Richland County

Ridge View returns to upper state, other scores from Tuesday’s games

Tyler Cupp photos. RIDGE VIEW 84 TRAVELER’S REST 54 The Ridge View Blazers basketball team is back in the Upper State championship for a second straight season. The defending 4A champions throttled Traveler’s Rest(20-6) on Tuesday night 84-54. In a game that was never close, the Blazers (24-7) were efficient on offense and stifled the opposition on defense. Ridge View…

Driver dies in crash on Congress Road in Richland County

The driver of a vehicle died after hitting a tree in Richland County on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Congress Road in the Hopkins area, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the Highway Patrol. Collins said a Toyota was traveling north on Congress Road when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and…

Body found in a car outside of Columbia McDonald’s

Columbia Police are investigating after a body was found in a car outside of the McDonald’s on Garners Ferry Road. Police were called to the scene, in the 7500 block of Garners Ferry Road, around 10 p.m. Monday. Police are investigating to determine if foul play is suspected. The Richland County coroner has not released the name of the man…

Crafty Crab Seafood coming to O’Neil Court in NE Columbia, says NAI Columbia

Crafty Crab Seafood, Melbourne, Fla. The former Applebee’s Restaurant at 245 Oneil Court in Northeast Columbia has been leased to new tenant, Crafty Crab Seafood. NAI Columbia Director of Retail Services Patrick Palmer represented the landlord in the lease transaction. Crafty Crab will open its First Midlands location, according to a release, Monday,  from NAI .Columbia There currently have five…

Missing 15-year-old girl found, and she’s safe

Kayla Grace Taylor Kayla Grace Taylor, the 15-year-old missing teen has been located safe. Richland County  Sheriff Leon Lott expressed his thanks to all the citizens who called in with tips that led to Columbia Police Department locating Kayla. She was found safe on Assembly St and is currently being reunited with family. Initial report below: The Richland County Sheriff’s…

First responders hit the court to celebrate Black History Month

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Beer lovers’ heaven comes to Columbia

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1 dead, 2 wounded in Gervais Street shooting

One person has died and two people were injured in an overnight shooting on Gervais Street in the vicinity of downtown Columbia. The shooting took place, said Columbia Police, early Sunday morning in the 2300 block of Gervais Street, not far from the intersection of Gervais and Millwood Avenue. A man died at the scene, according to the police report,…

Incident on I-26 westbound causing traffic delays

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reported a collision on I-26 westbound that occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday. The incident took place at exit 104 (Piney Grove). Traffic was backed up in the westbound lanes beginning around mile marker 106 as of 2:30 p.m. The collision appeared to involve two vehicles. One lane was closed to oncoming traffic. South Carolina…

Columbia Fireflies holding auditions for National Anthem performers

Cola Daily file photo. The Columbia Fireflies are searching for talented soloists and groups to perform the National Anthem at the Fireflies home games for the 2019 season. The auditions will be held at Segra Park (formerly Spirit Communications Park) Saturday, Feb. 23 and Monday, March 4. All interested parties must contact the Fireflies to schedule an appointment, according to…

22-year-old who died in crash was also shot, says Columbia Police

Columbia Police Department officers are now investigating a murder following the death of the male victim related to a gunshot wound and a vehicle crash on Shop Road, last weekend. The 22-year-old victim has been identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as Shamar M. Johnson. An autopsy conducted Thursday revealed that Johnson died as a result of complications from…

Entire Richland County Election Board removed by Gov. Henry McMaster

SC Election Commission image Governor Henry McMaster, on Thursday, issued Executive Order, removing every member of the Richland County Board of Voter Registration and Elections. According to a release from the governor’s office “The decision comes as a result of continued misconduct and neglect of duty by board members through a series of elections and fiascos.” A recent media report…

2 escape from house on fire, 5 displaced

A report from the Columbia Fire Department stated that two people were able to escape from a home on Cullasaja Circle after a fire broke out around 1:30, Thursday afternoon. About half of the home was significantly damaged and five people were left displaced, according to the CFD. The Richland Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause in order to…

Nearly 70 local artists featured by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, April 6-7

701 Center for Contemporary Art photos. Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, welcomes nearly 70 local artists for the free, self-guided driving tour of artist studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties. This year’s event is Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (noon to 6 p.m.)….

Police report pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle Tuesday night

The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred Tuesday night. Officers responded to the 7300 block of Garners Ferry Road shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Preliminary information indicates that a female pedestrian, identified by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as 58-year-old Patricia Frickey, died as a result of multiple blunt force…

Transitions Homeless Center unveils plaques to honor long-time donors

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High school sports notes: RNE hires new coach, basketball scoreboard, schedule

GoFlashWin photos. Feature photo from Ridge View Athletics Twitter. Huge slate of action from Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some of the area scores: 3A BOYS FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 50 PENDLETON 37 Griffins pull off a big upset here. That’s a 4 seed over a 1. They travel to Southside Friday. SENECA 62 CAMDEN 56 Kasean Crews had 20 KEENAN…

New family entertainment center to open in Irmo

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