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Drew McKissick elected chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday

Drew McKissick was elected as the State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday at the 2017 South Carolina Republican Party State Convention. Drew McKissickMcKissick received 86 percent of the vote and defeated Mark Powell of Anderson County. McKissick assumes the duties of State Chairman immediately and becomes the SCGOP’s 19th State Chairman. McKissick released the following statement on the election…

Markus Leemet breaks USC record at SEC Track and Field Championships, Friday

USC’s Williams, Sow, and Leemet make history at the SEC Track & Field Championships. (Chandler Mack Photo) By Chandler Mack The 2017 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are being held at the University of South Carolina from Thursday until Saturday. On Friday, USC track team members Markus Leemet, Rougui Sow, and Tye Williams headlined for the Gamecocks. Leemet was…

Found – Cayce Public Safety seeks help to find missing teen- Updated

Jurnee Smith-McBeth has been found. The juvenile reported missing earlier has been located at the Walmart in West Columbia. She in home safely with her parents. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help to locate Jurnee Smith-McBeth, 15. Jurnee left her residence in Cayce on Monday (May 8.) She has not been seen by her family since…

Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Blythewood High School – postponed until May 19

Due to weather threat

WHAT: Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, community members and students will unite for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Blythewood in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event originally scheduled for Friday (May 12) has been postponed a week until Friday (May 19) due to severe weather threats. Funds raised…

House, Senate override McMaster’s veto, gas tax going up 12-cents a gallon, beginning July 1

SCDOT applauds tax

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has stood almost alone in opposition to a tax that will increase the price of gas by 12-cents a gallon. Gov. Henry McMaster in his YouTube address decrying the tax hike. The bill that raises the gas tax by 2-cents-a-gallon for the next six years, also increases other driver and vehicle fees. The gas tax increase will take effect…

More than 70,000 came to S.C. Guard Expo last weekend

1/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption Richard Skipper Photos It was the first S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo since 2009, and the response was large. “We estimated 70,000 for…

USC Football Coach Will Muschamp says newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” about players

USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp. (USC Athletics Photo) University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Will Muschamp is asking for an apology from a Columbia newspaper after two of his players have been cleared of involvement in an assault. Muschamp said publicly Monday that he feels Columbia’s The State newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” regarding Gamecock football players. Muschamp also said…

SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link

Longleaf, Summit Parkway Middle schools in Richland 2 getting new principals

The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of new principals for Longleaf and Summit Parkway Middle schools, effective July 1. Robert Jackson will take over as principal of Longleaf Middle and April Shell will take the reins as principal of Summit Parkway Middle. April Shell. (Photos Provided) Jackson began his education career in Florence School District…

Riverbanks Zoo mourns death of beloved African elephant, Penny, 37

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is saddened to announce the death of one of its female African elephants. 37-year-old Penny was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand. Riverbanks Zoo photo of its elephants. Penny arrived at Riverbanks in December of 2001 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)…

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

Midlands Gives results in $1,638,531 for nonprofits

Tameika Isaac Devine, of Columbia City Council, shoots a free throw for charity at Midlands Gives, Tuesday. Midlands Gives, the 24-hour online giving event that ended at 11:59 Tuesday night, accumulated $1,638,531 in donations. The fundraising challenge is presented annually the by Central Carolina Community Foundation. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, more than 10,000 contributions to nonprofits in 11 midlands counties…

Columbia International University adds women’s softball

Columbia International University is adding women’s softball to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The first season for Rams softball is scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year. Athletics Director James Whitaker said softball has been in the plans since CIU’s inaugural intercollegiate athletic season in 2012. The search for a head coach is underway. “Hiring the right coach for the job…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…

Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

1/5Pine Ridge Mayor David Busbee Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Mayors Michael Bishop, Springdale and Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin shooting baskets for charity funding. (Photo Terry Ward) The…

Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Columbia College Board appoints Carol Moore as interim president

Carol A. Moore, PhD, has been named as interim president of Columbia College. John C.B. Smith, Chairman of the Columbia College Board of Trustees  announced the appointment in a press release. Carol A. Moore, PhD (Photo Submitted) Dr. Moore will fill the position held by Elizabeth Dinndorf, who is set to retire on June 30. Dr. Moore has been serving as the…

Midlands Technical College commencement is Wednesday

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy to get honorary degrees

More than 2,500 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates to be Awarded at Midlands Technical College Commencement First Honorary Degrees ever awarded by MTC will be presented to Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy Midlands Technical College will award more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs at commencement Wednesday, May 3. The ceremony will celebrate one…

Midlands industrial development climate is better than ever

A report from a Columbia-based leasing and broker operation sites several favorable factors that point to robust economic growth in the Midlands. The industrial real estate market in Columbia saw decreased vacancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to report released by NAI Avant Monday. The trend follows a steady declining vacancy trend than began in the first quarter…

Possibility of severe storms Monday afternoon

Gervais Street looking east. There could be some bad weather in Columbia Monday afternoon, especially between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A cold front is expected to blow in bringing severe thunderstorms, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service prediction calls for plentiful showers with the thunderstorms. The high temperature prediction is 83 degrees. There is the…

Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

SCDOT holds Workers’ Memorial Day for employees who died on the job

1/3S.C. Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall greets family members before the ceremony began. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin makes remarks during the ceremony. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Three chairs were empty with hard hats and safety vests representing three employees that died this year. From left: John Branham, Robert Clark and Tony Redmond. Show…