Richland County

Walkers discover body near Harden Street

CPD File Photo. Walkers discovered the body of a dead person near the 900 block of Harden Street, shortly after 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, according to the Columbia Police Department. Officers are on the scene investigating. Foul play is not suspected at this time. The Richland Co. Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Walmart says it’s expanding benefits for 18,400 employees in S.C.

Walmart has announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000. The company, according to a release issued Tuesday, is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The combined…

Update: Emergency crews investigated bomb scare at Medical Park Drive – “All-Clear” issued

CFD photo Two Medical Park Drive in Columbia was evacuated Tuesday morning while a bomb scare was investigated. An “All-Clear” has since been issued, and emergency personnel have left the premises. Initial report below: The Columbia Fire Department is reporting that Medical Park Drive near Palmetto Richland Hospital is closed. The USC Police Department and Columbia Police are also on…

Columbia Police report man exposed himself to Uber drivers

Columbia Police Department (CPD) officers are investigating two alleged indecent exposure incidents involving female car service victims. Last Thursday, female Uber drivers reported to the CPD that while they were on Grand Street, a male passenger took off his clothes inside of the vehicle and exposed himself. During the incidents (at approximately 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.) the man is…

Government shutdown ends Monday in third day

US Senate – Wikimedia photo- use permitted. The U.S. Senate voted 81-18 Monday to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill. The vote allowed for Congress to approve a Continuing Resoltion for funding and end a three-day government shutdown. Democrats effectively backed off their opposition to the funding bill. “We will vote today to reopen the government,” said…

Government shutdown not causing much to change, Monday

The federal government shutdown began at midnight Friday when The U.S. Senate failed to pass a spending bill to keep funding government operations. The U.S. House passed a Continuing Resolution to the fund the government. In the Senate 60 votes are needed to pass the bill to fund the government, and the Democratic leadership is filibustering (or refusing to support)…

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…

Weather will be warmer this week

After a streak of cold weather in the past two weeks or so, in Richland and Lexington counties, expect mild weather Monday. And there will be a chance for rain early Tuesday. Later in the week, daytime temperatures should be about 60 degrees, with sunshine. Sunday, walkers on Assembly Street in Columbia were in short sleeves, enjoying the pleasant weather….

American Red Cross assisting multiple families in Columbia after apartment fire

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting families whose homes, located on Whitney Street, were damaged by a fire Saturday  morning. The Columbia Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping a total of five adults by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. We are now entering the…

Columbia Fire responds to blaze on Whitney Street, 4 displaced

1/4Whitney Street fire Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Whitney Street fire 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Whitney Street fire 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Whitney Street fire 2 Show Caption Hide Caption CFD photos Units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to a fire early Saturday morning. The blaze was at a two-story, multi-family dwelling in the 1200 block of…

Kershaw County man charged with sexually assaulting 3 children

David Adam Barton-KCDC photo. Kershaw County deputies said David Adam Barton has been arrested for sexually assaulting three children. Barton, 42, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age first degree, and one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 14, third degree. On Jan, 14, deputies said…

Spring Valley girls and boys beat Lexington in hoops PLUS other scores

By Tyler Cupp

Lexington and Spring Valley. GoFlashWin.com photo – Click for link. The Spring Valley Vikings made the sweep of Lexington in high school hoops on Friday night. It was all business for the top ranked Spring Valley girls who led from end to end winning 72-43. They are now 18-2 overall and still perfect in the region at 7-0. Coach Megan…

Richland County hires transportation director

Richland County Public Information Richland County recently hired a new transportation director to oversee the penny program and the contractor hired to carry out the $1.07 billion infrastructure improvement initiative. Dr. John Thompson – a Certified Public Manager with a master’s degree in Business Administration – started Jan. 8. The A.C. Flora High School graduate has returned home and brings…

Coroner releases name of shooting victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died early Friday morning in a shooting. The incident took place at approximately 1:30 a.m. at 124 Gale River Road, Columbia. Khalil Cook, 19, of Gale River Road, Columbia, died at the scene.  An autopsy indicated the cause of death to be due to a gunshot wound to the…

No. 10 Gamecock women defeat Vandy

South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 95-82 Thursday night in Nashville. The Gamecocks (15-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) again played without two-time SEC player of the year A’ja Wilson, who has a sprained right ankle. USC was coming off an 86-70 home loss to Tennessee. LeLe Grissett added 22 points for the Gamecocks, Lindsey Spann finished with 17 points, Tyasha Harris had 12…

Columbia on National Geographic Travel’s “Most Surprising Cities” list, with photo gallery

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport Executive Director Dan Mann leaving for Louisville Airport

  Dan Mann-Central Carolina Community Foundation photo.  Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) Executive Director, Dan Mann, has announced his decision to accept the position of Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority in Louisville, Ky., beginning in March. Mann took over as the Director of Columbia Metropolitan Airport in February 2010. During his time at CAE he reduced the airport’s…

Schools announce 2-hour delay for Thursday, government offices to open later

SCDOT Richland County office photo. Richland One schools will operate on a two-hour delayed start schedule Thursday, January 18, 2018. Buses will pick up students two hours later than the normal pick-up times (for example, if a bus normally picks up students at 7:00 a.m., the bus will pick up students Thursday at 9:00 a.m.). School will start two hours later than normal (delayed-start times: 9:30 a.m. – elementary…

Gamecock football team to be recognized Saturday for 9-win season, Outback Bowl victory

The University of South Carolina Football team will take part in halftime festivities during the SEC men’s basketball game between the Gamecocks and Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday (Jan. 20.) Head coach Will Muschamp and several Gamecock players will be on the court as the squad is recognized for a nine-win season, just the seventh in school history, and a New…

Walmart to host free health screening event at Columbia area stores

Columbia area Walmart stores will be hosting the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, Jan. 20. This free health screening event provides residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including: Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index Low-cost immunizations New this year, Walmart is introducing a virtual reality experience in select stores to assist with…

Columbia Fire Department responds to commercial fire early Wednesday

1/3Columbia Fire Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Columbia Fire 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Columbia Fire 2 Show Caption Hide Caption CFD photo Units from  the Columbia Fire Department responded to a commercial fire in Columbia, early Wednesday. A CFD report stated that firefighters are working to “knock down” the fire in the 300 block of Jacob Road in Columbia, Stoneridge…