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Ridge View students plant hope and joy during Day of Service

By Renee Ittner-McManus On an early Saturday morning when most teenagers could be sleeping in, students and parent volunteers from Ridge View High School are already hard at work. These students have rakes and shovels in hand, doing their part to beautify the school during Ridge View’s Day of Service. Ridge View High School senior Maria Mathew  and sophomore Malcolm Wilson…

Two Columbia men arrested on child pornography charges

Jeffrey Fasick, 41,and Kevin Loan, 36, both of Columbia, have been charged in connected to sexual exploitation of minors, according to SC Attorney General Alan Wilson. Fasick was arrested on March 16. He is charged with one count sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and two counts of sexual…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Experience Columbia SC, experiences evolution of the city’s brand

"The Real Southern Hot Spot."

Columbia introduced a new brand last week. It’s still “Famously Hot,” but add to that: “The Real Southern Hot Spot.” Graphics provided by Experience Columbia SC. Andrea Mensink is communications director for Experience Columbia SC. It’s the group that was known before as the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism. She said more than a year of research and…

St. Pat’s in Five Points draws thousands to Columbia

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Target Zero puts aggressive drivers on alert

1/1 Target Zero Press Conference, Wednesday. Show Caption Hide Caption The big St. Patrick’s Day festival in Columbia is Saturday. There will be a lot of fun, but safety will be a priority, too. Target Zero press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “We have a very big weekend before us,” said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook at the Midlands…

Job numbers at record high, Lexington County has lowest unemployment rate

More people in South Carolina than ever were working at the end of January, but the rate of unemployment rose. That information comes from the monthly report issued Monday by Kristin Coulter of the S.C. Department of Employment Workforce. The number of people working rose by 9,373 in January from December 2016 to more than 2.2 million people. The number of…

Palmetto State Job Fair is Wednesday in Columbia

1/1Job fair Show Caption Hide Caption The 4th annual Palmetto State Job Fair- billed as the largest in South Carolina – is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday. It’s at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, in the heart of the Vista- downtown Columbia. It was formerly known as the SC Midlands Job Fair, but the job fair has become…

Kemopalooza 2017 raises funds to help children with cancer

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Could Tim Tebow come back to Columbia to play for the Fireflies?

Tim Tebow, who has played in Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium, could be coming back to Columbia. Tim Tebow of the Mets. (Photo Contributed.) If Tebow does come to Columbia, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, will be wearing a Columbia Fireflies baseball uniform. Tebow signed with the Mets last fall. He played in the Arizona Fall League. On Wednesday, Tebow made his spring training…

West Columbia has $16.7 million unfunded liability because of State Retirement System

It grew by $1.5 million in a year

The City of West Columbia has done an excellent job minding its budget, but the city owes $16.7 million in unfunded liability to the S.C. Retirement System. CPA Bill Hancock informed West Columbia City Council that the unfunded liability is $16.7 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “It will be a budget challenge,” said Bill Hancock, a CPA with The Brittingham…

Weatherfest blows into EdVenture this Saturday

EdVenture and the National Weather Service (NWS) are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017 at EdVenture. It’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how a…

Boutique grocery store coming to Columbia’s Main Street 

City Center Partnership, in conjunction with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities, is pleased to announce a boutique grocery store will open later this summer. The move was announced in a press release Monday. 1712 Main, Columbia. Ayme Rushing, a Columbia attorney, will open a 3,000 sq. ft. store called Local Yocal at 1712 Main Street. “Local Yocal…

Drain the Columbia swamp the focus at Trump rally

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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…