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Trooper of the year and other SCHP award recipients announced

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held a ceremony Monday honoring troopers from around the state for exceptional service in 2016. The SCHP also recognized Telecommunications Operators from around the state for the support they provide to the Highway Patrol and other DPS law enforcement divisions.Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to award recipients at the Blythewood ceremony, emphasizing the important…

West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater Ribbon Cutting is Saturday

New boardwalk at Riverwalk. A ribbon cutting for the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater will be held, Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 5:45 PM, before the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Rhythm on the River. The section of the Riverwalk from the Moffitt Street entrance to the Amphitheater is now open. Director of Public Works Jamie Hook said,…

Richland 1 and 2 and Lexington 1 and 2 schools cancel afternoon activities due to severe weather

From Richland 1: Due to the forecast for inclement weather, Richland One has canceled all afterschool activities that were scheduled for this afternoon (Monday, April 3, 2017). The cancellations include the 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool programs at W.A. Perry Middle School and St. Andrews Middle School, athletics tutorial programs and all afterschool athletics activities (practices and games). Afterschool…

Airport High School JROTC Drill Team is second in national competition

The Airport High School JROTC Drill Team. Photo Contributed) The Airport High School JROTC Drill Team competed against 82 Army JROTC schools from across the country. The completion was in Louisville, KY, on Saturday. The Airport JROTC Drill Team placed as follows: 2nd Squad Exhibition w/Arms 3rd Platoon Regulation w/ Arms 4th Color Guard 16th Platoon Inspection w/ Arms 2nd…

Cayce begins largest waterline project in city’s history – gives details

The City of Cayce wants to make citizens aware that the waterline replacement project was planned to begin Saturday (April 1.) Sidewalk project in Cayce. Ashley Hunter, Cayce’s spokeswoman, announced the project in a press release Friday. The project will consist of replacing much of the water distribution infrastructure in over 75 percent of the city’s water system. The areas…

Sunset Boulevard closed after truck cab burns

1/5Kathleen Varnadore Drawdy Photo Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Kathleen Varnadore Drawdy Photo Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Kathleen Varnadore Drawdy Photo Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Kathleen Varnadore Drawdy Photo Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Terry Ward Photo Show Caption Hide Caption The cab of a tractor-trailer burned in front of the McDonald’s on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Sunday around 2:30 pm. Crews…

Leaphart Road bridge over I-26 is removed

1/2Bridge over Leaphart Road taken out. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Crews worked overnight Show Caption Hide Caption Construction crews worked over night, while I-26 was closed, Saturday into Sunday morning to remove portions of the Leaphart Road bridge over I-26. The interstate, in West Columbia, had reopened by Sunday morning. Leaphart is a heavily traveled road that carried traffic going to Pineview…

Tartan Day South in full swing

1/8Booths Show Caption Hide Caption 2/8Car show Show Caption Hide Caption 3/8Clans II Show Caption Hide Caption 4/8Color Show Caption Hide Caption 5/8Crowd II Show Caption Hide Caption 6/8Dance Show Caption Hide Caption 7/8Music 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 8/8Tents Show Caption Hide Caption Beautiful day for a festival (Photos by Terry Ward) The 7th Annual Tartan Day South Celebration honors Celtic…

Reminder: SCDOT closing I-26 between US 1 and US 378 on Saturday at 10 p.m.

SCDOT to accelerate the removal of the severely damaged Leaphart Road Bridge The South Carolina Department of Transportation is closing I-26 between US 1 and US 378 on Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m.  The closure is expected to last 12 hours, ending on Sunday at 10 a.m. A replacement bridge for Leaphart Road is currently under construction and scheduled to be…

Live from Columbia, it’s the SEC Network and Paul Finebaum

The SEC Network was on Lady Street in Columbia, airing live The Paul Finebaum Show, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. Paul Finebaum broadcasting from the Carolina Ale House on Lady Street, Columbia. (Photo by Terry Ward) The SEC Network is here to capture the atmosphere of South Carolina fans with both the men and women’s team playing in the Final…

Great Southern Homes reports lead in Midlands in new home sales

In 2016, Great Southern Homes led the Midlands’ home-building industry in new home closings, according to a release from the company. The Midlands is defined in the release announcing the sales numbers as Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties. This past year, Great Southern Homes, a privately-held company closed on 559 new homes in the Midlands according to the MORE Report, a…

Tennessee man arrested for promoting prostitution of minor

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Alexander Levi Blackwell, 38, of Memphis, Tenn., on charges related to sexual conduct with a minor. Investigators with the attorney general’s office made the arrest. The Department of Homeland Security, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted with the investigation. Investigators state Blackwell traveled to Richland…

West Columbia man wanted in connection to shooting

Arrest warrants have been issued for a West Columbia man in connection to a fatal shooting last month. Kevin Lawrence Pearson (LCSD Photos.) “Our detectives have determined Kevin Lawrence Pearson is a suspect in a Feb. 8 homicide on Princeton Road in West Columbia,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. Pearson, 25, should be considered armed and dangerous, according to…

Police: Male dies after being shot in Columbia, Thursday night

Columbia Police are investigating after a male died, apparently from gunshot wounds, on Thursday night. CPD Photo of crime scene. Around 9:30 p.m., Columbia Police responded to a “shots fired” call in the 7300 block of Patterson Road near Garners Ferry Road. The initial report from police was that “Officers found a male injured from an apparent gunshot wound.” Later,…

Kenneth Canzater arrested in connection to murder of Candra Alston, Malaysia Boykin

1/2Members of the Alston and Boykin families were present for the arrest announcement. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Family pictures of Alston and Boykin. Show Caption Hide Caption Kenneth Canzater has been arrested in connection to the January 2011 murder of 25-year-old Candra Alston and her three-year-old daughter Malaysia Boykin. Canzater (CPD Photo) Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced the arrest…

Gamecock Women play Stanford Friday evening – game details

SOUTH CAROLINA NOTABLES The Gamecocks are in the NCAA Final Four for the second time in three seasons after not reaching that level in the first 37 seasons of the NCAA Tournament. South Carolina men’s basketball is also in this season’s Final Four, marking the 13th time a school has sent both teams to the national semifinals, most recently Syracuse…

SEC Network to air live from Columbia Friday, Saturday with Final 4 coverage

SEC Network studio shows are hitting the road for special coverage surrounding the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, both of which feature at least one Southeastern Conference team. Coverage of South Carolina’s men’s historic run continues on Saturday from Columbia, with wall-to-wall Gamecocks programming. The previously scheduled South Carolina Spring Football game will now air at noon on SEC…

City of West Columbia schedules special election after councilman’s death

The City of West Columbia will conduct a special election for the election of a City Council member in Council District One. The special election was announced on the city’s website, Wednesday afternoon. The information, below, regarding the election was issued, too. Maps showing the district boundaries will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the administrative…

SCDOT closes Leaphart Rd. bridge permanently, I-26 closed overnight Saturday night

Plans to accelerate removal of damaged bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will close Interstate 26 between US 1 and US 378 on Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m. The closure is expected to last 12 hours, ending on Sunday, at 10 a.m. The bridge on Leaphart Road is being closed permanently. Leaphart Road Bridge  (Photos by Rob Thompson/SCDOT) The closure of I-26 Saturday night is designed…

West Columbia adds shuttle to Riverwalk Amphitheater Tartan Day events

A shuttle will be available from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Thursday,  and 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sunday,  for Tartan Day South events being held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. City of West Columbia public parking map. Celtic Movie Night is scheduled on Thursday and Kirkin’ of the Tartans is scheduled for Sunday at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Public parking for the Tartan Day Events…