West Columbia

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

1/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption SC National Guard Photos. Sunday morning, S.C. National Guard soldiers from the 742nd Support Maintenance Company deployed from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, at the Eagle Aviation Terminal. They are headed…

Deputies investigate man beaten badly

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the severe beating of a 65-year-old man. Deputies went to Palmetto Health Richland at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, where the “severely beaten” man was. He had injuries to the head. He was found in the 1100 block of St. Andrews Road and transported to the hospital. The man has undergone surgery. No more information…

Capital City Cup high school soccer going on this weekend

Irmo and Maudin in action at BCHS, Saturday. Mauldin  won 3-0.  The Second Annual Capital City Cup hosted by a quartet of prominent Palmetto State prep soccer powers – Brookland-Cayce, Cardinal Newman , Chapin, and River Bluff – has been going on from Wednesday through Sunday in the Columbia metropolitan area. The schedule for Sunday in the Capital City Classic is: At…

Don’t blink, Cayce Motel 6 will be gone soon

1/46 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/46 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/46 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/46 4 Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Motel 6 is slated for demolition. The  motel sits on the property where the new Brookland-Cayce High School Arena is planned. On Thursday, Don Icenhower, chief operations officer for Lexington School District 2, said…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River is Tuesday

Join the West Columbia Beautification Foundation for a Taste on the River. It’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 28) at Stone River, Alexander Road, West Columbia (Beside the Riverwalk Amphitheater at the base of the Gervais Street Bridge.) The best restaurants from West Columbia and The Vista will be on hand for a fun evening. Chefs will showcase their elegant-…

Aug. 21 eclipse in Columbia affecting school attendance calendars

Dr. Bill James, Lexington 2 Superintendent. Dr. Bill James, Superintendent of Lexington Two Schools, said all Midlands schools are working around their school calendars to deal with the Aug. 21 eclipse projected for Columbia. “There will be a million people here,” James said at the Lexington School Board meeting, Thursday. He said he has conducted meetings with other Midlands school…

Darius Rucker has scheduled free concert for USC

Darius Rucker (Use permitted.) Darius Rucker, Nashville star and formerly with Hootie and Blowfish, will play a free concert on Wednesday, April 5 at the Colonial Life Arena. USC  President Harris Pastides announced the free concert on Twitter, Friday. Harris Pastides @HarrisPastides Just got off the phone with @dariusrucker. Mark your calendars, #UofSC students! Darius is coming home! http://sc.edu/darius  Pastides Tweeted….

Henry’s should be opening soon in Cayce

Henry’s with the new paint job. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The building has been painted and much of the permitting has been done, according to staff at Henry’s on Divine in Columbia. The Henry’s location- at the former 2108 State location- should be opening soon. But no specific date is known.

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Lexington Two School Board votes to change plans for Springdale Elementary

Parking lot access road moved

The Lexington Two School Board voted, Thursday, to change the plan for parking lot renovations at Springdale Elementary School, Thursday. “Option C” that was approved for Springdale Elementary Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The new plan will allow for 135 parking spaces and stacking room for 68 cars in the pickup/drop off line. Amber Bond, who lives in Parrish Plantation, voiced…

Officer injured, suspect shot multiple times

An officer will be OK and there is no report on the condition of a suspect who was shot multiple times Wednesday. Boiling Springs Road, Lexington County. (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Lexington County deputies, with U.S. Marshalls, were serving warrants for attempted murder, conspiracy and armed robbery at about 3:30 p.m. when the suspect struck an…

Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

game is in greenville

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…

Lexington County detectives investigate homicide, looking for victim’s car

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Gaston man’s death as a homicide after deputies found his body in his home during a welfare check Monday night. 2006 Toyota Corolla (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man as 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak. Link to LCSD video “We responded to Mr. Kobylak’s home in the 200…

Consolidated Multiple Listing Service moving to Westpark Blvd.

138 Westpark Blvd. (Photo Permitted.) Consolidated Multiple Listing Service (CMLS), has acquired the building at 138 Westpark Blvd. in Columbia, according to a release from NAI Avant. And CMLS, currently at 1905 Gadsden St., is moving. CMLS purchased the building from 1220 Pulaski, Inc for $864,000. The 7,200-plus sq. ft. office building will be the new headquarters for CMLS. NAI…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Hemming’s dramatic 3-pointer advances Brookland-Cayce to playoff showdown

BC is 15-0 in 2017

Is the Brookland-Cayce Boys basketball team peaking at the right time? BC Head Basketball Coach Robert Wells. Photo by Terry Ward.) Tuesday night, BC’s Lloyd Hemming hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 67-65 win over Ridgeville-Hardeeville. The game was played in Estill. Hemming is the S.C. 3A Player-of-the-Year. But he was not even the…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Ground to be broken for Lexington 2’s new Career (CATE) center, March 2

Architects conceptual photo of CATE center. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The Board of Trustees and Administration for Lexington School District Two will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lexington Two CATE Center. It will be on Bulldog Boulevard (off of 12th Street Extension) in Cayce. The ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. According to a…

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…

Brandi Companies launch Annual MDA Shamrocks Campaign

MDA (Kirk Litton Photos.) All Brandi Pitt Stop and Brandi Burger King locations in the Midlands area are raising funds to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). From now…

Weatherfest blowing into EdVenture in March

EdVenture (photo Permitted.) The National Weather Service and EdVenture Children’s Museum are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017! This event will be blowing into Columbia – at EdVenture – on March 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Children will learn…

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…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…