Education

City of West Columbia plans Solar Fest West

Solar Fest West has been scheduled for the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater. The City of West Columbia announced the event Friday. City officials have issued an invitation to  “view the once in a lifetime solar eclipse at Solar Fest West.” Solar Fest West will feature live music, food trucks, a beer garden, activities, and more. Mark you calendars. The total…

Springdale Elementary holds Celebration of the Arts as school year winds down

1/6Springdale Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Springdale 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Springdale 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Springdale 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Springdale1A Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Springdale 6 Show Caption Hide Caption ColaDaily Photos The last days of the 2016-17 school year are wining down. At Springdale Elementary, students had their 17th Annual Celebration of the Arts program…

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…

Lexington 1 issues graduation ceremony schedule for 5 high schools

Lexington One graduates from a past class. (Lexington 1 Photo) Lexington County School District One will hold graduation ceremonies for its five high schools. The graduations take place at the University of South Carolina’s Colonial Life Arena at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia, South Carolina. On Tuesday.May 30: Students from White Knoll High graduate at 8 a.m. Gilbert High School…

Airport High School students raise more than $50,000 for Camp Kemo

Airport High School Student Government under the direction of adviser, Daniel Bailey, held their annual Charity Drive for Camp Kemo. This year the effort was held from Feb. 24- March 5. In that time, Airport High School raised $50,031.67 for Camp Kemo. The annual fundraiser which has been held by Airport High School for 23 years, partners with Palmetto Health Children’s…

Pineview Elementary Girls-On-The-Run help (Make-A-) Wishes come true

Jamie Allen, Melanie Yoder, Amy Brant and Kayla Bradford are Pineview teachers who are Girls-On-The-Run leaders. Pictured with Mary Silverberg, Make-A-Wish. (ColaDaily Photo)  The Girls-On-The-Run participants at Pineview Elementary School love helping children served by Make-A-Wish. On Thursday, Girls-On-The Run at the West Columbia school donated $750 to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical…

Lexington County Coroner’s annual report shows 1,631 natural deaths, 128 accidental

Graph from coroner’s report. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released her office’s Annual Report for 2016, Monday. The report documents the mortality patterns of the county. It shows heart disease – which is a top cause of death statewide and nationally – to be the leading reason for natural deaths in the county. Cancer ranked second. Drug overdoses were the…

Coroner says Spring Hill High School student, 16, died from too much caffeine

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Davis Allen Cripe died due to large amounts of caffeine. Watts held a press conference Monday at the coroner’s office to talk about Cripe’s death. The teen had a large soft drink, a coffee-based product and an energy drink close to the time of his death, Watts said. Original story of Cripe’s death. Cripe…

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…

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…

Blythewood’s 2017 Class selects Michael Varnadore Teacher of the Year for 6th time

Michael Varnadore and his Environmental Science class. (Photo Submitted) Blythewood High School’s Environmental Science teacher Michael Varnadore has been chosen as the 2017 Senior Teacher of the Year. Members of each graduating class select one Teacher of the Year, and Varnadore has now been honored for six consecutive years. “I am humbled with this award. Receiving it once was amazing,…

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…

Tourism expert, Dr. Drew Martin, chosen to lead USC hospitality-based program

Drew Martin, Ph.D (Photo Contributed) The University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management announced that Drew Martin, Ph.D. is the new director of its School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. Martin will begin his new role on July 1. He will be responsible for leading all academic and research initiatives for the department. Martin, selected…

Kevin, Emily Heise introduced as Gray Collegiate soccer coaches

Kevin and Emily Heise (Terry Ward Photos) It’s a done deal Kevin Heise was formally introduced as the boys soccer coach at Gray Collegiate Academy on Tuesday. Heise’s wife and Lady Bearcats’ head coach Emily was named GCA’s girls soccer coach. Kevin is the former Brookland-Cayce High School soccer coach. Emily’s Brookland-Cayce Girls team won the Lower State Championship over Bishop…

Longleaf, Summit Parkway Middle schools in Richland 2 getting new principals

The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of new principals for Longleaf and Summit Parkway Middle schools, effective July 1. Robert Jackson will take over as principal of Longleaf Middle and April Shell will take the reins as principal of Summit Parkway Middle. April Shell. (Photos Provided) Jackson began his education career in Florence School District…

Airport High School student receives associates degree before high school graduation

Victoria Shea Adams-Holden graduated from MTC. the ceremony was held at Colonial Life Arena. Victoria Shea Adams-Holden, graduated from  Midlands Technical College Wednesday. She became the second high school student, to receive her Associate of Arts degree from Midlands Technical College. Shea is the first high school student from Airport High School, Lexington District 2, and the County of Lexington…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

House of Raeford delivers baskets for Teacher Appreciation Week

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Columbia International University adds women’s softball

Columbia International University is adding women’s softball to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The first season for Rams softball is scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year. Athletics Director James Whitaker said softball has been in the plans since CIU’s inaugural intercollegiate athletic season in 2012. The search for a head coach is underway. “Hiring the right coach for the job…

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY INVITES YOU TO “WELCOME WEDNESDAY” TODAY

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY INVITES YOU TO “WELCOME WEDNESDAY” TODAY May 3rd.   NORTHSIDE ROLLS OUT THE WELCOME MAT AND INVITES ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENT AND PARENT TO GET A CLOSER LOOK.   NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY WOULD LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW YOU THE AMAZING THINGS GOD IS DOING AT NORTHSIDE, AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. NORTHSIDE IS NOW ENROLLING K4-12TH GRADE. STOP BY THIS MORNING, May 3rd AT 9 O’CLOCK. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY! CALL, OR VISIT NORTHSIDECHRISTIANACADEMY.ORG TO…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…

Columbia College Board appoints Carol Moore as interim president

Carol A. Moore, PhD, has been named as interim president of Columbia College. John C.B. Smith, Chairman of the Columbia College Board of Trustees  announced the appointment in a press release. Carol A. Moore, PhD (Photo Submitted) Dr. Moore will fill the position held by Elizabeth Dinndorf, who is set to retire on June 30. Dr. Moore has been serving as the…

Midlands Technical College commencement is Wednesday

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy to get honorary degrees

More than 2,500 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates to be Awarded at Midlands Technical College Commencement First Honorary Degrees ever awarded by MTC will be presented to Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy Midlands Technical College will award more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs at commencement Wednesday, May 3. The ceremony will celebrate one…

Gilbert High’s Austin Hicks wins All-Star Automotive Technology competition

Austin Hicks with LTC Automotive Engineering Technology Master Instructor T. Raymond Roland. (Photo Submitted) Is your automobile acting up? Give Gilbert High Senior Austin M. Hicks a call. Hicks won the 2017 South Carolina All-Star Automotive Technology Competition and was awarded $5,000 for Lexington Technology Center’s Automotive Technology program and $2,500 in tools for his personal garage. Only 12 students…

Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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