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Subway donates, serves more than 250 meals at Transitions Homeless Center

Subway 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Subway 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Subway 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Subway 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Subway 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Subway employees were on site at Transitions Wednesday to prepare dinners for clients. Photos provided. Local Subway restaurants in the Columbia area partnered with Transitions Homeless Center to provide more…

New River District Association holds meeting, seeks members

River District meeting Show Caption Hide Caption Jennifer Wilkes, president Show Caption Hide Caption River Dist. Assoc Show Caption Hide Caption River Dist Assoc. 1 Show Caption Hide Caption River Dist 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Makaela Randolph speaking at The River District Association meeting Show Caption Hide Caption Jennifer Wilkes, a State Farm agent. The River District Association held…

Seven new rides will be introduced at this year’s South Carolina State Fair

Maybe it’s the view from the highest point of the Ferris wheel, or the way your stomach feels when suddenly falling dozens of feet on the Drop Zone – whatever the reason, thousands of people come to the South Carolina State Fair for the rides. This year, fair representatives announced that there will be seven new rides available to anxious…

Lexington 1 to purchase Lexington Middle School relocation site

A release below from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director. The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Tuesday, accepted the administration’s recommendation to give final approval to purchase property for $1,594,575.00 ($47,500 per acre) for the purpose of relocating Lexington Middle School. The negotiated price is on the low end of the independent appraisals the district received….

New residential tower planned for Lady Street, to include luxurious amenities

The Palms on Lady – rendering provided. The Arnold Companies, a Columbia-based commercial development firm, announced plans to build the first new residential tower in the central business district of downtown Columbia, located at the corner of Lady and Assembly streets. The spot previously housed Moe Levy’s and Howard Sports. It will be converted into 83 urban residences known as…

Nephron Pharmaceuticals, CEO Lou Kennedy, donate to school pharmacology program

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy with District One representatives. Photo provided. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and…

Graduate Columbia hotel opens in former Inn at USC building

graduate 1 Show Caption Hide Caption graduate 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Graduate 4 Show Caption Hide Caption graduate ribbon cutting Show Caption Hide Caption Graduate 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Graduate 6 Show Caption Hide Caption graduate 2 Show Caption Hide Caption First three photos obtained from Graduate Columbia website. Other photos by Cola Daily staff. A new hotel…

Sen. Nikki Setzler co-chairing committee to address interstate congestion

I-26 SCDOT photo Sen. Nikki Setzler, of West Columbia, is co-chairing a panel that has been assembled to address congestion on South Carolina’s interstates. Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman issued a memo thanking members for serving on the special subcommittee. Setzler is the co-chairman of the committee with Sen. Thomas Alexander. In the memo, Leatherman explains the need to address…

Longtime Five Points businessman Joe Azar dies at 67

Joseph Azar, longtime Five Points business owner. Well-known Columbia businessman and activist Joe Azar has died. Azar was the owner of Upstairs Audio for more than four decades, located at 746 Harden St. in Five Points. He was also known for his interest in local politics, having run for mayor and Columbia City Council. Azar was 67-years-old. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin…

Mardel Christian and Education store holds grand opening

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Lidl opens new store in Columbia

lidl 1 Show Caption Hide Caption lidl 2 Show Caption Hide Caption lidl 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Lidl representatives cut the ribbon at the new Columbia location at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Chris Timmers photos. Columbia residents welcomed a new grocer to the city early Thursday morning. Lidl is a German-based discount grocer, founded in 1973. Since its first store…

Dunkin’ coming to Ballentine this October

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Ribbon is cut on West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park

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Discounted tickets, ride vouchers now available for South Carolina State Fair

A view of the SC State Fair from the top of the Ferris wheel. Karamie Sullivan photo. Representatives from the South Carolina State Fair announced Wednesday morning that discounted admission tickets and ride vouchers are now available. They can be found through Oct. 8 at participating Circle K stores, and scstatefair.org. The South Carolina State Fair’s roving ticket booth, FRED,…

Five new food items to be offered at this year’s South Carolina State Fair

kettle corn Show Caption Hide Caption double dog corndog Show Caption Hide Caption chili mac attack sundae Show Caption Hide Caption SC State Fair 2018. Karamie Sullivan photo Show Caption Hide Caption Chili Mac Attack Sundae – food images from South Carolina State Fair website. One of the biggest reasons thousands of people travel to the South Carolina State Fair…

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s last elephant moving to new home

Riverbanks Zoo’s Belle. Photo from zoo Facebook page. Representatives from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announced Thursday morning that the last remaining elephant, Belle, has a new home. According to the announcement, Belle will be joining herd mates, Brittany and Ruth, this fall at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin. “The MCZ recently opened a brand new elephant habitat, called Adventure…

Whole Arted Studio to open in Chapin, welcoming artists of all ages

Clonts with two of her children Show Caption Hide Caption Judah making art Show Caption Hide Caption Mercy Clonts, owner of Whole Arted Studio Show Caption Hide Caption Whole Arted sign Show Caption Hide Caption Whole Arted’s sign is visible from the road – the studio is positioned down the driveway (second building). Photos provided. It’s time to make some…

Harvest Hope receives $150,000 check from Publix Charities

Harvest Hope CEO Wendy Broderick (center) poses with Publix Charities officials to accept Harvest Hope’s check. Photo provided. Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia was one of 32 charities chosen by Publix Super Market Charities to receive a large donation. Collectively, Publix just donated $5 million to hunger relief organizations across the southeast. Harvest Hope and Lowcountry Food Bank were…

Richland County to close on land purchase for Blythewood Business Park by Nov. 1

Blythewood Business Park master plan from county’s website (click to enlarge). Richland County will close on its $26 million purchase of more than 1,300 acres in Blythewood by Nov. 1, according to Jeff Ruble, the county’s director of economic development. The county recently announced the purchase of land to develop into the Blythewood Business Park off Interstate 77. “The property…

Home building industry is healthy, says Earl McLeod of the Building Industry Association

Earl McLeod Earl McLeod said expect the number of homes constructed to continue to grow. McLeod is the Executive Director of the  Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. “The building numbers are better, but it’s different,” said McLeod.  He said expect the construction of more town homes, multi-family structures and the redevelopment of closed shopping centers to include residential…

Columbia College leads effort to fight hunger in Richland One

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Jim Hudson Automotive donates $25,000 to Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation

Keith Hudson (left) with father Jim (right) present their check to the foundation. Photo from Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation Facebook. Jim and Keith Hudson, of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, presented a $25,000 donation to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation this week. According to the foundation, the money will be used to purchase 70 new body armor tactical vests for school…

Columbia Metropolitan Airport partners with Riverbanks Zoo to provide ‘Mamava Pod’ for breastfeeding mothers

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