Richland County

Don’t blink, Cayce Motel 6 will be gone soon

1/46 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/46 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/46 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/46 4 Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Motel 6 is slated for demolition. The  motel sits on the property where the new Brookland-Cayce High School Arena is planned. On Thursday, Don Icenhower, chief operations officer for Lexington School District 2, said…

Darius Rucker has scheduled free concert for USC

Darius Rucker (Use permitted.) Darius Rucker, Nashville star and formerly with Hootie and Blowfish, will play a free concert on Wednesday, April 5 at the Colonial Life Arena. USC  President Harris Pastides announced the free concert on Twitter, Friday. Harris Pastides @HarrisPastides Just got off the phone with @dariusrucker. Mark your calendars, #UofSC students! Darius is coming home! http://sc.edu/darius  Pastides Tweeted….

REMINDER: Mayor Benjamin to play in Black History Month Basketball Tournament, Sunday

Mayor Benjamin Partners with Columbia Parks and Recreation and Public Safety Agencies for Black History Month Basketball Tournament Event will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday. WHAT: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with…

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

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In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

Lexington County detectives investigate homicide, looking for victim’s car

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Gaston man’s death as a homicide after deputies found his body in his home during a welfare check Monday night. 2006 Toyota Corolla (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man as 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak. Link to LCSD video “We responded to Mr. Kobylak’s home in the 200…

Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show coming March 10 – 12

The 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show has been scheduled for next month. It’s at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 and presented by Clyde Nettles Roofing. Earl McLeod, of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, issued a release about the show, Thursday. Admission is $5 per person; Kids 14 and…

Consolidated Multiple Listing Service moving to Westpark Blvd.

138 Westpark Blvd. (Photo Permitted.) Consolidated Multiple Listing Service (CMLS), has acquired the building at 138 Westpark Blvd. in Columbia, according to a release from NAI Avant. And CMLS, currently at 1905 Gadsden St., is moving. CMLS purchased the building from 1220 Pulaski, Inc for $864,000. The 7,200-plus sq. ft. office building will be the new headquarters for CMLS. NAI…

South Carolina has record-breaking year for tourism

A releases from the SCPRT stated that: Tourism in South Carolina is now a $20.2 billion industry that supports one in 10 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenues, according to figures released today by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  The figures represent a 6.1 percent increase in tourism activity in 2015…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Columbia Police make arrest in Bailey Street murder investigation

Columbia Police Department Investigators have charged a 21-year-old man in connection with the deadly weekend shooting at the Colony Apartments. Daquan James McCoy. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Booking Photo. Daquan James McCoy was located and arrested Tuesday night by Columbia Police Department investigators in partnership with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force, and the Richland County Sheriff’s…

Registration Open for Columbia’s City Youth Baseball League

Registration for the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department’s Youth Baseball League is underway for youth ages 3-15. The last day to register is Friday, March 3, 2017. The Youth Baseball League regular season will be held from April 3, 2017 through June 3, 2017. To download a registration form, visit the department’s “Youth Sports” page online. Registration forms are…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Ground to be broken for Lexington 2’s new Career (CATE) center, March 2

Architects conceptual photo of CATE center. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The Board of Trustees and Administration for Lexington School District Two will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lexington Two CATE Center. It will be on Bulldog Boulevard (off of 12th Street Extension) in Cayce. The ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. According to a…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Brandi Companies launch Annual MDA Shamrocks Campaign

MDA (Kirk Litton Photos.) All Brandi Pitt Stop and Brandi Burger King locations in the Midlands area are raising funds to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). From now…

Weatherfest blowing into EdVenture in March

EdVenture (photo Permitted.) The National Weather Service and EdVenture Children’s Museum are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017! This event will be blowing into Columbia – at EdVenture – on March 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Children will learn…

Stewart and Steven Mungo honored as United Way Humanitarians of the Year

 United Way of the Midlands will recognize Stewart and Steven Mungo as the 2016 Humanitarians of the Year award recipients. They will be recognized at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Stewart and Steven Mungo. (Photo Contributed.) The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…

Protesters exhort Trump, McMaster: ‘You represent us, too’

Hundreds, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gather in Columbia to send message to political leaders

As America’s political divide deepens, protesters assembled Monday on Presidents Day at the S.C. State House to send a message to President Donald Trump and the state’s new – and unelected – Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Though living in an unmistakably red state, a group of nearly 600 people from across South Carolina – along with representatives from a wide…