Lower Richland

Richland Library named national award winner, one of top five libraries in the country

The Institute of Museum of Library Services has named Richland Library as a winner of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for their service and dedication to the community. Melanie Huggins making the announcement Monday in front of library board. (Terry Ward Photo) The award comes after back-to-back years…

Yonder Field changes opening from late May to August

Renderings of Yonder Field  Yonder Field has announced that Bowman Bound, the first festival that was slated for May 27 (and Memorial Day weekend) has been cancelled. A majority of the confirmed acts that were scheduled will come for future festivals.  The 2017 season will now be August through October. The 2018 season will commence in April and play through October….

Columbia Parks and Recreation offers free gardening workshops

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. Click on image to enlarge The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners. All workshops will be held at 10 a.m. at the Earlewood…

Annual synchronous fireflies display expected soon at Congaree National Park

Photo from Great Smokey Mountains National Park. One of the few places for the fireflies show. The Congaree National Park Park staff and community partners are gearing up for a celebration of the annual synchronous fireflies which will soon appear at Congaree National Park. The synchronous fireflies are a rare phenomenon and can only be seen in a handful of…

Found – Cayce Public Safety seeks help to find missing teen- Updated

Jurnee Smith-McBeth has been found. The juvenile reported missing earlier has been located at the Walmart in West Columbia. She in home safely with her parents. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help to locate Jurnee Smith-McBeth, 15. Jurnee left her residence in Cayce on Monday (May 8.) She has not been seen by her family since…

House, Senate override McMaster’s veto, gas tax going up 12-cents a gallon, beginning July 1

SCDOT applauds tax

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has stood almost alone in opposition to a tax that will increase the price of gas by 12-cents a gallon. Gov. Henry McMaster in his YouTube address decrying the tax hike. The bill that raises the gas tax by 2-cents-a-gallon for the next six years, also increases other driver and vehicle fees. The gas tax increase will take effect…

USC Football Coach Will Muschamp says newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” about players

USC Head Football Coach Will Muschamp. (USC Athletics Photo) University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Will Muschamp is asking for an apology from a Columbia newspaper after two of his players have been cleared of involvement in an assault. Muschamp said publicly Monday that he feels Columbia’s The State newspaper published “gross inaccuracies” regarding Gamecock football players. Muschamp also said…

Cayce man killed in Eastover motorcycle accident

Maurice Shaw, 44, of Tufton Court, Cayce, was the driver of a motorcycle that was struck by a car.  Shaw was transported by Richland County EMS to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died at 8:32 p.m.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.  An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due…

Thousands flood McEntire for S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo

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SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link

Riverbanks Zoo mourns death of beloved African elephant, Penny, 37

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is saddened to announce the death of one of its female African elephants. 37-year-old Penny was humanely euthanized on Thursday, May 4 after she fell on exhibit and was unable to stand. Riverbanks Zoo photo of its elephants. Penny arrived at Riverbanks in December of 2001 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)…

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

Midlands Gives results in $1,638,531 for nonprofits

Tameika Isaac Devine, of Columbia City Council, shoots a free throw for charity at Midlands Gives, Tuesday. Midlands Gives, the 24-hour online giving event that ended at 11:59 Tuesday night, accumulated $1,638,531 in donations. The fundraising challenge is presented annually the by Central Carolina Community Foundation. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, more than 10,000 contributions to nonprofits in 11 midlands counties…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

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Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

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Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Midlands Technical College commencement is Wednesday

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy to get honorary degrees

More than 2,500 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates to be Awarded at Midlands Technical College Commencement First Honorary Degrees ever awarded by MTC will be presented to Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy Midlands Technical College will award more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs at commencement Wednesday, May 3. The ceremony will celebrate one…

Midlands industrial development climate is better than ever

A report from a Columbia-based leasing and broker operation sites several favorable factors that point to robust economic growth in the Midlands. The industrial real estate market in Columbia saw decreased vacancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to report released by NAI Avant Monday. The trend follows a steady declining vacancy trend than began in the first quarter…

Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…