Richland County

Naturalist Dr. Rudy Mancke discusses all things winter at seasonal nature talk

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Multi-vehicle crash blocked lanes near Elmwood Avenue and I-126 outbound

A Tuesday morning crash involving multiple cars on Elmwood Avenue caused a lane blockage near I-126 outbound, in Columbia. The first report of the collision came in about 7:30 a.m. Lanes were blocked  and traffic was being diverted to Union Street. No injuries have been reported. The road was blocked until about 9:30 a.m. SCDOT image.  Categories: Columbia, Richland County

13-year-old charged with attempted murder after shooting incident

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that a 13-year-old juvenile has been charged with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18, first-degree burglary and petty larceny. According to the department, the teen is facing charges in connection with a shooting incident involving students who attend Hand Middle School. The…

Water rising – flood warnings in effect for Congaree River

Congaree-River-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Congaree-River-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Congaree-River-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Congaree-River Show Caption Hide Caption The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flood warning for the Congaree River at Congaree National Park-Gadsden and the Congaree River at Carolina Eastman, affecting Richland, Lexington and Calhoun counties. The latest flood warning was issued at 2:39…

Columbia Police investigating shooting death of man

Columbia Police Department investigators are working to determine who shot and killed a man over the weekend. According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts,Thomas West, Jr. 40, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the upper body. CPD officers found the victim at a friend’s home Sunday shortly after 8:30 p.m.; EMS transported West to a local hospital…

Pictures with Santa one of many holiday events offered at State Museum

Photo provided by SCSM. Santa made his first appearance at the South Carolina State Museum last weekend. Guests will be able to see him again Saturday, and take a train ride on the SCSM North Pole Express. Santa meet-and-greets are included with museum admission or membership, and train rides are $3 per ride ($2 for museum members). Guests who purchase…

Crafty Feast makes holiday shopping local and unique

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Female found deceased, police investigating suspicious death

CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department is investigating a suspicious death after a female was found unresponsive early Sunday morning. According to CPD, a citizen called 9-1-1 after discovering the body at the 3000 block of Calk Street, off of West Beltline Boulevard at approximately 9 a.m. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting the department with determining the…

Five Points lights up for A Starry Night holiday festival

A-Starry-Night-1 Show Caption Hide Caption A-Starry-Night-2 Show Caption Hide Caption A-Starry-Night-3 Show Caption Hide Caption A-Starry-Night-4 Show Caption Hide Caption A-Starry-Night-5 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. Five Points offers many different things to residents and visitors alike. Friday evening the Columbia neighborhood transformed into one big holiday party, with everyone invited. Stores stayed open late and offered special…

Hootie & the Blowfish add second Columbia show to 2019 tour due to overwhelming demand

Hootie & the Blowfish announced for the first time in more than a decade, the band will be releasing new music and embarking on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019. Fans of the group sold out the tour’s Columbia homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments tickets went on sale to the general public…

Blythewood names 2018 business award winners

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High school football state championship preview, by Tyler Cupp

Zacch Pickens Pickens is the number one prospect in the senior class. Before he plays for the Gamecocks, he will try to slow down DF and lead TL Hannah to a state title. Gamecock Central photo Show Caption Hide Caption Dutch Fork The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are trying for their third state championship. GoFlashWin photo. Show Caption Hide Caption…

Female pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle

The Columbia Police Department is reporting a fatal collision involving a female pedestrian and a vehicle. The incident occurred at I-277 and Farrow Road. The driver, police said, stopped and is talking to CPD officers. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. CPD photo.  Categories: Columbia, Richland County

McEntire Produce expanding operations in Richland County

McEntire Produce, a fresh produce processor, re-packer and wholesaler, will expand its current operations in Richland County. The $8 million investment is expected to generate 21 new jobs. About 40 percent of McEntire’s business comes from McDonald’s. McEntire serves McDonald’s restaurants in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. “McEntire’s latest expansion is a testament to our strong…

“Operation Spread the Joy” providing presents to Columbia’s homeless Christmas Eve

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Man accused of shooting at 2 Columbia Police officers, in custody

Stanley Lubkin- CPD photo. Columbia Police Department  investigators have charged an Orangeburg County man with multiple offenses, including allegedly shooting at CPD officers in Harbison Monday night. As a result, Stanley Lubkin, 30, is housed at the Lexington County Detention Center on the following CPD charges: Attempted Murder – Two Counts Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime Possession of a…

JTEKT North America to invest $50 million in Richland County facility

JTEKT North America, a global supplier of automotive systems and drive-line components, bearings and machine tools, is investing in its Koyo brand bearing manufacturing facility in Richland County. The company expects to invest $50 million in the facility over a five-year period. “Richland County is grateful for this new investment from JTKET,” said Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston, Chair of…

Excitement builds as Columbia City Ballet’s The Nutcracker premieres this weekend

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High School League moving championship games to Friday because of bad weather threat

Dutch Fork High School plays for the 5A title. GoFlashWin.com photo.  The South Carolina High School League is moving the state championship games in football that were scheduled for Saturday to Friday. The games are being moved because of the threat of bad weather. With the changes, all SCHSL championship games will be played Friday. The Class A and 2A will…

Mungo Homes sold to Tennessee-based Clayton Properties Group

Stewart and Steven Mungo. Photo provided. It was announced Monday morning that Columbia-based Mungo Homes has been acquired by Clayton Properties Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, based out of Tennessee. Mungo was founded in 1954 by Michael J. Mungo in Columbia, the previously family-owned and operated homebuilder is now led by CEO Steven Mungo.  The company first expanded outside of…

Brent Johnson, award-winning radio personality, joins 93.1 The Lake as morning host, program director

Brent Johnson. Photo provided. Award-winning local radio personality Brent Johnson has joined 93.1 The Lake as program director and morning show host. Johnson, who will make his on-air debut Jan. 2, at 6 a.m., has spent most of his 40-year radio career in the Columbia market, where he’s built a track record of broadcasting excellence and community service. Midlands Media…

Hootie & The Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour to play Columbia Sept. 13

Hootie & The Blowfish: The pop-rock band announced their return to full-time touring in 2019. The band was formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina.  They will visit 44 cities while on tour, kicking off Thursday, May 30, in Virginia.  The tour will wrap…

USC picked for the Belk Bowl

USC Athletics Department graphic The Gamecock football team learned of its post-season bowl destination Sunday afternoon. South Carolina will travel to Charlotte for the Belk Bowl to play the Virginia Cavaliers on Dec. 29 (at noon, ABC.) It will be USC’s first appearance in the bowl just 90 miles from Columbia. The Gamecocks qualified for the Belk Bowl with a…