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Volunteers come together for the Saying Grace Hunger Project, at Spring Valley High School

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International Day of Peace observed at State House

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Soda City FC soccer debuts

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Columbia’s annual Greek Festival is packed as ever

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Jubilee: Festival of Black History, Culture celebrated

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Newest festival is Glass Half Full Fest

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Wingard’s Market holds Art in the Garden

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New robotic Aflac ducks bring cheer to kids fighting cancer

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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,…

Lexington County man killed on bicycle in hit-and-run incident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred Friday in the 300 block of Main Street in Gaston at approximately 5:50 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Samson Sharpe, 54, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Sharpe was riding his bicycle in…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees raises over $31,000

City of West Columbia photo. The West Columbia Beautification Foundation held its 4th Annual Tribute for Trees Gala on Tuesday. The gala raised more than $31,000, including a $10,000 donation from Soda City Friends. All of the money raised is dedicated to planting trees, shrubbery, and flowers along Sunset Boulevard and Augusta Highway to beautify roadways in the city. Foundation…

Richland County residents urged to take precautions against mosquitoes

Wikipedia photo Although Richland County was spared from widespread flooding after Tropical Storm Florence, rain-filled containers and small areas of standing water could raise the risk of a familiar threat: mosquitoes. Residents are asked to take preventative actions, such as overturning containers and clearing drainage areas to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes. Though the County has not seen a spike…

Lexington Two employees recognized with service awards

Dawn Kujawa photo. By Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Communications Director Nearly 60 employees of Lexington Two were recognized for their service Thursday. Awards were presented for 10, 20 and 30 years of service in Lexington Two during a reception before the monthly Board of Trustees meeting. Among the recipients, their schools and years of service: AIRPORT HIGH 10 years: Sarah…

State House Butterfly Release celebrates survivors, commemorates the victims, of ovarian cancer

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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…

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Clint Patrick Young, 24, of Columbia, on eleven charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted…

Gaston man being charged with felony animal abuse after operating on dog

Carson Cowles. Booking photo provided Lexington County Animal Services officers have charged a Gaston man with felony animal abuse Wednesday for allegedly cutting out a tumor from his dog’s abdomen after finding out veterinarian costs would be too high to perform the procedure. Carson Lamar Cowles, 59, has been charged with one count of ill treatment toward animals, which is…

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…

Man accused of homicide in West Columbia found, arrested in Arizona

Jamal Coburn. LCSD provided photo The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday morning that the man investigators said is responsible for a West Columbia homicide has been arrested. He was found in Arizona by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, according to the release. Jamal Devontae Coburn, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday on a murder charge stemming from the…

State Museum transforming into “Museum of Oz” for Halloween

State Museum provided photo Lovers of the classic 1939 Judy Garland movie, The Wizard of Oz, should follow the “yellowbrick road” all the way to the South Carolina State Museum sometime between Sept. 29 and Nov. 4. The month-long Halloween adventure will offer various shows and events as the museum transforms into “The Museum of Oz.” The Wizard of Oz…

South Carolina State Fair’s “FRED” selling discounted fair tickets across Midlands

View from ferris wheel, State Fair 2017. Karamie Sullivan photo The South Carolina State Fair is only three weeks away. Some make it a point to buy tickets ahead of time, to prepare for the event. Others prefer to wait until they reach the fairgrounds to purchase their admission tickets. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, officials from the…