Richland County

UPDATE: I-77 northbound reopens after wreck

The northbound lanes of Interstate 77 were closed temporarily Tuesday afternoon after a wreck near the Percival Road exit. Emergency responders work at the wreck scene Tuesday. (photo provided) The Columbia Fire Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and EMS and the South Carolina Department of Transportation all sent crews to the scene shortly after…

Richland Northeast High School evacuated after gas leak

A natural gas line ruptured Tuesday morning at Richland Northeast High School And forced students and faculty to evacuate. Firefighters were working to repair the ruptured gas line Tuesday at Richland Northeast High School. (photo provided) Columbia firefighters responded to the school around 9 a.m. and located the leak. Firefighters said no one was injured. Firefighters and an SCE&G crew…

Bradley Elementary first-year teacher honored by Columbia Museum of Art for innovation in classroom

In his first year as a school teacher, Thomas “Brock” Allen has transformed the way his students at Bradley Elementary School appreciate art. Allen says combining his love of art while partnering with the Columbia Museum of Art has opened his students’ eyes to the possibilities of art. It also earned him one of the museum’s highest honors, the Mac Arthur…

Longtime arts supporter, public relations leader Marvin Chernoff remembered with public sculpture

Former public relations expert Marvin Chernoff often is remembered by family members and colleagues as being committed to preserving and promoting the arts in Columbia. His family, friends, employees and associates gathered Saturday to celebrate his life and unveil a monument to honor his presence among the arts community in the Midlands. Friends and family gather Saturday to remember Marvin Chernoff. (photo by…

Photo Gallery: Teams climb 22 flights of stairs to fight lung disease

  Asthma is the No. 1 reason children miss school in South Carolina, according to the American Lung Association. Firefighters, doctors and local community members climbed 479 stairs during Saturday’s Fight for Air Climb at Columbia’s Capitol Center to raise awareness and funds to help find cures for lung cancer and other lung diseases. Firefighters suit up to make the climb…

Photo Gallery: Columbia’s first public high school celebrates centennial at graduation

  The commencement for Columbia High School closed out a week celebrating student achievement in Richland School District One. But it also marked the centennial anniversary of the city’s first public high school. The 2015 graduating class earned more than $3.6 million in scholarships and grants. Valedictorian Sophia Aduago Emetu talked about what she called “if it had not been…

Richland Two consolidates 2 child development centers, adds more enrollment slots

Clemson Road Child Development and sister institution Spears Creek Road Child Development have been consolidated to form the Richland School District Two Child Development Program. Eligible children will be enrolled in a needs-based, tuition free program starting this fall. The school district made the move to make better use of a recent increase in Title I and Education Improvement Act…

Proposed provision allows current septic tank users to forgo connecting to Richland County sewer system

Richland County Council plans to rewrite its rules to allow the county to refuse some application to connect to the proposed sewer line while allowing septic tank users to keep their systems as part of a battle to move a proposed public sewer line forward in Lower Richland. The county’s sewer ad hoc committee approved new language for the current…

Photo gallery: Students reflect on memories, future in second day of Richland One graduations

  The students of Eau Claire, C.A. Johnson and A.C. Flora high schools reflected on their memories and the future as they stepped across the stage to accept their diplomas during the second day of Richland One commencement exercises on Thursday. “You have been provided the foundation, skills and knowledge to move forward,” said Richland One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon. “The…

UPDATE: Coroner identifies person found dead near parking garage on USC campus

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said a man found dead on the University of South Carolina campus Thursday morning was killed by injuries sustained in a fall from a significant height. Watts identified the dead person as 26-year-old Oliver Sherlock Holmes of Columbia. USC police responded around 5 a.m. after Holmes’ body was found near the Bull Street parking garage at…

Richland Two school board proposes alternative program for students who commit sexual offenses

Richland Two school board members got a first look at a proposed program that offers an alternative to students who have committed sexual offenses. Inspiration for the intervention program was sparked because of concern about increased instances of issues regarding “sexting” and other sexual offenses among students that resulted in expulsions or referrals to Blythewood Academy, the district’s alternative school. “The…

Photo gallery: Commencement week kicks off for Richland One schools

  Dreher High School closed out the first day of commencement exercises for Richland School District One. More than 250 students accepted their diploma as they celebrated the completion of their high school experience. Dreher valedictorian Austin Konkle reminded his classmates of their journey to graduation, from tests to study sessions, that made the past four years worth it. Klonke…

Columbia Museum of Art offers free admission until June 5

Visitors to the Columbia Museum of Art can take advantage of free admission through next week. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is sponsoring admission for all visitors from now until June 5 to reward the efforts of the city of Columbia and Richland County officials to support the art museum. Guests will be able to access to the museum’s collection…

Columbia police gather donated fans, air conditioners to help those in need

Columbia police officers are working to make sure those in need in Columbia have help dealing with the summer heat. Columbia police officers distributed fans and air conditioners during last year’s event. (photo provided) The police department is accepting donations for its annual Fan the Heat Program, which has helped more than 7,000 people since its inception in 1995. It…

Richland County deputies search for suspect after shooting off Broad River Road

Richland County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that left one man injured Tuesday afternoon. Deputies responded around 12:30 p.m. to the Richland Terrace apartment complex at 1212 Metze Road, which is off Broad River Road. They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The wounded man was taken to a local hospital, but deputies said his injuries did…

Blythewood assisted-care patient accused of attempted murder

Richland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a patient at an assisted-living home for allegedly stabbing another patient. Richard Benson (photo provided) Richard Benson, 71, is charged with attempted murder. Deputies responded to Carson Community Care on Farrow Road in Blythewood around 6 a.m. Monday and found a female patient suffering from multiple stab wounds to her lower body. Benson allegedly entered…

Columbia Urban League seeks to expand summer work program to 1,000 students

The Columbia Urban League seeks to expand its summer work program for the city’s youth to 1,000 students this summer. The nonprofit’s Summer Work Experience Leadership Program is a partnership that creates job opportunities with local businesses and city hall. “A lot of money has been reappropriated to incarcerate,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “I guarantee that you will see…

Authorities search for carjacking suspects

Richland County sheriff’s deputies and Columbia police officers are looking for suspects wanted in connection with a carjacking and with firing shots in a local neighborhood. Deputies responded to a home on Carlton Drive around midnight Sunday. A juvenile resident of the home said friends of his arrived at his home in a black Toyota pickup truck and asked him…

South Carolina Bar honors Dreher student, Eau Claire High School

Richland School District One stood out this year in giving students a glimpse into the state’s legal system and is well represented in the South Carolina Bar’s annual awards. Nick Seymour is the Bar’s Law Related Education Division’s 2015 Citizen of the Year. (photo provided) The Bar’s Law Related Education Division named Dreher High School senior Nick Seymour the 2015 Citizen of…

Questions arise over minority business participation during Richland County transportation talks

Richland County’s billion-dollar transportation penny program coordinators tout a mission of hiring small and local businesses to keep the penny sales tax revenue within the county. But several members of the county’s transportation penny advisory committee say they fear the program won’t extend contracting jobs to minority businesses equally. The Richland County Transportation Penny Advisory Committee meet to discuss the…