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Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

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…

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Flu complications linked to White Knoll student’s death

Brett Williams' flu-type, which can be deadly in adolescents, is currently most prevalent in S.C.

The death of a 16-year-old White Knoll High student and baseball star appears linked to a recent diagnosis of common flu. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of a comprehensive autopsy performed on Brett Williams of West Columbia are currently pending as further testing and studies are being conducted. However, Fisher said Thursday…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

New tenant coming to Killian’s Crossing shopping center

Founders Federal Credit union to join Kroger Marketplace, Chick-fil-A and others at growing Northeast Columbia center

Another business has committed to Killian’s Crossing, a Kroger Marketplace-anchored “lifestyle center” located at the intersection of Killian’s Road and Interstate 77 in Blythewood. Founders FCU, which operates 27 offices and three service centers in 11 counties across North and South Carolina, recently purchased 1.84 acres of land at the center to build a 5,000-square-foot branch at the site, according…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

Columbia crowns its new queens

A University of South Carolina alumna will serve as Miss Columbia in 2017. Miss Columbia 2017, Suzi Roberts (Photos by Allen Wallace) Suzi Roberts won the crown Sunday night and will represent the Famously Hot city in this summer’s Miss South Carolina pageant. Joining Roberts in the Miss South Carolina competition will be Jordyn Fox, who was crowned Miss Capital…

Columbia author celebrates new novel

James D. McAllister borrows from local lore for his latest

There’s a grain of truth in even the most fictional story, but in Columbia author James D. McAllister’s new novel, “Let The Glory Pass Away,” any local followers of the city’s cultural scene would be forgiven if they feel like they recognize whole wheat fields of characters, settings, and more. In this third novel from McAllister, he’s finally drawing from…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

Marriott hotel in Cayce has spring opening date

A landmark property is scheduled to open in Cayce in late spring. Last March, ground was broken for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Cayce is set to open soon. (Photo by Terry Ward) “We expect it to be completed by late spring, and open in May at the latest,” said Kristen Myers. She’s…

‘Adult spelling bee,’ with a twist of adult beverages, spells F-U-N

Leave your kids at home for this grown-up fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Children's Theatre

Spelling bees are a part of our national culture, from the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee to local contests within our own children’s schools. If you are an adult spelling and word afficionado, however, opportunities to prove that skill are mostly limited to Facebook games and Scrabble nights. For the third year, however, Columbia Children’s Theatre is hosting “Columbia S-P-E-L-L-S,”…

Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday. “The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Photos by Terry Ward Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the…

(Update) Motorist killed in Lexington County crash identified

Update Jan. 11, 2017: The person killed in a Lexington County car crash was identified Wednesday as Patricia Ann Steele, 52, of West Columbia, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said. An autopsy performed on January 10 concluded that Steele died of massive trauma to the head and neck, Fisher said. Original post: An unidentified woman was killed earlier this week following…

Midlands sweeps McDonald’s All-American nominees

Give it up for high-school hoops here in the Midlands. Image provided Perhaps the highest honor for any high school basketball player – male or female – is to be named a McDonald’s All American. Each year, McDonald’s nominates the best players around the nation for inclusion on the final roster to play in the annual McDonald’s All American Games….

Commercial rent rates exploding in downtown Cola

Landlords are increasing the asking rents on office space by three to five percent every year in downtown Columbia, according to a new report by realty firm Colliers International – South Carolina. Since the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall average asking rental rate for downtown office space has increased 28.2 percent to $21.06 per square foot a year. Over…

Columbia Kroger stores raise thousands for Harvest Hope

Generosity poured out in abundance across Columbia over the holidays as Kroger grocery store customers and associates contributed more than $7,240 in just six weeks to Kroger’s 2016 Can Hunger campaign – and an additional $4,000 to a second initiative benefiting the Harvest Hope Food Bank. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 24, Kroger customers supported the annual Can Hunger campaign…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…

Oak Pointe teacher wins WACH Fox ‘Teacher of the Month’

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague…

New arts-focused charter school planned for Columbia

Information sessions for parents and the community scheduled this coming weekend for the planned Midlands Arts Conservatory

Parents in the Columbia area could soon have a new school option next year. A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members is moving forward with plans to open an arts charter school in Columbia, to be named the Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC). The school will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and music, according…

Pelion High inducts students into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Pelion High recenty hosted an induction ceremony for its newest honor-society members. Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Photos provided Students must meet minimum requirements in both arts and academics to join. Members serve the school and community through performing music and…