West Columbia

Lexington County man killed on bicycle in hit-and-run incident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred Friday in the 300 block of Main Street in Gaston at approximately 5:50 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Samson Sharpe, 54, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Sharpe was riding his bicycle in…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees raises over $31,000

City of West Columbia photo. The West Columbia Beautification Foundation held its 4th Annual Tribute for Trees Gala on Tuesday. The gala raised more than $31,000, including a $10,000 donation from Soda City Friends. All of the money raised is dedicated to planting trees, shrubbery, and flowers along Sunset Boulevard and Augusta Highway to beautify roadways in the city. Foundation…

Lexington Two employees recognized with service awards

Dawn Kujawa photo. By Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Communications Director Nearly 60 employees of Lexington Two were recognized for their service Thursday. Awards were presented for 10, 20 and 30 years of service in Lexington Two during a reception before the monthly Board of Trustees meeting. Among the recipients, their schools and years of service: AIRPORT HIGH 10 years: Sarah…

High school football weekly preview, by Tyler Cupp

Cheraw football stadium. Photo from Cheraw asst. football coach Twitter account. Finally, back to football. After Hurricane Florence made its way to the coast and into the Carolinas, high school football obviously became an afterthought. But now, the state moves on and resumes play. With the ruling earlier this week from the South Carolina High School League to extend the…

Man accused of homicide in West Columbia found, arrested in Arizona

Jamal Coburn. LCSD provided photo The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday morning that the man investigators said is responsible for a West Columbia homicide has been arrested. He was found in Arizona by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, according to the release. Jamal Devontae Coburn, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday on a murder charge stemming from the…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees draws largest crowd ever

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Designers release video of planned West Columbia enabling park by the river

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Weather-related incidents reported by Lexington County officials

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Lexington County Emergency Operations Center enters OPCON 3, flooding and tornadoes possible

Karamie Sullivan- file photo Lexington County officials reported Friday morning their Emergency Operations Center has entered “operational condition three,” which is a partial activation of the county’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence. OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to be ready for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of…

It’s getting windy in Columbia, rain forecast for this afternoon – photos

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City of West Columbia prepares as Hurricane Florence approaches, Riverwalk closed

Expect the Congaree River to rise, like it did in the 2015 flood. With Hurricane Florence approaching, officials in West Columbia are in hyper-busy mode getting ready. “The City’s emergency response team is preparing for the storm,” said Anna Huffman, West Columbia’s Public Information officer. To do that several departments are coordinating, trying to make sure all bases are covered….

Gov. McMaster implementing total lane reversal on 4 major roads, beginning Tuesday

Governor Henry McMaster announced Monday around 3 p.m., that there will be mandatory evacuations in eight different counties down the coast of the state, due to Hurricane Florence. Because of the evacuations, three highways and one interstate will have complete lane reversals, beginning Tuesday at noon. According to McMaster, the four roads with lane reversals will be: -I-26, from the…

Lexington County advises pond owners to lower water

Old Mill Pond Lexington. County of Lexington emergency officials are monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and advise that local pond and dam owners begin lowering water levels ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to arrive at the state’s coast Thursday evening. Officials said that the storm is expected to bring heavy wind and rain to the Midlands area,…

September is National Preparedness Month, as storm threatens

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High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos IRMO 28 BROOKLAND-CAYCE 14 After getting shut out by Dutch Fork a week prior, the Irmo Yellow Jackets bounced back with a win over B-C. What really jumped out to me in this game was Omarion Dolleson, who starts at receiver for Irmo, actually played some running back Friday. Kendrell Flowers is apparently still nursing an ankle sprain….

Coroner releases report on nine-month-old’s death, couple charged with homicide

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the official cause of death of an infant killed Saturday in the 3900 block of Charleston Highway in West Columbia. According to Fisher, an autopsy was performed Friday on nine-month-old Miguel Angel Alvarado.  The autopsy concluded that the infant sustained blunt force injuries to the head and chest, resulting in subdural hemorrhage and…

Officer Jeff Phillips to lead West Columbia’s Code Compliance Department

Officer Jeff Phillips addressing council in his new role as Code Compliance Manager. The City of West Columbia has selected Officer Jeff Phillips to lead the Code Compliance Department as Code Compliance Manager. Phillips will be attending homeowners association meetings, church groups, and civic and commercial organizations to get a feel for the culture of complaints and to explain the…

Retail center planned for Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

Site of planned retail center- Terry Ward photo. New commercial property is coming. A retail center is being planned for 2875 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. It’s the strip of property beside Freddy’s Steakburgers. Colliers International real estate group, in an email from broker Taylor Wolfe, stated that there will be a newly-constructed retail building consisting of 6,000 sq. ft. of…

Police ask for public’s help to find suspect in alleged armed robbery incident

The West Columbia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance, in reference to an alleged armed robbery incident that occurred on Saturday. The below photographs show the suspect who is believed to be a male with short dread locks wearing a red shirt and dark pants. Police believe the suspect may be driving a gray 2007- 2013 GMC Sierra four…

2 bystanders hit by gun fire, deputies investigate

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting incident off Riverbend Drive. Deputies responded to a reported shooting around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Details are limited at this time as detectives work to gather information. Following a dispute, an unidentified person opened fire, hitting two bystanders who were unrelated to the incident. The two victims are being treated for non-life…

Ribbon is cut at Moore Beauston & Woodham accounting

A ribbon-cutting and after hours event was held at Moore Beauston and Woodham accounting, tax and consulting services in West Columbia, Thursday. The ribbon-cutting was hosted by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The business cut the ribbon on its remodeled building at 150 North 9th St. Pictured are: Elizabeth Moore, Richard Skipper, C-WC Chamber executive director, Debra Moore,…

Developer shares details of West Columbia’s proposed Savage Craft Ale Works complex

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Truck fire causes closing of I-20 eastbound lane in Lexington County

Lexington County officials are reporting a tractor-trailer fire on I-20 eastbound. It’s near the Augusta Highway Exit. I-20 Eastbound is shut down, according to the report that was issued about 10:05 a.m. Authorities said be on the look out for emergency responders heading toward area. There are no Injuries reported. Lexington County photo.  Categories: Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia