Richland County

UPDATE: Police find car stolen after Barhamville Road shooting

Columbia police have identified a suspect in Wednesday’s shooting of a man at a Barhamville Road home. Christopher Wilbert Keitt (photo provided) Police have issued arrest warrants for 24-year-old Christopher Wilbert Keitt, who faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, burglary, grand larceny, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and…

Annual Richland Recycles Day set for Friday

Richland County residents are invited to drop off electronics, tires, used cooking oil, paint, mattresses and other recyclable materials this Friday. Residents are invited to drop off recyclable materials at the State Fairgrounds this Friday. (photo provided) Recyclable materials will be accepted from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at the State Fairgrounds. People are asked to enter through Gate 12…

Richland County named America’s 1st certified Connected Capital Community

Richland County is beginning the early stages of becoming more digitally connected with help from the county’s Information Technology Department and partnerships with local organizations. Their work is helping expand Internet access throughout the community. Richland County Councilmembers pose with connected community signs that will placed around the county (photo by Kelly Petty). The county was recognized as America’s first certified…

Man shot at Barhamville Road home

Columbia police are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting that left one man wounded. Columbia police investigate the scene of a shooting Wednesday on Barhamville Road. (photo provided) Officers responded to a home on Barhamville Road near the Slighs Avenue intersection around 8 a.m. They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital. No…

SCDOT holds first public meeting for ‘Malfunction Junction’ project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation held the first of many public meetings to address the Carolina Crossroads project for the I-20/26/126 Corridor, commonly referred to as “Malfunction Junction.” SCDOT project manager Brian Klauk presents information to the public Tuesday evening. (photo by Ali O’Hara) “We want to hear from the public. We know this is a big project and…

Study: Certified school librarians, well-funded libraries lead to improved test scores

School libraries are making a difference in the classroom and on South Carolina standardized test scores, according to data released by a state librarian association. Librarians and representatives from local school districts were present for the release of results from a recent study linking school library quality to test scores. (photo by Kelly Petty) “It validates what we already know:…

Elementary school teachers enhance learning with funds from Stephen Colbert grants

Students in Rebecca Hocking’s fourth-grade class at Lonnie B Nelson Elementary school were enthusiastic about weaving dream catchers. Eager to show off their work, the fourth-graders held up their designs with smiles on their faces. This project would not be available to these students without help from a crowd-sourcing website. Lonnie B Nelson Elementary School students and their teachers show off their…

Columbia Public Safety Job Fair set for Thursday

Job seekers interested in a career in public safety are invited to the City of Columbia’s second annual Public Safety Job Fair on Thursday. The Columbia Police Department will host the event from 5 until 8 p.m. at the police department’s headquarters at 1 Justice Square. Positions are available with the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department and Columbia-Richland 911…

Lower Richland High School unveils compost cycle program to reduce school lunch waste

EngenuitySC is taking its relationship with Lower Richland High School to the next level with the launch of a new program to reduce the school’s waste while teaching students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students in the Lower Richland STEM Academy show how the dehydrator works. (photo by Kelly Petty) The nonprofit initiated the LifeCycle Innovation Project, a four-phase…

3 arrested in connection with armed robbery

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three suspects in connection with an armed robbery. Kyre Green, 21; Alvin Bethel, 20; and a third suspect were charged for armed robbery. The third suspect’s identity will not be released because of his age in accordance with Richland County Sheriff’s Department policy. A woman told deputies she was walking home early Saturday morning when she…

Columbia’s Community Development Department celebrates 40 years at awards gala

The city of Columbia’s Community Development Department celebrated 40 years of service to the community with a special banquet last week. The department partnered with the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods, which celebrated its eighth annual Neighborhood Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (from left), U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Community Development Director Deborah Livingston and first Community…

3 teens charged with robbing man at Columbia ATM

Columbia police arrested three teens accused of robbing a man at a local ATM. Marquis Grooms (photo provided) Mikell Lloyd (photo provided) Marquis Grooms and Mikell Lloyd, both 18, face charges of armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Grooms also is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a handgun during the…

Lexington-Richland Five superintendent wins second superintendent of the year honor

A leader of Columbia schools has been named the top superintendent in the state. Stephen Hefner of Lexington-Richland School District Five is used to cheering on his students and teachers, but he is the person receiving praise this time around. The superintendent is the only one in South Carolina history to earn the honor of Superintendent of the Year from the South Carolina…

Columbia police persuade man to come out of home, receive help

Columbia police officers spent 18 hours Thursday night and Friday morning working to help a man who was threatening to harm himself. Columbia Police were on Farmview Street Friday morning attempting to help a man threatening to harm himself. (photo provided) Police were called to a home on Farmview Street around 5 p.m. Thursday for a welfare check. Officers said…

Fire destroys vacant Columbia home

A fire early Friday morning destroyed a vacant home and damaged a home being renovated. The Columbia Fire Department responded to a call to 1104 Peachwood Drive at around 2:45 a.m. They found the small vacant home already burned to the ground. They extinguished the fire, which also caused an estimated $8,000 in damage to a second home nearby. Neither home was occupied,…

Stephen Colbert funds projects for 21 Columbia schools

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he will be funding nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers in South Carolina. “South Carolina teachers made requests on the Donors Choose website. There was $800,000 left over, and he chose to pick up the bill,” said a spokesperson for South Carolina Education Superintendent’s Office. Stephen Colbert (photo provided) The Columbia area…

Photo Gallery: Navy veteran opens grocery store to provide fresh food to low-income residents

  Marcus Scarborough could have taken his skills as a nuclear-trained engineer to secure any position he wanted. But the Columbia native and 13-year Navy veteran chose to return home to fulfill the simple need of food security to an underserved part of the population. Scarborough welcomed customers Wednesday to the new Save-A-Lot on Harden Street. His goal for the…

Murder suspect extradited from Baltimore to Columbia

A man accused of fatally shooting a local teen in March is back in Columbia to face a murder charge. Jerimiah Pough (photo provided) A Columbia Police Department investigator and a United States Marshals Service Task Force member brought Jerimiah Amir Pough, 19, from Baltimore to Columbia on Wednesday night. Pough was arrested March 27 during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in…

Richland County Council hears mixed opinions on proposed sewer project

Richland County Council approved removing liens as a method to collect on unpaid sewer bills amid calls from some Lower Richland residents to abandon the proposed sewer system. Lower Richland residents attend a meeting regarding the proposed sewer project. (photo by Kelly Petty) The amended measure would require county staff to use the state’s GEAR set-off debt program to collect on…

UPDATE: Irmo police chief announces retirement; replacement named

Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck is retiring from the Irmo Police Department, and will be replaced by one of his officers. Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck announced his retirement Wednesday. (photo provided) Buck announced his retirement Wednesday morning via the department’s Facebook page. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work for this town and community for the last 27…

Midlands Gives raises more than $1.5 million for local nonprofits

People in the Columbia area and far beyond answered the call of 252 local nonprofits Tuesday and donated $1,521,972.65 in the second annual Midlands Gives campaign. The Central Carolina Community Foundation organized and hosted the event. The total doubled the money raised during the inaugural event in 2014, and 11,326 separate gifts rolled in during this year’s 24-hour fundraiser. Representatives of…

Plans for Vista Greenway revitalization will omit gate enclosure near Finlay Park

Columbia City Council fulfilled a request from some Arsenal Hill residents to remove a proposed gate from the project plans for the Vista Greenway. City Engineer Dana Higgins discusses the Vista Greenway project. (photo by Kelly Petty) Plans developed by architecture firm Alta included an enclosure at the overpass near the corner of Gasdsen and Blanding streets where the trail…

Man accused of shooting rifle at 3 people in Columbia neighborhood

Richland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man after investigating a report of rifle shots being fired in a local subdivision Monday night. Donald Caldwell, 64, is charged with attempted murder. Deputies said they responded to a call just before midnight Monday and found Caldwell standing outside his home on New Holland Drive in the Summerhill subdivision. Caldwell was armed with…