Local Voices

Local businesses repair ’88 Ford as homecoming present for new Marine

Micah poses in front of his new truck Friday afternoon. Photos provided by the Wooten family. One young Newberry resident was the recipient of a big surprise Friday afternoon. Micah Wooten, a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter, just completed the recruiting process to become a Marine. His father, Matt Wooten, was confident his son would complete the defining right-of-passage during training, known…

“The Cupid Crew” surprises senior residents with Valentine’s roses

Cupid-Crew-5 Emily Gillman (right) with resident, and Oakleaf employee. Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-7 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-8 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-10 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-6 Show Caption Hide Caption Cupid-Crew-9 Show Caption Hide Caption Volunteers…

Chapin woman finds alligator in backyard koi pond near Lake Murray

30 inch alligator found in Faircloth’s back yard. Photo provided. Donna Faircloth has been a Chapin resident since 1972.  Her house on Jake Meetze Road is not lakefront property, although there are many houses nearby that are. Some people have claimed to see alligators in the lake over the years, although Faircloth said she had never seen one herself. But…

Chapin man’s family heirloom returned after being found in Pennsylvania antique store

bolton-lighter-2 Show Caption Hide Caption boton-lighter-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Sam-Bolton Show Caption Hide Caption Samuel Bolton III, with a picture of his father, Samuel Bolton Jr., and the antique lighter. Photos provided. One piece of family history found its way back home to Chapin resident Samuel Bolton Monday afternoon. He was contacted by a stranger named Jamie through Facebook…

Hire Me SC campaign promotes hiring of people with disabilities

Hire-Me-SC-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Hire-Me-SC-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Hire-Me-SC-3-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos courtesy of Hire Me SC. South Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation for people with disabilities, and because of a law passed 80 years ago, many of those who do have jobs are paid far less than minimum wage….

Hundreds gather for Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence

MWADV3 Show Caption Hide Caption Speaker Nykeshia Means, domestic violence survivor Show Caption Hide Caption MWADV5 Show Caption Hide Caption MWADV2 Show Caption Hide Caption MWADV1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning in Columbia’s Finlay Park to raise awareness of the ongoing plague of domestic violence in South Carolina. The 12th Mayor’s Walk…

Serve & Connect creates GoFundMe accounts for Florence officers shot in line of duty

Fallen Florence officer Terrence Carraway. Photo retrieved from Facebook. In response to the loss of Florence police investigator Terrence Carraway and six other wounded officers, Serve and Connect, along with the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, the S.C. Police Chiefs Association, and the S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program, is reaching out to the community for support. Serve & Connect has…

Senior Resources honors Columbia first responders in remembrance of 9/11

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Local artist experiences blindness, develops “paint braille system” to continue doing what he loves

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Children’s Chance honors Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month with Rally for the Ribbon

Rally for the Ribbon 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Boone with Children’s Chance Mascot Show Caption Hide Caption Rally for the Ribbon 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Rally for the Ribbon 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Participants in Rally for the Ribbon met at the State House Sunday afternoon. Allen Wallace photos. Eli has a Mohawk now. The 13-year-old’s hair…

Blythewood couple share “first fruits” with community

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Calling all elementary teachers: nominate your class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on 94.3 The Dude

Students say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, why not have their voices heard on the radio? Elementary school teachers of the Midlands are eligible to nominate their class to be recorded and played on 94.3 The Dude. The classrooms who wish to participate will have their students audio recorded in school reciting the Pledge, and played on…

Blythewood man ready to tackle 500-mile hike in Spain

Lane training for his hike. Jeanne Reynolds photo. By Jeanne Reynolds Larry Lane is getting ready to celebrate his newly minted master’s degree with a trip to Europe. But don’t expect to find the Blythewood resident sightseeing in major cities, sipping lattes in quaint cafes or relaxing on the Riviera. Instead, he’s marking the milestone with a 500-mile hike. “I’ve…

Local artist, “The Chicken Man” thankful for his Columbia fans

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LCSD employee named “correctional officer of the year” after saving inmate’s life

Reggie Lighty. LCSD photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department made an announcement Tuesday afternoon acknowledging one correctional officer for saving a life.  Reggie Lighty works at the Lexington County Detention Center, and experienced a situation where he acted quickly to prevent an inmate from ending their own life, according to the department. “These inmates, they might have done something or…

From police officer to city administrator, Brian Carter proud to serve West Columbia

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Col. Mel Seboe, 45 years with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and still going

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Cayce resident taking 96 mile hike to raise money for Alzheimer’s

1/3Joseph with her grandma and grandpa Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Joseph and siblings with her grandparents Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Laura Joseph Show Caption Hide Caption Laura Joseph. Photos provided. Laura Joseph has taken it upon herself to spread the word about Alzheimer’s awareness to everyone who will listen.  She said she talks about it all the time. Soon she…

Midlands Media Group introduces FIZZ, internet radio site

Click for link to FIZZ Radio The owners of 94.3 The Dude, and ColaDaily have incorporated another media outlet. Link to FIZZ Radio – The Sound of Soda City FIZZ – The Sound of Soda City, is a local internet radio format that is specifically geared toward the Columbia area. The type of music FIZZ offers is “Album Adult Alternative,” similar…

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Protesters exhort Trump, McMaster: ‘You represent us, too’

Hundreds, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gather in Columbia to send message to political leaders

As America’s political divide deepens, protesters assembled Monday on Presidents Day at the S.C. State House to send a message to President Donald Trump and the state’s new – and unelected – Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Though living in an unmistakably red state, a group of nearly 600 people from across South Carolina – along with representatives from a wide…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Organizers planning ‘People’s March’ on Columbia

Aim is to spotlight “human rights” concerns to new Gov. Henry McMaster and, by extension, President Trump

Organizers are working to bring thousands of peaceful protesters to Columbia from across the state later this month to send a “strong message” to new S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and President Donald Trump. Image provided “The People’s March on Columbia,” slated for President’s Day, February 20, at the S.C. State House, is a call to action, said chief organizer, Pastor…