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Lizard’s Thicket Elmwood location closing for 4 months for renovations

Lizard’s Thicket has announced plans to close its 818 Elmwood Ave. location temporarily for renovations. It will close Monday, June 5. Google Maps Photo with use permissions. A release issued Tuesday morning stated “All Lizard’s Thickets have regular, frequent customers with long-running relationships with their favorite servers and staff members. The Elmwood location, in particular, boasts a well-loved staff of 37 employees. The…

Columbia Police want to question 2 women regarding fatal shooting

Columbia Police Investigators are working to identify and locate two women, wanted for questioning, related to a deadly weekend shooting. The persons of interest are described as African American females who were together at 930 Laurel Street (Finlay Park) on Saturday. One female was wearing a pink dress; the other a grey dress. Investigators believe the two females have information about…

Columbia city pools a big splash on first day

1/3Columbia Swimming 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Columbia Swimming 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Columbia Swimming 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Summer officially begins June 21, but on a sunny Saturday with the temperature hovering near 90, Columbia got the season started early by opening the city’s pools and splash pads. Opening day at Columbia’s pools and splash pads (Allen…

Columbia Police investigate woman shot near Dutch Square Mall

Columbia Police Investigators continue to make progress regarding an overnight shooting investigation near Dutch Square Mall. The incident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. at 421 Bush River Road. The female victim who was shot in the lower body has been treated and released from a local hospital. Preliminary information indicates that the victim was shot by a male suspect after…

SCDOT installs USC-W Basketball National Championship signs

USC Photo Contributed The South Carolina Department of Transportation installed the first of 15 state highway signs, Friday, recognizing South Carolina’s 2017 Women’s Basketball National Championship. The initial sign went up at southbound SC 277 near the Harden Street Extension intersections with the others going up at Welcome Centers near the South Carolina border and at several other locations around…

Ridge View High’s Dasya’ Young has not missed day of school in 12 years

Dasya’ Young (Photo Submitted) Ridge View High School senior Dasya’ Young hasn’t missed a day of school in 12 years. The South Carolina Department of Education is recognizing her for perfect attendance from first-through-twelfth- grade. Dasya’ says her mother has been her personal alarm clock and made sure she had everything she needed before arriving to school. “I take attendance…

Charleston surpasses Columbia in population by 76 residents, according to Census report

Charleston is South Carolina’s largest city, followed closely by Columbia at the second spot. And Greenville is the nation’s fastest-growing city east of Texas. The U.S. Census information was released Thursday morning. Charleston has surpassed Columbia in population by adding residents each year at a faster rate than Columbia. Charleston’s estimated population in the middle of 2016 was 134,385. Columbia’s…

Trooper David Jones says Highway Patrol to be out in force for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, bringing a day off and lots of festivities. Have fun say law enforcement authorities, but don’t be dangerous. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke to Tyler Ryan of the Dude Radio, Thursday. He said if you drink, do not drive. “Don’t even go into a function to have a…

Gamecocks stay alive in SEC Baseball Tournament with power explosion

By Chandler Mack The Gamecock baseball team’s  NCAA Tournament hopes are still alive after a convincing victory over the Missouri Tigers Thursday afternoon. Alex Destino. (Chandler Mack Graphic) Led by freshman Carlos Cortes, junior Alex Destino, and senior Wil Crowe,  the Gamecocks were able to defeat the Tigers 10-2, advancing to the next round of the SEC Tournament, being played in Hoover Alabama. Destino…

Report says growth, strong employment, low prices attracting investors to Columbia’s office market

CBRE Research has released data on the commercial office real estate market in Columbia, for the first quarter of 2017. For the 17th consecutive quarter, according to the report, the Columbia office market has exhibited positive absorption. Investors are drawn to the market’s stability. The growth of government, higher education and the insurance industry,  combined with Columbia being one of the most…

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

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

1/3Drone photo Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Drone Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Richland County personnel with drones Show Caption Hide Caption From the Richland County Public Information Officer: Richland County drone photos. They may look like toys, but Richland County’s two drone units are anything but. Each unmanned aerial system ― or UAS, but commonly called a drone ― is elevating…

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…