Lower Richland

Columbia’s homeless students a topic at Women’s Summit, Tuesday

By Karamie Sullivan Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit. Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit meeting discussed seven focuses for Columbia’s vision statement Tuesday morning. One of the main points addressed at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, was the current status of Richland County School District One’s students, and ways their futures can be improved over the next…

More than 200 women, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine talk vision for Columbia

By Karamie Sullivan City Manager Teresa Wilson encourages “leading ladies” to uplift and empower the young women who want a seat at the table. (City of Columbia Photo) More than two-hundred women came to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Tuesday morning to hear Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine speak. The Women’s Summit meeting was specifically developed for the women of Columbia…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

$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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

1 person killed in I-77 crash that closed interstate, Friday afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on I-77 Friday. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the time of the wreck as 1:02 p.m. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said a 1996 Ford pickup truck collided with a 1997 Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was killed. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jones said…

SC Victim Services moves into one office, legislation celebrated

Jackie Olsen speaking. Her sister was murdered by a stalker.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today officially welcomed South Carolina’s victim services agencies into his office. A new state law that took effect July 1st moved the agencies so they’d be under one roof for better service and efficiency. The move was one of the recommendations made by then-Gov….

EdVenture’s FLIGHT- with Boeing 757 cockpit, opens Saturday

1/4Flight 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Flight 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Flight 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Flight 1 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture is opening its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT.  Museum members are invited to preview the exhibit at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to EdVenture guests, in general, at 10 a.m. FLIGHT has been made possible with…

At least 1 injured after truck turns over

1/3Crash3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Crash1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Crash Show Caption Hide Caption Members of the Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire  were in the the 2600 block of Screaming Eagle Road after 3 p.m. Thursday, near McCords Ferry. There is a report of  a serious collision. An 18-wheeler that was carrying sand overturned. At least one person was…

Capital City All-Star boys have a blast in Miami for MLB All-Star game

By Chandler Mack Capital City All-Stars (City of Columbia Photos)  A Columbia youth baseball team is back in town after a stint in Miami for Major League Baseball’s all-star game. The Capital City All-Stars participated in the All-Star Youth Classic, a tournament the team was able to play in due to their involvement in Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball…

Plans for Capital City Stadium property change, without Kroger

By Karamie Sullivan The development of the Capital City Stadium property on Assembly Street in Columbia has experienced another delay. The plan for a Kroger grocery store to be built has now changed after Kroger pulled out of the deal about a month ago. According to Bright-Myers, the Atlanta-based contractor for the development, Kroger officials decided not to build in…

USC recruiting children for learning disabilities study

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge The University of South Carolina is recruiting children (ages 6-12) with learning disabilities in reading and/or math to participate in a short, paid study. Allison Stafford is a school psychology doctoral student at USC and issued an announcement about the project Wednesday. The goal of the study is to be able to improve identification…

S.C. Department of Corrections holding Job Fair, Friday

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is holding a Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday (July 14.) The SCDC is seeking Cadets ages 18-to-20, and Officers, ages 21-and-up. Also wanted are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and qualified mental health professionals. Other employment opportunities include food service, administrative, trades specialists and teachers. The Job Fair is…

Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grants $90,000 to 3 South Carolina charities

More than $2.5 million in grants awarded since Foundation’s inception

The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation is granting $90,000 over three years to three South Carolina charities working on projects that benefit child welfare and youth arts programs. The three organizations and their projects are: · Carolina Youth Development Center; Nu House: Independent Living Transition House for Youth Aging Out of Foster Case – In South Carolina, more than 600…

Pro-Confederate flag group flies it again at Statehouse for a day

1/4Confederate flag display and opponents Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Secessionist Party member Cameron Maynard with other Civil War-related flags Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4July 10, 2015 is the day the flag was removed Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Some dressed in period attire Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan If you drove by the South Carolina Statehouse from 10 a.m….

Man, 50, accused of molesting girl from age 6-to-11

Charles A. Branham has been accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl over a five-year period, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The alleged offenses occurred in Richland County, but Branahm lives in Winnsboro according to a report. Branham, 50, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of…

S.C. Highway Patrol conducting recruitment sessions beginning Tuesday in Columbia

Click on poster to enlarge The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be traveling the state in July conducting recruitment presentations. The first recruitment session is Tuesday at the Troop 1 Headquarters at 1626 Shop Road, in Columbia. Each session begins  at 6 p.m. See the poster, left, for all recruitment presentations and the date and place.