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Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motorcycle crash.  It occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Thursday night on South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia. William James Culpepper, 28, of North Point Road, Lexington, was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and went down an embankment.  Culpepper was not wearing a…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…

Solar farm coming to Cayce, beside SCE&G HQ

A firm is developing a 1.62 megawatt solar facility in the Otarre development corridor off of I-77, beside South Carolina Electric and Gas. The 6,156-panel facility is expected to be completed by November. The area where the solar farm is going is in the 12th Street Extension portion of Cayce. TIG Sun Energy IV has been chosen by SCE&G to develop the…

Town of Swansea receives grant funds for new waterlines

Left to Right: Rick Bryan, Swansea Utility Manager; Council Member Linda Butler; Senator Nikki G. Setzler; Mayor Ray Spires; Council Member Jerald Sanders. (Photo Submitted) The Town of Swansea has received a $498,500 Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA.) grant. MPA Strategies announced the details of the grant Wednesday. The funds will go toward improvements of the town’s deteriorating water system. That…

Gamecocks Jake Bentley, Jacob August work out with special kids

1/3Gamecock QB Jake Bentley Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Jacob August, Gamecock tight end Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Players and M.A.T.E.S. staff Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The children of Camp M.A.T.E.S.’s summer camp welcomed a couple of surprise visitors, Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Bentley, and tight end Jacob August of USC’s football team participated in the MATES yoga class….

Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

West Columbia is a magnet for new business

1/6Sunset Boulevard thriving Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Brookland Construction Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6New housing, to the right Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Fountain in Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Meeting at State Streets Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia is a hotspot for new business. “We try to be friendly to business,” said…

House of Raeford donates almost $15K to help victims of human trafficking

 By Karamie Sullivan There will soon be a new facility in Richland County to house minors who have been victims of human trafficking. The safe house, known as Karis Home, has been funded in large part by House of Raeford, the poultry processing plant in West Columbia. House of Raeford’s outreach program FLOCK, has partnered with Lighthouse for Life.  …

Lake Murray Poker Run raises $45,000 for Children’s Chance to fight cancer

By Karamie Sullivan They came from all over to help children with cancer. Boaters traveled from Florida, Virginia, New York, and South Carolina to Chapin’s Rusty Anchor restaurant over the weekend for the fourth annual Lake Murray Poker Run. The fund-raising event is hosted by Children’s Chance, a non-profit organization that helps families of children facing pediatric cancer. The event…

“Southern Lights” laser, mirror art project to be installed on Congaree River

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 laser installation will launch on Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend celebrations. Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is…

Biggest LMC baby ever? Colin weighed 14 pounds at birth

You’re gonna need a bigger diaper. Colin Austin Keisler is the heaviest baby ever born at Lexington Medical Center, as far as anyone can remember. He was born on Friday morning to Lexington’s Cindy Richmond (she kept her maiden name) and her husband Arthur Keisler. Colin weighed 14 pounds and 0.4 ounces. He was 24 inches long. He’s the size…

Autopsy did not confirm drowning as cause of death for man pulled from river

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the preliminary autopsy findings of William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston. It was believed Leeman drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo on Sunday. But according to Fisher, the preliminary autopsy findings were unable to confirm that Leeman’s death was the result of drowning. Therefore, additional studies, including toxicology testing, are…

Lexington County deputy leads kids’ ‘Summer Adventure Squad’

Catching fish, making healthy snacks and learning about animals might sound like sound like summertime fun, but Lexington County Deputy David Burns believes it’s all about learning. “Those are life lessons. We go on the river canoeing and kayaking, we’ve got to respect the water. So they’re life lessons, it’s things that they’re going to carry, it’s memories that they’re…

Lexington County Coroner investigates second Saluda River drowning of weekend

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of a person believed to have drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Fisher states that William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston was pulled from the water by someone on the river in a canoe. The person performed CPR on Leeman.  Upon arrival of  Lexington County…

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…

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, is new Miss South Carolina

1/3Suzi Roberts during talent competition. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Miss SC, Suzi Roberts, of Columbia. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Suzi being crowned. Show Caption Hide Caption The newest Miss South Carolina calls the state’s capital city home. Suzi Roberts, Miss Columbia 2017, won the Miss South Carolina crown at Saturday’s night’s finals at the Township Auditorium. Roberts, who finished as…

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…

One person killed in early morning I-20 crash in Lexington County

One person was killed in a an early Saturday morning crash in Lexington County. A westbound 2006 four-door Chevrolet crossed the median on I-20 at Milemarker 39, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway patrol. The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. The Chevrolet collided with a 2013 four-door Hyundai. The driver of the Chevrolet was killed. The…

Lexington Police issue sketch of suspect

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual who attempted a strong arm robbery of an elderly victim. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, a male approached an 88 -year-old victim at the Quality Inn, at 328 West Main St. The suspect pressed an unknown object to the back of the victim’s head and attempted…

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…

Cayce Public Safety seeks help to identify robbery suspect

The picture included is of a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 2500 Charleston Highway in Cayce, on Monday. Photos of suspect from Cayce Public Safety. The suspect is described as a thin black male wearing a black long sleeve shirt with black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask.  The subject threatened…

Lexington County teens arrested, accused of vandalizing church

Two Lexington County teens face numerous charges related to a series of crimes this week. Tristian Harmon of Leesville and Skylar Shuey of Gilbert broke into Bethlehem Baptist Church where they vandalized property and broke into a safe, according to investigators. Detectives have also tied the 17-year-olds to car break-ins and the theft of a golf cart near the church….