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The Honor Project’s Beards for Breasts competition ends after almost two years

Finalists Bryan Spencer and Matthew Jeffcoat decide to call the competition a tie after growing their beards out for one year and nine months. Photos provided. The Honor Project announced in July that its second annual Beards for Breasts Competition, benefiting the Palmetto Health Foundation, has come to an end. The first year of the competition was inspired by The…

USC constructing $50 million Football Operations Center – see renderings

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Columbia Fire responds to apartment blaze, Red Cross helping 14 adults, 7 children displaced

CFD Photos. Crews from the Columbia Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at The Landings apartment complex in Forest Acres. The call came just after 10:30 Wednesday night. According to a CFD report, flames were seen coming out of one of the apartment complex buildings. The apartment building is off of Covenant Road and has about 16 apartments. The…

Transitions Homeless Center residents’ artwork showcased at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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Columbia woman dies in Tuesday crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Tuesday in a multi-vehicle collision. The crash occurred  at approximately 2:05 p.m. in the intersection of Two Notch and Polo Roads, Columbia. Nilsa Cruz-Melenda, 72, of Shirley Street, Columbia, was a passenger in a transport van when the collision occurred.  Ms. Cruz-Melenda was transported from the scene by…

District Five partnering with Walmart for students in need

District Five provided graphic. Lexington-Richland School District Five, the District Five Foundation and Walmart are partnering to help children in need for the upcoming school year. The group will hold its annual D5 Stuff-A-Bus event August 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at both the Harbison and Ballentine Walmart locations. Community members are asked to stop by…

New pizzeria coming to Columbia’s Cottowntown, part of 3-building development

Rendering of finished product. Cason Develoment Group provided photos. Cason Development Group is moving to Cottontown, and so is a new pizza restaurant. Cason will be relocating its offices to 2144 Sumter Street in September once renovation of the property is completed. In addition, a new pizzeria will open at 2150 Sumter Street in early fall. Cason has acquired the…

Tax free weekend: Midlands retailers preparing for back-to-school crowds

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NFIB says sales tax holiday a boost for business

The National Federation of Independent Business South Carolina Director Ben Homeyer said this coming weekend’s sales tax holiday on clothes, school supplies, and computers should give a boost to South Carolina’s small businesses. The sales tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday. “Hopefully, it will be a big weekend for small businesses,” Homeyer said. “When you combine the savings of…

35 tomato entries judged for Sustainable Midlands Tasty Tomato Festival

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Pre-season high school football preview part 1, by Tyler Cupp

Tyler Cupp has contributed to ESPN radio and multiple other stations in Columbia covering High School and state sports in SC.Since 2007. Tyler has covered State Championships and Tournaments in SC for wrestling, baseball, basketball, softball, and football. He is the play by play voice of the Lugoff-Elgin Demons for WPUB radio out of Kershaw County. Storylines and Season Preview…

Columbia welcomes Bone-In Barbeque as first restaurant of developing Bull Street District

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94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Ethan Gardner

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Gardner.

Ethan Gardner. Photo used with permission. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner joined the Marine Corps as an 0311, better known as an infantryman. It wasn’t the same infantryman that you might be imagining though, Ethan was part of a F.A.S.T (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team). “We deployed all over the world to…

More rain, lower temperatures expected this week, after heavy rains Sunday

Some flights were diverted from Charlotte to Columbia because of storms Sunday. NWS -Columbia photo. The National Weather Service in Columbia said 2-to-3 inches of rain fell Sunday afternoon. There were numerous reports of water buildup on local roads. More rain is expected for Monday through Friday, with heavy rain possible. Scattered showers, and possible storms, are expected to develop…

Puppy Bar Crawl raises funds for Pawmetto Lifeline

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Five Points Association’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale draws a crowd

5-Points Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-3 Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. July weekends in Columbia are famously hot, but local businesses are giving people many good reasons to venture out into the sun. The Five Points Association’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale drew big crowds to the village Friday and Saturday, and…

First responder surprised with new Cool Care Heating and Air unit

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Columbia man dies in motorcycle crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died  in a two-vehicle collision Thursday. It happened at approximately 6:35 p.m. on Abernathy Street, Columbia. Robert Deshay Garner, 38, of Springway Drive, Columbia, was the driver of a motorcycle that was involved in a collision with another vehicle.  Mr. Garner was transported from the scene by Richland County…

RCSD seeking help to find two fugitives, may be trying to flee area

Amos Hosey (left), and Harrell Williams. RCSD provided photos. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced they are seeking help from the public to find two fugitives. They are to be considered armed and extremely dangerous, according to the department. Amos Hosey, 39, and Harrell Williams, 33, were engaged in an altercation with another man July 13. Following the argument, both…

USC releases Gamecocks’ football fall practice schedule

ColaDaily file photos from 2017- Terry Ward. The South Carolina football team released its 2018 preseason practice schedule, Thursday. The Gamecocks are scheduled to report on Thursday, Aug. 2. The first practice set for Friday, Aug. 3. Fan Appreciation Day is 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Jerri and Steve Spurrier indoor practice facility. None of…

Richland County Sheriff announces results of four-day sting, targeting child online predators

Press conference for Operation Full Armor results. RCSD provided photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference Thursday afternoon along with members of state and federal agencies, announcing the results of a four-day sting. Operation Full Armor was put into place July 10 through 13, targeting internet predators. “We had conversations with them, we made like we were…

Midlands Media Group continues growth, acquires new radio station

MMG Show Caption Hide Caption The Dude sign Show Caption Hide Caption MMG sign Show Caption Hide Caption Karamie Sullivan photos. It’s been two years since Midlands Media Group was formed, and the company has been growing ever since. Within the first two years the business acquired 94.3 The Dude (WWNQ), Cola Daily, the e-commerce site ColaDailyDeals.com, and created an…

DMV unveils driving program to help parents teach teens how to drive

RoadReady app example Show Caption Hide Caption DMV program Show Caption Hide Caption   The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles unveiled a guide Wednesday morning for parents and guardians who are teaching their children how to drive. The Parents’ Supervised Driving Program (PSDP), introduces new drivers to weekly lessons behind the wheel as they prepare for their driving test,…

Jim Hudson Automotive donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank

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State Museum offers free general admission to children 12 and under

WHO: South Carolina State Museum WHAT: The South Carolina State Museum is providing *free general admission to children 12 years old and younger starting Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, August 12. Guests can explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits like Fill in the Gap, Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection, 1967-2017 and South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 –…