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City of Columbia designates 5 parks for public eclipse viewing

Five parks in the City of Columbia have been designated as public viewing sites for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. Guests are encouraged to visit the following locations to view the solar eclipse: Drew Park (beside the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center), 2101 Walker Solomon Way Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Owens…

“Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally held at State House, Monday

1/3charlottesville rally 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3charlottesville rally 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3charlottesville rally 1 Show Caption Hide Caption More than 200 people gathered at the South Carolina State House Monday evening to voice their opposition to the actions of white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally was organized by 16 local groups,…

Jim Hudson Automotive Group donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank for hunger programs

Jim Hudson Automotive Group has provided the opportunity for one million meals to the hungry. Jim Hudson, Denise Holland and Keith Hudson, with members of the Jim Hudson Automotive Group at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Monday. (Terry Ward Photo)  Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful Sixth Annual Jim…

Columbia 18-year-old missing for almost 2 weeks

The family of Re’nean Tavasha Mason, 18, has not seen her in almost two weeks, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in a Friday news release. Mason, of Columbia, was last seen on July 30, at the Royal Z Lanes, a bowling alley at 8512 Two Notch Road. It is “very uncharacteristic of Re’nean,” to be gone for that length…

FLW Forrest Wood Cup Lunch Break Tailgate Party with pro anglers and The Dude – Photos

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Could the eclipse be the largest event ever for the Midlands?

It has the potential to be “the largest event ever in the Midlands,” said Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall of the Aug. 21, Total Solar Eclipse. Duvall’s comments came at a “Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia SC” meeting for media Tuesday at the S.C State Museum. The museum is a “Ground Zero” of sorts for the eclipse. Museum Public Relations Manager…

City Roots Tasty Tomato Festival appreciates the South Carolina tomato

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Gov. Henry McMaster announces job fairs to help displaced VC Summer workers

Gov, Henry McMaster on Thursday announced the creation of a rapid response coalition of public and private organizations called “Employ SC.” The team will begin holding job fairs to assist those affected by the suspension of the VC Summer nuclear reactor project. The first event will be held in Chapin on Monday, Aug. 14. Employ SC will provide South Carolinians…

Columbia City Park Rangers to host Total Eclipse party, walks

Bring the family out to Riverfront Park and let a park ranger guide you through a variety of family-friendly activities including a Wet Sandal Walk, Total Eclipse Party and more during the month of August, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. Total Eclipse Party | Saturday, August 19 | 4-7 p.m. | Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. We have…

Emotion high at Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Fish’s memorial service

“Today is the day we lay our brother to rest. Please keep Sr. Dep. Derek Fish’s family in your prayers,” wrote Brittany Jackamonis‏, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer. A memorial service for Senior Deputy Derek Fish was held, Wednesday,  at the Bethlehem Baptist Church gymnasium. Jackamonis said, on Twitter, that members of the community, fellow officers, military brothers…

SCE&G needs to be accountable, say legislators at press conference with fired workers

Republican and Democrats legislators, with fired employees on hand, held a press conference at the S.C. State House Wednesday, demanding more accountability from SCE&G. The energy giant abandoned an effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear station in Fairfield County this week. “There absolutely needs to be wholesale changes in leadership,” said West Columbia Rep. Micah…

Richland County deputy takes own life in patrol car

Richland County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Derek Fish killed himself Friday, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. Fish used his service weapon – while he was on duty- to take his own life. The suicide happened in the deputy’s patrol car, Lott said at a Monday press conference. Fish, 28, died of a gunshot wound Friday night, Lott said. He shot himself…

Names released of Columbia man, woman killed in Thursday shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two individuals who died after being involved in a shooting incident at 9:45 p.m. Thursday night. The incident occurred at 7720 Parklane Road, Columbia. Aaron L. Collins, 40, of Vineyards Crossing Court, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital ER…

2 dead after shooting in Northeast Columbia, Thursday night

Two people were killed late Thursday night. A man and a woman are dead after a shooting in Northeast Columbia, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. It happened around 10 p.m.  The shooting occurred on Parklane Road at Claudia Drive, near a BP gas station. Another person was in stable condition with injuries to the lower part of the body….

Columbia’s National Night Out Kick Off is Friday at 6 p.m.

The Columbia Police Department will be a part of the National Night Out Kick Off. The event i on is Friday (July 28) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia. The 2017 National Night Out Kick Off is an annual celebration for Columbia residents featuring exhibitors, food, entertainment, door prizes, games…

Finklin Pharmacy cuts ribbon at North Main Plaza

Finklin Pharmacy had a ribbon-cutting Monday at the North Main Plaza. On hand for the event were representatives of the Columbia Empowerment Zone (CEZ), Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with other city officials. The pharmacy is part of the growth that is happening in the North Main area.  Leon Finklin is  owner of the pharmacy. It was opened because Finklin needed a…

Columbia Water offering free rain barrels for cleaner water

By Karamie Sullivan The Columbia Water office wants to educate Columbia residents on ways they can improve water quality. Rain barrel, City of Columbia photo. The city created the Bluethumb Landscaper program, which is part of the their “Stormwater Education Outreach,” to help provide some tips for keeping the city’s water cleaner. One of the ways residents can help, and…

Alonzo Van Wilson Mardi Gras costumes displayed at USC

1/3Costume Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Costume 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Costume 2 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Decorative Mardi Gras costumes with intricate beadwork, large plume feathers, and striking historical accuracy will soon be on display at USC’s McKissick Museum. The costumes were designed by Wilmington, NC native, Alonzo Van Wilson. The exhibit is titled “Well Suited:…

Columbia’s homeless students a topic at Women’s Summit, Tuesday

By Karamie Sullivan Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit. Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit meeting discussed seven focuses for Columbia’s vision statement Tuesday morning. One of the main points addressed at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, was the current status of Richland County School District One’s students, and ways their futures can be improved over the next…

More than 200 women, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine talk vision for Columbia

By Karamie Sullivan City Manager Teresa Wilson encourages “leading ladies” to uplift and empower the young women who want a seat at the table. (City of Columbia Photo) More than two-hundred women came to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Tuesday morning to hear Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine speak. The Women’s Summit meeting was specifically developed for the women of Columbia…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

$5 million bond for man with grudge, accused of running into funeral crowd

A judge set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday. James Brammer Kester, 64,  is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained…

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Car rams graveside service, man charged with 12 counts of attempted murder

Columbia Police have arrested a man after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people at a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon. James Kester, 64, has been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder, according to a Columbia Police report. Kester was in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, early Thursday morning. The…