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Colonial times return to Cayce with 12,000 Year History Park Event

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Columbia literary festival opens with award-winning author

IMG_5458 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_5460 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_5459 Show Caption Hide Caption Dorothy Allison holding her Southern Truth Award. Allen Wallace photos. The fourth annual Deckle Edge literary festival opened Friday night with perhaps its most famous guest yet. Dorothy Allison, author of the best-selling and award-winning novel “Bastard Out of Carolina,” delivered the festival’s keynote address…

3-year-old killed in pedestrian collision, Columbia Police investigating

Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook said the CPD’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred Thursday at the intersection of Duke Avenue and Lamar Street. As a result, the 3-year-old victim, identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as Jayana Summers died from blunt force trauma after being struck by a vehicle. Her 23-year-old mother…

Largest hospital expansion in state history completed at Lexington Medical Center

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Lexington takes comeback victory at Segra Park

Thomas Grant photos. Down 7-0 in the bottom second Thursday, the Lexington High School baseball team could have folded Thursday night at Segra Park. A.C. Flora was the Wildcats’ third straight ranked non-region foe. A loss would not have damaged their post-season hopes compared to upcoming Region 5-5A games the next three weeks in Chapin, Dutch Fork and River Bluff….

Palmetto Experience holds ribbon cutting for river meeting facility, Thursday

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Publix to open a GreenWise Market in Lexington

Rendering of a GreenWise store in Florida. Publix is planning to open a GreenWise Market in Lexington. It will be one of several new locations throughout the South, according to SuperMarket News. Sized at around 25,000 sq.-ft., GreenWise Markets – similar to Fresh Market or Whole Foods stores- are aimed at customers focused on healthy lifestyles and “foodies” looking to…

March Madness is energizing Columbia’s Vista

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Coroner says pedestrian fatally struck by train was deaf

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of being struck by a train near the intersection of Chapel Road and Lois Lane in West Columbia. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday. Kenneth W. Zeigler, 59, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. According to the coroner, Zeigler…

Pedestrian killed after being hit by train

LCSD photo. The Lexington County Fire Service, EMS and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a train versus pedestrian collision at Lois Lane and Chapel Road, around 9:30 a.m. near South Congaree. Emergency Medical Services determined that the pedestrian died on scene. Lexington County Coroner has been notified. LCSD will investigate further. Look for LCSD updates via their social media channels….

Not your average tea: The Favored Life Kombucha Bar opens in Columbia

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Junior Cotillion director teaches students life skills, ballroom dancing for 25th year

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Kinship Care Day at State House to support families taking in related children

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Spring Hill High School, River Bluff High School named as Palmetto’s Finest

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman (left) presents Spring Hill High’s principal Michael Lofton with the school’s award. Lexington School District One’s River Bluff High School, and Lexington-Richland District Five’s Spring Hill High School were the two Midlands schools to be named Palmetto’s Finest by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. The announcement was made Tuesday as staff members…

West Columbia Fire Department donates $30,000 in equipment for student training

Lexington 2 Innovation Center students, and Instructor David Crossland. West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith told West Columbia City Council Monday that the WCFD has donated its retired equipment to students of the Lexington School District Two Innovation Center. The WCFD has given retired firefighter coats, pants, helmets and boots, and fire hose to the school for use in training….

Lexington Chick-fil-A reopening in new building after five month closure

Lexington Chick-fil-A Facebook photo. Lexington residents have been waiting for the return of the Chick-fil-A on Sunset Boulevard since it closed October 6. Now, after more than five months – the wait is finally almost over. Officials prepared customers for the closure in September: “It is with a mixture of great excitement and a little sadness that we announce that…

Cayce-West Columbia Lions take kids on shopping spree for clothes, smiles abound

Members of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club on kids’ shopping spree. C-WC Lions photo.  Members of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club accounted for some smiles earlier this month. The Lions took 15 students from Springdale Elementary School on a shopping spree. “To see see the look on the kids’ faces told us how much they appreciated it,” said Charlene Frye,…

Tens of thousands turn out for St. Pat’s in 5 Points

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Denim and Diamonds Gala raises money to cure Type 1 diabetes

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