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American Legion playoffs head to round 2

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A trio of Midlands teams will continue their quest for a spot in the South Carolina American Legion tournament taking place at Segra Park in Columbia. Two of the teams will open on the road. Defending state champion Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 will travel to Stevens Field to face League 5 champion Greer Post 115 in Game…

Old office building in downtown Columbia to be transformed into hotel

1233 Rendering Show Caption Hide Caption H4 Guest Room Show Caption Hide Caption H4 Lobby Show Caption Hide Caption Rendering of Holiday Inn hotel room. Images provided. Mashburn Construction is about to begin renovating and transforming another downtown Columbia building. The existing 10-story facility built in 1954 will become the new Holiday Inn at 1233 Washington Street. The hotel will…

West Nile confirmed in Richland County, spraying to begin this week

Richland County officials announced Monday that Vector Control will spray for mosquitoes in Forest Acres and St. Andrews, after tests confirmed West Nile Virus activity in those communities. While the presence of the virus was detected in the two areas, residents countywide are advised to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate standing water on their property where the…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis backs Gov. McMaster in handling of USC president hire

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis supports Gov. Henry McMaster in his handling of the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president. “The governor is doing the right thing,” said Loftis at a West Metro Rotary Club meeting in West Columbia, Friday. McMaster called in the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees presumably to cast a vote, Friday morning,…

Fit Columbia uses aerial yoga to aid in fight against domestic violence

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Coroner releases name of Columbia man who died in Sunday morning collision

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The incident occurred Sunday morning on Superior Street near Rosewood Drive, in Columbia. Anthony L. Harris, 46, of Mitchell Street, Columbia, was transported by Richland County EMS to Prisma Health Richland where he died at 7:35 a.m. An…

Rosewood Drive closed after fatal crash

The 1400 block of Rosewood Drive near Superior Street in Columbia was closed Sunday morning due to a vehicle collision.  The driver of the damaged vehicle  was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to the Columbia Police Department. Later, the S.C. Highway Patrol  reported the accident happened around 7:35 a.m. Sunday morning.  The driver of a 1999…

Tomatoes still tasty at new venue for annual festival

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Truck overturns, spills bleach onto I-20

There was a vehicle and semi-truck collision at the 57 mile marker of I-20 eastbound, Saturday. Some lanes were closed for a while. The semi overturned, spilling several hundred gallons of bleach from its tanker. LCFS HAZMAT crews secured the scene, with traffic assistance from law enforcement, and began working to clean up the spill. SCDHEC was called in to…

Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball team wins State Championship

The Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball team won the Division 2 Ozone State Championship, Friday. With the victory, Cayce-WestColumbia advances to the Dixie Youth World Series in Lumberton, NC. Cayce-West Columbia defeated Williamston 6-3 Friday to win the state championship. Cayce West Columbia defeated Johnsonville on Friday, too by a score of 10-0. The “O” Zone Division 2 –…

Construction of West Columbia’s Enabling Park is progressing

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Chick-fil-A – West Columbia closing for upgrades, beginning Friday

Starting Friday  (July 12) Chick-fil-A West Columbia will be closed to make way for some major improvements in the kitchen and drive-thru. These enhancements include canopies, fans, and a brand new kitchen. A Chick-fil-A West Columbia Facebook message reads: “Don’t worry, we won’t stay away too long! In the meantime, visit our Saluda Pointe location just 4 miles away. –…

Historic elementary school converted to town homes, behind-scenes tour to be held

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Child dies in pool incident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the 10-year-old boy who was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in a relative’s swimming pool. The incident occurred in the West Columbia area shortly before noon on Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. Mack D. Bonnett Jr. of Pelion was found face down in the pool by a family member. An autopsy…

Greater Lexington Chamber’s Business Lexpo takes over Riverbluff High School

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Harbison Theatre unveils 2019-2020 performance schedule

Harbison Theatre 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Harbison Theatre 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Harbison Theatre 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Harbison Theatre panoramic view Show Caption Hide Caption Drew Hill photos. The show must go on! But at the Harbison Theatre, the show is just starting. Representatives from the “most colorful seats in town” unveiled their 2019-2020 schedule of…