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Columbia city pools a big splash on first day

1/3Columbia Swimming 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Columbia Swimming 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Columbia Swimming 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Summer officially begins June 21, but on a sunny Saturday with the temperature hovering near 90, Columbia got the season started early by opening the city’s pools and splash pads. Opening day at Columbia’s pools and splash pads (Allen…

SCDOT installs USC-W Basketball National Championship signs

USC Photo Contributed The South Carolina Department of Transportation installed the first of 15 state highway signs, Friday, recognizing South Carolina’s 2017 Women’s Basketball National Championship. The initial sign went up at southbound SC 277 near the Harden Street Extension intersections with the others going up at Welcome Centers near the South Carolina border and at several other locations around…

Ridge View High’s Dasya’ Young has not missed day of school in 12 years

Dasya’ Young (Photo Submitted) Ridge View High School senior Dasya’ Young hasn’t missed a day of school in 12 years. The South Carolina Department of Education is recognizing her for perfect attendance from first-through-twelfth- grade. Dasya’ says her mother has been her personal alarm clock and made sure she had everything she needed before arriving to school. “I take attendance…

Trooper David Jones says Highway Patrol to be out in force for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, bringing a day off and lots of festivities. Have fun say law enforcement authorities, but don’t be dangerous. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke to Tyler Ryan of the Dude Radio, Thursday. He said if you drink, do not drive. “Don’t even go into a function to have a…

Gamecocks stay alive in SEC Baseball Tournament with power explosion

By Chandler Mack The Gamecock baseball team’s  NCAA Tournament hopes are still alive after a convincing victory over the Missouri Tigers Thursday afternoon. Alex Destino. (Chandler Mack Graphic) Led by freshman Carlos Cortes, junior Alex Destino, and senior Wil Crowe,  the Gamecocks were able to defeat the Tigers 10-2, advancing to the next round of the SEC Tournament, being played in Hoover Alabama. Destino…

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

Columbia’s city pools, splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Columbia Parks and Recreation Photo The City of Columbia swim season will begin on Saturday, for Maxcy Gregg Pool, Greenview Pool and spray pools/splash pads, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Both pools…

Richland One school district’s high school graduation ceremonies begin Wednesday, until Friday

1/2Graduation Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Parking Show Caption Hide Caption Richland One school district’s high school graduation ceremonies begin Wednesday morning. Ceremonies will continue until Friday, at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street. The Richland One Evening High School Program’s graduation ceremony will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the Olympia Learning Center auditorium, 621 Bluff Road. The Richland One…

Copper Barn Furniture, rustic classic, but not typical on North Main Street

Copper Barn Furniture (ColaDaily Photos) Copper Barn Furniture is in the middle of its grand opening. It is one of the newest additions to Columbia’s North Main Street. The store was developed by Josh and Stephanie Wilson. With a slightly rustic but classic feel, one doesn’t even recognize the space as the old If It’s Paper building. Corrugated tin, dark…

Flash flood watch issued until Thursday

ColaDaily file photo. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Richland and Lexington counties. And a flash flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Monday. Rain began afternoon Monday, and has been heavy at times.  The flash flood watch includes all Midlands counties. The flood watch does not expire until Thursday morning. Heavy rain and strong winds…

State’s unemployment rate hits record low in April

The unemployment rate in Richland County fell to 3.5 percent in April from 3.9 percent in March. In Lexington County, the unemployment rate fell to 3 percent from 3.4 percent in March. Lexington County was tied with Charleston County for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Richland County ranked 13th of the state’s 46 counties.  The data was released by the…

Main Street Mile, Fun Run Friday night, Governor’s Cup is Saturday morning

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HUD allocates additional $7.3 million to Richland County for flood recovery

The federal government is providing an additional $7.254 million to Richland County to help with flood recovery efforts. ColaDaily file photo The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday it is providing $163 million in additional funding to several states struggling to rebuild after natural disasters struck in 2015 and 2016, including Texas, Florida, Louisiana and North…

Richland County’s drone program revolutionizing data collection

1/3Drone photo Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Drone Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Richland County personnel with drones Show Caption Hide Caption From the Richland County Public Information Officer: Richland County drone photos. They may look like toys, but Richland County’s two drone units are anything but. Each unmanned aerial system ― or UAS, but commonly called a drone ― is elevating…

Wendy Brawley wins Democratic Party primary runoff

Wendy Brawley (Candidate Photo) Wendy Brawley won the Democratic Party’s primary runoff over Heath Hill in the S.C. House District 70 race, Tuesday. Brawley was also the top vote-getter in the May 2 primary. Hill finished second. District 70 was represented by Joe Neal who died in February. District 70 covers Lower Richland and portions of western Sumter County. Brawley…

Richland Library named national award winner, one of top five libraries in the country

The Institute of Museum of Library Services has named Richland Library as a winner of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for their service and dedication to the community. Melanie Huggins making the announcement Monday in front of library board. (Terry Ward Photo) The award comes after back-to-back years…

Yonder Field changes opening from late May to August

Renderings of Yonder Field  Yonder Field has announced that Bowman Bound, the first festival that was slated for May 27 (and Memorial Day weekend) has been cancelled. A majority of the confirmed acts that were scheduled will come for future festivals.  The 2017 season will now be August through October. The 2018 season will commence in April and play through October….

Columbia Parks and Recreation offers free gardening workshops

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. Click on image to enlarge The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners. All workshops will be held at 10 a.m. at the Earlewood…

Annual synchronous fireflies display expected soon at Congaree National Park

Photo from Great Smokey Mountains National Park. One of the few places for the fireflies show. The Congaree National Park Park staff and community partners are gearing up for a celebration of the annual synchronous fireflies which will soon appear at Congaree National Park. The synchronous fireflies are a rare phenomenon and can only be seen in a handful of…

Found – Cayce Public Safety seeks help to find missing teen- Updated

Jurnee Smith-McBeth has been found. The juvenile reported missing earlier has been located at the Walmart in West Columbia. She in home safely with her parents. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help to locate Jurnee Smith-McBeth, 15. Jurnee left her residence in Cayce on Monday (May 8.) She has not been seen by her family since…

Cayce man killed in Eastover motorcycle accident

Maurice Shaw, 44, of Tufton Court, Cayce, was the driver of a motorcycle that was struck by a car.  Shaw was transported by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died at 8:32 p.m.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.  An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due…

Thousands flood McEntire for S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo

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SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…