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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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Some rest areas on I-26 and I-95 closed by SCDOT due to overflow eclipse traffic

The South Carolina Department of Transportation continues to monitor traffic conditions via its Traffic Management Center in Columbia. SCDOT is reviewing both speed and congestion information. The State’s Highway Emergency Patrol units are servicing all of I-26 along with supplemental maintenance units. SCDOT is also partnering with the Department of Public Safety. Traffic Conditions Rest Areas on I-95 near Santee…

Lake Murray dam parking at capacity and closed

The parking area on Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam is already at capacity and closed to vehicles, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Eclipse viewing will start after 1 p.m. Around 11 am., the parking area on the Lexington side was still open but at more than half capacity. A few minutes later the sheriff’s department reported…

Lexington County coroner identifies motorcycle rider who died Sunday after Aug. 15 crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the motorcycle rider who died as a result of an accident that occurred on Aug. 15. Fisher states that William C. Schoen, Jr., 27, of Lexington died at Palmetto Health Richland hospital on Sunday as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident on Aug. 15. Schoen was…

Eclipse Timeline from Total Eclipse Weekend, Columbia S.C.

Eclipse Timeline for Monday in Greater Columbia Area 1:13 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) | Partial eclipse begins. The process of the sky darkening is so gradual that it is not discernible. However, when the moon totally covers the sun at totality, darkness falls very rapidly. 2:41-2:44 p.m. EDT | Total solar eclipse (100% “totality”) is reached. (Remove eclipse glasses when…

Southern Lights creator Chris Robinson given key to 3 cities, as laser art project is introduced

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Couple travels 860 miles for eclipse, Soda City Market extends hours for eclipse visitors

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Columbia Park Ranger hands out eclipse glasses, talks safety, during First Night, Southern Lights

First Night Southern Lights, Saturday, was an opportunity to talk eclipse and show off Columbia. Make sure you give yourself a buffer zone when viewing the Total Soar Eclipse Monday. That was the advice from Karen Kustafik Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Services for the City of Columbia Park Rangers. She was handing out Columbia, SC eclipse viewing glasses at First…

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom to post gas tax spending online

S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom said- in a Friday press release- his office has spent recent months developing procedures to track revenues generated by the new road-funding law. The legislation raised the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Eckstrom will post the expenditures on the web. He said he expects to begin posting monthly, itemized reports of…

SCDOT to restrict road work for eclipse, provide extra crews to assist motorists

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to restrict upcoming highway work on interstates and primary routes to avoid lane closures due to anticipated heavy traffic expected for the solar eclipse. SCDOT will not allow any non-emergency lane closures on interstates from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, through 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 22.  No lane closures will be allowed…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department taking extra measures for eclipse weekend

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of the county’s residents and visitors during the upcoming total eclipse weekend. “We’ve carefully planned for not just the day of the eclipse, but the entire weekend leading up to it,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We’ll be in constant contact with other public safety agencies,…

Lexington County man killed in I-20 accident

Kershaw County Coroner David A. West has released the name of a man killed in a single -vehicle accident on I-20 early Thursday morning. Allen Eugene Washington, 47, of Lexington County, was killed in the crash, West said. West said the call regarding the accident came into 911 dispatch at 12:12 a.m.  Washington was traveling west bound on I-20, when…

New Cayce Elementary ready for the first day of school

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Husband of woman previously charged in daughter’s death, also arrested

David Lance Steadman A Lexington man was arrested Tuesday evening on the same charge his wife faces in connection to the death of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter last month. Link to initial article about child’s death David Lance Steadman, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants. “Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe…

Road closed in South Congaree after truck hits power pole

Lexington Fire, EMS and the sheriff’s department responded to an accident in the 1300 block of Church Street in South Congaree, Tuesday. A truck hit a power pole. The road was closed while emergency crews waited for the power company. No injuries were reported by the County of Lexington. County of Lexington photo.  Categories: Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington…

Man who crashed truck after being shot faces carjacking charges

A Summerville man faces multiple charges after being shot in self-defense and crashing a vehicle he carjacked near Chapin Sunday afternoon. Mark Emil Day, 27, is charged with four counts of assault and battery and two counts of carjacking, according to arrest warrants. “Based on victim and witness statements we gathered at the scene, a man shot Day in self-defense…

NASA ambassador in Lexington to give advice on eclipse viewing

1/4Eclipse 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Elipse Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Eclipse 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Eclipse 1 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan People of all ages piled into the Lexington County Public Library’s presentation room Monday evening to hear NASA Solar System Ambassador Larry Metcalf talk about the Aug. 21, solar eclipse. Metcalf presented a slideshow…

Autopsy confirms boating accident death was from crash injuries

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released autopsy results for  Jimmy Gene Ayers of Lexington, Monday. Ayers was killed in a boat vs. dock accident on Lake Murray near Wessinger Island on Sunday. Autopsy results show that Ayers died of multiple traumatic injuries of the upper body. All injuries sustained were related to the boating accident. The accident occurred at approximately…

Lexington Police conducting Public Safety Checkpoint, Tuesday

LPD Photo The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Public Safety Checkpoint within the Town of Lexington on Tuesday. Officers will be conducting the checkpoint in response to collision incidents, Citizen Traffic Complaints, and previous enforcement in this area focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices.  Officers will be checking driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, and insurance requirements. The Lexington…

Jim Hudson Automotive Group donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank for hunger programs

Jim Hudson Automotive Group has provided the opportunity for one million meals to the hungry. Jim Hudson, Denise Holland and Keith Hudson, with members of the Jim Hudson Automotive Group at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Monday. (Terry Ward Photo)  Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful Sixth Annual Jim…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal boating accident

The Lexington County Coroner has released the name of the man killed in a boat versus dock accident Sunday morning. Jimmy Ayers, 57, of Lexington died at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries to the upper body that he sustained in the crash, said Coroner Margaret Fisher. Fisher said Ayers’ nephew was transported to the hospital with multiple non-life threatening…

Airport High School punter, kicker Paxton Brooks, one of the nation’s best

Airport High School punter and kicker Paxton Brooks has been busy this summer. Last Sunday (Aug. 6) he was at N.C. State University and received a scholarship offer to play football for the Wolfpack. Brooks also has offers from Army and Wake Forest. Paxton is ranked No. 2 in the nation in punting with Kohl’s Kicking and he has been selected…

Sewage spill reported by Carolina Water Service at Friarsgate Plant

  Sunday morning at approximately 9 a.m, Carolina Water Service personnel discovered an overflow of one of its treatment plant holding tanks causing a spill of wastewater at its Friarsgate Plant. The spill was reported by CWS. The company said the spill impacted the plant site as well as a ditch that leads to Rawls Creek. CWS said- in its…