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Developers unveil new plans for controversial Crickentree redevelopment

Developers present plan Show Caption Hide Caption crowd at developers meeting Show Caption Hide Caption County Council member Joyce Dickerson addresses crowd Show Caption Hide Caption A large crowd was in attendance at the developer’s meeting. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Representatives from investment firm ECapital unveiled a revised proposal for a housing development on the former Crickentree golf course property before…

Families get opportunity to spend night inside State Museum this weekend

SCSM graphic. The South Carolina State Museum is giving families a chance to experience a night inside the museum Friday. Guests will be able to explore the entire facility including the new Hall of Heroes exhibit and a variety of programs geared toward astronomy. The night will also include special shows in the planetarium and the 4-D theater. Participants can…

New boutique, beauty supply store open in Blythewood

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Za’s on Devine to host live jazz nights with themed cocktails

Za’s bar area. Photos provided. Za’s Brick Oven Pizza will be adding something new to the restaurant beginning February 9 – but this addition is more about sound than taste. Known for its wood-fired pizza and Italian-inspired classics, the locally-owned neighborhood restaurant and bar will soon be offering a weekend attraction: live jazz nights. Za’s will host a jazz night…

Panera holds grand opening, presents $3,175 check to Serve & Connect

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Bruegger’s Bagels closes after truck crashes into restaurant

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New tea and coffee shop coming to downtown Columbia

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1321 Lofts unveiled at ribbon cutting, apartments move-in ready

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Congaree National Park reopens after shutdown

Congaree National Park photo. Congaree National Park representatives released information Tuesday notifying the public that the facility has now been reopened: “With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Congaree National Park resumed regular operations January 26, 2019. Please visit www.nps.gov/cong for updated information about the park,” the announcement read. It was also noted that park employees are happy…

Mousetrap celebrates grand reopening after 40 years in Columbia

Allen Wallace photos. The old saying tells us “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” Based on the crowd Friday night as Columbia’s Mousetrap restaurant began its grand reopening weekend, the new owners have succeeded. The restaurant at 2711 Middleburg Dr., a local institution since 1979, temporarily closed for renovations last year after…

Stoner’s Pizza Joint opens first Midlands location in downtown Columbia

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Infusion 420 to open in Columbia, owned by US Army veteran

Photo used with permission. There’s a new store coming to Columbia’s Vista, whose owner intends on helping alleviating ailments with organic products. Infusion 420 is run by Nichole Tavares-Gibbs, a 25-year Army veteran. Her store will provide a variety of cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products intended for alternative methods to relieving pain, sleeplessness, inflammation, and anxiety, without harmful side effects. The marijuana-based…

Colonial Life partners with local non-profit to collect, organize baby essentials

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Library and zoo partner for Critter Cafe

IMG_4213 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_4212 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_4214 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. Richland Library always has a lot more to offer than just books. Saturday at the library’s North Main branch, a group of local kids got a wild surprise. The library partnered with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to present Critter Cafe, a chance…

Columbia Museum of Art’s renovations make room for bigger, better Arts & Draughts

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Vehicle crashes into Cayce Waffle House, driver arrested for DUI

Waffle-House-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Waffle-House-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Waffle-House-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Karamie Sullivan photos. State troopers were involved in a brief pursuit early Thursday morning that ended at the Cayce Waffle House on Airport Boulevard. Gregory Alexander Maxwell, 27, is charged with DUI, failure to stop for blue lights, and driving while uninsured. According to Highway…

WiFi now provided on school buses for Pelion students

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across…

Converspace coworking office opens in Sandhills

Converspace at 136-4 Forum Drive, in Sandhills Show Caption Hide Caption Converspace owner Tamika Washington with a client Show Caption Hide Caption Inside Converspace coworking office Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. First, to be clear: Converspace does not sell Converse sneakers. “Yes, that’s what the kids ask when they stop by,” laughed owner Tamika Washington. Instead, the new…

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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