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Coroner releases name of man killed in Columbia, Friday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting incident Friday night at 6:30 p.m.  The incident occurred at 1506 Bailey Street, Columbia. It’s the location of Colony Apartments. James Dexter Grant, 30, of Xavier Road, Rembert, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Man sought in theft case

Suspect (LCSD Photos.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying a man caught on video allegedly stealing from a Lexington County home during daylight hours last week. The suspect is driving what appears to be a white 1990’s Chevy S10. If you recognize him or this vehicle, please contact Crime Stoppers at 888-Crime-SC       Truck.

Man charged with stealing lottery tickets

Frank James Sturkie (LCSD photo.) Frank James Sturkie, 35, has been arrested and charged with stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from a Gaston convenience store in December. Sturkie, a Lexington resident, removed a case of lottery tickets from the counter of D&M Foods and put them into the bed of his truck, according to arrest warrants. Sturkie turned himself in after…

Lexington Medical Center reports unauthorized access to employee data

Media Statement: Lexington Medical Center has learned that there has been unauthorized access into our employee information database, known as eConnect/Peoplesoft. Because the privacy of our employees’ information is very important to us, we wanted to let them know about this situation as soon as possible. This database contains personally identifiable information on current and former employees including names, Social…

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to speak at Black History Extravaganza

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Sixth Congressional District, will serve as the keynote speaker at the City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia. US Rep. James E. Clyburn. (Photo Submitted.) The Black History Extravaganza, which features exhibitors and live entertainment, will kick off at 10 a.m. with an…

Lexington Police “Coffee with a Cop” event is Feb. 25

The Lexington Police Department has initiated a series of quarterly “Coffee With A Cop” events. The first one being held at Chick-Fil-A Saluda Pointe on Feb. 25. Chief Terrence Green along with officers from each division, Chaplains, and Volunteers In Police Services (V.I.P.S.) members will be on hand to answer questions, discuss issues or concerns, provide information on the the many services and…

Chamber members learn Chinese immersion at East Point

East Point students perform Chinese dance. (Photos by Terry Ward.) East Point Academy in West Columbia hosted a Lunch and Learn event, Wednesday, for members of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday. There is also a branch of the school in Cayce. And plans are being made for a new East Point facility. It is South Carolina’s only Chinese immersion…

Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar to be built in Lexington

Bee Safe and Wine Storage facility (From Bee Safe Website.) The owner and developer of the new Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar brand has bought 1.62 acres of property at the corner of Augusta Road and Cedarcrest Drive in Lexington. NAI Avant announced the sale yesterday via press release. The buyer is Carroll Capital Investments, LLC. the deal was…

Building in Columbia’s old African-American business district to be renovated

1325 Park St. (Photo by Terry Ward) A property, built in 1929, will be renovated to become the new home of Belser and Belser law offices. The historic building is at 1325 Park St. and it was designated with Landmark Status recently through the City of Columbia. “It is one of the few surviving remnants of the once thriving African-American business district that…

Columbia man charged with 15 counts related to child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday announced the arrest of Quinton Taeshaun McClendon, 26, of Columbia, on 15 charges connected to sexual exploitation of a minor. Stock Photo (Use Permitted) Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. The Richland Count Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted with the…

Boeing South Carolina votes not to unionize

Lowcountry Graduate Center Photo. Use Permitted. Two days before a presidential visit, workers at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, rejected an invitation to join the Machinists union. An union organizer conceded, Wednesday, that workers voted not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The vote against unionization was almost 75 percent. About 3,000 workers voted. On…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

“Rocketman” Gregg Bickley set to take on Koger with Elton John Tribute, Feb. 25

Tickets are selling fast

Tokyo Joe’s Greg Bickley is ROCKETMAN. He will perform his Elton John Tribute at the Koger Center in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 25. With 10 days left before the show, ticket sales are moving toward a sell-out. Click this link for Rocketman Ticket Info. Gregg Bickley, in costume, as Rocketman Sir Elton John. (Photo Vickie Lovett.) Bickley found out as…

SC State Rep. Joseph H. ‘Joe’ Neal dies, colleagues saddened

Rep. Joe Neal. (SC House Photo.) South Carolina State Rep. Joseph Neal has died, according to Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison tweeted at 1131 p.m., Tuesday of Neal’s death. Harrison’s Tweet: “Saddened & devastated to hear our good friend & progressive champion Rep. @JosephNeal3 passed away! He will be missed by all! #RIPJoe,” Neal represented…

Columbia area housing market warm in January

The Columbia housing market is starting the year 2017 with a jump, according to statistics from the S.C. Realtors. (Labeled for Reuse Photo.) Data released Tuesday showed an almost 7 percent increase in the number of homes sold in the Greater Columbia area. in January, compared to January 2016. There were 739 homes sold in the first month of this…

Trump coming to South Carolina

President Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina. A visit, this week, to the Palmetto State has been rumored since Sunday. Link to initial report Trump will visit North Charleston and the Boeing aircraft facility there. The visit will take place on Friday, when Boeing’s latest 787 aircraft will be introduced. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump’s visit to South Carolina…

Gray Collegiate Academy has one of nation’s top basketball players

Jalek Felton. (Photos Submitted.) One of the top high school basketball players in the country is right in our backyard. Gray Collegiate Academy, in West Columbia, is a No. 1 seed in the 2A S.C. High Playoffs. The War Eagles play Chesne in a home game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Gray is coached by Dion Bethea. The team is led…

AT&T announces 100 percent fiber network for Columbia area

AT&T announced it is offering “Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds” for Columbia residential and business customers. Photo from Tuesday press conference in Columbia. ATT officials and Mayor Steve Benjamin. (Photo Submitted.) The new technology was announced Tuesday morning in Columbia at a press conference that included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are excited to add Columbia to the growing list of areas…

DHEC reviews new plan to seal coal tar in Congaree River

Cofferdam plan not favored

Coal tar remediation on the Congaree River has officially moved to a plan to seal and cap the spill. Tar site after the 2015 flood and a portion of the Columbia Canal wall collapse. Sandbags are where clean-up is planned. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) held a public meeting, Monday, to discuss plans to mitigate the…

What can West Columbia’s old City Hall become?

Speculation has already started

News came out last week that the City of West Columbia is moving to buy West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Department. City Hall inscription. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The yard surrounding the old building – from Meeting-to-Center Street – will be converted to parking space for about 100 cars.  The site is one-half block from State Street and The…

Lexington woman charged with attempted murder

Lexington County detectives have arrested and charged a woman with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Gaston. Tiffany Leigh Metze. (LCSD Photo.) Tiffany Leigh Metze, 24, and an unidentified male confronted and shot the victim on Feb. 5 at a home on Carrie Lane, according to an arrest warrant. “Even though the victim was gravely injured, he was…

18-year-old charged in connection with shooting of 13-year-old

Columbia Police investigators have arrested a teenager in connection with a weekend shooting that critically injured a juvenile. Ada’ Q. Conway (ASGDC Booking Photograph) Ada’ Quonza Conway, 18, is charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. Conway is accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy in the upper body at a Wild Iris Court home yesterday morning….