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Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

1/6Girls on the Run5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Girls on the Run4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Girls on the Run3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Girls on the Run2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Girls on the Run1 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Girls on the Run6 Show Caption Hide Caption The streets of Cayce were full of runners Saturday morning. More than  1,000…

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

1/3S.C. Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall greets family members before the ceremony began. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin makes remarks during the ceremony. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Three chairs were empty with hard hats and safety vests representing three employees that died this year. From left: John Branham, Robert Clark and Tony Redmond. Show…

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….

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…