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 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

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hhgregg going out of business, 2 Columbia stores closing

hhgregg is going out of business. It is closing all South Carolina stores, including one at Harbison and the one at Sandhills in the Columbia area. The Indianapolis-based consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection in March. On Friday hhgregg officials said it is closing all stores after no buyer could be found to take over the stores. “While we…

From Afghanistan to Catawba Trail Elementary, Zoe Thompson reunites with her dad

By Renee Ittner-McManus Catawba Trail Elementary second-grader Zoe Thompson got more than she bargained for when she lined up with classmates Friday for a field day race. At the end of the lane lay more than bragging rights for the team’s winner: her dad, Capt. Joseph Thompson, fresh off the plane from a 12-month tour of Afghanistan, was there to…

Richland County government offices close at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, Richland County Government offices will close at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 5, with the exception of essential personnel. Emergency officials continue to monitor weather models and have been preparing for severe weather response. Today’s early release is to not cause alarm, but to ensure employees have adequate time to safely commute home before some of the heaviest…

SCE&G prepares crews for severe weather, issues emergency information

Storm on Gervais Street, Monday. (Photo by Terry Ward) SCE&G is encouraging customers to prepare for severe thunderstorms Wednesday as the company readies crews to respond to possible outages and other weather-related issues. “We’re carefully monitoring weather conditions in our service territory, and we’re prepared to respond to storm-related service interruptions,” said Bill Turner, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations….

Child advocates gather at State House to confront child abuse

By Renee Ittner-McManus The need to combat child abuse and neglect was highlighted Tuesday at the State House as child advocate groups gathered to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. The S.C. Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Department of Social Services, the Attorney General’s office and child advocates Children’s Trust and Silent Tears partnered for a press conference at the…

Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum says opposition to Cayce TIF illogical

After some members of Lexington County Council opposed a TIF request from the City of Cayce,  Chairman Todd Cullum said blocking the TIF does not make sense. After TIF improvements, the value of the Cayce Brickworks property is $4.2 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the directing of tax revenue to go to redevelopment of the…

Experience the World at the Columbia International Festival, Saturday, Sunday

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Students run marathon in Richland 2 for Young Life scholarships

By Callie Grace McManus Blythewood High School senior Jacob DeClemente and Richland Northeast High School Young Life leader Trent Hancock ran the “Get to Blythewood” Young Life Marathon Sunday. Richland Northeast YoungLife leader Trent Hancock (left), and Blythewood High School senior Jacob Declemente. (Photos by Callie Grace McManus/Callie G Photography) But it was more than just running.  The students are on…

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…