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Gov. Henry McMaster announces job fairs to help displaced VC Summer workers

Gov, Henry McMaster on Thursday announced the creation of a rapid response coalition of public and private organizations called “Employ SC.” The team will begin holding job fairs to assist those affected by the suspension of the VC Summer nuclear reactor project. The first event will be held in Chapin on Monday, Aug. 14. Employ SC will provide South Carolinians…

Columbia City Park Rangers to host Total Eclipse party, walks

Bring the family out to Riverfront Park and let a park ranger guide you through a variety of family-friendly activities including a Wet Sandal Walk, Total Eclipse Party and more during the month of August, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. Total Eclipse Party | Saturday, August 19 | 4-7 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. We have…

Emotion high at Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Fish’s memorial service

“Today is the day we lay our brother to rest. Please keep Sr. Dep. Derek Fish’s family in your prayers,” wrote Brittany Jackamonis‏, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer. A memorial service for Senior Deputy Derek Fish was held, Wednesday,  at the Bethlehem Baptist Church gymnasium. Jackamonis said, on Twitter, that members of the community, fellow officers, military brothers…

Moncks Corner man arrested in Parklane Road murder case

Ricardo Laroy Middleton has been arrested for the killing of Aaron and Sydni Collins in northeast Columbia last week. Link to original report Berkeley County deputies announced Wednesday that Middleton, 43, of Moncks Corner, has been arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of Aaron the Columbia husband and wife.  A third person was injured, too. The shooting occurred after…

SCE&G needs to be accountable, say legislators at press conference with fired workers

Republican and Democrats legislators, with fired employees on hand, held a press conference at the S.C. State House Wednesday, demanding more accountability from SCE&G. The energy giant abandoned an effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear station in Fairfield County this week. “There absolutely needs to be wholesale changes in leadership,” said West Columbia Rep. Micah…

Richland County deputy takes own life in patrol car

Richland County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Derek Fish killed himself Friday, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. Fish used his service weapon – while he was on duty- to take his own life. The suicide happened in the deputy’s patrol car, Lott said at a Monday press conference. Fish, 28, died of a gunshot wound Friday night, Lott said. He shot himself…

Nationally known skateboard team at Columbia’s Bluetile Skate Shop

1/5Skatrboard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Skateboard 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Skateboard 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Skateboard 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Sakeboard 4 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan It was a chance to get to see of the top talent in the craft. Skateboarding fans came to Blue Tile Skate Shop in Columbia Monday to get…

Husband, wife killed in Thursday night shootings on Parklane Road

According to a friends’ Facebook page, the two people killed on Parklane Road were husband and wife. Aaron L. Collins, 40, and Sydni McMillan Collins, 46, were killed late Thursday night. The two were the victims in a shooting in Northeast Columbia, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. It happened around 10 p.m.  The shooting occurred on Parklane Road at…

Names released of Columbia man, woman killed in Thursday shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two individuals who died after being involved in a shooting incident at 9:45 p.m. Thursday night. The incident occurred at 7720 Parklane Road, Columbia. Aaron L. Collins, 40, of Vineyards Crossing Court, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER…

2 dead after shooting in Northeast Columbia, Thursday night

Two people were killed late Thursday night. A man and a woman are dead after a shooting in Northeast Columbia, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. It happened around 10 p.m.  The shooting occurred on Parklane Road at Claudia Drive, near a BP gas station. Another person was in stable condition with injuries to the lower part of the body….

Black Super Hero Magic Mama coming to Trustus Theatre

2016 Playwrights’ Festival Winner Opens on August 4 in Its East Coast Premiere

Trustus Theatre brings 2016 Playwrights’ Festival Winner Black Super Hero Magic Mama to the Thigpen Mainstage this August in its East Coast Premiere. Black Super Hero Magic Mama is a play that will inspire a shift of perspective when it comes to the way that our nation views the current social situation surrounding black youth, police forces, and the commentary…

Identity of man hit and killed by train released

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Tuesday as a result of being struck by an Amtrak train at approximately 2:40 a.m.   The incident location was the railroad crossing at 1600 Lorick Avenue, Columbia. Kevin Franklin Hayes, 46 of Longcreek Drive, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…

Duck Donuts lets you create your own sweet, draws crowd

1/3Duck Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Duxk Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Yummy Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Hundreds of people came to the grand opening of a new business in Columbia over the weekend, and waited in a line that overflowed through the door. They came to try a new donut. Duck Donuts is located on Cross Hill…

Columbia Housing Authority to open public housing application process

Click to enlarge The Columbia Housing Authority is preparing for the re-opening of the Public Housing Waiting List. The application process will be strictly online and will be available on Wednesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following that date, the CHA will only accept applications on the first business day of every month, (i.e. September 1, October…

Columbia Miracle Field officially opened at Owens Field

1/4miracle field 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4miracle field 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4miracle field 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4miracle field 3 Show Caption Hide Caption When the umpires shout “Play ball!” at Columbia’s newest baseball and softball field, those who obey will include many who have never before had the chance. The Columbia Miracle Field officially opened…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

1 person killed in I-77 crash that closed interstate, Friday afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on I-77 Friday. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the time of the wreck as 1:02 p.m. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said a 1996 Ford pickup truck collided with a 1997 Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was killed. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jones said…