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Columbia Police implement traffic and assistance plan for Total Solar Eclipse

Columbia Police Department officers will be stationed at various major intersections throughout Columbia Monday. The goal of police is to  ease traffic congestion and assist drivers and visitors as they begin their trek to view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. ”We began our safety posture Friday at 11 a.m., said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook. “We anticipate considerable traffic congestion…

Eclipse Timeline from Total Eclipse Weekend, Columbia S.C.

Eclipse Timeline for Monday in Greater Columbia Area 1:13 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) | Partial eclipse begins. The process of the sky darkening is so gradual that it is not discernible. However, when the moon totally covers the sun at totality, darkness falls very rapidly. 2:41-2:44 p.m. EDT | Total solar eclipse (100% “totality”) is reached. (Remove eclipse glasses when…

Southern Lights creator Chris Robinson given key to 3 cities, as laser art project is introduced

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Couple travels 860 miles for eclipse, Soda City Market extends hours for eclipse visitors

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Man that died 5 days after Fontaine Road motorcycle accident, identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Aug. 10.  11:30 p.m. on Fontaine Road at I-277, Columbia. Rhayann H. Gill, 21, of Morninglo Lane, Columbia, was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with another vehicle.  Gill was transported from the…

Richland County issues 5 tips for Solar Eclipse Monday

Visitors from around the world will flock to Richland County and join residents Monday to watch a total solar eclipse darken the sky for more than two minutes. Following are five tips to keep in mind for the big day: Richland County Government offices will be open for business 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Stay protected from mosquitoes. Birds infected with West Nile virus were…

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom to post gas tax spending online

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom said- in a Friday press release- his office has spent recent months developing procedures to track revenues generated by the new road-funding law. The legislation raised the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Eckstrom will post the expenditures on the web. He said he expects to begin posting monthly, itemized reports of…

SCDOT to restrict road work for eclipse, provide extra crews to assist motorists

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to restrict upcoming highway work on interstates and primary routes to avoid lane closures due to anticipated heavy traffic expected for the solar eclipse. SCDOT will not allow any non-emergency lane closures on interstates from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, through 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 22.  No lane closures will be allowed…

Chernoff Newman celebrates “The Big Spectacle” with big spectacles and the Fireflies

John Katz, Fireflies, David Campbell and Heather Price, Chernoff Newman. (ColaDaily photo)  Chernoff Newman, with the Columbia Fireflies, unveiled the world’s largest eclipse glasses at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park on Friday. “It’s a big, once-in-a-lifetime event, and we wanted to be part of it,” said David Campbell, Chernoff Newman president, referring to the eclipse. Chernoff Newman is a Columbia-based marketing…

Richland County reveals “Home of the Eclipse” road signs

Richland County Public Works crews install a new eclipse sign on Percival Road, near the Kershaw County line. RC Photo As the countdown begins to the historic total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, Richland County is beginning to welcome the expected thousands of visitors with specially made signs displayed at multiple entry points into the County. The signs announce: “HOME OF THE…

1 person killed in motorcycle accident on Clemson Road, Wednesday night

One person died is a motorcycle accident on Clemson Road in Richland County, Wednesday night. The driver of a 2012 Toyota SUV was turning left off of Clemson Road when the Toyota was struck by a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle, according Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the motorcycle, who was not wearing a helmet,…

Coroner releases name of Hardscrabble Road shooting victim

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident that occurred shortly after midnight, Tuesday at 4130 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia. Brandon Logan Kilbourne, 20, of Hardscrabble Road, Columbia was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER where he died…

City of Columbia designates 5 parks for public eclipse viewing

Five parks in the City of Columbia have been designated as public viewing sites for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. Guests are encouraged to visit the following locations to view the solar eclipse: Drew Park (beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center), 2101 Walker Solomon Way Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Owens…

“Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally held at State House, Monday

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Jim Hudson Automotive Group donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank for hunger programs

Jim Hudson Automotive Group has provided the opportunity for one million meals to the hungry. Jim Hudson, Denise Holland and Keith Hudson, with members of the Jim Hudson Automotive Group at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Monday. (Terry Ward Photo)  Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful Sixth Annual Jim…

Columbia 18-year-old missing for almost 2 weeks

The family of Re’nean Tavasha Mason, 18, has not seen her in almost two weeks, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in a Friday news release. Mason, of Columbia, was last seen on July 30, at the Royal Z Lanes, a bowling alley at 8512 Two Notch Road. It is “very uncharacteristic of Re’nean,” to be gone for that length…

Traffic Alert: Clemson Road-North Springs Road intersection lane closings beginning Monday ’til Friday   

Motorists in Northeast Richland County will experience traffic delays and detours beginning Monday, (Aug. 14) through Friday (Aug. 18) due to lane closings at the Clemson/North Springs intersection at Rhame Road. The scheduled improvements will include placement of new asphalt and pavement markings. The lane closings are planned daily, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because of expected increased travel time and intermittent…

FLW Forrest Wood Cup Lunch Break Tailgate Party with pro anglers and The Dude – Photos

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Trane expanding Richland County operations, to add 700 jobs

Trane announced Thursday that it is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth. Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as…

Could the eclipse be the largest event ever for the Midlands?

It has the potential to be “the largest event ever in the Midlands,” said Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall of the Aug. 21, Total Solar Eclipse. Duvall’s comments came at a “Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia SC” meeting for media Tuesday at the S.C State Museum. The museum is a “Ground Zero” of sorts for the eclipse. Museum Public Relations Manager…

City Roots Tasty Tomato Festival appreciates the South Carolina tomato

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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…