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Body of teenager recovered from Lake Carolina

The body of a teenager has bee found in Lake Carolina. The teen went missing in the water around 6:30 p.m., Tuesday. Divers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources looked for the boy after he was reported missing in the lake. Crews from Columbia Fire were also on teh scene. The bridge over Lake Carolina bridge…

House of Raeford donates almost $15K to help victims of human trafficking

 By Karamie Sullivan There will soon be a new facility in Richland County to house minors who have been victims of human trafficking. The safe house, known as Karis Home, has been funded in large part by House of Raeford, the poultry processing plant in West Columbia. House of Raeford’s outreach program FLOCK, has partnered with Lighthouse for Life.  …

“Southern Lights” laser, mirror art project to be installed on Congaree River

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The laser installation will launch on Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend celebrations. Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is…

Biggest LMC baby ever? Colin weighed 14 pounds at birth

You’re gonna need a bigger diaper. Colin Austin Keisler is the heaviest baby ever born at Lexington Medical Center, as far as anyone can remember. He was born on Friday morning to Lexington’s Cindy Richmond (she kept her maiden name) and her husband Arthur Keisler. Colin weighed 14 pounds and 0.4 ounces. He was 24 inches long. He’s the size…

Richland Library teaming with Gamecocks for Pigskin Poets

Are you ready for some football? Richland Library is teaming with the Gamecocks from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6 at the Drew Wellness Center (2101 Walker Solomon Way) for Pigskin Poets, which has been a favorite of summer learners for the last 21 years. Come in your garnet and black gear, and join student athletes from the University…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care Fair in Columbia packs the house

Leeza Gibbons gained international fame as the longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, and her work as a journalist made her an Emmy winner, but the University of South Carolina alumna has never forgotten her home. Gibbons, who grew up in Irmo, was in Columbia Saturday to host the first Dare2Care Fair at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The day included…

Two people killed on I-20, emergency responders injured, early Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the persons killed in two early morning car accidents on I-20 Eastbound at Mile Marker 39 in Lexington County on Saturday. At approximately 4 a.m. Fisher states that Caleb Joseph Metz, 26, of North Augusta. died at the scene from the injuries he received in the accident when the vehicle…

Miss South Carolina Teen crowned, Columbia Teen, Emily Schultz, in top 10

A new Miss South Carolina Teen was crowned Friday night. A 16-year-old from the Upstate won a pageant at her high school in February, and her road led from there to the title of Miss South Carolina Teen. Ally McCaslin, the 2017 Miss Woodmont High School, took the state crown and sash Friday night at Township Auditorium. Miss Columbia Teen,…

Columbia Police ask for help to identify robbery suspect

Columbia Police Officers have released surveillance pictures of an armed robbery suspect in an effort to identify him. The suspect who disguised part of his face, robbed a LaQuinta Inn employee at gunpoint while demanding money from the register. No one was injured during the incident. Officers were dispatched to 7333 Garners Ferry Road around 1:30 Friday morning. The robber…

Grand jury issues indictment related to Richland County Hospitality Tax program

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson (ColaDaily file photo)  S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Friday that the S.C. State Grand Jury issued another indictment related to allegations of misuse of Richland County Hospitality Tax funds. The indictment against Patricia A. Ford, was issued Thursday. She  was previously indicted by the State Grand Jury on March 16, for five counts of…

West Columbia Solar Fest West to include live music, food trucks, eclipse education stations

The City of West Columbia is holding the Solar Fest West event to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, from noon –until-  4 p.m, at the Wyman M. “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Solar Fest West will feature live music from Seventy Six and Sunny with Prettier than Matt, food trucks, a beer…

Columbia man convicted in federal court on drug, gun charges

Emanuel Cheeseboro, 35, was convicted on drug and gun charges in a federal court in Columbia Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Cheeseboro, a/k/a “Mandoo” of Columbia, was convicted on six counts . They included: possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana; two counts of felon in possession of a firearm; two counts…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care charity event comes to Columbia Saturday

The Dare2Care Reception and Live Auction promotes a culture of Kindness in Columbia. It’s planned for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Proceeds go to help Columbia-based Leeza’s Care Connection of the Midlands. Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy Award winner and health advocate. Her Dare2Care event with a Gratitude Event and Take the Dare live auction is on Saturday from 5…

Miss South Carolina contestants in Columbia, get free McDonald’s meal

By Karamie Sullivan Two Columbia McDonald’s restaurants welcomed the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant contestants Wednesday for lunch. The Miss SC contestants were hosted by the McDonald’s on Garners Ferry Road, while the Miss SC Teen contestants were given lunch at the Clemson Road location. Both the Miss SC and Miss Teen SC pageants’ preliminary competition…

Richland Library Northeast and Wheatley units temporarily closing for construction

In an effort to expedite construction and ensure safety, the Richland Library is temporarily closing two facilities. The Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road) and Wheatley location (931 Woodrow Street.) will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 1. Both libraries are expected to be closed 12-18 months. Because both properties are restricted, housing a temporary cottage at either site is prohibited. Therefore, customers…

Update: Columbia Police identify man impersonating officer, he has been arrested

Columbia Police Investigators have identified a 43-year-old man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer at two City of Columbia retail stores. He was arrested Tuesday. CPD has outstanding arrest warrants for Buddy Todd Mount. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and Shoplifting. The warrants have been entered into the National Crime Information…

Palmetto Health Foundation honors Bill McDaniels with naming of lobby

Palmetto Health Foundation and Palmetto Health leaders presented The Bill McDaniels Lobby at Palmetto Health Tuesday. The lobby, located on the 11th floor at Palmetto Health Richland, honors McDaniels for 27 years of support. He has supported Palmetto Health Cancer Centers through the McDaniels Golf Classic, an annual signature fundraising event. McDaniels has been instrumental in raising more than $4.5…

State’s unemployment rate at record low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May. That is the lowest rate the state has had since December 2000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s rate was 4.3 percent in April. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April. Lexington County’s unemployment rate rose to 3.1…

Gervais at Heidt streets to be closed beginning Saturday to repair sinkhole

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) previously announced plans to close a section of Gervais Street at the intersection of Heidt Street in Columbia to repair a sinkhole. The closure was previously scheduled to begin Monday, June 19. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the repairs are now scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 24. The repairs are expected to be…

Marriott’s Midlands’ Modern Southern Food Arts unanimous shrimp and grits winner

Event organizer Brian Cole, left, and Midlands Executive Chef Jeremy Lane. The judges have spoken. The people have spoken. And for the second consecutive year, they have agreed. Columbia’s best shrimp and grits is prepared and served by Midlands’ Modern Southern Food Arts, the restaurant inside the Marriott hotel on Main Street. Midlands took home both the judges’ choice and…

Boys and Girls State participants descend on State House Friday

A couple thousand or so students from every county in South Carolina have participated in the 2017 Palmetto Boys State and Girls State program this week. Palmetto Boys and Girls State is characterized as a  “laboratory of government” Click on photos to enlarge. Guest speakers  include Sen. Tim Scott, S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, S.C. State Rep. Todd Rutherford,and  Gov. Henry…

Toby’s Place, for homeless women and children, cuts ribbon with Oliver Gospel Mission

Thanks to the efforts of a community, homeless women and children in the Columbia area now have a new place to stay and to find the help they need. Oliver Gospel Mission celebrated the completion of Toby’s Place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The new facility at 5938 Two Notch Road in Columbia will serve women and children, expanding the…

Columbia’s Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System announce partnership

Columbia’s Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System have agreed to come together to create a new, not-for-profit, locally governed health company. According to a Thursday press release the partnership is designed to shape and lead the future of health care for all South Carolinians. Through this affiliation, the new company will improve the patient experience, clinical quality and access to…