Richland County

Sen. John Courson given a $16,000 bond

Bond for Sen. John Courson was set at $16,000, Wednesday.  He will remain free on a personal recognizance bond.  Courson is not a flight risk and hs is not a danger to the community. Sen. John Courson The hearing for Courson (R-Richland) was at Richland County courthouse with Judge Knox McMahon presiding. Courson was indicted on March 16, by the state grand…

Columbia man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of children

U.S. Attorney Beth Drake stated Wednesday that Alshura Tabil Annessa Frazier, 36, of Columbia, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to sex trafficking of children and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence…

S.C. School Boards Association’s Dr. Tiffany N. Richardson elected to national board

Dr. Tiffany N. Richardson Dr. Tiffany N. Richardson has been elected as a director on the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Board of Directors. Richardson is the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legal Services. She was elected during the annual COSA business meeting and elections Saturday. COSA provides…

South Carolinian gets $763,000 in largest unclaimed property payout

S.C Treasurer Curtis Loftis. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the state’s Unclaimed Property Program returned the largest amount in the program’s history to a lucky The recipient, who wishes to remain anonymous, received more than $763,000 in unclaimed cash and stock proceeds, according to a release from the treasurer’s office, Wednesday. The funds belonged to the recipient’s father, who passed away more than 15 years…

Office building planned for corner of Farrow and Hardscrabble

Rendering of proposed building. (Photo Contributed.) NAI Avant announced Wednesday that South Carolina ENT, Allergy and Sleep Medicine (SCENT) recently purchased 1.20 acres of in Columbia’s Highland Center Professional Park. The plan is to develop a multi-story medical office building to house the SCENT practice. Senior broker Nick Stomski, SIOR facilitated the transaction. The location of the new building is…

West Columbia issues parking info for Tartan Day Amphitheater events

The City of West Columbia is participating in the following Tartan Day South Events: West Columbia Amphitheater at Gervais Street Bridge. Celtic Movie Night on Thursday (March 30) Kirkin’ of the Tartans on Sunday (April 2) Those events will be held at  the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.. Public parking for the Tartan Day Events will be available at the following…

Two right lanes of I-20 East at Mile Marker 76-78 to close overnight Tuesday until Wednesday

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces an overnight lane closure on I-20 east in Richland County to lift signs over the interstate. I-20 construction zone in northeast Richland County (File Photo by Allen Wallace) The two right lanes at mile marker 76-78 (I-77/Alpine Road) will close beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. the…

Lexington 2’s Beth Branham elected National School Boards Association secretary-treasurer

Lexington School District Two Trustee Beth Branham. (Photo Provided.) Lexington School District Two Trustee ElizaBeth “Beth” Branham  was elected as secretary-treasurer of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Board of Directors during the NSBA Delegate Assembly on Friday in Denver, Co. Branham is past president of the South Carolina School Boards Association and previous NSBA Southern Region Director. Becky Bean,…

Columbia Fireflies VP talks Tebow, and baseball at C-WC Chamber Breakfast

The Columbia Fireflies did not have a full year in 2016, but it was a good year, said the executive vice president. And things should be even bigger in 2017. Brad Shank, Executive V.P. of the Columbia Fireflies, spoke at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Tuesday at Spirit Communications Park. He talked about the Fireflies first year (2016)…

Gamecock Women going to Final 4

  The USC Women’s basketball team is going to the Final Four. The Gamecocks recorded a 71-64 win against Florida State, Monday night. USC Women’s Coach Dawn Staley. The Women’s Final Four is next week in Dallas. The game was played in Stockton Calif. It is the second time Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks have made made it to the Final Four. With the win,…

Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum says opposition to Cayce TIF illogical

After some members of Lexington County Council opposed a TIF request from the City of Cayce,  Chairman Todd Cullum said blocking the TIF does not make sense. After TIF improvements, the value of the Cayce Brickworks property is $4.2 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the directing of tax revenue to go to redevelopment of the…

Experience the World at the Columbia International Festival, Saturday, Sunday

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Gamecock hoops super fan gets his ticket punched to Final 4, too

Carlton Thompson (GoFundMe Photo) It would not be right for the Gamecocks to be in the Final Four without Carlton Thompson. Long hair and beard, he’s known as Gamecock Jesus. Thompson can be seen at about every Gamecock basketball game in Colonial Life Arena, stomping, pacing and most of all relentlessly cheering for the Gamecocks. So fitting is it for…

Property leased for Indian grocery store on Bush River Road

Google Photo. NAI Avant Director of Retail Services, Patrick Palmer, CCIM, recently facilitated a lease transaction at the Bush River Shopping Center in Columbia. Ambaji SC, INC will lease approximately 8,000 sq.ft. of retail space located at 1950 Bush River Road to be utilized as an Indian Grocery Store. There are only two spaces remaining for lease in this Hamrick’s…

Students run marathon in Richland 2 for Young Life scholarships

By Callie Grace McManus Blythewood High School senior Jacob DeClemente and Richland Northeast High School Young Life leader Trent Hancock ran the “Get to Blythewood” Young Life Marathon Sunday. Richland Northeast YoungLife leader Trent Hancock (left), and Blythewood High School senior Jacob Declemente. (Photos by Callie Grace McManus/Callie G Photography) But it was more than just running.  The students are on…

Time set for USC-Gonzaga Final 4 game, USC Women play Monday night

South Carolina will play Gonzaga in basketball’s NCAA Tournament Final Four. (USC Athletics Photo.) The Gamecocks versus Gonzaga game is scheduled for tip off at 6:09 p.m. Saturday. It will be aired on CBS. The Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina and Oregon will play after USC-Gonzaga at approximately 8:49 p.m. The championship…

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…

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…