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The COMET enhances transit services in 2019 for Midlands residents

Photo from The COMET Facebook page. The COMET (Central Midlands Transit) system has some new service enhancements for 2019 – some have already been implemented, and others have yet to begin. Executive Director John Andoh said his goal is to make their system easier for Richland and Lexington County residents to utilize. The company has partnered with Lyft and Uber…

New Columbia Panera with drive-thru, free giveaways on opening day

Panera in Columbia’s Vista. There’s a new Panera coming to the Midlands, and this one has a drive-thru. The seventh Columbia-area Panera will be holding its grand opening Tuesday, at 1321 Roberts Branch Parkway, off Killian Road.The new location will be equipped with a drive thru and kiosk ordering. The services are part of Panera 2.0, an initiative aimed at…

The Grand on Main to unveil historic 105-year-old sign

Boutique bowling alley and restaurant, The Grand, will unveil a small piece of Columbia history next week at their one-year anniversary celebration. The original Grand Theatre sign will be revealed to the public after being in the dark for 105 years.  According to Vice President of Marketing Joe Nester, the sign was discovered by workmen underneath the floor during renovations…

University of South Carolina unveils new logos, now to be called U of SC

The University of South Carolina unveiled new 2019 logos Wednesday afternoon. “New year. Fresh look. More soon. #UofSC #NewProfilePic,” read the university’s Twitter announcement. The images have been receiving mixed reviews from students and gamecock fans on social media. According to the post, there is a new “family” of logos for different usages. However, the athletics logo will remain the…

State Museum showcasing Hall of Heroes: interactive superhero exhibit

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New bakery opens in Harbison specializing in frosted bundt cakes

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Small business optimism strong, with high demand for personnel

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index remained basically unchanged in December, drifting down 0.4 points to 104.4, according to the report released today. Unfilled jobs and the lack of qualified applicants continue to be a primary driver, with job openings setting a record high and job creation plans strengthening. State-specific data is unavailable, but NFIB State Director Ben Homeyer said…

A Taste of the South bringing sweet treats, gifts to Columbia’s Cottontown

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Eggs Up Grill celebrates one millionth cracked egg Saturday, prizes for first 100 customers

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59 Columbia restaurants to offer specials during state-wide 2019 Restaurant Week

It’s almost time for the tenth annual South Carolina Restaurant Week. The event is an 11-day celebration at hundreds of participating locations throughout the state, and 59 of them are in Columbia. A variety of restaurants from fine to casual dining, will feature special menu items, promotions, and discounts. According to the organization’s website, the goal is to position the…

Brent Johnson debuts new morning radio show on 93.1 The Lake

Brent Johnson spoke to listeners the first day of his new morning show on 93.1 The Lake. Karamie Sullivan photo. Award-winning radio personality Brent Johnson returned to local radio Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. on 93.1 The Lake.  Johnson, who has spent most of his 40-year radio career in Columbia, joins the station as program director and morning show host…

Lizard’s Thicket employees preparing to serve thousands on New Year’s Day

Photo provided by Lizard’s Thicket. Many people will be sleeping in New Year’s Day and enjoying a relaxing holiday away from work.  That will not be the case for Lizard’s Thicket employees, as they prepare for their busiest day of the year. Community Relations Manager Sarah Krisnow said New Year’s Day is by far the busiest day for all of…

Richland Library releases list of year’s most checked-out items

The Richland Library had more than 200,000 library card holders in 2018.  The most-trending items of the year, according to the library’s announcement, covered a variety of genres.  Associates were able to compile a list of the 10 most popular books, music, and movies that were checked out or downloaded throughout the year. Richland Library’s 2018 most-popular items: Adult books…

Columbia’s Bourbon soon to undergo transformation for annual “tiki week”

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Firefighters deliver Santa to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

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Charter NEX Films opens plant in Blythewood

Photo provided. Charter NEX Films has opened a new production facility in Blythewood. The company is North America’s largest independent producer of specialty plastic films used in flexible packaging. The Blythewood facility at 10771 Farrow Road is the company’s seventh U.S. manufacturing location and will create more than 110 advanced manufacturing and STEM-related jobs by 2020. “Charter NEX was eager…

Bruges Chocolaterie making thousands of artisan chocolates during holiday season

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The COMET providing free rides on buses decorated with Christmas lights

Photo from The COMET Facebook. The COMET Central Midlands Transit system is offering free rides to passengers for the holiday season as a gift to the community. Any passenger who boards a bus with Christmas lights/decorations will be able to ride the bus for free. There are two holiday buses circulating throughout the COMET transit system through December 24. According…

Suspect wanted after stealing more than $4K in cigarettes, says RCSD (surveillance footage)

Still image taken from footage provided by RCSD. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for two burglaries. According to the department, deputies responded to an alarm call Nov. 28 at the Sharpe Shop at 8308 Winnsboro Rd. When they arrived, they found the front door glass had been shattered. Surveillance video…

Old Dollar General transformed into new Edgewood Richland Library

Richland Library provided photos. The Edgewood Richland Library held an official ribbon cutting and opened its doors to residents Saturday. The staff welcomed the community to take a look at the new facility, which was transformed from an old Dollar General building. One percent of the construction budget went toward a public art piece by Ayako Abe-Miller. It includes seven…

Hendrix restaurant with rooftop bar soon to open in Columbia’s old Hennessy’s building

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BayLeaf restaurant bringing authentic Indian dishes to Columbia’s Vista

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Animals not always best gift idea, says Pets Inc. representative

Karamie Sullivan photos. Many children will wake up Christmas morning this year to find a new puppy or kitten waiting by the tree. Animals are often a popular gift idea, especially during the holidays. According to Pets Inc.’s Reid Barrett, giving an animal as a present is not always a well-thought-out gesture. “The problem with that is what happens in…