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Columbia teenager killed in accidental shooting

It was a deadly weekend in Richland County. The second shooting death in as many days has claimed the life of a Richland County teen, authorities said Sunday. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said autopsy results indicated Jalin T. Palmer, 17, of May Oak Circle in Columbia, died from a single gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was found…

United Way to offer free tax prep in the Midlands

Midlands households earning up to $64,000 are eligible for free state and federal tax preparation and filing services using MyFreeTaxes.com, United Way’s online tool powered by H&R Block, the agency announced. Stock image In partnership with The Cooperative Ministry, United Way of The Midlands will also offer free in-person filing assistance, beginning as early as Monday, January 23, to households…

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Richland deputies investigating Columbia shooting death

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a Columbia man being shot to death Friday night. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Saturday identified the victim as Benjamin Johnson, 37, of Camelot Street in Columbia. An autopsy revealed Johnson died at the scene as a result of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso….

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Suspected car thief killed in freak accident

A man alleged to have helped steal a SUV with two others died Friday in Columbia after the vehicle struck and killed the man after the trio abandoned the moving vehicle and attempted to flee police on foot, authorities said. The person killed was identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as 18-year-old Djon D’Angelo McDaniel of Slighs Avenue, Columbia….

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Flu complications linked to White Knoll student’s death

Brett Williams' flu-type, which can be deadly in adolescents, is currently most prevalent in S.C.

The death of a 16-year-old White Knoll High student and baseball star appears linked to a recent diagnosis of common flu. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of a comprehensive autopsy performed on Brett Williams of West Columbia are currently pending as further testing and studies are being conducted. However, Fisher said Thursday…

Ex-USC assistant coach sentenced for possessing child pornography

A former assistant USC Soccer coach has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Thursday. Bert Molinary (USC Photo) In addition to the prison term, handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger, Roberto “Bert” Luis Molinary, Jr., 51, must also submit to supervised release for life…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

New tenant coming to Killian’s Crossing shopping center

Founders Federal Credit union to join Kroger Marketplace, Chick-fil-A and others at growing Northeast Columbia center

Another business has committed to Killian’s Crossing, a Kroger Marketplace-anchored “lifestyle center” located at the intersection of Killian’s Road and Interstate 77 in Blythewood. Founders FCU, which operates 27 offices and three service centers in 11 counties across North and South Carolina, recently purchased 1.84 acres of land at the center to build a 5,000-square-foot branch at the site, according…

Local Music Spotlight: Atlas Road Crew

Charleston-based band with Columbia roots gearing up for a big year

This time last year, the guys in Atlas Road Crew were getting ready to fly to Europe for their first international shows, a short tour of the continent that saw the band play in countries such as Germany, France, and Spain. A year later, they are still not quite believing that it happened. (Story continues below) Atlas Road Crew (Photo…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

I-77 wreck victim identified

The victim of a dramatic and fatal collision on Interstate 77 Monday night has been identified. Barrett Keith Scott, 55, of Columbia was killed January 16 around 9:20 p.m. after he collided with a tractor-trailer in the vicinity of mile marker 28 near Blythewood, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Scott’s autopsy on Tuesday indicated he died from “multiple blunt…

‘We continue the journey’ — Hundreds gather to honor King’s legacy

Hundreds gathered Monday on the north lawn of the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds gathered Monday at the South Carolina State House to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (photo by Allen Wallace) The King Day at the Dome event, organized by the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP,…

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

Columbia crowns its new queens

A University of South Carolina alumna will serve as Miss Columbia in 2017. Miss Columbia 2017, Suzi Roberts (Photos by Allen Wallace) Suzi Roberts won the crown Sunday night and will represent the Famously Hot city in this summer’s Miss South Carolina pageant. Joining Roberts in the Miss South Carolina competition will be Jordyn Fox, who was crowned Miss Capital…

Columbia author celebrates new novel

James D. McAllister borrows from local lore for his latest

There’s a grain of truth in even the most fictional story, but in Columbia author James D. McAllister’s new novel, “Let The Glory Pass Away,” any local followers of the city’s cultural scene would be forgiven if they feel like they recognize whole wheat fields of characters, settings, and more. In this third novel from McAllister, he’s finally drawing from…

Richland One taking language-immersion program applications

Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes

The Richland County School District One Language Immersion Program will begin accepting applications this month for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade classes for the 2017-2018 school year. The program, which began in August, is based at Carver-Lyon Elementary School and currently serves 98 pre-K and kindergarten students. It will expand by one grade level each year through fifth grade. First-grade classes…

Richland One to hold Montessori parent info sessions

Do you think a Montessori education would be a good fit for your child? Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori teaching method? Richland County School District One is holding a series of information sessions for parents interested in learning more about the district’s elementary Montessori programs for the 2017-2018 school year, including preschool. Parents who would like…

Columbia ranks first in South Carolina in livability

But Columbia MSA has work to do in other key areas, report concludes

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is ranked higher than Greenville and Charleston MSAs and is tied with Raleigh in livability, according to EngenuitySC’s third annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. 2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report USC President Harris Pastides presents Engenuity’s report Friday in Columbia. (Photo by Jeff Blake) The report, announced Friday by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and USC…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…