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Columbia residents will have to wait until next year to vote for who has the best shrimp and grits in the Midlands. It was announced Friday that the annual Shrimp and Grits Fest, held at the DoubleTree on Bush River Road, has been canceled. The event was already pushed from June to September…

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South Carolina State Fair officials announced Wednesday that the fair will be held in its first-ever, free drive-through form this year. The event will take place Oct. 20 and 21. Guests will experience a portion of the exhibits, food, crafts and animals for which the State Fair is known and …

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Lake Murray’s 2020 Reggaetronic Music Festival has been cancelled for 2020. The festival, originally scheduled to take place in June, was rescheduled to July. However, a recent post on Reggaetronic’s Facebook page announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival entirely.

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Many Fourth of July events were cancelled this year in an attempt to follow social distancing protocols in South Carolina. However, Midlands residents can still celebrate the holiday at the following events:

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The reopening of Soda City Market has been highly anticipated since its closing in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As vendors and visitors returned Saturday, the scene was much different than usual. Vendor tents were spaced apart and visitors wore masks.

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The unprecedented times of 2020 have shifted the way people live on a daily basis, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants, retail shops, schools and many other establishments were left to find creative ways to operate in a safe and effective manner.

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Soda City Market, a Saturday morning staple in Columbia, has been the place for artisan vendors to display their crafts and food for 15 years. Rain or shine, vendors bring their products and set up under tents that line Main Street for several blocks. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic th…

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According to a report released this month by Realtor.com, the Columbia metro area has the fastest-rising suburbs in the country, with a median gain of 3,459 spots for its suburban zip codes in May.

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Juneteenth fell on a Friday this year, but for the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, one day was not nearly enough time to celebrate. The church leaders proclaimed a Juneteenth Week of Action, and so on Saturday at the State House in Columbia, the saints w…

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Columbia’s city government officially proclaimed Friday as Juneteenth Day in the state capital, and city leaders helped celebrate the occasion with a parade down Main Street and a rally at the State House.

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ALABAMA representatives announced that the band's tour stop in Columbia has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 safety concerns and guidance from public health officials.

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Temperatures are known to be "famously hot" during the summer in the Midlands, but that doesn't keep residents from exploring outside - especially when swimming is an option and social distancing is still an important factor. Whether hiking, fishing, floating, or boating is your preferred ac…

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Parents who are searching for a fun activity for their children while still adhering to social distancing precautions now have a new option.

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A crowd gathered at Columbia’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park Sunday, many dressed in their Sunday best. More than 2,000 people came to carry on the legacy of the man whose name the park bears, and all the others who have fought for his dream of peace and equality.

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They are angry over the death of George Floyd, and many other instances of police brutality. They are teachers and students, lawyers and social workers, doctors and servers. They come from all races and all ages. These are the protesters making their voices heard in Columbia and across the w…

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"You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you." The phrase is familiar from television and movies, but those attorneys, known as public defenders, rarely claim the spotlight. Monday afternoon was an exception.

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Physicians and other clinical staff members of Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia joined together outside the facility Friday afternoon to take a few moments to participate and kneel in the #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives movement. 

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There is more than one way to protest, more than one way for people to make their voices heard. Some use boycotts, others petition, and of course there is the power of the vote. Friday in Columbia, more than 1,000 people, their attempt to petition in writing rejected, chose the most literal …