Richland County

Long process before new Chapin school materializes, citizens to be vigilant

The decision, Monday, to purchase more than 23 acres to build a new elementary school on Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin was but the first step in Lexington-Richland Five School District’s plan. “It’s one piece in our puzzle of great schools in District Five”, said Board Chairman Robert Gantt. “We have overcrowding in our district, it just seems like the…

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

Riverbanks Zoo study to see if eclipse impacts animal behavior

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hopes to shed light on whether animals behave differently during a total solar eclipse when Solar Eclipse 2017 makes a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. Riverbanks’ Adjunct Scientist Adam Hartstone-Rose is spearheading a scientific study of select species at the Zoo to discern what effects, if any, the eclipse will have on animal…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…

Deputies investigating after man’s body found in Richland County

A man’s body has been found in northeast Richland County. Richland County deputies are conducting an investigation after the body was found around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 77 North near mile marker 19. That’s the Farrow Road exit. A work crew was surveying in the area and found the remains in a ditch, according to the sheriff’s department report….

Several injured at graveside service when car hits them

Deputy Chief Kelly talking to the media about the incident. CPD Photo Several people attending a graveside service Wednesday afternoon were injured after being hit by a car. It happened at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia. Between eight and ten people were hurt, according to Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly. An elderly man was driving the car that hit the…

Congaree National Park to showcase total eclipse in Lower Richland

Staff at Congaree National Park and community members in Lower Richland are busy preparing for a total solar eclipse which is set to occur on Monday, Aug. 21. The path of the eclipse, also known as the “Path of Totality” will include South Carolina with Lower Richland and Congaree National Park located directly in the path. As the sun begins…

Duck Donuts lets you create your own sweet, draws crowd

1/3Duck Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Duxk Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Yummy Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Hundreds of people came to the grand opening of a new business in Columbia over the weekend, and waited in a line that overflowed through the door. They came to try a new donut. Duck Donuts is located on Cross Hill…

Roses store planned for former West Beltline Piggly Wiggly building

The former Piggly Wiggly grocery store at 4033 W. Beltline Blvd., in Columbia has been leased by Variety Wholesalers Inc. NAI Avant announced the lease deal on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly closed its store at the location in July 2016, after operating there for 20 years. Roses, a discount department store, plans to move into the 35,625-square-foot space before the end…

Chapin Town Hall hosts party for former chief who is becoming a teacher

By Karamie Sullivan Chapin Police Department’s Captain Troy Crump enjoyed an evening with family and friends in celebration of his retirement from law enforcement Tuesday evening. Crump, at one time, served in the role of Chapin’s police chief. He then became the Community Relations Captain in 2016. Crump has also worked for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia…

State Grand Jury issues indictment alleging public corruption by USC Employee

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Tuesday that the South Carolina State Grand Jury issued an indictment related to allegations of corruption at the University of South Carolina. The indictment was issued June 21, and is against Blake A. Langland.  Langland, 48, is a Project Manager in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina.  He was…

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board approves land purchase on Amicks Ferry Road

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board voted Monday night to move forward and purchase land along Amicks Ferry Road for a new elementary school in Chapin. The Board voted 6 to 1 to purchase 23.79  acres on Amicks Ferry Road at Lake Tide Drive for $932,950. The Board members voting in favor of the motion were Chairman Robert Gantt, Ellen Baumgardner,…

Cayce Elementary dedication postponed due to rain delays

Due to rain delays, the dedication, scheduled for August 3, for the new Cayce Elementary School has been postponed. Lexington School District 2 officials said they will publish information regarding the new date for the dedication when a new date is confirmed. Lexington County has experienced several heavy rains in recent days. The rain has resulted in flash flood warnings…

Columbia Housing Authority to open public housing application process

Click to enlarge The Columbia Housing Authority is preparing for the re-opening of the Public Housing Waiting List. The application process will be strictly online and will be available on Wednesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following that date, the CHA will only accept applications on the first business day of every month, (i.e. September 1, October…

Swimming advisory issued for Saluda Shoals Park area because of bacteria

A section of the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia has been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Sunday. The affected area includes the section of the river that runs the length of Saluda Shoals Park. Higher than normal bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the river, and…

Columbia Miracle Field officially opened at Owens Field

1/4miracle field 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4miracle field 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4miracle field 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4miracle field 3 Show Caption Hide Caption When the umpires shout “Play ball!” at Columbia’s newest baseball and softball field, those who obey will include many who have never before had the chance. The Columbia Miracle Field officially opened…