West Columbia

Springdale welcomes new Dollar General at ribbon cutting ceremony

ribbon-cutting Show Caption Hide Caption Dollar General, 2922 Platt Springs Rd.  Karamie Sullivan photos. Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop, police chief Kevin Cornell, members of the Chamber, and employees of the city gathered Thursday afternoon for the newest ribbon cutting in the town. Dollar General celebrated their opening on 2922 Platt Springs Road. Bishop laughed that he nearly had forgotten the…

Arrest made in West Columbia double-murder case

Damien Lavar Ritter-LCSD photo.  The West Columbia Police Department has made an arrest in connection to two murders that occurred on July 5, on Glenn St. in West Columbia. Investigators have charged Damien Lavar Ritter 25, of 69 Roberts St., Estill, with two counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, Possession of a firearm during…

Lexington County men arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Sean Michael Fox, 18, and Jeremy Alan Walker, 21, of West Columbia, on two charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the…

West Columbia “murder and mystery” walking tour scheduled for July 27

J.R. Fennell addressing West Columbia City Council There’s a lot of history on the streets of West Columbia. And there will be a State Street Historic Tour conducted by J.R. Fennell, director of the Lexington County Museum. The tour is scheduled for 8 p.m. July 27. beginning at the Amphitheater on the West Columbia Riverwalk. The walking will include State…

Bill Mooneyhan replaces Richard Brinkley as C-WC Lions Club president

Richard Brinkley, left, with Bill Mooneyhan. Terry Ward photos. Bill Mooneyhan was installed as the new president of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, Tuesday. He takes over for past-president Richard Brinkley. Mooneyhan will serve a two-year term. Brinkley received a pin in appreciation for his tenure as president. The Lions luncheon was held at Grecian Gardens in West Columbia. C-WC…

Glen Conwell “ecstatic to win” Lexington County Council seat, ready to work

Glen Conwell Glen Conwell accomplished an improbable feat on June 12. The former Lexington Two School Board member won a three-way primary for the District 8 Lexington County Council seat. He defeated incumbent Ned Tolar and challenger Chuck Crouch on the first ballot. To win, Conwell had to get more than 50 percent of the vote. He is a Republican,…

Cayce Department of Public Safety awarded $37,685 grant from the Firehouse Subs Foundation

The City of Cayce announced that the Department of Public Safety has been awarded a $37,685.40 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase 15 sets of firefighter bunker gear. Columbia Firehouse Subs franchise owner Larry Chandler said it’s rewarding to see the money raised go back to people in the community.  “We always feel really good when…

All-Star Show begins at Lexington County Baseball Stadium

Corey Miller. Photos by Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr.  The 20th annual Coastal Plain League All-Star Show began Sunday with “Fan Fest” at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Nearly 500 fans took part in the 3-and-a-half-hour event which featured skills contests involving the National and American League teams. The two All-Star squads participated in bunting, hitting and pitching contests…

Coroner releases name of motorcyclist who died in collision with tractor trailer

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 3700 block of Charleston Highway just before 6 a.m. Friday morning. According to Fisher, Mr. Wesley Grant Hutto, 26, of North, S.C. was operating a motorcycle, traveling northbound, when he collided with a southbound tractor trailer as it made…

West Columbia welcomes cyclists with 3 bicycle repair stations

Three stands : Riverwalk  Moffatt Street, West Columbia Community Center).   The City of West Columbia has completed the installation of the three bicycle repair stations located in the City. The stations are part of a project with EngenuitySC’s What’s Next Midlands and the Cola Town Bike Collective to create biking connectivity between all areas of the Midlands. The bicycle…

UPDATED 1 dead, 2 hospitalized after shooting in West Columbia – victim identified

One person was fatally shot at a West Columbia apartment complex Thursday, according to West Columbia Police. Two other people also were hospitalized after being shot in the same incident, according to West Columbia Police Department Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. The shooting occurred at the New Brookland apartments in the 900 block of Glenn Street, The Lexington County Coroner’s…

Brookland Beach Bash at West Columbia Riverwalk is Saturday

BBB-5 Show Caption Hide Caption Prettier Than Matt will play Show Caption Hide Caption Brookland-Beach-Bash – Brookland Photo Show Caption Hide Caption Brookland-Beach-Bash-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Riverwalk West Columbia Show Caption Hide Caption Michael Mayo of Palmetto Outdoors Show Caption Hide Caption Are you ready for a summer celebration? The Brookland Beach Bash is Saturday beginning at noon. It…

Ex-Swansea football coach, AD, ready to fight for reputation

Gregory Wright By Thomas Grant Jr.  Gregory Wright arrived at Swansea High School three years ago with enthusiastic support as the new head football coach and athletics director. He now finds himself without a job after his termination this past Thursday. Wrestling coach Eric Pack was reportedly named the interim head football coach. Lexington School District Four and Swansea High…

UPDATED – Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies work domestic violence incident – arrest made

LCSD photo. A Lexington man has been charged after a seven-hour standoff with deputies Saturday morning at a home on Farming Creek Way. Jonathan Johnson, 24, is charged with first degree domestic violence after he used force while attempting to have intercourse with his live-in girlfriend, according to an arrest warrant. Johnson also produced a firearm and threatened to harm…

Northside Middle’s Jane Taylor finishes last day at school Thursday after 36 years

Northside Middle sign Show Caption Hide Caption JANE TAYLOR Show Caption Hide Caption Northside Middle 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Northside Middle 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Jane Taylor in office Show Caption Hide Caption Jane Taylor at Northside on her last day. Karamie Sullivan photos. Some educators look forward to their retirement after years of anticipation and planning. Many…

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber welcomes new members

New members were welcomed at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast this week. The breakfast was held at at 300 Senate Street. Pictured are: Brad Spehl, with mic, of Steeplechase Financial Services; Beverly Roland and Janis Tuten of Alpha Male Men’s Clinic; Laura Snellgrove of Spectrum Reach and Jen Thompson of Lighthouse For Life. Suzanne Riley-Whyte of the Chamber is…

2 armed robberies, Springdale Police look for suspects

Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett is asking for the community’s help in identifying individuals involved in two separate robberies at the Corner Pantry Gas Station at 3280 Platt Springs Rd., in Springdale. The first incident took place Saturday just before 3 a.m. Two individuals entered the store and one presented a pump shotgun as the two ordered the cashier to give…

UPDATED: Coroner identifies body recovered from the Congaree River

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a body recovered from the Congaree River in Cayce. It was recovered at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, the body of Thomas Wright “Antwon” Sumter, 50, of Columbia was recovered from the river by the Cayce Department of Public Safety. An autopsy has been scheduled Thursday to determine the cause of…

Update: Body found in Congaree River in Cayce

Congaree River in Cayce The Cayce Department of Public Safety was notified of a possible body in the Congaree River on Wednesday at 2:03 p.m.  Officers, Investigators, and Fire Personnel responded to an area approximate 200 yards downstream from the Blossom Street Bridge.                 Cayce DPS deployed Swift Water Rescue Technicians into the river and the body of a unidentified…

Cayce Waffle House robbed at gunpoint, police looking for suspects

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is reporting that a robbery occurred on Wednesday at 12:23 a.m. Officers responded to the Waffle House restaurant located at 1837 Airport Blvd. Witnesses described the suspects as three black males with one of them brandishing what appeared to be a shotgun. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash from register, the three males…

Trump-McMaster rally attendees come to protest, support, witness president in SC

Jenni Arthur and Tammy Kabakjian supporting McMaster Show Caption Hide Caption line before entrance Show Caption Hide Caption entrance Show Caption Hide Caption overflow room 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Trump protestors, McCawley and mother Show Caption Hide Caption Trump protestors Show Caption Hide Caption MAGA hats Show Caption Hide Caption Trump on screen Show Caption Hide Caption The last…