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Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The stage is now set for next week’s “Showdown in the Swamp” between two Lexington County undefeated teams. River Bluff and Gilbert both improved to 5-0 Friday and will face each other in each teams’ final non-region regular season contest. The Gators held off Irmo 14-7 at home. Shrine Bowl running back Braden Walker accounted for…

It will not be long before West Columbia’s new Enabling Park, for people of all abilities, will be complete. The park is on Hudson Street, adjacent to the West Columbia Riverwalk. “The parking lot has been paved and striped,” said West Columbia City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. “The playground equipment has been set up.” Miles said he expects…

DeQuandre Smith has accounted for 10 total touchdowns for the Vikings. GoFlashWin photo. SPRING VALLEY (2-1) AT CHAPIN (2-1) I like this game a lot. These two teams are still figuring themselves out I think. Spring Valley’s new spread offense seems to be gaining confidence each week while Chapin is working at being more consistent. To be fair, both teams…

Jennifer Wilkes, a State Farm agent. The River District Association held its Monthly Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Makaela Randolph, a business consultant to the State Farm Insurance Co. was the guest and spoke about protecting a business from natural disasters, like hurricanes. The River District Association will feature a guest speaker…

Thomas Newman Boat Landing, Cayce Riverwalk. A portion of the Cayce Riverwalk (Phase 4 – Thomas Newman Boat Landing) is currently closed. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating a possible suicide. More details will be provided as they become available, according to Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce spokeswoman. Categories: Cayce, Lexington County, West Columbia

PRMS Principal David Basile and Jennifer Eskridge is Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year. By Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Communications Director No one was surprised when Jennifer Eskridge became a teacher. After all, her mother, grandmother, several aunts and an uncle were all educators. But Eskridge got a surprise of her own Tuesday, when Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William B….

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy with District One representatives. Photo provided. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and…

Suzette Shirey and Leah Machino of Mardel. The Mardel Christian and Education Store held a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Monday morning. The new business is in the West Side Plaza next to Hobby Lobby, 2305 Augusta Rd. West Columbia. “It’s a great addition to the growing number of businesses in West Columbia,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Greater…

There was a full house of artists, produce vendors and food booths as West Columbia cut the ribbon on its Artisan Market, Saturday morning. “This market is exactly what we need to help push the energy between where we’re standing and the river. This market will help drive activity to Center Street and Meeting Street,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem,…

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The City of West Columbia has issued a press release in response to some questions regarding changes in its water service. The release is below: Lake Murray is currently experiencing turnover, a naturally occurring event, which contributes to an increase in natural organic matter. This summer, the region has experienced periods of heavy rain followed by long dry periods with…

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Dutch Fork quarterback Ty Olenchuck,.GoFlashWin photo. The SC Sandlappers’ Dec. 21 Shrine Bowl roster will be revealed at 3 p.m. Sunday on Facebook Live. Annually selecting the top seniors from over 200 SC High School League schools in five classifications is always an arduous task for each Shrine Bowl staff member. It’s especially difficult when coaches are limited to picking…

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The City of West Columbia is holding a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturday, Sept. 14 – at 9 a.m. The market will be open until 1 p.m. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia

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Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck with WCBF Chairwoman Melissa Sprouse-Browne. The Fifth Annual Tribute for Trees Gala drew its largest crowd ever to the Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall Tuesday evening. Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck, who is retiring, was honored for her contributions to the West Columbia Beautification Foundation and…

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Lexington House Rep. Chris Wooten was bitten by a snake. “I stepped on a copperhead,” Wooten said as he walked across his yard with flip-flops on- taking a pet outside, around 8 p.m. Sunday. Wooten in a Facebook post said: “Shoot yourself with a .22 rifle in the big toe if you want to know what it felt like.” He…

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The West Columbia Beautification Foundation will hold its 5th Annual Tribute for Trees Fundraiser, on Tuesday, at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia. The gala is from 5:30 p.m.until 7:30 p.m. Funds raised at the event will be used to plant trees around the City of West Columbia, beautifying the roadways on Meeting Street and Augusta…

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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….

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Lexington County officials celebrated the opening of the Lexington County Emergency Service Complex East Region Headquarters with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Friday morning. The complex is in a high-commercial traffic area near the Lexington County Industrial park,. It will serve as the region headquarters for the southeastern part of Lexington County. The EMS center will provide primary fire…

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Do you have storm fatigue because of Hurricane Dorian? The storm has passed and Richland and Lexington county schools are operating on a normal schedule. The forecast for Friday is sunny, with a high of 95 degrees. And there’s good news.  S.C. Public Safety director Leroy Smith said there were no deaths reported from the storm. In Richland and Lexington…

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Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team with coaches and West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council recognized the Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team for winning the Dixie Youth Ozone State Championship for the 2019 season. West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles is pictured with the…

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As a testament to West Columbia’s revitalization effort; the ribbon was cut on the city’s Interactive Art Park, Wednesday. West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton spoke of the significance of the park, at 425 Meeting Street. He said it’s only the beginning of more to come. “It’s intended to bring visitors and patrons,”  Horton said. The park adds an arts-rich dimension…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died after being struck by a motor vehicle in the 1900 block of Platt Springs Road. The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. Saturday. According to Fisher, Robbie Lee Grimsley, 60, of West Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Grimsley was walking across the roadway when…

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From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 Communications Director – At this time, Lexington Two will be operating on a normal schedule Tuesday, Sept. 3. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and get updates throughout the week from the Governor’s Office, local and state emergency preparedness officials, and others. Categories: Cayce, Education, Lexington County, West Columbia

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As Hurricane Dorian approaches the South Carolina coast, animal shelters are being evacuated. Animals are being moved to PETSinc for safety on Monday. The shelter is at 300 Orchard Dr, West Columbia, SC 29170 To handle the extra paws, additional supplies are needed immediately. Those supplies include: crates, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, trash bags and pet food. More…

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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…

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The Lexington County Fire Service Ladder 5 unit responded to the 4400 block of 12th Street Ext. Sunday morning for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, heavy flames were coming from the vehicle, but firefighters had the fire extinguished in a short amount of time, according to a Lexington County report. One person was transported to local hospital for medical…

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Author Robin H. Jackson, Joe Pinner, Melissa Sprouse-Browne at the Trees Tribute 2017. The Fifth Annual West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Tribute for Trees Gala is Tuesday, Sept. 10. It’s in the New Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St. “We’re really looking forward to the Tribute for Trees Gala,” said Melissa Sprouse-Browne, chairwoman of the…

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 4) for West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park and Alleyway on State Mural. It’s at 10 a.m. at 425 Meeting St. The one-of-a-kind park will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk. The park…

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Photo by Jack Crayne photography. All games at 7:30 LUGOFF ELGIN (1-0) AT CAMDEN (1-0) The Demons and Bulldogs have never met undefeated. Granted, they have only both won the first game of the season but the series does date back to 1978. The teams have only met a handful of times after one game as well. They have played…

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More than 150 fifth-graders at Cayce Elementary School have added a personal touch to the school.  A mural painted by the students was unveiled, Wednesday. “It gives the students ownership,” said CES Assistant Principal Allyson Long. “They are a part of something. It’s their school. A part of them is here.” Artist-in-residence Michael Geddings oversaw the art project. It was…

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Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Coaching in an offensive slugfest that stretched over two days is nothing new for head coach Chad Leaphart. Back in 2015 as head coach at Swansea, he witnessed his team engage in a legendary dual for the ages with Chapin. The 63-60 overtime win by the Eagles, a game which was completed the following day due…

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Earl McLeod Earl McLeod said expect the number of homes constructed to continue to grow. McLeod is the Executive Director of the  Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. “The building numbers are better, but it’s different,” said McLeod.  He said expect the construction of more town homes, multi-family structures and the redevelopment of closed shopping centers to include residential…

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The City of Cayce is working to implement an Arts District on State Street, the original heart of Cayce. Public art is essential to this vision and the City is commissioning artists to design and paint two murals that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving along State Street. The City is requesting proposals from…

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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in vehicle collision that occurred early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 westbound at mile marker 82, Elgin. Wesley Dean Welch, 47, of West Columbia, was the unrestrained driver of a SUV that was struck by a tractor trailer. Mr. Welch was pronounced dead at…

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The  Cayce Department of Public Safety  at approximately 3:30 a.m., Tuesday,  responded to a call of a house fire on Lexington Avenue in Cayce. Upon arrival, officers found the back part of the home engulfed in flames and a female victim who was severely burned. She is being treated at an area hospital. Cayce Public Safety officers located the suspect…

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Lexington Police Officers assisted Lexington County Fire Service with a residential structure fire on Allenbrooke Drive in the Wellesley neighborhood Monday just after 6 p.m. The structure is located right off of Sunset Boulevard, at the I-20 Exit. Access to homes in the area may were temporarily limited until emergency personnel cleared the scene. No injuries were reported, but one…

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Jerome Franklin and his Aunt Michelle Franklin. Jerome Franklin was diagnosed with type two diabetes at age 26. At age 37, he had a stroke. He is determined to keep fighting the encroaching ailment said his Aunt Michelle Franklin, but he needs physical therapy. To help pay for the physical therapy, Michelle has planned a the Jerome Franklin Fund-raiser Kick-ball…

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Surviving members of the team Leo Redmond said he remembers the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. That team was honored in a ceremony at the  Cayce Historical Museum, Friday afternoon. “All of us over here in Cayce were proud,” Redmond said. “There were signs all over the place. They stayed up for years.” Redmond, the former…

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West Columbia is a good place to do business, according to its leaders. Now it’s even better. Gov. Henry McMaster has designated specific West Columbia properties as part of an Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are provided a capital gains-based, federal tax incentive for investors. The program is designed to encourage long-term private investments in communities that have the potential for…

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25 Lexington Two teachers get awards Twenty-five Lexington Two educators have been awarded $20,000 in grants from Colonial Life as part of its Strong Schools Grant program. Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to purchase equipment and resources that support lessons focused on world-class knowledge and skills and life and career characteristics as outlined in the Profile…

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A rising junior at White Knoll High school has been charged after he made an online threat to shoot up his school and kill himself. Lexington County investigators interviewed the male suspect, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 17, Monday afternoon at his home. He’s charged with making threats to a school. He’s been…

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Rendering of proposed office building. From Grant Jackson A new Class A office building is expected to be under construction at 508 Meeting Street in West Columbia by the end of August and available after the first of the year. 508 Meeting Street is being developed by Joe Taylor, the former S.C. Secretary of Commerce, who formed State Street Development…

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Lexington School District Two is planning to expand the playground at Saluda River Academy for the Arts. The school is at 1520 Duke Street in West Columbia. The school ground expansion is in the back of SRAA. The district has purchased property behind the school and there is a house on that land. The district is selling that house, at…

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Gus and Pete Manos, of Zesto. Terry Ward photo. West Columbia’s Zesto restaurant is celebrating 70 years in business in 2019. “It’s been really fun to see so many people over the years,” said Pete Manos, who owns Zesto with his father, Gus. “It’s really cool to be celebrating 70 years.” He said the restaurant started with as few as…

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The City of Cayce has announced a very special exhibit, honoring the members of the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. It is coming to the Cayce Historical Museum beginning 3 p.m., Aug. 16. The surviving members of the 1964 Dixie Youth World Series Champions Team will gather for a celebration of the exhibit opening at…

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G.L. Locklear has become a local historian by default. “I’ve looked up the genealogy for many, many families,” said Locklear. And in his research, he has found out a lot about the history of the area. From the day when steamships were abundant in the Congaree River to auto dealerships on State Street. Locklear imparts his knowledge from the corner…

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The City of West Columbia has published its second newsletter for August and September. The city’s first newsletter, a June-July edition, was published in June. The newsletters are mailed to city residents, and copies can be picked up at selected outlets. The second edition includes information on the 70th anniversary of Zesto, and West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park. There is…

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WCBF photo. Bill Monneyhan, Joe Taylor, Melissa-Sprouse-Browne Joe Taylor of Southland Capital Partners has been presented with the  Quarterly Appearance Award by the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. Taylor, center, is with Melissa Sprouse-Browne, chairwoman of the WCBF and Bill Mooneyhan vice chairman. At the WCBF meeting, Board members discussed the annual Tribute to Trees. The Tribute for Trees is scheduled…

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Bruce Brutschy at Black Rooster. One of the most-anticipated launches in recent West Columbia history will occur at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Black Rooster will “be in the “soft opening” mode,” this week according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The rest of the post reads: “Soft opening” means some of the menus are still not fully implemented, staff…

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Lexington County Fire Services units responded to a commercial structure fire in the 4300 block of Augusta Road just before 4:30 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, units could see smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters made short work in extinguishing the fire and preventing it from destroying the building that is the home of Palmano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant. In total, $10,000…

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Photo from Bricks and Stones Facebook. Columbia area pizza lovers have a new, locally-owned option as they search for the very best pie, and this one offers some things others may not. Bricks and Stones Pizza Company celebrated its grand opening Saturday. The new restaurant is in Woodberry Plaza (anchored by Big Lots) at 3230 Augusta Road in West Columbia,…