Lower Richland

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care Fair in Columbia packs the house

Leeza Gibbons gained international fame as the longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, and her work as a journalist made her an Emmy winner, but the University of South Carolina alumna has never forgotten her home. Gibbons, who grew up in Irmo, was in Columbia Saturday to host the first Dare2Care Fair at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The day included…

Two people killed on I-20, emergency responders injured, early Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the persons killed in two early morning car accidents on I-20 Eastbound at Mile Marker 39 in Lexington County on Saturday. At approximately 4 a.m. Fisher states that Caleb Joseph Metz, 26, of North Augusta. died at the scene from the injuries he received in the accident when the vehicle…

Grand jury issues indictment related to Richland County Hospitality Tax program

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson (ColaDaily file photo)  S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Friday that the S.C. State Grand Jury issued another indictment related to allegations of misuse of Richland County Hospitality Tax funds. The indictment against Patricia A. Ford, was issued Thursday. She  was previously indicted by the State Grand Jury on March 16, for five counts of…

West Columbia Solar Fest West to include live music, food trucks, eclipse education stations

The City of West Columbia is holding the Solar Fest West event to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, from noon –until-  4 p.m, at the Wyman M. “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Solar Fest West will feature live music from Seventy Six and Sunny with Prettier than Matt, food trucks, a beer…

Democrat Wendy Brawley defeats Bill Strickland for S.C. House 70 seat

Wendy Brawley defeated Bill Strickland in the race to replace the late representative Joe Neal in the South Carolina legislature. Brawley, a Democrat, got 78 percent of the vote compared to 22 percent for Strickland in Tuesday’s election for the S.C. House District 70 seat. Brawley is the founder of Imara Women’s Magazine. District 70 includes portions of lower Richland and…

Update: Columbia Police identify man impersonating officer, he has been arrested

Columbia Police Investigators have identified a 43-year-old man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer at two City of Columbia retail stores. He was arrested Tuesday. CPD has outstanding arrest warrants for Buddy Todd Mount. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer and Shoplifting. The warrants have been entered into the National Crime Information…

Boo Boo returns home after dog is stolen with car

Boo Boo’s back home and all is well. Debrah Boulanger’s dog “Boo Boo” was in the car of a friend, when the car was stolen from the Triangle City area in West Columbia on June 10. With Boo Boo, a brown Chihuahua missing, the West Columbia Police Department announced that the car, and Boo Boo, had been stolen. They were…

State’s unemployment rate at record low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May. That is the lowest rate the state has had since December 2000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s rate was 4.3 percent in April. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April. Lexington County’s unemployment rate rose to 3.1…

Richland County Coroner identifies victim of Friday shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a shooting incident that occurred Friday at approximately 4: 20 p.m.  The incident occurred at the intersection of Leesburg and Patterson Roads, Columbia. Deangelo Prometheus Henderson, 20, of Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to…

Toby’s Place, for homeless women and children, cuts ribbon with Oliver Gospel Mission

Thanks to the efforts of a community, homeless women and children in the Columbia area now have a new place to stay and to find the help they need. Oliver Gospel Mission celebrated the completion of Toby’s Place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The new facility at 5938 Two Notch Road in Columbia will serve women and children, expanding the…

Chad Holbrook posts ad thanking USC, fans praise

Many times when a coach and a college sports team are separated, there is not a lot of love. But that is not the case with former Gamecock baseball coach Chad Holbrook. Holbrook and USC parted ways last week after Holbrook’s five years with the Gamecocks. Holbrook did not go quietly. He has published an ad of thanks. It reads: “Thank you…

Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis holding rate change Drop-In, Thursday

Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis is holding a water, sewer, stormwater Rate Change Drop-In Thursday. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to learn about the proposed water, sewer, stormwater rate increase. Information will be provided and city staff will be on hand to answer questions. Click…

Clemson football team welcomed at the White House, meets with president

President Donald Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers football team to the White House Monday. Clemson won the 2016-2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. Gov. Henry McMaster was also on hand for the Tigers’ visit. During the White House ceremony, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney presented the president with official Tigers No. 1 jerseys. President Trump called Clemson’s victory over Alabama…

USC’s Beyond Sports Program helps athletes in careers after graduation

By Caroline Petrone University of South Carolina athletics is coming off of a year that saw the men’s basketball team go to the Final Four and the women win a National Championship in basketball. Officials in the athletics department hope this is only the beginning of more success to come. To help with that; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Chris Rogers,…

Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson to hold discussion, Thursday

Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson to Discuss Several Topics during District 11 Address WHO: Councilman Norman Jackson, District 11 WHAT: District 11: Future of Lower Richland WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday  (June 15) WHERE: Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center, 8614 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson will discuss several topics relevant to District 11, including Pinewood Lake Park,…

Basketball success good for USC’s enrollment numbers

The University of South Carolina is seeing an increase in enrollment. USC’s 2017 freshman class is expected to be 5,600 to 5,700 students,. The 2016 freshmen enrollment was 5,036. Dennis Pruitt, vice president of student affairs and vice provost,  discussed the swell in the class size with the Daily Gamecock newspaper on Tuesday. Pruitt said there have been spikes in…

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

PaleoPalooza, day of fossils, dinosaurs, at the S.C. State Museum, June 17

Experience a special day full of fossils, dinosaurs, natural history and more, June 17

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate all things paleontology, Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will get to meet a paleontologist, skype with scientists in the jungles of Panama, make their own fossils, see live birds of prey and more during this full day of natural history. Guests will also get a chance to meet…

More human remains found in H. L. Hunley

North Charleston – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the , the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save the pioneering vessel have a new understanding of just how cramped and intimidating it must have been for the eight-man crew in 1864 when they cranked the Hunley into world history. Working in the…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Gamecock guard Rakym Felder chosen for USA East Coast basketball team

By Chandler Mack (ColaDaily)  Gamecock rising sophomore guard Rakym Felder will play for the USA East Coast team. Rakym Felder. USC Athletics Photo used with permission. Felder will travel to Madrid, Spain later this summer to play alongside a group of college all-stars under the tutelage of Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown. Gamecock’s Head Coach and former USA…

Historic Columbia hosting eclipse viewing event in the Gardens

Witness the once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Gardens at Historic Eclipse in the Gardens. Historic Columbia has issued an invitation to be part of history on Monday, Aug. 21,  in the heart of downtown Columbia. At 2:41 p.m., guests will see the much-anticipated total solar eclipse for 2 minutes and 36…

Teacher emails link with child porn to co-worker, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Sean Maly, a teacher at Summit Parkway Middle School, was arrested on Friday and is charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. According to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report, Maly “accidentally” emailed the wrong Internet link to a co-worker.  That link resulted in the discovery of child pornography on Maly’s laptop. Investigators are searching other devices that belong to…