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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Monday after being struck by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle in the 13000 block of Garner’s Ferry Road in Eastover. The incident occurred at 12:15 p.m.

Columbia Fire Department crews, working with staff at the Congaree National Park were able to locate two hikers and a dog. They were lost Saturday evening along Cedar Creek. The distressed party was spotted by other hikers on the other side of the creek. The lost hikers asked that 9-1-1 be called on their behalf, according to a report from…

An Eastover man was found dead by Richland County deputies Sunday. He was found after the sheriff’s department was asked to check up on him, according to a sheriff’s department report. Deputies went to the home at 720 Main Street on Sunday at about 2 p.m. The man, who lived at the house, had been shot in the upper body,…

Columbia Fire Department crews responded to mobile home fire on Cool Shade Drive in Lower Richland, Thursday afternoon. The blaze, according to the CFD, appears to have started in the kitchen and then it moved into the attic. All occupants got out safely and no injuries have been reported. The fire caused about $11,000 in damages. The fire appears to…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday night after being struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in the 6700 block of Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins.  The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. Marcus Anderson, 30 of Montgomery Lane, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died in vehicle collision shortly after 1 p.m. , Saturday. The incident occurred at 1278 Congress Road, Eastover. Lonzie Joseph Fox, 55, of Craft Acres Road, Eastover, was the driver of a vehicle that left the road and overturned.   Mr. Fox was transported by Richland County EMS…

View from ferris wheel, State Fair 2017. Karamie Sullivan photo The South Carolina State Fair is only three weeks away. Some make it a point to buy tickets ahead of time, to prepare for the event. Others prefer to wait until they reach the fairgrounds to purchase their admission tickets. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, officials from the…

Isaiah Sims, final individual arrested in connection to May 10 shooting. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference Thursday morning to update information on the May 10, shooting death of 17-year-old Amon Rice. He announced that out of the 22 people involved, there have been a total of 21 arrests made thus far. Isaiah Shakur Sims, 19, is…

Chakisse Newton, photo from Newton’s Facebook campaign page. Richland County’s District 11 residents recently made their voice known that they wanted a change in Democratic representation for their area of the county. Chakisse Newton was District 11’s winner of the June 12 primary, beating out incumbent Norman Jackson with 62 percent of the votes. Newton said she feels humbled and…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Saturday in a shooting incident. It occurred at approximately 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Greenlake Drive, Hopkins. Amon D. Rice, 17, of Trotter Road, Columbia, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he was admitted….

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center staff- Karamie Sullivan photos. There’s a new business opening this month at 7451 Garner’s Ferry Road, with the goal to provide entertainment for children, and maybe some adults too. Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center will open its doors May 26. The building, which was formerly the old Piggly Wiggly, was gutted and renovated to…

Richland County is staffing the recycling collection site on Clemson Road to help reduce illegal dumping and keep the location tidy. The collection site, located at 900 Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County, now has a gate and is monitored by a County employee. It is open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Mondays and Wednesdays….

One person has died and another was wounded after a shooting late Monday night, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. in the 800 block of Old Oak Drive. Two victims were found, said the sheriff’s department, and both were shot multiple times. One of the two who was shot, died on…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of the two men who died in a shooting incident that occurred on Saturday, around 5:20 p.m. The incident took place at 102 Henry Street, Eastover. The two men got into an argument at a family gathering, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department source, and shot each other. Woody Allen Goodwin,…

Calling all superheroes! Put your superpowers to the test with a variety of games and activities to challenge your mental and physical strengths at the Kids Day Superhero Challenge on Saturday, May 5 at Finlay Park. This free, fun and interactive event will feature a Tiny Titans Fun Zone, Superhero Training Camp (climbing wall, an obstacle course, relay races, tug-of-war, etc.) &…

Congaree Riverkeeper, Bierkeller Columbia, and the City of Columbia co-hosted Spider Lily Happy Hour at Riverfront Park, Tuesday. The festive activity offers the chance to come to the park, drink a beer from Bierkeller by the old pump house, and go on a “walk and talk tour” to see the spider lily, which has just begun to bloom. Spider Lily…

Midlands Gives is going on until midnight, Tuesday. Give at midlandsgives.org There is a Midlands Give headquarters at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia. Just after 11 a.m., Tuesday $739,775 had been contributed by 6,029 donations to 356 organizations. Donations had reached over $750,000 as of 11:25 a.m.  Donations had reached more than $1 million as of 3 p.m. Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online…

Employees of Senior Resources celebrated the grand opening of their new “home” for Meals on Wheels Thursday morning. The company also debuted its new food truck, that will be traveling around Columbia to raise additional funds for seniors of the community in need. Senior Resources has been delivering meals since 1975, but has always operated out of local churches. Now…

The River Alliance has been working for 15 years to create more public access to the rivers in Columbia, Cayce, and West Columbia. Their newest project is a trail stretching from I-26 to the Broad River, providing three miles of scenic Saluda River views, wheel-chair accessible walkways, and river access at almost any point on the path. At the end…

Staff of Midlands Media Group with Alexandra Klar and Samantha Manning, who are driving the Wienermobile. The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile is in Columbia. The Wienermobile is in town for Saturday’s Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival in Hopkins. It’s from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Hopkins Park, 6940 Lower Richland Blvd. Driving the Wienermobile are Samantha Manning and Alexandra. Klar….

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis delivered the keynote remarks at the Fourth Annual Advocacy Day for Access and Independence Rally. It was held on the State House grounds, Wednesday morning. Loftis discussed how the new South Carolina ABLE Savings Program provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to open tax-advantaged savings accounts and creates a pathway to financial…

Holbrook Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning to address an ongoing problem the city continues to be faced with. Holbrook began by referencing a table that was filled with dozens of guns in front of the officers.  “What you see in front of you today is…

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Garners Ferry Road in Richland County, Monday night. The incident occurred at 6:57 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The person killed was driving a 2001 Lincoln and was killed after running off of the right side of the road and hitting a tree, said…

Expect lots of rain Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and some river flooding. The National Weather Service in Columbia is forecasting rain, with about a 100 percent chance most of Monday. Rain is also forecast for Tuesday, but the possibility will decrease to 50 percent by the middle of Tuesday. Rain totals for the Midlands could be…

Photos by Karamie Sullivan. The Transitions facility on Main Street in downtown Columbia has been in place since 2011. It was established to help assist and direct homeless residents of the Midlands. The building was re-structured to accommodate the organization after originally being created as a Comfort Inn. The facility has 260 beds, and allows people to stay for just…

You can name Riverbanks Zoo new baby giraffe. The zoo is holding an online auction for the right to name the new baby girl, born at 1:18 p.m., April 2. Names for the baby giraffe can be entered at riverbanks.org The auction has started and ends at 6 p.m. on April 29. The female calf weighed 93 pounds and was 5’7″…

Chet Wade, right, in interview with Michelle Renew of 94.3 FM- The Dude. Dominion Energy’s proposed purchase of Cayce-based SCANA would boost the South Carolina economy by $18.7 billion, according to a study released last week by the University of South Carolina. Chet Wade, Doninion’s vice president of corporate communications reiterated that finding Wednesday. He was interviewed by Michelle Renew…

The fourteenth floor of the Bank of America Building at 1901 Main Street in Columbia was evacuated Wednesday, according to an eyewitness report. One of the tenants of an office on the fourteenth floor said the floor was cleared after a “suspicious package” was opened at the office of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. The tenant said first responders in hazmat suits…

Entering his third season as running backs coach at South Carolina, Bobby Bentley believes the talent level at the position has improved significantly. Now, he is ready for one of his talented athletes to become the leader of the group. “We want a dominant person to step up,” said Bentley. “You have to have another guy to fill in just…

Artista Vista offers a chance to become immersed in the world of art. Families and lovers of art are invited to the corner of Lady and Lincoln Streets Thursday night to participate in an evening of celebration for arts in the Vista. The Vista Guild’s 27th Artista Vista is a gallery crawl that allows Midlands residents to meet local artists…

A new restaurant name has popped up in the Midlands in the past year. It offers a new spin on the usual sushi-style ingredients. Poké Bros is known for serving “fresh fish Hawaiian style,” by putting sushi ingredients on top of a rice base, and serving it in bowl form. Since the first location opened in Five Points one year…

Calling all superheroes. Put your superpowers to the test with a variety of games and activities to challenge your mental and physical strengths at the Kids Day Superhero Challenge on Saturday, May 5 at Finlay Park. It’s a  Columbia Parks and Recreation Department event. This free, fun and interactive event will feature a Tiny Titans Fun Zone, Superhero Training Camp…

Columbia Police Department  investigators have arrested a 28-year-old female accused of assaulting a woman during an attempted exorcism. Brittany Jones, 28, who was arrested last week, is charged with Assault – First Degree and Kidnapping. Jones is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. The suspect is accused of holding the 56-year-old female victim…

The Lexington High School girls’ soccer team has clinched a fourth straight region title. LHS photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The regular season in high school spring sports is drawing to a close. Teams in soccer, softball and baseball have either won and closing in on region titles, while the lacrosse playoffs kicked off for five teams. SOCCER Top-ranked and…

Women from all around will come to Columbia’s Finlay Park Saturday to participate in Lexington Medical Center’s 17th Heart and Sole Run. According to Race Director Jeanne Moffett, the purpose of the race is to create awareness about heart disease in women, which is the number one killer of women today. Moffett said this is the type of race any…

Several structures were damaged in Lexington County Sunday from a storm that passed through in mid-afternoon. In addition, power outages were reported of more than 30,000 homes in Richland and Lexington Counties. The Lexington Police Department reported a downed tree on the tracks that stopped a CSX train and closed South Lake Drive. A detour was implemented to get around…

A tornado warning was issued for Lexington County, but it has expired. A tornado watch remains in effect until 7 p.m., Sunday after a severe thunderstorm raged through – causing power outages. Gusts of high wind- more than 70 mph- were reported by the National Weather Service in Columbia (based at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Cayce)  just before 2:30…

A tornado watch has been issued for Columbia and parts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The tornado watch is valid until 7 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service’s Columbia office issued the tornado watch, Sunday. In addition, a line of thunderstorms are predicted to move in and produce strong, damaging gusts of wind, and the possibility of…

Saturday and Sunday the Columbia International Festival is going on at the S.C. State Fairgrounds. This festival showcases  the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina. Highlighted this year are the Mandarin speaking communities. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Blythewood, Columbia, Dentsville, Eastover, Forest Acres, Hopkins, Lower Richland, Richland County

Presbyterian retirement community members from across the state traveled to Columbia Friday with their “eyes on the prize.” They came to compete in the Presbyterian Community SC 2018 Olympic Games. The six Presbyterian Communities have come together for nine years, allowing residents to compete against each other in five Olympic games. The athletes participated in Wii (gaming system) bowling, bocce…

South Caroliniana Library’s University Archivist Elizabeth West.  They wanted a view into the past. A crowd gathered on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe Thursday afternoon to listen to stories about the historic buildings, walkways, and walls of the ancient brick-road oval on Sumter Street. The South Caroliniana Library’s University Archivist Elizabeth West conducted a tour of stops in front…

The newest animal to arrive at Riverbanks Zoo was not brought in from miles away. She is a baby giraffe, born April 2, at the zoo. According to Director of Animal Care and Welfare John Davis, the calf was 5’ 7”, weighing 93 pounds at birth. Davis said this is an average, healthy size for a newborn giraffe. Davis said…

Owners Marcus Munse and Rita Patel. There’s a new hotel in Columbia, and it’s unique in its concept. Hotel Trundle is an independently owned boutique hotel, that is the idea of  husband and wife Marcus Munse and Rita Patel. Hotel Trundle is on Taylor Street in buildings previously occupied by Rose Talbert Paints, Western Auto, and Powell Furniture. The couple,…

Brig. Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr. – Linked in Photo. The Army Training Center and Fort Jackson will welcome Brig. Gen. Milford H. “Beags” Beagle Jr., as its new commanding general in a ceremony tentatively scheduled in June. Beagle will assume command from Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, who is leaving Fort Jackson to become the deputy commanding general, U.S….

Michelle Renew of the Dude, Danielle Covelli of Covelli Enterprises, with Marie Stover and Colin Jones of Midlands Media Group. Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread,  launched its “Pieces of Hope for Autism” cookie campaign, Monday.  The campaign will be conducted until Sunday, within Autism Awareness month for a project of the Medical University of South Carolina. “We’re…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Friday morning in a single-vehicle collision. The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Leesburg Road, Columbia. Robert D. Edelmayer, 19, of Austin Street, Columbia, was the driver of a vehicle that left the road and struck a tree. Edelmayer was transported from…

Great Southern Homes, based in Irmo, has set a first quarter (2018) sales record. For the first quarter 2018, the company produced a record volume in sales with 323 homes sold, the largest quarterly sales production in the company’s 14-year history. The 323 homes sold in this year’s first quarter represent a 46% increase compared to the first quarter a…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identities of the three juveniles that were killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident. The crash occurred Wednesday at approximately 9:37 p.m. in the 100 block of Piney Grove Road in Lexington County. Fisher stated that Travis Lamount Green, Jr., 15, of Columbia was transported toPalmetto Health Richland where he died shortly after…

Judith Sprye celebrates new home with friends and family. Thousands of Midlands residents suffered serious property damage in 2015 from the thousand-year flood.  Now some victims are getting new residences. The new digs are available thanks to a Community Development Block Grant obtained by the Richland County Council. Wednesday afternoon, flood victim Judith Sprye was the first Richland County “Returning Home”…