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Photo obtained from Congaree National Park Facebook page. The Congaree National Park plays host to thousands of fireflies annually between mid-May to mid-June. The “guests” have now arrived and are fully active. Tuesday evening, park visitors were treated to another beautiful evening of synchronous fireflies. They remained active all evening and were still well-synchronized, according to park officials. There are…

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…

Congaree National Park photo. Congaree National Park representatives released information Tuesday notifying the public that the facility has now been reopened: “With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Congaree National Park resumed regular operations January 26, 2019. Please visit www.nps.gov/cong for updated information about the park,” the announcement read. It was also noted that park employees are happy…

Photo retrieved from Lower Richland High School’s Facebook. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department increased police presence at Lower Richland High School Tuesday morning, after reports of a threat had been made by a student through the social media app SnapChat. An update was provided around 10:15 a.m. that an arrest was made in relation to the incident. According to the…

Congaree National Park walkway. Right photo shows additional amount of flooding that occurred 24 hours after left photo was taken. Photos from CNP Twitter. The Midlands has experienced a lot of rain this week.  According to the National Weather Service, between the last few fronts and the tropical systems, South Carolina has seen more rain this year than usual. Rainfall…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two individuals who died after being involved in an apparent assault.  The incident occurred Wednesday night between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Whispering Pines Road, in Columbia. Jasmine Richardson, 24, of Wishmore Court, Hopkins, died at the scene.  An autopsy Thursday morning indicated the cause of death…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of a vehicle collision on Oct. 3. It occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m.  The incident at 7201 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. Bryan Stewart, 32, of Mount Elon Church Road, Hopkins, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health…

Photo from Congaree National Park’s Facebook page. Congaree National Park officials released information Tuesday, notifying guests that the park will be closing tomorrow until further notice, due to incoming storms. Their website notification reads: “Due to the forecast approach and impacts of Hurricane Michael, Congaree National Park, including all campgrounds, facilities, trails and canoe landings, will close at 5 p.m….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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”…

Three teens are dead after a vehicle crash in Irmo Wednesday night. The crash, according to the Irmo Police Department started as a traffic stop for speeding. The car was stolen car and the collision took place on Piney Grove Road. Police attempted to pull over the car, a Pontiac G6, for speeding , at about 9:30 p.m. The police…

Horry sword Peter Horry was one of the first South Carolinians to join the Patriot cause after the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775. He would win fame as second-in-command to Francis Marion, the legendary Swamp Fox. Horry, a planter who, like Marion, was of Huguenot descent, belonged to a family that would eventually own four rice plantations in what…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died after being struck by a vehicle. The incident occured late Thursday night in the 2400 block of South Cedar Creek Road, Gadsden. Christa Beatrice Alicia Hudson, date of birth 21, of S. Cedar Creek Road, Gadsden, was struck by a vehicle while she was walking along…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of being involved in a single-vehicle collision at 1:27 a.m. yesterday. The collision occurred at Farrow and Parklane Roads, Columbia. Antwone L. Davenport, 51, of Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, was an unrestrained passenger who was ejected from the vehicle and died at…

A pedestrian has been killed in a hit-and-run vehicle collision, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol The incident happened at 11:40 p.m., Thursday on South Cedar Creek Road. It’s in the Gadsden area, near Congaree National Park. Jones Troopers said a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car. The driver of the car…

Lots of people traveled to Congaree National Park in Richland County throughout 2017. So many in fact that the park experienced a record-breaking amount of visitors since it opened in 1985. Almost 160,000 people visited the park. That’s an increase of about 15,000 from 2016. It’s almost a 10 percent improvement in numbers. Park Interpretive Ranger Greg Cunningham attributes the…

Columbia Police Department officers are investigating a shooting in which one male was killed and three others were injured at a North Columbia home Sunday night. The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. at 41 Samson Circle. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive male inside of the home. The victim has been identified by Richland County…

Ocean Course Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a coastal destination for many Midlands residents, is beginning a two-and-a-half-year expansion project this month. The resort just broke ground on multiple buildings. According to Public Relations Director Bryan Hunter, additions to the resort are going to be completed in a series of projects. The finished products will include an expanded tennis center, clubhouse,…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision, Saturday. The incident occurred  shortly after 1 p.m., at 8821 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia. Antonn McRant, 42, of Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins, was the unrestrained-driver of his vehicle. McRant was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and…

One person died as a result of a two-car crash Saturday afternoon in Richland County. Two other people, including a child, were injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. The incident occurred around 1:25 p.m. According to a report from the S.C. Highway Patrol, a four-door Buick was traveling east on Garners Ferry Road. It ran into…

The suspect involved in a shooting Wednesday evening on Brazell Road triggered a fairly new search method being used by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Kenneth Dylan Shirley led deputies on a chase through a wooded area. Deputies instituted the use of a drone to look for the suspect, and eventually located him, according to the sheriff’s department.  To show…

Click to enlarge Saturday thousands of people from in, and out, of town will be pouring into Columbia’s Five Points decked out in green for the 36th annual St. Pat’s Festival. According to the Five Points Foundation, this is the Midlands’ largest street festival, and one of the largest St. Patrick’s day celebrations in the Southeast. Five Points welcomes over…