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High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

Lugoff Elgin’s Alex Bowers. Photos GoFlashWin SPRING VALLEY 34 LUGOFF-ELGIN 6 In what was a four point deficit at halftime, the Vikings scored 24 points in the second half, with three touchdowns in the third quarter and picked up their first region win. Vikings had 248 yards rushing on the night. They also got some turnovers including an interception from…

High school football weekly preview, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos DUTCH FORK (5-0, 1-0) AT RIVER BLUFF (5-0) A lot of folks are deeming this the game of the week. Two undefeated teams clashing on the campus River Bluff high school for Homecoming. I talk about it every week. The Silver Foxes are just too good. Everyone knows this by now. It’s just a matter of how many…

High school football weekly review, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos DUTCH FORK 70 CHAPIN 7 Ty Olenchuck throws four touchdown passes and the Silver Foxes roll over the Eagles. Tom Knotts told media in postgame how proud he was of his defense saying that his first team unit has only given up one score all year. That’s pretty remarkable in high school football. On social media Friday, the…

Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles opening new location in Harbison area

Kiki’s new location Owner Kiki Cyrus poses in front of the soon-to-be newest Kiki’s Chicken & Waffles Show Caption Hide Caption Kiki’s signature chicken & waffles Show Caption Hide Caption Kiki’s soul food Show Caption Hide Caption Kiki’s signature chicken and waffles dish. Photos used with permission. Authentic chicken and waffles will soon be available to a new crowd of…

Main Street Columbia’s holiday ice skating rink to relocate this year

Columbia’s ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza. Photo courtesy of Howard Hunt. One of Columbia’s most loved winter activities is moving to a new location and getting a new name. Columbia’s Holiday ICE (once known as Main Street ICE), will relocate to the Harbison area at Columbiana Centre this year. In years past, the ice skating rink was set up…

Coroner identifies man after Bush River Road vehicle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle accident. It occurred Thursday, in the 5900 block of Bush River Road at approximately 11:45 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Guy Wardell Barkdull, Jr., 62, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene. Barkdull’s vehicle left the road to the left side, travelled down an embankment,…

Body found in the Piney Grove Road area

Lexington County deputies are investigating a death after a body was found in a wooded area off of Piney Grove Road. The body that was found in the area may have been at the site for at least a few weeks, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies are not looking for suspects and they do not believe there…

High school football weekly preview, by Tyler Cupp

Cheraw football stadium. Photo from Cheraw asst. football coach Twitter account. Finally, back to football. After Hurricane Florence made its way to the coast and into the Carolinas, high school football obviously became an afterthought. But now, the state moves on and resumes play. With the ruling earlier this week from the South Carolina High School League to extend the…

South Carolina State Fair’s “FRED” selling discounted fair tickets across Midlands

View from ferris wheel, State Fair 2017. Karamie Sullivan photo The South Carolina State Fair is only three weeks away. Some make it a point to buy tickets ahead of time, to prepare for the event. Others prefer to wait until they reach the fairgrounds to purchase their admission tickets. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, officials from the…

19-year-old dies in I-26 collision, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred on I-26 westboud near exit 104 Wednesday morning around 5:20 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Austin William Dugar, 19, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to injuries sustained in the collision. Dugar, who is believed…

High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos IRMO 28 BROOKLAND-CAYCE 14 After getting shut out by Dutch Fork a week prior, the Irmo Yellow Jackets bounced back with a win over B-C. What really jumped out to me in this game was Omarion Dolleson, who starts at receiver for Irmo, actually played some running back Friday. Kendrell Flowers is apparently still nursing an ankle sprain….

Hundreds participate in Great Inflatable Race to benefit Lighthouse for Life

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Dutch Fork heads to Boiling Springs for road opener

Dutch Fork linebacker Anthony DeMasi hits Irmo quarterback John Ragin during the Aug. 31 game. Thomas Grant photo. Before the cancelled season-opener against Mallard Creek, Dutch Fork head coach Tom Knotts questioned the motivation of his two-time defending Class 5A champions. “Right now, I haven’t found it because right now they’re not very hungry,” Knotts said at the time. “I…

High school football weekly preview, by Tyler Cupp

Sword & Saber trophy. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne photography. SPRING VALLEY (1-1) vs RICHLAND NORTHEAST (1-1) One of the more underrated and long going rivalries in the Midlands, these two schools have met every year dating back to 1978. The last win for the Cavs in the series came when they won back to back meetings in 2010-2011….

Lexington/Richland District 5 to implement new safety rules at athletic events

Thomas Grant photo Chapin will play its home opener Friday against Newberry at Cecil Woolbright Field. It will be the first Lexington/Richland School District Five school to implement new safety measures announced Tuesday. Among the new rules: The district will now implement handheld metal detectors to screen all spectators, starting with Chapin football then continuing to Irmo and Dutch Fork…

High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

Lexington sophomore Cal Herndon. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne Photography. LEXINGTON 21 GILBERT 14 The Wildcat defense is for real. On paper, this team has contained some really talented offenses the last three weeks. I am so impressed by what I have read and heard about Lexington. One had to think this Wildcat D would be tested against a…

Allen University makes football return, hosted by Irmo High School

Allen University’s Joseph Moultrie attempts to recover the blocked punt in the endzone. It ended up as a safety. Thomas Grant photos. Football will be “buzzing” throughout the fall at W.C. Hawkins Stadium. The regular season has already started for the host team, Irmo High School. This fall, another “Yellow Jackets” team will call the stadium home – Allen University….

High school football week 2 preview, by Tyler Cupp

Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne photography. CHAPIN AT LUGOFF-ELGIN Last meeting: Chapin won 24-21 in 2009. Eagles lead the all-time series 14-4 Two young teams battle it out trying to find their footing. Both LE and Chapin have young, but talented offensive lines. The Demons are looking for more positive plays on both sides of the ball after falling…

Friends seeking help for former Dutch Fork football standout fighting aggressive cancer

Michael Gasparato. Thomas Grant photos. Friends of former Dutch Fork running back Michael “Gas” Gasparato are seeking the public’s health in his fight against cancer. Back in January, the 36-year-old had a tumor for testicular cancer removed. His 6-week followup appointment showed no signs of cancer in his body. After pushing a blocking sled, Gasparato had his back X-rayed for…

Body recovered from Irmo pond

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a body recovered from a pond in the 100 block of Pale Ivy Lane at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, the body of Mr. Tao Gao, 42, of Irmo, was recovered by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team. No foul play is suspected at this time.  However, an autopsy has…

Dutch Fork routs Spring Valley 63-0 in opener

Thomas Grant photo. During the preseason, Dutch Fork head football coach Tom Knotts questioned his team’s hunger to win a third consecutive Class 5A title. After having to wait an extra week to open the season, the Silver Foxes showed an appetite for domination Friday against Spring Valley. They routed the Vikings 63-0 to claim their 13th consecutive overall victory….

Bush River Road exit relocation a hot topic at SCDOT’s Carolina Crossroads public hearing

hearing Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 2 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 3 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 4 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 5 Show Caption Hide Caption public hearing comment sheet Show Caption Hide Caption The public hearing was held at the Columbia Conference Center. Photos provided by Sara Still. The South Carolina Department…