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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…

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

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Line-up for Columbia’s Free Summer Concert Series, begins June 3

Ruben Studdard, Dante Lewis and S.O.S. Band to Perform

The City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series will return June 3 to Finlay Park with a variety of local and national recording artists, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following dates: · June 3 (R&B): Ruben Studdard · June 17 (Variety): The Boomers…

Five After Five, 5 Points concert series details

The Five Points Association welcomes the community to the third concert of this season’s Five After Five. It’s a free and family friendly outdoor concert series in the heart of Five Points, at the fountain. Patrons enjoy great local music, brews, food and fun times  on the first Sunday of the month, through August.  Previous seasons have been held on a…

Quinn says he’s being targeted by a partisan Democrat

After Rep. Rick Quinn, was indicted by the State Grand Jury on Tuesday, he issued a statement saying he is not guilty and he wants to clear up the matter. “I have done nothing wrong, and I am asking for a speedy trial so this can be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Quinn, in the statement. Quinn’s family owns…

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…

Drew McKissick elected chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday

Drew McKissick was elected as the State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday at the 2017 South Carolina Republican Party State Convention. Drew McKissickMcKissick received 86 percent of the vote and defeated Mark Powell of Anderson County. McKissick assumes the duties of State Chairman immediately and becomes the SCGOP’s 19th State Chairman. McKissick released the following statement on the election…

Markus Leemet breaks USC record at SEC Track and Field Championships, Friday

USC’s Williams, Sow, and Leemet make history at the SEC Track & Field Championships. (Chandler Mack Photo) By Chandler Mack The 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are being held at the University of South Carolina from Thursday until Saturday. On Friday, USC track team members Markus Leemet, Rougui Sow, and Tye Williams headlined for the Gamecocks. Leemet was…

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…

Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Blythewood High School – postponed until May 19

Due to weather threat

WHAT: Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, community members and students will unite for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Blythewood in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event originally scheduled for Friday (May 12) has been postponed a week until Friday (May 19) due to severe weather threats. Funds raised…

House, Senate override McMaster’s veto, gas tax going up 12-cents a gallon, beginning July 1

SCDOT applauds tax

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has stood almost alone in opposition to a tax that will increase the price of gas by 12-cents a gallon. Gov. Henry McMaster in his YouTube address decrying the tax hike. The bill that raises the gas tax by 2-cents-a-gallon for the next six years, also increases other driver and vehicle fees. The gas tax increase will take effect…

More than 70,000 came to S.C. Guard Expo last weekend

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USC Football Coach Will Muschamp says newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” about players

USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp. (USC Athletics Photo) University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Will Muschamp is asking for an apology from a Columbia newspaper after two of his players have been cleared of involvement in an assault. Muschamp said publicly Monday that he feels Columbia’s The State newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” regarding Gamecock football players. Muschamp also said…

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

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…

Riverbanks Zoo mourns death of beloved African elephant, Penny, 37

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is saddened to announce the death of one of its female African elephants. 37-year-old Penny was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand. Riverbanks Zoo photo of its elephants. Penny arrived at Riverbanks in December of 2001 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)…

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…

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…

Midlands Gives results in $1,638,531 for nonprofits

Tameika Isaac Devine, of Columbia City Council, shoots a free throw for charity at Midlands Gives, Tuesday. Midlands Gives, the 24-hour online giving event that ended at 11:59 Tuesday night, accumulated $1,638,531 in donations. The fundraising challenge is presented annually the by Central Carolina Community Foundation. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, more than 10,000 contributions to nonprofits in 11 midlands counties…