Blythewood

Blythewood man ready to tackle 500-mile hike in Spain

Lane training for his hike. Jeanne Reynolds photo. By Jeanne Reynolds Larry Lane is getting ready to celebrate his newly minted master’s degree with a trip to Europe. But don’t expect to find the Blythewood resident sightseeing in major cities, sipping lattes in quaint cafes or relaxing on the Riviera. Instead, he’s marking the milestone with a 500-mile hike. “I’ve…

Pre-season high school football preview part 1, by Tyler Cupp

Tyler Cupp has contributed to ESPN radio and multiple other stations in Columbia covering High School and state sports in SC.Since 2007. Tyler has covered State Championships and Tournaments in SC for wrestling, baseball, basketball, softball, and football. He is the play by play voice of the Lugoff-Elgin Demons for WPUB radio out of Kershaw County. Storylines and Season Preview…

DMV unveils driving program to help parents teach teens how to drive

RoadReady app example Show Caption Hide Caption DMV program Show Caption Hide Caption   The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles unveiled a guide Wednesday morning for parents and guardians who are teaching their children how to drive. The Parents’ Supervised Driving Program (PSDP), introduces new drivers to weekly lessons behind the wheel as they prepare for their driving test,…

Summer Jam concert Friday to benefit programs for veterans with PTSD

Military supporters and all Midlands residents who enjoy live music are encouraged to attend the Big Red Barn Retreat’s Summer Jam, this Friday evening at DOKO Meadows Park in Blythewood. The benefit will be raising money for the Big Red Barn retreat, which provides free therapeutic services to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other combat-related stresses. Veterans…

Bridge in Richland County soon to close for 15 weeks

Richland County file photo by Karamie Sullivan. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will be replacing a bridge in Richland County, beginning Monday.  The bridge is on S-40-59 (Wildflower Road) over Cedar Creek Branch. According to the department, the bridge must be replaced due to structural deficiency.  It will be replaced by a 120-foot pre-stressed concrete bridge.  Beginning Monday, the…

2 killed in vehicle crash

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Kershaw County Friday, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. The accident occurred on Flat Rock Road at 2:30 p.m. Debra Catoe Izzard, 61, of the Heath Springs area, was driving a Ford that collided with Steven E. Rutledge, 41, of the Elgin area in Lancaster County. He was driving a…

Blythewood Carolina Wings owner found dead, 2 people charged

Young and Rose – RCDC photo. The owner of Carolina Wings and Ribhouse in Blythewood was murdered while trying to help someone who was struggling, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Thursday. Lawrence “Poe” Gaugenbaugh, 64, is the victim. Gaugenbaugh allowed a woman he was trying to help stay in his apartment, according to Lott. Gaugenbaugh ended up dead as a…

Man operating road construction equipment killed on I-77, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Wednesday morning in a vehicle collision. It occurred at approximately 5:02 a.m. on Interstate 77 South at mile marker 27, Columbia. Nathaniel B. Deaton, 40, of South Hickory Grove Road, Martinsburg, Indiana was the driver of road construction equipment that was struck by a tractor trailer.  Deaton was…

1 killed in early morning crash on I-77

SCDOT One person was killed in a crash on I-77 before 6 a.m. Wednesday. As a result of the collision all southbound lanes of the  interstate were blocked. Traffic was exiting the interstate at Exit 27 and re-entering over the bridge. The crash happened near the Blythewood Road exit, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.  

Fundraiser held Thursday for Friends of Sesquicentennial State Park to revamp park’s spillway

SESQUI 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Sesqui Show Caption Hide Caption SESQUI 3 Show Caption Hide Caption SESQUI 2 Show Caption Hide Caption It was a good time for a great cause. A fundraiser was held Thursday for Friends of Sesqui at Columbia Craft on Greene Street. Sesquicentennial State Park encompasses 1,419 acres at 9564 Two Notch Road Those attending…

2 killed in Kershaw County motorcycle accident

Two people died in a motorcycle accident in Kershaw County Saturday afternoon, according to Kershaw County coroner David West. The accident involved a truck and a motorcycle and it happened at the intersection of Hwy 341 and Lockhart Road in Kershaw County, at about 4 p.m. The motorcycle, West said was traveling west on Hwy 341 toward the town of…

Rodeo is a hit in Blythewood

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Is your name on S.C. Treasurer’s list of unclaimed funds

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

Rodeo coming to Blythewood June 1-2

The IPRA Championship Rodeo makes its stop in Blythewood June 1 and 2. It’s the Eighth Annual rodeo in Blythewood and includes eight action-packed events. The rodeo also features National Celebrity Funnyman Matt Merritt who will be on hand both nights to welcome a host of National Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as many other competitors seeking coveted points…

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center opening in Columbia

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center staff- Karamie Sullivan photos. There’s a new business opening this month at 7451 Garner’s Ferry Road, with the goal to provide entertainment for…

Richland County staffs recycling drop-off site on Clemson Road

Richland County is staffing the recycling collection site on Clemson Road to help reduce illegal dumping and keep the location tidy. The collection site, located at 900 Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County, now has a gate and is monitored by a County employee. It is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Mondays and Wednesdays….

Halloween MAYhem, Leukemia, Lymphoma Society fundraiser, is Friday at EdVenture

Halloween MAYhem is scheduled for 7 p.m. until midnight, Friday, at the EdVenture Childrens Museum. It’s a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and features the naming of the Man and Woman of the Year. It’s also an adult costume event (but dress up is not required.) Kevin Varandore of Crescent Construction is an organizer. He describes Halloween MAYhem as…

1 killed, another injured in Richland County shooting

One person has died and another was wounded after a shooting late Monday night, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. in the 800 block of Old Oak Drive. Two victims were found, said the sheriff’s department, and both were shot multiple times. One of the two who was shot, died on…