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Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Experience Columbia SC, experiences evolution of the city’s brand

"The Real Southern Hot Spot."

Columbia introduced a new brand last week. It’s still “Famously Hot,” but add to that: “The Real Southern Hot Spot.” Graphics provided by Experience Columbia SC. Andrea Mensink is communications director for Experience Columbia SC. It’s the group that was known before as the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism. She said more than a year of research and…

St. Pat’s in Five Points draws thousands to Columbia

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Target Zero puts aggressive drivers on alert

1/1 Target Zero Press Conference, Wednesday. Show Caption Hide Caption The big St. Patrick’s Day festival in Columbia is Saturday. There will be a lot of fun, but safety will be a priority, too. Target Zero press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) “We have a very big weekend before us,” said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook at the Midlands…

Job numbers at record high, Lexington County has lowest unemployment rate

More people in South Carolina than ever were working at the end of January, but the rate of unemployment rose. That information comes from the monthly report issued Monday by Kristin Coulter of the S.C. Department of Employment Workforce. The number of people working rose by 9,373 in January from December 2016 to more than 2.2 million people. The number of…

Palmetto State Job Fair is Wednesday in Columbia

1/1Job fair Show Caption Hide Caption The 4th annual Palmetto State Job Fair- billed as the largest in South Carolina – is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday. It’s at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, in the heart of the Vista- downtown Columbia. It was formerly known as the SC Midlands Job Fair, but the job fair has become…

Kemopalooza 2017 raises funds to help children with cancer

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Could Tim Tebow come back to Columbia to play for the Fireflies?

Tim Tebow, who has played in Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium, could be coming back to Columbia. Tim Tebow of the Mets. (Photo Contributed.) If Tebow does come to Columbia, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, will be wearing a Columbia Fireflies baseball uniform. Tebow signed with the Mets last fall. He played in the Arizona Fall League. On Wednesday, Tebow made his spring training…

Weatherfest blows into EdVenture this Saturday

EdVenture and the National Weather Service (NWS) are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017 at EdVenture. It’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how a…

Lower Richland wins it all in basketball

Lower Richland High School has a State Championship. Trailing by as much as 18 points in the first half, the Lower Richland High School boys basketball team came from behind to win the 4A State Basketball Championship on Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. The Diamond Hornets, which won its last championship in 1999, defeated Wren High School 51-42. Head basketball…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

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Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

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In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Stewart and Steven Mungo honored as United Way Humanitarians of the Year

 United Way of the Midlands will recognize Stewart and Steven Mungo as the 2016 Humanitarians of the Year award recipients. They will be recognized at United Way’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center. Stewart and Steven Mungo. (Photo Contributed.) The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year…

Congressman Jim Clyburn speaks at Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

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St. Pat’s in Five Points offering in-store pre-sale tickets beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, pre-sale outlets for St. Pat’s in Five Points, are available. It is March 18. Be prepared to shake your shamrocks at the 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points – one of the largest green and Gaelic celebration in the Southeast! In addition to online sales, which have been available since November, six stores are have hundreds of tickets to…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Soda City, street fair for street fare

from clothing and woodworks to art and goat cheese

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U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to speak at Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Sixth Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia. US Rep. James E. Clyburn. (Photo Submitted.) The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an…

Columbia man charged with 15 counts related to child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday announced the arrest of Quinton Taeshaun McClendon, 26, of Columbia, on 15 charges connected to sexual exploitation of a minor. Stock Photo (Use Permitted) Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. The Richland Count Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted with the…

Columbia’s Mayor Benjamin, agencies unify for basketball tournament

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation and public safety agencies for a Black History Month Basketball Tournament WHAT: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

SC State Rep. Joseph H. ‘Joe’ Neal dies, colleagues saddened

Rep. Joe Neal. (SC House Photo.) South Carolina State Rep. Joseph Neal has died, according to Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison tweeted at 1131 p.m., Tuesday of Neal’s death. Harrison’s Tweet: “Saddened & devastated to hear our good friend & progressive champion Rep. @JosephNeal3 passed away! He will be missed by all! #RIPJoe,” Neal represented…