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Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook and Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon announced Thursday that 32-year-old Jheri Leil Polite is charged with 31 Counts of Unlawful Use of 9-1-1. “False alarms not only put…

 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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Congaree National Park to conduct controlled burns

Congaree National Park Photo Congaree National Park plans to complete a controlled burn on approximately 680 acres of park woodlands during the month of April or early May. The purpose of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildfire to park resources and neighbors, enhance habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restore fire in the…

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…

Pedestrian dies after being hit in Hopkins, identity being withheld for now

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is releasing information regarding a pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night sometime prior to 10 p.m. in the 4200 block of Leesburg Road, Hopkins. The identity of the 56-year-old male is being withheld at this time until next of kin can be notified.  The victim was transported from the scene…

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

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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….

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…

Congaree National Park announces record, with spike in number of visitors

Congaree National Park experienced a banner year in 2016, hosting a wide range of activities and programs and record setting visitation. The record was announced in a press release Tuesday morning. Elizabeth and the cherrybark oak. (Permitted Use Photos.) The park exceeded past numbers with 143,843 visitors, a 39.2% increase over 2015. Visitors participated in a variety of activities while…

Kemopalooza 2017 raises funds to help children with cancer

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Lower Richland wins it all in basketball

Lower Richland High School has a State Championship. Trailing by as much as 18 points in the first half, the Lower Richland High School boys basketball team came from behind to win the 4A State Basketball Championship on Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. The Diamond Hornets, which won its last championship in 1999, defeated Wren High School 51-42. Head basketball…

Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

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In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Stewart and Steven Mungo honored as United Way Humanitarians of the Year

 United Way of the Midlands will recognize Stewart and Steven Mungo as the 2016 Humanitarians of the Year award recipients. They will be recognized at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Stewart and Steven Mungo. (Photo Contributed.) The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year…

Congressman Jim Clyburn speaks at Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

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St. Pat’s in Five Points offering in-store pre-sale tickets beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, pre-sale outlets for St. Pat’s in Five Points, are available. It is March 18. Be prepared to shake your shamrocks at the 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points – one of the largest green and Gaelic celebration in the Southeast! In addition to online sales, which have been available since November, six stores are have hundreds of tickets to…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Soda City, street fair for street fare

from clothing and woodworks to art and goat cheese

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U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to speak at Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Sixth Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia. US Rep. James E. Clyburn. (Photo Submitted.) The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an…

Columbia’s Mayor Benjamin, agencies unify for basketball tournament

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation and public safety agencies for a Black History Month Basketball Tournament WHAT: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the…