Columbia

Woman charged with felony DUI after fatal crash Easter Sunday

A 52-year-old woman has been charged with felony DUI after a fatal collision in Lexington County Sunday.  Catherine Crumley, of West Columbia, went across the center line and sideswiped an SUV and then hit a motorcycle head-on, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Larry Edgar Williams, 65, of West Columbia died at the scene from the…

West Columbia man killed in Easter motorcycle accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the person killed in a vehicle versus a motorcycle accident that occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday in the 700 block of Old Barnwell Road in Lexington County. Fisher stated that Larry Edgar Williams, 65, of West Columbia died at the scene of the injuries he received in the…

S.C. Highway Patrol looks for car involved in fatal hit-and-run early Sunday

The S.C. Highway Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Fairfield County. A pedestrian was hit and killed on Old Camden Road, near Trade Mill Court, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle that is believed to be involved is a 2006-to-2010 Dodge Charger. It could have damage to…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

1/4Easter Bunny visits kids Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Games Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Easter celebration at the ball park Show Caption Hide Caption Easter Bunny in Columbia. (Photos by Terry Ward) The City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin held the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday. The event included an Easter Egg…

Former USC football hopeful, Demetris Summers, gets 8 years

Demetris Summers (LCDC Photo) Demetris Summers, a 33-year-old Lexington County native, was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $50,000 for Trafficking, Manufacturing and Distributing Crack Cocaine throughout Lexington County. The sentence was imposed on Friday, by the Honorable Jocelyn Newman. Summers was a promising running back who played at Lexington High School. He was recruited by then-University of…

Columbia’s Mara Cowen, two others from USC, named Goldwater Scholars

For the 25th consecutive year, students from the University of South Carolina have been named Goldwater Scholars. A total of 51 Goldwater Scholarships have been won by the university’s students since 1990, with 50 scholars hailing from the South Carolina Honors College. Juniors Mara Cowen of Columbia, Kevin Field of West Orange, N.J., and Kayla Gardner of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.,…

Lexington County Deputy intervenes before potential suicide jump from bridge

Thousands of cars drive over I-26 on St. Andrews Road every day. On Monday, Deputy James Forgione was one of those drivers, but after seeing a man by the railing, something told him to stop.  Link to Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept. video here Deputy James Forgione and Colby Gallagher. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department photo. “You’re used to seeing somebody walk…

Injury to the head was cause of fatality at steel mill

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the cause of death of Corey Thomas Morris, 26, of Murrells Inlet. He was killed Thursday around 5 p.m. while working at the CMC Metals Company location in Cayce. According to Coroner Margaret Fisher, autopsy findings revealed that Morris died due to blunt force trauma to the head. Morris, a welder employed by…

Bowman’s Yonder Field to hold music festival May 27

Yonder Field is pleased to announce the first music festival to be held on Saturday, May 27th at the new outdoor venue space in Bowman, SC. Bowman’s Yonder Field. (Rendering Submitted) “With something for everyone,” President & General Manager, Stacie Darr White, said she is “thrilled to present ‘BOWMAN BOUND’ which will bring a variety of musical acts to Yonder…

SCDOT to close Bear Creek Road Monday until Friday, to repair bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  plans to close Bear Creek Road from NE Miles Road to Hidden Valley Road to thru traffic for bridge repair. Traffic will be detoured along NE Miles Road, Smyma Church Road, Peake Road and  Hidden Valley Road. For additional information, the public may contact the Richland County Maintenance Office at (803) 786-0128. Categories: Blythewood,…

Columbia’s City Community Development to host Block Party

Click to enlarge WHAT: The City Community Development Department has celebrated National Community Development Week (April 17 –  21) all week. City of Columbia Community Development will close the celebration with The Community Block Party. The Community Block Party will include Free: Food Games Music Door Prizes City Department Vendors WHO: City of Columbia Community Development Staff WHEN: Friday, April…

City of West Columbia’s City Wide Clean-Up, Community Garden, and Plant Sale is April 22

Click to enlarge The City of West Columbia is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday (April 22.) between 9 a.m. and noon. The celebration will include a city wide clean-up in partnership with the Great American Clean-Up of South Carolina. Also included is a Palmetto Pride – Community Pride Grant community garden installation, and a West Columbia Beautification Foundation Plant Sale. Volunteers are…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson conducts Veterans Job Fair for the Midlands

1/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4US Rep. Joe Wislon Job Fair 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Rep. Joe Wilson Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson talks to Nicole McCombs of Training Concepts, Thursday, at the Veterans Job Fair. (Photos/Terry Ward) U.S. Rep….

Main Street Rotary hosts homeless for Good Food, Good Feet, Good Friday

Click on image to enlarge. Columbia’s Main Street Rotary Club is assisting with the Fifth annual Good Food, Good Feet, Good Friday (GF3) event Friday as part of the club’s community service initiative. The event will be hosted at Transitions – 2015 Main St.- from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Provided will be food, foot care, socks, blessing bags, and fellowship to the homeless…

Columbia’s Half Moon Outfitters in sale-leaseback deal

NAI Avant senior brokers, Dail Longaker and Dexter Rumsey, recently structured the sale-leaseback of the Half Moon Outfitters location at 2912 Devine Street in Columbia, according to an NAI Avant press release. Half Moon operates eight retail locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and will continue to operate out of the Devine Street location, offering its innovative and…

WeylChem investing $13 million in site expansion, improvements at Elgin facility

WeylChem US Inc., will invest more than $13 million in 2017 to expand the activities at its Elgin  facility. WeylChem is a provider of custom manufacturing and tolling services, as well as advanced intermediates and reagents, according to company literature. The company announced a $10.8 million investment in Elgin in February of 2014. That investment was expected to create 49…

Lexington County Sheriff investigates false 911 calls

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into who has made dozens of unfounded 911 calls since late March. “We believe a woman made all the calls using an out-of-service cellphone that still has the capability of making 911 calls,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Fortunately, all these turned out to be false alarms but we’ve tied…

K9 Coature, professional dog grooming, holds Grand Opening in West Columbia

1/3Chamber Board Member Bill Mooneyhan, C-WC Chamber President Gregg Pinner; Michelle and Rodney Roe, and Owner Kisten Roe; and B.J. Unthank, City of West Columbia economic development director. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Many Chamber members and friends of K9 Coature were on hand for the festivities, Tuesday. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Gracie was excited, too, to be at K9’s Grand…

Richland County to observe National Community Development Week

Richland County Community Development will mark National Community Development Week by showcasing how federally funded programs make a positive difference in the lives of low- and moderate-income families. Richland County Community Development will hold several events next week to celebrate the national campaign, which runs April 17-21: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, April 17: Reading Extravaganza Kickoff Event at St. Lawrence…

City of Cayce issues statement after TIF request denied

Lexington County Council voted 5-4 to deny the City of Cayce the continuation of a Tax Increment Financing plan that would have held vvaluations at 1998 property levels. After the vote to deny the TIF, Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter issued the following statement. “The City of Cayce and it’s leadership will continue to lead in fiscally responsible ways taking care…

Lexington County Council denies City of Cayce TIF request

The City of Cayce has used Tax Increment Financing to develop areas of the city for the last 20 years. But a request to continue to use the funding mechanism that keeps taxpayer money in the municipality was denied Tuesday by Lexington County Council. Lexington County Photo “What a shame,” Council Chairman Todd Cullum said after the vote to extend…

Weight restriction to be placed on Lynhaven Drive Bridge in Columbia

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) recently inspected the bridge on Lynhaven Drive over Eight Mile Branch in Richland County. Lynhaven Drive is in Columbia, between Two Notch Road and I-77. The inspection revealed structural deficiencies which will require a weight restriction for vehicular traffic. Based on the bridge type and existing condition, a weight restriction of 8 tons…

Spring brings more digging, SCE&G says dig safe

Each year, warmer temperatures bring an increase in construction and home improvement activity. In observation of National Safe Digging Month, SCE&G reminds homeowners and contractors to call 811 three full business days before a shovel hits the ground. By calling 811 to have their utilities marked, homeowners and contractors can avoid the hassles, dangers and costs that may arise with…