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Rhythm on the River wraps up spring series

After September – Terry Ward photo. Show Caption Hide Caption 2 Rhythm – Terry Ward photo. Show Caption Hide Caption 1 Rhythm – Terry Ward photo. Show Caption Hide Caption  Prettier than Matt. Allen Wallace photo.  One of Lexington County’s favorite musical traditions wrapped up another season in style Saturday night. A crowd of more than 100 came to the…

Weekend rugby festival opens with historic wheelchair event

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Dunkin’ opens on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington

Dunkin donuts Show Caption Hide Caption Dunkin’s nitro cold brew drink Show Caption Hide Caption taps Show Caption Hide Caption Dunkin sign Show Caption Hide Caption Dunkin 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Dunkin 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Dunkin staff Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington Dunkin’ team takes a moment from working their second day to pose under the…

Airport High School’s Maddie Haag is “Amazing,” receives special scholarship

Maddie Haag Maddie Haag is not only a special needs student, she is special. Maddie, who has Down syndrome, was chosen Ms Amazing at Airport High School’s Miss Aquila pageant. And she finished First Runner Up in last year’s AHS Homecoming Queen voting. Friday, Maddie received a scholarship from the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club. She is enrolling at Winthrop University…

Cardinal Newman junior wins prestigious West Point Leadership Award from U.S. Military Academy

Jacqueline Johnston (right) poses with her award. Chris Timmers photo. Jacqueline Johnston, a rising senior at Cardinal Newman High School, has been awarded this year’s West Point Leadership Award by the United States Military Academy. Johnston is a young lady of talent and skill. She plays varsity soccer and volleyball, represents her class as Student Council Vice President, and has…

Deputies arrest couple on Bush River Road after finding meth, heroin, in possession

Johnston and Gilman. Booking photos. Lexington County deputies announced Friday morning the arrest of a man and a woman on drug charges after encountering the couple during a routine patrol at a Columbia motel. According to the LCSD, John Randal Johnston Jr., 48, faces multiple drug charges after deputies said they found heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and meth in his…

Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing cuts the ribbon on State Street, West Columbia

324 State St. West Columbia Show Caption Hide Caption Art in gallery Show Caption Hide Caption Art in gallery Show Caption Hide Caption Gallery Show Caption Hide Caption Rob Show Caption Hide Caption Ribbon cutting Thursday. Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing has opened at 324 State Street in West Columbia. The ribbon was cut on the shop, Thursday afternoon. The…

Active shooter vests being donated to every SC school district, announced Gov. McMaster, Sheriff Lott

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S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games conclude at Lexington High School

Brandon Caughman of Airport takes a swing in Wednesday’s contest. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The two-day S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games concluded Wednesday at Lexington High School. Day one was a true “Southern” affair as all three South teams were victorious over the North. The South won the opening contest between Classes 3A/4A by a 5-1 score, then claimed…

Motorcyclist dies in collision on Charleston Highway, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision. The incident occurred in the 3800 block of Charleston Highway just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Keven E. Brannon, 47, of Irmo was operating a motorcycle, traveling eastbound, when he collided with a southbound vehicle pulling a boat trailer as it…

Six get out of burning house in Richland County

1 fire 10 Show Caption Hide Caption 1 fire 11 Show Caption Hide Caption Crews from the Columbia Fire Department, with support from the Irmo Fire District, responded to a blaze on Barger Circle –  off of Kennerly Road- after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, firefighters found one side of a home fully engulfed in flames. The fire was contained to…

Fort Jackson celebrates 100 years, unveils new pavilions at ribbon cutting ceremony

pavilion 2 Show Caption Hide Caption pavilion Show Caption Hide Caption pavilion 3 Show Caption Hide Caption The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Tuesday at Fort Jackson’s new pavilions. BIA Facebook photos. Much has changed in the past 100 years, but through it all, Fort Jackson has remained. However, after being a staple in the Midlands for so long, a facelift…

2 from Columbia found dead in Camden

The Camden Police Department is investigating after two people were found dead in Camden Wednesday. The deceased have been identified as Josephine Barton and Kovac Bynum, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. . Kershaw County 911 received a call at 11:31 a.m. after shots were fired in the 300 block of Diceys Ford Road. Officers arrived and found the…

Former Benedict College police officer forged document to obtain job, says RCSD

Clarence Adamson, booking photo. Benedict College feature photo obtained from college’s Facebook page. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of a former Benedict College Campus police officer Wednesday afternoon. According to RCSD, Clarence Edward Adamson, 35, was arrested on forgery charges. He turned himself in Wednesday morning, and is now being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention…

Synchronized fireflies display in full swing at Congaree National Park

Photo obtained from Congaree National Park Facebook page. The Congaree National Park plays host to thousands of fireflies annually between mid-May to mid-June. The “guests” have now arrived and are fully active. Tuesday evening, park visitors were treated to another beautiful evening of synchronous fireflies. They remained active all evening and were still well-synchronized, according to park officials. There are…

Prettier Than Matt plays Rhythm on the River, Saturday – City provides parking options

Prettier Than Matt has a tendency to draw a large crowd. Saturday, Prettier Than Matt will play the last concert of the Rhythm on the River Spring Series. The show is at 6 pm at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater. About Prettier Than Matt More than just another acoustic duo, Prettier Than Matt has evolved into both an…

“Cosmically cool” exhibits to debut this summer at State Museum

SCSM photo. South Carolina State Museum representatives announced their new exhibits opening this summer, and they are “out of this world.” Kicking off what the museum dubs its “Cosmically Cool Summer” is the premiere of a new 4D movie. Fly Me to the Moon 4D will include wind gusts, seat vibrations, feet ticklers and more. Guests will be treated to…

Parents oppose plan to build cell tower on Richland Two school grounds

Kelly Mill Middle School. 1141 Kelly Mill Rd., Columbia. Drew Hill photos. Some parents of children attending Kelly Mill Middle and bordering Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland District Two, have recently become concerned with a possible new “addition” to school grounds. According to the district’s Chief Communications Officer Libby Roof, Richland Two was approached in 2016 by cell phone companies…

One rescued by CFD at La Quinta Inn fire

1 La q 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 1 a fire Show Caption Hide Caption 1 La Q Show Caption Hide Caption 1 Fire Show Caption Hide Caption 1 fire 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Fire crews are on the scene of a two-alarm fire at La Quinta Inn off of Horseshoe Drive near Two Notch Road. Multiple ladders…

S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games start Tuesday in Lexington

Blythewood pitcher Landon Lucas and head coach Banks Faulkner. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The annual S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Lexington High School. The two-day event will feature six contests, including two North vs. South Select contests which will serve as nightcaps. Representing the South Select teams are Caleb Speedy (A.C. Flora),…