West Columbia

Clothier LuLaRoe locating distribution center in Richland County, creating 1,000 jobs

LuLaRoe, a national provider of women’s and men’s clothing, is locating a new distribution center in Richland County. The project is expected to bring approximately $35 million of new capital investment and create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. The project was announced by the office of Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday afternoon in a release. Located at…

Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler playing Ft. Jackson Centennial Celebration Concert

  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will present a Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration featuring country artists Hunter Hayes and Kellie Pickler, taking place at Hilton Field on June 3. Family and MWR is proud to bring Hunter Hayes to Fort Jackson for the first time and Kellie Pickler for her second time entertaining Soldiers, Family members and civilians at…

Driver of big boat in fatal collision passed sobriety test

Lake Murray A field sobriety test was administered to the driver of a 32-ft power boat involved in a fatal collision on Lake Murray last Friday night. “He passed the test,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is investigating the accident that left two people dead. McCullough said Bruce Dyer, the driver…

Airport High School Educational Foundation holds gala

The AHSEF celebration Tuesday night. (Terry Ward Photos) The Airport High School Educational Foundation held its 2017 Educator Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Gala Tuesday evening. It was at the Brookland Baptist Convention Center in West Columbia and included a fundraiser an auction. The 2017 Educator Hall of Fame inductees are: Frank Jovanelly Teresa Russell Jeannie Burkett was inducted…

South Carolina veterans rally at the State House Tuesday

Veterans rally at the State House (Photos Terry Ward) South Carolina veterans held a rally at the State House in Columbia on Tuesday. The rally was an effort to promote better healthcare services for veterans. Somer were in wheel chairs and other had oxygen tanks in tow. Speakers told about time in prison camps and their days of combat. The…

SLED chief for expunging minor violations, not for marijuana

SLED Chief Mark Keel. Mark Keel, chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, said he favors legislation that would expunge the record for minor violations, but he opposes the Medical Marijuana bill being considered by the General Assembly. Keel spoke Tuesday morning at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Keel said he has…

Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date TBD

Click for link to info. Thursday Grass Is Dead, at Township, POSTPONED – New date To Be Determined The Township Auditorium Foundation will be presenting the Grass Is Dead from  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday (April 27.) It is a free concert and it will take place in the loading dock area directly behind the Township Auditorium. It’s a night…

Gov. Henry McMaster signs a bill addressing state pension fund deficit

The legislation McMaster signed does not raise workers’ contribution rates, but government employers will pay more through 2022. The rate of contributions from employers will rise by 7 percent in the the next six years. The increased contributions are expected to result in $3.2 billion for the pension system. “Unfortunately, the only means available today to immediately begin reducing the…

Midland Dixie Youth Baseball World Series champs from Pine Ridge honored at S.C. State House

1/3Teams from Pine Ridge in the House Gallery Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Midland DYB Ozone World Series Champs Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Midland DYB Coach’s Pitch World Series Champs Show Caption Hide Caption Midland Dixie Youth Baseball teams in the House Gallery. (Photos by Christy Stone) The Midland Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars Ozone and All-Stars Coaches Pitch teams won the…

Portion of West Columbia Riverwalk closed due to flooding

The City of West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater is closed from the Moffatt Street entrance to before the Gervais Street bridge at the amphitheater due to flooding. Mofatt Street entrance to Riverwalk closed. (Terry Ward Photo) The City of West Columbia will notify the public when the Riverwalk re-opens. Please contact Public Information Officer Anna Huffman at 803-939-8613 or ahuffman@westcolumbiasc.gov…

City of West Columbia breaks ground on Community Garden

 Bruce Heimburger. (City of West Columbia Photos) The groundbreaking for the first City of West Columbia Community Garden took place behind City Hall on Earth Day, Saturday. Bruce Heimburger standing next to plants he brought from home for the community garden. The planted City of West Columbia Community Garden. The project is funded by the PalmettoPride – Community Pride Grant.”…

Autopsy results released of second Lake Murray boating accident victim

1/2Danny Phillips Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Shawn Lanier Show Caption Hide Caption  According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, an autopsy performed on Monday revealed that Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The injury was sustained in a Lake Murray boat collision, Friday night. Lanier was one of two victims…

DNR investigators identify boat drivers in fatal Friday crash

Lake Murray (Photo Permitted) The S.C. Department of Natural Resources identified the driver of the 32-foot Intrepid power boat that ran over the top of a 16-foot bass boat on Lake Murray, Friday night. The accident resulted in the deaths of Mark Daniel “Danny” Phillips, 37, of Columbia and Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood. Link to earlier report on…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Lexington County Residents’ Recycle Day is Saturday 

As part of Lexington County’s Green is Clean Month, residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, shred documents and donate slightly used shoes at the Recycle Day event scheduled for April 29, 2017 at White Knoll High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is also a statewide collection event of household and farmer pesticides….

Flash flood warning issued overnight Sunday, rain Monday

Bad weather. If rainy days and Mondays get you down, be prepared. A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Columbia Sunday night. And more rain is expected Monday. One of the areas included was Main and Whaley Streets near USC. It’s an area prone to flooding. Columbia Police were out advising motorists around the flooding. The flash flood watch for Richland and…

Brookland-Cayce High School athletes sign to play in college

(Photos by Terry Ward) Four members of Brookland-Cayce High School football team signed to play college football Friday. They are Phillip Anderson; Marquis McCoy; Sammy Lykes and Zion Carraway. Anderson is headed to Guilford; McCoy to GardenC ity Community College; Lykes to Greensboro College; and Carraway to Furman. Niece Brooklyn Allen is sitting with Carraway. They are pictured with coaches…

Cayce-West Columbia Lions conduct eye exams at local schools

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club conducted eye exams for students at Pine Ridge Middle School last week. The Lions are leaders in sight preservation. The C-WC Lions visit many Lexington 2 Schools, and other schools, each year to test students’ eyes. Pictured are Randy Hallman on left, Nurse Alicia Gibbs and Bill Mooneyhan. Pictured at the table from left to…

Two men who died in Lake Murray boating accident are identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victims of a fatal boating accident that occurred on Lake Murray on Friday. The body of Mr. Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which took place at approximately 11:10 p.m. Link to initial report An autopsy performed on Saturday revealed that Phillips died as the result of blunt…

S.C Highway Patrol service remembers those killed on roads

SCHP Photo There was a memorial in Columbia Saturday to remember the 1,017 people who died in traffic accidents in the state in 2016. The S.C. Carolina Highway Patrol held the service at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. It is an annual event that began in 1988. Family members and friends of those who have been killed came. The…

Man arrested after standoff, shots fired in West Columbia

The arrested Dominique Sligh, 24 , of 753 Center St. Apt. 3 West Columbia, Saturday. He was arrested after a five-hour standoff. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with attempted murder and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The incident stemmed from an argument between Sligh and his girlfriend. They got into an…

A body recovered, another missing after boats collide on Lake Murray

One person was killed and another has been missing for more than 12 hours after two boats hit each other on Lake Murray Friday night. Divers are trying to find a second person, said Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. He said DNR got the call regarding the the collision around 11 p.m. Friday. It happened…

Investigators look for clues to find out who killed 18-year-old Keon Brantley

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to find out what happened to 18-year-old Keon Brantley. Capt. Adam Myrick speaking Friday. Columbia firefighters found Brantley in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, Saturday night. It was on Paces Brook Avenue at Paces Brook Apartments.  He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before…

Reports say soccer coach Kevin Heise has resigned his position with Lexington 2

Suspended Brookland-Cayce High School soccer coach Kevin Heise has submitted his resignation to Lexington School District Two, according to two separate news accounts. Stickers of support at March Board meeting. Lexington 2 officials have declined to talk about Heise’s status because of privacy concerns related to personnel.  There are rumors of audio of Heise talking to students that is related…