Military

Funeral service for homeless veteran Dennis Reidy will include military honors

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday that the funeral service for Mr. Dennis Reidy, the homeless U.S. Veteran recently found deceased in Lexington, has been scheduled. Mr. Reidy’s funeral, with military honors, will take place at noon on February 23, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. the coroner’s office said Steve Goulet of American Legion Post 193 has been instrumental…

Government shutdown has minimal impact on Fort Jackson

Press release from Fort Jackson The federal government shutdown will not affect Fort Jackson’s ability to keep its soldiers, civilian and family members safe, or the installation secure. Fire and emergency services and security operations will continue uninterrupted and the gates will remain open. There are several things soldiers and employees should know as we continue to analyze how this…

Gov. Henry McMaster announces proposal to eliminate state income tax for uniformed retirees

From the McMaster press conference Friday. S..C. Gov. Henry McMaster Friday announced a proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income. “This income tax exemption on retirement pay will reaffirm the unwavering commitment…

Lexington deployed father home for Christmas after daughter wins essay contest

A Lexington Elementary fifth-grader’s father will spend the Christmas holiday with his family after his daughter won a contest for military families. Sofia E. Monaco entered an essay contest sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, hoping to inspire the judges with her words. As winner of the “Home for the Holidays” contest, Monaco won a round-trip ticket to bring her…

More than 6,000 Ft. Jackson basic training soldiers heading home for the holidays

Ft. Jackson Facebook photo From Patrick Jones/Fort Jackson “Home for the holidays,” is the theme for thousands of the soldiers in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson in Columbia. But they will head home for the holidays on Monday. The national forecast shows nearly half the nation has a high probability of waking up to a White Christmas. The soldiers do…

Lexington High students help brighten holidays for deployed soldiers with local connections

Deployed family members of students Bailee A. Bishop, Kayleigh H. Russ, and Charles A. and Philip J. Zuebert will receive the boxes to share with their units. Lexington High School students and staff brought a little extra cheer to the holiday season by showing support for their own. LHS’s Students in Action, School Council, Lexington One Community Coalition and Key…

Veterans turn out for History Channel Veteran’s Day program at Airport High School

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City of Columbia’s 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade is at 11 a.m., Friday 

Click to enlarge The City of Columbia will host one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10. The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House. This year’s grand marshal will…

Palmetto Base of US Submarine Veterans included in Columbia, Lexington Veterans Day parades

Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans (Contributed) The Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans has announced plans for Veterans Day activities. The Palmetto Base of the US Submarine Veterans will conduct its annual Gibbs Memorial at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the church cemetery of the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 119 Church St., Lexington. The service honors…

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft and Pvt. Ethan Shrader memorialized at Ft. Jackson service, Tuesday

Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft and Pvt. Ethan Shrader were memorialized Tuesday in a service in the chapel at Fort Jackson. Ashcraft,18, and Shrader,19, were killed on Oct. 6 at Fort Jackson when a military vehicle drove into a formation of troops in training. Friends, family and fellow soldiers gathered for the solemn service. Six other soldiers were injured in incident in…

Army releases names of soldiers killed and injured in Friday accident at Ft. Jackson

Army officials have identified the soldiers who were involved in Friday’s accident, here, involving a military vehicle and a troop formation that killed two Soldiers and injured six others. Dead are: Pvt. Ethan Shrader, from Prospect, TN Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft, from Cincinnati, OH Injured were: Pvt. Emmett Foreman, from Daleville, AL Pvt. Hannah New, Cartersville, GA Pvt. Benjamin Key, Livingston, TN Pvt….

2 soldiers killed, 6 others injured in accident at Ft. Jackson

An accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation, at Columbia’s Fort Jackson, late Friday afternoon, resulted in the deaths of two Soldiers and injured six others, two critically. The injured were immediately evacuated to an off-post hospital, according to a press release from Fort Jackson. The names are being withheld pending the notification of the next-of-kin. “Our hearts…

K5 class conducts surprise welcome upon dad’s deployment return

1/3EPA 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3EPA 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3EPA 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Captain Andrew Ritner was given a surprise welcome home party by his daughter’s K5 class at East Point Academy, Friday. The party was to celebrate his return from a one-year deployment in Qatar and Afghanistan. Ritner’s daughter, Sara Catherine, is in the…

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

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EdVenture’s Military Appreciation Day is July 4, free admission to military

ColaDaily file photo EdVenture will host Military Appreciation Day on July 4 offering free admission to all military members and dependents. Free children’s lunches will be provided on that day to all military dependents under 12 served in the Sysco Carousel Cafe. The day will honor the men and women who serve our country and protect our communities. “We are…

House, Senate override McMaster’s veto, gas tax going up 12-cents a gallon, beginning July 1

SCDOT applauds tax

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has stood almost alone in opposition to a tax that will increase the price of gas by 12-cents a gallon. Gov. Henry McMaster in his YouTube address decrying the tax hike. The bill that raises the gas tax by 2-cents-a-gallon for the next six years, also increases other driver and vehicle fees. The gas tax increase will take effect…

More than 70,000 came to S.C. Guard Expo last weekend

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The Civil War redefined the nation on multiple levels, including forever changing American art. Instead of the early 19th century scenes of untouched natural beauty, artists began recording the new technologies and realities of warfare. This exhibit features 36 works of art on loan from the Southern Maritime Collection in Charleston. Also on display are works from the Columbia Museum…

Thousands flood McEntire for S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo

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SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link