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hhgregg going out of business, 2 Columbia stores closing

hhgregg is going out of business. It is closing all South Carolina stores, including one at Harbison and the one at Sandhills in the Columbia area. The Indianapolis-based consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection in March. On Friday hhgregg officials said it is closing all stores after no buyer could be found to take over the stores. “While we…

Palmetto Cup high school soccer tournament going on at BC until Thursday

The Nike Palmetto Cup‏ Soccer Tournament  kicked off Monday. BC junior Seth Lewter throws the ball in versus Spring Valley Monday. (Terry Ward Photo) It’s an annual four-day soccer overload played during spring break for many of the 16 schools in it. The tournament  runs from Monday through Thursday. Palmetto Cup games are held on the campus of Brookland-Cayce High School…

Reactor refueling outage started at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company took Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline April 8 to begin a scheduled refueling outage. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 23rd for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984. “Our focus during this outage is to perform those activities that position Unit 1 to…

Fire destroys auto-repair shop, several cars, $1 million in damage

Lexington County photos of fire scene. An auto-repair shop and several cars were completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the business early Monday morning, according to Lexington County Fire officials. Lexington County 911 Communications dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS to the 200 block of Chapin Road in reference to a commercial structure fire, just before 12:30…

West Columbia Riverwalk is back, first spring Rhythm on the River show complete

1/3Ribbon is cut Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Runaway Jug Band Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Whiskey Tango Revue Show Caption Hide Caption Ribbon is cut. Pictured are; West Columbia Public Information Officer Anna Huffman; Councilmen Boyd Jones and Tommy Parler; Mayor Bobby Horton; City Administrator Brian Carter; incoming C-WC Chamber President Bill Mooneyhan; Public Works Director Jamie Hook, and 94.3 The…

Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. CFF’s conducts an educational outreach…

High school student has loaded gun at school, sheriff says

A 16-year-old Airport High School student had a loaded gun at school Friday. “One of our school resource officers found a .380 handgun concealed in a pair of shorts under the student’s pants after school administrators searched the student’s backpack,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Administrators found substances that are believed to be illegal drugs as well as ammunition…

Gaston teenager charged in connection with beating an elderly woman

A Gaston teenager has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in connection with the beating of an elderly woman. The 16-year-old entered the victim’s Dixiana Drive home March 15 and hit her multiple times with a metal baseball bat, according to arrest warrants. Detectives said the suspect stole the victim’s car after the assault. He’s also charged with burglary…

West Columbia Riverwalk open, ribbon cutting Saturday

Riverwalk File Photo The West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater is open to the public after being closed Thursday due to Wednesday’s storms. Parking is available at the Moffatt Street entrance. The Riverwalk ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., Saturday,  before the first Rhythm on the River Concert at 6 p.m. A map of the Rhythm on the River parking options is below….

Lexington One names Freeman District Teacher of the Year

Lexington County School District One has named Angela B. Freeman its District Teacher of the Year . Angela B. Freeman (Photo Contributed) The announcement was made at the annual Teacher of the Year Celebration honoring outstanding teachers who exemplify a commitment and dedication to educating students. Freeman now goes on to compete in the state-level Teacher of the Year program…

Men in high heels “Walk A Mile” to combat violence against women

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” was held at the Statehouse Thursday. The Columbia event is sponsored by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. It’s part of an international men’s march to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about…

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…

US Rep. Joe Wilson to hold 2 Veterans Fairs for jobs

US Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2) will hold two Veterans Fairs, one in the Aiken-Barnwell area and one in the Midlands, to bring potential employers and federal agencies in direct contact with veterans. Aiken-Barnwell Veterans Fair Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. USCA Business and Education Building 471 University Parkway Aiken, South Carolina 29801 Midlands Veterans Fair Thursday,…

Town of Lexington Announces “Lexington Live” Concert Series

Icehouse Amphitheater in January. (Photo by Terry Ward) The Town of Lexington hosts “Lexington Live” Spring Concert Series presented by Lexington Medical Center. The concerts will take place at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.), which was just named the 2017 Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) Achievement Award winner. All concerts are on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. April…

Aiden Lane to open in Lexington in July

The new store will open July 2017 and will carry the new line of Aiden Lane, along with other on-trend ladies apparel and accessories. Affordables Apparel, which began in Charleston, aims to offer an incredible selection of handpicked women’s apparel and accessories at an affordable price, while providing each visitor with the best possible shopping experience. The newest line for…

28-unit Townhouse building planned for BullStreet development

Rendering Submitted. Described as an urban, residential redevelopment in the heart of downtown Columbia, the Moore Company has announced in a release Thursday, the first for-sale residential project at BullStreet. It’s called Columbia’s largest urban redevelopment community, conveniently located within one mile of the S.C. State House and USC. It has been coined TownPark at BullStreet. “The development will consist…

USC’s St. Thomas More presenting Living Stations of the Cross at Statehouse

Living Stations of the Cross 2016 (Photo Contributed) St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at USC is presenting the Living Stations of the Cross. It will be presented on Wednesday (April 12) beginning at 6 p.m. on the Statehouse steps. The annual procession, led by a student bearing a cross four days before Easter, is a chance for participants ―…

West Columbia lists road closings due to flooding

Cones in place to block Sunset Boulevard eastbound lane at 12th Street. (Terry Ward Photos) The City of West Columbia advises all motorists to avoid the following roads as they are closed due to flooding: Highway 378 at 12th Street Kleckley Drive Hummingbird Drive Cofield Drive at Terrace View Drive Carpenter Street at Court Avenue State Street Alexander Road at…

SCE&G prepares crews for severe weather, issues emergency information

Storm on Gervais Street, Monday. (Photo by Terry Ward) SCE&G is encouraging customers to prepare for severe thunderstorms Wednesday as the company readies crews to respond to possible outages and other weather-related issues. “We’re carefully monitoring weather conditions in our service territory, and we’re prepared to respond to storm-related service interruptions,” said Bill Turner, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations….

West Columbia City Council pays tribute to the late Councilman Dale Harley

Sandy Harley and Sen. Nikki Setzler. (Anna Huffman Photos/City of West Columbia) Dale Harley The West Columbia City Council honored the late Councilman Dale Harley at its meeting Tuesday. Harley, mayor pro tem of West Columbia, passed away on March 23. Council, on Tuesday, approved a resolution honoring Harley. And State Senator Nikki Setzler came and presented Sandy Harley with…

Child advocates gather at State House to confront child abuse

By Renee Ittner-McManus The need to combat child abuse and neglect was highlighted Tuesday at the State House as child advocate groups gathered to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. The S.C. Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Department of Social Services, the Attorney General’s office and child advocates Children’s Trust and Silent Tears partnered for a press conference at the…

Lexington 1, 2, Richland 1, 2 and Lex/Rich 5 schools to dismiss early Wednesday for severe weather

Bad weather on Monday. Lexington School District 2 will begin dismissing high school and middle school students on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. The dismissal of elementary schools will begin at noon. High schools will not observe delayed start on Wednesday morning; high school students are to report to school in the morning at the regular day schedule time. Half-day students…