Columbia

Gervais at Heidt streets to be closed beginning Saturday to repair sinkhole

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) previously announced plans to close a section of Gervais Street at the intersection of Heidt Street in Columbia to repair a sinkhole. The closure was previously scheduled to begin Monday, June 19. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the repairs are now scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 24. The repairs are expected to be…

Historic Columbia hosting eclipse viewing event in the Gardens

Witness the once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Gardens at Historic Eclipse in the Gardens. Historic Columbia has issued an invitation to be part of history on Monday, Aug. 21,  in the heart of downtown Columbia. At 2:41 p.m., guests will see the much-anticipated total solar eclipse for 2 minutes and 36…

Riverbanks Zoo sets attendance record during spring break

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is boasting a new milestone in its 43-year history following a wildly successful spring break. During the nine day stretch from Saturday, April 8 to Sunday, April 17, the Zoo welcomed nearly 93,000 guests and set a single-day attendance record of 14,382 visitors on Friday, April 14. The record was announced Thursday in a press release….

S.C. State Museum to present solar eclipse event with SCE&G

Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke attending

The South Carolina State Museum is selling tickets for its 2017 Total Eclipse weekend events in August for the solar eclipse over Columbia. The weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities is being presented by SCE&G, Aug. 18 – 21. The events will take place throughout the museum with special exhibitions, planetarium and 4D shows. An appearance by Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen….

Disney on Ice tickets go on sale Feb. 28

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Disney’s princess stories and most-beloved fairytales are coming to the ice in a sensational live production in Columbia. This ice spectacular featuring scenes from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Frog, visits COLUMBIA from APRIL 27 to APRIL 30 for six performances at Colonial Life Arena.  Tickets go…

DHEC reviews new plan to seal coal tar in Congaree River

Cofferdam plan not favored

Coal tar remediation on the Congaree River has officially moved to a plan to seal and cap the spill. Tar site after the 2015 flood and a portion of the Columbia Canal wall collapse. Sandbags are where clean-up is planned. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) held a public meeting, Monday, to discuss plans to mitigate the…

Nominations open for Dream Keeper Scholarship

The City of Columbia now is accepting nominations for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The Dream Keeper Award recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to King’s tenets. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence and unselfish service must be demonstrated voluntarily by the nominee in support of his or her…

City of Columbia offers free metered parking during hurricane

Looking for a silver lining in this whole Hurricane Matthew mess? It will be a lot easier and cheaper to park in Columbia for the next several days. In a statement released Thursday, Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah reminded folks that since all non-essential governmental offices are now closed because of the impending storm, the city will not be enforcing…

Downtown Columbia parking availability in deep decline

No, you’re not imagining it. It’s difficult to find parking in downtown Columbia, and the problem is just getting worse. Parking availability has fallen to record lows of 15 percent availability for downtown parking garages, according to a new report from commercial real-estate brokerage and research firm Colliers International. This time last year, that vacancy rate was 21.5 percent. Downtown Columbia…

Southern hospitality: Columbia QuadSquad hosts international roller derby playoffs

The eyes of the roller derby world were on Columbia over the weekend, and the city and its home team earned good reviews. The Columbia QuadSquad hosted the the 2016 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 Playoffs at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The city was 1 of 4 playoff sites. (Photo by Allen Wallace) The Columbia…

Mosquito trapped in Shandon area tests positive for West Nile

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Richland County and the city of Columbia announced Wednesday that a sample of mosquitoes trapped in the Shandon area has tested positive for West Nile virus. “It is not uncommon for us to identify mosquitoes carrying the virus in our state,” said Chris Evans, DHEC’s staff entomologist. “This identification is a reminder…

Art with a twist: New paint-and-sip studio opens in Columbia area

Painting with a Twist is now open in the Harbison area. (Photos provided)There’s a new opportunity in Columbia to let your artistic side flourish while enjoying an adult beverage and creating your own personal work of art. “Paint-and-sip businesses have become so popular because they give people a chance to unplug and unwind, and possibly discover a talent they never…

S.C. Pride ‘hotter than ever’ as cool weather, sunshine brings out revelers

  People from all over South Carolina gathered in downtown Columbia to celebrate S.C. Pride. (Photo by Allen Wallace) Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Columbia on Saturday for the 27th annual South Carolina Pride Festival. The festival set an attendance record with more than 35,000 in 2015. “Hotter than ever” was the 2016 theme, and while exact attendance…

UPDATE: Missing mother of 3 found

A mother of three who was reported missing has been found. Londra Lee, 28, checked herself into a local hospital Tuesday night, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Wilson. Londra Lee was last seen Sunday. (Photo provided) Lee was last seen Sunday in Northeast Columbia at her residence, according to information from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Family members…

Mayor Benjamin discusses city’s My Brother’s Keeper efforts at White House

A local leader spent Wednesday at White House discussing ways to improve the effectiveness of a city program for young boys and men of color. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin joined senior members of the Obama administration earlier today to discuss the city’s My Brother’s Keeper efforts and ways in which the administration can create opportunities for young boys and men…

European grocery store owners eye Lexington, Columbia

New South Carolina stores could mirror this Lidl location in Italy. (Photo provided) Owners of a European grocery store has set its sights on South Carolina, specifically Columbia and Lexington. Lidl, a German-based chain, has submitted site plans for two locations in the area and one location in Orangeburg. Officials have not yet made individual store announcements but are actively pursuing…

Law enforcement officers prep for final leg of Special Olympics torch run today

Law enforcement officers from all over the state converged in Columbia today for the final leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The torch run will conclude at 6 p.m. today with a 7.5-mile run from the South Carolina State House to Fort Jackson, where the 2016 State Summer Games will officially kickoff. “A lot of these men and…

New boutique promises unique experience for each customer

Tiffani and Iley Joseph are working to make Columbia more stylish, one person at a time. The husband-and-wife duo opened Tiffani’s Boutique in February with the goal of offering women a more personal experience while shopping for clothes. Tiffani Joseph is eager to help women in Columbia find their personal style. (Photos by Brindy McNair) “I take pride in helping…

Residents urged to help envision Capital City Mill District

Columbia residents are being asked to use their imaginations to help create a vision for the newly defined Capital City Mill District. The Richland County Planning Department and the City of Columbia have joined forces to create, fund and implement a coordinated vision for the Olympia, Granby, Whaley and South Assembly areas of downtown Columbia to be called the Capital…