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Basketball success good for USC’s enrollment numbers

The University of South Carolina is seeing an increase in enrollment. USC’s 2017 freshman class is expected to be 5,600 to 5,700 students,. The 2016 freshmen enrollment was 5,036. Dennis Pruitt, vice president of student affairs and vice provost,  discussed the swell in the class size with the Daily Gamecock newspaper on Tuesday. Pruitt said there have been spikes in…

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

Batesburg-Leesville considering hospitality tax

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council discussed the the feasibility of a hospitality tax, Monday at a work session, according to Ted Luckadoo, B-L’s town manager. Luckadoo detailed the hospitality tax meeting in a press release. A local hospitality tax of 2% sales tax would be added to prepared food and beverages. Its revenue would be used for projects related to tourism,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

S.C. Congressman Trey Gowdy chosen to lead House Oversight Committee

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from the Upstate of South Carolina, has been chosen to lead the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The sharp-questioner and ultra-popular Gowdy will replace Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is leaving Congress at the end of the month. Gowdy is expected to be confirmed by the House next week. Gowdy is a…

PaleoPalooza, day of fossils, dinosaurs, at the S.C. State Museum, June 17

Experience a special day full of fossils, dinosaurs, natural history and more, June 17

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate all things paleontology, Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will get to meet a paleontologist, skype with scientists in the jungles of Panama, make their own fossils, see live birds of prey and more during this full day of natural history. Guests will also get a chance to meet…

SLED arrests Lexington man on embezzlement charge

A Lexington man has been charged with embezzlement, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. According to a SLED warrant, Christopher Thomas Reidenbach, 46, has been charged with embezzlement of public funds value less than $10,000. It’s a felony punishable with a fine and up-to five years in prison if convicted. The case was investigated at the S.C. State Fiscal…

Columbia’s last Sears store closing, West Columbia K-Mart not on close list

Sears announced Wednesday that 72 more stores are being closed nationwide. On the list is the Sears store and Auto Center on Two Notch Road at the Columbia Place Mall. The closing list of stores includes 49 K-Marts, 16 Sears and and seven Sears auto centers. Click for closing list on Business Insider The Columbia Sears store will close in…

More human remains found in H. L. Hunley

North Charleston – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the , the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save the pioneering vessel have a new understanding of just how cramped and intimidating it must have been for the eight-man crew in 1864 when they cranked the Hunley into world history. Working in the…

“Thermal injuries” cause of death in Tuesday night fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the cause of death of the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred Tuesday night on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. According to  Fisher, autopsy findings confirmed that Aiyanna Shaw, 6, died due to thermal injuries sustained in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation by multiple…

Chapin man accused of trying to burn up his family

A Lexington County man is charged with three counts of attempted murder after family members told deputies he poured gasoline inside his Chapin home and attempted to ignite it with them inside. Mark Allen Bell, 47, is accused of pouring gasoline on the floor and throwing it on multiple people while making threats Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants. “Those…

Lexington County man wanted on murder charge turns himself in

 A Lexington County man charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last month turned himself in early Wednesday morning. Jeremy Antonio Williams is accused of shooting Derrick James Jones multiple times on Hampton Road May 30, according to the arrest warrant. Williams was served with two additional warrants Wednesday. “Williams is also charged with possession of a weapon…

Lexington County Fire Service reports details of fatal fire

Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and EMS personnel to the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road at 10 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to a residential structure fire. Click for link to initial story: Child dies in residential fire Before arriving on scene, firefighters were informed that an individual may have been entrapped in the home. Upon arrival, firefighters entered…

Gamecock baseball coach Chad Holbrook resigns

Tanner Press Conference to be Held Wednesday Afternoon After several meetings with Athletics Director Ray Tanner assessing the future of the program, Chad Holbrook has made the decision to resign his duties as head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina effective immediately. He will pursue other opportunities, it was announced via USC press release Tuesday night. “I want to…

Six-year-old dies in residential fire in West Columbia

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. Aiyanna Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, according to Fisher. The victim, age 6, was a resident of the home.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.  The…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

Gamecock guard Rakym Felder chosen for USA East Coast basketball team

By Chandler Mack (ColaDaily)  Gamecock rising sophomore guard Rakym Felder will play for the USA East Coast team. Rakym Felder. USC Athletics Photo used with permission. Felder will travel to Madrid, Spain later this summer to play alongside a group of college all-stars under the tutelage of Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown. Gamecock’s Head Coach and former USA…

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor, says report

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor according to a report on Collier’s International-South Carolina Webpage. A partial report is listed under Quarter One 2017 of the “Columbia Retail Market Report.” The report reads: “The Lexington County retail corridor is a 2-mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard from North Lake Drive to the Target-anchored Lexington Pavilion shopping center. The corridor is booming,…

Columbia’s Summer Movies Series at Finlay Park this Friday

The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series continues this week with a showing of “Moana” on Friday, June 9 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. The Summer Move Series will run Friday nights through July 28. The following movies are free and open to the public: ·         June 9: “Moana” ·         June 16: “Angry Birds” ·         June 23: “Ghostbusters” ·        …

Ribbon cut on Batteries + Bulbs store in West Columbia

The ribbon was cut on the new Batteries + Bulbs store at  2400-B Augusta Rd. in West Columbia , Tuesday morning. Pictured are: Dondee Lewis of the Greater-Cayce West Columbia Chamber Board, Anna Huffman, public information officer for the City of West Columbia, B.J. Unthank, economic development director, City of West Columbia, Todd Karnes, manager of Batteries + Bulbs, Bates…

Overturned vehicle on I-20 blocking several lanes

An overturned vehicle on I-20 at Mile Marker 54 has resulted in the blocking of multiple lanes, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.  The accident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Monday. LCSD Photo Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West Columbia

Rain Monday afternoon could cause flash flooding

There could be some flash flooding in Richland and Lexington counties Monday afternoon. The possibility of heavy rain is predicted for parts of the the Midlands into the evening. From Monday afternoon, until midnight, anywhere from one-half of an inch to two inches could fall. Some areas will get more rain than others, according to the National Weather Service report. Rain is…

Brain Freeze cuts the ribbon on Knox-Abbott Drive, Cayce

The ribbon-cutting for Brain Freeze was held Friday. It’s at 906 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. Brain Freeze sells ice cream, cotton candy, cookies, Italian ice, Kettle Korn and more. Pictured are Vaughan Dozier of the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Board, Danny Melane of Brain Freeze, Dondee Lewis of the Chamber, Navasia Frazier, Kia Usher, Eric Usher and Tre Jackson of…

Missing 9-year-old Lexington County boy found safe

Mitchell Craft was missing. His family says they had not seen him since Sunday morning. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that Mitchell has been found safe. The initial report stated that Mitchell was last seen near his home in the 800 block of Bridgewater Road in Batesburg. He might have left on, or with his bike. Mitchell is 9-years old….

Five After Five concert in Five Points, great atmosphere on a June evening

The 19th season of the Five After Five concert series in Columbia’s Five Points is in full swing. On Sunday more than 500 people gathered near the district’s iconic fountain for the June edition of the free family and pet-friendly event. “Great weather, great music, and lots of dogs: that’s as much as I could ask for,” said Joe Wiggins…