Blythewood

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

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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…

Blythewood business leaders urged to innovate

Attendees at Blythewood Chamber meeting. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Innovation is really nothing new. That was one of the messages delivered by Laura Corder, director of the Office of Innovation with the South Carolina Department of Commerce. She spoke to the crowd at the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting Tuesday, held at Doko Manor. “There’s nothing new about developing…

2 people killed in I-77 crash Wednesday, identified by coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two individuals who died Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision. The crash occurred on I-77 northbound between mile markers 28 and 29, Blythewood at approximately 6:45 p.m. Joyce Marie Dunn ,58, of Turtle Creek Way, Columbia, was reported to be a restrained-passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind…

New Planet Fitness opening near Blythewood

Planet-Fitness-interior Photo provided. Show Caption Hide Caption Planet-Fitness-exterior Photo provided. Show Caption Hide Caption New-Planet-Fitness-site Show Caption Hide Caption Planet-Fitness-sign Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. The Midlands’ newest Planet Fitness location will open in May at the intersection of Clemson and Hardscrabble roads. The 23,000-sq-ft. gym is under construction in The Crossings shopping center at the location formerly…

High school sports notes: RNE hires new coach, basketball scoreboard, schedule

GoFlashWin photos. Feature photo from Ridge View Athletics Twitter. Huge slate of action from Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some of the area scores: 3A BOYS FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 50 PENDLETON 37 Griffins pull off a big upset here. That’s a 4 seed over a 1. They travel to Southside Friday. SENECA 62 CAMDEN 56 Kasean Crews had 20 KEENAN…

Blythewood Scouts collect food to feed the hungry

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Developers unveil new plans for controversial Crickentree redevelopment

Developers present plan Show Caption Hide Caption crowd at developers meeting Show Caption Hide Caption County Council member Joyce Dickerson addresses crowd Show Caption Hide Caption A large crowd was in attendance at the developer’s meeting. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Representatives from investment firm ECapital unveiled a revised proposal for a housing development on the former Crickentree golf course property before…

New boutique, beauty supply store open in Blythewood

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Blythewood crowns new queens

Miss Blythewood Teen Brianna Binder and Miss Blythewood Madison Coffman. Photo from Miss Blythewood SC Facebook. The torch — or rather, tiara — has been passed. The new Miss Blythewood, Madison Coffman, and Miss Blythewood Teen, Brianna Binder, were crowned at a pageant Saturday night at the Blythewood High School auditorium. Coffman, 19, of Lexington is a freshman at the…

Blythewood student gets perfect ACT score on first attempt with no studying

From left to right: Principal Math Sherman, Adrienne Leudicke, Guidance Counselor Sharmain Outlaw. Photo provided. Blythewood High School junior Adrienne Luedicke just “aced” the ACT – a perfect score of 36 – on her first try. According to Blythewood High’s press release, Adrienne said she did nothing to prepare for the test. “I bought an ACT workbook and didn’t touch…

Deputies warning Richland County residents of phone scam, caller claiming to be police officer

Richland County deputies notified the public of a recent scam that was brought to the department’s attention. According to RCSD, there have been scammers calling victims, posing as a law enforcement officer, providing the name of an actual deputy. They mention that there is an issue with the victim’s information or account.  The scammer then requests the victim purchase and…

Charter NEX Films opens plant in Blythewood

Photo provided. Charter NEX Films has opened a new production facility in Blythewood. The company is North America’s largest independent producer of specialty plastic films used in flexible packaging. The Blythewood facility at 10771 Farrow Road is the company’s seventh U.S. manufacturing location and will create more than 110 advanced manufacturing and STEM-related jobs by 2020. “Charter NEX was eager…

Columbia Metro Senior Bowl recap, by Tyler Cupp

From Columbia Metro Bowl Twitter account. History was made Saturday afternoon as the first ever Columbia Metro Senior Bowl was played at Irmo High School. The East squad took down the West 22-16. A trick play for a touchdown and two Alex Herrera (Spring Valley) field goals highlighted the win for the East. Coach of the East, Demetrius Davis, was…

Thousands turn out for Blythewood Christmas parade (photo gallery)

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Richland County deputies investigating threat to high school

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a threat made toward Westwood High School Friday morning around 10:20 a.m. According to the department, the threat was issued through social media. An assembly that was scheduled for Friday has been cancelled as a precautionary measure. Deputies said the investigation is ongoing. Westwood High is located in Blythewood on Turkey…

Coroner identifies 20-year-old killed in I-26 collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred Wednesday night around 9:45 p.m. The incident occurred on I-26 eastbound near exit 104 (Piney Grove). According to Fisher, Mr. Thaire Mkijana Terry, 20, of Blythewood, was traveling in the center lane when his vehicle became disabled and was struck from behind…

Blythewood names 2018 business award winners

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