West Columbia

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Flu complications linked to White Knoll student’s death

Brett Williams' flu-type, which can be deadly in adolescents, is currently most prevalent in S.C.

The death of a 16-year-old White Knoll High student and baseball star appears linked to a recent diagnosis of common flu. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of a comprehensive autopsy performed on Brett Williams of West Columbia are currently pending as further testing and studies are being conducted. However, Fisher said Thursday…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Soda City Rock Show: Building a music scene one show at a time

Showcase of five hard-hitting bands hits New Brookland Tavern Saturday night

If you’re in a local rock band and you perceive something is lacking in the opportunities afforded to you and your like-minded peers, what do you do? StarDog (Photos povided) If you’re StarDog, you put a series of shows together featuring various local and regional rock acts and dub it “Soda City Rock Show.” On Saturday night, they’ll host the…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…

Donna The Buffalo: 25 years of community through music

Renowned road warriors bring their infectious musical blend to New Brookland Tavern on Thursday

Donna The Buffalo is a band that has made its reputation on the road, playing the festival circuit and the bars alike with an infectious blend of rock, folk, cajun, country, and more for the past 25 years. One indication of the level of appreciation the band’s fans have for them came in 2016 when they had to retire the…

Passenger traffic continues to rise at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The numbers are up again at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. At the end of November, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CMA) recorded a 2.91 percent increase in the number of passengers and enplanements. And passenger traffic, combining arrivals and departures, was up 3.33 percent, compared to data from 2015. In raw numbers, into November 516,091 passengers boarded flights at CMA. In the same…

For ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ it feels like coming home

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage play New Year's Day at Bill's Music Shop in West Cola

For lauded bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent, playing in Columbia always evokes a little bit of nostalgia. She originally met Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor founder Bill Wells when she was just a child prodigy in Minnesota with her family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show, and Wells was touring the Midwestern bluegrass music circuit. Many trips to the West Columbia…

Airport High students step up for community’s less-fortunate

Airport High School recorded a bounty of giving over the 2016 holiday period. Photos by Terry Ward During most of December, students and staff at the school donated more than 6,700 items. After researching to find the most needy, food baskets containing the items were delivered to Airport High School families. The food items were delivered on the last day…

Rep. Joe Wilson lays out agenda for GOP-controlled Washington

Excited about the prospect of a federal government fully dominated by Republicans for the first time in 16 years, Congressman Joe Wilson on Tuesday outlined his personal agenda when President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress take the reins of power next month. The last time the GOP controlled all three branches of government occurred in 2001, when George W….

O’ Christmas tree, here’s where to recycle thee

And, starting January 14, get free grindings for mulch, too

Christmas may be over, but perhaps you still have the holiday spirit. Great! But, just in case your Christmas tree has given up the ghost, don’t simply toss it to the curb – recycle it. From now through January 12 there are myriad sites in both Lexington and Richland counties to take your live trees to be properly disposed of,…

Carolina musician forges new path in old-time music

The story of musician Mike Collins Jr. is one of constant motion – moving from town to town, and from genre to genre, in search of his own musical identity. While in his home state of South Carolina, Collins played in the bands Mercy Mercy Me and Say Brother, both swampy, boozy garage-rock outfits with attitude. A move to San…

Lexington County man convicted of murder

A tangled web of revenge and murder has come to an end in Lexington County. Nicholas Chhith-Berry (Photo provided) A county jury has convicted Nicholas Chhith-Berry, 19, of Lexington in the March 2014 stabbing death of 23-year-old Jamie Galloway, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday. Following the guilty verdicts on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during…

New pediatric, breastfeeding resource for mothers coming to West Cola

Next year, Midlands mothers will have a new facility to help improve the health of their newborn babies. South Carolina Pediatric Alliance, a merger of Palmetto Pediatric and Sandhills Pediatric, recently purchased approximately 1.54 acres of land at 2618 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. The Alliance announced the land will be used for its planned Newborn Wellness and Breast Feeding…

Holiday party planned for persons with special needs

For Midlands’ children and adults with special needs – and especially their tireless parents and caregivers – ’tis the season to relax and have some holiday fun. Images provided. Overset photo of Shelby Larson, daughter of Family Connection of S.C. official Sherry Larson, having a visit with Santa. All are invited to come and join the fun this Sunday, December…

Property sales popping in West Columbia-Lexington corridor

It seems that property is becoming hotter in the West Columbia-Lexington corridor. A 1.99-acre parcel of land at Sunset Boulevard and I-26 has sold. It is the former site of a Quincy’s steakhouse restaurant and the building on the property now was also once a Muarice’s Piggie Park Bar-B-Que restaurant. NAI Avant, announced last week that Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc.,…

Trans-Siberian Orchestra spectacular comes with local connection

West Cola native provides vocals for the powerful Christmas rock show set for Saturday

Most fans of Christmas music know the Trans-Siberian Orchestra through the group’s classic holiday hit “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” an instrumental that fuses arena rock excess and bombast with Broadway-worthy melody and a tinge of melancholic holiday spirit. The group didn’t start out to be a Christmas music juggernaut, but its history twists and turns through several other bands and…

Lexington County man charged with attempted murder

A West Columbia man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Thursday night shooting of his roommate on Woodberry Road. Bryan Henderson (Photo provided) Bryan Henderson, 42, was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. “Henderson spoke with deputies when they arrived at his…

Cayce-West Cola set Saturday for ‘Parade of Lights’

The Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most-anticipated events of the season. Photos by Terry Ward The nighttime parade features lighted units that glow down 12 Street through West Columbia and Cayce. The number of parade entries reached capacity quickly this year. “We got more than the limit of 100-plus entries earlier this year than ever…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….