Richland County

Columbia Police Department holds annual National Night Out Kickoff

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Gamecocks open fall camp with first football practice

USC Athletics Department graphic The South Carolina Gamecocks officially opened their fall camp on a steamy Friday morning in Columbia with a two-hour practice session. It marked the start of the 125th season of intercollegiate football at South Carolina and the third under head coach Will Muschamp. 108 players were dressed in helmets and shorts for the first practice on Friday. Those in…

SCDOT hosting public hearing, proposing solution for Malfunction Junction

Terry Ward photo. The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced that the public is invited to attend the upcoming Carolina Crossroads Public Hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to present and solicit comments on the proposed solution to fix Malfunction Junction (I-20/26/126 corridor), and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public hearing will be held August 23 from 11…

Air Wisconsin to locate flight crew base, and add 150 positions, at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

CMA photo. Air Wisconsin, a regional carrier for United operating as United Express, has announced plans to locate their newest flight crew base at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The base is scheduled to be operational Oct 1. “This past week, we announced the opening of a crew base expanding our presence at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, which is a key part of…

Quality Deer Management Association of the Midlands holding its 15th annual banquet

The Quality Deer Management Association will be hosting its 15th annual banquet for the Midlands branch next Thursday. The QDMA is a nation-wide organization that originated in South Carolina about 30 years ago. The organization educates hunters and the general public about whitetail deer, the management of the species and their habitat improvement. According to the Midlands branch Membership Manager…

The Honor Project’s Beards for Breasts competition ends after almost two years

Finalists Bryan Spencer and Matthew Jeffcoat decide to call the competition a tie after growing their beards out for one year and nine months. Photos provided. The Honor Project announced in July that its second annual Beards for Breasts Competition, benefiting the Palmetto Health Foundation, has come to an end. The first year of the competition was inspired by The…

USC constructing $50 million Football Operations Center – see renderings

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Columbia Fire responds to apartment blaze, Red Cross helping 14 adults, 7 children displaced

CFD Photos. Crews from the Columbia Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at The Landings apartment complex in Forest Acres. The call came just after 10:30 Wednesday night. According to a CFD report, flames were seen coming out of one of the apartment complex buildings. The apartment building is off of Covenant Road and has about 16 apartments. The…

Transitions Homeless Center residents’ artwork showcased at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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Columbia woman dies in Tuesday crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Tuesday in a multi-vehicle collision. The crash occurred  at approximately 2:05 p.m. in the intersection of Two Notch and Polo Roads, Columbia. Nilsa Cruz-Melenda, 72, of Shirley Street, Columbia, was a passenger in a transport van when the collision occurred.  Ms. Cruz-Melenda was transported from the scene by…

District Five partnering with Walmart for students in need

District Five provided graphic. Lexington-Richland School District Five, the District Five Foundation and Walmart are partnering to help children in need for the upcoming school year. The group will hold its annual D5 Stuff-A-Bus event August 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at both the Harbison and Ballentine Walmart locations. Community members are asked to stop by…

New pizzeria coming to Columbia’s Cottowntown, part of 3-building development

Rendering of finished product. Cason Develoment Group provided photos. Cason Development Group is moving to Cottontown, and so is a new pizza restaurant. Cason will be relocating its offices to 2144 Sumter Street in September once renovation of the property is completed. In addition, a new pizzeria will open at 2150 Sumter Street in early fall. Cason has acquired the…

Tax free weekend: Midlands retailers preparing for back-to-school crowds

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35 tomato entries judged for Sustainable Midlands Tasty Tomato Festival

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Pre-season high school football preview part 1, by Tyler Cupp

Tyler Cupp has contributed to ESPN radio and multiple other stations in Columbia covering High School and state sports in SC.Since 2007. Tyler has covered State Championships and Tournaments in SC for wrestling, baseball, basketball, softball, and football. He is the play by play voice of the Lugoff-Elgin Demons for WPUB radio out of Kershaw County. Storylines and Season Preview…

Columbia welcomes Bone-In Barbeque as first restaurant of developing Bull Street District

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94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Ethan Gardner

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. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Gardner.

Ethan Gardner. Photo used with permission. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner joined the Marine Corps as an 0311, better known as an infantryman. It wasn’t the same infantryman that you might be imagining though, Ethan was part of a F.A.S.T (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team). “We deployed all over the world to…

More rain, lower temperatures expected this week, after heavy rains Sunday

Some flights were diverted from Charlotte to Columbia because of storms Sunday. NWS -Columbia photo. The National Weather Service in Columbia said 2-to-3 inches of rain fell Sunday afternoon. There were numerous reports of water buildup on local roads. More rain is expected for Monday through Friday, with heavy rain possible. Scattered showers, and possible storms, are expected to develop…

Puppy Bar Crawl raises funds for Pawmetto Lifeline

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Five Points Association’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale draws a crowd

5-Points Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-3 Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5-Points-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. July weekends in Columbia are famously hot, but local businesses are giving people many good reasons to venture out into the sun. The Five Points Association’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale drew big crowds to the village Friday and Saturday, and…

First responder surprised with new Cool Care Heating and Air unit

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Planning underway for Columbia’s first Soda City Duck Race

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