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Artista Vista begins Thursday evening: Columbia’s largest gallery crawl

Artista Vista image from 2018. It’s all for the love of art. Columbia’s largest gallery art crawl begins Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Artista Vista 2019 is a two-day, art-centric event with activities and sights for every member of the family to enjoy. Galleries will be displaying new, unique shows and some will offer complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres with…

Cardinal Newman wins Gold Division of 2019 Nike Palmetto Cup

Photo courtesy of Cardinal Newman (The Cardinal Newman boys’ soccer team following the 2-1 overtime win over Clover). The final day of the Nike Palmetto Cup witnessed another nationally-ranked team upended this season in the Midlands Cardinal Newman defeated Clover 2-1 in a shootout to claim the boys’ Gold Division championship at Palmetto Heath Fields at Saluda Shoals Park. In…

UPDATE: Missing 13-year-old found safe

Richland County deputies reported Thursday morning that Stevena English, who had last been seen April 13, was found safe. The department thanked everyone who shared the original information they published about her missing. ORIGINAL STORY: The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a 13-year-old girl. Stevena English, of Elgin, was last seen on surveillance video…

Four finalists announced in search for next UofSC president

The University of South Carolina’s presidential search committee announced four finalists Wednesday, one of which will serve as the 29th leader of the university. The search for a successor to current President Harris Pastides began in November. Pastides has served as UofSC’s president for 10 years. The school’s presidential search is led by an 11-member committee comprised of several members…

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden nominated for Best Zoo in America

Lemur triplets at Riverbanks Zoo – file photo. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been nominated as one of the best zoos in the country. USA Today released a list of 20 nominees, and Columbia’s Riverbanks is 16th on the list (in alphabetical order). According to the USA Today guidelines, a panel of travel experts were asked to nominate their favorite…

Suspect wanted for attempted murder turns himself in, police say

Javaris Hammonds Blanks. CPD provided booking photo. The Columbia Police Department announced Tuesday night that the man accused of shooting at a friend along Greystone Boulevard has been arrested. The incident took place last Friday night. According to CPD, Javaris Hammonds Blanks turned himself in to investigators. He is being charged with attempted murder. ORIGINAL STORY: Columbia Police Chief Skip…

Time capsule to be introduced at Cottontown’s new construction celebration

Renderings provided. A new 2,500 sq.-ft. development will soon be coming to Columbia’s North Main Street area. Construction will begin Thursday for NOMA Station: a mixed-use development at 2430 Main Street in Cottontown. It is slated to accommodate two tenants. According to representatives from the North Columbia Business Association, the larger space is suitable for a restaurant, while the other…

Suspicious fire reported inside Harbison Walmart, store closes for investigation

The Columbia Fire Department has been on scene at the Harbison Walmart since approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to a fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but officials said the store did experience some damage due to the smoke. According to CFD public information officer Mike Desumma, the fire began in part of the food section…

Broadway in Columbia announces Wicked is coming to Koger Center

WICKED 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Mariand Torres & Erin Mackey in WICKED. Joan Marcus photo. Show Caption Hide Caption WICKED 2 Wicked Show Caption Hide Caption Erin Makey & Mariand Torres in WICKED. Photos by Joan Marcus. Broadway in Columbia has announced that one of Broadway’s biggest hits will be coming to Columbia’s Koger Center for the Arts as…

Columbia Police identify suspect accused of shooting at victim in road rage incident

CPD provided booking photo. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced Monday that investigators have identified a suspect accused of shooting a man, following an argument on a heavily traveled roadway. Officers have outstanding warrants for Javaris Hammonds Blanks, 30. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent…

Historic Columbia hosting adult Easter egg hunt at ‘hoppy hour’ event

Seibels House – Historic Columbia photo. Historic Columbia will be holding a special Easter-themed event Friday, but this one isn’t for the kids. “Hoppy Hour History” will be held at the Seibels House & Garden from 5:30 to 7 p.m. According to the organization’s announcement, attendees will get to learn about the prohibition era, and participate in a happy hour-themed…

Festival raises money to keep local rivers clean

1/4RiverRocks2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4RiverRocks3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4RiverRocks4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4RiverRocks1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. There are not many festivals where attendees can enjoy live music and food and learn about macro-invertebrates, but Columbia’s annual River Rocks offers it all. Justin Townes Earle was the main attraction at this year’s event along…

Hip-hop legends take over Main Street Columbia

Big Daddy Kane performs on stage. Thousands of people flocked to Main Street Saturday for Columbia’s seventh annual Hip-Hop Family day, and there was absolutely no half-steppin’. The free festival, presented by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop and the City of Columbia, featured some of the biggest names in the history of rap and hip-hop, including headliner Big Daddy Kane. “Big…

NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski meets with Gov. Henry McMaster to talk about Bojangle’s Southern 500

NASCAR Show Caption Hide Caption NASCAR-1 Show Caption Hide Caption A-NASCAR Show Caption Hide Caption Brad Keselowski and Rick Allen. The Bojangle’s Southern 500 NASCAR race in Darlington is not until Labor Day weekend. But Gov. Henry McMaster had Brad Keselowski on the Governor’s Mansion grounds, Thursday afternoon. Keselowski is last year’s winner of the race, and he and McMaster…

Lt. Gov. issues proclamation identifying April as Safe Digging Month

Kaziah Howard, Director of Public Awareness for SC 811. Photo provided. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette visited the office of South Carolina 811 on April 3 to deliver a proclamation, identifying April as Safe Digging Month in South Carolina. The proclamation comes as a response to the statistic that more than 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year…

Five Points Association donates $43,450 to local charities from St. Pat’s funds

check-presentation-3 Show Caption Hide Caption check-presentation-5 Show Caption Hide Caption check-presentation-1 Show Caption Hide Caption check-presentation-2 Show Caption Hide Caption check-presentation-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Members of the Five Points Association proudly presented a $43,450 check to 29 local charities at the Five Points fountain Thursday morning. The funds were collected through the organization’s largest annual event: St. Pat’s in…

‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ sexual violence awareness event, canceled due to threats

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event – Cola Daily file photo. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands officials announced the cancelation of their 10th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event, due to threats they received through their hotline number. The gathering takes place at the State House and allows men, women and children to walk in high…

Coroner releases names of two 25-year-olds in I-77 fatal collision

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of the two individuals who died Tuesday after being involved in a single-vehicle collision on I-77 Northbound, at mile marker 5.5 in Columbia. The incident occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. According to Watts, Devonte Ramal Seabrook, 25, of Kingston Ridge Drive in Columbia, was the driver of a vehicle that struck a…

Panera’s Pieces of Hope campaign to benefit South Carolina Autism Society

Panera employees Employees Yolanda Sterling-Quinn, Brenda Brazzel, and Savannah Frommel Show Caption Hide Caption Brenda Brazzel posing with one of the Pieces of Hope cookies Show Caption Hide Caption cookies-1 Show Caption Hide Caption cookies-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Puzzle cookies on display inside Panera in the Vista. Karamie Sullivan photos. Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is…

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours return Thursday

It’s almost time for Historic Columbia’s popular Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours. Both sets of tours are conducted in the historic Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia. The first will be held Thursday. “One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia’s oldest…

Dominion Energy updates Blythewood business leaders on transition

Aimee Murray conducting her presentation at the Blythewood Chamber breakfast. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Don’t watch your mailbox for a $1,000 check from Dominion Energy. The regional energy provider that merged with SCANA in January is now implementing an alternate plan that emphasizes longer-term rate relief. That was one of the reminders Blythewood business leaders heard from Aimee Murray, Dominion media…

Columbia resident to compete in regional chef battle after winning statewide competition

Brittiney Moore (right) with sous chef Jacquie Holloway. Photos provided. Brittiney Moore developed a love for cooking Southern food when she was in the third grade. She said her grandmother taught her much of what she knows. That love has since developed into a career – and now she can add “award winning” to her chef title. Moore was one…