Lower Richland

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook and Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon announced Thursday that 32-year-old Jheri Leil Polite is charged with 31 Counts of Unlawful Use of 9-1-1. “False alarms not only put…

S.C. traffic fatalities down, about same in Richland, Lexington counties

The S.C. Department of Public Safety reported that seven people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday until midnight Sunday. As of Sunday, 264 people had died on South Carolina highways, compared to 275 highway deaths during the same time period in 2016. There had been 14 road fatalities in Lexington County by midnight Sunday. One of those was Larry…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

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SCE&G prepares crews for severe weather, issues emergency information

Storm on Gervais Street, Monday. (Photo by Terry Ward) SCE&G is encouraging customers to prepare for severe thunderstorms Wednesday as the company readies crews to respond to possible outages and other weather-related issues. “We’re carefully monitoring weather conditions in our service territory, and we’re prepared to respond to storm-related service interruptions,” said Bill Turner, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations….

Richland, Lexington counties under tornado watch

The National weather Service has issued a tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for the following South Carolina counties:  included are Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson Bamberg Barnwell Calhoun Cherokee Chester Edgefield Fairfield Greenville Greenwood Hampton Laurens Lexington McCormick Newberry Orangeburg Richland Saluda Spartanburg Union York.

Pedestrian dies after being hit in Hopkins, identity being withheld for now

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is releasing information regarding a pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night sometime prior to 10 p.m. in the 4200 block of Leesburg Road, Hopkins. The identity of the 56-year-old male is being withheld at this time until next of kin can be notified.  The victim was transported from the scene…

Police: Male dies after being shot in Columbia, Thursday night

Columbia Police are investigating after a male died, apparently from gunshot wounds, on Thursday night. CPD Photo of crime scene. Around 9:30 p.m., Columbia Police responded to a “shots fired” call in the 7300 block of Patterson Road near Garners Ferry Road. The initial report from police was that “Officers found a male injured from an apparent gunshot wound.” Later,…

Experience the World at the Columbia International Festival, Saturday, Sunday

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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…