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…

Richland County officials announced Monday that Vector Control will spray for mosquitoes in Forest Acres and St. Andrews, after tests confirmed West Nile Virus activity in those communities. While the presence of the virus was detected in the two areas, residents countywide are advised to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate standing water on their property where the…

Clemson Road. Starting Monday, motorists who regularly travel Clemson Road in Northeast Richland County are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid daylong lane closures related to road construction in the area. Lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Richland County transportation officials anticipate significant traffic delays the entire week as crews work to…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who was found deceased, Friday, behind San Jose Restaurant at 5417 Forest Drive. Charles Arthur Crane, 35, of West Herman Street, Pensacola, FL was found at approximately 9:10 a.m. An autopsy indicated that Mr. Crane died from blunt force injuries. The Richland County Coroner’s Office and the Columbia…

CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department reported around 1 p.m. Friday, that a man has been found deceased on the 5400 block of Forest Drive. The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to CPD. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting the department in  determining the way in which the male died. This is a developing…

AC Flora HS. Richland One photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest Tuesday of a 15-year-old girl on attempted murder charges, stemming from a stabbing incident on Monday, at A.C. Flora High School. The 15-year-old is being held in the juvenile wing of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The 15-year-old was arrested after she stabbed a 17-year-old during…

Samuel Neathery. Forest Acres Police photo. The City of Forest Acres has released information from police chief Gene Sealy regarding the armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning. The incident took place at South Carolina Federal Credit Union on Forest Drive around 9:50 a.m. According to representatives, the Forest Acres city office has received numerous calls requesting updated information on the…

Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy spoke at a press conference Tuesday regarding an armed robbery that occurred at South Carolina Federal Credit Union around 9:50 a.m. According to Sealy, Forest Acres police officers received an armed robbery call at the bank, with two suspects reported to be armed and on-scene. As officers arrived, one suspect came out of the…

Richland County deputies notified the public of a recent scam that was brought to the department’s attention. According to RCSD, there have been scammers calling victims, posing as a law enforcement officer, providing the name of an actual deputy. They mention that there is an issue with the victim’s information or account.  The scammer then requests the victim purchase and…

Photo provided by Lizard’s Thicket. Many people will be sleeping in New Year’s Day and enjoying a relaxing holiday away from work.  That will not be the case for Lizard’s Thicket employees, as they prepare for their busiest day of the year. Community Relations Manager Sarah Krisnow said New Year’s Day is by far the busiest day for all of…

CFD Photos. Crews from the Columbia Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at The Landings apartment complex in Forest Acres. The call came just after 10:30 Wednesday night. According to a CFD report, flames were seen coming out of one of the apartment complex buildings. The apartment building is off of Covenant Road and has about 16 apartments. The…

Lowes bakery employees decorating cakes. Karamie Sullivan photos. The third Lowes Foods in the Midlands is almost ready to open its doors to customers. Wednesday morning the store will be holding its grand opening at 8 a.m. in Forest Acres. According to Senior Vice President of Operations Mike Clawson, Lowes is truly a Carolina company and they are happy to…

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

The IPRA Championship Rodeo makes its stop in Blythewood June 1 and 2. It’s the Eighth Annual rodeo in Blythewood and includes eight action-packed events. The rodeo also features National Celebrity Funnyman Matt Merritt who will be on hand both nights to welcome a host of National Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls as well as many other competitors seeking coveted points…

Lexington at River Bluff, last Wednesday. The 5A and 4A state championship final in high school baseball begins Saturday. Dorman will play at 5A River Bluff High School at 7 p.m., Saturday. In the 4A state championship final, Chapin will play at Airport High school, beginning Saturday. In the 3A S.C. Independent Schools Association state championship final, Ben Lippen plays…

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….

Halloween MAYhem is scheduled for 7 p.m. until midnight, Friday, at the EdVenture Childrens Museum. It’s a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and features the naming of the Man and Woman of the Year. It’s also an adult costume event (but dress up is not required.) Kevin Varandore of Crescent Construction is an organizer. He describes Halloween MAYhem as…

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,…

Photo by Karamie Sullivan. According to the S.C. Department of Social Services, more than 4,500 children in South Carolina are in the foster care system. May is national Foster Care Awareness month, and the organization uses this time to shed light on the number of foster families needed for children in the state. One Midlands couple has been fostering children…

It has taken on a life of its own, it even has a twitter account. What is it? The USC Batting Machine. Since Gamecocks coach Mark Kingston began dictating taking the machine on the road, Carolina’s offense has sky rocketed. “It certainly helped,” said Kingston. Since we got back to that back to the basics approach we’re averaging almost 10…

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…

Owner Scott Hall. Karamie Sullivan photo. Bone In Barbecue made its debut as the first restaurant to open in the developing Bull Street district over the weekend. Some Midlands residents may think the restaurant’s name sounds familiar. Bone In’s dishes were originally created about six years ago and were served to customers across Columbia out of a food truck. Owner…

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 Sandhills Panera Bread in Columbia at 631 Promenade Place will host its first-ever “Stuff-The-Truck” book drive Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Richland Two (R2) School District’s Ready to Read initiative. The program is requesting new or gently used books for pre-K to 2nd grade reading levels, and all book donors will receive a Panera…

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…

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…

The SCDOT is closing the right-hand  lane of Interstate 20 eastbound over the Wateree River in Kershaw County. It’s being closed Monday  morning to perform an emergency repair to a small section of bridge deck. The nature of the repair is full-depth concrete and the Department is expected to have all lanes back open Wednesday afternoon, (April 25.) Categories: Blythewood, Columbia, Dentsville,…

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″…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle collision. It occurred on I-77 Northbound at Killian Road, Columbia. The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. near mile marker 21. Tammy Teresa Green, 39, of Andora Drive, Rock Hill, was the unrestrained driver of a vehicle that struck a guard…

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…

A single-vehicle crash blocked two lanes of traffic on I-77 northbound in Richland County Wednesday afternoon, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The SCHP is  investigating a fatal collision on I77 NB @ 21mm. The crash, near mile marker 21 and the Killian Road exit, involved injury. One motorist who passed the scene said  he saw a vehicle with a…

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…

SCDOT photo The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced that an eastbound lane of I-126 from Greystone Boulevard to Huger Street will be closed  on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Trees will be trimmed during the closure. The I-126 eastbound lane will also be closed Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Trees will be trimmed during the Wednesday closure, too….

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…