Richland County

Misaligned switch caused Amtrak-CSX train crash in Cayce

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt at Sunday press conference. NTSB image. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt was in Cayce Sunday to begin the federal investigation into the train crash that resulted in the death of two Amtrak employees in the earlier hours of that day. Sumwalt, at a Sunday press conference, said a train track switch was in the…

“It was a tough scene,” Amtrak engineer, conductor killed in crash, coroner identifies

Near crash site, Sunday. (Terry Ward photo.) The train collision in Cayce early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees. Killed was Michael Kempf, 54 of Savannah Ga. He was the Amtrak train’s engineer. Also killed was Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla. He was the train’s conductor. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, who was very…

Palmetto Health updates patients’ status from Amtrak train accident

Palmetto Health hospitals have received an influx of patients from an Amtrak train accident in West Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this morning, Sunday, Feb. 4. Palmetto Health hospitals patient count has been updated. The thoughts of all our team members are with the family and friends of those injured in this accident. The total number of patients has been adjusted…

Gov. Henry McMaster gives details of fatal Cayce train wreck at press conference

1/2Gov. Henry McMaster at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption The train collision in Cayce resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees, according to Gov. Henry McMaster who held a crash update press conference Sunday morning at the SC Emergency Management Department headquarters in West…

2 dead, 70 to hospital, 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled in Cayce train wreck, governor going to site

The train collision in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, has resulted in the deaths of two people according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said, at a news conference early Sunday, that about 70 people with injuries had been hospitalized. He said the injuries ranged from minor scratches and bumps to broken bones. He did…

Columbia Police report fatal shooting

One person is dead after a shooting incident in Columbia Saturday. Columbia Police are investigating a shooting in the 3000 block of Beaumont Avenue. According to a CPD report from late Saturday afternoon, a male victim was found dead. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC

Gamecocks lose at Texas A&M

Texas A&M defeated South Carolina, 83-60 Saturday at Texas A&M. The Aggies (15-8, 4-6 SEC) jumped out to a lead early and led 49-27 at the half. The Gamecocks (13-10, 4-6 SEC) shot only 21.1 percent in the first half. Texas A&M dominated South Carolina in points in the paint (40 to 18) and on the fast break (17-4). Justin…

Name of man who died in I-77 crash released by coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Friday in a motor vehicle collision on I-77 northbound at mile marker 7.  The incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. Joshua Craig Weatherford, 29, of Risdon Way, Columbia, was the unrestrained driver of a vehicle that left the road.  Weatherford was ejected from his vehicle.  He was…

Camden sweeps Chester, plus hoops scores and notes from Friday

By Tyler Cupp

Photo by Jack Crayne It was a clean sweep for the Camden Bulldog basketball programs as the girls and boys both defeated the visiting Chester Cyclones Friday night. Both games were huge in region 4-3A play. For the boys, first place was on the line as both squads entered the night locked at 4-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs routed…

SCDOT announces closed lane on I-26 from mile marker 119-to-120

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announces a lane closure on I-26 from mile marker 119-120. It will be in place on Monday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The right lane will be closed to replace damaged conduit. This same right lane will be closed for the same purpose on the following dates: ·         Tuesday, Feb. 6 from…

Qualifying taxpayers can get free tax preparation from The Cooperative Ministry

Qualifying Midlands taxpayers can get free tax preparation.  This year’s Super Saturday kickoff event takes place Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. – 2  p.m. Join us at the Cecil Tillis Center located at 2111 Simpkins Lane, Columbia. Households with less than $54,000 in annual income may qualify for free tax preparation assistance, which can lead to much-needed refunds and…

Columbia’s Colonial Life touts more benefits, higher wages and HQ renovation

Colonial Life is investing millions of dollars in its employees, its infrastructure and its community. The announcement was made via press release, Thursday.  Colonial Life will offer a new paid parental leave benefit for mothers and fathers, increased compensation to a minimum of $15-an-hour. the company also announced a major renovation of its Columbia headquarters, and expanded charitable contributions. The…

Tickets for the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner are on-sale until Sunday

Gervais Street Bridge Dinner tickets are on-sale in limited quantity, from now-until- Sunday, February 4 at 11:59 pm. General Admission tickets ($99 each) + VIP tickets ($199 each) = 200 tickets total. Visit GervaisStreetBridgeDinner.com because tickets are going uber fast and you won’t want to miss this! (Realistically it doesn’t look like tickets will last til Sunday…) The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner…

Gamecocks lose to MSU

USC Athletics graphic Mississippi State defeated South Carolina 81-76,  Wednesday night. The Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5 in the Southeastern Conference) won an SEC road game – and consecutive league games – for the first time all season. Mississippi State also ended a four-game losing streak at South Carolina (13-9, in the 4-5 SEC.) At one point Mississippi State was ahead 57-48….

S.C. Treasurer breaks record for returning unclaimed property

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has announced that almost $33 million in unclaimed property was returned to its owners in 2017. Loftis praised the work of the Unclaimed Property Program for helping to identify people who have unclaimed money throughout the state. According to a Treasurer’s Office press release, the annual amount of returned money has doubled under Loftis’ administration….

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin talks about a bright 2018 in his “State of the City” address

State of the City 1 Show Caption Hide Caption State of the City 2 Show Caption Hide Caption State of the City 5 Show Caption Hide Caption State of the City Show Caption Hide Caption State of the City 4 Show Caption Hide Caption State of the City 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke of topics…

2017 has highest number of closed home sales ever recorded in South Carolina

Mungo Homes photo South Carolina REALTORS® released its 2017 annual market report for the state, Monday. The report shows 2017 as a record-setting year for closed sales at 83,570. It’s the highest number of closed sales ever recorded in the state. There were 12,780 total closed sales, up 4.7 percent, in Greater Columbia. The Greater Columbia area includes Lexington County….

Capital City Women’s Expo is April 7

The Capital City Women’s Expo is coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Saturday April 7, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. This one-day event will feature nearly 100 exhibitors, inspiring speakers, interactive experiences, pampering, pop-up shops, food, wine, expert advice and the opportunity to connect women with services and products for themselves and their family. “Columbia has been…

Murder suspect in ex-boyfriend fatal shooting case arrested in Florida

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Curtis Hicks, who charged with murder and attempted murder.  Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the United States Marshal Service arrested Hicks,38, in Miami Fla. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the Marshal’s Service were following up on significant leads and captured Hicks without incident. On Saturday,  at just…

St. Pat’s in Five Points entertainment line-up announced

36th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points entertainment line-up announced DATE:             Saturday, March 17, 2018 WHAT:            The Midlands’ largest annual street festival and one of the largest celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in the southeast WHEN:            Gates open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. WHERE:          Five Points Columbia, South Carolina ENTERTAINMENT: As announced by the St….