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GAMECOCKS GOING TO FINAL 4!

South Carolina defeated Florida Sunday in the Elite Eight. Final score 77-70. It was the Gamecocks’ fourth win the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The win sends the Gamecocks to the Final Four. The win required USC to come back from a seven-point deficit at halftime. The Final Four is next week. USC will face Gonzaga.    

Man shot in southeast Columbia Sunday

A man was shot in the upper body in southeast Columbia early Sunday. The shooting happened right before 1 a.m., according to Richland County deputies, on the 1800 block of Zion Avenue, close to Bluff Road, in the Arthurtown area. The man was found with the gunshot wound. According to the report the man’s injuries are not life-threatening. The report…

Chapin’s Downtown Oyster Roast raises funds for beautification

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Gamecock Men play in Elite 8, Sunday – GAME INFORMATION

South Carolina plays Florida Sunday in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. SERIES INFO: USC and Florida split the season series in 2017 SEC action, with each squad winning on its home court … the Gators won the most recent meeting, an 81-66 decision in Gainesville on Feb. 21 … On Jan. 18 at Colonial Life Arena, USC defeated…

Gamecock Women win, going to the Elite 8

  USC Athletics Photo. No. 1 seed South Carolina made quick work of the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, Saturday.   The Gamecocks, defeated Quinnipiac, 100-58, in the Stockton (CA) Regional. The win sends USC to the Elite Eight versus the winner of Florida State-Oregon State game. Kaela Davis led the Gamecocks with 28 points.  The tough Gamecock defense held…

Ridge View students plant hope and joy during Day of Service

By Renee Ittner-McManus On an early Saturday morning when most teenagers could be sleeping in, students and parent volunteers from Ridge View High School are already hard at work. These students have rakes and shovels in hand, doing their part to beautify the school during Ridge View’s Day of Service. Ridge View High School senior Maria Mathew  and sophomore Malcolm Wilson…

Dutch Fork Middle, Round Top Elementary selected Palmetto’s Finest

Dutch Fork Middle School in Irmo and Round Top Elementary in Blythewood were selected for the prestigious Palmetto’s Finest award this week, according to the the state Association of School Administrators. Information about the selected schools was issued In a release from Hannah Pittman, Associate Director SC Association of School Administrators. Round Top Elementary (Blythewood, Principal Jeaneen Tucker) serves 565…

Gamecocks win in NYC, going to Elite 8

The USC Mens’ Basketball team defeated Baylor Friday night by a score of 70-50. USC Athletics Photo. Sindarius Thronwell had 24 points in the win to lead the Gamecocks. USC made if look easy, leading 37-22 at halftime, and stretching that lead in the second half. The Sweet 16 game was played in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The…

Lexington Police ID Kohls face-puncher, now need to find her

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 32 year old Brittany Lynn Johnson of Blythewood. At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Brittany Lynn Johnson entered Kohls, which is located at 5440 Sunset Blvd., and while in the store placed multiple items of clothing into a bag that she had brought with her. Brittany…

I-26 Leaphart Road Bridge closed, damage significant after collision

The bridge was closed in May 2016 after being hit by a vehicle. (Terry Ward Photo.)  The South Carolina Department of Transportation closed the bridge on Leaphart Road that crosses Interstate 26, in West Columbia,  near mile marker 110, Friday. Crews are installing the closed and detour route signs immediately. The closure is necessary because a vehicle struck the bridge…

Man who tricked 84-year-old woman, stole car, is arrested

Timothy Roberts was arrested Friday afternoon, according to the Lexington Police Department. An anonymous tip led to his arrest. He was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center on charges of grand larceny (motor vehicle,) driving under suspension, and two previous bench warrants. He was waiting to see a bond judge Friday afternoon. The vehicle of the elderly woman Roberts…

Two Columbia men arrested on child pornography charges

Jeffrey Fasick, 41,and Kevin Loan, 36, both of Columbia, have been charged in connected to sexual exploitation of minors, according to SC Attorney General Alan Wilson. Fasick was arrested on March 16. He is charged with one count sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and two counts of sexual…

US Rep. Joe Wilson nominates Midlands students to US Military Academies

Rep. Joe Wilson Nominates Students to US Military Academies Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the names of his nominees to the United States Military Academies for the class of 2021. After an extensive application process, the candidates were interviewed by an independent panel, whose members include retired military officers, ROTC leaders, and academy alumni from the Second Congressional District. “These…

I-26 EB bridge damaged, at Leaphart Rd., 2 lanes temporarily closed Friday for repairs

  Bridge over Leaphart over I-26. The South Carolina Department of Transportation is closing two lanes of Interstate 26 eastbound near mile marker 110 at the Leaphart Road bridge beginning at approximately 11 a.m. Friday (March 24.) The closure is necessary because a vehicle struck the bridge earlier Friday. SCDOT has inspectors on site to perform temporary repairs and to ensure…

AT&T says “ultra-fast” fiber network expanded to Cayce and Irmo

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, left, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gregg Pinner of the Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. AT&T Fiber is now available in parts of Cayce and Irmo. The Columbia area is one of 51 metro areas nationwide where AT&T’s ultra-fast internet service is currently available. AT&T announced last month that ultra-fast internet speeds, via its fiber…

Special Olympics Statehouse Rally is Tuesday

  The public is invited to the Annual Statehouse Rally for Special Olympics. It’s 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at the S.C. Statehouse (North Steps-Gervais Street side)  in Columbia. Special Olympics of SC Photos. The rally will include more than 2,000 school-aged students, teachers, administrators, parents from 32 schools from around the state will gather to show their support of Special…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…

Funeral time announced for members of the Kelly Family, killed in fire

Helicopter airlifted grandmother to burn center at fire site. The time for the funeral has been announced for the four members of the Kelly Family killed in a fire Tuesday. The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. Visitation will be held before the service from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Scott and Amanda Kelly,…

Man tricks 84-year-old woman, allegedly steals her car

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 43-year-old Timothy W. Roberts of Lexington. At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Roberts offered to “assist” an elderly 84-year-old woman find her car in the parking lot of the Lexington County Administration Building. After paying her taxes, the victim was having trouble locating where she had parked her car. Roberts,…

Cayce’s Newman Boat Landing is officially re-opened Thursday

Frankie Newman and the Newmans’ three sons: Scott, Tee and Heath, and Mayor Elise Partin.  (Photos by Terry Ward) Thomas E. Newman was lauded as a great man by Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Thursday as the Thomas E. Newman Boat Landing was reopened after being closed for a year-and-a-half. Newman was an educator and a basketball coach at Brookland-Cayce High…

Lexington Police seek suspect who allegedly punched Kohl’s employee

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved in a recent robbery, shoplifting, Robbery suspect. (LPD Photo.) and assault that occurred at Kohls in Lexington. At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, an unknown white female entered Kohls, which is located at 5440 Sunset Blvd., and while in the store placed multiple items of clothing…

West Columbia City Councilman Dale Harley dies

Councilman Dale Harley presenting Rozell Green with her 5 year service pin at a city council meeting in March 2016. Councilman Dale Harley West Columbia City Councilman Dale Harley passed away about 5 a.m. Thursday according to West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. “Dale will be sorely missed,” Horton said. “He was a real stalwart. You could always count on his…

Freeway Music Festival for green house to help local neighborhoods

Buy discounted ticket Friday

Freeway Music and Music Farm Productions have scheduled the Fifth Annual Freeway Music Festival on Saturday, May 20. It’s at Music Farm Columbia and The Tin Roof. Joe Pug will headline the festival. Freeway Music Festival’s proceeds will go to Songs 4 Life Charity. The event will raise funds for the Food 4 Life Campaign: providing local in-need neighborhoods a…