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Solar farm coming to Cayce, beside SCE&G HQ

A firm is developing a 1.62 megawatt solar facility in the Otarre development corridor off of I-77, beside South Carolina Electric and Gas. The 6,156-panel facility is expected to be completed by November. The area where the solar farm is going is in the 12th Street Extension portion of Cayce. TIG Sun Energy IV has been chosen by SCE&G to develop the…

Town of Swansea receives grant funds for new waterlines

Left to Right: Rick Bryan, Swansea Utility Manager; Council Member Linda Butler; Senator Nikki G. Setzler; Mayor Ray Spires; Council Member Jerald Sanders. (Photo Submitted) The Town of Swansea has received a $498,500 Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA.) grant. MPA Strategies announced the details of the grant Wednesday. The funds will go toward improvements of the town’s deteriorating water system. That…

Roads bill tax hikes coming for vehicle services beginning July 1

  Beginning July 1, 2017, people who purchase or register vehicles in South Carolina will owe a new type of fee, replacing the sales tax they’re used to paying. The tax increases were noted in a press release Thursday. The changes you will see on July 1 reflect the first phase of implementation of the Roads Bill. Below are  details…

Gamecocks Jake Bentley, Jacob August work out with special kids

1/3Gamecock QB Jake Bentley Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Jacob August, Gamecock tight end Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Players and M.A.T.E.S. staff Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The children of Camp M.A.T.E.S.’s summer camp welcomed a couple of surprise visitors, Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Bentley, and tight end Jacob August of USC’s football team participated in the MATES yoga class….

Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

West Columbia is a magnet for new business

1/6Sunset Boulevard thriving Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Brookland Construction Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6New housing, to the right Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Fountain in Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Meeting at State Streets Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia is a hotspot for new business. “We try to be friendly to business,” said…

House of Raeford donates almost $15K to help victims of human trafficking

 By Karamie Sullivan There will soon be a new facility in Richland County to house minors who have been victims of human trafficking. The safe house, known as Karis Home, has been funded in large part by House of Raeford, the poultry processing plant in West Columbia. House of Raeford’s outreach program FLOCK, has partnered with Lighthouse for Life.  …

Lake Murray Poker Run raises $45,000 for Children’s Chance to fight cancer

By Karamie Sullivan They came from all over to help children with cancer. Boaters traveled from Florida, Virginia, New York, and South Carolina to Chapin’s Rusty Anchor restaurant over the weekend for the fourth annual Lake Murray Poker Run. The fund-raising event is hosted by Children’s Chance, a non-profit organization that helps families of children facing pediatric cancer. The event…

Biggest LMC baby ever? Colin weighed 14 pounds at birth

You’re gonna need a bigger diaper. Colin Austin Keisler is the heaviest baby ever born at Lexington Medical Center, as far as anyone can remember. He was born on Friday morning to Lexington’s Cindy Richmond (she kept her maiden name) and her husband Arthur Keisler. Colin weighed 14 pounds and 0.4 ounces. He was 24 inches long. He’s the size…

Autopsy did not confirm drowning as cause of death for man pulled from river

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the preliminary autopsy findings of William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston. It was believed Leeman drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo on Sunday. But according to Fisher, the preliminary autopsy findings were unable to confirm that Leeman’s death was the result of drowning. Therefore, additional studies, including toxicology testing, are…

Lexington County deputy leads kids’ ‘Summer Adventure Squad’

Catching fish, making healthy snacks and learning about animals might sound like sound like summertime fun, but Lexington County Deputy David Burns believes it’s all about learning. “Those are life lessons. We go on the river canoeing and kayaking, we’ve got to respect the water. So they’re life lessons, it’s things that they’re going to carry, it’s memories that they’re…

Lexington County Coroner investigates second Saluda River drowning of weekend

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of a person believed to have drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Fisher states that William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston was pulled from the water by someone on the river in a canoe. The person performed CPR on Leeman.  Upon arrival of  Lexington County…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care Fair in Columbia packs the house

Leeza Gibbons gained international fame as the longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, and her work as a journalist made her an Emmy winner, but the University of South Carolina alumna has never forgotten her home. Gibbons, who grew up in Irmo, was in Columbia Saturday to host the first Dare2Care Fair at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The day included…

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, is new Miss South Carolina

1/3Suzi Roberts during talent competition. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Miss SC, Suzi Roberts, of Columbia. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Suzi being crowned. Show Caption Hide Caption The newest Miss South Carolina calls the state’s capital city home. Suzi Roberts, Miss Columbia 2017, won the Miss South Carolina crown at Saturday’s night’s finals at the Township Auditorium. Roberts, who finished as…

Two people killed on I-20, emergency responders injured, early Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the persons killed in two early morning car accidents on I-20 Eastbound at Mile Marker 39 in Lexington County on Saturday. At approximately 4 a.m. Fisher states that Caleb Joseph Metz, 26, of North Augusta. died at the scene from the injuries he received in the accident when the vehicle…

One person killed in early morning I-20 crash in Lexington County

One person was killed in a an early Saturday morning crash in Lexington County. A westbound 2006 four-door Chevrolet crossed the median on I-20 at Milemarker 39, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway patrol. The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. The Chevrolet collided with a 2013 four-door Hyundai. The driver of the Chevrolet was killed. The…

Lexington Police issue sketch of suspect

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual who attempted a strong arm robbery of an elderly victim. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, a male approached an 88 -year-old victim at the Quality Inn, at 328 West Main St. The suspect pressed an unknown object to the back of the victim’s head and attempted…

West Columbia Solar Fest West to include live music, food trucks, eclipse education stations

The City of West Columbia is holding the Solar Fest West event to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, from noon –until-  4 p.m, at the Wyman M. “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Solar Fest West will feature live music from Seventy Six and Sunny with Prettier than Matt, food trucks, a beer…

Cayce Public Safety seeks help to identify robbery suspect

The picture included is of a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 2500 Charleston Highway in Cayce, on Monday. Photos of suspect from Cayce Public Safety. The suspect is described as a thin black male wearing a black long sleeve shirt with black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask.  The subject threatened…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care charity event comes to Columbia Saturday

The Dare2Care Reception and Live Auction promotes a culture of Kindness in Columbia. It’s planned for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Proceeds go to help Columbia-based Leeza’s Care Connection of the Midlands. Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy Award winner and health advocate. Her Dare2Care event with a Gratitude Event and Take the Dare live auction is on Saturday from 5…

Lexington County teens arrested, accused of vandalizing church

Two Lexington County teens face numerous charges related to a series of crimes this week. Tristian Harmon of Leesville and Skylar Shuey of Gilbert broke into Bethlehem Baptist Church where they vandalized property and broke into a safe, according to investigators. Detectives have also tied the 17-year-olds to car break-ins and the theft of a golf cart near the church….

Cayce Historical Museum celebrates 25 years

The Cayce Historical Museum celebrated 25 years of operation Saturday. An event was held among friends, volunteers and longtime supporters, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. At the casual dinner at the Farm Bureau building in Cayce, the Museum Commission and staff reflected on the individuals responsible for making the museum possible. John Ellisor, the founder of the Cayce Historical Museum,…

Man killed while running in Lexington Wednesday is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after being struck by a vehicle while jogging on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, early Wednesday morning. According to Fisher, John Flanagan, 38, of Lexington was struck while jogging just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday.  Flanagan was transported to an area hospital, where he later died as the result of…

Miss South Carolina contestants in Columbia, get free McDonald’s meal

By Karamie Sullivan Two Columbia McDonald’s restaurants welcomed the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant contestants Wednesday for lunch. The Miss SC contestants were hosted by the McDonald’s on Garners Ferry Road, while the Miss SC Teen contestants were given lunch at the Clemson Road location. Both the Miss SC and Miss Teen SC pageants’ preliminary competition…

Coroner releases identity of pedestrian fatally struck by van

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle, Tuesday. The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on U.S. 178 near Batesburg-Leesville. According to Fisher, Ryan Kneece, 27, of Batesburg was walking in the road when he was struck by a 2007 Ford van. Kneece was pronounced dead at the…