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Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Lexington County Residents’ Recycle Day is Saturday 

As part of Lexington County’s Green is Clean Month, residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, shred documents and donate slightly used shoes at the Recycle Day event scheduled for April 29, 2017 at White Knoll High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is also a statewide collection event of household and farmer pesticides….

Flash flood warning issued overnight Sunday, rain Monday

Bad weather. If rainy days and Mondays get you down, be prepared. A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Columbia Sunday night. And more rain is expected Monday. One of the areas included was Main and Whaley Streets near USC. It’s an area prone to flooding. Columbia Police were out advising motorists around the flooding. The flash flood watch for Richland and…

Brookland-Cayce High School athletes sign to play in college

(Photos by Terry Ward) Four members of Brookland-Cayce High School football team signed to play college football Friday. They are Phillip Anderson; Marquis McCoy; Sammy Lykes and Zion Carraway. Anderson is headed to Guilford; McCoy to GardenC ity Community College; Lykes to Greensboro College; and Carraway to Furman. Niece Brooklyn Allen is sitting with Carraway. They are pictured with coaches…

2017 McDonalds Golf Classic results in $255,000 for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers

The McDonalds Golf Classic benefits Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. It was held Friday at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. (Center) Bill McDaniels (Photo Submitted) Bill McDaniels is a signature sponsor and president of McDaniels Auto Group. He is in his 26th year with the fundraiser. The classic has raised over $4.5 million since it began. The McDaniels Golf Classic helps…

Cayce-West Columbia Lions conduct eye exams at local schools

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducted eye exams for students at Pine Ridge Middle School last week. The Lions are leaders in sight preservation. The C-WC Lions visit many Lexington 2 Schools, and other schools, each year to test students’ eyes. Pictured are Randy Hallman on left, Nurse Alicia Gibbs and Bill Mooneyhan. Pictured at the table from left to…

Two men who died in Lake Murray boating accident are identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victims of a fatal boating accident that occurred on Lake Murray on Friday. The body of Mr. Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which took place at approximately 11:10 p.m. Link to initial report An autopsy performed on Saturday revealed that Phillips died as the result of blunt…

Shot fired at Dutch Square Mall, man wanted for questioning

Photo of person wanted for questioning by police. (CPD Photo) The Columbia Police Department dispatched units to Columbia’s Dutch Square Mall Saturday evening. Police reported a shot fired that damaged a store window. No one was injured. “It appears that the male had a firearm inside a bag,” a police report said.  “The gun went off when he dropped the bag…

S.C Highway Patrol service remembers those killed on roads

SCHP Photo There was a memorial in Columbia Saturday to remember the 1,017 people who died in traffic accidents in the state in 2016. The S.C. Carolina Highway Patrol held the service at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. It is an annual event that began in 1988. Family members and friends of those who have been killed came. The…

Man arrested after standoff, shots fired in West Columbia

The arrested Dominique Sligh, 24 , of 753 Center St. Apt. 3 West Columbia, Saturday. He was arrested after a five-hour standoff. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with attempted murder and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The incident stemmed from an argument between Sligh and his girlfriend. They got into an…

A body recovered, another missing after boats collide on Lake Murray

One person was killed and another has been missing for more than 12 hours after two boats hit each other on Lake Murray Friday night. Divers are trying to find a second person, said Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Lake Murray at Dreher Island. He said DNR got the call regarding the the collision around…

Investigators look for clues to find out who killed 18-year-old Keon Brantley

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to find out what happened to 18-year-old Keon Brantley. Capt. Adam Myrick speaking Friday. Columbia firefighters found Brantley in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, Saturday night. It was on Paces Brook Avenue at Paces Brook Apartments.  He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before…

Reports say soccer coach Kevin Heise has resigned his position with Lexington 2

Suspended Brookland-Cayce High School soccer coach Kevin Heise has submitted his resignation to Lexington School District Two, according to two separate news accounts. Stickers of support at March Board meeting. Lexington 2 officials have declined to talk about Heise’s status because of privacy concerns related to personnel.  There are rumors of audio of Heise talking to students that is related…

Lake Murray Elementary “Fund Run” results in donations of $7,000

A new fundraiser at Lake Murray Elementary School was a big success for the school and its students. The LMES PTA sponsored its first Fund Run rather than a typical spring fundraiser this year. With the help of the Related Arts team and PTA volunteers, Mariners from every grade collected donations and ran in the race on March 31. The…

Richland 2 students, faculty join Relay For Life effort Saturday

On Saturday,  hundreds of supporters and volunteers will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Richland County High Schools at Richland Northeast High School. The event is being held to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m. with Opening…

Lincoln Street tunnel is reopened

Leadership Columbia Photos from the ribbon-cutting. The Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to unveil “WatermarkedSC,” its Lincoln Street tunnel beautification project. The tunnel is at Lincoln and Lady streets. At its opening Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke as a part of the kick off of the annual Artista Vista arts celebration. The Leadership Columbia class spent…

Lexington Police conducting public safety checkpoint Saturday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Public Safety Checkpoint within the Town of Lexington on Saturday evening. LPD Photo Officers will be conducting the checkpoint in response to collision incidents, citizen traffic complaints, and previous enforcement in this area focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices.  Officers will be checking driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, and insurance requirements. Assisting…

Pine Ridge Women’s Club asks for prom-type dresses to help eighth graders

GLAM Project Photo The Pine Ridge Women’s Club is helping Pine Ridge Middle School furnish banquet dresses for the eighth graders. The Women’s Club is asking for donations of fancy dresses, like prom dresses, all shapes and sizes. All types and sizes needed. The Pine Ridge Women’s Club is accepting gifts of dresses and will return if needed. Please help…

Lexington 2 School Board approves cost of elementary school, other facilities upgrades

1/3AIrport Stadium Improvments Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3BCHS Baseball Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3New elemenary school Show Caption Hide Caption Lexington School District Two voted on the price of its newest elementary school and approved plans to upgrade athletic fields around its two high schools. Rendering of Lexington Two’s newest elementary school new elementary school. (Photos by Terry Ward) The…

Man charged after dead animals found in his apartment

A Richland County man has been charged with 24 counts of ill treatment to animals. Kurt Hafner (RCSD Photo) Kurt Hafner, 36, was arrested after Richland County Sheriff deputies enforcing an eviction order, found dead animals in his apartment. He is a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Jackson. The 24 dead animals, the sheriff’s department said, were in an apartment on…

Ribbon cut on new housing units in revitalized Lyon Street neighborhood

A joint effort between Richland County, the City of Columbia and the Columbia Housing Authority has resulted in 12 new homes. The houses are for local low- to moderate-income families. The project was announced by the Richland County Public Information Office, Thursday. Photo Submitted During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, elected officials, government employees, community leaders and neighbors welcomed the new homeowners of…

Davis Early Childhood students grow knowledge at Julius Felder Community Garden, Cayce

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Coroner identifies man killed in Columbia motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a single-vehicle collision Wednesday at 7:31 p.m. on I-77 at the exit ramp to SC Highway 12, Columbia. Charles A. Altman, 26, of Blackville Road, Gaston was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and struck a tree.  Altman…