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Wingard’s Market holds Art in the Garden

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River Bluff rallies to defeat Gilbert, and remain undefeated

River Bluff quarterback Michael Rikard is sacked by Gilbert’s Darrius Bell. For the second straight contest, the River Bluff football team faced its biggest deficit of the season. Just like the previous game against Lugoff-Elgin, the Gators used a dominant second-half surge to extend its best start in school history. In spoiling Gilbert’s “Homecoming” Friday with a 42-30 road victory,…

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…

Police investigate credit card fraud after suspect allegedly stole wallet from Lidl shopper

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West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees draws largest crowd ever

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Designers release video of planned West Columbia enabling park by the river

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Lexington County woman dies in Pond Branch Road crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single- vehicle accident. It occurred in the 4500 block of Pond Branch Road at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Ms. Rhonda Rebecca Hartley, 30, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Ms. Hartley’s vehicle crossed the center…

Weather-related incidents reported by Lexington County officials

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Lexington County Emergency Operations Center enters OPCON 3, flooding and tornadoes possible

Karamie Sullivan- file photo Lexington County officials reported Friday morning their Emergency Operations Center has entered “operational condition three,” which is a partial activation of the county’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence. OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to be ready for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of…

Richland, Lexington counties under tropical storm, flash flood watch, up-to 6 inches of rain predicted

The impact from Hurricane Florence is expected to be felt in Columbia Friday. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. It is on a path to move west Friday into South Carolina. The storm Friday morning was expected to make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina. The latest information on the storm was released…

City of West Columbia prepares as Hurricane Florence approaches, Riverwalk closed

Expect the Congaree River to rise, like it did in the 2015 flood. With Hurricane Florence approaching, officials in West Columbia are in hyper-busy mode getting ready. “The City’s emergency response team is preparing for the storm,” said Anna Huffman, West Columbia’s Public Information officer. To do that several departments are coordinating, trying to make sure all bases are covered….

SCE&G is increasing flows into the Lower Saluda River

SCE&G is increasing flows into the Lower Saluda River to the Red Range in an effort to lower the lake level prior to arrival of Hurricane Florence. This will increase river levels on both the Lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers. This will also result in a drop in dissolved oxygen in the Lower Saluda River below state standards. SCE&G will…

Gov. McMaster implementing total lane reversal on 4 major roads, beginning Tuesday

Governor Henry McMaster announced Monday around 3 p.m., that there will be mandatory evacuations in eight different counties down the coast of the state, due to Hurricane Florence. Because of the evacuations, three highways and one interstate will have complete lane reversals, beginning Tuesday at noon. According to McMaster, the four roads with lane reversals will be: -I-26, from the…

All Richland, Lexington County schools to be closed, Tuesday

All Richland and Lexington County schools will be closed starting Tuesday, according to a Lexington County Twitter post. The cancellation is an order from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. Schools will be closed in the following counties: Aiken; Allendale; Bamberg; Beaufort; Barnwell; Berkeley; Calhoun; Charleston; Colleton; Clarendon; Darlington; Dillon; Dorchester; Florence; Georgetown; Hampton; Horry; Jasper; Lexington; Lee; Marion; Marlboro; Orangeburg; Richland;…

Lexington County advises pond owners to lower water

Old Mill Pond Lexington. County of Lexington emergency officials are monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and advise that local pond and dam owners begin lowering water levels ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to arrive at the state’s coast Thursday evening. Officials said that the storm is expected to bring heavy wind and rain to the Midlands area,…

Lexington County sex offender sentenced to 13 years

Steven E. Mays, Jr- Solicitor’s office photo. Steven E. Mays, Jr., 41, has pleaded guilty in Lexington County to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – second degree. Mays was sentenced to 13 years incarceration by Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown. This crime is classified under South Carolina law as a “no parole” offense. Eleventh Circuit Senior Assistant Solicitor…

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….

Coroner identifies man shot and killed in Lexington

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal shooting. The shooting occurred at approximately 8 p.m., Friday in the 1100 block of Kenneth Drive in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mr. Edward Douglas Reaves, 26, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. The investigation by the…