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Woman killed in collision Friday was Lexington County EMS technician

 The Lexington County public information office said a woman killed Friday morning in an auto accident was a county employee.  Carmen Nunez “It is with heavy hearts, and great sorrow, that the County of Lexington Public Safety Department announces the death of Emergency Medical Services’ Pfc. Carmen Nunez following a fatal collision early Friday morning. Link to crash information At…

Lexington County detour on I-20 at SC 6 begins Friday night

The SC 6 westbound exit ramp (Exit 55A) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday and Saturday night (June 9 and 10) for road shoulder reconstruction. Motorists heading west who want to take Exit 55A should proceed to Exit 51 and turn onto Northbound Long Ponds Road. At the next intersection (Two Notch Road), traffic will take…

Coroner identifies 2 people killed in Friday morning crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identities of two people killed in a two-vehicle early morning accident. The accident occurred in the 1500 block of St. Matthews Road (Hwy 6) in Swansea on Friday. At approximately 07:20 a.m. vehicle being operated by Jimmie Lee Haygood, Jr., 29-years-old, of Orangeburg crossed over the center lane of St. Matthews Road…

2 killed in Lexington County crash, Friday morning

Two people died in a head-on collision in Lexington County Friday morning. A 2006 Nissan crossed the center line of SC Highway 6 outside of Swansea and collided with a 2016 Nissan, said Lance Cpl David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 7:20 a.m. Jones said the driver of the 2006 Nissan was entrapped and pronounced…

Lexington Hometown Sears store plans “refresh”

Sears Hometown Store in Lexington is planning a refresh and a grand reopening celebration June 16-17. The announcement of the refresh came a day after Sears said it will close 72 Sears stores, auto centers and K-Mart stores. During the celebration weekend of the Sears Lexington store, customers will be offered discounts on almost everything in the store, according to a…

Richland Library Ballentine Grand Opening Celebration is Tuesday

Experience the new Ballentine library from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday (June 13.) Richland Library commemorates the completion of its new Ballentine location,  at 1200 Dutch Fork Road. The community is invited to take part in a grand opening celebration, which will include activities, music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with Richland Library staff and local officials….

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

Batesburg-Leesville considering hospitality tax

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council discussed the the feasibility of a hospitality tax, Monday at a work session, according to Ted Luckadoo, B-L’s town manager. Luckadoo detailed the hospitality tax meeting in a press release. A local hospitality tax of 2% sales tax would be added to prepared food and beverages. Its revenue would be used for projects related to tourism,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

DNR issues summary of double-fatality Lake Murray boat accident

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources released a detailed report of an April boat accident on Lake Murray that resulted in the death of two men. Danny Phillips and Shawn Lanier died in the April 21 crash. The summary confirms an earlier report that said Phillips, driving a bass boat, did not give way to  a 32-ft. power boat.  The bigger boat was driven…

PaleoPalooza, day of fossils, dinosaurs, at the S.C. State Museum, June 17

Experience a special day full of fossils, dinosaurs, natural history and more, June 17

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate all things paleontology, Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will get to meet a paleontologist, skype with scientists in the jungles of Panama, make their own fossils, see live birds of prey and more during this full day of natural history. Guests will also get a chance to meet…

Columbia’s last Sears store closing, West Columbia K-Mart not on close list

Sears announced Wednesday that 72 more stores are being closed nationwide. On the list is the Sears store and Auto Center on Two Notch Road at the Columbia Place Mall. The closing list of stores includes 49 K-Marts, 16 Sears and and seven Sears auto centers. Click for closing list on Business Insider The Columbia Sears store will close in…

More human remains found in H. L. Hunley

North Charleston – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the , the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save the pioneering vessel have a new understanding of just how cramped and intimidating it must have been for the eight-man crew in 1864 when they cranked the Hunley into world history. Working in the…

“Thermal injuries” cause of death in Tuesday night fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the cause of death of the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred Tuesday night on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. According to  Fisher, autopsy findings confirmed that Aiyanna Shaw, 6, died due to thermal injuries sustained in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation by multiple…

Chapin man accused of trying to burn up his family

A Lexington County man is charged with three counts of attempted murder after family members told deputies he poured gasoline inside his Chapin home and attempted to ignite it with them inside. Mark Allen Bell, 47, is accused of pouring gasoline on the floor and throwing it on multiple people while making threats Tuesday morning, according to arrest warrants. “Those…

Lexington County man wanted on murder charge turns himself in

 A Lexington County man charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting last month turned himself in early Wednesday morning. Jeremy Antonio Williams is accused of shooting Derrick James Jones multiple times on Hampton Road May 30, according to the arrest warrant. Williams was served with two additional warrants Wednesday. “Williams is also charged with possession of a weapon…

Lexington County Fire Service reports details of fatal fire

Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and EMS personnel to the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road at 10 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to a residential structure fire. Click for link to initial story: Child dies in residential fire Before arriving on scene, firefighters were informed that an individual may have been entrapped in the home. Upon arrival, firefighters entered…

Six-year-old dies in residential fire in West Columbia

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, on Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. Aiyanna Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, according to Fisher. The victim, age 6, was a resident of the home.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.  The…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

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Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor, says report

Lexington is Columbia’s next major retail corridor according to a report on Collier’s International-South Carolina Webpage. A partial report is listed under Quarter One 2017 of the “Columbia Retail Market Report.” The report reads: “The Lexington County retail corridor is a 2-mile stretch along Sunset Boulevard from North Lake Drive to the Target-anchored Lexington Pavilion shopping center. The corridor is booming,…

Ribbon cut on Batteries + Bulbs store in West Columbia

The ribbon was cut on the new Batteries + Bulbs store at  2400-B Augusta Rd. in West Columbia , Tuesday morning. Pictured are: Dondee Lewis of the Greater-Cayce West Columbia Chamber Board, Anna Huffman, public information officer for the City of West Columbia, B.J. Unthank, economic development director, City of West Columbia, Todd Karnes, manager of Batteries + Bulbs, Bates…

Ft. Jackson celebrates its 100th birthday with concert party for everyone

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Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market offers food and fun on a warm Saturday morning

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Blythewood Rodeo opens Friday, resumes late Saturday afternoon

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