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94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: US Army Colonel Retired Kevin Shwedo

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Army Colonel Retired Kevin Shwedo. This is a preview of Sornson's interview with Shwedo.

Col. Kevin Shwedo. Photo provided. If you ever think you have more going on than you can manage, just google Kevin Shwedo. You may recognize his name as the Director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, but that is just scratching the surface. Kevin retired from the US Army as a “Full Bird” Colonel and soon took on a…

Oysters by the ton highlight annual festival

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Pedestrian struck and killed on Leaphart Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle, Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Leaphart Road in West Columbia. According to Coroner Fisher, Ms. Kathy Diane Altman, 53, of Lugoff was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision. The…

Festival of Trees brings early Christmas to State Museum

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Midlands teams vying for competitive cheer title

GoFlashWin photos. Since competitive cheer was introduced as a S.C. High School League sport in 1996, Midlands teams have dominated the trophy collections. Starting with Airport in Class 4A, local teams have accounted for 25 state championships in the four classifications. Chapin High School has accounted for just over half of those championships with a state record 13. Head coach…

Scores – Dutch Fork, Ridge View win in high school football playoffs, AC Flora, BC lose

River Bluff enters the field Friday night. Click for GoFlashWin.com photo Defending Class 5A champion Dutch Fork defeated West Ashley 63-20. It was the and 10th consecutive playoff win for the Silver Foxes, and the team’s 22nd victory in a row. Ridge View recorded a 41-38 victory over Westwood Friday night in a game at Richland District Two Stadium. Wren…

Gray Collegiate’s historic season ends with second-round loss

IMG_2850 Show Caption Hide Caption Gray Collegiate 2 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_2853 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos.   A school-record for victories and a first-ever berth into the third round of the Class 2A playoffs awaited Gray Collegiate Friday night at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Instead, the War Eagles ran into a defensive buzzsaw in the form…

West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater closed

The City of West Columbia closed the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater, at 6 p.m., on Friday, in anticipation of rising waters in the area. The portion of the Riverwalk from the Gervais Street Bridge to the Moffatt Street entrance remains closed until further notice due to high water in the area. Once the flood waters subside and the Riverwalk…

Congaree National Park experiences significant flooding, rainfall totals above average

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Brookland-Cayce Theater students present “Don’t Drink The Water” in improvisational space while school’s auditorium is renovated

The unique 360-degree performance of the play in one of the rooms in the school. The BCHS auditorium is being renovated, so the play venue was moved. The Brookland Cayce Theater Department kicked off the first night of two play presentations on Thursday. The student players are performing their fall play, “Don’t Drink The Water.” Their second performance is slated…

Thousands pack streets of downtown Columbia for annual Vista Lights

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Brookland-Cayce to face high-powered Hartsville in state playoffs, Friday

BC BB Reed Charpia. GoFlashWin file photo Brookland-Cayce head football coach Rusty Charpia said his team will ready to play No. 1 seeded Hartsville, Friday. But it did take a couple days to recover from the Bearcats’ 31-30 win over Beaufort in round one of the state 4A state playoffs. “We got home at 4:30 a.m. Saturday,” Charpia said. The…

Two teens charged with robbing Taco Bell, Circle K

Inezhia Allen (left), Kealea Stephens. Booking photos provided by LCSD. Lexington County investigators have arrested two teens in connection to armed robberies this week at a Taco Bell and a Circle K. According to arrest warrants, Inezhia Allen, 17, and Kealea Stephens, 18, are charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possessing a weapon during a violent crime for the two…

22-year-old dies in Augusta Road multi-vehicle collision, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Augusta Road at Morgan Drive in Lexington shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. Rusty Wayne Shull Jr., 22, of Columbia (originally from Circleville, Ohio), was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Shull…

American Pickers coming to South Carolina, seeking owners of unique collections

American Pickers Mike and Frank.  Photo provided. The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to the palmetto state in January to film episodes for the show. The show is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” Episodes follow Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. The show is searching…

Fatal collision on Augusta Road, detours set in place until further notice

Photo courtesy of Lexington PD. The Lexington Police Department reported a collision Thursday morning around 7 a.m. “A collision with injuries at Augusta Road/US-1 at Morgan Drive has the roadway closed until further notice.  Inbound and outbound traffic on Augusta Road is being turned around.  Please seek alternate route,” the announcement read. As of 9 a.m., the department provided an…

Rainbow Drive bridge over I-26 in West Columbia open

Rainbow-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Rainbow-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Rainbow Show Caption Hide Caption Rainbow Drive- Rob Thompson/SCDOT photo The Rainbow Drive bridge over I-26 in West Columbia opened at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation. Crews were still removing signs and barrels in the area, but the overpass is open to vehicle traffic. Traffic will…