Photos obtained from Town of Blythewood website. Three men will vie for mayor and five others will face off for two council seats in the Town of Blythewood’s general election Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for this fall’s election was Tuesday. On the ballot for the mayor’s office are Malcolm Gordge, Bryan Franklin and Keith Bailey. Gordge…

Allen Wallace photos. The first in the South presidential primary is more than eight months away, but the race to be the Democratic nominee is already in full swing. The eyes of many voters all over the country were on Columbia this weekend, as the city hosted 20 presidential hopefuls at the Palmetto State’s Democratic Party Convention. More than 2,000…

The S.C. Democratic Party’s annual convention is set for Saturday at the Columbia Convention Center. The convention is attracting 21 presidential primary candidates. Each candidate will be given seven minutes to address the crowd at the convention. More than 2,000 delegates and guests are expected to attend. The S.C. Democratic Party has partnered with MSNBC to telecast the event. The…

The Cayce City Council adopted a new ordinance to change the Cayce municipal election cycle to run in odd-numbered years. The change was approved by city council Wednesday. It was made after a request from the Lexington County Commission of Registration and Elections, said Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce spokeswoman. Currently, the City of Cayce municipal elections are held on…

Father and Sen. Nikki Setzler, with wife Ada Jane, and the whole Setzler family. Sunday is Father’s Day, and that offers the opportunity to show appreciation for the men who mean so much in our lives. The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. But it was not until 1972–58 years after…

Town of Lexington Council and Mayor. Lexington Town Council has voted to move council elections to off years. “Council voted unanimously to switch the elections to off years, so it does not conflict with statewide and presidential elections. The elections will be staggered every two years with the next election being in November 2021 for three seats, currently held by…

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two people who died Saturday after being involved in a shooting incident. The incident occurred at Summit Townes Way in Columbia. Nivia N. Johnson, 38, of Summit Townes Way, died at the scene after being shot. An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to multiple gunshot wounds to…

Wikipedia photo-use permitted. Former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Columbia, Saturday. The campaign stop with Joe and Jill Biden, his wife, is scheduled for Saturday, at the Hyatt Park Community Center. Doors for the event open at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Biden will speak about “his vision for rebuilding America’s middle class and unifying America,” according to…

Kaziah Howard, Director of Public Awareness for SC 811. Photo provided. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette visited the office of South Carolina 811 on April 3 to deliver a proclamation, identifying April as Safe Digging Month in South Carolina. The proclamation comes as a response to the statistic that more than 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year…

Allen Wallace photos. Hundreds of people endured a frigid morning in Columbia to attend the annual King Day at the Dome rally, and heard a U.S. senator declare that despite the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., racism remains alive in the nation and in its leadership. “It gives me no pleasure to tell you we now have a…

There’s a new sheriff in town for Kershaw County. Lee Boan was officially sworn in at a ceremony at the Kershaw County Courthouse Wednesday evening. Boan has previously been captain of operations with the Camden Police Department. He won the election in November, taking 67 percent of the vot…

Yolanda Anderson was elected to Richland School District One, Tuesday. Anderson received 18,670 votes or 44 percent of the vote. Also running were: Jackie Baker (16,085 votes-38 percent); and Dwayne Smiling (7,458 – 18 percent.) Amelia McKie, James Manning, Teresa Holmes, and Cheryl Parker were elected to Richland School District Two. McKie got 22,427 votes and 20 percent; Manning got…

Gipson, Harpootlian. Democrat Byron Gipson was elected to the office of  Fifth Circuit Solicitor Tuesday. He defeated John Meadors Gipson received 95,479, or 72 percent, of the votes to Meadors 36,852 votes, or 28 percent. In the SC Senate District 20 race Democrat Dick Harpootlian defeated Republican Benjamin Dunn. Harpootlian got 20,269 votes or 52 percent to Dunn’s 18, 655…

US Rep. Joe Wilson. Incumbent S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson defeated Democrat Constance Anastopoulo Tuesday, winning a third four-year term as the state’s top prosecutor. Republican Molly Spearman easily won a second term as the state’s Superintendent of Education. She had no opposition on the ballot. Republican Mark Hammond of Spartanburg won his fifth term as secretary of state. Hammond…

A record number of absentee votes have been cast in the state, in the 2018 midterm election, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. More than 260,000 absentee ballots were issued statewide, and so far, more than 230,000 have been returned. In the 2014 midterm, approximately 157,000 ballots were cast. At the time that set a record for absentee voting…

Voters lined up outside Blythewood Middle School. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Overcast skies promising rain didn’t deter hundreds of voters who lined up early this morning outside Blythewood Middle School, a major polling location in the Blythewood area. The line just after the polls opened at 7 a.m. wrapped around two sides of the building. Inside, approximately 60 more people waited…

There are four open seats on the Richland 2 School Board. There are seven candidates running for the seats. The election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The candidates are: Cheryl Caution Parker, Teresa Jones Holmes, James Manning, Amelia B. McKie, James A. Mobley, Craig Plank and Darrel President Sr. Categories: Columbia, Elections, Richland County

MacDougall and Williams. Incumbent Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall is facing a challenge from Town of Lexington Councilman Ron Williams. The election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. MacDougall is in the hospitality industry as a manager of restaurants. In 2014, MacDougall defeated Lexington’s incumbent Mayor Randy Halfacre. Williams was elected to Lexington Town Council in…

Newton and Owen. Democrat Chakisse Newton and Republican Zoe Pruitt Owen are running to fill the District 11 seat on Richland County Council. The election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Newton defeated District 11 Councilman Norman Jackson in the June primary. Newton is a public relations professional and owner of Cardinal Consulting Owen is…

Gubernatorial candidates Henry McMaster, James Smith. From governor to agriculture commissioner, there are several candidates running for statewide offices. The general election is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Below is a list of the candidates in some high-profile S.C. races that are on the ballot. In the South Carolina governor’s race Republican Gov. Henry McMaster…

Allen Wallace photos. Many political events focus on persuading people to vote for a particular candidate or party. Saturday at the State House, the message was different. Several local groups gathered, and not a word was said about what names anyone should check. The message was simply to vote. The March on the Polls rally was organized by March On,…

There could be a fresh face on the Lexington Town Council. In next Tuesday’s general election four candidates are running for three open seats. The top three vote-getters will be elected. The candidates running are: Hazel Livingston, Todd Lyle, Kathy Maness and Todd Shevchik. Shevchik, who is a former town councilman,is the only candidate who is not currently on council….

Elise Partin. There is an election in Cayce this year, but only the incumbents are running. Cayce Mayor Elise Partin will be on the ballot. She does not have an opponent. James “Skip” Jenkins is running for reelection to Cayce City Council, District Two. Phil Carter is running for reelection to Cayce City Council, District Four. Cayce has four council…

The Lexington County Registration and Election Commission will be open from 9 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, Oct 6.  It will be open for anyone who needs to register to be able to vote in the November 6, General Election. For any additional information please call 785-8361, or please visit the Registration and Election office located at Lexington County Auxiliary…

Mickey Pringle of West Columbia City Council- Terry Ward photos. It took a while, but West Columbia City Council has a new member. Mickey Pringle, a just-retired high school principal, was sworn in on June 18, as the council member representing District 5. The seat was held by Boyd Jones before Pringle was elected. “I want to help create better…

Flag supporters. Photos by Emily Mooneyhan.  Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the Confederate flag’s removal from the S.C. State House grounds. The flag was taken down from a monument in 2015 after Dylann Roof shot and killed nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Advocates for the flag gathered in front of the State House, holding Confederate flags…

Glen Conwell Glen Conwell accomplished an improbable feat on June 12. The former Lexington Two School Board member won a three-way primary for the District 8 Lexington County Council seat. He defeated incumbent Ned Tolar and challenger Chuck Crouch on the first ballot. To win, Conwell had to get more than 50 percent of the vote. He is a Republican,…

Photos by Allen Wallace. Several hundred people gathered at the State House Saturday afternoon to protest the U.S. government’s immigration policies. The “Families Belong Together” rally was part of a national protest, with more than 700 events covering all 50 states and drawing hundreds of thousands of people, according to USA Today. In Columbia, speakers addressed the crowd from the…

McMaster with President Donald Trump, Monday. Gov. Henry McMaster has been projected as the winner in SC GOP Primary runoff election Tuesday over John Warren With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Master had 54 percent of the vote compared to Warren’s 46 percent. McMaster will face Democrat James Smith in the November general election. Categories: Columbia, Elections, Richland County

Sean Carrigan defeated Annabelle Robertson in the US House Dist. 2 Democratic runoff election, Tuesday. Carrigan got 53 percent of the vote. Robertson got 47 percent. District 2 includes Lexington County. Carrigan will move on the face U.S. Rep. in the November general election. Categories: Elections, Lexington, Lexington County

Paula Calhoon defeated Todd Carnes in the SC House 87 GOP runoff election, Tuesday. Calhoon got 54 percent ot the vote. Carnes got 46 percent. The Lexington-based seat was held by SC Rep. Todd Atwater, who left t to run for SC Attorney General. Categories: Elections, Lexington, Lexington County

The last stretch of the line before entry. Karamie Sullivan photo. Thousands of people arrived at Airport High School Monday afternoon to attend the Trump rally for Governor Henry McMaster’s campaign. So many were there, in fact, that additional thousands were turned away after the school reached its capacity around 5 p.m. Although many people were in attendance, the reasons…

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump said he loves South Carolina. And he said a storm that blew over Airport High School, where he spoke, Monday evening was not going to stop him from coming to the state to campaign for Gov. Henry McMaster.  McMaster faces John Warren in a runoff election Tuesday. “I wouldn’t do it to you,” Trump…

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…

President Donald Trump will attend an Election Eve campaign rally for S.C. Gov.Henry McMaster in West Columbia, on Monday. The event is free and open to the general public. General admission tickets can be obtained by clicking “Register” on Page Link and then filling out the form. Doors open at 4 p.m. The event will start at 6 p.m. Mon,…

McMaster Campaign photo. President Donald Trump will campaign for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster according to The New York Times. Trump intends to join McMaster for a rally Monday in the Columbia area before Tuesday’s runoff election between McMaster and John Warren. And this Saturday, according to the New York Times, Vice President Mike Pence will campaign with McMaster. More…

McMaster – Warren Gov. Henry McMaster and challenger John Warren are scheduled to participate in a debate at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the Newberry Opera House. The debate is sponsored by SC ETV, the Post and Courier newspaper and S.C. Public Radio. McMaster did not get 50 percent of the GOP primary vote Tuesday. Warren was the…

Wikipedia image-use permitted There are candidates running for seats on Richland and Lexington County Council. The Primary is Tuesday. Voting hours are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Richland County Council District 1 covers the Irmo and Dutch Fork area. The incumbent is Bill Malinowski of Chapin. He is being challenged by Stan Smith of Chapin, for the GOP nomination….

Trump’s Tweet- Click to enlarge. Will the South Carolina governor’s race be a referendum on President Donald Trump? South Carolina voters go to the polls Tuesday in a year in which the state will vote on a governor. Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, who was South Carolina’s lieutenant governor at the time, was one of the first to endorse Trump. Since,…

West Columbia City Administrator addresses city council, Tuesday The City of West Columbia passed first reading of its 2018-19 fiscal year budget last Tuesday. “This has been a long process the city has gone through,” said City Administrator Brian Carter. A general fund budget of $16,126,000 was approved along with a water-sewer budget of $17,150,000. Carter said department directors began…

Bill’s Music Shop hosted event. Karamie Sullivan photos. Two out of the three Lexington County Town Council candidates from District 8 met Thursday evening at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor. Charles “Chuck” Crouch and Glenn Conwell were positioned on the stage where moderator Tom Ledbetter asked them a series of direct questions. Candidate Ned Tolar notified  Greater Cayce West…

Gerald Seals, December- Karamie Sullivan photo. Richland County will pay more than $1 million to former county administrator Gerald Seals, who was fired by Richland County Council. Council members, with a 5-4 vote Monday, approved the settlement payment to Seals. The settlement was approved, reportedly, to protect the county and council members from possible lawsuits initiated by Seals. Seals gets…

Dominion Energy photo- Use permitted The South Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday to cut the 18 percent SCANA Corp. is charging customers to pay for its failed nuclear reactor project down to 13 percent. Dominion Energy, which is vying to buy SCANA and manage it out of its current difficulty, said mandating a rate cut could jeopardize its deal…

Rachelle Moody Cayce City Council announced Thursday that Assistant to the City Manager Rachelle Moody, has been appointed as the interim city manager. “We are so thrilled to appoint Rachelle as interim City Manager. She has done such a phenomenal job for the City of Cayce in her positions as Special Projects and Grants Manager and Assistant to the City…

Chris Wooten speaking at a House Seat 69 candidates forum. Republican Chris Wooten defeats Anne Marie Eckstorm Green for S.C. House 69 seat with 1,655 votes to 1,319 votes. Wooten won 56 percent to 44 percent. The two competed in a GOP primary runoff. The results are unofficial from Lexington County voter office Director Dean Crepes. House Seat 69 is…

State Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia received the Clemson Board of Visitors Legislative Leadership Award, Tuesday. “I’m honored and humbled to receive this leadership award,” Setzler said of being chosen. He said he works every day as a legislator to help make public education and higher education better. “I appreciate the people who support me,” said Setzler. He also…

Ted Stambolitis Mayor Steve MacDougall has accepted the resignation of Councilman Ted Stambolitis effective Wednesday (Feb. 28.) Stambolitis no longer meets the eligibility requirements of a qualified elector set forth in the Town of Lexington Ordinance 34.37. Stambolitis is a local businessman who has served on Town Council since 2004. According to town ordinance, a qualified elector “must be a…

The five candidates at a forum last Thursday. Five candidates are vying to be the nominee in Tuesday’s GOP primary to represent District 69 them in the S.C.  House of Representatives. The Lexington County seat was vacated in December. Former House Majority Leader Rep. Rick Quinn resigned and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office. The candidates running to replace Quinn are: attorney…