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Missouri defeated South Carolina 34-14 on Saturday. The game was played in Columbia, Mo. With the win the Tigers improve to 3-1 and 1-0 Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 1-3 and 0-2 SEC. USC had just 16 rushing yards. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski completed 13 of 30 passes for 166 yards. The Gamecocks return home next Saturday night and face…

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The stage is now set for next week’s “Showdown in the Swamp” between two Lexington County undefeated teams. River Bluff and Gilbert both improved to 5-0 Friday and will face each other in each teams’ final non-region regular season contest. The Gators held off Irmo 14-7 at home. Shrine Bowl running back Braden Walker accounted for…

It will not be long before West Columbia’s new Enabling Park, for people of all abilities, will be complete. The park is on Hudson Street, adjacent to the West Columbia Riverwalk. “The parking lot has been paved and striped,” said West Columbia City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. “The playground equipment has been set up.” Miles said he expects…

River Bluff RB Braden Walker goes over the pile in win over Irmo. GoFlashWin.com photo. There was a full slate of high school football action, Friday. Here are the scores: AC Flora 42, Richland Northeast 11 Andrew Jackson 40, North Central 7 Airport 42, Lower Richland 30 Ben Lippen 35, Augusta Christian 14 CA Johnson 19, Pelion 14 Camden 31,…

Subway employees were on site at Transitions Wednesday to prepare dinners for clients. Photos provided. Local Subway restaurants in the Columbia area partnered with Transitions Homeless Center to provide more than 250 dinners and resources to the center’s clients Wednesday. The event was part of Subway’s inaugural Day of Giving, aimed to assist people in need with a free meal…

Kershaw County 911 received a call at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday in reference to a house fire on Thoroughfare Branch Rd in the Cassatt area, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. When Kershaw County Fire Service arrived on the scene the house was just about fully involved. First responders were told that the woman who lived there was still…

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of a woman on attempted murder charges during a domestic violence incident. Brittany Felder, 31, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 18, on charges of attempted murder. Felder is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. On Wednesday around 10 p.m., deputies responded to a domestic assault involving a vehicle at…

DeQuandre Smith has accounted for 10 total touchdowns for the Vikings. GoFlashWin photo. SPRING VALLEY (2-1) AT CHAPIN (2-1) I like this game a lot. These two teams are still figuring themselves out I think. Spring Valley’s new spread offense seems to be gaining confidence each week while Chapin is working at being more consistent. To be fair, both teams…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who was found unresponsive behind Wal-Mart at 1180 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, on Tuesday. Jacob Hunter Roberts, 21, of Edgemore Road, Columbia, was found lying beneath his vehicle in the wooded area behind the store.  Mr. Roberts, who died at the scene, appeared to have been trying to repair…

A body found on Damascus Church Road in Kershaw County is the result of a homicide, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.  The body was found, Wednesday, by a woman coming home from work, said West. The deceased was identified as Cletis Edward Baker Jr. He was 44-years-old and of Kershaw County.  No more information was released by the…

Photo courtesy Bruce D. Holmes The S.C, Department of Transportation Commission  re-named the portion of Road S-378 in Lexington County between Platt Springs Road (SC 602) and Airport Boulevard (SC 302) as the “Columbia Airport Expressway” It was named the “John Hardee Expressway.” In August, Hardee, 72, was booked into Richland County’s Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on a charge…

Allen Wallace photos. The best kind of war was waged in the Vista Wednesday night: the kind in which no one gets hurt, everyone goes home happy, and a good cause comes out on top. The Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina Sales and Marketing Council (SMC of Greater Columbia) took over Tin Roof Columbia for the fourth annual…

Jennifer Wilkes, a State Farm agent. The River District Association held its Monthly Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Makaela Randolph, a business consultant to the State Farm Insurance Co. was the guest and spoke about protecting a business from natural disasters, like hurricanes. The River District Association will feature a guest speaker…

Maybe it’s the view from the highest point of the Ferris wheel, or the way your stomach feels when suddenly falling dozens of feet on the Drop Zone – whatever the reason, thousands of people come to the South Carolina State Fair for the rides. This year, fair representatives announced that there will be seven new rides available to anxious…

GoFlashWin photo Nominees for Mr.Richland County Football Player of the Year were released Wednesday. The award, presented by the Richland County Recreation Commission and the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, was created in 2017. The winner will be announced at a banquet on December 5. Nominees include: Dontorian Best, Linebacker AC Flora Max Miller, RB/LB Cardinal Newman Damondre Anderson,…

Thomas Newman Boat Landing, Cayce Riverwalk. A portion of the Cayce Riverwalk (Phase 4 – Thomas Newman Boat Landing) is currently closed. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating a possible suicide. More details will be provided as they become available, according to Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce spokeswoman. Categories: Cayce, Lexington County, West Columbia

Defending state champions Dutch Fork and Hammond School lead the way among eight Midlands teams who appear in this week’s respective prep football polls. The Silver Foxes (2-0-1) remain atop the S.C. Prep Football Media rankings in Class 5A. They are currently riding a 29-game undefeated streak and travel to Blythewood Friday looking to extend a 19-game road winning streak….

A release below from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director. The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Tuesday, accepted the administration’s recommendation to give final approval to purchase property for $1,594,575.00 ($47,500 per acre) for the purpose of relocating Lexington Middle School. The negotiated price is on the low end of the independent appraisals the district received….

PRMS Principal David Basile and Jennifer Eskridge is Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year. By Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Communications Director No one was surprised when Jennifer Eskridge became a teacher. After all, her mother, grandmother, several aunts and an uncle were all educators. But Eskridge got a surprise of her own Tuesday, when Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William B….

The Palms on Lady – rendering provided. The Arnold Companies, a Columbia-based commercial development firm, announced plans to build the first new residential tower in the central business district of downtown Columbia, located at the corner of Lady and Assembly streets. The spot previously housed Moe Levy’s and Howard Sports. It will be converted into 83 urban residences known as…

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy with District One representatives. Photo provided. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and…

First three photos obtained from Graduate Columbia website. Other photos by Cola Daily staff. A new hotel held its ribbon cutting Wednesday at a familiar location. Graduate Columbia is a 116 room, three-story hotel in the space formerly occupied by The Inn at USC. According to Director of Sales Leanna Lee, Columbia’s location was the 16th Graduate hotel to open,…

I-26 SCDOT photo Sen. Nikki Setzler, of West Columbia, is co-chairing a panel that has been assembled to address congestion on South Carolina’s interstates. Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman issued a memo thanking members for serving on the special subcommittee. Setzler is the co-chairman of the committee with Sen. Thomas Alexander. In the memo, Leatherman explains the need to address…

Joseph Azar, longtime Five Points business owner. Well-known Columbia businessman and activist Joe Azar has died. Azar was the owner of Upstairs Audio for more than four decades, located at 746 Harden St. in Five Points. He was also known for his interest in local politics, having run for mayor and Columbia City Council. Azar was 67-years-old. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin…

Jack Crayne photography. RIVER BLUFF 36 LUGOFF-ELGIN 19 Braden Walker had 198 yards and a couple of touchdowns as the Gators pulled away late from the Demons. The game was fairly close until midway through the third when River Bluff put together some big plays in both the passing and running game. Jackson Stone had only 240 yards through three…

Sergeant First Class Bryan Lewis. Ethan Gardner photo. Bryan Lewis is an example of how far hard work and a passionate drive will take you. Not only has Lewis served for 30 honorable years in the United States Army, he also runs a business that was passed down to him by his late father. Lewis prides himself on keeping the…

Suzette Shirey and Leah Machino of Mardel. The Mardel Christian and Education Store held a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Monday morning. The new business is in the West Side Plaza next to Hobby Lobby, 2305 Augusta Rd. West Columbia. “It’s a great addition to the growing number of businesses in West Columbia,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Greater…

Do you think it’s been hot this September? The forecast is for some lower temperatures later this week. Highs will be in the 90s, with lows in the 70s, that’s above normal, Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. But highs will drop to the lower to mid 80s for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Overnight lows…

White Knoll offensive lineman Nick Taiste – White Knoll Athletics photo. A quintet of Lexington County senior football players from three undefeated teams were selected Sunday to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game. The contest will take place Dec. 21 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College. Defending three-time Class 5A champion Dutch Fork had two…

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision in the 4200 block of US 321 near Garners Terrace, Gaston, in Lexington County Saturday. The incident occurred at 7:03 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. A 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling south on US 321 when it was hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet…

There was a full house of artists, produce vendors and food booths as West Columbia cut the ribbon on its Artisan Market, Saturday morning. “This market is exactly what we need to help push the energy between where we’re standing and the river. This market will help drive activity to Center Street and Meeting Street,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem,…

South Carolina lost to No. 2 Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, by a score of 47-23. USC was a 26-point underdog, but the Gamecocks stayed competitive in the game. In the end, South Carolina’s inability to score when in the red zone was one of the big differences between the two teams. Freshman South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski was…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Saturday after being involved in a shooting incident at Roof and Clifford Streets in Columbia. According to Watts, John Louis Green, 33, of Greenway Drive, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Prisma Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died at…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. For the third time in four years, the Gilbert football team is off to a 4-0 start in the Chad Leaphart era. The Indians held off Airport 42-32 Friday in the Eagles’ Nest. It was the second straight week the Class 3A school defeated a Lexington County foe in a higher classification and first win this…

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies, while on patrol, observed a man walking in the road in the 7200 block of Clifford Drive, at approximately 2:25 a.m, Saturday. He with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he later died, according to the RCSD. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident…

Curator Saddler Taylor shares information about the exhibit with the crowd. Karamie Sullivan photos. The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum held a reception Thursday night, inviting guests to view their newest art exhibit. “Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection,” illustrates the evolution of quilt making traditions over the past 150 years, representing artistic heritages from Europe, Africa…

  GoFlashWin.com file photo (Sept. 6) Richland-Lexington County High School footbal scores: Augusta Christian 19, Cardinal Newman 14 Blythewood 27, North Augusta 24 Camden 43, Fort Mill 27 Camden Military Academy 42, Asheville School, N.C. 8 Dreher 42, Eau Claire 12 Fairfield Central 19, Calhoun County 6 First Baptist 28, Ben Lippen 21 Gilbert 42, Airport 32 Hammond 56, Pinewood…

GoFlashWin photo. RIVER BLUFF (3-0) AT LUGOFF-ELGIN (1-2) The Gators’ opponents so far this season have a combined record of 1-8. That includes the three wins the Gators have against them of course. So it’s hard to tell if this Gator team which won nine games last season, is as good in 2019. Here’s what I do know, however. Braden…

A vehicle crash claimed the life of an 83-year old woman, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. The woman has been identified by West as Alma Bowen from the Camden area. The wreck happened at I-20 and 521 around 3 p.m., Thursday. Bowen was a passenger in the vehicle her husband was driving. Bowen was wearing a seat belt,…

The City of West Columbia has issued a press release in response to some questions regarding changes in its water service. The release is below: Lake Murray is currently experiencing turnover, a naturally occurring event, which contributes to an increase in natural organic matter. This summer, the region has experienced periods of heavy rain followed by long dry periods with…

A Friday morning crash on I-20 near the 61 mile marker, in the west bound lane is slowing the traffic flow. Categories: Lexington, Lexington County

Lidl representatives cut the ribbon at the new Columbia location at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Chris Timmers photos. Columbia residents welcomed a new grocer to the city early Thursday morning. Lidl is a German-based discount grocer, founded in 1973. Since its first store opened in Ludwigshausen, the chain has grown to more than 10,800 stores in 32 countries. The Columbia store…

Dutch Fork quarterback Ty Olenchuck,.GoFlashWin photo. The SC Sandlappers’ Dec. 21 Shrine Bowl roster will be revealed at 3 p.m. Sunday on Facebook Live. Annually selecting the top seniors from over 200 SC High School League schools in five classifications is always an arduous task for each Shrine Bowl staff member. It’s especially difficult when coaches are limited to picking…

Images from Dunkin’s opening day at their Sunset Boulevard location. Karamie Sullivan photos. In less than two months, a “sweet” new business will be making its debut in Ballentine. An advertisement mailed out to local residents announced that Dunkin’ is coming to 1131 Dutch Fork Road – across from Walmart. According to the notice, the store will offer a new…

The City of West Columbia is holding a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturday, Sept. 14 – at 9 a.m. The market will be open until 1 p.m. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia

SCDOT file photo. The SCDOT will close the I-20 Longs Pond Road exits beginning Thursday for ramp paving. Interstate-20, Exit 51 Westbound will close Thursday (Sept. 12) from 11:30 pm until 4 am Friday (Sept. 13 .) Motorists wishing to use the westbound on-ramp should proceed along the detour route of Two Notch Road to Industrial Drive to South Lake…

Photo obtained from Columbia Metropolitan Airport Facebook page. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise Thursday morning, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. AirSafe 2019 will be held on the airport property adjacent to Platt Springs Road. Airport representatives want the public to be aware that this is a practice drill, and should not alarm passers…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Tuesday night after being involved in a single-vehicle collision in the 1600 block of Bluff Road, Columbia. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. According to Watts, Bennett Reeves, 21, of Sumter Avenue in Summerville, was the unrestrained driver who lost control of his vehicle, overcorrected and…

Brian Morris and Jillian Owens – UofSC’s recipients of the 40th Love Story Wedding. Photos provided. One couple is about to receive a free wedding. Representatives from UofSC announced the couple who just won the 40th University of South Carolina Love Story Wedding. Students in the wedding planning class chose Columbia natives Jillian Owens and Brian Morris as the recipients….

Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck with WCBF Chairwoman Melissa Sprouse-Browne. The Fifth Annual Tribute for Trees Gala drew its largest crowd ever to the Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall Tuesday evening. Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck, who is retiring, was honored for her contributions to the West Columbia Beautification Foundation and…

Columbia Fire Department second shift crews on the Tower 9 and Engine 2 fire trucks arrived at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Wednesday morning for a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony. Members of many other agencies were at the ceremony, including the Columbia Police Department and the S.C. Highway Patrol. Representatives from the Columbia Police Department posted a tweet Wednesday morning: “Chief…