West Columbia

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…

Former Bearcat Kevin Heise, Emily Heise to coach soccer at Gray Collegiate Academy

Kevin Heise (GCA Photos) Gray Collegiate Academy, a public charter school located in West Columbia, has announced the hiring of veteran husband and wife soccer coaching duo, Kevin and Emily Heise as their new boys’ and girls’ varsity coaches. GCA, under the leadership of Principal Dr. Brian Newsome and Athletic Director Adam Holmes, will begin its’ fourth academic year in…

Lexington-based Prysmian gets $300 million deal with Verizon

Verizon Communications has awarded Prysmian Group a $300 million optical cable supply contract. Prysmian Group North America headquarters are in Lexington. The agreement supports Verizon’s U.S. network expansion around a next-generation fiber platform that will speed the implementation of 5G services. Verizon will supply 10.6 million miles of ribbon and loose tube cables. The agreement was announced Monday in a press…

Cayce/West Columbia Primary Care going up at Klapman and N. Brown Street

There is a new healthcare facility being built in West Columbia. Cayce/West Columbia Primary Care is going up at the corner of Klapman Boulevard and North Brown Street. The building is 9,762-sq.ft said Paetra Cruz, executive director of Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, the parent organization for the project. Adults and children, who are part of the “undeserved” community, will…

Subject in Five Points assault investigation turns himself in

Columbia Police Investigators have charged a 20-year-old man accused of assaulting a male victim at a Five Points business last month. Jalen Antwan Dread 20 turned himself in to police at Columbia Police Headquarters shortly before noon today. He was served with a Simple Assault arrest warrant and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC). Investigators do not expect…

Street closes in Lexington after building catches fire

A street was closed for a while Sunday night  in Lexington after a building caught fire. LPD Photos. The fire was reported at an abandoned building on Elm Street, just after 9:30 p.m., according to the Lexington Police Department.The Lexington County Fire Service responded to the fire and part of the street was closed.  The fire was under control a…

Man flags down car, shoots occupant witnesses say

Composite sketch of suspect (LCSD) Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a man who is accused of shooting a person. The shooting occurred, witnesses said, Saturday near Old Dunbar Road and Hwy 321 in Lexington County. The man was last seen running toward Edmund Highway. Detectives believe the suspect flagged down and approached a vehicle then held the…

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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Police say USC football players Deebo Samuel, Skai Moore not part of bar assault

Columbia Police Investigators have an outstanding arrest warrant for a 20-year-old suspect accused of assaulting a male victim at a Five Points business last weekend. Some earlier reports attempted to  link USC football players Samuel and Moore to the assault. Gamecock head football coach Will Muschamp maintained Samuel was not there, despite reports to the contrary. Jalen Antwan Dread is wanted…

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

Law suit filed related to double-fatal Lake Murray boat crash

A man who survived a boat crash that killed two others on the same boat, has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the boat that hit the bass boat he was on. Ashley “Ash” Thomas Wannamaker, according to his attorney, Lisa McPherson filed the civil suit Monday in Richland County Common Pleas court. The crash occurred on Lake Murray…

Lexington County Blowfish plan to “Eclipse” competition in novelty jerseys

1/4Total Eclipse Game Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Blowfish Co-owner Bill Shanahan Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Good crowd on hand Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Blowfish Jerseys Show Caption Hide Caption Blowfish press conference (Richard Skipper Photos) The regular season for the Lexington County Blowfish is less than four weeks away. On Thursday the Blowfish management held a press conference at the stadium….

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…

Airport High School student receives associates degree before high school graduation

Victoria Shea Adams-Holden graduated from MTC. the ceremony was held at Colonial Life Arena. Victoria Shea Adams-Holden, graduated from  Midlands Technical College Wednesday. She became the second high school student, to receive her Associate of Arts degree from Midlands Technical College. Shea is the first high school student from Airport High School, Lexington District 2, and the County of Lexington…

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative announces 2017 winners in Sporting Clay Fundraiser

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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…

Pig breaks out of Lexington County stray animal pen, now in custody, headed for new home

“Suspect” pig apprehended. (LCSD Photos) Taken from amateur video of pig on the loose in Lexington. A pig broke out of the Lexington County stray animal pen Wednesday afternoon. The pig was recaptured Wednesday night and the pig pen was reinforced to prevent future break-outs. And according  to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Tweet, the “suspect” pig is headed to…

House of Raeford delivers baskets for Teacher Appreciation Week

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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…

Columbia International University adds women’s softball

Columbia International University is adding women’s softball to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The first season for Rams softball is scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year. Athletics Director James Whitaker said softball has been in the plans since CIU’s inaugural intercollegiate athletic season in 2012. The search for a head coach is underway. “Hiring the right coach for the job…

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

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…