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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…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

SC State Rep. Joseph H. ‘Joe’ Neal dies, colleagues saddened

Rep. Joe Neal. (SC House Photo.) South Carolina State Rep. Joseph Neal has died, according to Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison tweeted at 1131 p.m., Tuesday of Neal’s death. Harrison’s Tweet: “Saddened & devastated to hear our good friend & progressive champion Rep. @JosephNeal3 passed away! He will be missed by all! #RIPJoe,” Neal represented…

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. Brynn (Riverbanks Zoo Photos.) 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…

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)…

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…

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…