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West Columbia’s State Street – A new hot spot with a rich tradition of commerce

1/10State Street looking north toward Meeting Street. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/10State Street 1940s (Randy Clark Submitted Image) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/10S.C. Rep. Micah Caskey. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/10Randy Clark on the second floor of the old Clark’s Beauty Shop. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/10Clark’s renovation. Show Caption Hide Caption 6/10State Street looking south. Show Caption Hide Caption…

Recap of Week 5 in high school football, by Tyler Cupp

By Tyler Cupp Lexington-Spring Valley (GoFlashWin.com – Click for link.) LEXINGTON 41 IRMO 21 The Lexington Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) handed Irmo their second straight defeat in the Battle of the Dam. The Yellowjackets (4-2, 0-2) trailed by just a touchdown heading into the final quarter but Lexington pulled away. Jordan Hiller had over 150 yards rushing and 2 scores to…

West Columbia man killed in vehicle accident Friday night

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 600 block of Crystal Springs Drive in Lexington. The accident happened just after 10 p.m. on Friday. According to Fisher, Jerry Lee Sharpe, 42, of West Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained when…

Carolina Water Service says Town of Lexington offer to buy plant is “unacceptable”

The Town of Lexington stated in a release Thursday that it offered Carolina Water Service almost $1.6 million for the CWS I-20 treatment facility and its customer base of 3,000-or-so. Link to article about Town’s offer to buy CWS facility After the Town of Lexington made its offer public, Robert Yanity, communications coordinator  for Utilities Inc. CWS’s parent company, responded….

Lexington County working with Pawmetto Lifeline to handle cats

Pawmetto Lifeline Photo In an effort to address the stray cat population and reduce the euthanasia rate of cats in the county, Lexington County Council adopted an ordinance on June 26, implementing the Community Cat Program in Lexington County. The new arrangement was announced by Lexington County by press release Friday morning. The program, which will take effect on Oct….

Week 5 High School Football Preview by Tyler Cupp

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms (GCA Photo) By Tyler Cupp It’s week five of the high school football season. Here is the preview for some of the Midlands’ big games. BROOKLAND-CAYCE (3-2) AT GRAY COLLEGIATE (4-1) -Game to be played at Sprit Communications Park in Columbia This year, Brookland-Cayce will take on the War Eagles of Gray Collegiate. The Bearcats…

Man, teen charged with making bombs after alleged threat to White Knoll Middle School

Peter John Munson (LCDC Photo) A Lexington County man and teenager have been charged with making homemade bombs after explosive materials were found at the man’s Leesville home. Peter John Munson, 57, was charged with possessing or threatening to use a destructive device, according to the arrest warrant. Munson turned himself in at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department this morning….

Town of Lexington offers almost $1.6 million to buy Carolina Water Service I-20 plant

The Town of Lexington wants to buy the embattled Carolina Water Service’s I-20 plant. The town it made its offer public in a press release Thursday afternoon. “Based on recent appraisal, the Town of Lexington has made an offer in the amount of $1.584 million to purchase the Carolina Water Service I-20 treatment facility and customer base,” was the content…

Eclipse was the largest tourism event in state’s history

Solar Fest West (ColaDaily Photos) The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse attracted more than a million-and-a-half visitors to South Carolina, according to the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. It was the largest tourism event in the state’s history. The SCDPRT reports that 1.6 million people came to – or traveled within- the state to view the eclipse. With…

Lizard’s Thicket serves 12,000-a-day, celebrating 40 years

By Karamie Sullivan Lizard’s Thicket in Cayce. (ColaDaily Photo) If you live in the Midlands, there’s a chance you have been inside one of the 14 Lizard’s Thicket restaurants around Columbia, Irmo, and Lexington. This collection of home-cooking restaurants is about to be celebrating its 40th anniversary. As Lizards Thicket marks four decades, its owners are making an effort to…

Leaphart Road Bridge still on schedule to open before end of the year

1/6Leaphart Road 6 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Leaphart Road 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Leaphart Road 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Leaphart Road 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Leaphart Road 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Leaphart Road Show Caption Hide Caption The Leaphart Road Bridge, over I-26, in West Columbia, could be open to traffic in the next three months…

Lexington Police chief says he will monitor man who allegedly threatened students

Christopher Glen Raines Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said in a release he would like to notify the public that Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) age 42, who was arrested on Monday,  for Unlawful Communication, was given a bond Tuesday with the following requirements and restrictions: A bond of $1,087 was given, which is the maximum allowed for the…

Midlands Media Group named Business of the Year at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Gala

1/8Tina Washington, Giles Insurance, with Brad Giles. Co-Volunteer-of- the-Year. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/8Brett Mabe House of Raeford, middle, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/8Daniel Bailey, Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year with Dr. Bill James and AHS Principal Brad Coleman. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/8Debbie Summers, Citizen of the Year, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner….

Christopher Raines (AJ Blues) ordered to wear monitoring device, stay away from children, at bond hearing

The bond hearing for Christopher Glen Raines (AKA A.J. Blues) was held Tuesday morning. He was given a bond of $1,087. Raines is also required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Raines must also stay more than 100 yards away from children to include parks, schools, and daycare facilities. Raines is also ordered to stay away from all Lexington County…

East Point Academy breaks ground on new school in West Columbia

1/4New East Point Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4New East Point 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4New East Point 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4East Point 0 Show Caption Hide Caption East Point Academy was founded seven years ago with 55 students. The state-supported charter school now has 550 students in grades 4K-through eighth-grade. It’s South Carolina’s only Chinese immersion public…

Lexington Police say “A.J. Blues” threatened violence toward River Bluff High School students

Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) Christopher Glen Raines (AKA “AJ Blues”) 42, of Lexington, has been arrested by the Lexington Police Department and charged with Unlawful Communication. Chief Terrence Green announced the arrst in a press release, Monday. A.J. Blues has aired Internet audio broadcasts of local music. The warrant charges Raines with  unlawful communication, claiming a series of…

Hobby Lobby, Aiden Lane open in new Lexington Marketplace shopping center

New Hobby Lobby, Lexington (ColaDaily photos)  The new Hobby Lobby store in the Lexington Marketplace shopping center has opened. Aiden Lane, a ladies’ apparel store has opened, too. It’s the complex that will hold The Fresh Market that is coming to Lexington. Hobby Lobby held a grand opening last Monday and Aiden Lane opened last Wednesday. The shopping center is…

Teen charged with murder of 36-year-old man

  Isaac Burton Hidalgo (LCSD photo) A teen has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last night in a Columbia subdivision. Isaac Burton Hidalgo, 19, of Columbia is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Justin Steven Simons,…

Lexington 1 says man has repeatedly threatened students, his arrest is supported

The Town of Lexington Police Department notified Lexington County School District One administrators that Christopher Raines (AKA AJ Blues) was arrested Monday, Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One Schools communications director, said in a press release. The release stated: “The district fully supports the Lexington Police Department’s action. Over the last year, Raines has repeatedly threatened and harassed River Bluff High…

Lexington Police promoting Child Passenger Safety Week, beginning Monday

The Lexington Police Department continues their commitment to promote the practice of always using “The Right Seat” with child seat check events planned throughout the upcoming South Carolina Child Passenger Safety Week. Beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017 and continuing through Saturday, September 23, 2017, Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be at the following events conducting free child seat checks….

High school football’s winners and losers – Week 4 recap

By Tyler Cupp  Chapin scored 5 consecutive TDs on Brookland-Cayce to lead 35-0 at the half. (GoFlashWin.com photo- Click for link.) NEWBERRY-22  FAIRFIELD CENTRAL-21 Win or go home. That was the philosophy by Newberry coach Phil Strickland on Friday night as he opted to go for a two point conversion instead of kicking the extra point. Newberry was victorious and escapes Winnsboro…

Friday night high school football scores

Airport-Orangeburg- Wilkinson (Hannah Stone Photo)  Airport 25 Orangeburg Wilkinson 15 Barnwell 34 Swansea 14 Ben Lippen 42 Porter Gaud 28 Bethune-Bowman 44 C.A. Johnson 20 Blackville-Hilda 44 Denmark-Olar 6 Chapin 38 Brookland-Cayce 20 Chester 40 Lower Richland 39 Columbia 24 Keenan 7 Crestwood 34 Marion 6 Dreher 42 Calhoun County 21 Dutch Fork 49 River Bluff 9 Edisto 20 Scott’s…

Lexington County man gets 10 Years for vehicular assault involving children, drug charge

Jason Reed Farmer (Solicitor’s office photo) Repeat offender Jason Reed Farmer,32, of 121 Piper Road in Lexington, was sentenced this week in Lexington County to 10 years for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The sentenced was announced Friday, in a press release from Suzanne Mayes of the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Under the recent Domestic Violence Reform Act…

Gervais Street Bridge, Alexander Road closing from 6:30 p.m. ’til 8:30 p.m. Friday

Gervais Street Bridge (ColaDaily Photo) The Gervais Street Bridge and Alexander Road will be closed on Friday from approximately 6:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. to host the 911 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk. Please find alternate routes or plan to stop and honor the sacrifices of the first responders and military heroes.