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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…

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…

S.C. National Guard Air and Ground Expo is next Saturday and Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard will open its doors for the Air and Ground Expo. It’s happening May 6-7, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina. This is a free event, open to the public, and will feature both aerial and static displays. Parking for the event will open at 8 a.m. both days with event gates…

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:…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Clothier LuLaRoe locating distribution center in Richland County, creating 1,000 jobs

LuLaRoe, a national provider of women’s and men’s clothing, is locating a new distribution center in Richland County. The project is expected to bring approximately $35 million of new capital investment and create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. The project was announced by the office of Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday afternoon in a release. Located at…

South Carolina veterans rally at the State House Tuesday

Veterans rally at the State House (Photos Terry Ward) South Carolina veterans held a rally at the State House in Columbia on Tuesday. The rally was an effort to promote better healthcare services for veterans. Somer were in wheel chairs and other had oxygen tanks in tow. Speakers told about time in prison camps and their days of combat. The…

Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date TBD

Click for link to info. Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date To Be Determined The Township Auditorium Foundation will be presenting the Grass Is Dead from  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday (April 27.) It is a free concert and it will take place in the loading dock area directly behind the Township Auditorium. It’s a night…

Columbia SAFE Federal Credit Union branch robbed

The  SAFE Federal Credit Union, Garners Ferry branch, at 7836 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, was robbed shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, according to Kevin Tanzillo speaking for SAFE. Richland County Sheriff’s Department Photo. The branch will remain closed on Monday in order to facilitate an investigation by the Richland County Sherriff’s Department. SAFE plans to reopen the branch location as…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) “We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

Easter Bunny visits Columbia

1/4Easter Bunny visits kids Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Games Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Easter celebration at the ball park Show Caption Hide Caption Easter Bunny in Columbia. (Photos by Terry Ward) The City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin held the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday. The event included an Easter Egg…

Congaree National Park to conduct controlled burns

Congaree National Park Photo Congaree National Park plans to complete a controlled burn on approximately 680 acres of park woodlands during the month of April or early May. The purpose of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildfire to park resources and neighbors, enhance habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restore fire in the…

Richland County government offices close at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, Richland County Government offices will close at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 5, with the exception of essential personnel. Emergency officials continue to monitor weather models and have been preparing for severe weather response. Today’s early release is to not cause alarm, but to ensure employees have adequate time to safely commute home before some of the heaviest…

Pedestrian dies after being hit in Hopkins, identity being withheld for now

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is releasing information regarding a pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night sometime prior to 10 p.m. in the 4200 block of Leesburg Road, Hopkins. The identity of the 56-year-old male is being withheld at this time until next of kin can be notified.  The victim was transported from the scene…

Experience the World at the Columbia International Festival, Saturday, Sunday

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Two Columbia men arrested on child pornography charges

Jeffrey Fasick, 41,and Kevin Loan, 36, both of Columbia, have been charged in connected to sexual exploitation of minors, according to SC Attorney General Alan Wilson. Fasick was arrested on March 16. He is charged with one count sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and two counts of sexual…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…