West Columbia

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis backs Gov. McMaster in handling of USC president hire

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis supports Gov. Henry McMaster in his handling of the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president. “The governor is doing the right thing,” said Loftis at a West Metro Rotary Club meeting in West Columbia, Friday. McMaster called in the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees presumably to cast a vote, Friday morning,…

Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball team wins State Championship

The Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball team won the Division 2 Ozone State Championship, Friday. With the victory, Cayce-WestColumbia advances to the Dixie Youth World Series in Lumberton, NC. Cayce-West Columbia defeated Williamston 6-3 Friday to win the state championship. Cayce West Columbia defeated Johnsonville on Friday, too by a score of 10-0. The “O” Zone Division 2 –…

Construction of West Columbia’s Enabling Park is progressing

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Chick-fil-A – West Columbia closing for upgrades, beginning Friday

Starting Friday  (July 12) Chick-fil-A West Columbia will be closed to make way for some major improvements in the kitchen and drive-thru. These enhancements include canopies, fans, and a brand new kitchen. A Chick-fil-A West Columbia Facebook message reads: “Don’t worry, we won’t stay away too long! In the meantime, visit our Saluda Pointe location just 4 miles away. –…

Child dies in pool incident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the 10-year-old boy who was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in a relative’s swimming pool. The incident occurred in the West Columbia area shortly before noon on Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. Mack D. Bonnett Jr. of Pelion was found face down in the pool by a family member. An autopsy…

Cayce Public Safety Department earns prestigious statewide accreditation

Cayce Department of Public Safety, and Director Byron Snellgrove, were recognized by Mayor Elise Partin and Cayce City Council, Tuesday night. City of Cayce photo.  The City of Cayce has announced that the Cayce Department of Public Safety, led by Director Byron Snellgrove, received the distinguished recognition of becoming a South Carolina State Accredited Agency on June 7. The City…

Original Tony’s still planning to open this month after vehicle runs into building

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Red Cross assisting family in Lexington after house fire

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, on Katrina Court in Lexington, was damaged by a fire just before midnight, Friday. The Lexington County Fire Department responded to the blaze.  The homeowner was transported by EMS for non life-threatening injuries. The Red Cross is helping three adults and one child by providing financial assistance for food,…

Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour explores West Columbia history

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Columbia rivers are the epicenter of eco-tourism on July 4th

Palmetto Outdoor photo. The Fourth of July weekend is a boon for eco-tourism, locally. “It’s our busiest day of the year,” said Michael Mayo, owner of Palmetto Outdoors. “The volume will be tremendous.” Much of the Palmetto Outdoors activity takes place at the West Columbia Riverwalk. The river tubing and kayaking provider, said Mayo, is a great example of the…

Black Rooster to open in 2-to-3 weeks, now hiring staff

Opening day is getting closer. Black Rooster is a restaurant at the northeast corner of the Brookland development in West Columbia. It will be opening in two-to-three weeks. Chef and Bourbon restaurant-owner Kristian Niemi first announced, in 2018, his plan to open a rooftop restaurant and bar in the Brookland development. He said the new venture would overlook the Congaree…

West Columbia fire protection rating improves to superior by ISO

Fire Chief Chris Smith at meeting, Tuesday. The fire-protection services of the City of West Columbia, as rated by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), has improved to Class 1 from a Class 3, Fire Chief Chris Smith announced at the July City Council Meeting, Tuesday. Members of the WCFD at Tuesday’s council meeting. By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires,…

Young entrepreneur launches painting business to service West Columbia, Lexington

Business owner Caitlin Qualman. Drew Hill photo. Caitlin Qualman is a 25-year-old who hails from Wisconsin and even went to school there. However, about two years ago she made the move to South Carolina, and is about to launch her own business in the Midlands. In her words, she “always hated the cold,” and “really loved the Carolina(s) area.” She…

Springdale’s Summerfest and Golf Cart Parade draws nice crowd

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Coroner identifies the 2 people killed in Cayce motorcycle collision, Friday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identities of the two individuals killed in a car and motorcycle collision. It occurred in the 2800 block of Charleston Highway at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday. According to Fisher, Mr. Melvin Clyde Horton, Jr., 54, of Cayce, and Ms. Heidi Joy Goots, 55, of Columbia, were pronounced dead at the scene…

2 killed in car and motorcycle accident in Cayce

Two people are dead after a car and motorcycle accident in Cayce, Friday evening. Sgt Evan Antley of  the Cayce Department of Public safety said a call was received around 7:24 p.m regarding a car-and-motorcycle collision. It occurred in the 2800 block of Charleston Highway at Dixiana Road, near the Pilot Travel Center. The driver and a passenger on the…

Lexington man arrested in connection with 13 sexual exploitation charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Friday announced the arrest of Daniel Wayne Lindler, 39, of Lexington. He was arrested in connection to 13 charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the S.C. Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, United States…

I-20 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 61) to be closed for 4 hours early Friday morning

On Friday (June 28) the I-20 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 61) will be closed from midnight Friday until 4 a.m. Friday for construction. The construction is part of the Ginny Lane/ I-20 Exit Ramp Improvement Project. The Exit ramp is between Lexington and West Columbia, and feeds traffic onto US 378 or Sunset Boulevard, near Saluda Pointe. The Town of…