included an Easter Egg…

SCDOT to close Bear Creek Road Monday until Friday, to repair bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  plans to close Bear Creek Road from NE Miles Road to Hidden Valley Road to thru traffic for bridge repair. Traffic will be detoured along NE Miles Road, Smyma Church Road, Peake Road and  Hidden Valley Road. For additional information, the public may contact the Richland County Maintenance Office at (803) 786-0128.

From Afghanistan to Catawba Trail Elementary, Zoe Thompson reunites with her dad

By Renee Ittner-McManus Catawba Trail Elementary second-grader Zoe Thompson got more than she bargained for when she lined up with classmates Friday for a field day race. At the end of the lane lay more than bragging rights for the team’s winner: her dad, Capt. Joseph Thompson, fresh off the plane from a 12-month tour of Afghanistan, was there to…