Richland County

Palmetto Pediatric Clinic to open in Blythewood

Palmetto Pediatrics photo from Facebook page. By Jeanne Reynolds Palmetto Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic plans to open a new facility in Blythewood by January. The town’s Board of Architectural Review has given conditional approval on plans for the building at 121 Blythewood Road. Architects, town staff, and the BAR’s chair or co-chair must still finish and approve final details of…

Ex-Lady Wildcats return to Midlands to face Gamecocks

Megan Classer (right). Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Megan Classer and Mary Katherine Waters played for a second and final S.C. High School League title three months ago. The two former S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Players of the Year were back in the Midlands Sunday as College of Charleston freshmen. The Lexington High duo, along with…

State Museum displaying saber-tooth cat skull, meteorite, other fossils at 30th anniversary exhibit

Saber-tooth cat skull. Photos provided. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the State Museum will be opening a new exhibit Saturday. There will be artifacts and fossils showcased at the exhibit that the museum has acquired over the past 30 years. Some exhibit items that have been displayed every year, like the saber-tooth cat skull, will be showcased. Others will…

Happy hour and water balloon battles: Historic Columbia holding annual event Friday

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94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: S.C. National Guard First Lieutenant Ja’Pa’ Peay

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is South Carolina Army National Guard First Lieutenant Ja'Pa' Peay. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Peay.

First Lieutenant Ja’Pa’ Peay. Photo provided. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson When I first met First Lieutenant (1LT) Ja’Pa’ Peay, he was a brand new Private First Class and was assigned to me as part of a detail to work the FLW fishing championship in 2008. I knew he was a special soldier and that he was going…

29-year-old diagnosed with leukemia, decides to document entire treatment process through video

Michael Tolbert.  Photos provided. Michael Tolbert has developed a passion for video and film-making throughout his years. The 29-year-old graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016, where he majored in Mass Communications with a minor in Media Arts. He has been involved in the Columbia film community and multiple independent films. In 2011, he created a YouTube channel…

Nearly 18 months of renovations revealed Friday night at Columbia Museum of Art

CMA 1 Show Caption Hide Caption CMA 2 Show Caption Hide Caption CMA 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The results of almost 18 months of renovations were officially unveiled Friday night as the Columbia Museum of Art reopened its collection galleries. “It was not an easy idea to accept at the beginning, but once you see it…

Coroner releases name of pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the pedestrian who died Friday morning as a result of being struck by a vehicle Thursday evening at approximately 9:00 p.m. The incident occurred at 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia. Marvin Bostic, 66, of Carver Street, Columbia, was in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle, according to the…

Road closure listings and full event guide for Beyonce and Jay Z concert

Beyonce and Jay Z’s arrival to Columbia is impacting the city days before their On The Road II concert takes place next Wednesday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Beginning Thursday, there will be full road closure from Bluff Road, to Key Road. The stages for the concert tour are known for their intricacy and extensive set up time. Even two days after…

Moped driver killed in collision, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died in a vehicle collision.  It occurred Tuesday night at approximately 10, at the intersection of Wilkes Road and Sampson Circle, Columbia. Nathan Lynell Turner, 38, of Letitia Street in Columbia, was the driver of a moped that was involved in the collision.  Mr. Turner was transported from the…

Nominate your non-profit to be a recipient of Dominion Energy’s $25,000 grants

(PR News photo / Dominion Energy) Dominion Energy is inviting non-profit organizations across the company’s footprint to apply for grants of up to $25,000 each to meet critical community needs.  The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical needs for food, housing, medicine or medical services. Last year’s Critical Community Needs grants helped 160 non-profits…

All pet adoptions free at two Midlands shelters this Saturday, part of national “Clear the Shelters” event

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Columbia Fire Department working junkyard fire

Fire-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Fire1 Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Fire Department crews are fighting a persistent fire at a junkyard off of Fairfield Road. The fire is still burning, but contained to a few piles in the yard. Crews have been on scene at North Columbia Auto Salvage since shortly before 2 p.m. Tanker trucks and foam crews…

Calling all elementary teachers: nominate your class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on 94.3 The Dude

Students say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, why not have their voices heard on the radio? Elementary school teachers of the Midlands are eligible to nominate their class to be recorded and played on 94.3 The Dude. The classrooms who wish to participate will have their students audio recorded in school reciting the Pledge, and played on…

New Aloft hotel in Harbison welcomes visitors at ribbon cutting ceremony

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Columbia Police find body after “shots fired” call

Columbia Police personnel responded initially to a shots fired call Tuesday at approximately 9 a.m. Officers arrived at Industrial Park (First Street South) where a body was found. According to a CPD report investigators are working to gather additional information about the incident. Updates will be given later according to the CPD. File photos from CPD. 

Small business optimism index nears record high

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index has marked its second highest level in the survey’s 45-year history at 107.9.  It’s within 0.1 point of the July 1983 record-high of 108. The July 2018 report also set new records in terms of owners reporting job creation plans and those with job openings. A seasonally-adjusted net 23 percent are planning to create…

Juveniles in home where woman fatally shot, Richland County Sheriff requests community’s assistance

Richland County Sheriff’s Department requests the community’s assistance in identifying a suspect(s) wanted for murder. At approximately 2:30 a.m., deputies responded to the 2000 block of Faraway Drive in reference to shots fired with one hit. Upon arrival, deputies made entry into the residence and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the upper body. There were multiple juvenile…

Man struck by vehicle and dies, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of a man who died Saturday.  He died after being struck by a vehicle in the 1200 block of Averyt Avenue, Columbia.  The incident  happened around 2:30 a.m. Aaron Lee Knight, 59, of Luster Lane, Columbia, died at the scene.  An autopsy conducted on Saturday determined the cause of death to be…