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Police investigate car break-in spree in Lexington

breakin-in-2 Show Caption Hide Caption break-in Show Caption Hide Caption Lexington Police officers responded to more than 50  calls, Sunday, related to vehicles that were either tampered with overnight, or had items of value stolen from them. Detectives are trying to identify a male subject and the group of other subjects that is believed to be involved these incidents. If…

29-year-old diagnosed with leukemia, decides to document entire treatment process through video

Michael Tolbert.  Photos provided. Michael Tolbert has developed a passion for video and film-making throughout his years. The 29-year-old graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016, where he majored in Mass Communications with a minor in Media Arts. He has been involved in the Columbia film community and multiple independent films. In 2011, he created a YouTube channel…

Gilbert holds off Gray Collegiate

Gilbert running back DeAndre Cook rushed for 168 yards and three TDs versus Gray Collegiate. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The fans at Tomahawk Stadium itching for football after last year’s historic season at Gilbert were treated to a dominating start Friday night. The host team Indians opened up a 21-0 lead over visiting Gray Collegiate in the…

Lexington County Teacher accused of sexual misconduct with former student

Samantha Knopsnyder. LCSD provided photo. A Sandhills Middle School teacher is accused of having a relationship with and kissing a former student at the school last year. Samantha Lynne Knopsnyder, 26, is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to an arrest warrant. Knopsnyder, who lives in Lexington, was arrested Friday afternoon after turning herself in….

Nearly 18 months of renovations revealed Friday night at Columbia Museum of Art

CMA 1 Show Caption Hide Caption CMA 2 Show Caption Hide Caption CMA 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The results of almost 18 months of renovations were officially unveiled Friday night as the Columbia Museum of Art reopened its collection galleries. “It was not an easy idea to accept at the beginning, but once you see it…

Sound equipment, supplies stolen from West Columbia church

Suspected theft vehicle. LCSD images. Release from Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Sunday worship services at 12 Springs Community Church typically sound like other Lexington County houses of worship.But where there were once amps, drums, sound boards, basses, tables and chairs…this week, there was almost nothing left. “I really don’t know how to say it better than this, but all of our…

Coroner releases name of pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the pedestrian who died Friday morning as a result of being struck by a vehicle Thursday evening at approximately 9:00 p.m. The incident occurred at 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia. Marvin Bostic, 66, of Carver Street, Columbia, was in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle, according to the…

Accidental shooting reported at car dealership

An investigation, by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, is underway into what appears to be an accidental shooting in a parking lot at at Jim Hudson Ford, in Lexington. One person has been transported for medical treatment. The scene in front of the dealership service center will be active for quite some time. LCSD photo. 

Palmetto Outdoor Center optimizes eco-tourism

Kayaking-the-river Show Caption Hide Caption Palmetto-Outdoor Show Caption Hide Caption Michael Mayo, Palmetto Outdoor Show Caption Hide Caption Palmetto Outdoor tubers Show Caption Hide Caption Tubing the Congaree Show Caption Hide Caption Palmetto Outdoor Center photos. Palmetto Outdoor Center is one of the most-successful examples of eco-tourism in South Carolina. Hundreds who want to get into nature, rush to the…

Swatch Graphics cuts the ribbon in Cayce

Swatch ribbon cutting – Photo by Terry Ward The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting and After Hours Thursday at Swatch Graphics, 1931 State Street, Cayce. Pictured are Cayce City Manager Brian Watkins, Cayce City Councilwoman Tara Almond, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, Swatch Owners Dawn Cotner and Tiffany Herring, Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper, and Steve…

Road closure listings and full event guide for Beyonce and Jay Z concert

Beyonce and Jay Z’s arrival to Columbia is impacting the city days before their On The Road II concert takes place next Wednesday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Beginning Thursday, there will be full road closure from Bluff Road, to Key Road. The stages for the concert tour are known for their intricacy and extensive set up time. Even two days after…

Black Rooster restaurant to open in Brookland development, according to post

A post appeared on the Brookland SC Facebook page Tuesday. According to the post, Black Rooster restaurant is going to open in Building One of the Brookland development in West Columbia. Post is below: Coming to Brookland this Fall: @blackroostersc! Local Columbia chef and restauranteur @kristianmn will be opening up his newest restaurant and rooftop bar in our Building One…

Moped driver killed in collision, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died in a vehicle collision.  It occurred Tuesday night at approximately 10, at the intersection of Wilkes Road and Sampson Circle, Columbia. Nathan Lynell Turner, 38, of Letitia Street in Columbia, was the driver of a moped that was involved in the collision.  Mr. Turner was transported from the…

Lexington Police conducting “Coffee with a Cop” at Chick-fil-A Saluda Pointe, Friday

On Friday, the Lexington Police Department will have their next quarterly “Coffee with a Cop” event at the Chick-Fil-A Saluda Pointe restaurant. Chief Terrence Green, along with officers from each division, Chaplains, and Volunteers In Police Services (V.I.P.S.) members will be on hand to answer questions, discuss issues or concerns, provide information on the many services and events that the…

Nominate your non-profit to be a recipient of Dominion Energy’s $25,000 grants

(PR News photo / Dominion Energy) Dominion Energy is inviting non-profit organizations across the company’s footprint to apply for grants of up to $25,000 each to meet critical community needs.  The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical needs for food, housing, medicine or medical services. Last year’s Critical Community Needs grants helped 160 non-profits…

Wilton Road dam fix could be in the next 12 months

Dam-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Dam-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Dam-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Wilton Road- Photos by Terry Ward. A public forum with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to discuss road projects took place at Platt Springs Methodist Church in Springdale Monday night. One of the topics addressed was the repair of the dam on Wilton Road….

All pet adoptions free at two Midlands shelters this Saturday, part of national “Clear the Shelters” event

Cola-Animal-Services-pet-6 Show Caption Hide Caption Cola-Animal-Services-pet-5 Show Caption Hide Caption Cola-Animal-Services-pet-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Cola-Animal-Services-pet-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Cola-Animal-Services-pet-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Cola-Animal-Services-pet-1 Show Caption Hide Caption One of the pets up for adoption at the Columbia Animal Shelter. Photos provided. Spring time is known for warmer weather and blooming flowers. However, for animal shelter employees, it’s…

Columbia Fire Department working junkyard fire

Fire-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Fire1 Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Fire Department crews are fighting a persistent fire at a junkyard off of Fairfield Road. The fire is still burning, but contained to a few piles in the yard. Crews have been on scene at North Columbia Auto Salvage since shortly before 2 p.m. Tanker trucks and foam crews…

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…