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Lexington County deputies charge man in Gaston shooting

Michael Eugene Parker-LCSD photo A Columbia man faces a handful of charges after a Saturday evening shooting on Havenwood Drive in Gaston. Michael Eugene Parker, 37, is charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault and battery, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a…

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana has opened in Lexington

Alodia’s 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Alodia’s 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington location of Alodia’s Cucina Italiana opened earlier this month  The new restaurant is on the first floor of the Shirey’s building at 101 West Main St. It’s in front of the town’s Icehouse Amphitheatre. Alodia’s is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week . No…

Close to 130 flu deaths in S.C. this year

Rite Aid photo- use permitted Have you, or someone you know, gotten sick with the flu? It has been a very popular virus this winter, as an alarming number of people are suffering from it. There is evidence of the prevalence of the flu in the long waits for a doctor’s appointment and the endless lines at the pharmacy. The…

Winners of Lexington County Chili Cookoff announced

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Man arrested, charged with sexually assaulting 85-year-old woman

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has announced the arrest of Marquille Rondale Livingston 36. He is charged with burglary first degree, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and petit larceny. Following up on significant leads, Livingston was arrested on Saturday, February 17, 2018 (on his birthday) by the The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the Special Victim’s Unit without…

South Carolina women defeat Kentucky

No. 8 South Carolina defeated Kentucky, 81-63, Sunday on the strength of A’ja Wilson’s 29 points. Wilson also had assists on 21 of 26 baskets in the  victory. Wilson shot 9 of 16 from the field, made 11 of 12 free throws and had nine rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes for the Gamecocks (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference). Maci…

Lexington County Chili Cook Off held under warm and sunny skies, Sunday

Cook off 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The 3rd Annual Lexington County Chili Cook Off was held at the IceHouse Amphitheater Sunday in the Town of Lexington. Proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit First Responders, 911 Remembrance Foundation of…

Two men shoot each other and die after argument over cab fare

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two people who died overnight in a shooting at 926 Johnson Avenue, in Columbia. The incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. According to the Columbia Police Department the men argued over cab fare before the shooting. Marques A. Hallman, 18, of Johnson Avenue, Columbia, was transported from the scene by…

16-year-old arrested in connection to fatal shooting on Benedict Street

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with a deadly overnight shooting that occurred on Benedict Street. The suspect is charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. He’s currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home…

Gamecock men upset Auburn in basketball

South Carolina upset No. 10 Auburn’s Saturday by a score of  84-75. Auburn also lost Anfernee McLemore for the season with a horrific injury late in the first half. The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 SEC) will take McLemore back to Auburn with the team and he will most likely have surgery Sunday. McLemore will need up to six months to recover. Before leaving, McLemore…

Gray Collegiate handles St. Joes – high school basketball playoff schedule

Saturday night in Columbia, the Gray Collegiate War Eagles handled business in the second round of the 2A state basketball playoffs. On the campus of Allen University, the War Eagles had no trouble with St.Joseph’s Catholic winning 83-31. You could see from just warm ups that Gray would was going to be a considerable size, and athletic advantage over the…

Columbia Police report 3 die in overnight shootings

CPD file photo The Columbia Police Department is investigating two deadly overnight shootings involving teenagers. The first incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at 6204 Benedict Street.  A teen suspect, who turned himself in to officers at CPD Headquarters, is being questioned by investigators. Charges are pending. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home…

Play Ball! – Gamecocks play first game under new coach Mark Kingston – USC falls to VMI

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East Point Academy celebrates Chinese New Year

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Richland, Lexington County, municipal offices closed Monday for President’s Day

City of West Columbia graphics Richland County Government offices will close Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off facility will close Monday and will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday. Curbside trash and recycle collections will be unaffected and will operate on their normal schedules Monday. The County’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens…

Lexington County Sheriff implements plan to retain employees

Sheriff Jay Koon The Lexington County Council has approved a program Sheriff Jay Koon will start immediately to help his department recruit and retain employees. Koon presented details of a monetary incentive package during the last council meeting. The initiative is the first phase of a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan that was submitted in the requested budget for the…

Lifesaving grant awarded to Columbia Fire for 500 smoke, carbon monoxide alarms

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins – CFD photo. A grant will provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to senior citizens in Hopkins. The Columbia Fire Department announced, Thursday, the award of a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for $7,885.00. This grant was used to purchase 300 smoke and 200 carbon monoxide alarms that will be distributed…

Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation’s Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ is March 3

The Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation kicks off the Inaugural Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ on Saturday, March 3.  It’s at Hay Hill Events, 1625 Bluff Road. Don’t miss this festive and entertaining event featuring the Blue Dogs. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com The cost is $55 per-person for ALL YOU CAN EAT with beverages included. The Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation is a…

Fireflies scheduling National Anthem auditions

With Opening Day at Spirit Communications Park on Thursday, April 5 quickly approaching, the Fireflies are searching for musical talent (soloists and / or groups) to perform the National Anthem before home games for the 2018 season. “The first two seasons at Spirit Communications Park were filled with extremely talented performers,” said Fireflies Community Engagement Manager Elliott Anderson. “We are…

The S.C. State House – check out the history in our front yard

State House 2 Show Caption Hide Caption State House Show Caption Hide Caption A State House 1 Show Caption Hide Caption A State House 2 Show Caption Hide Caption A State House Show Caption Hide Caption Are you interested in seeing where all of South Carolina’s major law-making decisions happen? Then check out the SC State House, located at 1100…