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EdVenture holding Eggstravaganza on Saturday

Children are invited to hop down the bunny trail to EdVenture for Eggstravaganza on Saturday. It’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eggstra-special day will consist of family-fun and spring-themed events throughout the museum. Parents are invited to bring cameras for pictures of their child with the Easter Bunny, as well as enjoy Egg Hunts, Maypole dances, “exploding egg”…

23-year-old sentenced to 30 years in dog dispute murder

Jeffrey O. Kight, Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to murder, Monday, to shooting and killing William Rush Falls, 56. The 11th Curcuit Solicitor’s Office was prepared to begin the murder trial in Lexington County before the plea, according to a news release Monday. Kight was 19 at the time of his arrest. (LCSD Photo) The shooting occurred around 6:45 am on…

Columbia Police make arrest in connection to fatal “car deal” shooting

Columbia Police investigators have charged a man in connection with a deadly shooting investigation and are gathering information on two alleged accomplices. Foske (Glenn Detention Center Photo) Donte Anthony Foske, 19, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle. Foske and two other male suspects are accused of shooting the victim who’s been…

Miller Valentine starts “spec” building in in Lexington County Industrial Park

Miller-Valentine Group has announced the construction of Midway Logistics II, the first speculative class A, tilt up, multi-tenant industrial building built by a private developer in the Midlands of South Carolina since 2009. “Spec” building.in Lexington County. (Miller-Valentine Photo) The approximately 200,000-square-foot facility will be built in Lexington County Industrial Park, a 350-acre master planned industrial park located at the…

hhgregg going out of business, 2 Columbia stores closing

hhgregg is going out of business. It is closing all South Carolina stores, including one at Harbison and the one at Sandhills in the Columbia area. The Indianapolis-based consumer electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection in March. On Friday hhgregg officials said it is closing all stores after no buyer could be found to take over the stores. “While we…

Palmetto Cup high school soccer tournament going on at BC until Thursday

The Nike Palmetto Cup‏ Soccer Tournament  kicked off Monday. BC junior Seth Lewter throws the ball in versus Spring Valley Monday. (Terry Ward Photo) It’s an annual four-day soccer overload played during spring break for many of the 16 schools in it. The tournament  runs from Monday through Thursday. Palmetto Cup games are held on the campus of Brookland-Cayce High School…

Reactor refueling outage started at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company took Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline April 8 to begin a scheduled refueling outage. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 23rd for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984. “Our focus during this outage is to perform those activities that position Unit 1 to…

Mayor Steve Benjamin, City of Columbia hosting Let’s Move Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza with eggs-ercises

Mayor Steve Benjamin and the City of Columbia to Host Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza Click to enlarge WHAT: Join Mayor Steve Benjamin and his family along with the City of Columbia for the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza. This year’s event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, games, eggs-ercises, face painting, exhibitors, refreshments and more! WHO: Mayor…

Fire destroys auto-repair shop, several cars, $1 million in damage

Lexington County photos of fire scene. An auto-repair shop and several cars were completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the business early Monday morning, according to Lexington County Fire officials. Lexington County 911 Communications dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS to the 200 block of Chapin Road in reference to a commercial structure fire, just before 12:30…

Columbia Police investigate deadly overnight shooting

Columbia Police Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deadly overnight shooting. Shortly before 2 a.m., Saturday, officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Candwenn Court for a burglary call and saw signs of a home break-in. When they entered the house to investigate further, they found a man deceased. Officers also learned that several electronics were stolen…

4 slain Kirkland inmates died of asphyxiation says coroner

Four slain inmates (SCDC Photos) Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names and causes of death of the inmates who died Friday morning between 10: a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Kirkland Correctional Institution on Broad River Road, Columbia, after incidents involving two other inmates. Jimmy Ham, 56, died from asphyxiation due to manual strangulation according to an autopsy performed Saturday….

Who let the dogs out? Bark to the Park, that’s who

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2 Kirkland inmates, in prison for murder, charged with killing 4 men

Simmons and Phillip (SCDC Photo) Denver Jordan Simmons, 35, and Jacob Theophilus Philip, 25, have been charged with four counts of murder each, for killing four inmates at Richland County’s Kirkland Correctional Institution. The bodies of the four dead men were found at 10:35 a.m. Friday. The charges were announced early Saturday morning in a press release from Thom Berry, spokesman…

From Afghanistan to Catawba Trail Elementary, Zoe Thompson reunites with her dad

By Renee Ittner-McManus Catawba Trail Elementary second-grader Zoe Thompson got more than she bargained for when she lined up with classmates Friday for a field day race. At the end of the lane lay more than bragging rights for the team’s winner: her dad, Capt. Joseph Thompson, fresh off the plane from a 12-month tour of Afghanistan, was there to…

Kuwait Land Forces Commander visits Shaw Air Force Base

Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, right, with Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Sabah. (Photo Contributed) Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, United States Army Central, hosted Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Sabah, commander, Kuwait Land Forces on Wednesday. The meeting took place at Patton Hall located on Shaw Air Force Base. Al-Sabah is the equivalent to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Garrett and Al-Sabah discussed…

Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. CFF’s conducts an educational outreach…

4 inmates found dead Friday at Columbia’s Kirkland Correctional Institution

Four inmates were found dead Friday morning in a dorm at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. Kirkland is one of South Carolina’s maximum-security men’s prisons. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling did not say how they died, according to a report. The State Law Enforcement Division is assisting S.C. Department of Corrections Police with the investigation of the deaths. Richland…

Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies looking for suspect in March robbery

RCSD photo Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a suspect in connection to an armed robbery at a the Walmart at 321 Killian Road. A knife and a hatchet were used, according to a sheriff’s department press release. The suspect walked into the Walmart store on March 26, according to the sheriff’s department, and attempted to steal a shopping cart…

West Columbia Riverwalk open, ribbon cutting Saturday

Riverwalk File Photo The West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater is open to the public after being closed Thursday due to Wednesday’s storms. Parking is available at the Moffatt Street entrance. The Riverwalk ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., Saturday,  before the first Rhythm on the River Concert at 6 p.m. A map of the Rhythm on the River parking options is below….

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department hiring for summer pool positions

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for seasonal employees for the 2017 Summer Aquatics season. Available positions include pool manager, assistant pool manager, lifeguards, pool clerks, water safety instructors and swim team coaches. Applicants must be at least age 15 or older. For full job requirements and to apply, visit http://www.columbiasc.gov/hr/employment. For more information, call the Parks &…

Richland County increases efforts to limit oils, grease and damage to sewer lines

Clogged pipes and sewer backups can increase costs for taxpayers, which is why Richland County Utilities is expanding oversight of the types of discharge that flow into the County’s sanitary sewer system. The announcement was made in a press release from the Richland County Public Information Officer, Friday morning. (Photo Permitted) Fats, oils and grease, commonly called FOG, enter the…