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Networking with other small business owners and learning about resources available to help them succeed are among the most valued aspects of participating in the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

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Blythewood will soon have a new restaurant and music school headquarters. Renovations are underway at the train depot building in Doko Park that will be home to the Doko Station Pub & Eatery and Freeway Music School.

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Dozens of Blythewood area residents packed the Blythewood Historical Society Museum Friday evening for the opening of the new Train Room exhibit.

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Avid readers had the opportunity to meet nine published authors with roots in Northeast Columbia Tuesday evening during “A Novel Idea,” a book-signing event presented by BRAVO! Blythewood, the Blythewood Arts Council, at Doko Manor.

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The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce has relocated to 130 McNulty Street, across from the Blythewood Visitors’ Center.

Kershaw County 911 received a call at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday in reference to a house fire on Thoroughfare Branch Rd in the Cassatt area, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. When Kershaw County Fire Service arrived on the scene the house was just about fully involved. First responders were told that the woman who lived there was still…

A body found on Damascus Church Road in Kershaw County is the result of a homicide, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.  The body was found, Wednesday, by a woman coming home from work, said West. The deceased was identified as Cletis Edward Baker Jr. He was 44-years-old and of Kershaw County.  No more information was released by the…

Jack Crayne photography. RIVER BLUFF 36 LUGOFF-ELGIN 19 Braden Walker had 198 yards and a couple of touchdowns as the Gators pulled away late from the Demons. The game was fairly close until midway through the third when River Bluff put together some big plays in both the passing and running game. Jackson Stone had only 240 yards through three…

GoFlashWin photo. RIVER BLUFF (3-0) AT LUGOFF-ELGIN (1-2) The Gators’ opponents so far this season have a combined record of 1-8. That includes the three wins the Gators have against them of course. So it’s hard to tell if this Gator team which won nine games last season, is as good in 2019. Here’s what I do know, however. Braden…

A vehicle crash claimed the life of an 83-year old woman, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. The woman has been identified by West as Alma Bowen from the Camden area. The wreck happened at I-20 and 521 around 3 p.m., Thursday. Bowen was a passenger in the vehicle her husband was driving. Bowen was wearing a seat belt,…

In a press release Monday, Blythewood High School announced their inaugural induction class. Starting varsity athletics in 2006, the Bengals have had some impressive names come through in some 14 years. The first Bengals inductees will be Nicole Durig, Grayson Greiner, Coach Vince Lowry, Richard Mounce, and Coach Jeff Scott. Nicole Durig (Quinlan) She was a volleyball and track star…

Photo from Doko Film Fest Facebook page. Entries are now open for the second Doko Film Fest for high school aged filmmakers from South Carolina and beyond. Students ages 14 to 18 can submit two-minute to 10-minute productions in short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation or pocket studio categories. Pocket studio entries must be shot and edited entirely on…

The storm clouds rolled out and the shoppers rolled in to Blythewood, Ridgeway and Winnsboro as the annual Big Grab Yard Sale opened for business Friday. The eighth annual Big Grab is 50-mile path of vendors, small businesses and families who set up shop on an asymmetrical figure-eight loop along highways 321, 34 and 21 between and through the three…

GoFlashWin.com photos CAMDEN 41 HARTSVILLE 27 What a win for Camden. The Bulldogs got 278 yards rushing with 150 of those coming from star tailback Willis Lane. He added 3 touchdowns in the win. On defense, it was a stellar effort as they held Hartsville to 238 yards total. And 90 of those yards came in the fourth quarter alone….

Photos obtained from Town of Blythewood website. Three men will vie for mayor and five others will face off for two council seats in the Town of Blythewood’s general election Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for this fall’s election was Tuesday. On the ballot for the mayor’s office are Malcolm Gordge, Bryan Franklin and Keith Bailey. Gordge…

Jack Crayne Photography. CAMDEN 33 LUGOFF-ELGIN 20 The 40th edition of the Wateree River rivalry went to the Bulldogs of Camden. It was their second straight win in the series and 32nd overall. The Bulldogs got over 170 yards rushing again from electric running back Willis Lane. But it was also a big night for sophomore Anthony Lyles who caught…

Blythewood Business Park master plan from county’s website (click to enlarge). Richland County will close on its $26 million purchase of more than 1,300 acres in Blythewood by Nov. 1, according to Jeff Ruble, the county’s director of economic development. The county recently announced the purchase of land to develop into the Blythewood Business Park off Interstate 77. “The property…

Silver foxes looking to four-peat as state champs. GoFlashWin photos. Can Dutch Fork continue their dominance? The short answer is yes. They absolutely can. However, only five schools in South Carolina football history have pulled off the four-peat. A lot of folks, including myself, looked at last year as a major win for Dutch Fork considering that the big time…

Jeanne Reynolds photos. Small business owners in northeast Columbia picked up tips on how to open doors to new opportunities at the Columbia Chamber’s Northeast Connection meeting Tuesday. Several dozen local business owners crowded into Converspace in the Village at Sandhill to learn from Cheryl Cook, assistant manager of Richland County’s Office of Small Business Opportunity. The OSBO helps small…

Left to right: Fred Layman – General Manager Blythewood Country Club; Jorge Martinez – President L&J Acquisitions, Principal Partner Blythewood Country Club; David Biscan – COO L&J Acquisitions, Regional Director Golf Operations. Photo provided. The Windermere Club in Blythewood is undergoing significant changes. So significant, in fact, that it is not even called ‘The Windermere Club’ anymore. The facility is…

Lott held a press conference to talk about the incident, Thursday afternoon. Bank robbery suspects shot multiple times at Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies Thursday, according Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “The bad guys tried to kill two of our deputies,” Lott said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The officers were not injured, but Lott said a lot of rounds…

Officers help children create identity kits in Longcreek. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Blythewood area residents visited with local law enforcement officers, peeked inside fire trucks, picked up free school supplies and snacked on hot dogs or pizza at two separate National Night Out celebrations Tuesday evening. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all…

LuLaRoe’s general manager Dave Senac. If you’ve ever seen or worn an item of LuLaRoe clothing, it almost certainly passed through Blythewood. Blythewood is the site of one of only two LuLaRoe distribution centers in the country. The company chose Blythewood for its Southeast distribution center in 2017, placing the operation on a secluded 104-acre property at 2000 Carolina Pines…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died  in a motorcycle collision Wednesday. The collision occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. at the intersection of Farrow Road and Hobart Road, Blythewood. Justin G. Stillinger, 20, of Garden Springs Road, Columbia, was the driver of the motorcycle that was headed southbound on Farrow Road. when it struck…

Columbia fire crews responded to a fire, Tuesday evening, that destroyed three homes and impacted five houses The blaze occurred around 6:50 pm, in the Summit Parkway, Founders Ridge neighborhood, in Columbia. Fourteen units from the Columbia Fire Department responded, with more than 50 firefighters on the scene. The fire is believed to have started at one house, then it…

Cola Daily file photo. Summer reading is a treasured tradition for many people, from beach blanket books to students’ summer vacation lists. But if you follow the venerable New York Times Bestsellers List to choose your summer reads, you probably don’t live in the Blythewood area. In fact, only one of the top 10 circulated print titles at the Blythewood…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of one of the individuals who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 77 at mile marker 27, Blythewood.  The incident occurred early Friday morning. Manuel V. Ito, 63, of Lousia Road, Hephzibah, Ga. died at the scene. An autopsy determined the cause of death to…

The body of a missing woman was recovered from Lake Wateree Tuesday morning, according to Kershaw County coroner David West. Krista Lee Philemon, 22, of Monroe, North Carolina, jumped from a pontoon boat on the lake Sunday night. She did not resurface. SCDNR officers found the body at 6:41 a.m. a.m. Tuesday morning near Jutty Point. an autopsy is scheduled…

SC DNR file photo. SC Department of Natural Resources is currently searching Lake Wateree for a missing boater. Sunday night, a woman jumped off a pontoon boat and never resurfaced. The boat, carrying several people, was drifting. Fairfield County Fire Rescue and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office are assisting. Categories: Blythewood, Columbia, Richland County

A motorcycle accident claimed the life of one person in Kershaw County. The crash occurred Friday night on Flat Rock Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. West said a 911 call came in a little after 9 p.m. He also said there were two motorcycles headed east coming toward Camden when the lead motorcycle hit a deer. The…

Members of the yoga for veterans class position themselves on their yoga mats. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Step into the small white building on Winnsboro Road just outside Blythewood and you’ll see blankets, bolsters and blocks neatly stacked on rows of yoga mats. The lighting is soft as half a dozen men and women file quietly into the room. It’s not…

I-77 – SCDOT image. From Brittany P. Harriot Public Information Coordinator SC Department of Transportation The S.C. Department of Transportation announced, Thursday, the start of construction on SC 277 Northbound Bridge over Interstate 77 in Richland County. This project is part of SCDOT’s 10-year Strategic Plan to improve structurally deficient bridges across South Carolina. The project begins approximately 1,500 feet…

A Kershaw County woman was struck and killed early Thursday morning as she walked on US 601 near Lugoff. Kershaw County Chief Deputy Coroner Phil McLeod has identified the victim as Wendy Thompson, 37, of Lugoff. Thompson was walking north on US 601 near Exchange Drive around 5 a.m. when she was struck by a pick-up truck traveling south on…

Kershaw County Coroner David West has identified a woman who was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning. Maggie Ann Long, 38, of Bishopville was traveling north on on U.S. 1 and Malvern Hill Drive, near Camden, when her Toyota SUV was struck from behind. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred around 3:55 a.m. Two passengers…

A pedestrian died in Kershaw County Wednesday, after being hit by a train. Kershaw County 911 received a call at 1:14 p.m. from CSX Railroad regarding a train that had struck a pedestrian trying to cross the train track, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. The incident occurred near Kelly Lane in Elgin. West identified the woman killed as…

Abigail Daniel-Perez speaking to crowd. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Abigail Daniel-Perez is the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Now, she’ll be the first to attend college — with a little extra help from the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce. Daniel-Perez received a $1,000 college scholarship from the chamber at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The 18-year-old Blythewood resident…

Motorists in Northeast Richland can expect delays. The SCDOT will begin a six-week long construction project to the repair the bridge on Killian Road and I-77. Work is scheduled to start Monday night. Traffic in just one lane will be allowed for westbound drivers on parts of Killian Road. The closed lanes will start at Killian Crossing and end after…

Two juveniles have been arrested on several charges including kidnapping and armed robbery, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. The teens — a 14-year-old and 15-year-old — are facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and petit larceny. Around 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports…

Kershaw County Coroner David West has identified the woman found shot at Camden Walmart, Wednesday.  He said Melissa Watson Hopkins, 54, of the Kershaw area was the woman found. She was employed at Walmart. Kershaw County 911 received a call at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday that a woman in a car at the Walmart parking lot appeared to be sick. When EMS arrived…

Allen Wallace photos. “It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s spurs and latigo. It’s the ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain and they call the thing rodeo.” This weekend, a standing room only crowd in Blythewood got a firsthand look at what country music legend Garth Brooks meant when he sang those words. The town…

RVHS – Richland 2 photo A Richland County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer responded to an altercation involving a teacher and 15-year-old student at Ridge View High School at approximately 1 pm Tuesday afternoon. Afterward, the teacher was placed on administrative leave. No other students or staff were involved in the incident. Richland School District Two administrators are also investigating…

A man was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Kershaw County. Kershaw County 911 received a call at 8:54 p.m. Saturday after an ATV flipped over on top of a person, in the road, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West When EMS and fire personnel arrived on the scene, Stephen Campbell, 21, of the Westville area, was found…

The Camden Police Department is investigating after two people were found dead in Camden Wednesday. The deceased have been identified as Josephine Barton and Kovac Bynum, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. . Kershaw County 911 received a call at 11:31 a.m. after shots were fired in the 300 block of Diceys Ford Road. Officers arrived and found the…