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National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

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Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

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In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Weatherfest blowing into EdVenture in March

EdVenture (photo Permitted.) The National Weather Service and EdVenture Children’s Museum are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017! This event will be blowing into Columbia – at EdVenture – on March 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Children will learn…

Stewart and Steven Mungo honored as United Way Humanitarians of the Year

 United Way of the Midlands will recognize Stewart and Steven Mungo as the 2016 Humanitarians of the Year award recipients. They will be recognized at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Stewart and Steven Mungo. (Photo Contributed.) The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…

Irmo’s Rex Epps named Soccer All-American at West Point

Rex Epps, West Point Army soccer forward, has been named a Freshman All-American by College Soccer News. Epps, from Irmo, was highly recruited out of Dutch Fork High School. He was ranked 93rd in the IMG Top 150 Players for the Class of 2015. Parents, Reggie and Tammie Epps, with Rex, middle. (Photos Contributed.) Epps was one of 35 freshman nationally from the…

Congressman Jim Clyburn speaks at Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

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St. Pat’s in Five Points offering in-store pre-sale tickets beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, pre-sale outlets for St. Pat’s in Five Points, are available. It is March 18. Be prepared to shake your shamrocks at the 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points – one of the largest green and Gaelic celebration in the Southeast! In addition to online sales, which have been available since November, six stores are have hundreds of tickets to…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Soda City, street fair for street fare

from clothing and woodworks to art and goat cheese

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Coroner releases name of man killed in Columbia, Friday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident Friday night at 6:30 p.m.  The incident occurred at 1506 Bailey Street, Columbia. It’s the location of Colony Apartments. James Dexter Grant, 30, of Xavier Road, Rembert, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto…

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to speak at Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Sixth Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia. US Rep. James E. Clyburn. (Photo Submitted.) The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an…

Building in Columbia’s old African-American business district to be renovated

1325 Park St. (Photo by Terry Ward) A property, built in 1929, will be renovated to become the new home of Belser and Belser law offices. The historic building is at 1325 Park St. and it was designated with Landmark Status recently through the City of Columbia. “It is one of the few surviving remnants of the once thriving African-American business district that…

Columbia man charged with 15 counts related to child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday announced the arrest of Quinton Taeshaun McClendon, 26, of Columbia, on 15 charges connected to sexual exploitation of a minor. Stock Photo (Use Permitted) Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. The Richland Count Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted with the…

Columbia’s Mayor Benjamin, agencies unify for basketball tournament

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation and public safety agencies for a Black History Month Basketball Tournament 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 youth and the…

Boeing South Carolina votes not to unionize

Lowcountry Graduate Center Photo. Use Permitted. Two days before a presidential visit, workers at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, rejected an invitation to join the Machinists union. An union organizer conceded, Wednesday, that workers voted not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The vote against unionization was almost 75 percent. About 3,000 workers voted. On…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

“Rocketman” Gregg Bickley set to take on Koger with Elton John Tribute, Feb. 25

Tickets are selling fast

Tokyo Joe’s Greg Bickley is ROCKETMAN. He will perform his Elton John Tribute at the Koger Center in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 25. With 10 days left before the show, ticket sales are moving toward a sell-out. Click this link for Rocketman Ticket Info. Gregg Bickley, in costume, as Rocketman Sir Elton John. (Photo Vickie Lovett.) Bickley found out as…

Columbia area housing market warm in January

The Columbia housing market is starting the year 2017 with a jump, according to statistics from the S.C. Realtors. (Labeled for Reuse Photo.) Data released Tuesday showed an almost 7 percent increase in the number of homes sold in the Greater Columbia area. in January, compared to January 2016. There were 739 homes sold in the first month of this…

Trump coming to South Carolina

President Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. A visit, this week, to the Palmetto State has been rumored since Sunday. Link to initial report Trump will visit North Charleston and the Boeing aircraft facility there. The visit will take place on Friday, when Boeing’s latest 787 aircraft will be introduced. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump’s visit to South Carolina…

AT&T announces 100 percent fiber network for Columbia area

AT&T announced it is offering “Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds” for Columbia residential and business customers. Photo from Tuesday press conference in Columbia. ATT officials and Mayor Steve Benjamin. (Photo Submitted.) The new technology was announced Tuesday morning in Columbia at a press conference that included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are excited to add Columbia to the growing list of areas…