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West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor, says report

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor according to a report on Collier’s International-South Carolina Webpage. A partial report is listed under Quarter One 2017 of the “Columbia Retail Market Report.” The report reads: “The Lexington County retail corridor is a 2-mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard from North Lake Drive to the Target-anchored Lexington Pavilion shopping center. The corridor is booming,…

Ribbon cut on Batteries + Bulbs store in West Columbia

The ribbon was cut on the new Batteries + Bulbs store at  2400-B Augusta Rd. in West Columbia , Tuesday morning. Pictured are: Dondee Lewis of the Greater-Cayce West Columbia Chamber Board, Anna Huffman, public information officer for the City of West Columbia, B.J. Unthank, economic development director, City of West Columbia, Todd Karnes, manager of Batteries + Bulbs, Bates…

Ft. Jackson celebrates its 100th birthday with concert party for everyone

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Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market offers food and fun on a warm Saturday morning

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Blythewood Rodeo opens Friday, resumes late Saturday afternoon

1/4Luke Herbert, currently ranked No. 2 in bareback riding in the IPRA standings, trying to stay on. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Rodeo Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Blythewood Mayor Mike Ross dancing with a rodeo clown. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4The Dude in the house Show Caption Hide Caption If you want to find many of the world’s best cowboys and…

REMINDER – Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration, Saturday

Click for website Fort Jackson Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on Saturday, (June 3.) Gates open at 5:30 p.m. It’s Hunter Hayes’ first time at Fort Jackson. Pickler last performed on post in 2011. The Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration will…

Lexington County man gets life for murdering estranged wife with her 10-year-old daughter present

1/2Rachel Peters Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Sean Peters – Lexington County Detention Center Photo Show Caption Hide Caption Sean Patrick Peters,39, has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. The sentence came after his guilty plea for murder in the shooting death of his wife, Rachel Peters, on December 13, 2015. Eleventh Circuit Chief Administrative Judge Eugene C. Griffith,…

Airport, Brookland-Cayce High Schools buck trend with on-campus graduations

1/2Brookland-Cayce graduation Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Airport graduation. Show Caption Hide Caption Temperatures were comfortable, just above 70 degrees as Airport and Brookland-Cayce High Schools conducted graduation ceremonies. Both graduations were held in the respective school’s football/soccer stadiums. Brookland-Cayce’s graduation was Thursday morning, beginning at 8. Airport’s was Friday morning at 8. While almost every high school in Lexington and…

Councilman Ned Tolar says Malfunction Junction fix through West Columbia neighborhoods is unlikely

Section of I-26 near the neighborhoods being discussed. ColaDaily Photo) The S.C. Department of Transportation is reviewing plans for the I-20/126 East-West Connector Directional Interchange Alternative. The plan is designed to alleviate congestion in an area known as Malfunction Junction at I-26 and 126 going into Columbia. One of the plans, among several, would severely impact five neighborhoods in the…

Riverbanks Zoo’s Conservation Support Fund renamed in honor of retiring Director “Satch” Krantz

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announced that it is renaming its conservation fund in honor of the Zoo’s retiring President and CEO Palmer Krantz also received the Order of the Palmetto,  awarded by SC Gov. Henry McMaster and presented by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, SC Sen. Nikki Setzler, SC Rep. James Smith and SC Rep. Beth Bernstein in recognition of Krantz’s lifetime achievements…

Man entices student to leave school, sexually assaults her, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Adam Bowen has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, according to a Lexington County Sheriff Department report.  He allegedly enticed a female student he knew to leave school Wednesday. Investigators said Bowen supplied the girl with drugs and alcohol and sexually assaulted her at a location away from the school. The victim was treated, released from a hospital Wednesday. She…

Lexington County man gets 50 years for murder to stop witness from testifying

John Christopher Hart, 28, of Lexington County  was sentenced to fifty years in prison for the murder of Paula Justice. Justice, 43,  also of Lexington County, was killed in 2013. Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard announced the sentence, Thursday. After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict, convicting Hart of murder. During sentencing, Hart maintained…

Lexington Police Department hosts “Coffee With A Cop” Friday, 7:30-to-9:30 a.m.

On Friday, the Lexington Police Department will continue with the quarterly “Coffee With A Cop” events at Chick-Fil-A Saluda Pointe. Chief Terrence Green along with officers from each division, Chaplains, and Volunteers In Police Services (V.I.P.S.) members will be on hand to answer questions, discuss issues or concerns, provide information on the the many services and events that the Lexington…

SCE&G encourages preparation as hurricane season opens, 11-to 17 storms predicted

Thursday (June 1) marks the beginning of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and SC Electric and Gas, in a press release, is encouraging customers to take time to understand hurricane risks, get prepared, make a plan and stay informed. SCE&G President Keller Kissam, with SCE&G Spokesman Eric Boomhower to the left, during Hurricane Matthew preparation press conference in 2016. (ColaDaily Photo) …

Riverbanks Zoo to debut gorilla-inspired brew for fundraiser

Tickets on Sale now for Brew at the Zoo on Aug. 4

Support wildlife conservation during Brew at the Zoo on Friday, August 4. The annual suds sippin’ safari, hosted by Riverbanks Society, will take place from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Riverbanks Photo Guests will once again have an opportunity to sample from more than 100 varieties of beer plus an all-new brew with ingredients hand-selected by one of the Zoo’s…

West Columbia opposes I-20/126 interchange plan that would “destroy homes, relocate families”

In November, West Columbia City Council passed a resolution opposing the I-20/126 East-West Connector Directional Interchange Alternative. The interchange is commonly known as the Carolina Crossroads. Currently it is referred to as Malfunction Junction by the public. In a release, council stated it continues to oppose the proposed interchange plan. City officials said it will negatively impact the residents, businesses…

Lexington County man wanted on murder charge

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for a 22-year-old Swansea man suspected of fatally shooting a man Tuesday evening. “Our detectives have determined Jeremy Antonio Williams is a suspect in the homicide on South Hampton Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He should be considered armed and dangerous.” Deputies responded to the 100 block of South Hampton…

Replacement of River Chase Way Recycling, Collection Center to be operational by early 2019  

The County of Lexington is exploring the relocation of the River Chase Way Recycling and Collection Center, located near Sunset Boulevard near I-20. The site is at the Corley Mill Road intersection, at the Lexington Welcome sign. ColaDaily Photo of Collection Recycle Center The project is expected to take an estimated 19 months before completion. The projected timeline for the…

Lexington 1 honors 108 district retirees with banquet

Lexington County School District One honored 108 retirees at the district’s annual retiree banquet. Cumulatively, these retirees dedicated 2,164 years to Lexington District One, serving as teachers, academic coaches, bus drivers, secretaries, food service operators, instructional assistants, housekeepers, athletic coaches, counselors, custodians, media specialists, administrators and many others. Attending the retirement banquet are: Lexington Middle Principal Gloria Nester, Food Service and…

BullStreet seniors residential project announced

The second BullStreet neighborhood residential project in as many months has been announced.  The latest is Merrill Gardens, an inter-generational seniors community featuring independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments. The project was announced in a press release Wednesday morning. A joint venture of developers from Seattle, WA and Charleston, chose BullStreet because of the uniquely urban experience being created on the old State Hospital Campus. The senior living apartments will…

Lexington garbage site moving away from town’s entrance

The River Chase garbage and debris collection station in Lexington is moving.  The site is on Sunset Boulevard at the west off-ramp of I-20, near Corley Mill Road. Lexington County has bought a 6.9-acre tract on Dooley Road close to where I-20 and U.S 1 come together, said Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum. Lexington County Council purchased the property…

West Columbia is full of summer fun and activities

The Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived at what is now the Congaree River in West Columbia on April 21, 1540. He described the site as alive with the activity of the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. As spring 2017 progresses, West Columbia river-users are filled with the same excitement of the ages, rising from all of the…