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

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Portion of Lexington’s Sunset Boulevard to be closed Wednesday, Thursday

Sunset Boulevard, Lexington (Google Photo) A portion of Sunset Boulevard in Lexington will be closed from from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, according to the Lexington Police Department. Be prepared for delays and possible traffic congestion on Sunset Blvd. near Palmetto Park Blvd. Westbound traffic on Sunset Blvd. at Palmetto Park Blvd. will…

Lexington Wine Walk is May 13, at the Icehouse Amphitheater

Lexington Wine Walk. (Photo Contributed) The 7th Annual Lexington Wine Walk on Main Street is planned for Saturday, May 13. It’s from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main Street, Lexington. Local musical sensation The Going Commando Band will perform great Classic Rock, Country and Blues hits throughout the night. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at…

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…

Columbia College Board appoints Carol Moore as interim president

Carol A. Moore, PhD, has been named as interim president of Columbia College. John C.B. Smith, Chairman of the Columbia College Board of Trustees  announced the appointment in a press release. Carol A. Moore, PhD (Photo Submitted) Dr. Moore will fill the position held by Elizabeth Dinndorf, who is set to retire on June 30. Dr. Moore has been serving as the…

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…

Town of Lexington’s Farmers Market opens Saturday for 2017 season

Lexington Farmers Market The Town of Lexington will open its Farmers Market season on May 6, 2017.  The Market is located at Lexington Square Park (205 E. Main St.) and will operate every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon, running through Sept. 30 (except for July 1). The Town of Lexington Farmers Market is primarily intended as a farmer/grower and local…

Gilbert High’s Austin Hicks wins All-Star Automotive Technology competition

Austin Hicks with LTC Automotive Engineering Technology Master Instructor T. Raymond Roland. (Photo Submitted) Is your automobile acting up? Give Gilbert High Senior Austin M. Hicks a call. Hicks won the 2017 South Carolina All-Star Automotive Technology Competition and was awarded $5,000 for Lexington Technology Center’s Automotive Technology program and $2,500 in tools for his personal garage. Only 12 students…

Possibility of severe storms Monday afternoon

Gervais Street looking east. There could be some bad weather in Columbia Monday afternoon, especially between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A cold front is expected to blow in bringing severe thunderstorms, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service prediction calls for plentiful showers with the thunderstorms. The high temperature prediction is 83 degrees. There is the…

S.C. National Guard Air and Ground Expo is next Saturday and Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard will open its doors for the Air and Ground Expo. It’s happening May 6-7, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina. This is a free event, open to the public, and will feature both aerial and static displays. Parking for the event will open at 8 a.m. both days with event gates…

Trav Robertson elected S.C. Democratic Party chairman

The South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention has elected Trav Robertson to serve as State Party Chair. Below is a press release from the SCDP: Trav Robertson Trav Robertson has spent his life fighting to elect Democrats and working to build strong party organizations across the country.  He’s run campaigns at every level of American politics.  Robertson is one of…

Kid’s Day draws thousands to Lexington

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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:…

Widow of Dale Harley to run for West Columbia City Council seat he left open

Sandy Harley has filed to run for the vacancy on West Columbia City Council, District 1. Sandy Harley, wife of the late Dale Harley, with Sen. Nikki Setzler on the night her late husband was honored. (Photo Contributed) The seat became open upon the death of West Columbia City Councilman Dale Harley on March 23. “I have lived in West…

SCDOT holds Workers’ Memorial Day for employees who died on the job

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Lexington County Museum to Host Spring Open House, May 7

Museum Open House. (Photo Submitted) The Lexington County Museum will host its annual Spring Open House on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving the County’s residents a chance to get a hands-on experience with their community’s illustrious history. The public is invited to tour the circa 1832 John Fox House, the 1771 Laurence Corley Log House, the…

Lexington 1 new attendance lines for 5 schools finalized by board

Meadow Glen Middle (Lexington One Photo) At the  monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Tuesday, the board approved new attendance lines for Meadow Glen Elementary, Midway Elementary and New Providence Elementary schools as well as new attendance lines for Lexington Middle and Meadow Glen Middle schools. The move was announced in a District One…

Man arrested after shooting incident at Lexington hospital

Craft (LCSD Photo) Lexington County deputies arrested Stephen Johnson Craft this morning after he initiated a pursuit following his refusal to stop for blue lights and siren. Craft, 38, got out of his car on Beckman Road and was arrested after a short foot chase. A warrant for his arrest on a charge of grand larceny had been issued earlier…

Lexington One issues statement regarding alleged sexual assault of student

On Monday, a female student made allegations against 40-year-Red Bank Elementary School 5K Immersion Teacher Hianlucas Isturiz Roderiguez. Based on these claims, the administrative staff notified law enforcement and filed an incident report with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Administrators acted in accordance with Board Policy and district procedure and immediately placed the teacher on leave pending an inquiry into…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Man opens fire at gas station, 2 injured – Updated; victim out of surgery

A suspect and a person getting gas have been wounded in a shooting at the Walmart on Bush River Road. Columbia Police at the shooting scene. (CPD Photo) Columbia Police were called to the location around noon Wednesday after reports that  man (who turned out to be armed) was acting erratically inside the store, according to Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook….