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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…

AT&T to unveil new technology Tuesday

AT&T has announced it will unveil new technology on Tuesday in Columbia. What: AT&T South Carolina State President Pamela Lackey and AT&T Director of External Affairs Ted Creech will join Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and AT&T executives for a major announcement about new technology coming to the Columbia area. Who: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Pamela Lackey, AT&T South Carolina State…

Zoo saddened by death of beloved African lion

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is sad to announce the passing of the Zoo’s female African lion. Riverbanks’ veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize 16-year-old Brynn on Friday because of her sudden decline in health. The Median Life Expectancy of African lions in AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) managed populations is 16.8 years. “Brynn was being treated for…

Columbia Fireflies tickets go on sale Feb. 16

Fireflies Also Release 2017 Schedule

Single-game tickets for the 2017 Columbia Fireflies season go on sale Thursday (Feb. 16) at 10 a.m. Opening Day is just 56 days away and all individual game tickets – including tickets for the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Opening Night and Total Eclipse of the Park – will be available for purchase. Fans can come to the Box Office…

City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20

The City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20 Buffalo Soldiers at a Black History celebration earlier this month. (Photo by Allen Wallace.) WHAT: The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment…

S.C. Smash women are ready for some football

First game in April

The Superbowl has passed, but that does not mean there is no football. The South Carolina Smash Football team is ready to take to the gridiron in Columbia. And they mean business. Smash. (Photos By Sandy Coots.) “I came up with the name Smash because I felt like it embodied what we wanted to bring to the (Women’s Football Alliance)…

Loftis removed from pension investment commission, issues statement

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis said he was removed from the pension investment commission today. The commission manages investments for the state’s public-sector employees. In the fall it was discovered that South Carolina’s unfunded pension debt could be as high as $40 billion. Loftis has been vigilant in his insistence that pension fund managers are taking high fees and underperforming. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. (Photo Contributed.) Loftis issued…

Person-of-Interest cleared of suspicion in fatal fire

Fire on Saluda Ave. (Columbia Fire Photo.) Columbia Police said a firefighter has been cleared of any suspicion related to a Columbia fire that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman. The firefighter was previously described as a person of interest in connection with the fire, last week, on Saluda Ave. Police and the State Law Enforcement Division are…

Indah Coffee Co., Circa Barber Shop coming to Cottontown

The redevelopment of 2238 Sumter St. in the Cottontown neighborhood has been launched by the Cason Development Group has. The newest tenants are Indah Coffee Co. and Circa Barber Shop. Indah Coffee Co. Cason has also acquired 2222 Sumter St. and it will be redeveloped in the future. Rendering of Indah Coffee Co. at 2238 Sumter Street in Cottontown. (Photo…

Hundreds celebrate at Statewide Black History Parade and Festival

Next City event is Feb. 20

It was a day of celebration of commemoration, with a theme of unity. Hundreds of people of many races gathered Saturday in Columbia’s Five Points for the 13th Annual Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. Buffalo Soldiers. (Photos by Allen Wallace.) “Black history is everyone’s history. We’re all one country and we have to work together if we’re ever going…

Columbia Canal Ranger-led History Tour is Saturday

Start exploring the fun at your local city park. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities for both youth and adults during the month of February. Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park. (City of Columbia Photo.) This month’s activities will feature a wildlife walk, a history tour of the Columbia Canal, a bird count and more. All…

City of Columbia Black History Extravaganza planned for Feb. 20

At Greenview Park

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment and more. WHO: The Black History Extravaganza is open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older. WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia,…

St. Pat’s in Five Points Line-Up Announcement Party is Tuesday

At Delaney’s Music Pub

The St. Pat’s in Five Points Planning Committee is inviting the community to Delaney’s Music Pub Tuesday for the reveal of this year’s music line-up, festival highlights, and changes. Featuring true Irish-themed entertainment to include the Rince N’ah Eireann dancers, bagpipers, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the party will also feature St. Pat’s swag, live music from artist…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Clyburn, McLeod win as Democrats dominate Richland races

County is a bright spot for Democrats on a bleak night

While Republicans across the river in Lexington County were having a field day, Democrats ruled Tuesday in races across Richland County. Nothing really new there, but on a night in which Democrats saw the presidency and both houses of Congress fall into GOP hands, the local victories were a salve nonetheless. “Thank God some sanity prevailed across Richland County tonight,”…

Columbia medical facility among those listed in massive fraud settlement

$145 million Life Care Centers of America settlement with Justice Department is largest ever among skilled-nursing chains

In what is being called the largest-ever settlement of its kind, Life Care Centers of America and its owner have agreed to pay the federal government $145 million to settle lawsuits alleging the company imperiled patients and fleeced the government and taxpayers through bogus billings to Medicare and its military equivalent, known as TRICARE. The Tennessee-based company owns four skilled-nursing…

Richland County Recreation Commission director indicted on sex allegations

The embattled director of the Richland County Recreation Commission has been indicted amid allegations of sexual misconduct in the office he has controlled for the past six years. James Brown III (Photo provided) S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday that a Richland County grand jury returned an indictment on one count of misconduct in office against executive director James…

Hurricane Matthew claims life of Richland County man

Photo provided by NWS A Richland County nursing-home patient died Saturday, one of three known fatalities so far in South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The deceased was identified Sunday by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as David L. Outlaw, 65, a resident of National Health Care, a rehabilitative and skilled-nursing center located at 7601 Parklane Road in…