Richland County

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: US Marine Veteran James Crosby

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is US Marine Veteran James Crosby. This is a preview of Gardner's interview with Crosby.

James Crosby (left) with Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner. James Crosby comes from a Marine family. His father proudly served, which motivated James to follow in his fathers footsteps. When the attacks on the World Trade Center shook the world, Crosby was ready to fight. It is unfortunate that his fight was a short one, but his injuries are a…

Coroner identifies 2 victims, 1 dies in motorcycle accident, 1 dies in shooting

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in a motorcycle collision that occurred Friday at approximately 7:10 p.m. The incident occurred in the 7600 block of St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Wade William Brentlinger, 39, of Ashe Street, Lexington, was the driver of the motorcycle. Mr. Brentlinger was transported from the scene by Richland County…

Water balloons fly as Historic Columbia offers creative lesson in military tactics

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Truck overturns on I-20 

I-20 westbound, at Exit 64A, was shut down, Friday morning, as emergency personnel cleared the scene of an overturned tractor-trailer. Lanes are being reopened. Columbia Fire units were at the site. One person was injured according to a Lexington County report, but he was treated on the scene. HAZMAT and SC DHEC are on scene to clean fuel that spilled…

New Blythewood Country Club replaces former Windemere Club, adding amenities, upgrades

Left to right: Fred Layman – General Manager Blythewood Country Club; Jorge Martinez – President L&J Acquisitions, Principal Partner Blythewood Country Club; David Biscan – COO L&J Acquisitions, Regional Director Golf Operations. Photo provided. The Windermere Club in Blythewood is undergoing significant changes. So significant, in fact, that it is not even called ‘The Windermere Club’ anymore. The facility is…

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea opens in downtown Columbia

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Coroner identifies 18-year-old in fatal Columbia shooting incident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a shooting on Forestview Circle in Columbia. The incident occurred Aug. 8 at approximately 11:00 p.m. According to Watt, Carlos Bethel, 18, of Chatteris Road, Irmo, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS to Prisma Health Richland Memorial…

Bank robbery suspects shoot at, “try to kill” Richand County deputies, says Sheriff Leon lott

RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption RCSD Show Caption Hide Caption Lott Press Conference Show Caption Hide Caption Lott held a press conference to talk about the incident, Thursday afternoon. Bank robbery suspects shot multiple times at Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies Thursday, according Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “The bad guys tried to kill two of…

Grease fire damages apartment

Columbia Fire Department crews responded to an apartment fire off of Manorwood Court just after noon, Thursday. A reported grease fire caused about $75,000 in damages to the apartment and left three people displaced. There were no injuries. CFD photo Categories: Columbia, Richland County

Young’s True Value owner retires after 40 years, store closes its doors

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Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, mascot visit Dorn veterans

Sir Purr Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders-2 Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Veterans, VA staff, and visitors at the Dorn facility were treated to a surprise visit Tuesday by two of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, and team mascot “Sir Purr.” The “Top Cats,” as these young ladies are known, visited with veterans, posed for pictures,…

Person hit by train, Columbia Fire responds

CFD Show Caption Hide Caption CFD 1 Show Caption Hide Caption CFD 2 Show Caption Hide Caption CFD 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Several emergency vehicles from the Columbia Fire Department responded to the area of Calhoun and Williams Streets after a person was hit by a train sometime after 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to a CFD report. Firefighters assisted…

First four-star hotel coming to Columbia with rooftop bar, underground speakeasy

Rendering of proposed 150-room Hotel Anthem by Kollin Altomare Architects. Plans were approved Tuesday by the Board of Zoning Appeals for Columbia’s first four-star hotel. Hotel Anthem will be unlike anything Columbia has seen, according to representatives. The design intent will be music-inspired, thematic, and will enhance the energy in the Vista. The addition of Hotel Anthem is intended to…

15-year-old found dead in crashed car was shot, coroner identifies

Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces that CPD officers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old male. The incident happened at the 2100 block of Slighs Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday. Initially, CPD officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and discovered that a vehicle crashed into a tree with a male driver suffering from significant injuries….

Sheriff Leon Lott reveals those arrested, wanted after undercover sex crimes operation

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Historic Columbia to hold fifth annual adult water balloon battle

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94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Vietnam Veteran Waco Cotney

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Ethan Gardner conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is Vietnam Veteran Waco Cotney. This is a preview of Gardner's interview with Cotney.

Cotney (left) with Gardner after their Soldier Salute interview. If there were ever a man who put his country before himself, it would be Waco Cotney. A recipient of the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for Valor, Waco’s lineage in South Carolina goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. His family originally fought as Loyalists in the…

Young artists put talent on display at annual festival

Young Artists (3) Show Caption Hide Caption Young Artists (2) Show Caption Hide Caption Young Artists (4) Show Caption Hide Caption Young Artists (1) Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The future of the arts in Columbia was on display Saturday, and it looks very bright. The 701 Center for Contemporary Art hosted the sixth annual Young Artists Festival,…

Repticon attracts lovers of non-furry pets

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Former SCDOT commissioner arrested on prostitution solicitation charge

John Hardee – SCDOT photos. John Norton Hardee, 72, has been booked into Richland County’s Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Hardee is a former state transportation commissioner. He also pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of federal evidence tampering. A report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said he was picked up…

19-year-old Irmo man killed in shooting incident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Thursday around 9 p.m. after being involved in a shooting incident at the intersection of Forestview Circle and Forestland Drive, Columbia. According to Watts, Tyson Angelo Anderson, 19, of Beech Branch Drive in Irmo, died at the scene.  An autopsy indicated that Anderson died from a gunshot…