Richland County

Severe weather possibe Thursday afternoon

If you have any outside chores, get them done in the morning. Severe weather, with strong wind gusts, is possible in Richland and Lexington counties this afternoon, into the early evening hours. Thunderstorms are possible, ahead of a front that will approach the area Thursday. Some of the storms could be severe. The storms are expected to form around 2…

Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body moves to new location in Five Points

Tzima Brown Show Caption Hide Caption sunrise outdoor Show Caption Hide Caption product Show Caption Hide Caption Owner Tzima Brown poses with her products. Chris Timmers photos. Tzima Brown, owner of Sunrise Artisan Bath and Body Shop, has recently finished a big move. Her business has officially opened in the former Portfolio art gallery space, at 710 Saluda Avenue in…

Elephants leaving Riverbanks Zoo, rhinos coming

Riverbanks elephants. Changes are coming to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Below is a release from the zoo. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will soon bid a bittersweet farewell to its pair of popular pachyderms as the zoo prepares to welcome the return of another charismatic species—the Southern white rhinoceros. Riverbanks is working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ African Elephant…

Yummi Crab seafood restaurant opening in northeast Columbia

Wei Long Qui, Yummi Crab’s general manager. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Northeast Columbia residents will have a new, unique option for seafood this summer when Yummi Crab restaurant opens in the Village at Sandhill. The new restaurant will offer a variety of seafood including shrimp, clams, mussels, crab legs, crawfish and lobster tail. After the seafood is boiled, general manager and…

Riverbanks Zoo unveils new farmyard attraction

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Kindergarten registration open for Lexington-Richland Five schools

Registration for five-year-old kindergarten is currently available for parents and guardians in Lexington-Richland School District Five. To register for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, children must be five years old on or before September 1,2019. If that requirement is met, parents and guardians should bring their child’s legal birth certificate, a current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization or a South…

New northeast Columbia chamber promotes business growth

Ron Harvey speaks on business development Show Caption Hide Caption Mike Bell, CCNC chairman Show Caption Hide Caption Attendees at Columbia Chamber Northeast Connection meeting Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. Dozens of northeast Columbia entrepreneurs gathered at Converspace in the Village at Sandhill Tuesday morning to network and pick up tips on how to grow their businesses. The…

UPDATE – Man who missing in newspaper truck found safe in North Carolina

James Hucks. James Hucks, 77, was found safely in North Carolina, Monday afternoon. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott thanked the media for helping find him by disseminating information. Initial post below The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing person suffering from a medical condition and an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties. James Hucks,…

Columbia Fire responds to blaze Monday morning

Crews from the Columbia Fire Department were on the  scene of a house fire that began just before 9:30 a.m. The fire was put out after damaging the home’s garage, attic and kitchen. Two people inside escaped safely. The fire was in the 7400 block of Sunview Drive, The street was closed to traffic. The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office…

Local restaurants, caterers compete for title of Columbia’s Best Shrimp and Grits

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Woman killed in crash, man arrested for felony DUI

Kershaw County Coroner David West has identified a woman who was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning. Maggie Ann Long, 38, of Bishopville was traveling north on on U.S. 1 and Malvern Hill Drive, near Camden, when her Toyota SUV was struck from behind. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred around 3:55 a.m. Two passengers…

Cigarette lighter causes house fire

The Columbia Fire Department extinguished a house fire, Friday night. The fire started shortly before 8 p.m. at a home on Marsh Deer Way, according to the Columbia Fire Department. The fire was caused by a cigarette lighter in one of the rooms on the second floor. Two occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. One of the…

Building begins on Lexington Medical Center Northeast

Rendering of Lexington Medical Center Northeast. Lexington Medical Center broke ground this morning for Lexington Medical Center Northeast, a new 225,000-sq.-ft. medical facility the hospital is building in northeast Columbia at the intersection of Clemson and Longtown roads. The new facility will open in late 2020 and provide patients with urgent care and imaging services including MRIs, CT scans and…

Lexington-Richland Five to implement clear bag policy for all sporting events

Chapin High School football game, student section. GoFlashWin photo. Representatives from Lexington-Richland School District Five announced they will be implementing a clear bag requirement at all sporting events, beginning in the fall. The new policy was detailed at the June 10 school board meeting, and will be added to a list of safety measures that were implemented last fall, and…

Woman dies after being hit by train in Elgin

A pedestrian died in Kershaw County Wednesday, after being hit by a train. Kershaw County 911 received a call at 1:14 p.m. from CSX Railroad regarding a train that had struck a pedestrian trying to cross the train track, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. The incident occurred near Kelly Lane in Elgin. West identified the woman killed as…

Richland Library no longer charging overdue fines

Richland Library in Old Shandon, Cola Daily file photo. Richland Library representatives announced that the library will officially be going “fine free” beginning Thursday at all 12 locations. “When it comes to returning library materials on time, sometimes life gets in the way. Richland Library is cognizant of that issue among our customers, so starting June 12, 2019, we’re eliminating…

Pizzeria in Cottontown announces closure seven months after opening

Citta del Cotone Facebook photo. Citta del Cotone, a Neopolitan-style pizza restaurant in Columbia’s Cottontown, announced Wednesday that their store will be permanently closing. A representative from the restaurant posted on their Facebook page: “We write this with sad news today. Citta del Cotone will close for good Saturday June 15. Please come join us Thursday June 13 thru Saturday…

Historic Five Points building transformed to 29 boutique apartments with amenities

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Westwood High student wins Blythewood Chamber scholarship

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Funeral home holding burial service to honor unclaimed Vietnam veteran

File photo. A representative from Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Chapin informed the community of a Midlands veteran who has passed away, with no family to claim him. “It is my honor to use the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Program to give this Veteran that final salute. I am reaching out once again asking that you (the public) help us serve…

Flood warning in effect for the Congaree River until Thursday night

Congaree River water level gauge. Richland and Lexington counties have received lots of rain in the last few days. The upper parts of the Broad and Saluda Rivers have also gotten lots of rainfall. That river water is now flowing down to the Congaree River. The Congaree River at Columbia is expected to crest below flood stage on Wednesday afternoon,…