Richland County

Body found in Columbia pond, police investigating

The Columbia Police Department announced Saturday afternoon that they are working with the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to recover a deceased person who was found in a pond.  The discovery was made just before 1 p.m. on Kimpton Drive. The CPD does not suspect foul play at this time, although they said the investigation is…

Blythewood man ready to tackle 500-mile hike in Spain

Lane training for his hike. Jeanne Reynolds photo. By Jeanne Reynolds Larry Lane is getting ready to celebrate his newly minted master’s degree with a trip to Europe. But don’t expect to find the Blythewood resident sightseeing in major cities, sipping lattes in quaint cafes or relaxing on the Riviera. Instead, he’s marking the milestone with a 500-mile hike. “I’ve…

LEGO artists from across country displaying pieces at Columbia Convention Center

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Improving storm drainage on Bull Street, inbound traffic to be impacted

Cottontown area of Bull Street. Karamie Sullivan photos The city of Columbia wants to notify citizens of possible upcoming traffic delays on the inbound lanes of Bull Street, near the intersection at Victoria and Franklin Streets, beginning Monday. Drivers are to be advised that inbound lanes will be impacted until the utility work is completed. All should adhere to the…

State museum inviting artists to submit work for 30th anniversary exhibit, cash prizes awarded

The South Carolina State Museum is now accepting entries from artists for its 30th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition, opening November 3. Artists’ work will have the chance to be selected for the exhibit and win cash prizes up to $1,500. The juried exhibition is open to residents of South Carolina who are 18 years old and older. Individual artists must…

Columbia Police Department responds to burglary call, finds deceased female

Holbrook being interviewed about the incident. CPD photo. The Columbia Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a female at the 900 block of Huntington Avenue. Officers initially responded to the home this a.m. after a reported burglary. “We’re in the initial stages of the crime scene investigation. We’ve also talked with neighbors to gather additional information,” said CPD…

Fiberglass company coming to Midlands with 400 job openings, job fair Saturday

Photo from readysc.org/jushi There’s a new Chinese-based company coming to South Carolina, and they have chosen Richland County as their ground-breaking location. Jushi, a global manufacturer and promoter of fiberglass products is establishing its U.S. fiberglass manufacturing operations with an 80,000-ton production line. According to readysc.org, the first phase of the project is expected to create 400 new jobs and…

Columbia Police Department investigating suspicious death

Columbia Police Department officers are investigating a suspicious death in North Columbia. Officers were dispatched to Prescott and Koon Roads near North Main Street Wednesday afternoon after citizens found a deceased female at the 5800 block of Koon Road. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting CPD with the investigation. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow morning. CPD will provide…

Suspect accused of swindling two victims out of thousands of dollars

Bradley Donald Smith. CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department announced their Property Crimes investigators have outstanding arrest warrants for a 43-year-old man accused of swindling two victims out of thousands of dollars. Bradley Donald Smith will be charged with obtaining goods/property under false pretenses, according to the department. The pending charges stem from two incidents that occurred last month….

Insulin-dependent 16-year-old is missing, Richland County Sheriff’s Department asks for help to find

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding Keyonna Sellers, an insulin-dependent 16-year-old who has been missing since July 30. Keyonna was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black leggings and glasses in the Broad River area. She is five-feet, 11-inches tall and 170 pounds. Investigators believe that when Keyonna went missing, she had insulin with…

Camel rides on Main Street? MGC Law Firm holds fundraiser for Children’s Chance

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Woman who was hit on I-26 Identified by coroner

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of a pedestrian who died Tuesday. The woman was struck by a vehicle at approximately 2:05 a.m. on Interstate 26 westbound at Exit 101, Columbia. Christina D. Hickey, 41, of Broken Hill Road, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where she…

Behind-scenes tour of Hennessy’s building, new restaurant tenant expected to open late fall

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S.C. State Fair concerts include Trace Adkins, Tokyo Joe/Rocketman, Temptations, Four Tops

The South Carolina State Fair has scheduled eight musical acts for the Pepsi Grandstand series during this year’s fair Oct. 10-21. This year’s lineup includes six paid shows and two free shows: Oct. 10 – Tokyo Joe/Rocketman-Elton John Tribute Oct. 11 – Scotty McCreery Oct. 12 – Bret Michaels Oct. 14 – La Poderosa Banda San Juan Oct. 15 –…

Woman killed after running onto I-26, says SCHP

A woman was killed after she ran onto I-26 and was hit by a tractor-trailer, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The incident happened a little after 2 a.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lanes of I-26 near mile marker 101 in Richland County, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the Highway Patrol. The Richland County Coroner’s Office has not…

Pawmetto Lifeline receives $1,000 check from Panera Bread

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More than 100,000 rounds of ammunition stolen from weekend gun show

LCSD provided photo. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department estimate more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition were stolen during a gun and knife show this weekend. “We responded to the Jamil Temple parking lot Saturday morning after several thefts were called in,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Several people had items stolen from their trailers parked overnight Friday….

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Navy Veteran Bobby Hunter

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 U.S. Navy Veteran Bobby Hunter. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Hunter, and special guest Kaylee Swanson.

Bobby Hunter. Photo provided by Don Sornson. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. Petty Officer Bobby Hunter never set out to join the military. Bobby’s father retired from the US Army, and to Bobby, that was not the life for him. “Initially I really didn’t want to go in the military, just that when I started going to…

Coroner identifies Columbia man as victim in fatal crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in a vehicle collision. It occurred Saturday at approximately 3:15 a.m. The incident occurred on Congaree Church Road, Gadsden. Watts identified the victim as Julirs Levine, Jr. 41, of Columbia. He was the driver of a Chevrolet Astro Van when he left the road striking several trees….