Forest Acres

SCDOT replacing SC 277 NB bridge over I-77 in Richland County

I-77 – SCDOT image. From Brittany P. Harriot Public Information Coordinator SC Department of Transportation The S.C. Department of Transportation announced, Thursday, the start of construction on SC 277 Northbound Bridge over Interstate 77 in Richland County. This project is part of SCDOT’s 10-year Strategic Plan to improve structurally deficient bridges across South Carolina. The project begins approximately 1,500 feet…

West Nile confirmed in Richland County, spraying to begin this week

Richland County officials announced Monday that Vector Control will spray for mosquitoes in Forest Acres and St. Andrews, after tests confirmed West Nile Virus activity in those communities. While the presence of the virus was detected in the two areas, residents countywide are advised to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate standing water on their property where the…

Clemson Road lane closings, traffic delays, beginning Monday

Clemson Road. Starting Monday, motorists who regularly travel Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid daylong lane closures related to road construction in the area. Lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Richland County transportation officials anticipate significant traffic delays the entire week as crews work to…

Man found Friday, died from blunt force, says coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who was found deceased, Friday, behind San Jose Restaurant at 5417 Forest Drive. Charles Arthur Crane, 35, of West Herman Street, Pensacola, FL was found at approximately 9:10 a.m. An autopsy indicated that Mr. Crane died from blunt force injuries. The Richland County Coroner’s Office and the Columbia…

15-year-old high school student charged with attempted murder after stabbing

AC Flora HS. Richland One photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest Tuesday of a 15-year-old girl on attempted murder charges, stemming from a stabbing incident on Monday, at A.C. Flora High School. The 15-year-old is being held in the juvenile wing of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The 15-year-old was arrested after she stabbed a 17-year-old during…

Bank robbery suspect still at large, believed to no longer be in Forest Acres

Samuel Neathery. Forest Acres Police photo. The City of Forest Acres has released information from police chief Gene Sealy regarding the armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning. The incident took place at South Carolina Federal Credit Union on Forest Drive around 9:50 a.m. According to representatives, the Forest Acres city office has received numerous calls requesting updated information on the…

Armed robbery on Forest Drive turns into manhunt after one suspect flees, local schools on lockdown

Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy spoke at a press conference Tuesday regarding an armed robbery that occurred at South Carolina Federal Credit Union around 9:50 a.m. According to Sealy, Forest Acres police officers received an armed robbery call at the bank, with two suspects reported to be armed and on-scene. As officers arrived, one suspect came out of the…

Deputies warning Richland County residents of phone scam, caller claiming to be police officer

Richland County deputies notified the public of a recent scam that was brought to the department’s attention. According to RCSD, there have been scammers calling victims, posing as a law enforcement officer, providing the name of an actual deputy. They mention that there is an issue with the victim’s information or account.  The scammer then requests the victim purchase and…

Lizard’s Thicket employees preparing to serve thousands on New Year’s Day

Photo provided by Lizard’s Thicket. Many people will be sleeping in New Year’s Day and enjoying a relaxing holiday away from work.  That will not be the case for Lizard’s Thicket employees, as they prepare for their busiest day of the year. Community Relations Manager Sarah Krisnow said New Year’s Day is by far the busiest day for all of…

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…

Forest Acres Lowes Foods opening Wednesday, offering more than 2000 local products

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Is your name on S.C. Treasurer’s list of unclaimed funds

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

Rodeo coming to Blythewood June 1-2

The IPRA Championship Rodeo makes its stop in Blythewood June 1 and 2. It’s the Eighth Annual rodeo in Blythewood and includes eight action-packed events. The rodeo also features National Celebrity Funnyman Matt Merritt who will be on hand both nights to welcome a host of National Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as many other competitors seeking coveted points…

5A River Bluff, 4A Airport, Chapin begin baseball championship series Saturday, Ben Lippen and Cardinal Newman play Monday

Lexington at River Bluff, last Wednesday. The 5A and 4A state championship final in high school baseball begins Saturday. Dorman will play at 5A River Bluff High School at 7 p.m., Saturday. In the 4A state championship final, Chapin will play at Airport High school, beginning Saturday. In the 3A S.C. Independent Schools Association state championship final, Ben Lippen plays…

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center opening in Columbia

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Richland County staffs recycling drop-off site on Clemson Road

Richland County is staffing the recycling collection site on Clemson Road to help reduce illegal dumping and keep the location tidy. The collection site, located at 900 Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County, now has a gate and is monitored by a County employee. It is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Mondays and Wednesdays….

Halloween MAYhem, Leukemia, Lymphoma Society fundraiser, is Friday at EdVenture

Halloween MAYhem is scheduled for 7 p.m. until midnight, Friday, at the EdVenture Childrens Museum. It’s a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and features the naming of the Man and Woman of the Year. It’s also an adult costume event (but dress up is not required.) Kevin Varandore of Crescent Construction is an organizer. He describes Halloween MAYhem as…

1 killed, another injured in Richland County shooting

One person has died and another was wounded after a shooting late Monday night, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. in the 800 block of Old Oak Drive. Two victims were found, said the sheriff’s department, and both were shot multiple times. One of the two who was shot, died on…

Coroner identifies 2 men who died in shooting at family gathering

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of the two men who died in a shooting incident that occurred on Saturday, around 5:20 p.m. The incident took place at 102 Henry Street, Eastover. The two men got into an argument at a family gathering, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department source, and shot each other. Woody Allen Goodwin,…

Chapin mother says foster children enrich her life

Photo by Karamie Sullivan. According to the S.C. Department of Social Services, more than 4,500 children in South Carolina are in the foster care system. May is national Foster Care Awareness month, and the organization uses this time to shed light on the number of foster families needed for children in the state. One Midlands couple has been fostering children…

USC Baseball Players agree, there’s nothing like a good batting machine

It has taken on a life of its own, it even has a twitter account. What is it? The USC Batting Machine. Since Gamecocks coach Mark Kingston began dictating taking the machine on the road, Carolina’s offense has sky rocketed. “It certainly helped,” said Kingston. Since we got back to that back to the basics approach we’re averaging almost 10…

Kids Day Superhero Challenge is Saturday at Finlay Park

Calling all superheroes! Put your superpowers to the test with a variety of games and activities to challenge your mental and physical strengths at the Kids Day Superhero Challenge on Saturday, May 5 at Finlay Park. This free, fun and interactive event will feature a Tiny Titans Fun Zone, Superhero Training Camp (climbing wall, an obstacle course, relay races, tug-of-war, etc.) &…

Happy Hour event at Riverfront Park showcases rare spider lily and beer

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Midlands Gives is going on until midnight – link to give included

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