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Lower Richland High student makes school threat, results in arrest

Photo retrieved from Lower Richland High School’s Facebook. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department increased police presence at Lower Richland High School Tuesday morning, after reports of a threat had been made by a student through the social media app SnapChat. An update was provided around 10:15 a.m. that an arrest was made in relation to the incident. According to the…

Congaree National Park experiences significant flooding, rainfall totals above average

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Two Hopkins residents dead after apparent assault, coroner releases names

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two individuals who died after being involved in an apparent assault.  The incident occurred Wednesday night between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Whispering Pines Road, in Columbia. Jasmine Richardson, 24, of Wishmore Court, Hopkins, died at the scene.  An autopsy Thursday morning indicated the cause of death…

Man dies from injuries sustained in Oct. 3, crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of a vehicle collision on Oct. 3. It occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m.  The incident at 7201 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. Bryan Stewart, 32, of Mount Elon Church Road, Hopkins, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health…

Congaree National Park closing until further notice due to incoming storms

Photo from Congaree National Park’s Facebook page. Congaree National Park officials released information Tuesday, notifying guests that the park will be closing tomorrow until further notice, due to incoming storms. Their website notification reads: “Due to the forecast approach and impacts of Hurricane Michael, Congaree National Park, including all campgrounds, facilities, trails and canoe landings, will close at 5 p.m….

After primary win, Richland County Council Dist. 11 candidate Chakisse Newton continues campaign

Chakisse Newton, photo from Newton’s Facebook campaign page. Richland County’s District 11 residents recently made their voice known that they wanted a change in Democratic representation for their area of the county. Chakisse Newton was District 11’s winner of the June 12 primary, beating out incumbent Norman Jackson with 62 percent of the votes. Newton said she feels humbled and…

Richland 1’s Larry Richardson goes from “one year” to 44 years, now retiring

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Name of shooting victim released by coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday in a shooting incident. It occurred at approximately 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Greenlake Drive, Hopkins. Amon D. Rice, 17, of Trotter Road, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he was admitted….

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….

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,…

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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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…

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

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Riverbanks Zoo soliciting name for new baby giraffe via auction

You can name Riverbanks Zoo new baby giraffe. The zoo is holding an online auction for the right to name the new baby girl, born at 1:18 p.m., April 2. Names for the baby giraffe can be entered at riverbanks.org The auction has started and ends at 6 p.m. on April 29. The female calf weighed 93 pounds and was 5’7″…