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Columbia Fire Department responds to 100-plus calls during Wednesday’s storms

As strong winds blew and the rain poured during the storm Wednesday, members of the Columbia Fire department were busy. The ehavy rain resulted in flooded streets and turn quiet streams into raging whitewater. Columbia Fire Photos Firefighters responded to more than 100 incidents in a four-hour period of severe weather on Wednesday afternoon. According to the fire department, there…

US Rep. Joe Wilson to hold 2 Veterans Fairs for jobs

US Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2) will hold two Veterans Fairs, one in the Aiken-Barnwell area and one in the Midlands, to bring potential employers and federal agencies in direct contact with veterans. Aiken-Barnwell Veterans Fair Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. USCA Business and Education Building 471 University Parkway Aiken, South Carolina 29801 Midlands Veterans Fair Thursday,…

Town of Lexington Announces “Lexington Live” Concert Series

Icehouse Amphitheater in January. (Photo by Terry Ward) The Town of Lexington hosts “Lexington Live” Spring Concert Series presented by Lexington Medical Center. The concerts will take place at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.), which was just named the 2017 Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) Achievement Award winner. All concerts are on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. April…

28-unit Townhouse building planned for BullStreet development

Rendering Submitted. Described as an urban, residential redevelopment in the heart of downtown Columbia, the Moore Company has announced in a release Thursday, the first for-sale residential project at BullStreet. It’s called Columbia’s largest urban redevelopment community, conveniently located within one mile of the S.C. State House and USC. It has been coined TownPark at BullStreet. “The development will consist…

Catherine Templeton, former director of DHEC, to run for governor

Catherine Templeton (Photo Submitted) Catherine Templeton, former director of DHEC, will run for governor of South Carolina in 2018. Templeton, of Mount Pleasant, made the announcement in a press release, Tuesday. Templeton was picked by former Gov. Nikki Haley to run the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Templeton, later, became director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control….

USC’s St. Thomas More presenting Living Stations of the Cross at Statehouse

Living Stations of the Cross 2016 (Photo Contributed) St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center at USC is presenting the Living Stations of the Cross. It will be presented on Wednesday (April 12) beginning at 6 p.m. on the Statehouse steps. The annual procession, led by a student bearing a cross four days before Easter, is a chance for participants ―…

Sinkhole, flooding reported in Columbia

City crews at Lady and Assembly streets where a sinkhole was reported. (Photo by Terry Ward) A sinkhole was reported at the intersection of Assembly and Lady streets in Columbia, by the Columbia Police Department. Evacuations are being executed on Read Street due to a flooded area, according to police., and multiple roads are reported as being flooded. Flooding is…

Arrest made in case of woman fatally shot

CPD Photo at the scene Tuesday Scott. (Glenn Detention Center Photo) A 22-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting death of his sister at a home near Farrow Road. Daquan Willie Scott is charged with Murder, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime. The victim has been identified…

Coroner releases name of woman who was shot Tuesday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of a shooting incident that happened Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m.  The incident occurred at 5757 Koon Road, Columbia. Margaret K. Hooks, 24, of Koon Road, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, where she…

Richland County government offices close at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, Richland County Government offices will close at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 5, with the exception of essential personnel. Emergency officials continue to monitor weather models and have been preparing for severe weather response. Today’s early release is to not cause alarm, but to ensure employees have adequate time to safely commute home before some of the heaviest…

SCE&G prepares crews for severe weather, issues emergency information

Storm on Gervais Street, Monday. (Photo by Terry Ward) SCE&G is encouraging customers to prepare for severe thunderstorms Wednesday as the company readies crews to respond to possible outages and other weather-related issues. “We’re carefully monitoring weather conditions in our service territory, and we’re prepared to respond to storm-related service interruptions,” said Bill Turner, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations….

Hazardous weather forecast Wednesday, into the night

The outlook is for hazardous weather Wednesday for Richland and Lexington counties, according to the National Weather Service. And a flash flood watch is in effect from noon into the evening. For Wednesday and Wednesday night expect thunderstorms. The storms may contain damaging wind, large hail, and excessive rainfall. There is also a possibility of strong tornadoes. Wind gusts could…

Woman dies after being shot

A woman died after being shot Tuesday, according to Columbia Police. CPD Photo The woman was shot at a house in the 5700 block of Koon Road. The woman was still living when police arrived at the home after 3 p.m., She was taken to a hospital, where she died. No more details were available. If you have information that…

Nursing students incorporate latest technology at USC’s Mass Casualty Drill

USC students training  for mass casualty response.(Sandy Coots Photos)  Instead of a venue for hyped Gamecock fans watching football, The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium was transformed into an emergency room Tuesday, as part of a drill to study how best to triage patients during a mass casualty incident or MCI. “This is one of the largest mass casualty exercises that has…

Child advocates gather at State House to confront child abuse

By Renee Ittner-McManus The need to combat child abuse and neglect was highlighted Tuesday at the State House as child advocate groups gathered to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. The S.C. Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Department of Social Services, the Attorney General’s office and child advocates Children’s Trust and Silent Tears partnered for a press conference at the…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. visits S.C. Governor’s Mansion

Peggy McMaster, Gov. Henry McMaster, Dale Jr. and Kerry Tharp. Dale Jr. and Tharp. (Photos Submitted) Professional race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., made a stop at the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion Tuesday afternoon. Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet, met with Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife Peggy. Kerry Tharp, president of Darlington Raceway, was with Earnhardt.

Fireflies hold media day, first game is Thursday

Fireflies Manager Jose Leger. (Photos by Terry Ward) The Columbia Fireflies held Media Day Tuesday at Spirit Communications Park. Manager Jose Leger said his team will be good offensively with good speed. He said there is more experience this year, too. “I’m very excited to get started,” Leger said. The Fireflies first game is at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at home,…

5 Points Foundation donates $47,750

Recipients of St. Pat’s funds The Five Points Foundation awarded $47,750 to more than 30 charities and non-profit organizations in the Midlands from revenue generated from the 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points. The St. Pat’s festival  hosted 47,400 in Columbia’s oldest entertainment district.  The continued success of St. Pat’s in Five Points has allowed for nearly $1 million to…

Alice Cooper coming to Columbia

Alice Cooper is scheduled to be at Columbia’s Koger Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m., on Saturday, May 13. Cooper is known for his theatrical brand of rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues…

Trooper of the year and other SCHP award recipients announced

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held a ceremony Monday honoring troopers from around the state for exceptional service in 2016. The SCHP also recognized Telecommunications Operators from around the state for the support they provide to the Highway Patrol and other DPS law enforcement divisions.Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to award recipients at the Blythewood ceremony, emphasizing the important…