Richland County

Columbia Metropolitan Airport names Gula as new executive director

Michael A. Gula The Richland-Lexington Airport District has promoted Michael A. Gula to the position of Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) after a national recruitment initiative. “I am very excited to transition into the role of Executive Director at CAE and work with the Airport Commission, staff, stakeholders and community,” said Mr. Gula.  “I look forward to…

Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police work to reduce gun violence

Gun violence press conf. Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Gun violence press conf. 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos by Karamie Sullivan. The number of illegal guns on the streets of Richland County is decreasing.   Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott along with Columbia…

DUI the reason for increased Lexington County traffic deaths, says SCHP officer

SCHP file photo The total number of South Carolina traffic fatalities has collectively decreased in 2018. Compared to the 400 deaths by May of last year, there is a 33 person difference, with 367 traffic deaths reported so far this year. Despite the overall decrease, Lexington County’s numbers have not followed the same pattern of decrease. The number of traffic…

Is your name on S.C. Treasurer’s list of unclaimed funds

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

Gamecocks enter SEC Baseball Tournament with confidence

USC baseball team- USC Athletics Department photo. Mark Kingston’s first season as South Carolina’s baseball coach got off to a tumultuous beginning. But following a first half of the Southeastern Conference season in which the Gamecocks appeared headed nowhere fast, the team has found itself as it enters the league tournament in Hoover, Alabama as one of the hottest teams…

Richland County Council members celebrate new gateway signage

Richland County Council members celebrated new gateway signage along Broad River Road, Monday. The sign welcomes motorists to the community — “A Neighborly Place.” The gateway signage also showcases the Broad River Road logo created, with community input, in 2016. The logo and signage are part of the Broad River Road Corridor and Community Master Plan adopted by County Council in…

Rodeo coming to Blythewood June 1-2

The IPRA Championship Rodeo makes its stop in Blythewood June 1 and 2. It’s the Eighth Annual rodeo in Blythewood and includes eight action-packed events. The rodeo also features National Celebrity Funnyman Matt Merritt who will be on hand both nights to welcome a host of National Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as many other competitors seeking coveted points…

First Responders Appreciation Day held at Finlay Park

First responders have dangerous and often thankless jobs. The danger comes with the profession, but on Saturday people from all over the Columbia area gathered to give them thanks. Local nonprofit Project Unity USA organized a First Responders Appreciation Day at Finlay Park, inviting firefighters, EMS/EMTs, police officers and members of the military to come out and let those they…

“Enjoy SC” turns front lawn of South Carolina into a dance floor

Photo by Allen Wallace. The front lawn of South Carolina turned into a dance floor Saturday in the latest installment of “Enjoy SC: An Experience of South Carolina Arts & Culture at the State House.” The City of Columbia is sponsoring the series in collaboration with several community organizations and funded by a Knight Cities Challenge grant. The series of…

Gamecocks win series at Texas A&M

Sophomore Cody Morris struck out seven in seven innings of work and the 25th-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team scored eight runs in the first three innings in a 10-1 rout of Texas A&M. The win closed out the regular-season Saturday afternoon at Blue Bell Park. South Carolina ends the regular season with a 32-22 overall record and a…

Gamecocks win at Texas A&M to even series

Graham Lawson pitched four scoreless innings of relief, Hunter Taylor doubled twice and the 25th-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team took advantage of three Texas A&M errors in a 5-3 win over the Aggies Friday night at Blue Bell Park. USC lost to Texas A&M Thursday. With the win Friday, the Gamecocks move to 16-13 in SEC play this…

Truck overturns, burns on I-20, Friday afternoon

Trooper David Jones photo. A tractor-trailer overturned on the I-20 east ramp to SC 277 northbound, in Richland County, Friday afternoon. The truck then caught on fire and burned. According to Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol the road was blocked off. No injuries were reported. S.C. DOT crews were on the scene to set up barriers. Jones…

SCE&G releasing Lake Murray water for Canoeing for Kids

SCE&G will release water from Lake Murray into the lower Saluda River through Saluda Hydroelectric Plant Saturday, to support Canoeing for Kids’ annual “Raft-A-Rama” fundraiser. Water will be released 5:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Raft-A-Rama is a great event for folks interested in safely enjoying the river when it’s running higher,” said Jay Alley, founder and director of Canoeing for…

Fireflies at Congaree National Park now blinking, get viewing details

Synchronous Fireflies light up the forest. (NPS/Vic McCord) The Synchronous Fireflies at Congaree National Park  became more active Wednesday evening.  It was the first night where large groups of fireflies were seen blinking in unison. This rare phenomenon usually lasts between two to three weeks. However, there are many factors which could cause this period to be shorter or longer….

More info about June 2, Fort Jackson 101st Birthday Celebration concert

The Fort Jackson 101 concert, sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, taking place at Hilton Field on June 2, features Rodney Atkins and Sara Evans. Evans has had five No. 1 singles, sold millions of records, and won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award. She has also claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her…

Woman arrested in connection to the shooting of her estranged husband

Rhonda James- ASGDC photo. Richland County Investigators have arrested Rhonda James, 38, for murder.   According to an update from the Sheriff’s Department, she was arrested Tuesday at her home on Smith Street.   The suspect allegedly shot her estranged husband, Joseph Lanard James, in the upper body on May 12.  The shooting occurred, according to a sheriff’s report, on Smith Street, off…

S.C. State Museum premieres Ice Age: No Time For Nuts in 4D, May 26

Ice Age A mammoth new Ice Age branded 4D theatrical Experience, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4D, will premiere on Saturday, May 26 at the South Carolina State Museum. This eye-popping adventure follows the beloved prehistoric squirrel Scrat on an epic odyssey in time-travel. From the Colosseum of Ancient Rome to the disco dance floor, Scrat survives everything from…