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Chickenbutt Donuts draws crowd in Ballentine on opening day

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A ‘Boo-tiful’ Halloween night in Five Points

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Publix opens new location in Red Bank

Photo from Red Bank Publix Facebook page. The newest Midlands Publix opened its doors at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, just in time for people to get their last-minute Halloween candy. The 45,000 sq.-ft. store is located at 5441 Platt Springs Road (near the intersection of South Lake Dr.) in the Red Bank area of Lexington County. Construction has been underway…

Fort Jackson band to perform free concert for Veterans Day

Fort Jackson will celebrate the centennial of the Armistice ending World War One on Nov. 11 with a Veterans Day concert free to the public. The performance will include a choir with bass and percussion, accompanied by organist, Debbie Bauer. The featured band, The Fort Jackson 282nd Band, will perform music by J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Marcel Dupré and Maurice…

25 Five Points merchants invite families to stop by for trick-or-treating

Photo courtesy of Five Points Columbia. Halloween has arrived and children are ready for candy! Five Points is offering families the opportunity to stop by multiple stores who are feeling the “Halloween spirit.” The Five Points announcement explains: “This Halloween, Five Points invites families and friends to enjoy a night full of tricks and treats as 25 merchants will be…

Irmo Music Academy cuts ribbon, opens for business

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State Museum offering free admission in celebration of 30th anniversary

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the South Carolina State Museum will be offering free general admission to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. According to the museum’s announcement, there will be a variety of special activities taking place over the weekend. “This Free Anniversary Weekend will be packed full…

Ben Lippen School breaks ground on $5.5 million expansion

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Hire Me SC campaign promotes hiring of people with disabilities

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Columbia, Lexington Animal Services offering discounted Halloween adoption special

Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Noll. Freddy vs. Jason-themed Halloween costumes. Columbia and Lexington Animal Services will be offering a different kind of “treat” this Halloween, to benefit their four-legged occupants. Both facilities will be hosting a Halloween Adoption Special, with pet adoption fees being reduced to $31. All fees include spay/neuter, microchip, Feline Leukemia/Heartworm Test, initial vaccines, and deworming. The…

CoCreate Lexington invites community to rethink working from home

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The Honor Project raises nearly $26,000 for local charities at WildMayhem Golf Tournament

Check presentations to Happy Wheels and SCAS. Photo provided. The Honor Project’s fourth Annual WildMayhem Golf Tournament took place September 6 at Cobblestone Park Golf Club. This year’s tournament benefited two local charities: Happy Wheels, a non-profit organization providing books and toys for inpatient children, and the South Carolina Autism Society, a charitable organization promoting solutions for the needs of…

“Dining on the Dam” event plans announced by Lexington Chamber

Lexington Chamber Board Chairman Troy Simpson Show Caption Hide Caption Lake Murray Dam Show Caption Hide Caption Council Chairwoman Debbie Summers Show Caption Hide Caption view of Lake Murray beside dam Show Caption Hide Caption Dining on the Dam sign Show Caption Hide Caption Karamie Sullivan photos. Members of the Greater Lexington County Chamber, the Lexington County Council, and Nephron…

LCSD hiring bilingual victim advocate to better assist Hispanic community

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department reported that a new position will be soon filled for a liaison to the Hispanic community. Funding for a victim advocate to assist Hispanic people living in Lexington County affected by crime is part of more than $46 million worth of grants recently approved for law enforcement agencies statewide by the South Carolina Public Safety…

Gervais St. Bridge Dinner raises money to preserve local rivers

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Richland Library Northeast reopens doors after 15 months of reconstruction

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Blythewood library hosts chamber’s After 5 event

Richland Library Blythewood. Jeanne Reynolds photos. No librarians could be heard “ssh”ing the lively crowd at the Richland Library Blythewood branch Tuesday evening as dozens of local business people enjoyed live jazz music, refreshments and networking at the October meeting of Blythewood After Five. The networking event is for Blythewood Chamber of Commerce members, prospective members and their guests, held…

New hotel slated for Blythewood

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The Blended Bakery rolls up to food truck court in West Columbia

Blended-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Blended Show Caption Hide Caption Blended-21 Show Caption Hide Caption Kelly Coley, left, and DJ Stone of The Blended Bakery. There’s a new food truck in town. The Blended Bakery pulled up to the Carolina Food Truck Court on Meeting Street, next-to Good Wood Furniture, in West Columbia, Tuesday morning. The truck is actually a…

Districts in Lexington and Richland counties closing for inclement weather

Graphic obtained from Richland Two Facebook page. Richland Districts One, Two, and Lexington District One announced Wednesday mid-day, they will be closing Thursday due to inclement weather associated with Hurricane Michael.  According to Richland One’s website, officials are concerned the traveling conditions may become unsafe. Richland Two reported, “As you know, Hurricane Michael is expected to impact the Midlands beginning…

Zaxby’s coming to Chapin

Newberry Zaxby’s It was mentioned at Chapin’s town council meeting Tuesday night in the zoning report, that a Zaxby’s was one of the future businesses coming to the Chapin area. Public Affairs Director Nicholle Burroughs was able to provide a few more details, although she said the specifics have not been completely figured out yet. According to Burroughs, Zaxby’s is…

South Carolina State Fair named one of nation’s least expensive fairs

Musik Express ride at S.C. State Fair. Karamie Sullivan photo The South Carolina State Fair has recently been named one of the most affordable state fairs in the country, according to HomeToGo. The independent vacation rental metasearch engine rated South Carolina’s state fair the sixth most affordable in the nation. The rankings were based on a comparison of admission prices,…

Chicken wings and banjo strings take the stage at Blythewood park

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Atlanta-based, family operated boutique opening in Five Points

Director of Online Sales and Marketing Zoe Corwin (left) and Regional Sales Manager Catherine Wooditch. Allen Wallace photo A new business is opening its doors in Five Points this weekend, and it’s a family affair. Laurie Corwin founded Dakotas Boutique in her basement in 2013, running it as an online-only business for a year before opening the first brick and…