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West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…

USC researchers strike blow in the battle against cancer

New discovery could aid women suffering from cervical cancer

In the ongoing fight to beat cancer, a team of University of South Carolina scientists have made a discovery that could lead to better treatment and outcomes for a significant killer of women. Carolyn Banister (USC photo) The team, led by assistant research professor Carolyn Banister and associate professor Phillip Buckhaults, has discovered a new subtype of cervical cancer that…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

January events mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy

USC plans several ways to honor and spotlight the civil-rights icon

The University of South Carolina will host a series of public events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 12 through Jan. 15. This year marks the 34th year for the university’s annual celebration to honor the civil rights leader. The 2017 commemoration will include a panel discussion, a community breakfast and gospel…

Ray Tanner Foundation makes $10,000 donation to Harvest Hope

Harvest Hope Food Bank received a $10,000 donation from the Ray Tanner Foundation as part of the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series. The donation will provide approximately 9,300 meals for child feeding programs at a Columbia-area elementary school. The child feeding programs will include Kids Cafes, the BackPack program, and the SnackSack program. These after-school programs help ensure that children…

Thanksgiving came early for this USC class

USC professor Sporty Jeralds teaches lesson on importance of expressing gratitude

More than 200 University of South Carolina students in Professor Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds’ class took time last week to thank influential people in their lives. USC students last week learn the importance of expressing gratitude and thanks for those people who have touched or molded their lives, through Professor Sporty Jeralds “Wall of Fame,” and by resurrecting the fading practice…

Authorities say man’s death at USC likely suicide

Second such death at the same USC parking garage in the past 16 months

The death of an unidentified man found at a USC parking garage is so far being considered a suicide, according to authorities. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts and officials with the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the incident, said all indications point to a suicide and not foul play. Watts reported the man, who was in his 30s…

Columbia College to slash tuition costs

33 percent reduction bucks decades-long trend of rising costs in South Carolina, nationwide

Columbia College is bucking the trend of rising educational costs. The private, predominantly female college announced Thursday it will cut annual tuition by 33 percent, from the current $28,900 to $19,500. Photo provided The lower tuition will apply to full-time students in the college’s traditional undergraduate program starting with the 2017-18 academic year. The school currently has about 640 full-time…

Annual Carolina-Clemson rivalry festivities set

Several events are set leading up to the Nov. 26 Palmetto Bowl between the University of South Carolina and Clemson. Non-perishable food and monetary donations are being collected by both schools through Nov. 21. The donations will benefit Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest food banks, serving local families including those affected by Hurricane Matthew. More information about where and how to participate can…

Calls for help go out in Lexington, Richland counties to assist areas devastated by post-hurricane floods

USC, Lexington Police Department among those asking locals to donate items to aid those in Marion County disaster area

It was sunny, beautiful, and dry Wednesday in the Midlands. But in many areas of South Carolina, thousands of residents and businesses were still struggling to cope with a flooding disaster caused by Hurricane Matthew. About 120 miles east of Columbia, the state’s Pee Dee region, Marion County, and its towns of Nichols and Mullins, have been especially hard-hit by…

USC asks Gamecock fans to give up hotel rooms to evacuees if possible

USC set to play Georgia on Sunday afternoon

With the University of South Carolina deciding to move its football game at Williams-Brice Stadium to Sunday afternoon, the university on Friday asked Gamecocks fans to consider releasing any hotel rooms they might have booked to help accommodate coastal evacuees. “The university encourages Gamecock fans that do not need their previously reserved hotel rooms to contact your hotel and release…

Men’s soccer: Gamecocks score early lead in 3-2 win over Winthrop

No. 24 South Carolina took control early with two first-half goals Thursday on the way to a 3-2 victory over Winthrop at Stone Stadium in its second exhibition contest of 2016. Freshman Luca Mayr got the scoring started in the 13th minute off a feed from senior Kevin Walker, finding the far post from the right side. Twelve minutes later Koty Millard found the back…

Gamecocks rack up preseason accolades

Preseason accolades continue to roll in for South Carolina men’s soccer, as the Gamecocks were ranked No. 21 in the College Soccer News 2016 Preseason National Poll and senior midfielder Danny Deakin was named to the publication’s 2016 Preseason All-America Second Team. Carolina, which was ranked No. 24 entering the season by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, returns 17…

USC to coordinate relief effort for victims of Baton Rouge flooding

In response to the recent flooding and hardships faced by the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University community, the University of South Carolina will be coordinating a collection of items to be sent to flood victims. Those who want to help can bring items between Wednesday and Friday this week to the Gamecock Football equipment truck, which will be at the…

USC men battle to 1-1 draw against No. 8 UNC

CARY, N.C. — No. 24 South Carolina opened its 2016 exhibition slate with a 1-1 draw Monday night against No. 8 North Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Seniors Kevin Walker and Danny Deakin connected in the early minutes to get the Garnet and Black off to a strong start, and a second-half unit consisting almost entirely of underclassmen held the Tar Heels…

Hastings comes in 4th in 400-meter dash final at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Natasha Hastings came in fourth overall Monday night in the Olympic final for the women’s 400-meter dash. Hastings ran a time of 50.34 and was in medal contention throughout the race, but was run down in the final 100 meters to keep her from her first individual Olympic medal. Aiming to build off a season-best time of…

Gamecock athlete advances to track-and-field semifinals in Summer Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Day 2 of track-and-field competition at the Summer Olympics in Rio saw the start of two South Carolina athletes’ quest for glory. Former Gamecock Natasha Hastings and current student-athlete Aliyah Abrams were in action in the first round of the women’s 400-meter dash. Hastings was up first, running as an individual quarter-miler for the first time in her career. She…

Gamecock swimmer, diver compete in Summer Olympics

The University of South Carolina swimming and diving program continued to leave its mark on the 2016 Summer Olympics on Friday, as student-athletes Akaram Mahmoud and Julia Vincent competed at the biggest event in international athletics. Egypt’s Mahmoud swam his second race of the week, the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle, while South Africa’s Vincent made her Olympic debut in the women’s 3-meter springboard dive. Mahmoud…

USC research finds South Carolinians split on state of race relations a year after Charleston shootings

June 17 marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting of nine churchgoers attending Wednesday bible study at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. Since that time, South Carolina has seen the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds, a continued conversation on gun violence and a call for healing from the families of the victims. Hundreds gather to honor…

Blaze Pizza to open northeast location this fall

A new pizza shop is coming to the Village at Sandhill in northeast Columbia. Blaze Pizza, known for its  “Fast-Fire’d” food concept, is opening a new location in the mixed-used development off Two Notch Road. “We chose the Village at Sandhill because of strong sales for other establishments with the plus of being located near the largest movie theatre in…

Helpful Harvest: FoodShare Columbia expands with $23,000 grant

When Dawn Grant signed up for FoodShare Columbia last year, she weighed in at 245 pounds. Today, just over a year later, she is down to 214 pounds. She also drinks more water, takes walks and promotes the benefits of the FoodShare program. “I love this,” she said. “This is a passion for me.” Dawn Grant, the new community outreach…

Community groups honor 1-year anniversary of Emmanuel AME shooting

Coming onto the eve of the first anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Columbia community is honoring the nine victims of the tragedy with art and conversation about healing and love. The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, is partnering with Izzard Entertainment and Tapp’s Art Center, will present “Hope in Harmony: An Artistic…

Prost!: Bierkeller brings German beer experience to Columbia

Beer aficionados say brews are meant to be shared and enjoyed, and one Columbia resident hopes to make that more a part of Columbia’s budding beer community. Scott Burgess, owner of Bierkeller, is launching his latest brew and bringing the Bavarian tradition of having a beer and a good time to Columbia with pop-up beer gardens, the next one scheduled…

Farm to table to tourism: Local culinary exploration on the rise in Columbia

Travel is big business for South Carolina’s hotels, attractions and especially its restaurants. Visitors to the Palmetto State like to eat, as evidenced by the $3.6 billion generated in food sales in 2014, according to the state’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department. Bourbon owner Kristian Niemi serves up specialty drinks for guests of Columbia Food Tours as he tells them…

June recognized as Columbia Music Month with events across the city

Columbia’s City Council declared June as Columbia Music Month during Tuesday’s council meeting. The proclamation by City Council recognizes the contributions of music to the culture of the Midlands as well as its ability to stimulate the local economy and tourism. Make Music Columbia is encouraging people to come out June 21 to create music at designated places across the…