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Nephron donates life saving medicine

Nephron donates life saving medicine

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation has donated 12,480 vials of life-saving respiratory medications to Americares – an organization that works in countries around the world to improve health care of those in greatest need.‬ Nephron is owned by Lexington County native Lou Kennedy, with its headquarters in West Columbia, just outside of Cayce. Nephron is housed in a state-of-the-art facility. Nephron incorporates industry-leading […]

by · April 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Farmer’s Market offering curbside service

Cayce Farmer’s Market offering curbside service

Curbside service is now available at Cayce Farmer’s Market For your convenience and with your health and safety in mind Cayce Farmer’s Market at 2329 Charleston Highway, Cayce is now offering curbside pickup for produce and plants ($25 minimum.) Call: at 803-791-1009. Call with the info below : -time you will pick up -vehicle -method of payment (cash, check, credit/debit, […]

by · April 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Facebook announces grants for local news during COVID-19 crisis

Facebook announces grants for local news during COVID-19 crisis

The news industry is working under extraordinary conditions to keep people informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when journalism is needed more than ever, ad revenues are declining due to the economic impact of the virus. Local journalists are being hit especially hard, even as people turn to them for critical information to keep their friends, families and […]

by · April 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford holding community chicken sale,  Tuesday

House of Raeford holding community chicken sale, Tuesday

House of Raeford holding community chicken sale Tuesday, April 7. House of Raeford is holding a community chicken sale Tuesday. Chuck Underhill announced the sale Thursday. Click here for a link House of Raeford will offer fresh chicken with no hormones, all naturaland locally farmed. The chicken will be offered in 40-pound boxes. The Bone-in Skin-on Thighs are $15 a […]

by · April 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center Collecting Cards for Patients during COVID-19 crisis

Lexington Medical Center Collecting Cards for Patients during COVID-19 crisis

 Lexington Medical Center is collecting homemade greeting cards for patients in the hospital. With a strict policy prohibiting visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, a greeting card can bring smiles to faces and cheer up members of our community in the hospital during this difficult time. Lexington Medical Center is requesting cards with hope-filled, happy messages. The cards should be designed […]

by · April 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Driver runs red light, causes crash in Lexington, say police

Driver runs red light, causes crash in Lexington, say police

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Old Cherokee Road. The crash had an inbound lane closed after 8 a.m. Thursday morning. It was later cleared. The collision was caused by a driver who failed to stop for a red light, according to the LPD.

by · April 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia mayor asks for understanding as city deals with COVID-19

West Columbia mayor asks for understanding as city deals with COVID-19

Schools are closed, restaurants offer take-out and delivery only and 72 percent of the state’s labor force is working from home, according to S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. The coronavirus crisis has no doubt disrupted life. In West Columbia, household garbage and recycling are now collected simultaneously. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Mondays and Tuesdays is all being collected on […]

by · April 2, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Saluda River teachers hold parade to visit elementary school students while school is closed – Photos

Saluda River teachers hold parade to visit elementary school students while school is closed – Photos

Lots of teachers, and staff from Saluda River Academy for the Arts conducted a parade Wednesday. (More photos below) The “Honk for Bobcat Unity in the Community Parade,” was an effort to show SRAA students how much they are missed and loved by the their school. Schools are closed due to the coronavirus crisis. The parade left from the back […]

by · April 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County emergency vehicles to sound sirens at 7 p.m. Friday in “Sirens for Solidarity” effort

Lexington County emergency vehicles to sound sirens at 7 p.m. Friday in “Sirens for Solidarity” effort

As the community rallies together to beat COVID-19, Lexington County wants all residents to know that emergency responders providing the highest levels of service possible. The county wants to ensure you know that first responders are on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So all emergency services and law enforcement vehicles throughout […]

by · April 1, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Governor orders ‘nonessential’ businesses to close because of COVID-19

Governor orders ‘nonessential’ businesses to close because of COVID-19

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order Tuesday, closing down all non-essential businesses in South Carolina due to the coronavirus. The order applies to thousands of businesses across the state. Businesses to be closed include gyms, spas, nightclubs, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, waxing salons, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children’s play areas, theaters, planetariums, museums and performing […]

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
High School student drowns in Lake Wateree

High School student drowns in Lake Wateree

A Lugoff Elgin High School student drowned Tuesday, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West. West identified the drowning victim as Armando Cervantes Estrada, 18, from the Lugoff area. West said several teens were on Lake Wateree at the Buck Hill Landing on the Lugoff side of the lake. West said they were swimming near the Buck Hill Landing when […]

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
The COMET Implements More COVID-19 Safety Measures

The COMET Implements More COVID-19 Safety Measures

In monitoring COVID-19, The COMET is striving to exhaust all measures to keep passengers safe. Understanding the potential challenges that the community may face in the coming weeks, we continue to encourage all riders to limit travel to only that which is essential. As we attempt to be of service to our community, and recognizing the importance of social distancing, […]

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Melanie Thornton of Riverbank Elementary visits students from a distance

Melanie Thornton of Riverbank Elementary visits students from a distance

Schools are closed, but that did not stop the learning. Melanie Thornton of Riverbank Elementary School drove the school’s Rolling Reading Room through neighborhoods, last week. Thornton read books from the back of her golf cart. The trip also gave her the chance to  catch up with students she saw, from a safe social distance, of course. 

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor closes off access to public waterways and beaches

Governor closes off access to public waterways and beaches

Gov. Henry McMaster has closed public access to all beaches and has closed all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways. He said it was based on what people are doing during the state’s fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. “As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the […]

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce’s Something Borrowed reminds us things will get better after COVID-19

Cayce’s Something Borrowed reminds us things will get better after COVID-19

Business may be down currently for Something Borrowed because of the coronavirus, but it will get better once the crisis has passed. The Cayce-based business provides everything from tents and tables to chairs and lights for open houses, festivals, wedding parties, trade shows and meetings. From the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner and Columbia’s Food and Wine Festival to Dinner on […]

by · March 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Motorcycle rider killed in Lexington County crash – Coroner identifies

Motorcycle rider killed in Lexington County crash – Coroner identifies

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday on I-20 West. It occurred, according to Master Trooper David Jones, at the 53 mile marker near Two Notch Road in Lexington County. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who died and said the accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. According to Fisher, Mr. […]

by · March 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER: West Columbia garbage schedule altered during coronavirus crisis – Tues. and Thurs. pick-up

REMINDER: West Columbia garbage schedule altered during coronavirus crisis – Tues. and Thurs. pick-up

Effective Immediately: West Columbia Household Garbage and Recycling will be collected simultaneously. No loose garbage or bags outside of a roll cart will be collected. All garbage and recycling MUST be contained inside of a roll cart. Immediate Sanitation Route Changes: Household Garbage and Recycling Normally collected on Mondays and Tuesdays will ALL be collected on TUESDAYS. Household Garbage and […]

by · March 30, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
A coronavirus case or two in West Columbia, according to DHEC

A coronavirus case or two in West Columbia, according to DHEC

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has published a chart that shows the number of COVID-19 cases by zip code. Click here to see list of COVID-19 cases by zip code The chart, as of Friday, showed one case of coronavirus in West Columbia, or the 29169 zip code. There was also a case in the 29170 zip […]

by · March 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce wants Gov. Henry McMaster to immediately issue a statewide mandatory Shelter-in-Place Order

Cayce wants Gov. Henry McMaster to immediately issue a statewide mandatory Shelter-in-Place Order

Cayce City Council has unanimously approved a resolution that calls for Gov. Henry McMaster to immediately issue a statewide mandatory Shelter-in-Place Order to fight COVID-19. Council supports the order “for the health and well-being of Cayce residents and all South Carolinians.” A release from Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter, notes that from March 13 until March 27, the number of CIVID-19 […]

by · March 30, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
2 charged in Lexington County fatal shooting

2 charged in Lexington County fatal shooting

Lexington County deputies have located and arrested two teens charged in connection with a fatal shooting Friday night. Daniel Taylor Jones, 18, and Christopher David Shumpert, 19, are charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. Barry Chavis Jr. was fatally shot during the incident, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret […]

by · March 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Be aware crossing the bridge, Columbia issues shelter-in-place order

Be aware crossing the bridge, Columbia issues shelter-in-place order

Be aware if you are driving across the Klapman, Gervais or Blossom Street bridges from Lexington County, into Columbia. Columbia City Council approved a shelter-in-place order, Thursday. The “stay home, stay safe” ordinance prohibits individuals from traveling through or congregating in the streets, or in public places in the City of Columbia because of the coronavirus threat. It requires Columbia […]

by · March 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia businesses adjust to COVID-19 crisis

West Columbia businesses adjust to COVID-19 crisis

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, West Columbia business owners are becoming resourceful. “We offering cupcake kits for kids,” said Jolene Bailey of Buttercreme Dreams, 1230 C Ave. She said the cupcake kits are a quick pick-up item with a theme. This week there are dinosaurs and mermaids, included in the box. The kits are an item of convenience. […]

by · March 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Operated Parks Remain Closed – Riverwalk Parking Lots Closed Due to Flooding

West Columbia City Operated Parks Remain Closed – Riverwalk Parking Lots Closed Due to Flooding

The City of West Columbia has issued a reminder: All City of West Columbia Parks remain closed. The West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater and Moffatt Street entrance parking lots are now closed due to flooding.

by · March 26, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man accused of operating chop shop

Lexington man accused of operating chop shop

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man charged in connection to the operation of an alleged chop shop near Pelion. Stephen Johnson Craft II, 41, is charged with two counts of removing of falsifying vehicle identification numbers, according to arrest warrants. “Investigators found a camper stashed on property in the 700 block of Highway 178 Monday,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay […]

by · March 26, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia mayor updates the State of the City

West Columbia mayor updates the State of the City

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles issued a message Tuesday afternoon, regarding the efforts of the City of West Columbia, as it deals with the coronavirus crisis. “Just had a great conversation with (SC) Governor (Henry) McMaster,” said Miles. “He called to check on the people of West Columbia. I am thankful for his leadership in this difficult time and for […]

by · March 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mooneyhan’s Auto Service selling hand sanitizer for children’s charity

Mooneyhan’s Auto Service selling hand sanitizer for children’s charity

There is hand sanitizer available, for sale, at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service. The hand sanitizer is being offered by the non-profit Scooter Scott project. All proceeds from the sale go to help high school kids.

by · March 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
The COMET is still running routes, it is a vital tool to transport citizens

The COMET is still running routes, it is a vital tool to transport citizens

The COMET is a vital tool for transportation in the Midlands that is committed to connecting citizens to the places they need to go safely and reliably. During this time, we have been asked “Why are buses still on the road?”. To understand the answer, one must first understand that the people presently riding the buses are very likely conducting […]

by · March 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions  take Riverbank students on a shopping spree

Cayce-West Columbia Lions take Riverbank students on a shopping spree

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club thinks kids are important. So members of the C-WC Lions Club, earlier this month, took students from Riverbank Elementary School on a shopping spree. Many teachers and administrators, along with some Riverbank students went on the trip. The Lion’s have been conducting the spending trips for eight years. Chris Pricenor, an organizer of the trip […]

by · March 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor extends SC public schools closing until April 30

Governor extends SC public schools closing until April 30

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced an extension of the public school closings, Tuesday, because the coronavirus, crisis. Public K-12 schools will be closed through the end of April, according to a release from the governor’s office. McMaster initially closed schools through the end of March, using an executive order issued March 15. McMaster and State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman […]

by · March 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor says crowds of 3 or more can be dispersed

Governor says crowds of 3 or more can be dispersed

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Monday against the gathering of three or more depending on the situation. Law enforcement is entitled to disperse groups of three or more under the order. The order was issued to stop people from congregating and transmitting the coronavirus. “This weekend, we saw large crowds gathered on beaches, on sandbars, and […]

by · March 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Southern Essence Distilling donates hand sanitizer to West Columbia Police and Fire Departments

Southern Essence Distilling donates hand sanitizer to West Columbia Police and Fire Departments

Venetia and John Sharpe, of Southern Essence Distilling, donated 100 bottles of hand sanitizer to the West Columbia Police Department and the Police and the West Columbia Fire Department. Hand sanitizer is difficult to find during the coronavirus crisis. Southern Essence is in need of more hydrogen peroxide to continue making hand sanitizer, so if anyone would like to donate some […]

by · March 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Updated list of West Columbia restaurants serving take-out or delivery

Updated list of West Columbia restaurants serving take-out or delivery

Looking to support a local restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the coronavirus crisis? Here’s a list, from the City of West Columbia, of West Columbia restaurants that are offering take-out and/or delivery:Zesto of West ColumbiaCafe Strudel West ColumbiaTrue BBQNick’s House of PizzaAriana’s RestaurantJin Jin Chinese RestaurantPalateBlack RoosterChina Hut IIICompton’s KitchenPrimal Gourmet Kitchen + MarketBricks and Stones Pizza CompanyMai […]

by · March 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Map of free Spectrum WiFi hotspots during coronavirus crisis

Map of free Spectrum WiFi hotspots during coronavirus crisis

You can free public wifi Here are the spots provided by Spectrum for use during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click her for link to WiFi Hotspots and enter zip code

by · March 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Savage Craft Ale Works  opening planned for summer –  See inside photos

Savage Craft Ale Works opening planned for summer – See inside photos

Savage Craft Ale Works said in a Facebook post that interior and exterior work is proceeding on the project. Photos above were posted, too. Savage Craft Ale Works will be housed in several renovated historic structures including the former West Columbia (1925) City Hall and Fire Station building, at 430 Center Street. The project ties into West Columbia’s new Interactive […]

by · March 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
6 new COVID-19 cases in Lexington County

6 new COVID-19 cases in Lexington County

New positive cases of the coronavirus include 6 in Lexington County and 9 in Richland County. There are no new reported cases in Aiken, Calhoun or Saluda counties at this time. By county there are now 29 positive cases in Richland, 12 in Lexington, and 1 each in Aiken, Calhoun and Saluda. Those are numbers published by Sen. Nikki Setzler, […]

by · March 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Chamber posts list of local restaurants providing service

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber posts list of local restaurants providing service

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce has posted a list of local restaurants providing service. The chamber advises: “Whenever you buy local, you are putting money back into your community and neighborhood. Please support our local restaurants and businesses especially through this difficult time. Here’s the link to the list on our website for easy access.” https://www.cwcchamber.com/

by · March 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Festival of the Arts has been canceled

Cayce Festival of the Arts has been canceled

In order to best protect the health of the community and mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Cayce Festival of the Arts has been canceled. A statement reads: “For all artists, that have been accepted and paid their registration fees, we will be refunding participation fees via Paypal. “We hope that our residents, artists, and guests will plan […]

by · March 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gilbert man, 26, dies in crash, coroner identifies

Gilbert man, 26, dies in crash, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle accident. It occurred on I-20 westbound at mile marker 38 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Marco Antonio Miranda-Giron, 26, of Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Miranda-Giron’s vehicle left the right side of the road, […]

by · March 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
State Farmers Market  in West Columbia is open

State Farmers Market in West Columbia is open

The State Farmers Market at 3483 Charleston Highway in West Columbia will remain open during the coronavirus crisis. The state farmer’s markets in Greenville and Florence, will remain open for regular business, too. Supporting local farmers during this time is being encouraged. The South Carolina State Farmers Market has cancelled the Spring Plant and Flower Festival, but there are vendors at the […]

by · March 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center not allowing visitors in most cases

Lexington Medical Center not allowing visitors in most cases

After Gov. Henry McMaster urged hospitals to limit visitation, Thursday, Lexington Medical Center is no longer allowing visitors. This restriction includes Emergency , and all procedure areas and inpatient units. In some instances, LMC will allow one visitor: Obstetric patients ; Pediatric patients; Newborn Nursery and Special Care Nursery patients; and End-of-life situations. Children younger than 18 years of age […]

by · March 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Wilton Road repaired, and open, ahead of schedule

Wilton Road repaired, and open, ahead of schedule

Wilton Road in the Springdale community is open. The opening is more than a month ahead of schedule. Rep. Micah Caskey, who lives near the road posted: “At long last it’s finally open again! Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to get this project done — it took all of us pulling together and now it’s finished!” West Columbia […]

by · March 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
List of some local restaurants providing curbside-pick-up service

List of some local restaurants providing curbside-pick-up service

Lots of local restaurants are open- and providing curbside – pick-up service. Below is a list of some of those restaurants. D’s Wings – 920 Axtell Dr. Cayce – (803) 791-4486 We are open for takeout. Delivery is available through our website www.dswings.com, Bite Squad, or the D’s Wings app. We’re also still manning the phone 803-791-4486. Curb side pick up […]

by · March 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man who died in Lexington County crash is identified

Man who died in Lexington County crash is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred in the 1000 block of Woodtrail Drive in Gaston at approximately 10:40 a.m., Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. Derek Avery Butler, 56, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Butler was traveling southbound when an oncoming vehicle […]

by · March 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County defendants released after order from South Carolina’s Supreme Court

Lexington County defendants released after order from South Carolina’s Supreme Court

A memorandum this week from the chief justice of South Carolina’s Supreme Court prompted the release of seven defendants from the Lexington County Detention Center. “While more detainees will be released in accordance with Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty’s order during the state of emergency, it’s important for community members to know each and every release will be handled on the basis of a […]

by · March 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Homes evacuated, streets closed for gas leak in Cayce

Homes evacuated, streets closed for gas leak in Cayce

At approximately 9:15 a.m., Thursday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety received a call regarding a strong smell of gas near the Cayce Masonic Lodge. Cayce Public Safety officers are on the scene. Seven homes around the perimeter of the Lodge have been evacuated. The source of the leak is unknown at this time. ROAD CLOSURES: 12th Street from Naples […]

by · March 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia and mayor working through coronavirus challenges

West Columbia and mayor working through coronavirus challenges

Developing a strategy to deal with the coronavirus crisis is a challenge to all, including West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. And with the closing of all in-dining at restaurants, many West Columbia businesses are reacting to best-serve their customers. “I just hope everyone takes it seriously,” said Miles. “It may not affect you personally, but it’s important to limit face-to-face […]

by · March 19, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police Department Modifies Operations to Continue to Provide Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

West Columbia Police Department Modifies Operations to Continue to Provide Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the response to COVID-19 evolves, we are committed to protecting the community against the spread of the illness. We are: Following public health recommendations to limit close contact with others. The guidelines from the Governor will adjust our response to certain calls for service in the City of West Columbia. Response with standard procedure:*Emergency calls for service involving crimes […]

by · March 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Supt. Dr. Bill James retiring at the end of 2020-21 school year

Lexington 2 Supt. Dr. Bill James retiring at the end of 2020-21 school year

From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 Communications Director — Lexington Two Superintendent William B. James Jr. has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. James was hired as the district’s superintendent in 2015. The Lexington Two School Board, at a special-called workshop on March 12,  approved contracting with the South Carolina School Boards Association to […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor orders restaurants and bars to close dine-in services, drive-thru, delivery  allowed

Governor orders restaurants and bars to close dine-in services, drive-thru, delivery allowed

Gov. Henry McMaster has issued mandatory orders for the following: State agencies have been ordered to waive regulations for the coronavirus The South Carolina Department of Revenue will extend the deadline for state taxes to June 1. Restaurants and bars will close their dine-in services for customers beginning March 18; however, curbside services (drive-thru and delivery) will be allowed Events […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Public not allowed in Lexington County facilities

Public not allowed in Lexington County facilities

In an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, county offices located at the County’s Administration Building, located at 212 S. Lake Drive, Lexington, will no longer allow the general public to enter until further notice. The following offices will provide services under these adjusted operations: Lexington County Treasurer’s Office: o The Treasurer’s Office is encouraging citizens to make […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia Modifies Operations because of COVID-19

City of West Columbia Modifies Operations because of COVID-19

The City of West Columbia will modify services until further notice to protect citizens and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in the community. Taking into consideration the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations on social distancing and the measures being taken across the nation including travel bans, school closures, quarantines, and event cancellations, the City is taking the following precautionary […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
The COMET takes COVID-19 precautions

The COMET takes COVID-19 precautions

In a time of distress, public transportation is essential for some. Because of that the the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) is taking additional measures to prevent the coronavirus from affecting its passengers, drivers, employees and assets. The COMET runs the Soda Cap Connector in West Columbia and Cayce. Its bus routes also include Lexington County. “Consideration for […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in hit-and-run Sunday

Coroner identifies man who died in hit-and-run Sunday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died on Sunday, after being struck by a vehicle in a hit and run. The victim was walking along I-77 North near exit 9 A/B just after 6 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. Clyde H. Thompson Jr., 45, of 7648 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia was […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia passes resolution to deal with coronavirus

West Columbia passes resolution to deal with coronavirus

West Columbia City Administrator Brian Carter introduced a resolution to West Columbia City Council Monday, that would authorize the city administrator to make quick decisions regarding city services. Council later approved the resolution.  It would allow quick action regarding the implementation of work-at-home schedules for certain personnel and the ability to minimize person-to-person contact during the coornavirus crisis. Carter said it allows […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce public buildings closed to the public

Cayce public buildings closed to the public

The City of Cayce, in a release said it prides itself on excellent services and communication to its citizens, businesses and visitors; their safety, as well as that of city employees. To that end, in conjunction with Governor McMaster’s Emergency Order, the City of Cayce is implementing the following safety provisions effectively immediately: Cayce public buildings, including City Hall, the Cayce […]

by · March 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia man charged with arson, ill treatment of animals

Columbia man charged with arson, ill treatment of animals

Lexington County deputies have arrested a Columbia man as part of an investigation into a fire last month at a Charleston Highway business. Christopher Dwayne Tillman, 26, is charged with arson, burglary and ill treatment of animals, according to arrest warrants. “After reviewing security cam video from the early morning hours of Feb. 28, detectives determined Tillman unlawfully entered the […]

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tartan Day South cancelled

Tartan Day South cancelled

Tartan Day South in 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. All of the events from April 2, through April 5 are cancelled. Following the recommendations of the Governor’s Office and the CDC. This is a cancellation not a postponement. Most of our vendors and athletes work the highland schedule around the Southeast. Rescheduling this size event would […]

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Operated Parks Closed to Reduce Potential COVID-19 Exposure

West Columbia City Operated Parks Closed to Reduce Potential COVID-19 Exposure

In the interest of reducing potential exposure to COVID-19, City of West Columbia parks, community centers, playground equipment, tennis courts, picnic shelters, and restroom facilities are closed until further notice. The announcement was made Monday, March 16.

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
State’s first coronavirus death occurs in Lexington County

State’s first coronavirus death occurs in Lexington County

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported the state’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronovirus. “We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in an elderly person recently reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, […]

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 to serve free breakfast and lunch while schools closed

Lexington 2 to serve free breakfast and lunch while schools closed

Lexington Two will serve free breakfast and lunch weekdays, Monday through Friday, to any child in need while schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Meals for youth ages 18 and younger will be offered by Sodexo, the district’s food service provider, at the following locations.  Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, at all elementary schools:  From 11 a.m.-1 […]

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
St.Patrick’s on the River CANCELLED

St.Patrick’s on the River CANCELLED

St.Patrick’s on the River, which was planned for next Saturday, March 21, has been cancelled. St. Patrick’s on the River concert was billed as the Midlands family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day festival that would have been held on the West Columbia Riverwalk. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced the closing. Stay tuned for updates on Rhythm on the River’s […]

by · March 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 distributing  meals to children

Lexington 2 distributing meals to children

Lexington School District Two will provide meals to any child that needs one during coronavirus school closings. On Monday, 3/16, drive up for bag lunches from 11 am-1 pm at Cayce Elementary, 515 Bulldog Blvd. Watch for announcements on additional sites coming soon.

by · March 16, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Riverbanks Zoo closed

Riverbanks Zoo closed

In light of the novel coronavirus, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will temporarily close to the public beginning Monday, March 16. The Zoo and Garden will remain closed through Tuesday, March 31. The safety of our guests, community, staff and the animals in our care is, as always, of paramount importance. Riverbanks made the decision to close as a proactive measure […]

by · March 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 schools closed beginning Monday

Lexington 2 schools closed beginning Monday

By order of the governor, Lexington Two is cancelling school Monday, March 16, through the end of the month. SC Gov. Henry McMaster has announced the closing of all S.C. schools starting Monday, 3/16, through the end of the month in response to COVID-19. Staff, students, families. Students instruction will continue via eLearning and school buses are being equipped with the ability […]

by · March 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on I-77

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on I-77

A pedestrian has been killed in a hit-and-run collision on I-77, according to the SC Highway Patrol . As a result of the incident, the SCHP is looking for the driver of the vehicle that left the scene of the crash. It happened in Richland County just after 6 a.m. at the Mile Marker 8 on I-77, near with Garners […]

by · March 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center reports presumptive positive  case of coronavirus

Lexington Medical Center reports presumptive positive case of coronavirus

There’s a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Lexington County Below is a post from Lexington Medical Center regarding the case: On Friday (March 13) evening, we learned from SC DHEC that one of our Extended Care residents has been diagnosed with presumptive positive COVID-19. This resident had been transferred to the hospital this week. Our first priority is […]

by · March 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New Chipotle coming to Lexington

New Chipotle coming to Lexington

There are plans for a Chipotle to open a location in Lexington, according to a social media post by the Town of Lexington. The new restaurant will be on Sunset Boulevard in front of the Home Depot, in the plaza with the Krispy Kreme. Miyos is moving and will no longer be at that location, according to information from the […]

by · March 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball suspends games until April 4

Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball suspends games until April 4

The Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball league is suspending all games until April 4. Below is a message posted on the CWC Baseball Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cwcdyb/ A copy of the message is below CWC family it is with a heavy heart that Dixie Youth Baseball has recommended we suspend all games and practices until April 4th due to the Convid-19. […]

by · March 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
UPDATE – Sunset Boulevard opened after gas leak repair

UPDATE – Sunset Boulevard opened after gas leak repair

3 p.m. – Friday Sunset Boulevard is now OPEN. Thank you for your patience and understanding. A big thank you to Dominion Energy for their fast response and repair to the natural gas lines – Lexington Police Department. The Lexington Police Department is asking motorists to please be patient and use caution Friday afternoon. There is a gas leak in […]

by · March 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“By Design” receives Appearance Award from the  West Columbia Beautification Foundation

“By Design” receives Appearance Award from the West Columbia Beautification Foundation

By Design received the Quarterly Appearance Award from the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. By Design’s Denise Bouknight, right, accepts the award from WCBF Chairwoman Melissa Sprouse-Browne. By Design, at 2018 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia provides corporate clients, across the state, with custom-created floral designs and decorations.

by · March 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington’s Shamrock Parade postponed

Lexington’s Shamrock Parade postponed

The 5th Annual Shamrock Parade scheduled for this Saturday in Downtown Lexington is being postponed to a later date. (A date to be determined in the near future.) The Blowfish organization feels it is in the best interest of our community to not hold such a large gathering at this time. We will continue to monitor the health situation in […]

by · March 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
District Update – Lexington 2 schools operating on normal schedule amid coronavirus concerns

District Update – Lexington 2 schools operating on normal schedule amid coronavirus concerns

Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and assessing possible changes to Lexington Two school and district operations is taking place on a day-to-day basis. We continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to stay informed. We will implement their recommendations and share their information with our employees, students, […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater Now Open

West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater Now Open

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater is now open to the public. It was closed Wednesday for repairs from flood damage.

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County cuts ribbon on Solid Waste Transfer Station

Lexington County cuts ribbon on Solid Waste Transfer Station

Lexington County officials celebrated the opening of the Lexington County Solid Waste Transfer Station Expansion with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Thursday morning. The expanded facility, which is located at 498 Landfill Lane in the Edmund Community, will serve the disposal needs of the County’s residents and commercial businesses well into the future. “As the County continues to grow, […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Rhythm on the River kicks off with St. Patrick’s on the River, March 21

Rhythm on the River kicks off with St. Patrick’s on the River, March 21

There is no more sure sign of spring than the beginning of the Rhythm on the River Concert Series at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. “Everything in the world is turning green,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “It’s time to wake up for spring.” “Rhythm on the River is a keystone live arts event for West Columbia,” he said. […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
40 Lexington 2 Innovation Center students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

40 Lexington 2 Innovation Center students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Forty Lexington Two Innovation Center students have been inducted as inaugural members of the National Technical Honor Society. The 2019-20 inductees are Bryce Addy, Gabriella Adkins, Noah Anderson, Taylor Ashley, Ashayla Black, Brianna Boutilette, Cynthia Bradshaw, Julion Brooks, Baileigh Cheeks, Sandra Coleman, Caroline Daniels, Taylor Davis, Emerald Edmond, Hailey Foster, Thomas Freeman, Marcus Gadsden, Garrett Galloway, Areanny Garcia, Anna Gonzales, […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man on motorcycle who died after hitting tree

Coroner identifies man on motorcycle who died after hitting tree

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred in the 600 block of Old Lexington Road, Leesville, at approximately 9:25 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Peter W. Chavis, 45, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries.  Mr. Chavis, who was traveling southbound, left the […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County receives AAA-bond rating

Lexington County receives AAA-bond rating

Lexington County has received its best-ever bond rating after an in-depth analysis was conducted of the county’s financial health. Moody’s Investors Service awarded the county a AAA-bond rating, which means Lexington County has strong financial fundamentals, is financially predictable and has a strong operating environment. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work this county government does each and […]

by · March 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia’s St. Pat’s in Five Points postponed due to coronavirus fears

Columbia’s St. Pat’s in Five Points postponed due to coronavirus fears

The Five Points Association has postponed the annual St. Pat’s in Five Points in Columbia, due to concerns surrounding coronavirus.  Two people in South Carolina have tested positive for coronavirus, and those patients are said to be in good condition. The Five Points Association said it has been working with Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin and determined the best course of […]

by · March 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Amphitheater Closed Temporarily for Repairs

West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Amphitheater Closed Temporarily for Repairs

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater will be temporarily closed, beginning Thursday, for repairs due to the February flood. The city will announce when the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater is open to the public.

by · March 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Old West Columbia jail targeted by whiskey thieves in 1923

Old West Columbia jail targeted by whiskey thieves in 1923

Construction crews have begun renovating the old jail on Center Street in West Columbia. It will be the kitchen for Savage Craft Ale Works. Peering into the tiny 1908 structure, it’s obvious it was built for a town of a smaller population than the West Columbia of today. But its history includes some colorful happenings. During Prohibition, 1920 -to-1933, the […]

by · March 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 English bulldogs stolen, Lexington County Deputies ask for help to find them

2 English bulldogs stolen, Lexington County Deputies ask for help to find them

Lexington County Deputies need your assistance with any information leading to the location of two English Bulldogs (pictured above.) They were stolen from Patricia Avenue in Pelion a few weeks ago. Call Sgt. Treaster at 803-785-0845 or Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Water main break closes 1 lane on Sunset Blvd.

Water main break closes 1 lane on Sunset Blvd.

A water main break in the 5500 block of Sunset Blvd. in Lexington had one outbound lane closed just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The town’s utilities department was reported by the Lexington Police Department to be en route to address the issue.

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center treats coronavirus case, sets up special treatment area

Lexington Medical Center treats coronavirus case, sets up special treatment area

Lexington Medical Center is changing its Emergency Room procedure to deal with possible coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases. LMC has created an emergency department at the West Columbia hospital for people who come to the ER with respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Those are symptoms related to the coronavirus. Those patients will be screened in a designated […]

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New mural in West Columbia’s Art Park

New mural in West Columbia’s Art Park

There’s a new Art on State mural in the works. It’s being painted by talented artist Ija Charles. It’s in the Interactive Art Park on Meeting Street, behind Terra, and next-to the Artisan Market.

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
The Palmetto State Job Fair is March 25

The Palmetto State Job Fair is March 25

Are you looking for a job? More than 100 employers are expected to be at the Palmetto State Job Fair on March 25. The 2020 Palmetto State Job Fair will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located in the heart of the Vista in downtown Columbia from 9 AM – 3 PM. CLICK HERE FOR A LINK Previous […]

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Do you know the names of any of these people? – Savage Craft Ale Works wants to know

Do you know the names of any of these people? – Savage Craft Ale Works wants to know

Savage Craft Ale Works has posted a photo it found. It was taken in front of the Old City Hall and Fire Department on Center Street. Do you recognize anyone in the photo? Savage Craft wants to know. It looks like some of the faces are the same from the other photos. If you know someone, let us know who, […]

by · March 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Barricaded subject transported to hospital

Barricaded subject transported to hospital

The barricaded person was at Hickory Hill MHP was found by officers within the residence and he was transported by @CountyLex EMS from the scene. Earlier Lexington Police were on scene of a barricaded person at Hickory Hill MHP on Industrial Drive. LPD Negotiators were on scene and attempting to speak to the subject. First news of the situation was […]

by · March 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia Metropolitan Airport issues message regarding coronavirus

Columbia Metropolitan Airport issues message regarding coronavirus

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, identified as a respiratory disease, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) has been closely monitoring updates issued from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to remain as up to date and informed on the status of this disease as possible for our travelers. Public health experts […]

by · March 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash in Lexington slows traffic

Crash in Lexington slows traffic

Emergency personnel are working a collision on Augusta Road (US-1) at Cedarcrest Drive in Lexington Monday morning. An inbound lane has been established around the scene. The crash was reported just before 8 a.m. The Lexington Police Department asks that motorists please proceed with caution and avoid the area if possible until the roadway has reopened.

by · March 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Widening of North Lake Drive in Lexington planned

Widening of North Lake Drive in Lexington planned

The third phase to improve Lexington’s North Lake Corridor is set to begin this spring.  Phase III (Construction to begin in May or June) – Includes corridor Improvements from existing Dreher Street to North Lake Drive at Sunset Boulevard. It expands North Lake Drive to Herndon Chevrolet. The project is funded by hospitality tax proceeds.  In his State of the […]

by · March 9, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Aubrey Ellisor named Miss Bearcat 2020

Aubrey Ellisor named Miss Bearcat 2020

Aubrey Ellisor was named Brookland-Cayce High School’s 2020 Miss Bearcat and senior Miss Congeniality, Saturday. “I am so excited and so thankful for the memories with every beautiful girl in the pageant,” she said after winning. “So blessed for my wonderful family and sweet mama who guided me.”  

by · March 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fulmer Middle School Quiz Bowl team wins

Fulmer Middle School Quiz Bowl team wins

The Fulmer Middle School 8th Grade Quiz Bowl team won the Midlands Upper Division and on Friday it competed for the third year in a row in the State Quiz Bowl Tournament, held at Lander University. The 7th grade Quiz Bowl team also won its division.

by · March 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies Columbia man who died in ATV crash

Coroner identifies Columbia man who died in ATV crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died in an ATV collision that occurred Saturday at approximately 9:23 a.m. The incident occurred at 915 Saddlewood Road, Columbia. Tommy Terrell Jones, Jr., 28, of Crosshill Road, Hopkins, was the driver of the ATV when he lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. Mr. […]

by · March 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman, 56, found safe

Woman, 56, found safe

The West Columbia Police Department has announced that missing woman Glenda Michelle Whitaker has been found safe.  Ms. Whitaker is described as a 56 year old white female, approximately 5 ft 2 in, 115 lbs, with grey hair and wearing glasses. She is also reported to be driving a faded green in color 1997 Honda Accord with SC tag SIQ381. […]

by · March 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate wins 3rd straight basketball state title

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate wins 3rd straight basketball state title

Gray Collegiate defeated Whale Branch 53-39, Friday, for the West Columbia school’s third straight state 2A championship. Gray was ahead 24-22 at halftime. The War Eagles, coached by Dion Bethea, stretched the lead to 39-31 by the end of the third quarter. The game was played at Colonial Life Arena.

by · March 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon Cutting held Thursday at CORA Physical Therapy in West Columbia

Ribbon Cutting held Thursday at CORA Physical Therapy in West Columbia

A Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening was held Thursday at CORA Physical Therapy in West Columbia. The event, sponsored by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce was held at CORA’s newest location at 100 Dreher Road, Suite 100. “This area of West Columbia is booming,” said Richard Skipper, the C-WC Chamber President and CEO. He also said CORA Physical […]

by · March 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Budweiser Clydesdales to be in Lexington on March 18

Budweiser Clydesdales to be in Lexington on March 18

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Lexington the week of St. Patrick’s Day. On Wednesday, March 18 at 2 p.m. the horses, icons of the Budweiser brand, will trot down Main Street in Lexington, distributing cases of beer to businesses that serve Anheuser-Busch products. Lexington is just one of the stops in the Midlands. Another appearances include Columbia’s Main Street […]

by · March 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fire damages house in Lexington County

Fire damages house in Lexington County

Lexington County Fire Services EMS, and Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department responded to house fire in 400 block of S Bethlehem Road Thursday just before 11:30 am. Upon arrival, first responders found heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows of the home. Firefighters began extinguishing operations and had the fire knocked down quickly. No injuries were reported. The home sustained heavy […]

by · March 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Taste on the River raises $11,000 for West Columbia Beautification Foundation – Photo Gallery

Taste on the River raises $11,000 for West Columbia Beautification Foundation – Photo Gallery

The fourth Taste on the River was a huge success and resulted in more than $11,000 in proceeds for the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. “It was by far the best ever,” said Melissa Sprouse-Browne, WCBF Chairwoman. Photos by Kelli Ricard – City of West Columbia- link to more photos And the restaurants that participated enjoyed the event at Stone River, […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Terry Spires bowls perfect game in Chamber bowling league

Terry Spires bowls perfect game in Chamber bowling league

It was a night of perfection Terry Spires is on the Local Payments Solutions team in the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Bowling League. Spires bowled a perfect 300 game, Wednesday at JC’s Lexington Bowl. Bottom photo Steve Cohen.

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County hit-and-run leaves pedestrian with serious injuries

Lexington County hit-and-run leaves pedestrian with serious injuries

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a Hit and Run collision in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene. The suspected vehicle is possibly a white sedan. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries from the collision. When: Wednesday around 2 a.m. Where: Gator Road near SC-302 in Lexington County, South Carolina – Call 1-888-274-6372 […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Shots fired near school bus stop in Lexington County, arrest made

Shots fired near school bus stop in Lexington County, arrest made

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is reporting an arrest made after shots were fired near a school bus stop, Wednesday morning. The report was issued about 2 p.m. One man is in custody and facing weapons charges after detectives said he fired multiple shots this morning during a civil dispute at Pallet Drive and Dixiana Road.

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man accused of sexual contact with children, more victims possible

Lexington man accused of sexual contact with children, more victims possible

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man as part of an investigation into encounters they said he had years ago with young girls. James Robert Pratt, 42, is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 11, according to arrest warrants. “Based on forensic interviews, detectives determined Pratt had sexual contact with two […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Grace Baptist Church recognized by City Council for 60th Anniversary

Grace Baptist Church recognized by City Council for 60th Anniversary

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles and City Council presented Grace Baptist Church with a resolution recognizing the church for its 60th Anniversary. The presentation was made at Tuesday’s March Regular Council Meeting. Pictured from council are Councilman Mike Green and Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks. A Resolution Recognizing Grace Baptist Church for Its 60th Anniversary Whereas, Grace Baptist Church was founded […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
South Congaree Police Officer William Young   named Law Enforcement Officer-of-the-Month

South Congaree Police Officer William Young named Law Enforcement Officer-of-the-Month

Officer William Young of the South Congaree Police Department was recognized, last week, as the Law Enforcement Officer-of-the-Month by the Greater Cayce West-Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He is pictured with South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert. Also pictured are: Chamber Board President Tom Tafel, left, and Jamie Addison, right award sponsor. Photo by Jenna of Pretty Pictures. Young was recognized […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Plane left Columbia and crashed in Georgia, at least 3 dead

Plane left Columbia and crashed in Georgia, at least 3 dead

A small plane that left from Columbia Metropolitan Airport crashed in Oconee County Ga. (near Athens) killing at least three people. The Piper PA-46 aircraft was headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala. It went down at around 3:45 p.m., said a spokesman for the Oconee County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office in a press conference broadcast on Facebook: Click here “The plane crash involves […]

by · March 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man arrested after deputies find mobile home full of weed

Man arrested after deputies find mobile home full of weed

Lexington County narcotics agents arrested a man after finding a mobile home full of marijuana plants. Steven Daniel Brown, 46, is charged with trafficking marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to arrest warrants. “Lexington County narcotics agents were in the 5000 block of Highway 321 last month searching for a man wanted on unrelated charges when they […]

by · March 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
State of the Art opens on State Street, Cayce

State of the Art opens on State Street, Cayce

Cayce is welcoming a new business. State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio, at 2007 State Street, held its grand opening Saturday. Its owners are Valery Smith and Levi Wright. “State of the Art” displays and sells original work from South Carolina artists. “It’s a wonderful addition to State Street in Cayce’s Art District, said Richard Skipper, president and […]

by · March 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
SC DOT street work going on in Westover Acres

SC DOT street work going on in Westover Acres

Personnel from the South Carolina Department of Transportation were in Westover Acres, Monday. They were marking the streets. New paint was put down at the corner of Canary and Redbird and at the corner of Hummingbird and Redbird.

by · March 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Masked man tried to abduct teen girl, deputies ask for video assistance

Masked man tried to abduct teen girl, deputies ask for video assistance

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for assistance to help identify a van that was involved in an attempted abduction of a Richland County teen last week. It happened Wednesday around 9 p.m. on Heron Glen Road at Village at Lakeshore Apartments, between Killian and Farrow Roads. A teenage girl went outside to let her dog back into the […]

by · March 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gaston man accused of stealing car parts

Gaston man accused of stealing car parts

Deputies have arrested a man charged with stealing parts off cars parked at a towing company lot. Justin David Phillips, 30, is charged with one count of breaking into motor vehicles, according to an arrest warrant. “Based on evidence gathered by detectives working this case, Phillips removed two catalytic converters from cars last month while working on a towing company […]

by · March 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Joe Wilson’s office accepting Congressional Art Competition submissions

Joe Wilson’s office accepting Congressional Art Competition submissions

Congressman Joe Wilson is encouraging students from South Carolina’s Second District to enter the Congressional Art Competition: “I am grateful to announce that my office is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. For the past 38 years, this competition has inspired and encouraged young artists and I look forward to seeing this tradition continue.” Each year, members […]

by · March 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Megan Darazs is Miss Capital City Teen

Brookland-Cayce’s Megan Darazs is Miss Capital City Teen

The Miss Columbia & Miss a Capital City Organization has announced the crowning of Brookland Cayce High School’s Megan Darazs as Miss Capital City Teen 2020. Miss Columbia Teen 2020 is Abigail Foster Miss South Carolina Teen 2019 Kellan Fenegan, Miss Columbia 2020 Sarah White, and Miss Capital City 2020 Madison Coffman for being part of their special crowning moments! […]

by · March 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lane on I-26 W closing Monday for repairs

Lane on I-26 W closing Monday for repairs

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is closing a single-lane on I-26 Westbound between Exit 97 (Peak) and Exit 85 (SC 202) effective Monday, Mar. 2 through Thursday, Mar. 5. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The lane closings have been scheduled to mark out necessary repairs on I-26 as a part of the SCDOT Midlands Connection Project to improve […]

by · March 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Joe Biden wins primary,  Bernie Sanders results are better in Lexington County

Joe Biden wins primary, Bernie Sanders results are better in Lexington County

Joe Biden won the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, Saturday, by a wide margin. But he did not do as well in Lexington County as he did statewide. Statewide, former Vice President Biden received 48.5 percent of the vote and Sanders, a Vermont senator, was second with 20 percent. Tom Steyer. who ended his campaign Saturday, was third with 11.3 […]

by · March 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles throws first pitch to begin 2020 Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball season

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles throws first pitch to begin 2020 Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball season

The Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball League held opening ceremonies for the 2020 season, Saturday at Howard Park on Cougar Drive in West Columbia. “It’s a beautiful day, with lots of sunshine,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, who threw out the first pitch to kick off the days festivities. “It’s a great day for baseball, especially after all the […]

by · February 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate wins Upper State title, to play in State Championship, Friday

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate wins Upper State title, to play in State Championship, Friday

Gray Collegiate defeated Andrew Jackson 57-39 in the Class 2A Upper State title game Saturday. Next, the War Eagles will play for the Class 2A basketball state championship. Tauris Watson was Gray’s top scorer Saturday with 16 points. Latavian Lawrence had 10 points. The win for Gray Saturday came at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, in Greenville. The War Eagles will […]

by · February 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fiery crash on I-26 Saturday morning

Fiery crash on I-26 Saturday morning

There was a fiery crash on I-26 Eastbound at mile marker 141, Saturday morning, after 8 a.m. Eyewitness Cory Moore said a Dodge truck with a trailer was involved. He also said there is ceramic tile scattered on the road. Moore said it looks like everyone got out of the flaming vehicle and someone is being airlifted from the scene. […]

by · February 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Department of Public Safety puts out fire at Knights Inn

Cayce Department of Public Safety puts out fire at Knights Inn

The Cayce Department of Public Safety reported that units with the fire service were on the scene of a structure fire at Knights Inn on Airport Blvd., Friday evening around 8 p.m. Cayce DPS later reported the fire was contained and there were no reported injuries. An investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

by · February 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
3-car crash causes lane closing on Corley Mill Road, Friday afternoon

3-car crash causes lane closing on Corley Mill Road, Friday afternoon

A three-vehicle collision on Corley Mill Road near Mill Stream Road, in Lexington, has the outbound lane closed. The Lexington Police Department reported the incident at about 3:55 p.m., Friday. Police asked motorists to please avoid the area until the road reopens. Also, be alert to emergency personnel who are on scene.

by · February 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognizes Randall Scott as Educator of the Month

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognizes Randall Scott as Educator of the Month

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has recognized Lexington Technology Center’s Randall Scott as the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program’s Educator of the Month for February. “We know that financial literacy is an important component of personal financial wellness, and we are passionate about recognizing educators like Randall Scott who are successfully sharing these important life skills with students on […]

by · February 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mid Carolina Marine has “Grand Reopening” on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

Mid Carolina Marine has “Grand Reopening” on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

Mid-Carolina Marine held a ribbon-cutting and open house Thursday to celebrate its renovated showroom. Mid-Carolina Marine is at 718 Sunset Blvd in West Columbia and repairs boats. Mid Carolina also sells new and used boats. It’s a long-standing business incorporating a new concept, said its owner Charles Carson. He said the renovated facility is totally solar. Mid-Carolina Marine has been […]

by · February 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Stolen vehicles found at “chop shop” says sheriff, man arrested

Stolen vehicles found at “chop shop” says sheriff, man arrested

A West Columbia man has been charged in connection to a chop shop deputies found this month after following a tip about a stolen excavator. Terry Virgil Adams, 42, is charged with four counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and one count of operating a chop shop, according to arrest warrants. “Investigators from Saluda County told us the excavator […]

by · February 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
$1 admission to the SC State Museum, Sunday

$1 admission to the SC State Museum, Sunday

The South Carolina State Museum is offering one dollar admission to guests this Sunday, Mar. 1. Admission price includes entry to SCSM’s four floors of gallery space along with the Boeing Observatory. Additional attractions like the museum’s Sherlock Holmes exhibit, planetarium and 4-D theater will remain at regular price. SCSM’s one-dollar admission is offered on the first Sunday of each […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police to conduct  checkpoints, Friday

Lexington Police to conduct checkpoints, Friday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting several Public Safety Checkpoints on Friday, within the Town of Lexington, announced LPD Chief Terrance Green. Officers will be conducting the Public Safety Checkpoint in response to collision incidents, Citizen Traffic Complaints, and previous enforcement in this area focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices. Officers will be checking driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia partners with Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball on opening day

City of West Columbia partners with Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball on opening day

The City of West Columbia and the West Columbia Police Department have partnered with the Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Baseball League to kick-off the 2020 season. City of West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles will throw the first pitch at opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The event is from 10 AM – 2 PM, with opening day games, […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Amphitheater reopens

West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Amphitheater reopens

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia is opening back up to the public on noon, Thursday. But please avoid any areas that have been set off by cones. Riverwalk had been closed due to flooding.

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Something new in West Columbia

Something new in West Columbia

Notice anything new at the City of West Columbia. The city has updated its Facebook profile image with the city’s new logo. https://www.facebook.com/WestColaSC/t The new logo can also bee seen on the city’s website: https://westcolumbiasc.gov/ and on the city’s Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/WestColumbiaSC

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New hotel going up on Sunset Boulevard

New hotel going up on Sunset Boulevard

Driving from West Columbia to Lexington, via Sunset Boulevard (US 378) – on the left – you may see some new construction going on. One project going up in the Sunset Corridor is a new four-story Hampton Inn and Suites. It’s between Northside Baptist Church and The Enterprise Car Rental site. A sign says its Opening Spring 2020 , but […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Robert Williams is Chamber’s Lexington 2 Student of the Month

Robert Williams is Chamber’s Lexington 2 Student of the Month

Robert Williams, a student at the Lexington School District Two Innovation Center, has been selected as the Student-of-the-Month by the Greater Cayce West-Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Williams was recognized at the Chamber’s breakfast Tuesday at Caughman Harman Funeral Home, 820 West Dunbar Rd., West Columbia. The featured speaker at the breakfast was Todd Buehrig, Executive Director for the Southeastern Chapter […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mike Harden is Chamber’s Lexington 2 Teacher of the Month

Mike Harden is Chamber’s Lexington 2 Teacher of the Month

Mike Harden, a Pre-Engineering Instructor at the Lexington School District Two Innovation Center has been selected as the Teacher-of-the-Month by the Greater Cayce West-Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He is pictured with Tom Tafel, Chamber Board President. Harden was recognized at the Chamber’s monthly breakfast Tuesday at Caughman Harman Funeral Home, 820 West Dunbar Rd., West Columbia. The featured speaker at […]

by · February 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Missing couple found safe

Missing couple found safe

Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputies were searching for a man and woman after the couple never returned to their assisted living facility Tuesday night. But the couple has been found safe, in Horry County. Ronald and Mary Denny have memory issues and take daily medication for other conditions.

by · February 26, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Taste on the River has record crowd – Sold out event

Taste on the River has record crowd – Sold out event

Taste on the River had its best turnout ever, Tuesday night at Stone River. It was the fourth annual fundraiser for the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. Cars filled the spaces at the recently completed Carrway Park, across from the Riverwalk. Others parked in the city parking garage that has a Court Avenue entrance at the Brookland complex. “We sold more […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Sheriff says former Gilbert High student breaks into home to make Facebook threat from woman’s account

Sheriff says former Gilbert High student breaks into home to make Facebook threat from woman’s account

A 17-year-old former Gilbert High School student has been charged in connection to school threats posted on a Lexington School District One employee’s Facebook account. The former student, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 18, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of threatening a school, according to an incident […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman takes out several mailboxes before running into ditch

Woman takes out several mailboxes before running into ditch

A collision in the 300 block of Park Road had the road closed in Lexington Tuesday. The collision site was cleared, according to the Lexington Police Department. The collision was caused by a driver losing control of her vehicle, striking several mailboxes and driving into a ditch.

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 men killed near Williams-Brice Stadium, Monday

Coroner identifies 2 men killed near Williams-Brice Stadium, Monday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of the two individuals who died Monday in a three-vehicle collision at approximately 8:50 a.m. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Bluff Road at Eden Street in Columbia. Kamal Mateen Najee, 46, of Rockhaven Drive, and Jimmy Devette Singleton, 33, of Garners Ferry Road, both of Columbia. Singleton died on […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Savage Craft Ale Works offers glimpse into Old City Hall, and jail

Savage Craft Ale Works offers glimpse into Old City Hall, and jail

Savage Craft Ale Works is charting, with photos, the progress of the building of its brewery on Center Street in West Columbia. The project includes the renovation of the historic New Brookland Jail. According to the Savage Craft Ale Works Facebook page, the one-story brick building with barred windows and its parapeted or “false front” facade was built around 1908. […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body found in Lake Murray, close to where man was  missing

Body found in Lake Murray, close to where man was missing

A body was found in the water near the campsite of a missing person from Dreher Island State Park, reported the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. The body was found in the water close to the campsite where Carlos Baca was last seen, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. Baca, 22, was reported missing Sunday at Dreher Island Park on Lake […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tractor-Trailer blocked I-20, Tuesday morning

Tractor-Trailer blocked I-20, Tuesday morning

An incident on I-20 West in Richland County at the 66.5 mile marker blocked two lanes Tuesday morning. A tractor-trailer jackknifed. It was a no- injury crash, but delays were expected. It occurred between Highway 321 and the malfunction junction

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Remains found in Lexington County – Identified as  man who went missing in 2016

Remains found in Lexington County – Identified as man who went missing in 2016

Remains found by hunters Feb. 15 deep in a wooded area off Martin Smith Road in Leesville have been identified. The remains are those of Taylor Devin Johnson, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. She said Johnson’s cause and manner of death are undetermined. “Taylor was 22 when he was last seen by his father walking along Pond Branch […]

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash claims the life of 2 on Bluff Road

Crash claims the life of 2 on Bluff Road

Two people died in a crash on Bluff Road, Monday morning, near Williams-Brice Stadium, in Richland County. The crash occurred near Eden Street, not too far from the USC football stadium. The crash involved three vehicles, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Updates will be provided when more is known.

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“Taste on the River” is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Stone River, West Columbia

“Taste on the River” is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Stone River, West Columbia

The fourth “Taste on the River” is Tuesday, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stone River, beside West Columbia’s Riverwalk Amphitheater. The proceeds from “Taste on the River” finance the efforts of the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. “Taste” features a tour of food stations presented by the best restaurants from West Columbia, Columbia, the Vista, and The River District. […]

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in moped crash near Jake’s Landing Road

Coroner identifies man who died in moped crash near Jake’s Landing Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a collision that occurred at North Lake Drive and Jake’s Landing Road at approximately 6:40 p.m., Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. David Welborn, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries.   Mr. Welborn was operating a moped across North Lake Drive, toward […]

by · February 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
God be with the “family grieving the loss of this precious little girl”

God be with the “family grieving the loss of this precious little girl”

Don’t let your hearts be troubled, because God has prepared a place for Faye Marie Swetlik in heaven. That was the message from Senior Pastor Eddie Coakley at Faye’s memorial service held at Trinity Baptist Church, Friday. He said Faye is in the arms of the God who loves her. Coakley also asked God to be with the “family grieving […]

by · February 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia filled with acts of kindness

West Columbia filled with acts of kindness

It’s “Random Acts of Kindness Week.” That’s a good time to recognize those in West Columbia who are known for their willingness to help others. Steve Cohen, is on the West Columbia Beautification Foundation Board and the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Board. He also takes time out from his business Home Concepts Too to help others. Cohen cuts the grass of […]

by · February 21, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Reminder: Public service for Faye Swetlik, is 7 p.m., Friday at Trinity Baptist

Reminder: Public service for Faye Swetlik, is 7 p.m., Friday at Trinity Baptist

Trinity Baptist Church (2003 Charleston Highway Cayce) will be hosting a remembrance service for Faye Marie Swetlik Friday (Feb. 21) at 7 pm in their Worship Center. Trinity Associate Pastor Micah Merchant announced the details Wednesday. The family has requested that this be a child friendly event and encourages all participants to wear pink and purple in honor of Faye. […]

by · February 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Chapin teen dies after being shot in Irmo – Man who died on I-20 is identified

Chapin teen dies after being shot in Irmo – Man who died on I-20 is identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting incident in a vehicle in the 100 block of Old Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. Corey E. Hunt, 18, of Sandbar Road, Chapin, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Prisma […]

by · February 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Springdale’s Wilton Road repair completion date is set for April 30

Springdale’s Wilton Road repair completion date is set for April 30

The completion date on the Wilton Road repair in Springdale is April 30. Jeremy Yuhas, resident construction engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation, said that is the target date. “I’ve been down there to check on it,” said Rep. Micah Caskey, who lives around the block from the work site. “It looks like the progress on it is going […]

by · February 20, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Woman found dead in hotel, Columbia Police ask for clues

Woman found dead in hotel, Columbia Police ask for clues

Columbia Police Department officers are investigating a murder that occurred at a local motel in North Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Initially, officers responded to the InTown Suites located at 1633 Broad River Road shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, for a reported suspicious death. Motel employees found a deceased female inside a room and called 9-1-1. After an autopsy conducted Wednesday morning, […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman who died in Monday motorcycle crash identified

Woman who died in Monday motorcycle crash identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died following a motorcycle crash at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Monday.  The incident location was Clemson Road at Salisbury Lane, Columbia. Emina H. Yates, 39, of Algrave Drive, Columbia was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fatal crash shuts down lanes of I-20, Wednesday afternoon

Fatal crash shuts down lanes of I-20, Wednesday afternoon

At least one person is dead after an accident on I-20 west bound Wednesday afternoon. The crash has west bound lanes blocked. The S.C. Highway patrol is on the scene, according to Master Trooper David Jones. The crashed happened after 1 p.m. Wednesday and the interstate was still backed up at 3:30 according to SC Department of Public Safety cameras. […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“The unimaginable happened here,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

“The unimaginable happened here,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

“The unimaginable happened here, said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin at a candlelight vigil for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, who was killed last week after being abducted. “A child went missing and won’t be coming home.” A crowd gathered under a gray and rainy sky for the vigil that was held late Tuesday afternoon at Cayce City Hall.   Partin said, through tears, […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coty Taylor, who killed little Faye, committed suicide

Coty Taylor, who killed little Faye, committed suicide

Faye Swetlik died of asphyxiation said Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Coty Scott Taylor,30, killed her. His DNA was on her body. Faye is the six-year-old who went missing from her Churchill Heights home in Cayce on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 10. Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said at approximately […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 5 comments · NEWS
8 deaths in 4 days emotionally draining for Lexington County coroner

8 deaths in 4 days emotionally draining for Lexington County coroner

From Thursday to Sunday was a deadly four days in Lexington County. In that time period, the office of Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher reported eight deaths of not natural causes. That number includes the death of Faye Marie Swetlik, age 6. Besides the tragic saga of Faye Swetlik, there were six road-related fatalities in Lexington County. “It was all […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 4 comments · Uncategorized
Obituary published for Faye Swetlik – Public memorial service is 7 p.m. Friday

Obituary published for Faye Swetlik – Public memorial service is 7 p.m. Friday

Funeral arrangements were announced Monday for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik. She was found dead Thursday after going missing on Monday (Feb. 10.) Caughman-Harman Funeral Home (Click link) published an obituary for little Faye. Also, a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday for Faye will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. There has been an outpouring of emotion for the […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
One dies in motorcycle crash in Richland County

One dies in motorcycle crash in Richland County

A motorcycle crash on Clemson Road in Richland County has left one person dead. The incident occurred around 1:26 p.m. Monday, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He said a 2017 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling west on Clemson Road when a 2008 Toyota traveling east was making a left-hand turn onto Salisbury Lane. The vehicle […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of Cayce to hold candlelight vigil for Little Faye, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

City of Cayce to hold candlelight vigil for Little Faye, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, the City of Cayce will come together to remember Faye Swetlik, to grieve and to start the process of healing, as a community and individually. The candlelight vigil will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Cayce City Hall Front Lawn at 1800 12th Street. Candles will be provided by the City.

by · February 17, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Coroner, Cayce Public Safety,  to update Faye Swetlik case Tuesday, at press conference

Coroner, Cayce Public Safety, to update Faye Swetlik case Tuesday, at press conference

There will be a press conference Tuesday in order to provide an update on the Faye Marie Swetlik Case, Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce Spokeswoman announced Monday. The press conference will be at approximately 3 p.m. Lexington County Coroner, Margaret Fisher will provide information, along with Cayce Department of Public Safety Director, Byron Snellgrove It will be at Trinity Baptist […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Time to build your 2020 Kinetic Derby Day soapbox car

Time to build your 2020 Kinetic Derby Day soapbox car

Do you have a quirky, creative side just fighting to get out? Need a thrill to stir your inner child? It’s time to start get started on the building of your Kinetic Derby Day sculpture. West Columbia’s Third Annual Kinetic Derby Day is April 25. Registration is open for the 2020 Kinetic Derby Day. This year there there is a […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Faye Swetlik autopsy complete, results to be released Tuesday

Faye Swetlik autopsy complete, results to be released Tuesday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the autopsy of Faye Marie Swetlik was completed Saturday. The preliminary results of that autopsy are not being released at this time out of respect for Faye’s family. They need privacy and time to process the information. The findings regarding Faye’s autopsy will be released at a press conference to be held […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray all going to state basketball playoffs

Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray all going to state basketball playoffs

The S.C. High School playoff schedule was announced over the weekend. Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray are all going to state basketball playoffs. Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, the defending 2A State Champion, will host Brashier Middle College at 7 p.m., Wednesday (At Allen University.) Brookland-Cayce finished third in Region 5 – 4A will get a home playoff game versus Darlington. […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Semi hits car on I-26, leaves Columbia woman, 24, dead

Semi hits car on I-26, leaves Columbia woman, 24, dead

One person was killed after a car was hit on I-26 East early Sunday morning, according to Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the S.C, Highway Patrol. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died as Ms. Jamee Green, 24, of Columbia. She was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. The fatal collision occurred around 2:10 […]

by · February 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
19-year-old dies in Lexington County crash

19-year-old dies in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m., Friday. The crash occurred on U.S. 321 near Woodtrail Drive in Gaston. According to Fisher, Mr. Barron Lorel Adams, 19, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Adams was traveling southbound when his […]

by · February 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Motorcade brings body of Faye Swetlik back to Lexington County

Motorcade brings body of Faye Swetlik back to Lexington County

The body of Faye Marie Swetlik, the 6-year-old who was found dead Thursday, was escorted back to Lexington County Saturday in a law enforcement motorcade. Faye was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy. Faye’s body was brought back to Lexington for her funeral. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Department provided an escort, Lexington County […]

by · February 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce outlasts Airport for the win

Brookland-Cayce outlasts Airport for the win

It was a Valentine’s Day face-off filled with passion. In the end Brookland-Cayce came out with a 52-50 win over Airport, in the Region 5 -4A rivalry game. The Bearcats’ Zach McCoy, who went on a fourth-quarter scoring tear had 17. His teammate Chamar Martin also had 17. Christian Ferguson hit three 3-pointers for BC (13-13 and 3-7) and finished […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Partners with Cola Town Bike Collective for Kinetic Derby Day Sculpture Building, Saturday

West Columbia Partners with Cola Town Bike Collective for Kinetic Derby Day Sculpture Building, Saturday

The City of West Columbia is partnering with Cola Town Bike Collective on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 PM – 7 PM, at 1823 Superior Street, Columbia, SC, for a build day for West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day. Bring your creation, begin your creation, get inspired, and work beside others as they create their own mobile sculptures. Live […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coty Scott Taylor IDed as male found dead, related to Faye Swetlik homicide

Coty Scott Taylor IDed as male found dead, related to Faye Swetlik homicide

More information regarding the death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik was conveyed at a Friday press conference. She was found dead Thursday, after she went missing, Monday afternoon. Sgt. Evan Antley, of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said critical evidence was found in a trash can at 602 Picadilly Square in Churchill Heights. The evidence discovered narrowed down an area […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 from Missouri who died on I-26

Coroner identifies 2 from Missouri who died on I-26

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died in vehicle collision on Interstate 26 westbound near exit 119 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. James G. Hoff, 78, and Mrs. Terri Lee Hoff, 75, both of Fenton, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries. Their vehicle, driven by Mr. […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia woman dies after tree falls on vehicle on I-20, coroner identifies

Columbia woman dies after tree falls on vehicle on I-20, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after a tree fell on a vehicle on Interstate 20 Westbound at approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Ms. Pamela Adams Powell, 49, of Columbia was traveling at a slow rate of speed due to traffic when a tree fell on her vehicle. Ms. Powell was transported to […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Investigators still processing evidence in Faye Swetnik homicide

Investigators still processing evidence in Faye Swetnik homicide

The investigation is still ongoing. When Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Director Byron Snellgrove announced Thursday that the body Faye Swetlik had been found, he also said the body of an adult male has also been recovered. Snellgrove said: “it is with extremely heavy hearts we announce we have found the body of Faye Marie Swetlik.” Other than than […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner confirms Faye Swetlik’s body found at 11 a.m. Thursday, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Coroner confirms Faye Swetlik’s body found at 11 a.m. Thursday, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the body of Faye Marie Swetlik, the missing 6-year-old girl, was discovered at approximately 11 m.m. Thursday. Faye’s body was found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where she resided and was last seen playing outside, Monday afternoon. According to Fisher, an autopsy will be conducted Friday at MUSC in Charleston. The Cayce […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in I-26 crash in Lexington County

2 killed in I-26 crash in Lexington County

Two people were killed Thursday afternoon in a collision on I-26, in Lexington County. The two-vehicle crash occurred around 2:30 p.m.near mile marker 119. The westbound lanes of I-26 were blocked partially, Master Trooper David Jones.

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body of Faye Marie Swetlik found, male body found, too

Body of Faye Marie Swetlik found, male body found, too

Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety announced at an impromptu afternoon press conference, Thursday, that the body of Faye Marie Swetlik has been found. Also, a deceased male has been found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Snellgrove made the announcement of both bodies being found, and then said he would not take questions. Capt. Adam Myrick […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Motorcycle crash claims life in Lexington County

Motorcycle crash claims life in Lexington County

Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell, of the S.C. Highway Patrol, is reporting a fatal collision. It occurred around 9:10 p.m., Wednesday, in Gilbert on Peach Festival Road near Waters Ferry Road. Tidwell said the driver of a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle attempted to slow down for traffic. The rider “spilled the bike” hitting the pavement. The operator of the motorcycle was not […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Images released of 2 vehicles leaving Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood

Images released of 2 vehicles leaving Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood

The Cayce Department of Public Safety has released this video of two cars they’re working to identify. Both were seen leaving Faye Swetlik’s subdivision close to the time family members tell investigators the 6-year-old disappeared, Monday afternoon. One of the vehicles is a SUV. the other is a small car. Link to Cayce Public Safety video Investigators want to identify […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate wins 4th Region 3 Title in a row

Gray Collegiate wins 4th Region 3 Title in a row

Gray Collegiate Academy Boys Basketball team has won the Region 3-2A title. The War Eagles last defeated Eau Claire 80-41. Gray clinched the title with a 70-54 win over Calhoun County. It was the War Eagles’ ninth-straight win. Gray finished 6-1 and won its fourth Region Title in a row. The War Eagles of West Columbia, coached by Dion Bethea, […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash caused by medical incident on Sunset Blvd.

Crash caused by medical incident on Sunset Blvd.

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Scotland Drive, Wednesday evening about 6:15. It resulted in all outbound lanes being closed. Police asked motorists to please seek an alternate route until the roadway was reopened. The collision was caused by a driver who experienced a medical incident. He was transported by EMS to the hospital, […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks public to avoid rumors surrounding Faye Swetlik case – Link to bus video

Cayce Public Safety asks public to avoid rumors surrounding Faye Swetlik case – Link to bus video

Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety conducted a press briefing regarding the Faye Swetlik case at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. He asked onlookers to stay away from the Churchill Heights neighborhood where 6-year-old Faye Swetlik went missing from about 3:45 Monday afternoon. Antley said the investigation area has widened toward the interstate near the Faye’s home. Link […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Trinity Baptist holds prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik

Trinity Baptist holds prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik

Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce held a prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old who was reported as missing monday, from her front yard in Churchhill Heights, Cayce. Speakers included Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. He called children “our most precious gifts.” He reminded the 100 or so who came to the vigil to use […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks for  camera recordings from Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood at update press conference

Cayce Public Safety asks for camera recordings from Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood at update press conference

The Cayce Department of Public Safety held a press briefing on the case of missing Faye Marie Swetlik. At the briefing, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove reiterated that the search for the missing six-year-old has a tip hotline at hold on to this 803-205-4444. “We’re following every lead we get,” said Snellgrove. He said Faye was missed […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Palate, a new restaurant opens on State Street, West Columbia

Palate, a new restaurant opens on State Street, West Columbia

Palate opened Tuesday at 116 State Street. Palate’s Website Palate is a restaurant where New American cuisine meets cultural ingredients, Palate features a “contemporary atmosphere of nouveau style.” And if you are looking for a job, Palate is seeking experienced servers who are available mostly nights and on the weekend brunch (Sat & Sun). Candidates must be able to handle […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions serve pancakes to 300

Cayce-West Columbia Lions serve pancakes to 300

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club served about 300 pancake and sausage supper meals Tuesday night. The fundraiser was held at Cayce United Methodist Church on Meeting Street, West Columbia. Proceeds from the supper will go to benefit projects the C-WC Lions Club conducts to help people who need it with eye surgery costs and shopping trips for children who otherwise […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County fire displaces 4

Lexington County fire displaces 4

Lexington County Fire Services, Lexington County EMS and Irmo Fire District units were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 100 block of Deer Springs Trail Tuesday afternoon. The first-arriving units reported that heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the residence. Fire units quickly went to work extinguishing the fire and had it under control quickly. […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Trinity Baptist Church to hold prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday

Trinity Baptist Church to hold prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday

Trinity Baptist Church Cayce will hold a prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik. Little Faye is a 6-year-old first grader who goes to Springdale Elementary School. She has been missing since Monday afternoon, and the Cayce Public Safety Department is searching for her. The prayer vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. at Trunity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway in Cayce. Cayce […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Large search team looking for missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

Large search team looking for missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

Law enforcement and support personnel are blanketing an area where 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen around 3:45 PM Monday. She was wearing polka dot boots and a black top.  She is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment.   The girl was playing in her front yard at Londonderry Lane in Cayce just off Highway 302. Her family […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
6-year-old girl reported as missing in Cayce

6-year-old girl reported as missing in Cayce

The City of Cayce is reporting that a 6-year-old girl is missing. Her name is Faye Marie Swetlik. She is a is first-grader at Springdale Elementary School. Marie described as white with strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes. She is missing from the Churchill Heights Neighborhood in Cayce. She was last seen wearing polka dot boots and a black t-shirt. She […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Congaree River flooding subsiding, but more rain is forecast

Congaree River flooding subsiding, but more rain is forecast

The Congaree River at Columbia crested Sunday morning, according to the Congaree Riverkeeper. It crested at just over 29 ft, and is now slowly on its way back down. The Congaree River at Congaree National Park is at 19.26 ft and is expected to crest early Monday at 19.6 ft. Click for link to Congaree Riverkeeper Facebook page The Congaree […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
103rd Birthday party held for Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins at Turner AME Church, Sunday

103rd Birthday party held for Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins at Turner AME Church, Sunday

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins said she feels fine and she “enjoyed the service” at her church, Turner AME in West Columbia. After the service the church held a a party for Dawkins’ 103rd birthday. “It’s wonderful” she said of her party, sitting beside her little sister Doretha Herlong, age 92. Dawkins is West Columbia’s eldest resident. She has been a member […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Congaree River crests Sunday morning

Congaree River crests Sunday morning

The river is high and it’s definitely rising From the Columbia side of the Congaree River the high water level was obvious looking up at the Gervais Street Bridge, Saturday. Kayakers braved temperatures in the low 40s, to get out on the river for a mid-winter float. The Congaree River at Columbia was reported at 21.23 ft., Friday. It was […]

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vice President Mike Pence coming to Nephron, West Columbia

Vice President Mike Pence coming to Nephron, West Columbia

Nephron Pharmaceuticals, in West Columbia, will host a luncheon for US Vice President Mike Pence, Thursday. Nephron is owned by Lou Kennedy. Pence’s appearance at Nephron is part of a fundraiser in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection Victory campaign. It was announced weeks ago that Pence would speak at the Republican Society Patriot reception, at The Citadel in […]

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pine Ridge Middle Girls win PAC Championship, Fulmer Middle places second

Pine Ridge Middle Girls win PAC Championship, Fulmer Middle places second

The Pine Ridge Middle School Girls Basketball team won the PAC basketball tournament Saturday. The Fulmer Middle School girls claimed second place in the tournament. Both middle school feed into Airport High School. The PAC Basketball tournament was played at Dutch Fork High School. (Lexington 2 photos)

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dining and flowers, West Columbia businesses get ready for Valentine’s Day

Dining and flowers, West Columbia businesses get ready for Valentine’s Day

The occasion of Valentine’s Day generates lots of business in West Columbia. Dining and roses are a a part of the tradition that marks the day. DeLucca’s Italian Grill is at 1720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. “Valentine’s dining is a reservation-only night for DeLucca’s,” said Lynn Raley, who works at the restaurant. “We have a set menu for Valentine’s. And […]

by · February 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Deputies make arrest in kidnapping, sexual battery case

Deputies make arrest in kidnapping, sexual battery case

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of robbing, kidnapping and committing sexual battery against a woman last month. Samuel Earnest Aaron, 52, is charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and strong armed robbery, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information detectives gathered, Aaron offered a woman a ride home as she walked along South Lake Drive Jan. 9,” […]

by · February 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tanker blocking road in Lexington

Tanker blocking road in Lexington

Lexington Police reported around 7:45 p.m., Thursday, that a semi truck with an empty tanker trailer is blocking the right turn lane from Old Cherokee Road at North Lake Drive (SC-6.) Police are asking motorists to please proceed with caution and be alert for emergency personnel who are directing traffic in the roadway.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man charged after undercover drug operation

Lexington man charged after undercover drug operation

Lexington County narcotics agents arrested a man on multiple charges last week after an undercover operation. Ladarien Quentaro Gates, 29, faces five heroin distribution charges and one count each of trafficking heroin and possession of a narcotic, according to arrest warrants. “Gates was arrested as part of an ongoing undercover operation that began in December,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flooding reported in Lexington, Thursday afternoon

Flooding reported in Lexington, Thursday afternoon

Lexington Police officers are working an event that involves a vehicle stopped in standing water on North Lake Drive (SC-6) and Aston Lane. Police reported the incident about 4:15 p.m. Two outbound lanes are closed due to the flooded roadway. Please avoid the area and if passing through, be alert to emergency personnel in the roadway.

by · February 6, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Carraway Park Playground closed due to weather threat

West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Carraway Park Playground closed due to weather threat

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, as well as, the Carraway Park Playground is temporarily closed due to impending inclement weather and flooding. Once the water subsides and the Riverwalk path is clear, the city will announce when the West Columbia Riverwalk Park is open to the public. Carraway Park at the Riverwalk Playground will reopen when weather permits.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 schools dismiss early Thursday due to severe weather threat

Lexington 2 schools dismiss early Thursday due to severe weather threat

Due to forecasts of severe weather this afternoon, Lexington Two schools will dismiss early Thurs., Feb. 6. Dismissal times: 11 a.m. for elementary, noon for middle and high schools. Lexington One early dismissal information: After lunch, elementary schools will dismiss at 11:15 AM. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:15 PM.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
National Weather Service says models indicate severe weather, Thursday afternoon

National Weather Service says models indicate severe weather, Thursday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Columbia is indicating Thursday afternoon will be very active. Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts are the main threat. Isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out, and flooding is likely. The NWS also issued a reminder stating that there is a difference between a Watch and a Warning. Watch (issued by Storm Prediction Center) means all ingredients […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said state is sound financially, but we must be better stewards of public funds

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said state is sound financially, but we must be better stewards of public funds

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis addressed Capital Rotary members Wednesday. In his role as South Carolina’s “private banker” he is responsible for managing, investing and retaining custody of nearly $50 billion in public funds. Loftis said state government is “doing well” financially, but he remains vigilant to “see that we are good stewards of your money.” For instance, Loftis praised […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New signs installed in Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park

New signs installed in Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park

A dozen new signs, marking the past of the area, have been placed at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, in Cayce. The markers are called the “Wayside Exhibits” and were commissioned by the River Alliance. The signs were designed, produced and installed by the SC State Museum. The project, according to the River Alliance, was funded by […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Schools cancelling afternoon programs Thursday – Monitoring conditions

Lexington 2 Schools cancelling afternoon programs Thursday – Monitoring conditions

.Due to forecasts of possible severe weather, Lexington Two is cancelling all afternoon and evening programs and activities on Thursday, February 6, including after-care programs, adult education classes, and sports and club events scheduled for that day.  The decision to cancel afternoon and evening programs and activities was made in consultation with local and county emergency management officials. We will […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbank Elementary wins  Math Bowl trophy

Riverbank Elementary wins Math Bowl trophy

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Riverbank Elementary took home top honors for the second consecutive year in the annual Academic Math Bowl. Riverbank Elementary’s team competed against Springdale Elementary on Feb. 5. The two teams were cheered on by fellow students, teachers, families, friends and others. Riverbank team members include Eric Floyd, Kasey Quinn, Preston Lord, […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 Brookland-Cayce athletes sign to play football in college

5 Brookland-Cayce athletes sign to play football in college

Wednesday is national signing for high school athletes who have received offers to play sports in college. Five Brookland-Cayce High School football players signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday. Those players are: Drew Weed to Newberry; Tradd Castles to Newberry; Brian Mims to Erskine; K.J. Blackmon to Erskine; and Malachi Brown to Erskine.

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 Gray Collegiate athletes sign to play in college

5 Gray Collegiate athletes sign to play in college

Wednesday is national signing for high school athletes who have received offers to play sports in college. Five Gray Collegiate Academy athletes signed letters-of-intent, Wednesday. Those players are: Wheslen McLeod (football) to S.C. State; Noah Powell (football) to Presbyterian College; Hunter Helms (football) to Clemson. Caleb Moore (football) to Limestone; Lynsey Bryant (track and field) to North Greenville.

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Overturned vehicle blocks Sunset Blvd. at I-26, Wednesday morning

Overturned vehicle blocks Sunset Blvd. at I-26, Wednesday morning

The West Columbia Police Department has alerted motorists to please avoid the Intersection of Sunset Boulevard (US 378) and I-26. There is an over turned vehicle on Sunset Boulevard. All west bound lanes are blocked at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic was backed up to the Food Lion to the east of the incident. Several emergency vehicles, police, fire and EMS […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Despite brain tumor, Tina Washington fulfills role as C-WC Chamber Board Chairwoman

Despite brain tumor, Tina Washington fulfills role as C-WC Chamber Board Chairwoman

A week ago, Tina Washington completed her term as the Board Chairwoman of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber. Because of a serious health issue, it was a tumultuous year for her. Just over four months ago, Washington had surgery to remove an oligodendroglioma brain tumor at MUSC in Charleston. “It was Sept. 23, during Hurricane Dorian,” Washington said with a […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety recognizes FLOCK, House of Raeford, for generosity

Cayce Public Safety recognizes FLOCK, House of Raeford, for generosity

The Cayce Department of Public Safety recognized Chuck Underhill of FLOCK, House of Raeford’s charitable arm, at the Cayce City Council meeting, Tuesday. Cayce DPS Officer Josh Addy said House of Raeford and FLOCK “are always there and have gone above and beyond to help us with anything we need.” “Your agency has helped us give back to so many […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Martha Herchak, Craig Stirewalt to be inducted into Brookland-Cayce Hall of Fame, Thursday

Martha Herchak, Craig Stirewalt to be inducted into Brookland-Cayce Hall of Fame, Thursday

Brookland-Cayce High School will induct its newest Hall of Fame members Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by the induction ceremony at 7. Seawell’s is at 1125 Rosewood Drive. Martha Herchak and Deputy Craig Stirewalt will be honored at the 19th Annual Brookland-Cayce High School Educator Hall of Fame Gala, set […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man involved in crash dies of a heart attack

Man involved in crash dies of a heart attack

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Monday after being involved in a vehicle collision on the entrance ramp onto I-26 westbound at Harbison Boulevard, Columbia.  The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. Charles F. Sowell, 71, of Kings Creek Road, Irmo, was the driver of a vehicle that veered off of the entrance […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral for 3 unclaimed veterans, who died in  Lexington County, is Friday

Funeral for 3 unclaimed veterans, who died in Lexington County, is Friday

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office announced, Tuesday, that the funeral service for three unclaimed veterans who died in Lexington County has been scheduled. The funeral service, with military honors, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday (Feb 7) at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The cremated remains of United States Navy PO1 George E. Estes III, and United States Army […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction on 34 West Columbia St. Anns Alley homes has begun – Photos

Construction on 34 West Columbia St. Anns Alley homes has begun – Photos

Developer Spring Street Partners announced Monday the start of construction on St Anns Alley, an in-town community of 34 single-family homes in the booming West Columbia River District. St Anns Alley is bounded by Center, Spring, Herman and Augusta streets. The new community takes its name from the St. Ann’s Rescue Mission, a home for boys, that sat in the […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gilbert’s Medal of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter, in Super Bowl US Flag tribute video

Gilbert’s Medal of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter, in Super Bowl US Flag tribute video

The Super Bowl’s Tribute to America video featured Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” and included Gilbert’s Kyle Carpenter. Carpenter is a US Marine Corps veteran and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. The National Football League aired the patriotic salute to the flag on Sunday during the Super Bowl. State Sen. Katrina Frye Shealy, who represents Gilbert, said via Facebook, […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man gets life for murder, burning, disposing of body in trash can

Man gets life for murder, burning, disposing of body in trash can

From the Office of 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard – Lee Anthony “Tony” Corley, a 39 year old Lexington County man, has been sentenced to Life in prison for the Murder of Alena Marie Kennedy, age 36, which occurred in April of 2017. The sentence was imposed on Monday, by Judge Steven H. John, following a jury trial which began […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron hosts students for  Groundhog Job Shadowing Day

Nephron hosts students for Groundhog Job Shadowing Day

Nephron Pharmaceuticals hosted some of the brightest 7th and 8th graders, Monday, for National Groundhog Job Shadowing Day. The Midlands-area students learned all about advanced manufacturing.The company believes training our future workforce starts now.

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Car fire closes lane of Sunset Blvd. Monday afternoon

Car fire closes lane of Sunset Blvd. Monday afternoon

The Lexington Police Department is reporting a vehicle fire that had an outbound lane of Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at I-20 closed. Police asked motorists to please proceed with caution and be alert to emergency personnel who are on scene and directing traffic.

by · February 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flow Riverfront Townhomes publishes photos of build site

Flow Riverfront Townhomes publishes photos of build site

Phase II of the Flow Riverfront Townhomes project is underway and accepting contracts. Only 12 residences are being built, according to the Flow Riverfront Townhomes marketing team. It’s billed as the most unique riverfront community in the Midlands. Wheeler and Wheeler Real Estate is handling thr sale of the properties.

by · February 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Mobster Mike Franzese speaks at Northside Baptist Church in Lexington

Former Mobster Mike Franzese speaks at Northside Baptist Church in Lexington

A svelte Michael Franzese would never be mistaken for Mob Boss Fat Tony Salerno, but when it comes to organized crime, Franzese was up to his neck in it. On Sunday morning, the former “Prince of the Mafia” delivered a message of redemption and forgiveness at Northside Baptist Church. A born-again Christian, Franzese told the crowd: “Once God’s got a […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 63-year-old woman killed in Boiling Springs Road crash

Coroner identifies 63-year-old woman killed in Boiling Springs Road crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Longview Street and Boiling Springs Road near Lexington at approximately 10:05 p.m., Saturday According to Fisher, Ms. Doris Smith Waters, 63, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. Ms. Waters had […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census, Monday

City of West Columbia hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census, Monday

The City of West Columbia is hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census on board the SC Works Career Coach (bus) Monday (Feb. 3,) from 10 a.m. until 3 pm. The Career Coach will be parked in the parking lot in front of City Hall, at the intersection of 12th Street and Klapman Boulevard. The U.S. Census Bureau is […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash results in fatality in Lexington County

Crash results in fatality in Lexington County

One person died in a collision Saturday night, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The crash occurred around 10:05 on Boiling Springs Road, near Longview Street. The intersection is close to Edmund. Southern said the driver of a 1998 Toyota Camry was turning left from Longview Street onto Boiling Springs Road, when a 2008 Jeep […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
1 dead after crash in Richland County

1 dead after crash in Richland County

One person died in a vehicle crash in Richland County Saturday night, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol said. It happened around 6 p.m. on Koon Store Road, near the intersection with William Duffie Road, said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern. The crash occurred in the Blthewood area of Richland County. Southern said a 1995 Honda was traveling west on Koon […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash in Lexington closes street, Saturday night

Crash in Lexington closes street, Saturday night

A collision at the intersection of Hendrix Street and Duffie Drive, in Lexington, resulted in the closing of the road. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash around 8 p.m. Saturday. Police asked motorists to please avoid the area until the collision is cleared from the roadway

by · February 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pelion woman arrested on  bomb threat charge

Pelion woman arrested on bomb threat charge

A Pelion woman has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat that was called into Fort Ponds Elementary School. Felissa Connelley is facing charges of threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction, according to the Pelion Police Department. A police report said on Dec. 13, 2019 an unknown female caller said “there is a bomb in the school.” […]

by · February 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles featured in the Lexington County Chronicle

Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles featured in the Lexington County Chronicle

Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles was featured this week in the Jan. 30 edition of the Lexington County Chronicle. Click here for a link the Chronicle’s website

by · January 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Taste on the River is Feb. 25 – Anticipation growing

Taste on the River is Feb. 25 – Anticipation growing

One of West Columbia’s most-delicious events will soon be upon us. The fourth “Taste on the River” is Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stone River, beside West Columbia’s Riverwalk Amphitheater. It’s one of the primary fundraisers for the West Columbia Beautification Foundation.    “Taste” features a tour of food stations presented by  the best restaurants from West Columbia, Columbia, the Vista, and […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vertex PT Specialists cuts the ribbon in Cayce

Vertex PT Specialists cuts the ribbon in Cayce

The ribbon was cut on Vertex PT Specialists, Thursday. It’s at 1105 12th Street, Cayce. The Greater Cayce West-Columbia Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon-cutting. Vertex PT Specialists is a Gym/Physical Fitness Center · Physical Therapist · Sports and Fitness Instruction. There are two other Vertex locations in Columbia.

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s father to campaign for her in West Columbia, Saturday

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s father to campaign for her in West Columbia, Saturday

Press Release from Brookland Dwellers –On Saturday (Feb. 1) from 1-2:30 p.m., Hawaii State Senator Michael Gabbard and his wife, Carol Gabbard, will be hosting a meet and greet at The American Legion Post 79, 762 B Avenue, West Columbia. Light refreshments will be provided (while supplies last). They will be speaking on behalf of their daughter, Tulsi Gabbard, who […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expect delays on I-20 in Lexington County for power line installation

Expect delays on I-20 in Lexington County for power line installation

Expect short-term delays if you are traveling on I-20 Eastbound between mile marker 51 and 62 in Lexington County. The delays, according to a SCDOT announcement, are because of power line installation on the nights of Friday (Jan. 31) Sat. (Feb. 1) and Sunday (Feb. 2.) The work is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m each night and it’s expected […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
AJ Ware of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Student-of-the-month

AJ Ware of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Student-of-the-month

AJ Ware of Glenforest School was recognized as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Student of the Month at the Chamber’s Breakfast meeting, Tuesday. He is pictured with Chamber Executive Dirctor Richard Skipper and Heather Miller, Glenforest’s Head of School.The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast was held on Lexington Medical Center’s West Columbia campus

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Diablo’s Southwest Grill to open in Lexington

Diablo’s Southwest Grill to open in Lexington

Diablo’s Southwest Grill will soon be opening in Lexington. The new location of Diablo’s will 5541 Sunset Blvd. The Diablo’s is next door to Pete Alewine Pool and Spa and across the street from Walmart. The restaurnat in in the final stages of construction, According to its Facebook page. The location will offer Lexington’s Hazelwook Brewing Company’s brew. Click here […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-month

Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-month

Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School was recognized as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Teacher of the Month at the Chamber’s Breakfast meeting, Tuesday. She is pictured with Chamber Executive Dirctor Richard Skipper and Heather Miller, Glenforest’s Head of School. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast was held on Lexington Medical Center’s West Columbia campus.

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center boldly growing in 2020

Lexington Medical Center boldly growing in 2020

Lexington Medical Center’s footprint as a healthcare provider will grow in 2020. That was the message imparted by Michael Greeley, LMC’s vice president of operations. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday on the hospital’s West Columbia campus. LMC’s new 10-story North Tower opened March 26. It added 192 beds, 16  state-of-the-art labor delivery recovery rooms, 20 […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Stroll on State conducted under perfect winter night-sky in Cayce

Stroll on State conducted under perfect winter night-sky in Cayce

On a beautiful South Carolina winter night, the City of Cayce presented “Stroll on State” between Lexington Avenue and Railroad Street, Tuesday. (Scroll down to see more photos.) It was a showcase event and was in conjunction with Cayce’s revitalization of State Street, said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin. The “Stroll” was an effort to bring “vibrancy” to the area, said […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Supper is Feb. 11

Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Supper is Feb. 11

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club is holding its 2020 Lions Club ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake and Sausage Supper from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Brookland United Methodist Church, 541 Meeting St., West Columbia. Get tickets from Bill Mooneyhan at 803- 360-4788, or go by Mooneyhan Auto Repair, 1224 B Avenue, West Columbia. Tickets are […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center opens Urgent Care at Saluda Pointe

Lexington Medical Center opens Urgent Care at Saluda Pointe

Lexington Medical Center opened its new urgent care and imaging center near the intersection of Highway 378 and Interstate 20 in Lexington. It’s behind the Chick-fil-A restaurant. The Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe. The facility opened last Wednesday. “Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe brings an additional urgent care and imaging center to the town of Lexington that’s closer to the […]

by · January 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School’s cheerleaders take top spot at Game Day Invitational

Airport High School’s cheerleaders take top spot at Game Day Invitational

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Airport High School’s varsity cheerleaders took one of the top spots at the 2nd annual SC High School League Game Day Invitational. The Eagles squad won 1st place in Crowd Leading in the 4A Division at the event, held January 25 at USC-Aiken Convocation Center. Guidelines for competitors in the category […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Requests for WeCo restaurant maps pouring in

Requests for WeCo restaurant maps pouring in

Joe Taylor, the West Columbia developer, who oversaw the production of the West Columbia restarant maps said self-addressed envelopes with requests for copies of the WeCo Food Map are pouring in. If you’d like a copy of the map, send a self-addressed envelope to WC Food Map, 146 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Mr. Taylor will send you a […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce’s “Stroll on State” is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Cayce’s “Stroll on State” is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

The City of Cayce’s Stroll on State, with EngenuitySC, is from 6-to-8 p.m. Wednesday, from Lexington Avenue to Railroad Street. The City of Cayce will be showcasing a few of the businesses located on its historic “Main Street.” Cayce has been engaged in revitalizing State Street through “previtalization” efforts. This process, appropriately described as “the art of what’s possible,” has […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon is cut on Unique Barber Shop in Cayce

Ribbon is cut on Unique Barber Shop in Cayce

The ribbon was cut at Unique Barber Shop at 910-C Knox-Abbott Drive, in Cayce Monday. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Unique Barber Shop is owned by Anthony Swinton. “We’re glad to have you here,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Chamber. He also said “Knox Abbott Drive is turning into […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign rewards 3 Lexington 2 teachers

“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign rewards 3 Lexington 2 teachers

Three Lexington School District 2 teachers were recognized on Friday as part of House of Raeford’s new “FLOCK Loves Teachers” campaign. Northside Middle School’s Kelsey Callahan, was chosen. Busbee Creative Arts Academy’s Anne Marie Cleary was chosen and Cayce Elementary’s JoAnne Boulware was chosen. FLOCK’s Chuuck Underhill presented the teachers selected with a $350 Amazon Gift Card. The focus of […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
John Gibson’s Comedy Closet opens in West Columbia

John Gibson’s Comedy Closet opens in West Columbia

The Comedy Closet in West Columbia held its ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon with the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The Comedy Closet is at 735 Meeting Street. It’s owned by West Columbia’s John Gibson (with the scissors in the photo.) He said at the ribbon-cutting he is happy to be opening his business in West Columbia, and he loves […]

by · January 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County fire displaces 2

Lexington County fire displaces 2

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, in the 200 block Casa Dell Road in Lexington County, was damaged by a fire Thursday evening. The Lexington County Fire Service and the Gaston Fire Department responded to the blaze. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the structure. Fire crews immediately began fire […]

by · January 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Museum Roadshow is Saturday at SC State Museum

Museum Roadshow is Saturday at SC State Museum

Museum Roadshow, one of the State Museum’s signature events, is back Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the stories and value of their heirlooms and artifacts from experts in a variety of fields who will be onsite offering informal, verbal appraisals. Experts will be available in the areas of […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle

Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Thursday, shortly before 10 p.m. It happened near the intersection of Boiling Springs Road and Bethany Church Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Willie Lee Simmons, 52, of Lexington was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a motor vehicle. […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
State Rep. Mac Toole, of West Columbia, not running for reelection, Brian Duncan running for District 88 seat

State Rep. Mac Toole, of West Columbia, not running for reelection, Brian Duncan running for District 88 seat

State Rep. Mac Toole, who currently represents District 88, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year.Toole, has a Dogwood Circle address in West Columbia 29170, also represents parts of Lexington to Red Bank and Oak Grove , in addition to South Congaree, Pine Ridge, and Edmund. Toole has also served on the Lexington Two School Board, from […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expect exciting additions to  2020 Kinetic Derby Day, April 25 – It’s time to register

Expect exciting additions to 2020 Kinetic Derby Day, April 25 – It’s time to register

West Columbia’s Annual Kinetic Derby Day is April 25, and it’s time to start planning. In fact, registration opened in December for the 2020 edition of the big event. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles and his daughter, Cate, raced in Kinetic Derby Day’s soapbox completion in 2019.  He will be in the race again in 2020, and he’s looking forward […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce restaurants get “Shout Out” on restaurant map promoted by West Columbia

Cayce restaurants get “Shout Out” on restaurant map promoted by West Columbia

From the City of Cayce – When Elise Partin, the Mayor of Cayce saw her neighboring city of West Columbia’s post on social media about a new map of their restaurants, she was eager to check it out. “The artwork was fun,” but as she told the Mayor of West Columbia when she called him about it, she “had to […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway (Enabling) Park to close for a week – Most parking to stay open

West Columbia’s Carraway (Enabling) Park to close for a week – Most parking to stay open

West Columbia’s Carraway Park, 212 Hudson Street, West Columbia, will temporarily close, beginning Monday, January 27, through Sunday, February 2, to complete contractor punch list items in the playground area. The interior of the park will be closed, as well as a portion of the parking lot closest to the pavilion for staging and truck parking. The area of the […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
$1 million lottery ticket sold in Lexington

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Lexington

From the S.C. Education Lottery news page A Powerball® player in Lexington is holding a ticket worth $1 million Thursday morning. The $1 million ticket was purchased from the Stop N Shop at 1104 N. Lake Dr. in Lexington for Wednesday night’s drawing. The Lexington ticket matched all five white ball numbers drawn. Had the ticket holder purchased PowerPlay® for […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members

Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members

The Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members on February 14. This year’s inductees are Brookland-Cayce High graduates Delaine Hair Britton (class of 2000, tennis), Curtis Wilson (class of 1946, basketball and football), and Wade Roof (class of 1999, baseball); and coaches Richard Lundy (softball) and Ben Killian (baseball). There will be a reception in […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gov. Henry McMaster touts tax cuts, teacher pay raises in State of the State Address

Gov. Henry McMaster touts tax cuts, teacher pay raises in State of the State Address

Tonight, I’m proud to tell you that the state of the state is strong,” said S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster near the beginning of his State of the State Address, Wednesday, from the S.C. State House.  This year, lawmakers are expected to have a $1.8 billion budget surplus. Last year McMaster initiated a plan to give tax rebates to taxpayer. He […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash closes Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, Wednesday

Crash closes Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, Wednesday

The Lexington Police Department is reporting a collision at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. (US-378) and Palmetto Park Blvd. The accident was reported around 11 a.m. Wednesday. And an outbound lane was closed at the time. ‬ ‪Police asked motorists to please prepare for congestion in the area or seek an alternate route until the road is reopened.‬

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman charged with  trafficking meth

Woman charged with trafficking meth

Lexington County deputies have arrested a woman accused of trafficking meth in Gaston. Jennifer Marie Davis, 46, is charged with trafficking meth and the possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “We were working with U.S. marshals Monday to find Davis because she was wanted on a federal probation violation,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Businessman Joe Taylor gives  5,000 maps of local restaurants to City of West Columbia

Businessman Joe Taylor gives 5,000 maps of local restaurants to City of West Columbia

Joe Taylor presented West Columbia City Council, Tuesday, with a large copy of a map of almost 60 locally owned restaurants. “I love local business,” said Taylor. He called the restaurants featured on the map “mom and pop” establishments and said West Columbia has a lot of them. Taylor is the CEO of Southland Capital Partners, a development firm on […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mike Daikubara – The artist behind the food map distributed in West Columbia

Mike Daikubara – The artist behind the food map distributed in West Columbia

Mike Daikubara is an industrial engineer for Electrolux in Charlotte. “I like to draw,” said Daikubara, who goes by the name “Mike D.” West Columbia developer Joe Taylor saw some of Daikubara’s illustrations of the Adluh Flour Company on Instagram. Taylor liked the work so much, he contracted with Daikubara to create a colorful restaurant map of locally owned restaurants […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Columbia Metropolitan Airport chooses Magnus to develop nearly 500 acres

Columbia Metropolitan Airport chooses Magnus to develop nearly 500 acres

Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s surrounding property will be developed by Magnus Development Partners. The 16 parcels vary in size, configuration, zoning and proximity to CAE — most have easy access to major thoroughfares such as Platt Springs Road, Edmund Hwy (SC-302), and Old Barnwell Road. Nearby I-26 and I-77 would provide easy access for transportation of goods and services. Each parcel […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Work started to renovate West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Station into Savage Craft Ale Works

Work started to renovate West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Station into Savage Craft Ale Works

Site work has begun on Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia’s River District. The yard of the buildings is being cleared, and crews are working inside, too. A security fence has been installed around the property. (Two more photos below.) Savage Craft Ale Works will be housed in several renovated historic structures including the former West Columbia (1925) City […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbanks Zoo to hire up-to 150 people – Job fair is Jan. 31

Riverbanks Zoo to hire up-to 150 people – Job fair is Jan. 31

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden – one of the top 10 Zoo’s in the country- is hosting a job fair Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Interviews will be conducted at that time. Riverbanks is hiring up to 150 qualified candidates for a variety positions in the attractions, guest relations, grounds and housekeeping, and public safety departments. Applicants […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ground broken on 111-room TownPlace Suites in West Columbia

Ground broken on 111-room TownPlace Suites in West Columbia

Ground was broken, officially, on Marriott International’s TownPlace Suites at 2915 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia (across from Lexington Medical Center) Friday morning. Site work on the project has been going on for a while.   “We have a great need for quality hotels, especially with the expansion of Lexington Medical Center,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. He also thanked […]

by · January 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington High School Principal Melissa Rawl to retire

Lexington High School Principal Melissa Rawl to retire

From Lexington School District One- Mary Beth Hill. In a staff last Monday (Jan. 13) Melissa C. Rawl, principal of Lexington High School, announced her plans to retire. Of her retirement, Lexington County School District One Superintendent Greg Little said, “Melissa Rawl truly represents the best of Lexington District One. A quiet, calm leader, her employees know that she cares about them, […]

by · January 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
S.C. State Museum begins International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, Saturday

S.C. State Museum begins International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, Saturday

Footprints, splatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, opening Saturday, Jan. 18, at the South Carolina State Museum. The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. Museum guests will learn how Sherlock Holmes, […]

by · January 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mother of 3 murdered in Gaston in 2017, woman sentenced to 35 years for it

Mother of 3 murdered in Gaston in 2017, woman sentenced to 35 years for it

From the office of Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office Chesnee Labri Mattress, a 25 year old Lexington County woman, was convicted yesterday by a Lexington County jury, after approximately three hours of deliberations, for the Murder of Annette Riley, age 44, following a four-day trial. The Honorable Walton J. McLeod, IV, presided over the trial and sentenced Mattress to 35 years […]

by · January 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bobby Horton receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Cayce- West Columbia Chamber dinner – Award Winners gallery

Bobby Horton receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Cayce- West Columbia Chamber dinner – Award Winners gallery

The Greater Cayce – West Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2020 Awards Dinner was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in West Columbia, Thursday evening. Brent Johnson of 93.1 The lake served as emcee for the 200 or so guests.  Former West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners were as follows: New Business of Year […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Public Works starts the year with “smart” recycling

West Columbia Public Works starts the year with “smart” recycling

To kick off the New Year, the West Columbia Public Works and Sanitation departments increased the recycling effort, along with reminding residents to recycle smart. An extra recycle container pick-up day was added in the first week of the year to sanitation routes to help clear the extra volume from Christmas packaging. The city also collected discarded Christmas trees. In […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 Lexington 2 school board members recognized by the S.C. School Boards Assn.

4 Lexington 2 school board members recognized by the S.C. School Boards Assn.

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Schools Communications Four Lexington Two school board members are being recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association for milestones in board service. Lexington Two board Chairman Bill Bingham and board members Beth Branham and Cindy Kessler are being recognized for 20 years of service, while board member Linda Wooten is being recognized for […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce man dies after crash involving SCHP in Richland County

Cayce man dies after crash involving SCHP in Richland County

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died after being involved in a vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 1 a.m., Wednesday, on Monticello Road near Wildwood Avenue, Columbia. Watts said the crash took place as the man who died tried to evade law enforcement in the initiation of a traffic stop. Curtis Antonio Reese, […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Walmart reopened after transformer fire

West Columbia Walmart reopened after transformer fire

Walmart Face book post from about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Good news we are back open and ready for business. We would to thank Dominion Energy for fast service and the West Columbia Fire Department for even faster service. Thanks to all our associates for the fast response time to get us up and running. Good team effort by everyone.!!! Thanks […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Self-defense ruled in the death of Wesley Camp at realty company Christmas party

Self-defense ruled in the death of Wesley Camp at realty company Christmas party

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is providing details on the shooting death investigation that has been ongoing since it occurred on December 20, 2019, and he would also like to offer condolences to the family and friends of Wesley Warren-Camp. At approximately 11:36 p.m., officers with the Lexington Police Department were dispatched to a shooting that had occurred during a […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Obituary: Service for former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar is Friday

Obituary: Service for former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar is Friday

Ned Randall Tolar, 75, passed away January 12, 2020 at Lexington Medical Center. He was born in Fayetteville, NC to the late N.S. Tolar and Nellie Margaret Dunn Tolar of Lumber Bridge, NC on October 3, 1944. Ned was a former Lexington County Council Member and was the owner/operator of Tolar Properties of West Columbia, SC. He served in the […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK donates hi-tech camera to Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department

House of Raeford’s FLOCK donates hi-tech camera to Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department

The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department needed some help. So Chris Swygert asked House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, what it could do. Swygert, a BLFD volunteer firefighter is the Pullet Manager for House of Raeford’s live operations. And  to assist in their service to the greater Batesburg-Leesville community, FLOCK donated a new, state of the art, Thermal Imaging Camera to the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department at a […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Phases 1-3 of Cayce Riverwalk closed

Phases 1-3 of Cayce Riverwalk closed

The Cayce Riverwalk is currently closed from the Blossom Street bridge to the Thomas Newman Boat Landing (phases 1 -3.) The City of Cayce will continue to monitor water levels and will post the latest updates on its city social media sites.

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to the Gervais Street Bridge closed due to rising water

West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to the Gervais Street Bridge closed due to rising water

d The West Columbia Riverwalk, from the Gervais Street Bridge to the Moffatt Street entrance, is closed temporarily due to flooding. Once the water subsides and the Riverwalk path is clear, the city will announce when all areas of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park are open to the public.  

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Leadership Lexington County celebrating 25 years

Leadership Lexington County celebrating 25 years

Leadership Lexington County (LLC) is celebrating 25 years of developing leaders in the community. The 34 member class of 2019 graduated on January 9. Over the past 25 years, here is Leadership Lexington County by the numbers: 813 Total Graduates of LLC (1995-2019)2019 Service Project raised over $80,000 to build a Pavilion for the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat The 2020 […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction crew begins work to repair Wilton Road in Springdale

Construction crew begins work to repair Wilton Road in Springdale

“I can barely believe it, either, but work is finally underway on Wilton Road,” wrote Rep. Micah Caskey on his Facebook page Monday. He also posted a photo of a crew working on Wilton Road. “I’m thrilled the construction has begun,” said Caskey when contacted. ” I’m praying that the weather holds and the actual work will go faster than […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Summit Adventure trampoline park to open in Cayce

Summit Adventure trampoline park to open in Cayce

The Summit Adventure Park is a trampoline park that is opening soon in Cayce. The space where the park will locate is in the former location of Reids grocery store in the Cayce Commons, 2245 Charleston Hwy. “Our brand new indoor park includes Olympic trampolines, two basketball hoops, a trampoline area for children, wipe-out, dodge and more,” are features at […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Last chance for Taste on the River pre-sale pricing

Last chance for Taste on the River pre-sale pricing

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual “Taste on the River” on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 6 PM – 9 PM, at Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC. The best restaurants from West Columbia and Columbia are coming together for a fun evening to showcase their cuisine to help beautify West Columbia. Restaurants participating […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dominion Energy to test Lake Murray Dam sirens, Tuesday

Dominion Energy to test Lake Murray Dam sirens, Tuesday

Dominion Energy South Carolina will conduct the annual test of its Lake Murray Dam inundation sirens on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at noon. The sirens will sound for approximately three minutes. The testing is conducted on the second Tuesday of each January. The inundation siren system includes 10 rotating sirens at locations across both Richland and Lexington counties. The company also conducts […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar dies

Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar dies

Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar died at Lexington Medical Center Sunday. He was a businessman and he represented West Columbia and part of Lexington – District 8 – while on council. Tolar left council in 2018, replaced by Glen Conwell. Tolar was in a serious auto accident in November of 2016, and never completely recovered, according to family friend. […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Large fire raging in Lexington, Monday morning

Large fire raging in Lexington, Monday morning

Lexington County Emergency crews responded to the scene, early Monday morning, of a commercial structure fire in the 1600 block of Two Notch Road, in Lexington, according to a County of Lexington report. The 1600 block of Town Notch Rd at South Lake Drive was closed. A smoke column was moving toward Lexington. Possible that residents will see and smell […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sunshine Cafe opens in former Carolina Cafe spot on Sunset Boulevard

Sunshine Cafe opens in former Carolina Cafe spot on Sunset Boulevard

It did not take long. There is a new place to dine and get dessert in West Columbia. Sunshine Cafe and Catering Company has moved into the former location of Carolina Cafe in Westland Square where Food Lion is, at 2250 Sunset Blvd. Sunshine’s owner is Shutondia Culcleasure. Carolina Cafe left in early December. The restaurant is open for breakfast […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mayor, council members help Westside Baptist Church celebrate 75 years

Mayor, council members help Westside Baptist Church celebrate 75 years

West Side Baptist Church celebrated its 75th year of serving the West Columbia community Sunday. The church is at 2100 Platt Springs Rd. West Columbia. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, and West Columbia City Council Members Mike Green and David Moye attended Sunday’s 75-Anniversary celebration at the church.

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
11-year-old West Columbia girl reported missing

11-year-old West Columbia girl reported missing

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting your assistance locating a missing juvenile. Ashley Lopez, 11, was last seen on Saturday. She is 5’ 4”, 150 lbs, has long black curly hair, brown eyes and last seen wearing sandals, black leggings and a pink shirt. Lopez may also have a black trash bag in her possession carrying white shoes and […]

by · January 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy featured on Columbia Business Monthly cover

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy featured on Columbia Business Monthly cover

Link to Columbia Business Monthly Website Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. is featured on the cover of the Columbia Business Monthly magazine. The magazine is honoring the region’s 50 most influential people, based on staff research and community nominations. Nephron is just outside of Cayce and has a West Columbia address. It’s one of Lexington […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, more than 40 years in West Columbia

Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, more than 40 years in West Columbia

This feature is from the City of West Columbia Newsletter – Click to access Bill Mooneyhan, Sr., owner of Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, at 1224 B Avenue, loves doing business in West Columbia. “I would not want to be in business anywhere else,” said Mooneyhan. “This is my home and I love serving the people of this community.” Mooneyhan’s has been […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Passenger traffic at Columbia Metropolitan Airport up more than 13%

Passenger traffic at Columbia Metropolitan Airport up more than 13%

Passenger traffic at in 2019 was up… way up! 1,353,788 passengers traveled through the airport – a 13.03% increase over 2018, according to a release from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “2018 was the best year we had in a decade and 2019 just beat that record,” said Mike Gula, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “With passenger traffic up 13.03%, […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday – WCPD is thankful

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday – WCPD is thankful

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday. It is a day to recognize the contributions of law enforcement officers. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is promoted because law enforcement officers have a difficult and sometimes impossible career. West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall said he is thankful for the day and he feels his officers are supported. “Our officers have […]

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two’s Teacher Recruitment Fair is  Saturday, Feb. 8 at the L2IC

Lexington Two’s Teacher Recruitment Fair is Saturday, Feb. 8 at the L2IC

Lexington Two’s annual Teacher Recruitment Fair is set for Saturday, February 8. The district will once again offer a $2,500 signing bonus to teachers in select critical subject areas, among them secondary math and science, special education, foreign language, and middle level core content. The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Lexington Two Innovation Center, 509 Bulldog […]

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Meredith Blackwood is Rotary Teacher-of-the-Month

Meredith Blackwood is Rotary Teacher-of-the-Month

Meredith Blackwood, a third-grade teacher at Cayce Elementary School, has been selected as the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Month. She is pictured with Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William James and Jonie Coleman, Director of the Lexington Two Innovation Center. The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club meeting is held at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center.

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia 10U football National Champion, all youth teams, honored by city council

West Columbia 10U football National Champion, all youth teams, honored by city council

The West Columbia Tiger Football Program, ages 10-and-under won the National Championship in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 19. West Columbia City Council congratulated the West Columbia S.C. Amateur Athletic Union Football Program with a resolution for making history as the first ever S.C. Amateur Athletic Union Football Program to have four age groups of 6-and-under, 8-and-under, 10-and-under, and 12-and-under win the […]

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes Police Chief Dennis Tyndall for 35 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes Police Chief Dennis Tyndall for 35 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, right, presented West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall with his 35-year pin at the West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 25 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 25 years of service

West Columia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, right, presented the following employees with their 25-year pins at the West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Chuck Jacobs, Water Plant 2, and Legrande Baker, Sewer Collection

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 20 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 20 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, far right, presented the following employees with their 20-year pins at theWest Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Lalu Chauhan, Water Plant 1, Bubba Long, Water Plant 2, and Mark Samples, Water Plant 2

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 15 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 15 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, far right, presented the following employees with their 15-year pins at the January Regular West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Scott Bell, Water Plant 1, Ricky Stanley, Water Plant 2, and BJ Unthank, Economic Development.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 10 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 10 years of service

The following West Columbia city employees were recognized for 10 years of service at the City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Tommy Todd, Police Department, Matt Deas, Police Department, Stacy Turner, Police Department, Odell Smith, Maintenance Department, Chris Cranford, Water Distribution, Andy Upp, Water Distribution, and Eric Sharpe, Water Billing. Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks presented the employees in photo with their 10 […]

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 5 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 5 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognized five-year employees at its meeting Tuesday. Five-years of service employees are: Jeremy Amick Police – Department; Korey Davis – Police Department; Eugene Hammill – Police Department; Brad Shirer – Fire Department; Marquis Solomon – Fire Department; Antonio Delay – Sanitation; Dwayne Williams – Sanitation; Ashley Corley – Parks, and Steven Roscoe – Maintenance.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flood warning issued for parts of the Congaree River

Flood warning issued for parts of the Congaree River

A flood warning has been issued for parts of the Congaree River, according to the National Weather Service – Columbia. The flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday. Lexington, Richland and Calhoun counties are included in the flood warning, because of substantial rainfall in December. In December more than nine inches of rain was recorded at the Columbia […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New retail space, Dunkin’ Donuts, planned for Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia?

New retail space, Dunkin’ Donuts, planned for Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia?

Is Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Sunset Blvd. beside Bojangles, at 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia? A sign on Sunset Blvd. next-to Bojangles in West Columbia indicates the addition of three new businesses, including a Dunkin’ Donuts. PennTex Ventures Development has a sign on the shoulder of the road that reads: COMING SOON – NEW RETAIL SPACE AVAILABLE. One of the […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 School District  holding special meeting Thursday

Lexington 2 School District holding special meeting Thursday

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two has scheduled a Special Board Meeting for Thursday, January 9, at 6 p.m.   The meeting agenda includes an executive session to discuss an “Inter-Governmental Agreement” and “Property Matters.” The meeting will be held in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia.  Notices and Agendas are posted […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Competitors have perfect day on Saluda River for Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

Competitors have perfect day on Saluda River for Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

This year’s winners of the 20th Annual Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships are Hunter Cooper in the men’s division and Christina Passafaro in the women’s division, advanced class). Alex Butler and Karen Jackson were novice class winners. The completion attracted a few dozen kayakers to the rapids of the Saluda River near Riverbanks Zoo, Saturday. “It was a beautiful day […]

by · January 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
US Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his 2020 legislative agenda

US Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his 2020 legislative agenda

Second District U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference to outline his 2020 Legislative Agenda, Friday, at his West Columbia office. Wilson, of Springdale, expressed satisfaction with the elimination of the “widows tax.” It’s a financial penalty affecting more than 65,000 military survivors in the US. Elimination of the tax was part of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense […]

by · January 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron’s Lou and Bill Kennedy open in-house pharmacy  for employees

Nephron’s Lou and Bill Kennedy open in-house pharmacy for employees

The vision of Lou and Bill Kennedy – to offer employees of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation an in-house pharmacy for their health care, prescription medication and over-the-counter drug needs – became reality this week. Bill Kennedy, the company chief business development officer and a pharmacist by trade, opened the full-service pharmacy on Thursday, January 2. Located inside of Nephron’s state-of-the-art 400,000 […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Did you know Sheri Cola was produced in West Columbia?

Did you know Sheri Cola was produced in West Columbia?

Have you ever had a Sheri Cola? It was produced in West Columbia. Production of Sheri Cola began in 1939, according to the US Patent Office, and continued through the 50’s and 60’s (Picture Credit: Steve Cohen – bottle was found in a cleared lot in Columbia.) The City of West Columbia researched Sheri Cola and posted these photos and […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Real ID goes into effect in 2020 in South Carolina

Real ID goes into effect in 2020 in South Carolina

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, South Carolinians must have a REAL ID license or ID or another federally accepted identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation. Beginning Monday (Jan. 6) the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will embark on a statewide tour aimed at getting more South Carolinians their REAL […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships, Saturday on the Saluda River

Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships, Saturday on the Saluda River

Want something to do on the river in the winter? The Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships will be held on the Saluda River. Saturday. Jan. 4. It begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Iceman Championships at 3 p.m. In its 20th year, the kayak competition features a furious race on the water. The event is held the first Saturday of […]

by · January 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Grinding of the Greens, where to take your discarded Christmas tree, mulch available

Grinding of the Greens, where to take your discarded Christmas tree, mulch available

Keep the Midlands Beautiful has published a list of places you can take your discarded Christmas tree for Grinding of the Greens. But: Before you drop your tree off:Remove the tree from its stand. Remove all ornamentation, lights, garlands, wires, strings or ties. FREE MULCH FROM THE RECYCLED CHRISTMAS TREES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, JAN. 11, […]

by · January 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lizard’s Thicket for collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

Lizard’s Thicket for collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is Lizard’s Thicket busiest day of the year. New Year’s Day is special at Lizard’s Thicket because it serves the special dish of collard greens and black-eyed peas. Tradition holds that the food brings good luck and wealth to start the new year. There is a West Columbia and a Cayce Lizard’s Thicket. Cayce’s is at 501 […]

by · January 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
14-year-olds arrested in the shooting death of Brookland-Cayce alumni Paul Swatsell

14-year-olds arrested in the shooting death of Brookland-Cayce alumni Paul Swatsell

Columbia Police have made an arrest in the death of a cab driver Paul Swatsell, 53. Swatsell worked for Checker Yellow Cab. He was found shot to death in his car in the 4300 block of Brookridge Drive, in north Columbia, on Dec. 15. Swatsell was a 1983 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. He listed Cayce as his hometown and […]

by · January 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
See West Columbia restaurants for great food, views on New Year’s Eve, with more parking

See West Columbia restaurants for great food, views on New Year’s Eve, with more parking

If you want to ring in 2020 at one of the most-popular fine dining locations around, Als’ Upstairs, Black Rooster, and Terra in West Columbia are taking reservations. And this year, compared to last year, there is much more free parking in the State and Meeting Street area of West Columbia. There is the city’s parking garage with an entrance […]

by · December 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Hall closed Wednesday – No trash pick-up – Fireworks from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. only

West Columbia City Hall closed Wednesday – No trash pick-up – Fireworks from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. only

West Columbia City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Please remember the discharge or shooting of fireworks is only allowed between the hours of 9 am on December 31 and 1:30 am on January 1. If you normally have your garbage pick-up on Wednesday, it will be picked up on Thursday (Jan. 2) this week.

by · December 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral service held for Wesley Camp, victim of Lexington shooting

Funeral service held for Wesley Camp, victim of Lexington shooting

The line of mourners was long Sunday afternoon, as a steady rain poured outside of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home on N. Lake Drive in Lexington. Wesley J.Warren- Camp, 26, was laid to rest. There was a visitation and then his funeral. Burial was at Convent Baptist Church Cemetery, in Leesville. Link to previous report Camp was shot on the night of […]

by · December 30, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fog advisory posted for Sunday morning

Fog advisory posted for Sunday morning

A dense fog advisory was posted for the Cayce and West Columbia are – and central South Carolina-  by the National Weather Service in Columbia Sunday morning. Visibility was one-quarter of a mile at Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 5 a.m. The fog may become more widespread. The NWS said be aware of the foggy conditions if you have to drive. 

by · December 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash closed Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon

Crash closed Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon

The Lexington Police Department was asking motorists to use alternative routes if possible, Friday afternoon, after a collision on Sunset Boulevard at Hope Ferry Road. The crash had all outbound lanes blocked around 3:30 due to an overturned vehicle. Emergency personnel was on hand assisting all parties involved.

by · December 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS, Uncategorized
Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia?

Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia?

Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia? According to its website, the Carolina Strip Club, an upper-scale steak house that was open at 902 Gervais Street in Columbia is now permanently closed. A report in a local street tabloid said the restaurant’s owner plans to reopen the restaurant in West Columbia in 2020. The owner of Carolina Strip […]

by · December 27, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
3 Phases of Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to rising river

3 Phases of Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to rising river

Three parts of the Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to flooding. Phase 4 of the Riverwalk, and the Timmerman Trail were not included in the city’s announcement as being closed. The city of Cayce posted an announcement regarding the closing on Christmas day. It reads as follows: Due to the amount of rain impacting our area over the past week […]

by · December 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral service information announced for Wesley Camp, family waits for answers

Funeral service information announced for Wesley Camp, family waits for answers

Funeral service information for Wesley Camp has been announced. Wesley J.Warren- Camp, 26, died after being shot Friday night at a company Christmas party of Southern Dreams Realty in Lexington. He was married to Ashlan Diaz Camp who is a Brookland-Cayce graduate. Wesley Camp’s mother-in-law. Angie Diaz of Cayce. “Praying the truth about why this all happened will be revealed,” […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Man who died in Christmas Eve fire identified by coroner

Man who died in Christmas Eve fire identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred in the 400 block of Gardners Terrace Road, Tuesday evening. The blaze occurred just before 7:30 p.m. One Lexington County Fire Services firefighter was treated for minor injuries and cleared on scene. According to Fisher, Mr. Stanley Gonzalez Cook, a 51-year-old resident of the […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Roundball Classic basket tournament starts at Brookland-Cayce Thursday

Cayce Roundball Classic basket tournament starts at Brookland-Cayce Thursday

The Brookland-Cayce boys basketball team have won 7 of its last 8 games and head coach Robert Wells like what he sees.  The Bearcats will play the inaugural Cayce Roundball Classic at their new on-campus arena starting Thursday. The tournament will feature 16 teams from 3 states competing in 2, 8-team brackets American and National. Local teams representing Chronicle Country […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia mayors, past and present, reflective at Christmas

West Columbia mayors, past and present, reflective at Christmas

Tem Miles was elected West Columbia Mayor in November. With Christmas upon us, he has begun to settle into the job and he said he is very appreciative. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to serve as West Columbia mayor,” said Miles. He also said he holds his job in high esteem because of the mayors who came before him, […]

by · December 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash blocks road in Lexington

Crash blocks road in Lexington

A collision occurred at Sunset Boulevard and Old Cherokee Road, Tuesday in Lexington. All inbound lanes were blocked. Traffic had to be diverted onto Old Cherokee Road. Emergency personnel was attending to those injured. The road was later opened.

by · December 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Family devastated by shooting death of young Lexington husband

Family devastated by shooting death of young Lexington husband

Wesley J.Warren- Camp , 26, died after being shot Friday night at a company Christmas party of Southern Dreams Realty in Lexington. Link to original report Camp was a former baseball player for Pelion High School and Newberry College. His death has rocked the family  “We are devastated,” said Angie Diaz of Cayce, Camp’s mother-in-law. Camp’s widow is Diaz’s daughter, […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police ask for help to identify suspect involved in armed robbery

West Columbia Police ask for help to identify suspect involved in armed robbery

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in identifying the suspect in the pictures and video clip. On Sunday, an Armed Robbery occurred at approximately 11 p.m. at the Zaxby’s located at 2320 Augusta Road. Investigators are looking for any and allinformation in identifying the suspect in this case. If you have information call WestColumbia Police […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
WCPD Asst. Chief Scott Morrison Elected to FBI National Academy Board

WCPD Asst. Chief Scott Morrison Elected to FBI National Academy Board

West Columbia Police Department Asst. Chief Scott Morrison was elected the 2nd Vice President for the South Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates Board this month. He was a graduate of the 251st Session of the FBI National Academy in 2012.   Chief Dennis Tyndall said, “Having a representative from our department serve on this board of prestigious law enforcement […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia man charged in apartment triple homicide in Lexington County

Columbia man charged in apartment triple homicide in Lexington County

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Bush River Road apartment complex Tuesday. Justin Tyler Ellaree Hopkins, 21, is charged with three counts of murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, first degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Detectives have been working nonstop on this […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner IDs 26-year-old man shot at realty company Christmas party

Coroner IDs 26-year-old man shot at realty company Christmas party

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a shooting that occurred at approximately 11:30, p.m. Friday.  According to Fisher, Mr. Wesley J. Warren-Camp, 26, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound to the upper body. Link to original report The Lexington Police Department and SLED are investigating.

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man shot, killed after fight at a Christmas party at Lexington realty company

Man shot, killed after fight at a Christmas party at Lexington realty company

The Lexington Police Department is investigating an overnight death at the business of Southern Dreams Realty, 102 Gantt Street, according to a release from Police Chief Terrence Green. At approximately 11:36 p.m. Friday, officers with the Lexington Police Department were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred and upon arrival, officers found a man who had been shot lying […]

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Last Market of the Season

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Last Market of the Season

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market last market of the season will be Saturday, December 21, from 10 AM – 2 PM, under the pavilion in the Interactive Art Park, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Spring market dates will be announced soon. Attend this Saturday […]

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia restaurants do robust business for the holidays

West Columbia restaurants do robust business for the holidays

From Cafe Strudel and Terra to Bricks and Stones Pizza Company and Compton’s Kitchen, West Columbia has some of the most popular restaurants around.  And the Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year for those establishments. “We’re extremely busy right now,” said Mike Davis, owner and top chef at Terra on State Street. Terra is a unique […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Space-bound Boeing Starliner visible in the sky over Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Friday

Space-bound Boeing Starliner visible in the sky over Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Friday

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner Commercial Crew Vehicle Orbital Flight Test was launched at 6:36 a.m., Friday, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Starliner streaking through the morning sky was visible at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Staff members of the National Weather Service- Columbia posted photos on Twitter of the Starliner as it propelled through the South Carolina sky. NASA astronauts Michael […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
39 middle school students selected for Lexington 2 District Honor Band

39 middle school students selected for Lexington 2 District Honor Band

Thirty-nine middle school students have been selected for the 2019-20 Lexington Two District Honor Band. Students, who were selected through audition, will participate in a band clinic working with David Santiago, director of athletic bands and assistant band director at Newberry College. The Honor Band will hold a concert on Friday, March 6.  Honor Band participants, under the guidance of […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s James Brown is Keep the Midlands Beautiful Outstanding Green Educator of the Year

Brookland-Cayce’s James Brown is Keep the Midlands Beautiful Outstanding Green Educator of the Year

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington School District Two Comunications Director. James Brown is passionate about science and the environment, and he’s passing that enthusiasm along to his Lexington Two high school students. Brown was recently named the 2019 Outstanding Green Educator of the Year by Keep the Midlands Beautiful Foundation. We asked the fourth-year AP environmental science teacher at Brookland-Cayce […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire Service puts out car fire

Lexington County Fire Service puts out car fire

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to a fully-involved vehicle fire at the intersection of Pond Branch and Boiling Springs roads Thursday afternoon. The road were temporarily shut down, while crews extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported.

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Department of Public Safety investigates after deceased male found on I-26

Cayce Department of Public Safety investigates after deceased male found on I-26

At approximately 7 a.m Thursday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a male who was deceased near Exit 116 on Interstate 26, westbound. Cayce DPS officers asked that drivers please take extra caution in the area and find an alternate route if possible. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office is assisting the Cayce Department of Public Safety in […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School Principal David Damm is reinstated

Airport High School Principal David Damm is reinstated

Airport High School Principal David Damm has been reinstated. Damm was placed on administrative leave last week. He was said to have used a bad word (dumb@$$#$) over the school’s intercom to describe the behavior of some unruly students, according to parents who have children at the school. The decision to reinstate Damm became public Wednesday evening. There was also […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Holiday Parade of Lights winners announced

Holiday Parade of Lights winners announced

The Holiday Parade of Lights was held in Cayce and West Columbia, Saturday. Judges picked winners in several categories. 2019 HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS WINNERS Best Overall – Dirt Cheap Hauling & Services Best Municipality – City of Cayce Utilities (also 2nd overall) Best Chamber Member Business – Planet Fitness Best Civic/Nonprofit – ABATE of Cayce/West Columbia Best Band – […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Impaired driver hit popular Celebrate Freedom Foundation helicopter, causes $500,000 in damage

Impaired driver hit popular Celebrate Freedom Foundation helicopter, causes $500,000 in damage

The helicopter known as “Annie,” was struck and damaged by a vehicle last Saturday. As a result of the collision that damaged the helicopter, a 37-year-ol man man from North Carolina was arrested for DUI. “This is what an impaired driver has done to a multi-million dollar aircraft,” said Master Trooper David Jones, of the S.C. Highway Patrol. No one […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman accused of abusing a vulnerable adult

Woman accused of abusing a vulnerable adult

A Yemassee woman responsible for the welfare of a bedridden man is accused of abusing him while caring for him at his Chapin home, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Janet Faye Allan, 69, has been charged with five counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. The charges relate to five incidents dating back to June, according to arrest […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 men who died in shooting lived in same apartment

3 men who died in shooting lived in same apartment

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victims of a shooting that occurred at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday at a Woodland Village apartment on Butternut Lane. The apartments, in Lexington County, have a Columbia address. According to Fisher, Mr. Branton T. Booker, 28, and Mr. Sheldon D. Livingston, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Duwan E. Williams, […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man hit and killed on Old Dunbar Road

Coroner identifies man hit and killed on Old Dunbar Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle, Tuesday. The incident occurred in the 1900 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia at approximately 3 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Jose G. Pineda, 24, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 men shot and killed at Lexington County apartment complex

3 men shot and killed at Lexington County apartment complex

Two men were fatally shot inside of a Butternut Lane apartment in Woodland Village, in Lexington county, said investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The report was issued in a release around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon. Another was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.  He died later Tuesday afternoon. Detectives said they do not believe it is a […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fire damages mobile homes on Jakes Landing Road

Fire damages mobile homes on Jakes Landing Road

Lexington County Fire Services and Irmo Fire District responded to the 200 block of Jakes Landing Road just after 4 a.m., Tuesday, in reference to a fully involved mobile home fire. The blaze had extended to a neighboring home and threatened others. Firefighters on scene were able to save neighboring homes after extinguishing the original fire. Two mobile homes suffered […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cab driver killed Sunday was reportedly a Brookland-Cayce graduate, Service Wednesday

Cab driver killed Sunday was reportedly a Brookland-Cayce graduate, Service Wednesday

The Columbia Police Department is investigating the deadly weekend shooting of a cab driver, according a CPD release. Paul Swatsell is the man who died, according to his friends who are posting condolences on his Facebook page. Swatsell listed Cayce as his hometown and he lived in Lexington. The shooting occurred in the 4300 block of Brookridge Drive, in Columbia, […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy says drug cost bill from Congress is bad legislation

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy says drug cost bill from Congress is bad legislation

Reprinted with permission from Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceutical Owner and CEO. Nephron is outside of Cayce, in the Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park and has a West Columbia address. It’s one of Lexington County’s largest, and highest paying companies. It is common knowledge that health care costs have risen in recent years and we all agree something needs to be done to […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Friday’s rainfall sets winter record – Video link included

Friday’s rainfall sets winter record – Video link included

It rained all day Friday. Sometimes the rain was very heavy. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport received 4.16 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. It was the highest daily amount recorded at the airport during the Winter (Dec-Feb.)In Cayce, West Columbia and Lexington, roads were closed because of flooding. Click the link to see flood video on Hummingbird […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Perfect night for the Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights – Photo Gallery

Perfect night for the Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights – Photo Gallery

It was a the perfect evening for a Christmas parade in the South. Not cold, but with a enough of a chill in the air to remind us it is December. Throngs lined the streets for the high school bands, Girl Scouts, the Grinch and then Santa at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights,  Saturday. Illuminated dance teams cruised […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Kelsey White signs to play tennis at USC-Sumter

Brookland-Cayce’s Kelsey White signs to play tennis at USC-Sumter

A Brookland-Cayce High School athlete has signed a letter of intent to play her sport at the college level, according to a BCHS release. Tennis player Kelsey White declared her intent to play at USC-Sumter, as part of Coach Alex Hoda’s second recruiting class for the school’s women’s team. White was joined at a signing ceremony last week, held in […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
I-20 blocked Friday morning in Lexington County

I-20 blocked Friday morning in Lexington County

Interstate – 20, east and west, in Lexington County was blocked before 7 a.m. at the 54 mile marker east and west by the due to a possible fuel leak on a tractor trailer. Lexington County Fire Services is on the scene. Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said expect delays as crews work to clear the […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety  conducting Shop with a Cop for children

Cayce Public Safety conducting Shop with a Cop for children

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is asking for local businesses and families to get involved in the 2019 Shop With a Cop Initiative. Each year, just before Christmas Day, officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety take children from the Cayce community to go shopping for Christmas gifts. This year, Shop with a Cop will take place on December 20. […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Wags to Whiskers has ribbon-cutting

Wags to Whiskers has ribbon-cutting

Wags to Whiskers held its ribbon-cutting, Thursday, at 1301 C Avenue – Unit A. The new dog-care business in Triangle City is owned by Michelle Blackman. Dogs of all ages are welcome and services include everything from brushing and bathing to nail trimming and grooming, Michelle’s clients say she has a way with calming nervous dogs, making them comfortable.

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vestra Lingua Publishing holds its ribbon-cutting

Vestra Lingua Publishing holds its ribbon-cutting

Vestra Lingua Publishing held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce office on 12th Street, Cayce on Dec. 2. Vestra Lingua means “your words” in Latin. It is an independent, no cost book publisher owned by Lisa Cole. Vestra Lingua designs picture books for children and adults. The publisher also specializes in fiction […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday evening

Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday evening

The annual Holiday Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m., this Saturday (Dec. 14.) The parade runs through the middle of West Columbia, after starting in Cayce. It is the only “night time” parade in the Midlands, and it is one of the most anticipated parades of the Christmas season. The Holiday Parade of Lights is hosted by the Greater Cayce […]

by · December 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Board “Special Session” is Dec. 18, with “Discussion of Personnel Matters.”

Lexington 2 Board “Special Session” is Dec. 18, with “Discussion of Personnel Matters.”

The Board of Trustees of Lexington County School District Two will meet in special session beginning at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 18. An item on the agenda includes an executive session. In that executive session is “Discussion of Personnel Matters.” There is also speculation, among parents at a district high school, regarding an administrator, but the district has not […]

by · December 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith, Police Chief Dennis Tyndall say prepare for cold weather

West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith, Police Chief Dennis Tyndall say prepare for cold weather

It’s turning colder this week and that’s a reminder to those of us in west Columbia that it’s wise to prepare for winter. Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed the first week of this month as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith also said there are precautions, specific to winter, that residents can take to […]

by · December 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bollards installed at Riverwalk to block traffic threat

Bollards installed at Riverwalk to block traffic threat

Crews from the City of West Columbia have installed several dozen bollards at the west end of the Gervais Street Bridge. “It’s about 55 or 60 of them,” said Public Works Director Jamie Hook. City personnel were working on the bollards Tuesday. Bollards are a series of posts set at intervals to block, or protect from traffic. Hook said there […]

by · December 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the Christmas season

2 ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the Christmas season

Want to contribute to a worthy cause and help make your home town better? There two ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the holiday season. When shopping on Amazon, type smile.amazon.com, select the West Columbia Beautification Foundation, and .5% of all your purchases will be donated to beautify West Columbia.  The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is also […]

by · December 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School JROTC Drill Team wins 10th straight State Championship

Airport High School JROTC Drill Team wins 10th straight State Championship

The Airport High School JROTC Drill Team won their 10th consecutive overall All Army Palmetto State Drill Team Championship on Saturday. Below are the competitions the Eagles placed in: 1st Place Squad Exhibition without Arms 1st Place Squad Regulation without/Arms 1st Place Color Guard 1st Place Regulation Platoon Inspection with Arms 1st Place Squad Exhibition with Arms 1st Place Platoon […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia illuminated with 15th Annual Tree Lighting – Photo Gallery

West Columbia illuminated with 15th Annual Tree Lighting – Photo Gallery

The spirit of Christmas was in the air at the West Columbia City Hall, Friday night. Children, music and finally all was bright when the city’s Christmas tree – and the surrounding grounds – were illuminated. Photos from the evenings festivities are included. The bleachers were full and rows of people were standing as the annual program proceeded. At the […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect Toys for Tots, seeking volunteers

Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect Toys for Tots, seeking volunteers

The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign is collecting toys in West Columbia. The program provides donated toys to local boys and girls before the holidays. You can donate toys at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, 1224 B Avein West Columbia and Ricky’s Tire and Auto, 1534 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Toys for Tots collected 26,822 toys in 2018 and […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County officers distributing food baskets for Christmas

Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County officers distributing food baskets for Christmas

The Cayce Department of Public Safety, along with Lexington County Sheriff’s officers are working to distribute Christmas food baskets to those in need.

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Elementary, Saluda River students raise funds to plant trees in West Columbia

Cayce Elementary, Saluda River students raise funds to plant trees in West Columbia

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation recognized Cayce Elementary and Saluda River Academy for the Arts this week for their fundraisers to purchase two trees to plant in the city. Students at both schools — including members of the new service club at Cayce — collected pennies and other spare change to raise the $200 needed to purchase a tree, part […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market announces Holiday Edition

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market announces Holiday Edition

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 10 AM – 2 PM, through Dec. 21, under the pavilion and now expanded into the parking lot at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former teacher extradited to Lexington County to face  child sex charges

Former teacher extradited to Lexington County to face child sex charges

A former elementary school teacher has been extradited from Ecuador to Lexington County on charges of sexual contact with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 42, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school in 2016 and 2017, according to arrest warrants. Isturiz, known by students and parents as “Señor […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Registration is open

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Registration is open

Registration is now open for the City of West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day on April 25, 2020. This year brings new opportunities for fun with family and friends with new obstacles for the Kinetic Sculpture Parade including a “dirty run” and a “clean run”! Registration for Kinetic Derby Day makes the perfect holiday gift. West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Schools invite community to holiday performances

Lexington 2 Schools invite community to holiday performances

By Dawn Kujawa-Lexington 2 Communications Director Let Lexington Two students help you get into the holiday spirit this season. Several schools will offer musical performances, open to the community. You also can catch performances at several community tree lightings and other holiday events. Here’s a sampling of upcoming activities. Unless otherwise noted, events are at the schools. Friday, December 6 […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 students excited about West Columbia Tree Lighting, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Lexington 2 students excited about West Columbia Tree Lighting, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

The City of West Columbia is hosting its 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St. It’s one of the biggest community events of the year and students from local schools are anticipating the chance to participate. “The most special part of Christmas, and the tree […]

by · December 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia man identified as victim in fatal crash

West Columbia man identified as victim in fatal crash

A West Columbia man died in a two-vehicle crash in Fairfield County, Tuesday. The man who was killed has been identified as Mark Wakefield, 43, of West Columbia, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill. The collision occurred at about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. 34 and Smallwood Road in Fairfield County, said Master Trooper David Jones. Jones […]

by · December 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction to begin on  Flow 2 townhomes on  West Columbia Riverwalk

Construction to begin on Flow 2 townhomes on West Columbia Riverwalk

Columbia developer Bill Bradshaw has announced the construction of Flow 2. Flow 2 consists of 12 townhomes overlooking the Congaree River near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Meeting Street in West Columbia. Site preparation is under way and full construction on the three-story, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath townhomes across the Gervais Street Bridge is scheduled to begin in December. Homes should […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles elected chairman, Jimmy Brooks elected Mayor Pro-Tem of City Council

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles elected chairman, Jimmy Brooks elected Mayor Pro-Tem of City Council

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles was elected by West Columbia City Council as the chairman of the council. Jimmy Brooks was elected Mayor Pro-Tem. The officers were elected at Tuesday’s council meeting. Miles had served as Mayor Pro-Tem in his last term on council before being elected mayor. The chairman of the council is elected for a one-year term. The […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 men killed in head-on crash

Coroner identifies 2 men killed in head-on crash

The two men killed in a head-on crash in Lexington County Tuesday morning have been identified. Ronald C. Bolin, 71, and James F. Gleaton, 73, both of Neeses, were pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries suffered in the collision, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. The two men were traveling together in the same vehicle, and they […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gas leak results in closing of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Tuesday afternoon

Gas leak results in closing of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Tuesday afternoon

All lanes of Hwy 378  (Sunset Boulevard) were blocked in the 2800 block, according to the West Columbia Police Department. There was a large gas leak in the area. The eastbound and westbound exit ramps on I-26 onto 378 were closed too after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All lanes and ramps were later reopened. The road closure was just west of […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in Lexington County crash, Tuesday morning

2 killed in Lexington County crash, Tuesday morning

Two people died in a two-vehicle crash in Lexington County Tuesday morning. The incident happened after 8 a.m. and is being investigated by South Carolina Highway Patrol, said Master Trooper David Jones. The accident occurred on US 321 (Savannah Highway) in Lexington County. According to a highway patrol report the crash was on a two-lane road near the Lexington/Orangeburg County […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cocky’s Reading Express stops at Riverbank Elementary

Cocky’s Reading Express stops at Riverbank Elementary

Cocky’s Reading Express, along with Dominion Energy, stopped in at Riverbank Elementary this week and read to students in 4K, 5K, and first and second grades. Cocky made a surprise appearance, too, to the delight of students.  Cocky’s Reading Express will be back at Riverbank Thursday night for a free Family Literacy Night, with food, board games, books, reading and […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
TownPlace Suites being built on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

TownPlace Suites being built on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

A new TownPlace Suites by Marriott is being built beside Freddy’s Steakburgers on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020 according to a sign on the property. The property is owned and managed by Solara Hospitality. Solara Hospitality operates three other hotels in the area, according to a February 2018 press release. […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Carolina Cafe closes, new restaurant planned

West Columbia Carolina Cafe closes, new restaurant planned

Carolina Cafe at 2250-M Sunset Boulevard in has closed. It’s in the Westland Shopping Center, where the Food Lion grocery store is. A new restaurant is planned for the building, but details have not yet been released. Carolina Cafe was open in West Columbia for five years. There is a note on the door of the West Columbia restaurant that […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
New Cayce-West Columbia Chamber members introduced

New Cayce-West Columbia Chamber members introduced

New members were welcomed at the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber Breakfast last Tuesday. They are listed below: Vestra Lingua PublishingLisa ColePO Box 2594West Columbia, SC  29171 Whetzel’s AutomotiveRob & Kathy Whetzel2017 Augusta RoadWest Columbia, SC 29169 Quality Inn & SuitesDaisy Mixon3020 Charleston HWYWest Columbia, SC 29172 Vertex PT Specialists, LLCJoshua Jeffrey1105 12th StreetCayce, SC 29033

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks for help to ID suspects

Cayce Public Safety asks for help to ID suspects

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help identifying the suspects who were involved in a burglary on November 29. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cayce Department of Public Safety at (803) 794-0456 or report tips anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. Information that leads to an arrest can result in a reward of up […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fall leaves with a burst of color

Fall leaves with a burst of color

Soon many of the trees will soon be bare, as winter makes its pressence felt. But the leaves, before departing, are blessing us with a full burst of robust color. Scroll down to see more photos. .

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate’s Deidra Pompey is the Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate’s Deidra Pompey is the Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate Academy’s Deidra Pompey was named the Greater Cayce-West Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Teacher-of-the-Month, last Tuesday. Deidra is pictured with Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper and Gray’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Adam Holmes. The Chamber meeting was held at Senate’s End.

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate’s KZ Adams is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate’s KZ Adams is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate Academy’s KZ Adams was named the Greater Cayce-West Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Student-of-the-Month, Tuesday. Adams is an All-Region running back on Gray’s football team, and he has a 4.0 grade-point-average. He is pictured with Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper and Gray’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Adam Holmes. The Chamber meeting was held at Senate’s End.

by · November 29, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
USC economist Joey Von Nessen talks economic data at Chamber meeting

USC economist Joey Von Nessen talks economic data at Chamber meeting

South Carolina’s economy is strong because of a 2.6 percent unemployment rate. But the rate of growth in 2020 could be slower than in 2019. That’s the analysis of University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen. He was the speaker at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Senate’s End, Tuesday. “We’ve had a long period […]

by · November 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police Department collects food, and delivers baskets for Thanksgiving

West Columbia Police Department collects food, and delivers baskets for Thanksgiving

West Columbia Police Department delivered 34 food boxes for families in need for Thanksgiving. The Guignard Neighborhood Association donated $200 for turkeys and other food to complete the baskets. The WCPD officers conducted two days of food drives at BI-LO SuperSaver. West Columbia residents made considerable food donations. Brittany Adams, Jill Williams, Ivey Hatfield of West Columbia Community Outreach, along […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Department of Public Safety delivers food baskets

Cayce Department of Public Safety delivers food baskets

Officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety spent the last few days passing out Thanksgiving Food Baskets to City of Cayce residents. Thank baskets came from Mission Lexington and Cayce Upc.

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Elementary 4th-grader  Mackenna Maddox collects 1,510 cans for food drive

Cayce Elementary 4th-grader Mackenna Maddox collects 1,510 cans for food drive

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Schools Communications Director – As a new member of the Junior Beta Club at Cayce Elementary, fourth-grader Mackenna Maddox was in search of a community service project. The Lexington Two school was participating in a Carolina-Clemson food drive to benefit Harvest Hope, to see which team could collect the largest number of donations ahead […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man touches woman without consent” in grocery store parking lot, is arrested

Man touches woman without consent” in grocery store parking lot, is arrested

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christian Luis Monje, 36, for second-degree assault and battery in connection to an alleged “assault of a woman” in a grocery store parking lot. “Based on our review of surveillance video and witness statements, Monje targeted a woman and followed her to her vehicle as she left a store during the afternoon of Nov. […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Support West Columbia’s small businesses during the holiday shopping season

Support West Columbia’s small businesses during the holiday shopping season

There is no better time to frequent West Columbia’s small businesses than the Christmas shopping season. Saturday, Nov. 30 has been designated Small Business Saturday to help communities thrive. In West Columbia the locally-owned businesses have a warm feel and a personal touch. The proprietors care and take time and listen. Small businesses have a family touch. Small businesses are […]

by · November 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Choir to perform at Disney Festival

Brookland-Cayce Choir to perform at Disney Festival

Forty Honors Choir members at Brookland-Cayce High School will have a Thanksgiving holiday to remember. The choir, under the direction of Wendi Humphries, will perform on opening night, November 29, at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Brookland-Cayce choir will join others selected by video audition from across the […]

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, Brookland-Cayce Cheer Teams compete in State Championships

Airport, Brookland-Cayce Cheer Teams compete in State Championships

The Cheer teams from Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School competed in the AAAA Championship at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia Saturday. The two teams, who put in hours of rigorous practice almost every day for months performed intricately choreographed routines.

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions Open House is Dec. 7

Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions Open House is Dec. 7

The Cayce Historical Museum is presenting its 30th Annual Christmas Traditions Open House. It’s from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 7. The museum is at 1800 12th Street, Cayce. The open house will feature music, lantern tours, Christmas cookies and cider for all. It will even have a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Employee Spotlight is on Building Inspector Phillip Morrell

West Columbia Employee Spotlight is on Building Inspector Phillip Morrell

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year honored at Board meeting

Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year honored at Board meeting

The Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year were recognized Thursday before the school Board meeting. The top educators were inspiring, talking about about what teaching means to them. AIRPORT HIGH Teacher of the Year: Vicki Stilwell Support Staff of the Year: Merry Nichols BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH Teacher of the Year: Ryan Van Omen Support Staff of the Year:  Anita […]

by · November 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
23-year-old dies in Columbia Airport Expressway crash

23-year-old dies in Columbia Airport Expressway crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident on the Columbia Airport Expressway in West Columbia. The incident occurred Sunday at approximately 5:15 p.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Alexander R. Jeffcoat, 23, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Jeffcoat’s vehicle left the right side of the […]

by · November 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bobby Horton receives award from Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful

Bobby Horton receives award from Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful

Bobby Horton, who just finished his term as West Columbia mayor received the Green Elected Official Midlands Green Award for 2019, Horton accpted the award at the Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful Gala at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park, Friday night.

by · November 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, BC, and Gray fall in 3rd round of state football playoffs

Airport, BC, and Gray fall in 3rd round of state football playoffs

Local Friday night football scores Ridge View 35, Daniel 28 (Thursday) Dutch Fork 48, Fort Dorchester 0 Myrtle Beach 35, Airport 10 Hartsville 22, Brookland-Cayce 21 Dillon 34, Gilbert 27 Saluda 56, Southside Christian 42 Abbeville 38, Gray Collegiate 35 Hammond 49, Laurence Manning 21

by · November 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms, Columbia Touchdown Club Player of The Year

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms, Columbia Touchdown Club Player of The Year

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms was recognized Thursday at the Columbia Touchdown Club luncheon as the Midlands’ Football Player of The Year. He was the only Midlands player selected multiple times by the State Newspaper readers as the Player of the Week. Helms won that distinction four times in 2019 during the ten game regular season. Through 13 games this […]

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy ends her term as S.C. Chamber president

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy ends her term as S.C. Chamber president

Nephron CEO Lou Wood Kennedy has wrapped up a year of serving as South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman. Under Kennedy’s leadership, the business community made a difference for Chamber members and taxpayers alike. She is passing the gavel to Spinx Company CEO Steve Spinks.

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Meeting Street Artisan Market has expanded and has new hours

West Columbia Meeting Street Artisan Market has expanded and has new hours

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., through December 21, under the pavilion and now expanded into the parking lot at 425 Meeting Street in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia invites the public […]

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Affordable Medical Equipment building new facility on Sunset Boulevard

Affordable Medical Equipment building new facility on Sunset Boulevard

Affordable Medical Equipment has been at 1538 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia since 2007. But that is going to change in the next 12 months. Affordable Medical Equipment is building a new facility at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Botanical Parkway. “We’re building a bigger facility,” said Chris Carpenter. The new place will have more display space. “It will […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
U.S. Deputy Education Secretary Mick Zais visits Gray Collegiate in West Columbia

U.S. Deputy Education Secretary Mick Zais visits Gray Collegiate in West Columbia

Education architects are rethinking the traditional educational model in an effort to better prepare students for success. That is the message of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mick Zais. Zais also served as the S.C. Superintendent of Education from 2010 until 2014.He was the president of Newberry College for 10 years, too.  Zais visited Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington woman dies in vehicle crash

Lexington woman dies in vehicle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Fox Branch, Smith Pond and Rawl Roads near Lexington. The incident took place at approximately 12:30 afternoon, Thursday. According to Fisher, Ms. Donna L. Lesperance, 66, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman walking in road, struck and killed, in Lexington

Woman walking in road, struck and killed, in Lexington

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle Wednesday, in Lexington, at approximately 9:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Lake Drive.  According to Fisher, Ms. Terry B. Aughtry, 60, of Lexington was walking in the road when she was struck by a vehicle. Ms. Aughtry was […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Tree Lighting is Dec. 6, Parade of Lights is Dec. 14 – Lights Before Christmas opens Saturday

West Columbia Tree Lighting is Dec. 6, Parade of Lights is Dec. 14 – Lights Before Christmas opens Saturday

If the holiday season is not upon us now, it will be soon. The City of West Columbia is hosting the 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street. I’m really looking forward to it,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “It’s my favorite time of the […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ada Jane Setzler honored for her service to First Steps

Ada Jane Setzler honored for her service to First Steps

Ada Jane Setzler was honored Tuesday night for her 20 years service on the Lexington County First Steps Board. She is the wife of Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia. She was praised as a big part of the success story of First Steps. Ada Jane is the longest serving First Steps board member. She has been a leader in […]

by · November 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Emma Carter, teen sensation, shines through her music

Emma Carter, teen sensation, shines through her music

Emma Carter is “Not Your Average.” That is the name of one of her songs the Chapin High School sophomore sang live at The Coffee Shelf, when she was 13. In the song she said: “I know what I want from this big, fat world.” And to get it, she is working hard. Emma, now 15, sings and plays guitar, […]

by · November 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign Awards 3 More Teachers

“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign Awards 3 More Teachers

Three Lexington School District 2 teachers were recognized on Monday as part of House of Raeford’s new “FLOCK Loves Teachers” campaign. The focus of the campaign is to bring attention to incredible people or organizations across our community and this week, local educators were celebrated. Each teacher received a $350 Amazon Gift Card and a painting as part of the […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Grecian Gardens featured in West Columbia Newsletter

Grecian Gardens featured in West Columbia Newsletter

Grecian Gardens is featured in the November-December edition of the City of West Columbia’s Newsletter. The article is also included below. Link to City of West Columbia Nov. – Dec. Newsletter Alex Koutrakos, with brothers Gus, Nick, and George, opened Grecian Gardens in West Columbia in 1985. Since its opening, Grecian Gardens has become an icon at 2312 Sunset Boulevard. […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday

Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday

The Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday (Nov. 22) from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. It’s hosted by Holland Avenue Baptist Church, 801 12th St, Cayce. The Holiday Market features several vendors, $5 chicken bog, child care and the opportunity for pictures with Santa. There is no charge to enter.

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of Cayce announces Christmas in Cayce schedule

City of Cayce announces Christmas in Cayce schedule

The City of Cayce is excited to announce their 2019 Christmas in Cayce festivities! Beginning on Thursday, December 5th and continuing through the end of the year, visitors can ride or stroll through the Cayce City Hall grounds and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas music. Christmas in Cayce is sponsored by several local corporate partners, so […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 to elect school board officers Thursday

Lexington 2 to elect school board officers Thursday

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will conduct their Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 21) in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia. The election of school board officers is on the agenda. Alson on the agenda is recognition of Kayla Ezzelle, 7 th Grade Student from […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in Lexington crash

Coroner identifies man who died in Lexington crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 378 and West Main Street in Lexington at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. Charles Christopher Gossett, 32, of Gilbert was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to his injuries. Mr. Gossett was traveling […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic lane shift to begin on I-20 in Lexington County, this weekend

Traffic lane shift to begin on I-20 in Lexington County, this weekend

Traffic lanes on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be shifted starting this weekend. The shift will take place on part of an 11-mile section of I-20 that’s being widened to three lanes on the eastbound and westbound sides. The split starts at the 53.5 mile marker and ends at the 60 mile marker. When the shift goes into effect, […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate  beats St. Joes  in the playoffs

Gray Collegiate beats St. Joes in the playoffs

Gray Collegiate Academy defeated St. Joseph’s Catholic Friday night by a score of 44-18. The War Eagles move onto the third round of the 3A playoffs. Hunter Helms was 12-for-13 with 139 yards passing on a rainy night. Running back KZ Adams racked up 255 all-purpose yards and he scored 5 touchdowns.

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport gets second-round playoff win over Lower Richland

Airport gets second-round playoff win over Lower Richland

Airport went to Lower Richland Friday night and picked up a win. The Eagles defeated the Diamond Hornets 42-12. I was the second time Airport beat LR. The Eagles won 42-30 in September. Lower Richland had not lost since that game, until Friday. Airport is now 9-3, and moves on to play Myrtle Beach in round three of the playoffs.

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland Cayce scores playoff win over Wilson

Brookland Cayce scores playoff win over Wilson

Under a steady rain, Brookland-Cayce ran over Wilson by a score of 40-6, Friday night at Fort Knox. It was the Bearcats eighth consecutive win.  BC’s Will Way had 151 yards rushing and the Bearcats had close to 400 yards on the ground. Coming into the game Wilson Quarterback Zayshaun Rice had passed for 2,345 yards. But in the rain, neither team […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expert Chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Black Rooster shares Thanksgiving  tips for cooking turkey

Expert Chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Black Rooster shares Thanksgiving tips for cooking turkey

Black Rooster was opened in August by premier Chef Kristian Niemi. The French bistro-themed establishment is a part of West Columbia’s Brookland complex. Reviews of the food have been outstanding. Large crowds are also been drawn to Black Rooster’s rooftop bar that offers a magnificent view of the Columbia skyline. As the holiday season approaches, Niemi has agreed to share […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Primal Gourmet Chef Greg Martin shares his Thanksgiving Day meal special

Primal Gourmet Chef Greg Martin shares his Thanksgiving Day meal special

Chef Greg Martin is the owner of Primal Gourmet in West Columbia. The restaurant and food delivery service has thrived since opening a large base operation at 725 Meeting Street in July. As Thanksgiving approaches, Martin took some time out from his schedule to share the details of one of this special dishes. “I make a beef tenderloin on Thanksgiving,” […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
8-car crash on I-26 – Snow, ice reported on I-20, Thursday

8-car crash on I-26 – Snow, ice reported on I-20, Thursday

Snow and ice were reported on I-20, from mile marker 51-61, Thursday morning, by the S.C. Department of Transportation. No lanes were closed. On Wednesday morning, six crashes occurred because of black ice build up in I-20 in the same area. Also inn Lexington County, I-26 East was reported as blocked at the 107 mile marker, Thursday morning, while SC […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington woman dies in crash, not found until the next day, coroner identifies

Lexington woman dies in crash, not found until the next day, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 300 block of Mill Stream Road in Lexington during the overnight hours of Tuesday. Click for original report According to Fisher, Ms. April Lafay Smith, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Smith was traveling westbound when her […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect more than 100,000 pairs of eyeglasses to reuse

Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect more than 100,000 pairs of eyeglasses to reuse

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club collected more than 100,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. The Lions clean and recycle usable eyeglasses. Broken glasses are processed in a “scrap to cash” program for revenue to fund local community projects. All public donations, 100 percent, collected by the Lions Club are used for charitable causes. No donations go for administrative expenses. Pictured from […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 Airport High School baseball players sign to play baseball in college

2 Airport High School baseball players sign to play baseball in college

Two Airport High School athletes declared their intent Wednesday to play at the college level. Baseball players Cam Beckham and Parker Whittle participated in a signing ceremony for their National Letters of Intent. Beckham, a third baseman, signed a letter with Francis Marion University, while Whittle, a pitcher, will play with Winthrop University. Coaches, family, friends and Airport High teammates […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
1 dead after crash in Lexington

1 dead after crash in Lexington

One person is dead in a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in Lexington, Wednesday. The vehicle involved was found near Mill Stream Road, off of Corley Mill Road, around 1 p.m. Investigators are yet sure when the crash occurred. The incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Baseball player with West Columbia ties signs to play baseball at Clemson

Baseball player with West Columbia ties signs to play baseball at Clemson

Ricky Williams, a River Bluff High School baseball player with local ties signed to play at Clemson, Wednesday. He is the grandson of Jane and Tony Taylor of West Columbia. His parents are Richie and Heather Williams. Jane Taylor spent more than 30 years in the Lexington Two School District, before leaving the Northside Middle School office more than a […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic delayed on I-20 after black ice causes crashes

Traffic delayed on I-20 after black ice causes crashes

A part of I-20 west bound was blocked, Wednesday morning, at the 58 mile marker due to “Black Ice,” according to Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The blockage was in Lexington County.  The black ice formed on the road and has caused several collisions, said Jones on Twitter. He said motorists could expect delays while crews work […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles sworn in as West Columbia’s new mayor

Tem Miles sworn in as West Columbia’s new mayor

The City of West Columbia City Council held a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday to administer the oath of office to the newly-elected Mayor Tem Miles. “It has been an honor to serve as a council member for the last 6 years. I am beyond thrilled that the people of West Columbia have allowed me the opportunity to continue to […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 new West Columbia City Council members sworn in

4 new West Columbia City Council members sworn in

The City of West Columbia City Council held a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 6 PM, to administer the oaths of office to District Two Councilman Trevor Bedell, newly elected District Four Councilman Joseph Dickey, re-elected District Six Councilman Jimmy Brooks, and newly elected District Eight Councilman David Moye. The oaths of office were administered by […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $1 million

Lexington man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $1 million

United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced, via press release Tuesday, that William Tye Grisel, 39, of Lexington, has pleaded guilty. He pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud. Grisel used his position and access to company networks and credit cards to embezzle approximately $1,050,000.00 from his employer, Big Red Box (BRB), a waste management call center located in […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce JROTC, Rep. Joe Wilson in Columbia Veterans Day Parade

Brookland-Cayce JROTC, Rep. Joe Wilson in Columbia Veterans Day Parade

The Brookland-Cayce High School JROTC marched in the 41st Annual City of Columbia’s Veteran’s Day parade. Also in the parade was U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents Lexington County in the US House. There were veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iran and many others on hand. Some in wheelchairs, others hobbled to a spot on the curb to […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Veterans visit Riverbank

Veterans visit Riverbank

In recognition of Veterans Day, several veterans visited Riverbank Elementary School Friday. Monday was Veterans Day.

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Arts District gets $63,000 from Knight Foundation

Cayce Arts District gets $63,000 from Knight Foundation

The City of Cayce issued a big “Thank You” to the Knight Foundation. Cayce received a $63,000 grant for the Cayce Arts District. “We could not be more excited and grateful! Our city staff, leaders and passionate Cayce citizens worked together to make this happen,” read a post on the City of Cayce’s Facebook page.

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
New Bridge Academy students create garden at courtyard at the former Davis Elementary

New Bridge Academy students create garden at courtyard at the former Davis Elementary

New Bridge Academy’s students are always looking to take on community service projects.  This year, they found one right in their own backyard — or, in this case, their own courtyard. Students are transforming an exterior courtyard at the former Davis Elementary, where New Bridge relocated this summer. Students, working with University of South Carolina mentors and Lexington County Master […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Veterans celebrated at Brookland-Cayce, East Point to celebrate Vets, Monday

Veterans celebrated at Brookland-Cayce, East Point to celebrate Vets, Monday

Brookland-Cayce honored some of the school’s veterans Friday morning in an assembly. It was billed as a special day. East Point Academy Celebrates Veteran’s Day. Students at South Carolina’s Premier Chinese Language Immersion School to Celebrate Honor our Nation’s Bravest What: Students from kindergarten to middle school will come together to honor our veterans at two assemblies. The event will […]

by · November 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
QT gas station coming to Lexington, after buildings torn down

QT gas station coming to Lexington, after buildings torn down

A new QT (QuikTrip) gas station is coming to the corner of South Lake Drive and Glassmaster Road in Lexington. The new store will be where three rundown buildings used to be, across from Industrial Drive, according to a Facebook post on the Town of Lexington page. The three buildings on that property are in the process of being torn down. […]

by · November 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Space heater fire causes damage to home

Space heater fire causes damage to home

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Big Valley Lane in Lexington, was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. Lexington County Fire Services responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three people by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. The cause […]

by · November 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vehicle – motorcycle collision  in Lexington, Friday night

Vehicle – motorcycle collision in Lexington, Friday night

A vehicle versus motorcycle collision in the 4900 block of Sunset Blvd./US-378 is affecting inbound and outbound lanes of traffic. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash at about 10:15 p.m. . Police asked mortorists to please proceed with caution and be alert for emergency personnel who are on scene this collision.

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, Gray Collegiate get first-round playoff wins Friday night

Airport, Gray Collegiate get first-round playoff wins Friday night

Airport picked up a win in the first round of the S.C. High School playoffs, defeating Colleton County, 21-14, at Airport, Friday night. Airport now moves on to play Lower Richland next week in round two, at Lower Richland. Lower Richland defeated Marlboro County 20-14, Friday.  Gray Collegiate Academy beat Fox Creek 42-7 in the 2A playoffs. Gray QB Hunter Helms […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 pedestrians killed on Sunset Blvd. Thursday evening

Coroner identifies 2 pedestrians killed on Sunset Blvd. Thursday evening

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died after being struck by twp separate vehicles in the 700 block of Sunset Boulevard just before p.m. Thursday. Link to initial report According to Fisher, Mr. Rodney T. Mack, 41, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Mr. Mack was walking in the roadway […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk already a big hit

West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk already a big hit

The wait is over. The City of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk, at 212 Hudson Street, is open. It’s totally free and the early reviews for the all-inclusive park are excellent. Sherry Wright teaches four-year-olds with special needs at Riverbank Elementary School. She, and her students, were at the opening of the park Monday. “I think the park […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
It will be cold Friday night, according to forecast

It will be cold Friday night, according to forecast

It’s going to get cold overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the day will be in the 50s Friday and Saturday, but low temperatures, overnight, will drop into the lower 30s. A Freeze Watch has been issued for Saturday morning. By Sunday, temperatures will warm up to the mid-60s. By Monday, the highs are forecast to be […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia

2 killed in traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia

Two pedestrians were killed in the 900 block of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Thursday. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. Scott Morrison assistant chief of the West Columbia Police Department, said first a pedestrian was hit. Then the driver of another vehicle, who saw the accident stopped and got out of the car to render aid to the pedestrian. […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Earthquake reported overnight, near Cayce

Earthquake reported overnight, near Cayce

An earthquake was reported in the Cayce-West Columbia area early Thursday morning. The the U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.0 magnitude earthquake was reported 1.7 miles from Cayce. West Columbia Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison said the department’s “Computer Aided Dispatch” did not register an earthquake. The rumbling and shaking could be felt at 3:45 a.m. and had a depth […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Drop-in held to honor departing Mayor Bobby Horton

Drop-in held to honor departing Mayor Bobby Horton

A Drop-In was held for West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton Wednesday. It was at the West Columbia City Hall. Horton, who did not run for reelection, is leaving office after three terms as mayor. Click to see photos on the City of West Columbia Facebook page “It’s been a pleasure to serve you,” Horton said of his 23 years in […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sex offender gets 20 years for rape in Cayce, caught using DNA profile

Sex offender gets 20 years for rape in Cayce, caught using DNA profile

From the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. After a trial this week in the County of Lexington, repeat sex offender Rodney Jerome Furtick, 51, received the maximum sentence of 20 years incarceration. The trial began on Monday and concluded late Wednesday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict of Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree. This crime is classified under South […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two says Airport, Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating

Lexington Two says Airport, Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating

The Lexington Two School District issued a press release Wednesday informing the public that Airport and Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating. The release was in response to information that the schools could combine. The Lexington Two release is below: A video surfaced last week presenting the idea of consolidating the district’s two high schools. This is not the case. There has […]

by · November 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles elected West Columbia mayor, Dickey wins Dist. 4 seat, Moye wins Dist. 8 seat

Tem Miles elected West Columbia mayor, Dickey wins Dist. 4 seat, Moye wins Dist. 8 seat

Tem Miles has been elected the next mayor of West Columbia. Miles received 1,277 votes to 456 for Madison Duncan, Tuesday. Miles will replace outgoing Mayor Bobby Horton who did not run. Miles was the District Four councilman on West Columbia City Council. Joseph Dickey won Miles’ former seat Tuesday night. David Moye won the Dist. 8 seat on city […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
David Moye wins Dist. 8 seat on West Columbia City Council

David Moye wins Dist. 8 seat on West Columbia City Council

David Moye won the Dist. 8 seat on city council. The challengers were Dave Shaw, Jan Anderson and Rod Lorick. 

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia releases its November – December Newsletter

City of West Columbia releases its November – December Newsletter

Link to City of West Columbia Newsletter The City of West Columbia has released its November – December Newsletter. It is the fourth edition of the city’s newsletter. It includes a the final message from Mayor Bobby Horton who is not running for reelection. There are also updates from all of West Columbia City Council members. The newsletter includes a […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton receives Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton receives Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton received the Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster Monday night at his last city council meeting.  The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. It is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance. Tuesday is election day, and Horton, who has served […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia’s much-anticipated enabling park opens

West Columbia’s much-anticipated enabling park opens

The City of West Columbia cut the ribbon on the much-anticipated Carraway Park at the Riverwalk, Monday morning. It’s at 212 Hudson Street, and described as “A Place for All Children to Play Together.” Special education students and teachers from Lexington Two’s Northside Middle School and Riverbank Elementary School attended the ceremony. US Rep. Joe Wilson was also on hand. […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire Services respond to dump truck fire

Lexington County Fire Services respond to dump truck fire

Lexington County Fire Services Ladder 33, Tanker 12, Squad 5 and Battalion 2 responded to a dump-truck fire at the sand pits on Pine Ridge Drive Monday afternoon. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
District 8 candidate David Moye releases list of endorsements

District 8 candidate David Moye releases list of endorsements

David Moye, a candidate for the District 8 seat on West Columbia City Council, released a list of names, with quotes of people who have endorsed him. “David Moye’s influence is a key reason Primal Gourmet chose West Columbia for our new flagship.” – Greg Martin, owner, Primal Gourmet (A former police officer who is a resident of the district.) […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
New Starbucks coming to West Columbia

New Starbucks coming to West Columbia

A new Starbucks is being built in West Columbia in the Danwood Shopping Center. The store will be on Augusta Road near Sonic, and McAlister’s Deli. Richard Skipper is the executive director of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He said he is not surprised by the new business. “There is a lot happening now,” said Skipper. “The Chamber […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Large crowd comes out for West Columbia Fall Back Fest

Large crowd comes out for West Columbia Fall Back Fest

West Columbia’s State Street was filled with music and art, Friday, for the 4th Annual Fall Back Fest. “It’s wonderful to see all these people,” said West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. “All parts of the community are represented. There are single people, some are on a date, and there are families. They are all here and it’s free.” Artists painted […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles Campaign releases list of endorsements in West Columbia mayor’s race

Tem Miles Campaign releases list of endorsements in West Columbia mayor’s race

The campaign of Tem Miles has released a list of West Columbia business and community leaders who have endorsed him in his bid to become the next Mayor of West Columbia. Miles is a councilman and Mayor Pro Tem. The election is Tuesday. Miles has also been endorsed by current Mayor, Bobby Horton, who is not seeking reelection. Mr. Joe […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Brookland Cayce defeats Airport, both going to playoffs

Brookland Cayce defeats Airport, both going to playoffs

Brookland Cayce defeated Airport Friday night to win the Region 5 4 A Championship. The Bearcats won the game by a score of 21-0. With the win, BC will get a by Friday. Airport will also make the playoffs and play Colleton County at Airport.

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia woman killed in Lexington crash

West Columbia woman killed in Lexington crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 200 block of Cedar Road in Lexington just before noon Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mrs. Sharon Polk Mills, 75, of West Columbia was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead on Thursday due to her injuries. Mrs. Mills […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia and Springdale elections are Tuesday (Nov. 5)

West Columbia and Springdale elections are Tuesday (Nov. 5)

Elections are scheduled for the City of West Columbia and the Town of Springdale and seven other Lexington County municipalities, Tuesday, Nov. 5. In the City of West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton is not running for re-election. The two candidates for mayor are West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles and Madison Duncan. For City Council District 2 Incumbent Robert […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER: West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest is Friday on State Street

REMINDER: West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest is Friday on State Street

,The City of West Columbia invites you to the 4th Annual Fall Back Fest on the 100 Block of State Street, Friday, (Nov. 1) from 6 PM – 9 PM. The Meeting Street Artisan Market will be open for a special night edition to kick off the holiday shopping season. Businesses on State Street will have specials for the event […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man, 59, is killed after being struck by bulldozer

Man, 59, is killed after being struck by bulldozer

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died due to being struck by a bulldozer on Thursday, shortly before 10 a.m. The incident occurred at GTR Complex, which is comprised of tracks and trails for use by recreational vehicles, near Swansea. According to Fisher, Mr. James Byron Williams, 59, of Swansea was pronounced dead at the scene […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Halloween storm takes down tree, power line in Lexington

Halloween storm takes down tree, power line in Lexington

Crews from Dominion energy and the Town of Lexington Parks Department worked to clean up debris from a downed tree Thursday night. The storm that blew across Lexington county also took down power lines with the tree at Dreher Street near Harmon Street. The street was cleared.

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic-light system being upgraded on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, to monitor traffic flow

Traffic-light system being upgraded on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, to monitor traffic flow

Recently, travelers may have noticed changes in traffic patterns, on Highway 378, as the Town of Lexington works to optimize the operation of the Adaptive Computerized Signalization System. Traffic signals along Highway 378, between Lott Court and Hummingbird Drive, are nearing completion and will help to improve emergency response times for patients requiring hospital care. The $2 million project, which […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce presents 3 Nature in the 12,000 Year History Park events, Saturday

Cayce presents 3 Nature in the 12,000 Year History Park events, Saturday

Nature in the Park is scheduled for Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, Saturday. It includes three programs to identify the birds and wildlife that exists in the area by the Congaree River. The Bird Watching Trail Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center (1120 Fort Congaree Trail.) it last until 11:30 a.m. […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 former Airport High School athletes to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame, Friday

2 former Airport High School athletes to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame, Friday

Two former Airport High School athletes who made a name in their respective sports will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday, November 1. This year’s inductees, Ray Stackley and Raymond Hallman, participated in several sports during their time at Airport High, including football and track.  They join other athletes and coaches who have been honored since […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 3 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says make  Halloween safety a priority

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says make Halloween safety a priority

There are a lot of kids in West Columbia looking forward to Thursday evening because it’s Halloween. From Wonder Woman and Dr. Seuss to Goldilocks and Spiderman, the streets will be filled with children. “We’ll have more personnel out there from the West Columbia Police Department for Halloween,” said WCPD Chief Denis Tyndall. “They’ll be keeping a special eye out […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School Drill Team takes top spot in two competitions

Airport High School Drill Team takes top spot in two competitions

From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Schools Communications Director Airport High School’s Army JROTC drill team brought home two 1st Place Overall finishes in October competitions. The award-winning Golden Talon team earned the top spot overall at a drill competition Oct. 26 at Blythewood High School. Other finishes at the event included: 1st Place: Individual Exhibition with Arms 1st Place: Armed […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk is Monday, Nov. 4

Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk is Monday, Nov. 4

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together – has been moved to Monday, November 4, at 9:30 AM. On that date- the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to the public. When: Monday, November 4, 2019, 9:30 AM Where: West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington YMCA is closing

Lexington YMCA is closing

The Lexingotn YMCA family center in Red Bank, off of old Orangeburg Road, is closing. It has been open for more than 60 years of providing the Lexington community with its services. But lately the Y has not been generating enough revenue because not enough people have been using it. The Lexington Y will officially close on Dec. 20. The […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers Amazon gift cards to recognize good job

House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers Amazon gift cards to recognize good job

House of Raeford’s FLOCK philanthropic organization presented three Lexington School District Two teachers with Amazon gifts cards valued at $350, Friday. Each teacher was selected by their principals and chosen because of their commitment to their dedication. The teachers receiving the gifts include: Ryann Gaffney of Cayce Elementary School; Bailey Pearson of Busbee Creative Arts Center; and Kim Smartt of […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosts groundbreaking ceremony, adding 4 new bays

Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosts groundbreaking ceremony, adding 4 new bays

Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Mooneyhan’s is adding four new service bays to its facility at 1224 B Ave, West Columbia. “West Columbia is the best place to be and do business,” Mooneyhan said. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson attended the groundbreaking. He said it’s good to see Mooneyhan’s growing. Wilson was a supporter of Mooneyhan’s when he […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway Park at Riverwalk Ribbon-Cutting is Wednesday

West Columbia’s Carraway Park at Riverwalk Ribbon-Cutting is Wednesday

The Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together Ribbon Cutting, is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 AM. At that time, the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to the public. When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 AM Where: West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Providence Presbyterian Trunk Or Treat is Friday

Providence Presbyterian Trunk Or Treat is Friday

Providence Presbyterian Church’s Trunk Or Treat is Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church. 1112 Hummingbird Drive, West Columbia. Kids wear your costumes for this candy-oriented event.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mt. Tabor Lutheran Halloween in The Park is Sunday

Mt. Tabor Lutheran Halloween in The Park is Sunday

Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church’s Halloween in The Park is Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 1000 B Ave, West Columbia. Halloween in The Park features Dinner; Games; Attractions; a Haunted House; and Family Fun For Everyone.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mt. Hebron United Methodist  Country Fair 2019 is Sunday

Mt. Hebron United Methodist Country Fair 2019 is Sunday

Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Country Fair 2019 is Sunday from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, 3050 Leaphart Rd., West Columbia. The Country Fair features Games, Food, Magic Show, Door Prizes, Hay Rides, and MORE. Costumes are welcomed and remember to be Church friendly please.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Zombies for West Columbia Halloween, with Boo at the Zoo, Halloween Hoopla

Zombies for West Columbia Halloween, with Boo at the Zoo, Halloween Hoopla

Halloween night is getting closer and that means zombies are lurking at  1705 Redbird Lane in West Columbia. The zombie posse is comprised of scary wooden figures crafted by artist Jeff Matthews who lives at the house that has presented the attraction for the last four years. Matthews cut out and sketched the zombies. He created the zombie gaggle to […]

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop, Select Physical Therapy coming to Brookland

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop, Select Physical Therapy coming to Brookland

Two tenants have signed leases to move into Building Three of the Brookland development at the corner of State and Meeting streets in West Columbia. The new additions to the multi-million-dollar complex were announced on the Wilson-Kibler Twitter page. NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop is coming to Brookland and Select Physical Therapy is also going to locate in the Brookland […]

by · October 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate surprises principal to celebrate “excellent” rating

Gray Collegiate surprises principal to celebrate “excellent” rating

Gray Collegiate Academy Principal Dr. Brian Newsome was treated to a pep rally of sorts Wednesday, as the student body celebrated the West Columbia charter school’s South Carolina report card ‘excellent’ rating.  Click here for original story Gray is in the 2A classification and it’s one of only five high schools in the Midlands to receive an excellent rating. It […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER – West Columbia Citywide Clean-up Day, Garden Planting is Saturday

REMINDER – West Columbia Citywide Clean-up Day, Garden Planting is Saturday

CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP DAY and COMMUNITY GARDEN FALL PLANTING Help Beautify West Columbia by Taking Pride in Our Homes and Neighborhoods. The following will be collected at the City Hall parking lot:• Tires (limited to 4 per household)• Batteries• Electronics: Computers, Monitors, Printers , Laptops, Microwaves, Radios, Phones, Gaming Systems,DVD Players, and TVs• Paint cans (limited to 4 per household) must […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Chamber introduces new members at breakfast

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber introduces new members at breakfast

New members of the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce were introduced at the Chamber Breakfast on Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. New members are: (pictured above) Joseph Dickey with Dickey Law Group; Dee Dee Northcutt and Donna Robinson with Home Instead Senior Care; Jenna Dulaveris with Veritas Health Group; Kelli Pournaras with Columbia Smiles; and Tim […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion

Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion

Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion The 2019 class of Leadership Lexington County is celebrating raising more than $75,000 through sponsorships, in-kind donations and brick sales, to build a pavilion for the veterans of Central Midlands Transitional Retreat (CMTR). Leadership Lexington will be hosting a pavilion dedication on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler is guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler is guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler was the guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Hegler said the City of Cayce has implemented a plan of strategic and wise growth. The she talked about the new residential units being built on the grounds at the historic Cayce Brickworks at the base […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
The Dickey Law Group cuts the ribbon on new West Columbia office

The Dickey Law Group cuts the ribbon on new West Columbia office

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Dickey Law Group. The relocated law office is at 440 Center Street in West Columbia. Pictured are: Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Richard Skipper; Paralegal Brigette McGowens; Attorney Joseph Dickey; and his wife Kiosha Dickey, with daughter Alexis; and West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. The Dickey Law Group’s […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Absentee voting for West Columbia, Springdale elections is now open

Absentee voting for West Columbia, Springdale elections is now open

Absentee Voting in Lexington County is now open. Election day is Nov. 5, for several municipalities, including West Columbia and Springdale. It’s less than two weeks out. If you are not going to be able to vote on November 5, contact the Lexington County Election Commission to obtain your absentee ballot TODAY! There are 3 ways to vote absentee: Call: […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Joseph Buchmaier is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce’s Joseph Buchmaier is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce High School student Joseph Buchmaier was recognized as the Lexington Two School District’s Student of the Month at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Buchmaier is pictured with BCHS Principal Gregg Morton, right, and Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper.

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Brookland-Cayce’s Ryan Van Omen is Teacher-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce’s Ryan Van Omen is Teacher-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce High School teacher Ryan Van Omen was recognized as the Lexington Two School District’s Teacher of the Month at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Van Omen is pictured with BCHS Principal Gregg Morton, right, and Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper.

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Helms, Dollison, Castles, Lawrence on North-South All Star team

Helms, Dollison, Castles, Lawrence on North-South All Star team

Rosters for the annual Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South Bowl were released Monday. The game will be played Dec. 14 at Myrtle Beach High School. Gray Colligiate Quarter back Hunter Helms and Gray wide receiver Omarion Dollison are on the North team. Brookland-Cayce offensive limeman Tradd Castles and Airport Wide Receiver Nanders Lawrence are on the South team. Brookland-Cayce’s head football […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County coroner identifies man who died after vehicle hit utility pole

Lexington County coroner identifies man who died after vehicle hit utility pole

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in vehicle collision that occurred in the 2000 block of Whetstone Road in Swansea at approximately 9:40 A.M. on Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. William R. Watts, 77, of Gaston was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to his injuries. Mr. Watts was traveling south when a vehicle […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Troopers looking for car involved in fatal hit-and-run on I-77 in Columbia, Monday

Troopers looking for car involved in fatal hit-and-run on I-77 in Columbia, Monday

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run after a person walking near Interstate 77 was killed in Columbia, Monday. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. at mile marker 12 (the Forest Drive exit.) The person was hit by the car and the car kept going after the collision, according to Trooper David […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Failure to yield the right-of-way causes Sunset Blvd. crash, says Lexington Police

Failure to yield the right-of-way causes Sunset Blvd. crash, says Lexington Police

Lexington Police worked a collision, Monday morning on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Caughman Farm Road. The crash had all inbound lanes closed at about 8 a.m. By 8:45 A.m. all lanes were reopened at the collision scene. The cause of the collision was a driver failing to yield the right-of-way, according to the LPD.

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Growl at the Moon, Friday at the S.C. State Museum

Growl at the Moon, Friday at the S.C. State Museum

SC State Museum –Growl at the Moon, Fri., Oct. 25 – 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. A signature Halloween event of the SC State Museum will feature the debut of Fright Lights, a new planetarium laser light show, new Haunted Virtual Reality experiences, live music from the Reggie Sullivan Band, haunted ghost tours, a dance performance and fortune-telling. Plus, food […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Street closures expected for Trump visit Friday, says Cayce Public Safety, Democratic candidates expected too

Street closures expected for Trump visit Friday, says Cayce Public Safety, Democratic candidates expected too

The Cayce Department of Public Safety reported that it will release more information related to road closures and detours early next week. Travel patterns will be affected by a visit to Columbia from President Donald Trump. Presidents when visiting Richland and Lexington counties land at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Lexington County. The president is expected to speak on Friday (Oct. […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gervais Street Bridge Dinner held in perfect weather

Gervais Street Bridge Dinner held in perfect weather

There was rain earlier in the day Sunday, but the clouds broke and the sun came out in the afternoon for the annual Gervais Street Bridge Dinner. The weather was perfect. The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner is an annual seated sunset Sunday supper on the Columbia region’s most iconic landmark, featuring live music, vibrant artists, and a three-course dinner with […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Radio Cult played Rhythm on the River, Truckstop Preachers next

Radio Cult played Rhythm on the River, Truckstop Preachers next

The Rhythm on the River concert Friday was held under beautiful skies Friday night. It featured: Scott Rankin opening. the Headliner was Radio Cult. The last concert of the Fall series is this Friday and it is from 6 to 9 p.m. The Headliner is: Truckstop Preachers and opening is: Dirty Gone Dolas Presented by Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Some West Columbia streets to close Sunday for  Gervais Street Bridge Dinner:

Some West Columbia streets to close Sunday for Gervais Street Bridge Dinner:

Beginning at 9 a.m., on Sunday (Oct. 20) the following roads will be closed for the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner: Sunset Blvd at State Street, Meeting Street at State Street, and Alexander Road at Oliver Street. All roads are scheduled to reopen at midnight

by · October 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate, Brookland-Cayce, Airport win in high school football

Gray Collegiate, Brookland-Cayce, Airport win in high school football

Gray Collegiate Academy had little trouble with Calhoun County Friday night.  The game was played at the Midlands Sports Complex in Pine Ridge. The War Eagles defeated the Saints by a score of 58-20. Gray Quarterback Hunter Helms was 18-for-27. He passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns. By the end of the third quarter Gray was up 58-14 and […]

by · October 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
President Trump coming to Columbia next week

President Trump coming to Columbia next week

President Donald Trump is coming to Columbia next week. He is the keynote speaker at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, Friday at Benedict College (1600 Harden St.). Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis released a statement regarding Trump’s visit: Benedict College is honored to have been selected by the 2020 Bipartisan Justice Center as the Historically Black […]

by · October 18, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Parents of kids of all abilities anticipate opening of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk

Parents of kids of all abilities anticipate opening of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk

“I have never been more proud of anything, than I am of that park,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. The Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together – is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m. At that time, the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to […]

by · October 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Lynn Summer inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society

Brookland-Cayce’s Lynn Summer inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society

A retired Lexington Two school teacher has been honored with one of the district’s most prestigious awards. Lynn Summer — who worked at Brookland-Cayce High School for more than two decades before her retirement earlier this year — was inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society during a reception Thursday at the District Education Center. Summer was a health teacher […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Massive crash on Sunset Boulevard closes road

Massive crash on Sunset Boulevard closes road

A chase involving a stolen car ended in a massive crash on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Thursday afternoon. The pursuit began at approximately 3:20 p.m. in the Broad River Road and Bush River Road area, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies tried to pull over the car believed to be stolen. The driver fled and the chase […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3-vehicle crash in Lexington

3-vehicle crash in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department reported a three-car collision on Columbia Avenue at West Main Street, Thursday afternoon. The collision was blocking two outbound lanes, and was later cleared. There was emergency personnel directing traffic and attending to victims.

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Developer Joe Taylor investing in West Columbia

Developer Joe Taylor investing in West Columbia

This article was first published in the Sept.- Oct. City of West Columbia Newsletter (Click for link.) One of the state’s top developers is very excited about the opportunities to invest in West Columbia. Joe Taylor is the former S.C. Secretary of Commerce and owner of State Street Development Co. He is involved in several projects in West Columbia. Taylor […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Expands

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Expands

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9 AM – 1 PM, through December 21, under the pavilion, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Due to the wonderful response from vendors and the public, the West Columbia […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia offers new ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations

West Columbia offers new ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations

The City of West Columbia has new and enhanced ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations. The new system gives the ability to view water and sewer account details and pay traffic and code enforcement citations online. There is also a new pay by phone option. To access the new and enhanced bill pay options: Pay a water/sewer bill, westcolumbiasc.gov/water-sewer (step-by-step directions […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate Academy Receives Best of West Columbia Award

Gray Collegiate Academy Receives Best of West Columbia Award

Gray Collegiate Academy has been selected for the 2019 Best of West Columbia Award in the High School category by the West Columbia Award Program. Each year, the West Columbia Award Program identifies entities that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Passenger traffic continues to increase at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Passenger traffic continues to increase at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

From Kim Jamieson of Columbia Metropolitan Airport Columbia Metropolitan Airport continues to see strong and steady growth into the third quarter of 2019. In August, passenger traffic increased 9.15% over July with 120,648 passengers traveling through CAE during the month. Year-to date traffic stats show a 17% increase over the same travel period in 2018 with 898,024 passengers traveling through […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Springdale Police conducts coat collection,coat-giveaway

Springdale Police conducts coat collection,coat-giveaway

Do you have an unwanted coat that someone else could use? The Springdale Police Department is conducting a coat-give-away. Coats are being collected for give-away Friday through Monday at Springdale Elementary School and Springdale Police Department. The coats will be given October 26 from 10 am ’til Noon at the park next to the Springdale Police Department. If you are […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser is Oct. 25

Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser is Oct. 25

Get Gregg Corley’s World Famous Chicken Bog at the Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser. The fundraiser is Oct. 25. It’s $5 for a 16 oz. serving. Pick-up at 1500 12th Street from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or from BCHS Stadium from 5:30 p.m. until. Delivery available for order of 15 cups or more. Must be placed in advance. Text Gregg […]

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Latino Business Day declared at West Columbia City Council meeting

Latino Business Day declared at West Columbia City Council meeting

West Columbia Mayor Mayor Bobby Horton and and City Council presented Mota Enterprises with a resolution declaring October 15, South Carolina Latino Business Day. West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles is pictured with Vanessa Mota. The presentation took place Tuesday at the city council meeting.

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 men shot to death, Lexington County coroner identifies

2 men shot to death, Lexington County coroner identifies

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department reported a double homicide that occurred Friday night. The two killed have been identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as Richard DeQuincy Broadwater, 26, and Daniel Nathanial Robinson, 33. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Friday, the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department responded to a residence after a call reporting that someone had been shot. When the officers arrived, […]

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Did you see the Hunter’s Moon Sunday night?

Did you see the Hunter’s Moon Sunday night?

The October full moon was also a Hunter’s Moon. It rose Sunday night and reached fullness at 5:08 p.m. These photos were taken in West Columbia, near Lexington. Over Northside Middle School.  The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon following the Harvest Moon. It’s also the closest full moon to the fall equinox. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Hunter’s […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Rhythm on the River plays under a full moon

Rhythm on the River plays under a full moon

The Rhythm on the River concert Friday was held under a full moon. It featured:Chris Compton opening. the Headliner was Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths. The concerts are held until October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Presented by Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, City of West Columbia and House of Raeford Enjoy music with friends […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire extinguishes blazing backhoe

Lexington County Fire extinguishes blazing backhoe

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to 900 Turkey Berry Lane last Thursday afternoon for a heavy equipment fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming from a backhoe. Arriving units quickly extinguished the fire. One firefighter received minor injuries after one of the tires of the backhoe erupted. He was treated on scene and units cleared.

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man exposed himself on at Sunset Blvd. shopping center, police say

Man exposed himself on at Sunset Blvd. shopping center, police say

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is asking the Midlands community for assistance in finding Larry Britt Brown, age 32 of Orangeburg, as he has been identified as the suspect of an indecent exposure incident that occurred on the morning of Tuesday, October 8. On that date at approximately 10:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Lexington Place shopping center parking […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Artisan Market an irresistible attraction

West Columbia’s Artisan Market an irresistible attraction

West Columbia’s Artisan Market is already a big hit. “The response has been great,” said Colleen Otte, the city’s contact for the market. “We’re pleased with the community support we’ve received. After people visit the first time they come back and bring their friends.” The market at 425 Meeting Street opened Sept. 14. It’s open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. […]

by · October 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dr. Rudy Mancke to conduct a Guided Nature Tour on Cayce Riverwalk

Dr. Rudy Mancke to conduct a Guided Nature Tour on Cayce Riverwalk

Dr. Rudy Mancke will conduct a Guided Nature Tour along the Cayce Riverwalk on Saturday, Nov. 2. An 10 AM there will be a Children’s Nature Tour – and at 1 PM.a Guided Nature Tour – at 201 Naples Ave. Cayce. Explore plants, animals and geology of the area on the slow and leisurly walk by the Congaree River. It’s […]

by · October 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions perform eye exams for Saluda River students

Cayce-West Columbia Lions perform eye exams for Saluda River students

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club performed eye screenings and hearing tests for hurdreds of students at Saluda River Academy for the Arts last week. The Lions make their way through Lexington Two Schools perfoming the tests. In all the Lions will screen 4,000 students through out the year, said Bill Mooneyhan of the Lions Club. The children also got a […]

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tokyo Joe performs Tom Petty Tribute live at SC State Fair Friday at 7 p.m.

Tokyo Joe performs Tom Petty Tribute live at SC State Fair Friday at 7 p.m.

Tokyo Joe performs their Tom Petty Tribute live at the South Carolina State Fair. The show also features members of popular local band The Root Doctors. This is a free show with admission to the fair. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11) at the SC State Fair music stage. Tokyo Joe is well-known as a band featuring […]

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Truck takes out utility pole in Lexington

Truck takes out utility pole in Lexington

The intersection of East Butler Street at Creps Street in Lexington was closed Wednesday due to a collision involving a semi truck and trailer striking an electrical pole.

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Husband of woman killed in deer-motorcycle crash dies

Husband of woman killed in deer-motorcycle crash dies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the second individual killed as the result of a motorcycle versus deer accident that occurred Saturday. The accident happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. on U.S. 378 in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mr. James Derek Payne, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead, Wednesday morning, at an area hospital due to his injuries sustained in […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Drawings published of West Columbia’s new Savage Craft Ale Works

Drawings published of West Columbia’s new Savage Craft Ale Works

Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors has released some drawings of the proposed Savage Craft Ale Works, that is planned for Center Street in West Columbia. The drawings are on the City of West Columbia’s Facebook page. According to the Facebook post: “This project involves the renovation of several historic structures including the former West Columbia City Hall and Fire […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington DUI crash results in injuries

Lexington DUI crash results in injuries

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision late Tuesday night. It was in the 5300 block of Augusta Road (US-1) The crash resulted in injuries and caused multiple lanes to be closed. The cause of the collision was an intoxicated driver crossing the median and striking a vehicle head on, according to the LPD. The intoxicated driver was transported by […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is  Saturday at 10 a.m.

Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cayce City Hall! Refreshments will be served and a Master Gardner will be available to answer all of your fall planting questions! **While you do not have to bring a plant to the exchange to participate, if you are bringing plants please drop them off between 9 and […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Train hits truck on Old Dunbar Rd, West Columbia

Train hits truck on Old Dunbar Rd, West Columbia

The SC Highway Patrol and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene of a train versus pickup truck crash early Tuesday morning, in the 1800 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. It happened around 4 a.m. and involved a possible entrapment. An injury has been reported, but the condition of that person is not known.

by · October 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers $350 Amazon gift cards as a reward for their dedication

House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers $350 Amazon gift cards as a reward for their dedication

House of Raeford’s FLOCK philanthropic organization presented three Lexington School District Two teachers with Amazon gifts cards valued at $350, Monday. The teachers receiving the gifts were: Stephanie Burgess, fourth-grade teacher at Saluda River Academy For The Arts, Kaylee Madge, third- grade teacher at Riverbank Elementary, and Jessica Zearfoss, ELA and math teacher at R.H. Fulmer Middle School. “We wanted […]

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Gray Collegiate Cheerleaders win first place in cheer competition

Gray Collegiate Cheerleaders win first place in cheer competition

The Gray Collegiate Academy Cheerleaders won first place in the 2A division at the Battle of the Bluff Competitive Cheer event, Saturday. It’s an annual competition at Lexington’s River Bluff High School. Gray Collegiate Academy, is a 9-12 Charter School, on Leaphart Road in West Columbia.

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Funeral plans for firefighter Paul Quattlebaum announced

Funeral plans for firefighter Paul Quattlebaum announced

Funeral services have been announced for Lexington County Fire Service Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum. Visitation hours will be Monday evening, 5 until 8 p.m. with the funeral on Tuesday at 4 p.m. inside the Fine Arts Center at Batesburg-Leesville High School. Quattlebaum was fatally struck by a semi-truck while responding to a motor-vehicle collision Friday afternoon. The accident happened as […]

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Rhythm on the River in West Columbia Amphitheater

Rhythm on the River in West Columbia Amphitheater

The Rhythm on the River Fall Concert series resumed at the Riverwalk Amphitheater Friday with The Get Right Band and Jeff Lucero. Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths play Rhythm on the River this coming Friday. It’s at West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater from 6 until 9 p.m. There’s plenty of parking at the new West Columbia parking garage in […]

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Woman killed when motorcycle hits deer

Woman killed when motorcycle hits deer

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a motorcycle versus deer accident that occurred at approximately 11:35. a.m., Saturday. The incident occurred on U.S. 378 in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mrs. Ruth Hunt Payne, 53, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. The motorcycle, on which […]

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