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Residence Inn opens across from Lexington Medical Center

Residence Inn by Marriott in the greater West Columbia, Lexington area has opened. (ColaDaily Photos) The new 108-room Residence Inn by Marriott in the greater West Columbia, Lexington area has opened. Clancy Cipkala, managing partner and CEO of Solara Hospitality based in Columbia announced the opening Thursday. “Based on its location directly across from the Lexington Medical Center on Highway…

Preview of Week 2 of high school football games, with schedule of Midlands games

By Tyler Cupp Week 2 of the High School Football season brings its fair share of intrigue, and now the added threat of incoming severe weather it becomes all the more interesting. A slew of games in the area have been moved to Thursday. Fort Dorchester at Dutch Fork (Friday at 7:30) This undoubtedley is the main event this upcoming…

Lexington County man, 24, arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Derek Jordan Amick, 24, of Leesville He was arrested on two charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force,…

Lexington man arrested after argument over child’s early dismissal

A Lexington man has been arrested after he was accused of causing a disturbance Tuesday afternoon at Saxe Gotha Elementary School. Timothy William Browning, 30, is charged with disturbing a school after he attempted to dismiss his child minutes before the regularly scheduled dismissal time, according to deputies. Browning became disruptive in the school office and near his child’s classroom. Browning Browning…

Setzler says Quail Hollow, River’s Edge taken off Carolina Crossroads list

Residents are breathing a sigh of relief as of Tuesday. Quail Hollow and River’s Edge, two West Columbia neighborhoods on either side of I-26 near Lexington Medical Center, had been on the list of possible routes for the Carolina Crossroads, a proposed malfunction junction alternative. Malfunction junction is the highly congested Columbia intersection at I-20/I-26/I-126. The SCDOT has named fixing…

Heroes In Blue’s Kassy Alia speaks at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

Kassy Alia. (ColaDaily photo)  Kassy Alia is the widow of Greg Alia. She spoke Tuesday morning at the Greater Cayce-West-Columbia Chamber Breakfast. It was held at Stone River in West Columbia. Greg Alia was killed, his wife said, in September of  2015 while on his job as a police officer for the Forest Acres Police Department. “Greg was everything to…

16-year-old missing since Wednesday, has been found

A 16-year-old female missing since Wednesday, has been found, according to an update from the Cayce Department of Public Safety. On Monday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the public’s assistance with locating 16-year-old Heidi Lara. She has been reported missing by her family. She failed to return home from school on Wednesday. Heidi is approximately 5’6” tall, weighs 120 pounds,…

Lexington County Fire reports one injured in Sunday fire

Lexington County Fire photo One person was transported to a local hospital following a mobile-home fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in the 100 block of Pinestraw Circle, near Red Bank. Lexington County Fire Service and EMS were dispatched just after 1:15 p.m. in reference to a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, first responders observed heavy flames and smoke coming…

Coroner identifies moped passenger killed on U.S. 321 near Swansea

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died when a moped was struck by a pickup truck early Sunday morning. The accident occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. on U.S. 321 in the Swansea area. According to Fisher, Jessica Lynn Dunn, 26, was the passenger on a moped that was hit from behind by a 2005 Dodge pickup…

Crews search for missing man on Lake Murray, missing man identified

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and other search crews, are looking for a missing man on Lake Murray after a neighbor a found a four-year-old girl in a boat by herself, Friday. The child was not injured, but the child’s father was not in the boat. DNR is treating the incident as a fatal boating accident. DNR has…

1 person killed, another airlifted in Lexington County after truck hits moped

One person died early Sunday morning after the moped the person was on was struck by a pickup truck. The accident happened at around 2:10 a.m. on US 321 near Toole Smith Road, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The person killed was riding on the back of a moped that was struck from behind…

Latin Festival rocks Columbia’s Main Street

1/4latin fest 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4latin fest 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4latin fest 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4latin fest 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia’s Main Street might have been mistaken for San Juan or Havana Saturday, as thousands gathered for the city’s annual Latin Festival. “We’re proud of where we live and of where we…

Pedestrian killed in Lexington hit-and-run, is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a motor vehicle in the early morning hours of Friday. The incident took place on on U.S. 378 in Lexington. According to Fisher, Ms. Aubrey Rose Rucker, 21, of Lexington was walking along the road when she was struck by an unidentified vehicle…

Filing has closed for Lexington County municipal elections, see list of candidates

Some mayors in Lexington County municipalities are facing challenges, along with some council members.  Filing for municipal elections closed at noon, Friday. The general election for municipal offices  is Nov. 8. Below is a list of filers and the office for which they filed, and the municipality. Town of Irmo, Council Kathy Condom Robert Wessinger Ed Wadelington C Brent Chitwood Barry…

Friday night high school football scores

Ben Lippen 53, Heathwood Hall 6 Brookland-Cayce 42, Airport 21 Dreher 38, Columbia 6 Fairfield Central 49, Keenan 12 Gilbert 37, Batesburg-Leesville 13 Gray Collegiate 47, Calhoun County 14 Irmo 49, J.L. Mann 7 Lexington 21, A.C. Flora 0 Newberry 36, Ninety-Six 20 Orangeburg Prep 19, Cardinal Newman 7 Patrick Henry 36, WW King 14 Richland Northeast 35, Swansea 21…

I-20 eastbound exit ramp, at SC 6, to be closed overnight Friday

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  announced Friday that the SC 6 Eastbound exit ramp (Exit 55) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed at midnight Friday, Aug. 25, until 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, for signal modifications. Motorists heading east who wish to take Exit 55 should proceed to Exit 58 and re-enter I-20 westbound to Exit 55….

Man gets 25 years for AK-47 shooting death of woman

Madison Leslie Leavitt James Richard Elledge, Jr., 27, of Lexington County, was sentenced to 25 years of incarceration following his guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Madison Leslie Leavitt. The sentence was announced Thursday by Suzanne Mayes, prosecutor for the 11th Circuit Office of Solicitor Rick Hubbard. The crime is classified as a “no parole” offense….

Paving on Bluff Road, in the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium, as football season nears

Motorists traveling near Williams-Brice Stadium may experience traffic delays Friday, Aug. 25 through Monday, Aug. 28 due to daytime road paving on Bluff Road from Rosewood Drive to Armory Road. The work is going on, on the doorstep of Williams Brice Stadium. The road work improvements are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to a press release from…

Lexington-based First Community Corp acquiring Easley’s Cornerstone National Bank

First Community Bank branch in West Columbia. (ColaDaily photo) Lexington-based First Community Corp. is in the process of acquiring Easley’s Cornerstone National Bank. The $25.8 million deal could close as early as Oct. 20. First Community Corp. and Easley-based Cornerstone Bancorp announced Wednesday morning that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions have…

94.3 The Dude Radio wins SCBA Award for PSA

94.3 The Dude radio can add some hardware to its collection thanks to Marty Hall and Tyler Ryan. WWNQ, The Dude Radio station based in Columbia, has won the 2017 STAR Award for Public Service Announcement-of-the-Year for Large Market Radio. 94.3 The Dude won the award for its “Soldier Salute.”  The PSA was created by radio personalities Marty Hall and…

Identities sought in counterfeit money cases

Chief Terrence Green is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying several of the individuals who have been involved in a series of incidents where counterfeit currency was passed as payment in an effort to collect change. Beginning in early June and continuing into August, officers have responded to approximately two dozen incidents where counterfeit currency was used as payment at…

Trade Skills Career Fair held in Chapin Tuesday to help displaced VC Summer workers

1/4Job Fair Chapin Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Job Fair Chapin 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Job Fair Chapin 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Job Fair Chapin 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos by Chris Turner The Trade Skills Career Fair was hosted Tuesday by Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin. The Trade Skills Career Fair was sponsored…

State Rep. Micah Caskey proposes under cover of totality

State Rep. Micah Caskey (R- West Columbia) used Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse for a special occasion. Caskey, getting down on one knee, asked his girlfriend, Erin Harris, to marry him. The proposal took place  on Lake Murray during the eclipse’s totality phase. “Yesterday during the solar eclipse, I got engaged to my favorite person in the universe,” Caskey wrote on…

West Columbia’s Solar Fest West draws guests from England, France and from all around

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Eclipse delivers what it promised for Columbia, record crowds come

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