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Columbia City Park Rangers to host Total Eclipse party, walks

Bring the family out to Riverfront Park and let a park ranger guide you through a variety of family-friendly activities including a Wet Sandal Walk, Total Eclipse Party and more during the month of August, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. Total Eclipse Party | Saturday, August 19 | 4-7 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. We have…

Emotion high at Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Fish’s memorial service

“Today is the day we lay our brother to rest. Please keep Sr. Dep. Derek Fish’s family in your prayers,” wrote Brittany Jackamonis‏, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer. A memorial service for Senior Deputy Derek Fish was held, Wednesday,  at the Bethlehem Baptist Church gymnasium. Jackamonis said, on Twitter, that members of the community, fellow officers, military brothers…

SCE&G needs to be accountable, say legislators at press conference with fired workers

Republican and Democrats legislators, with fired employees on hand, held a press conference at the S.C. State House Wednesday, demanding more accountability from SCE&G. The energy giant abandoned an effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear station in Fairfield County this week. “There absolutely needs to be wholesale changes in leadership,” said West Columbia Rep. Micah…

Richland County deputy takes own life in patrol car

Richland County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Derek Fish killed himself Friday, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. Fish used his service weapon – while he was on duty- to take his own life. The suicide happened in the deputy’s patrol car, Lott said at a Monday press conference. Fish, 28, died of a gunshot wound Friday night, Lott said. He shot himself…

Names released of Columbia man, woman killed in Thursday shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two individuals who died after being involved in a shooting incident at 9:45 p.m. Thursday night. The incident occurred at 7720 Parklane Road, Columbia. Aaron L. Collins, 40, of Vineyards Crossing Court, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER…

2 dead after shooting in Northeast Columbia, Thursday night

Two people were killed late Thursday night. A man and a woman are dead after a shooting in Northeast Columbia, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. It happened around 10 p.m.  The shooting occurred on Parklane Road at Claudia Drive, near a BP gas station. Another person was in stable condition with injuries to the lower part of the body….

Columbia’s National Night Out Kick Off is Friday at 6 p.m.

The Columbia Police Department will be a part of the National Night Out Kick Off. The event i on is Friday (July 28) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia. The 2017 National Night Out Kick Off is an annual celebration for Columbia residents featuring exhibitors, food, entertainment, door prizes, games…

Finklin Pharmacy cuts ribbon at North Main Plaza

Finklin Pharmacy had a ribbon-cutting Monday at the North Main Plaza. On hand for the event were representatives of the Columbia Empowerment Zone (CEZ), Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with other city officials. The pharmacy is part of the growth that is happening in the North Main area.  Leon Finklin is  owner of the pharmacy. It was opened because Finklin needed a…

Columbia Water offering free rain barrels for cleaner water

By Karamie Sullivan The Columbia Water office wants to educate Columbia residents on ways they can improve water quality. Rain barrel, City of Columbia photo. The city created the Bluethumb Landscaper program, which is part of the their “Stormwater Education Outreach,” to help provide some tips for keeping the city’s water cleaner. One of the ways residents can help, and…

Alonzo Van Wilson Mardi Gras costumes displayed at USC

1/3Costume Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Costume 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Costume 2 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Decorative Mardi Gras costumes with intricate beadwork, large plume feathers, and striking historical accuracy will soon be on display at USC’s McKissick Museum. The costumes were designed by Wilmington, NC native, Alonzo Van Wilson. The exhibit is titled “Well Suited:…

Columbia’s homeless students a topic at Women’s Summit, Tuesday

By Karamie Sullivan Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit. Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit meeting discussed seven focuses for Columbia’s vision statement Tuesday morning. One of the main points addressed at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, was the current status of Richland County School District One’s students, and ways their futures can be improved over the next…

More than 200 women, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine talk vision for Columbia

By Karamie Sullivan City Manager Teresa Wilson encourages “leading ladies” to uplift and empower the young women who want a seat at the table. (City of Columbia Photo) More than two-hundred women came to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Tuesday morning to hear Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine speak. The Women’s Summit meeting was specifically developed for the women of Columbia…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…

Several injured at graveside service when car hits them

Deputy Chief Kelly talking to the media about the incident. CPD Photo Several people attending a graveside service Wednesday afternoon were injured after being hit by a car. It happened at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia. Between eight and ten people were hurt, according to Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly. An elderly man was driving the car that hit the…

Congaree National Park to showcase total eclipse in Lower Richland

Staff at Congaree National Park and community members in Lower Richland are busy preparing for a total solar eclipse which is set to occur on Monday, Aug. 21. The path of the eclipse, also known as the “Path of Totality” will include South Carolina with Lower Richland and Congaree National Park located directly in the path. As the sun begins…

Duck Donuts lets you create your own sweet, draws crowd

1/3Duck Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Duxk Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Yummy Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Hundreds of people came to the grand opening of a new business in Columbia over the weekend, and waited in a line that overflowed through the door. They came to try a new donut. Duck Donuts is located on Cross Hill…

Columbia Housing Authority to open public housing application process

Click to enlarge The Columbia Housing Authority is preparing for the re-opening of the Public Housing Waiting List. The application process will be strictly online and will be available on Wednesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following that date, the CHA will only accept applications on the first business day of every month, (i.e. September 1, October…

Columbia Miracle Field officially opened at Owens Field

1/4miracle field 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4miracle field 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4miracle field 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4miracle field 3 Show Caption Hide Caption When the umpires shout “Play ball!” at Columbia’s newest baseball and softball field, those who obey will include many who have never before had the chance. The Columbia Miracle Field officially opened…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

1 person killed in I-77 crash that closed interstate, Friday afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on I-77 Friday. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the time of the wreck as 1:02 p.m. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said a 1996 Ford pickup truck collided with a 1997 Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was killed. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jones said…

EdVenture’s FLIGHT- with Boeing 757 cockpit, opens Saturday

1/4Flight 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Flight 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Flight 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Flight 1 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture is opening its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT.  Museum members are invited to preview the exhibit at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to EdVenture guests, in general, at 10 a.m. FLIGHT has been made possible with…