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2 from Columbia found dead in Camden

The Camden Police Department is investigating after two people were found dead in Camden Wednesday. The deceased have been identified as Josephine Barton and Kovac Bynum, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. . Kershaw County 911 received a call at 11:31 a.m. after shots were fired in the 300 block of Diceys Ford Road. Officers arrived and found the…

S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games start Tuesday in Lexington

Blythewood pitcher Landon Lucas and head coach Banks Faulkner. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The annual S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Lexington High School. The two-day event will feature six contests, including two North vs. South Select contests which will serve as nightcaps. Representing the South Select teams are Caleb Speedy (A.C. Flora),…

Clemson Road lane closings, traffic delays, beginning Monday

Clemson Road. Starting Monday, motorists who regularly travel Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid daylong lane closures related to road construction in the area. Lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Richland County transportation officials anticipate significant traffic delays the entire week as crews work to…

New trackable, temporary S.C. license plates designed to cut down on forgeries

Beginning Wednesday, motorists may notice a new type of temporary license plate on South Carolina roads, which ties a newly-purchased vehicle to its owner. The SC Department of Motor Vehicles announced the change, Wednesday. Prior to the passage of Senate Bill 1083 in 2018, a temporary license plate placed on the back of a vehicle simply included an expiration date…

Medical center, restaurants join northeast Columbia building boom

Aerial view of Lexington Medical Center site Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood chamber meeting crowd Show Caption Hide Caption Andy DeLage speaks at Blythewood chamber meeting Show Caption Hide Caption Andy DeLage, Richland County planning Show Caption Hide Caption Site of Lexington Medical Center facility Show Caption Hide Caption Bee Safe storage under construction Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds…

Blythewood takes game one of state final in extra innings

Blythewood players celebrate after Zach Bailes’ walkoff RBI infield single in the bottom ninth. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The loud sounds of thunder reverberated at Blythewood High School baseball stadium Saturday during extra innings Game 1 of the S.C. High School League Class 5A final. Before the arriving storm, Zach Bailes calmly hit a walkoff RBI infield single in the…

Planet Fitness opens on Clemson Road in northeast Columbia

Barbell racks Show Caption Hide Caption Stretching & core area Show Caption Hide Caption Express workout zone Show Caption Hide Caption Relaxation zone Show Caption Hide Caption Lobby Show Caption Hide Caption Treadmills Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. The Midlands’ newest Planet Fitness location opened this week at 2110 Clemson Road in The Crossings shopping center in northeast…

Blythewood baseball team heads to state championship

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Palmetto Pediatric now open in Blythewood

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Blythewood Farmers Market opens for the season

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Blythewood names 11-year-old Poet Laureate

Blythewood Poet Laureate Sara Corn with her award. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Blythewood capped a month-long celebration of poetry Tuesday evening by naming its first Poet Laureate: Sara Corn, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at the Center for Knowledge North. Corn’s poem was selected by Bravo Blythewood in its annual poetry contest that honors the life and legacy of J. Gordon Coogler (1865-1901)….

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis visits Summit Parkway Middle, Janet Price is Financial Educator of the Year

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis Show Caption Hide Caption S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis Show Caption Hide Caption S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis Show Caption Hide Caption S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis with Financial Educator-of-the-Year Janet Price Show Caption Hide Caption Summit Parkway’s Janet Price named  2019 Future Scholar Financial Literacy Program Educator of the Year. April is Financial Literacy Month.  To commemorate it,…

South Carolina filmmakers take spotlight at Doko Film Fest in Blythewood

DOKO 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Luke Evans accepts his Best Film award Show Caption Hide Caption Westwood High School Auditorium Show Caption Hide Caption DOKO 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Oscar winner Michelle Eisenreich Show Caption Hide Caption Luke Evans accepts his Best Film Award. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Westwood High School in northeast Columbia literally rolled out the red…

Blythewood unveils traffic improvement plan

Proposed-roundabout-in-Blythewood Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood-Road-to-US-21-design Show Caption Hide Caption Residents-review-traffic-improvement-plans Show Caption Hide Caption AECOM-representatives-explain-plans Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood area residents got a look Tuesday at a new plan to improve traffic flow around and through the increasingly congested downtown streets as well as nearby busy intersections. Residents were invited to a public information and comment meeting hosted…

Dominion Energy updates Blythewood business leaders on transition

Aimee Murray conducting her presentation at the Blythewood Chamber breakfast. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Don’t watch your mailbox for a $1,000 check from Dominion Energy. The regional energy provider that merged with SCANA in January is now implementing an alternate plan that emphasizes longer-term rate relief. That was one of the reminders Blythewood business leaders heard from Aimee Murray, Dominion media…

Business is blooming at Blythewood High plant sale

Jeanne Reynolds photos. Spring and summer annuals, vegetables, herbs, ferns, hanging baskets and more were snapped up by area gardeners Saturday at Blythewood High School’s annual plant sale. The eagerly anticipated event is the result of a semester’s worth of work by approximately 50 students in the school’s horticulture class and Future Farmers of America club. “The sale is a…

Northeast Columbia neighbors urged to help cut crime, statistics included

Northeast Columbia photo from Google images. Northeast Columbia residents can take two simple steps to cut down on crime in their neighborhoods: lock their car doors and don’t leave anything valuable in plain view. That’s the advice of Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kelly Smith, a community action team officer serving the Blythewood area and beyond. 2018 crime stats released…

Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III has record-setting performance at Carolinas Classic

Spring Valley’s Taylor Britt goes up for 2. Show Caption Hide Caption University of South Carolina commit Olivia Thompson, of Lexington. Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III receives the Most Outstanding Player award Show Caption Hide Caption Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III receives the Most Outstanding Player award for Team South Carolina at the Carolinas Classic held Saturday in…

Junior Cotillion director teaches students life skills, ballroom dancing for 25th year

Junior-Cotillion-ball-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Junior-Cotillion-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Junior-Cotillion-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Jan-husband-daughter Show Caption Hide Caption Jan Cohn (left), with husband Randy Nicklas and daughter Britton. The National League of Junior Cotillions Columbia Chapter has been teaching middle schoolers life skills, etiquette, manners and social ballroom dance training for 25 years. Jan Cohn has been director…

New cigar and wine shop to open in Blythewood

Bar-area Show Caption Hide Caption Retail-area-under-construction Show Caption Hide Caption John-Edwards-with-a-customer-at-Upscale-Cutz-and-Stylez Show Caption Hide Caption Site-of-future-Blythewood-Cigar-Wine Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. A new cigar and wine shop is scheduled to open the first week of May, at 158 Langford Road, Suite B. Blythewood Cigar & Wine is a new venture by business partners Robert Smalls and John Edwards,…

Blythewood business goes bananas

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Blythewood High teacher named finalist for statewide Teacher of the Year award

Superintendent Spearman (middle left) surprises Weems (middle right) with a $10,000 check and informs her she is a finalist for SC Teacher of the Year. Photo provided. Blythewood High School teacher Sue Weems was surprised Tuesday by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Spearman traveled to the school to notify Weems that she has been selected as one of the…