Forest Acres

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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Senior Resources unveils new food truck, Meals on Wheels center

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Panera Bread, Richland 2’s Stuff the Truck is Saturday

The Sandhills Panera Bread in Columbia at 631 Promenade Place will host its first-ever “Stuff-The-Truck” book drive Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Richland Two (R2) School District’s Ready to Read initiative. The program is requesting new or gently used books for pre-K to 2nd grade reading levels, and all book donors will receive a Panera…

Access to beautiful Saluda River to increase soon, with new pathway

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Wienermobile in town for Saturday’s Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival

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S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis speaks at Advocacy Day for Access and Independence

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Law enforcement press conference addresses Columbia gun violence 

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Lots of rain expected Monday and Tuesday

Expect lots of rain Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and some river flooding. The National Weather Service in Columbia is forecasting rain, with about a 100 percent chance most of Monday. Rain is also forecast for Tuesday, but the possibility will decrease to 50 percent by the middle of Tuesday. Rain totals for the Midlands could be…

SCDOT closing 1 lane of I-20 over Wateree River, for emergency repair

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Transitions offers chance at a better future for Columbia’s homeless

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