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Cayce opens all city parks, Riverwalk still closed due to flooding

Cayce opens all city parks, Riverwalk still closed due to flooding

After much consideration for the safety of Cayce residents and visitors, and after recent research findings that show COVID-19 does not spread easily on surfaces, the City of Cayce has decided to open all city parks and playground areas. This is effective immediately. Please continue to practice healthy social distancing Safety measures and laws. Due to recent flooding, the Cayce […]

by · May 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County man, 25, arrested for shooting his father, says sheriff

Lexington County man, 25, arrested for shooting his father, says sheriff

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of shooting his father early Sunday. Michael Rashaan Stone, 25, is charged with attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a dwelling and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on detectives’ review of the evidence, Stone and his dad got into an argument very late Saturday night,” […]

by · May 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man killed in Lexington County crash

Man killed in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred just before 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Church Street, in Gaston, Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Demetrius A. Holman, 39, of St. Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Holman was traveling north on Church […]

by · May 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 displaced by Lexington County fire

4 displaced by Lexington County fire

Lexington County Fire Services and EMS units were dispatched to the 100 block of Weatherby Court, in Lexington, just after 1 a.m. for a residential structure fire, Saturday. Upon arrival heavy fire was observed coming from the home, according to the Lexington County Fire Services . Firefighters were able to confirm that all occupants were able to exit from the […]

by · May 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia man dies in motorcycle crash

Columbia man dies in motorcycle crash

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in a two-vehicle collision at 12:45 p.m., Friday. The incident occurred at the intersection of Clemson and Ricky Roads in Columbia. Michael S. Smith, 65, of Bridgecreek Drive, Columbia, was on a motorcycle that collided with another vehicle. Smith was transported from the scene by Richland County […]

by · May 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland United Methodist Church hosts luncheon for West Columbia personnel

Brookland United Methodist Church hosts luncheon for West Columbia personnel

Brookland United Methodist Church in West Columbia presented a luncheon, Friday, for City of West Columbia Public Works, city staff, West Columbia Police and West Columbia Fire. State Sen. Nikki Setzler, West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles and Councilman Joseph Dickey also came to the event. Brookland UMC Sound and Livestream Director Joey Yandle said more than 100 were served hamburgers […]

by · May 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Old School Automotive holds Ribbon Cutting, Thursday

Old School Automotive holds Ribbon Cutting, Thursday

Old School Automotive held its Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours on Thursday. Keith Nuttall is the owner and operator. It’s an Automotive Repair Shop and Tire Dealer. Old School Automotive is at 111 North 12th Street in West Columbia behind South Carolina Federal Credit Union.

by · May 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia, the antique shop mecca, is reopening

West Columbia, the antique shop mecca, is reopening

West Columbia’s many antique stores are open and ready for business. “Shopping  for antiques is a hobby for many of my customers,” said Doris Edwards, owner of Attic Fanatic, Fine Consignments, Antique Vintage and Traditional Interiors. Her shop is in Triangle City, beside the fountain. As some of the restraints are eased, and retail businesses are allowed to reopen, Edwards […]

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man driving rented truck leads deputies on pursuit

Man driving rented truck leads deputies on pursuit

A Leesville man has been arrested after leading Lexington County deputies on a pursuit Thursday night. Christopher Madden, 22, is charged with first-degree assault and battery, driving under suspension, reckless driving and failure to stop for a blue light, according to deputies. “Based on our initial review of the incident, Madden refused to stop after a deputy attempted to pull […]

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Fire Department responds to Sunset Boulevard crash

West Columbia Fire Department responds to Sunset Boulevard crash

The West Columbia Fire Department is on the scene of a vehicle Collisionon Sunset Blvd in West Columbia, at N. Hook Ave. The crash occurred before noon, Thursday. The West Columbia Police, EMS and Lexington County Fire Services are also on the scene. The WCFD is asking motorists to please find an alternate route until the site is cleared.

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron, One Medical to offer COVID-19 Testing

Nephron, One Medical to offer COVID-19 Testing

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in the country, Thursday announced a new partnership with One Medical, a leading national digital health and primary care organization that combines 24/7 access to virtual care and digital health tools with COVID-19 testing services to businesses and employees. “Re-opening businesses, and getting our economy moving again, is one of […]

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverwalk temporarily closed due to flooding

Riverwalk temporarily closed due to flooding

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, is temporarily closed due to flooding.

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Who remembers Deluxe Cleaners on State Street,  West Columbia?

Who remembers Deluxe Cleaners on State Street, West Columbia?

Margaret Causey is the owner of Old Mill Antique Mall. Her mother bought the building at 310 State St. more than 36 years ago. Upstairs, in the office of the building, photos were found of the building. It used to be Deluxe Cleaners. Causey said she thinks the cleaners was open from the 1940s until the late 1970s, or early […]

by · May 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gov. Henry McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions Effective Friday, May 22

Gov. Henry McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions Effective Friday, May 22

Governor Henry McMaster today announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22nd. The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy. The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has established exhaustive safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Guidelines for […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 confirmed dead in early morning house fire in Richland County

2 confirmed dead in early morning house fire in Richland County

Two people died in a fire early Wednesday morning in Richland County. Crews responded to a house fire just before 12:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Chain Gang Road in Eastover. According to Columbia Fire the house was engulfed in flames by the time CFS units arrived. Firefighters found one person outside of the property with significant injuries. That […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia hosts mask pickup at city hall

City of West Columbia hosts mask pickup at city hall

The City of West Columbia hosted a mask pickup for local law enforcement agencies and chambers of commerce for the region, on Wednesday, at the West Columbia City Hall. Congressman Joe Wilson was contacted by SC Health to coordinate the distribution of 10,000 masks. Half of those were given to local law enforcement and chambers of commerce. The other half […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Visitors thankful for West Columbia Riverwalk

Visitors thankful for West Columbia Riverwalk

There is much appreciation for West Columbia’s Riverwalk. Seth Robertson, a high-schooler from Forest Acres said he was tired of sitting at home and watching TV, so he and fellow high school student Lucy Denouden of Rosewood, came to West Columbia’s Riverwalk, Tuesday. “It’s good to get outside,” said Robertson. “I’m glad Riverwalk is open.” Denouden said it’s nice to […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Board meeting is Thursday, facility repairs to be considered

Lexington 2 Board meeting is Thursday, facility repairs to be considered

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will hold their Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday (May 21), at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be conducted remotely and may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.  Some of the items included on the agenda include consideration of adding water-bottle filling adapter at all schools and replacing some of the flooring at several […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate part of lawsuit against SC High School League

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate part of lawsuit against SC High School League

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate Academy is part of a lawsuit in Greenville that says the S.C. High School League is unfairly targeting charter schools and private schools. According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of 12 schools, a new SCHL rule bars “most students who choose to attend a public charter or private school from participating in League athletics for […]

by · May 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police clear the road after crash

Lexington Police clear the road after crash

The road has been cleared after a collision on East Main Street (US-1) at Library Hill in Lexington, Tuesday morning. The crash had inbound lanes blocked and only one outbound lane was open. The collision was caused by a driver disregarding the red light.

by · May 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Excitement surrounds reopening of barbers and salons in West Columbia

Excitement surrounds reopening of barbers and salons in West Columbia

In a sure sign toward recovery, hair salons and barbers opened Monday. Former West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton, who said he needed a haircut badly, was up early. “I got a haircut Monday morning,” he said. Horton had gone more than two months without a haircut because barbers, and all close-contact businesses, were not allowed to open because of coronavirus […]

by · May 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Chamber to hold post-virus ribbon-cutting, Thursday

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber to hold post-virus ribbon-cutting, Thursday

Is the worst over? On Thursday, May 21, the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber will hold its first post-virus Ribbon Cutting and After Hours. It will be held Old School Automotive and Tire located at 111 North 12th Street in West Columbia behind SAFE Federal Credit Union. The drop-in Open House is from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM with the ribbon-cutting […]

by · May 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbank Elementary site of essential workers day care by Boys and Girls Club

Riverbank Elementary site of essential workers day care by Boys and Girls Club

Starting today (5/18), Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is offering a new day care site for children of essential workers at West Columbia’s Riverbank Elementary School. It’s available for children ages 5-12, from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday-thru- Friday. The day care is using temperature checks and other CDC guidelines throughout the day for health and wellness of […]

by · May 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Is a new hotel coming to Chris Circle, West Columbia?

Is a new hotel coming to Chris Circle, West Columbia?

Plans are being made for a new hotel on a lot at 1072 and 1076 Chris Circle. The City of West Columbia has annexed 1.77 acres on property that was once the site of Millander’s Barbeque. It’s behind the site of Starbuck’s and Salsarita’s, and where the new Happy China Buffet is being built. The Chris Circle site is for […]

by · May 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport and Brookland-Cayce release the names of 49 Junior Marshals

Airport and Brookland-Cayce release the names of 49 Junior Marshals

Forty-nine Lexington Two students have been recognized as Junior Marshals. Junior Marshals are selected based on class rank and represent the top 10 percent of the junior class, based on a weighted GPA cumulative through the third nine weeks of their junior year. They serve as honorary guides for the senior class at commencement.   Lexington Two students recognized for this […]

by · May 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Craig Kirby, of Cayce’s American Engineering Consultants, receives Engineer of the Year Award

Craig Kirby, of Cayce’s American Engineering Consultants, receives Engineer of the Year Award

American Engineering Consultants, Inc. has announced that Project Engineer, Craig Kirby has been awarded the 2020 South Carolina Water Environment Association’s State Engineer of the Year Award. Mr. Kirby is a 23-year veteran in the field of engineering. He has been employed with American Engineering Consultants, Inc. for 21 years and has long been established as a respected leading voice […]

by · May 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man intentionally crashed into truck containing 5 people, says sheriff

Man intentionally crashed into truck containing 5 people, says sheriff

Lexington County deputies have arrested a Pelion man after identifying him during their work on a stolen truck case that started last year. Andrew Michael Williams, 37, is charged with five counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, one count of grand larceny and one count of criminal conspiracy, according to arrest warrants. “This all started […]

by · May 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Time for a river float, Palmetto Outdoor is open

Time for a river float, Palmetto Outdoor is open

Palmetto Outdoor Center is open for the 2020 season. Based at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park entrance, Palmetto Outdoor Center rents kayaks and tubes on a section of The Three Rivers that includes a series of white water rapids along with beautiful vistas. Keep your eyes open and you may be able to spot a bald eagle swooping in to […]

by · May 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Angie Stock, Melanie Thornton honored by Riverbank Elementary

Angie Stock, Melanie Thornton honored by Riverbank Elementary

Some Lexington School District Two personnel have been honored. Riverbank Elementary School recognized Angie Stock as Teacher of the Year. Melanie Thornton has been named Staff Member of the Year.

by · May 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man who died in I-20 crash identified by coroner

Man who died in I-20 crash identified by coroner

Lexington County nty Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 Westbound, near mile marker 61, Thursday. The incident happened just before 3 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Cody David Moody, 24, of Pelion was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Moody’s vehicle left the right side of […]

by · May 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington crashes less than half as many in April, according to detailed report

Lexington crashes less than half as many in April, according to detailed report

The Town of Lexington has published a list, detailing the number and reason for traffic crashes. In April, there were 56 vehicle collisions in Lexington. Of those, 33 were on the town’s roads, and 23 were on private property. In March there were 80 collisions. The number of incidents for March and April have been far below the yearly average […]

by · May 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Primal Gourmet Kitchen and  Market Donates Lunch to City of West Columbia Frontline Workers

Primal Gourmet Kitchen and Market Donates Lunch to City of West Columbia Frontline Workers

Primal Gourmet Kitchen + Market Owner Greg Martin reached out to the City of West Columbia and donated boxed lunches to all City of West Columbia essential employees on Wednesday. Employees, not working remotely, throughout the City of West Columbia Departments, including Police, Fire, Sanitation, Parks, Maintenance, Water/Sewer, Water Plants, Finance, Building, Customer Service, Planning and Zoning, Court, and Administration […]

by · May 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia restaurants reopening, customers eager to get out

West Columbia restaurants reopening, customers eager to get out

Reopening has been a long time coming, and West Columbia residents are glad to see it.  Kim Odom was at Nick’s House of Pizza, Tuesday, with her mother Grace Caldwell. Both of them live in West Columbia. The two sat on the screened porch at Nick’s to dine. “This is the first time we’ve been out to eat since the coronavirus […]

by · May 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Driver killed in crash on I-20 in Lexington County

Driver killed in crash on I-20 in Lexington County

One person was killed early Thursday morning after a truck veered off the road, and struck a guard rail. The incident occurred in Lexington County around 2:55 a.m. near mile marker 61 westbound on I-20, said Cpl. Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol. The driver of a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck, traveling west, ran off the right side […]

by · May 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron’s Lou Kennedy talks COVID-19, rural broadband, and governor’s leadership on S.C. Public Radio

Nephron’s Lou Kennedy talks COVID-19, rural broadband, and governor’s leadership on S.C. Public Radio

Several years ago, S.C. Public Radio interviewed Nephron’s Lou Kennedy about why she decided to move her pharmaceutical manufacturing company from Florida to South Carolina.  It turned out to be a good move as the company has grown significantly since then.  But what has also happened since then, the virus crisis, has brought the company to the forefront of much […]

by · May 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Truck overturns, blocks traffic lanes on Augusta Road, West Columbia

Truck overturns, blocks traffic lanes on Augusta Road, West Columbia

An 18-wheeler turned over on Augusta Road (US 1) at I-26 early Wednesday morning. The incident resulted in the closing of all lanes of Augusta Road. Traffic was being detoured onto the I-26. A tow-truck was on the site at around 6:30 a.m. to pull the overturned tractor trailer back onto its wheels. West Columbia Police, West Columbia Fire and […]

by · May 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
SCDMV offices to open 5 days a week

SCDMV offices to open 5 days a week

Starting Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) will return to operating five days a week. Previously, SCDMV branch offices were open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Customers must continue to schedule appointments online to maintain social distancing inside branch offices. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT “I am excited that DMV operations will return to five days a week. Our focus remains […]

by · May 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two students selected for Boys, Girls State

Lexington Two students selected for Boys, Girls State

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Several Lexington Two high school students have been selected to the prestigious 2020 Palmetto Boys and Girls State programs.  Both weeklong in-person sessions for the programs, sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, are cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, but students will be given other recognitions. Participants have […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man dies following SCHP chase, coroner identifies

Man dies following SCHP chase, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision following a police pursuit. The collision occurred in the 4300 block of the 12th Street Extension just before 11 p.m. Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Quinton J. Nunn, 26, of Blythewood was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision. Mr. […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron joins Private Property, U.S. Foods to Honor Lexington County Law Enforcement

Nephron joins Private Property, U.S. Foods to Honor Lexington County Law Enforcement

From Nephron News – As the Midlands celebrates National Police Week, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation is joining forces with Lexington restaurant Private Property and Lexington-area restaurant supplier U.S. Foods to honor the men and women in uniform of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office and Lexington Police Department by providing them with meals. “In the face of crisis, Lexington County’s law enforcement […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police report crash on Sunset Boulevard

Lexington Police report crash on Sunset Boulevard

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision, Tuesday morning, on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) near Old Cherokee Road. It had inbound traffic limited to a single lane. It was reported around 7:30 a.m. Police asked motorists to please be alert to emergency personnel who were on scene. The cause of the collision was a driver failing to yield the right of […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pine Ridge Middle School’s Student Council awarded

Pine Ridge Middle School’s Student Council awarded

Pine Ridge Middle School’s Student Council has been honored with a top state award.Pine Ridge Student Council members include Braelyn Addy, Tyler Broomfield, Ji”Myriah Buckley, LaMarria Burgess, Ellen Casanova, Allison Castillo-Estrada, Kimberly Chavez Jarquin, Courtney Chavis, Logan Crandall, Jeffrey Davis, Caylee Freeman, Ciera Ford, Aubrey Frye, Zyon Hammond, Andrew Hudson, Kyrin Lavington, Macie McCracken, Marleen Reyes-Cruz, Alyssa Ridgeway, Olivia Rish, […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbank’s Melanie Thornton creates “Rolling Reading” from golf cart

Riverbank’s Melanie Thornton creates “Rolling Reading” from golf cart

By Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Communications Director – Melanie Thornton got an idea while walking with her son through their Quail Hollow neighborhood. There were lots of children out in their yards, at home because of school closures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  What better way to connect with them than to stop and read? So Thornton, […]

by · May 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor says hair salons, gyms can reopen May 18

Governor says hair salons, gyms can reopen May 18

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster is lifting the restrictions on close-contact function businesses. But the restrictions will not be lifted until May 18. Close-contact businesses are: barber shops, hair salons, tanning booths and nail businesses. McMaster announced the lifting of restrictions Monday afternoon. Also allowed to open are: gyms; spas; public pools; and yoga facilities Non-essential state employees will be allowed […]

by · May 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland United Methodist Church recognizes Hospice caregivers with lunch

Brookland United Methodist Church recognizes Hospice caregivers with lunch

Brookland United Methodist Church in West Columbia honored some special people, Monday. “Hospice workers go into peoples’ homes to provide “end-of-life” care,” said Mark Payne, Brookland UMC pastor. “What they do is very important.” To recognize the effort of the Hospice care workers, the church conducted a free pick-up lunch, of hamburgers and hot dogs, Monday. Members of the congregation […]

by · May 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
About 300 plants, shrubs installed by West Columbia Beautification Foundation

About 300 plants, shrubs installed by West Columbia Beautification Foundation

 The West Columbia Beautification Foundation continues to beautify West Columbia this Spring. In April, 31 trees and 172 plants and shrubs were planted along Sunset Boulevard. The new plantings can be found in front of local businesses such as By His Design, Our Savior Lutheran Church, East Point Academy, Liz Portee State Farm Insurance, and Capital Electric. The Foundation used […]

by · May 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dunkin’ Donuts on Sunset Boulevard, and what else?

Dunkin’ Donuts on Sunset Boulevard, and what else?

In January it was announced Dunkin’ Donuts would be built at 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. The site is in front of the new Marriott International TownPlace Suites, across from Lexington Medical Center, between Bojangles and Freddy’s Burgers. The sign on the property in January indicated three new businesses, including a Dunkin’ Donuts. PennTex Ventures Development had a sign on […]

by · May 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Progress being made on the new Happy China Buffet

Progress being made on the new Happy China Buffet

Wonder what is going up next-to Starbucks and Salsarita’s in West Columbia, on Sunset Boulevard at Chris Drive. It’s the new location of Happy China Buffet. Happy China is currently in the Westland Square shopping center, with Food Lion, in the 2200 block of Sunset Boulevard. In November, it was announced the 1.99-acre site at 2515 Sunset Boulevard in West […]

by · May 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man killed in bicycle accident

Coroner identifies man killed in bicycle accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the bicyclist who died after being struck by a motor vehicle, Sunday at approximately 12:35 p.m. in the 4100 block of Fish Hatchery Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Charles Justin McCaskill, 36, of Gaston was riding his bicycle along the road when he was struck by a vehicle. Mr. McCaskill was pronounced dead […]

by · May 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bicyclist dies in Lexington County collision with SUV

Bicyclist dies in Lexington County collision with SUV

A bicyclist died, Sunday, after a collision with an SUV on Fish Hatchery Road near Suzanne Court in Lexington County. The accident occurred around 12:35 p.m., about a mile south of Gaston, according to Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Tidwell said a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling south on Fish Hatchery Road. The person on the […]

by · May 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 charged in Lexington County ‘chop shop’ operation

3 charged in Lexington County ‘chop shop’ operation

Lexington County investigators have arrested and charged three people in connection to a chop shop in Pelion. Crystal Marie Black, 27, and Richard Wade Davis Jr., 33, are charged with three counts of tampering with a vehicle identification number plate and one count of operating a chop shop, according to arrest warrants. Daniel James McCarthy, 38, is charged with two […]

by · May 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash slows traffic in Lexington, Saturday

Crash slows traffic in Lexington, Saturday

A collision on US-378 near US-1 in Lexington had outbound lanes limited to a single lane of travel on Saturday afternoon. The Lexington Police Department was on the scene and asked motorists to please be alert for emergency personnel.

by · May 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Inside dining allowed beginning Monday, says Gov. Henry McMaster

Inside dining allowed beginning Monday, says Gov. Henry McMaster

SC Gov. Governor Henry McMaster announced Friday that inside dining will be allowed at the state’s restaurants. It goes into effect one minute after midnight. Monday. Additionally, McMaster announced that he has lifted all boating restrictions, as defined by Executive Order 2020-25, effective immediately. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina will now return […]

by · May 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce’s Guignard Park is  open

Cayce’s Guignard Park is open

Cayce’s Guignard Park is officially open. The play area is roped off and remains closed as a precaution, but the trails and green spaces are accessible and important for exercise and recreational opportunities. The City of Cayce asks users to please continue to practice social distancing safety measures as the community and the nation slowly and cautiously reopens.

by · May 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
EDITORIAL: Cost of COVID-19 has been enormous say Joe Taylor and Peter Brown

EDITORIAL: Cost of COVID-19 has been enormous say Joe Taylor and Peter Brown

This editorial by Joe Taylor Jr. and Peter Brown first ran in The State newspaper, on May 1. It is republished on WestMetroNews.com with permission. When the coronavirus hit, the state of South Carolina and the city of Columbia shut down businesses and encouraged citizens to stay in their homes; their reasoning was that the correct response to an unknown […]

by · May 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
List of West Columbia restaurants offering service

List of West Columbia restaurants offering service

All restaurants in South Carolina are still under restrictions by order of the governor, because of coronavirus fears. Below is a list of West Columbia restaurants that provide curbside – pick-up service and/or delivery. Also listed are some open businesses. B Grecian Gardens Restaurant  –  2312 Sunset Blvd – 803-794-7552 Grecian Gardens Restaurant is offering curbside pickup through its app or […]

by · May 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce publishes list of pick-up and delivery restaurants

Cayce publishes list of pick-up and delivery restaurants

The City of Cayce has published a list of options for food and beverages in Cayce. These establishments offer curbside and pick up service! Some of them also offer delivery!

by · May 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 property in Springdale part of district’s long-term plan

Lexington 2 property in Springdale part of district’s long-term plan

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Communications Director – Lexington Two has purchased a nearly 27-acre site in Springdale, as it works on a long-range plan for the school district with an eye on expected growth around several municipalities. The land purchase includes 26.52 acres of contiguous property, 3028-3211 Platt Springs Road, about a half-mile from the intersection of Platt […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man charged with taking $45,000 forklift from West Columbia business

Man charged with taking $45,000 forklift from West Columbia business

Lexington County deputies have arrested and charged a Gaston man in connection with the theft of a $45,000 forklift. Michael Paul Hicks, 42, is charged with one count of grand larceny and one count of breaking into a motor vehicle, according to arrest warrants. “Based on the interviews investigators have conducted and security video they’ve reviewed, Hicks broke into a […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two to put district office,  performing arts center in Cayce

Lexington Two to put district office, performing arts center in Cayce

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Lexington Two has purchased just over 28 acres of property in Cayce to build a combined district office and performing arts center, the final project in a $225 million, voter-approved construction plan. The 28.165-acre parcel, on the corner of the 12th Street Extension and Saxe Gotha Road, is adjacent to Dominion […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Councilman Joseph Dickey named 2020 SuperLawyer

West Columbia City Councilman Joseph Dickey named 2020 SuperLawyer

Joseph D. Dickey, Jr., managing partner of the Dickey Law Group, has been selected for the 2020 edition of SuperLawyers in the area of Employment and Labor Law. A South Carolina native, Mr. Dickey attended Clemson University and dually earned a B.S. in Management with an International Management Concentration and a B.A. in Japanese and International Trade. He then went on […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia businesses adjust to COVID-19

West Columbia businesses adjust to COVID-19

Now that retail stores can open and outside dining is allowed at restaurants, West Columbia businesses are reacting to those  developments.  “We have two tables out front,” said Martha Cook, owner of Compton’s on B Avenue in West Columbia. “Our customers are eating at those.”  Before that, Compton’s was serving carry-out orders.  Cook said Compton’s will be ready when the […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lake Murray boating death was result of medical event

Lake Murray boating death was result of medical event

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the autopsy findings regarding Mr. Timothy Peele, whose body was recovered from Lake Murray Tuesday. Mr. Peele, 51, of Irmo put his boat in at a public boat ramp near the Lake Murray Dam at approximately 6:30 a.m., and the boat was discovered unmanned in the same area a short time later, which […]

by · May 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 1 to hold on-campus graduation ceremonies

Lexington 1 to hold on-campus graduation ceremonies

Lexington School District One will hold high school graduations ceremonies. The graduation ceremonies will be held at each schools’ football stadium. The schools will practice social distancing. The decision to hold the ceremonies came after the district surveyed seniors. Each graduate will receive two tickets for guests to the ceremony. The ceremonies will be live streamed and recorded. Recordings of […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Will Lexington 2’s Fine Arts Center, District Offices be built in Springdale?

Will Lexington 2’s Fine Arts Center, District Offices be built in Springdale?

Will the Lexington Two School Board build a fine arts center, auditorium and new district headquarters on Platt Springs Road in Springdale?That is what some are speculating. The school district has purchased more than 26 acres for $1.2 million dollars. It’s across from Carolina Buffet. West Columbia City Councilman Mike Green said he has been told the district has no […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police Department   lobby, front desk reopened

Lexington Police Department lobby, front desk reopened

After several weeks of being closed, the Lexington Police Department lobby and front desk area has reopened and business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Those who need to enter the department beyond the lobby will be asked to complete a short medical screening, including having their temperature taken. If you have questions or are in need […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
USC to resume on-campus classes for the fall

USC to resume on-campus classes for the fall

In-person instruction at UfSC-Columbia will resume mid-August. The university will expand online course offerings to accommodate those who choose to remain away. USC announced that the to open is decision that has not been made lightly and will require a commitment from the collective Gamecock Family to ensure public health and safety. Details: go.sc.edu/coronavirus USC President Bob Caslen will conduct […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbiana Centre mall has opened

Columbiana Centre mall has opened

Columbiana Centre mall has reopened. Many of the Harbison mall’s store opened over the weekend after S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster allowed retail stores open after a lockdown because of the coronavirus. The stores open include: Belk; Altar’d State;Forever 21; DTLR; and Chick-fil-A. The food court is still closed for sit-down dining. Columbiana Centre is open from 11 a.m. until 7 […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Progress continues on Sunset Boulevard’s TownPlace Suites, West Columbia

Progress continues on Sunset Boulevard’s TownPlace Suites, West Columbia

The Marriott International TownPlace Suites at 2915 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia is taking shape. The new hotel is being built across from Lexington Medical Center. Ground was broken at the site in January. Solara Hospitality is the company building the 111-room hotel, between Bojangles and Freddy’s Burgers. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. said there is a great need for […]

by · May 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Rebecca Fannie Dawkins passes away at age 103

West Columbia’s Rebecca Fannie Dawkins passes away at age 103

Rebecca Fannie Dawkins of West Columbia has passed away. News of her passing was posted on the Facebook page of Turner Memorial AME Church, Tuesday. Click here for a link: The post read: “It is with mixed emotions that we share with you the home-going of 103 year old Sis Rebecca Fannie Dawkins. She was blessed with longevity. A long […]

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Irmo man recovered from Lake Murray is identified by coroner

Irmo man recovered from Lake Murray is identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a body recovered from Lake Murray at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, the body of Mr. Timothy Steven Peele, 51, of Irmo was recovered near the Lake Murray Dam by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Peele put his boat in at a public boat ramp near the dam at approximately […]

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
7 adults, 3 dogs retrieved from Saluda River, by emergency personnel

7 adults, 3 dogs retrieved from Saluda River, by emergency personnel

The West Columbia Fire Department, Lexington County Fire Services and , and the Columbia Fire Department conducted a river rescue on the Saluda River, Tuesday afternoon. Seven adult rafters and three dogs were rescued from the river and returned to shore. There were no injuries.

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body recovered from Lake Murray

Body recovered from Lake Murray

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a call regarding boat ramp on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam about 6:40 Tuesday morning. A boat that was adrift was rported near the dock. Just before 1 p.m. a male body was recovered in connection with this case. The LCSD dive team was on the scene and searched the […]

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron salutes teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Nephron salutes teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Nephron Pharmaceuticals is acknowledging the role of teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. A post on company owner Lou Wood Kennedy’s Facebook page reads: “In the midst of this crisis, teachers have stepped up, making sure our children don’t miss a beat. We are grateful for the sacrifices our teachers make, and we want to thank them for their great work […]

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce’s Something Borrowed gets to work setting up tents for outside dining

Cayce’s Something Borrowed gets to work setting up tents for outside dining

Beginning Monday , restaurants were allowed by the governor to serve customers on-premise, if the the service is outdoors. Some restaurants called on Something Borrowed of Cayce to supply shelter, in the form of tents, to shade customers who showed up to eat. Something Borrowed Owner Lee Pitcovich said it was good to put his staff to work as the […]

by · May 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crews at work adding 23 paved parking spaces near West Columbia Riverwalk

Crews at work adding 23 paved parking spaces near West Columbia Riverwalk

Alexander Road, near the entrance to Riverwalk in West Columbia, is taking on a different look. “We’re adding 23 additional paved parking spaces on Alexander Road,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. A sidewalk extending down the street along the area of the parking spaces, will also be added. Crews were on the site, Monday to address drainage issues on […]

by · May 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 more coronavirus deaths this week in Lexington County, says DHEC

5 more coronavirus deaths this week in Lexington County, says DHEC

According to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, 17 people have died in Lexington County of the coronavirus, as of Saturday. That’s five more than DHEC reported last week. There are 27 cases of coronavirus in the 29170 Zip code, that includes the Springdale area, and 26 cases in the 29169 ZIp code, that is West Columbia. The […]

by · May 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Big Lots coming to Lexington this summer

Big Lots coming to Lexington this summer

A new Big Lots store is scheduled to open in Lexington this summer. The site of the Big Lots store is 421 Columbia Avenue. It’s where the BI-LO was. There is a Big Lots on US 1, at Wattling Road, in West Columbia. Heather Stewart, of Rivercrest Realty Investors in Raleigh, NC said the store is likely to open in […]

by · May 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce art photographer Charles Hite offers shot of Congaree Creek gator

Cayce art photographer Charles Hite offers shot of Congaree Creek gator

Cayce photographer Charles Hite is offering a photo of the Little Gator in Congaree Creek along Timmerman Trail in the City of Cayce. This shot was taken from Hite’s Facebook post. Order a copy of the gator photo at: Get Little Gator art Hite’s art, that features professionally treated photos of many Cayce landmarks, is very popular and so is […]

by · May 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“Home or work” order lifted; outside dining allowed

“Home or work” order lifted; outside dining allowed

Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the “home or work” executive order, beginning Monday, May 4. The announcement was made Friday as McMaster moves to reopen the state’s economy, after weeks of a coronavirus lockdown. McMaster will also allow restaurants, which have been prohibited from providing dine-in services for about six weeks, to begin serving customers outdoors, starting May 4. Visitors […]

by · May 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center seeing patients, resuming outpatient surgery

Lexington Medical Center seeing patients, resuming outpatient surgery

From LMC’s Official Blog – Lexington Medical Center, its physician practices and Urgent Care facilities are open and seeing patients with a number of COVID-19 precautions in place to protect health and safety during appointments and procedures. The hospital network is also reopening facilities to care for community members who have postponed needed procedures and visits. Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient […]

by · May 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Irmo opens restaurants for outside dining

Irmo opens restaurants for outside dining

Irmo restaurants are reopening for outdoor dining beginning Friday. Link to Youtube video of meeting In an emergency called meeting Thursday, Irmo Town Council voted unanimously to let the restaurants open with the limitation of outside dining. There is an emergency order in place, inposed by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster that bans restaurants and bars from “any kind of on-premises […]

by · May 1, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Kinetic Derby Day moved to Sept. 26, participants    preparing

Kinetic Derby Day moved to Sept. 26, participants preparing

The City of West Columbia’s Third Annual Kinetic Derby Day Kinetic Derby Day has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 26. It was scheduled for April 25, but with the Governors orders imposed due to the coronavirus, it was moved to the fall. Kinetic Derby Day is a unique celebration that includes a parade of kinetic sculptures (human-powered, handmade floats that […]

by · April 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 will present a public graduation ceremony

Lexington 2 will present a public graduation ceremony

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Communications Director – Lexington Two has taken the flexibility granted by the governor for “alternative and innovative high school graduation ceremonies” to create a very public celebration worthy of this special group of 2020 seniors. Lexington Two will offer virtual graduation events for each of our high schools, Airport and Brookland-Cayce. The district will […]

by · April 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk, Amphitheater reopens Friday, at 8 a.m.

West Columbia Riverwalk, Amphitheater reopens Friday, at 8 a.m.

Following public health protocols, the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater will open to the public on Friday (May 1) at 8 a.m. The rest room facilities will remain closed. West Columbia will continuously monitor visitor usage and adjust as needed to ensure compliance with the guidance provided by SCDHEC and the CDC. The city thanks you for your understanding […]

by · April 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Do you know anyone in this historic West Columbia photo?

Do you know anyone in this historic West Columbia photo?

This is a 1929 picture from New Brookland Baptist Church. In 1938, the church was named West Columbia First Baptist Church. Mrs. Laverne Grooms was the historian for years at First Baptist West Columbia. She died on Easter Sunday of this year at 91 years of age. A lot of the family still lives in Lexington County. Bill Mooneyhand found […]

by · April 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 finalizes dates and deadlines for end of 2019-2020 school year

Lexington 2 finalizes dates and deadlines for end of 2019-2020 school year

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexinton Two Communications Director – Lexington Two has finalized dates and deadlines for the final weeks of the 2019-20 academic year, as schools remained closed for COVID-19 by order of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Among the key dates: Friday, May 15 — Seniors’ last day for completing work; final day for new assignments This is […]

by · April 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia releases its latest Newsletter

City of West Columbia releases its latest Newsletter

The City of West Columbia has released its latest Newsletter. It is the fifth edition of the city’s newsletter. It includes a the final message from Mayor Tem Miles. There are also updates from all of West Columbia City Council members. Link to West Columbia Newsletter The newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events and information important to the City […]

by · April 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Leaders secure funds for wayfinding signs along the Congaree River

Leaders secure funds for wayfinding signs along the Congaree River

South Carolina Sen. Nikki Setzler and South Carolina Rep. Micah Caskey secured funding of almost $200,000 in December for wayfinding signage for the River Districts of the City of West Columbia and the City of Cayce. Throughout West Columbia and Cayce’s River Districts, approximately 30 signs directing visitors to local attractions, are being installed. The signage will highlight important attractions […]

by · April 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New Starbucks scheduled to open in West Columbia, Friday

New Starbucks scheduled to open in West Columbia, Friday

While much has been shut down during the coronavirus crisis, construction crews have been busy in West Columbia. A new Starbucks is scheduled to open Friday in the Danwood Shopping Center. It’s at 2408 Augusta Road (US 1) in the same general location of the Sonic Drive-In and McAlister’s. The opening date, at least for the drive-thru is listed as […]

by · April 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of Myrtle Beach reopens public beaches

City of Myrtle Beach reopens public beaches

The City of Myrtle Beach is reopening all of its public beaches. The announcement allows people access to one of the state’s most visited recreational destinations. The beaches has been closed by order of Gov. Henry McMaster until last week due to the coronavirus. Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen rescinded the emergency order Tuesday that had closed public beach […]

by · April 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Colite International, Up Fits Columbia Metropolitan Airport Welcome Sign

Colite International, Up Fits Columbia Metropolitan Airport Welcome Sign

As a part of the overall brand refresh, Columbia Metropolitan Airport updated the welcome sign leading into the airport and tapped local sign manufacturer, Colite International, for the job. “Keep the job local was a concerted effort by the team as we have such outstanding, capable companies right here in the Midlands,” said Executive Director, Mike Gula. “We encourage the […]

by · April 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
A taste of normal – Cayce Riverwalk is open

A taste of normal – Cayce Riverwalk is open

Normal never felt so good. Despite the coronavirus crisis, all four phases of the Cayce Riverwalk, and the Timmerman Trail, are open. On Monday, dogs with their owners trotted down the trail. Runners and cyclists were also out enjoying a beautiful sunny day on the Congaree River. Some just walked. A rabbit, practicing social distancing, hopped by and what looked […]

by · April 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
66 SC DMV offices to reopen Monday, May 4

66 SC DMV offices to reopen Monday, May 4

Starting Monday, May 4, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will expand operations by reopening all 66 branch offices to increase convenience for customers. The additional office openings will allow the SCDMV to service more customers on a daily basis while still adhering to social distancing recommendations. All offices will operate by appointment only which can be scheduled on […]

by · April 28, 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

Want to stay free of germs and help a very good cause? 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 · April 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor extends state of emergency order, Monday

Governor extends state of emergency order, Monday

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed an extension of the state of emergency, Monday. McMaster signed the 15-day extension of the order the day the previous state emergency order would have expired. The governor can only issue a state of emergency in 15 day increments, according to state law. “South Carolina continues to fight this deadly virus with every asset […]

by · April 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gaston woman charged with assault, attempted robbery

Gaston woman charged with assault, attempted robbery

Lexington County deputies have arrested a Gaston woman on charges related to two separate incidents last week. Shelley Christina Shumpert, 32, is charged with first-degree assault and battery, and attempted armed robbery in connection to an incident April 21 in Swansea, according to arrest warrants. Shumpert is also charged with second-degree burglary and two counts of auto tampering after an […]

by · April 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
12 COVID deaths in Lexington County, 21 West Columbia cases

12 COVID deaths in Lexington County, 21 West Columbia cases

Lexington County had recorded 12 coronavirus -related deaths as of Saturday, according to statistics from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The West Columbia ZIP code of 29169 had 21 coronavirus cases as of Sunday. The Cayce ZIP code of 29033 recorded eight cases and 29170, in the Springdale area has 20 cases, according to DHEC. After Richland […]

by · April 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron, with UPS, bolsters cargo volume at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Nephron, with UPS, bolsters cargo volume at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Commercial air travel has been greatly affected due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has seen a steady flow in air shipments. Local manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals and international cargo carrier UPS have played a major role in the airport’s success. To support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Nephron Pharmaceuticals added hand sanitizer, drugs for respiratory inhalation […]

by · April 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County “Emergency Senior Feeding Program” implemented

Lexington County “Emergency Senior Feeding Program” implemented

The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission & Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission will be starting the “Emergency Senior Feeding Program” next week. This program will provide meals to residents of Lexington County who are 60 years and older, and are not current nutrition program clients. For more information & meal distribution locations please visit https://bit.ly/2zquw1v Emergency Senior Feeding Program Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission […]

by · April 26, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Brush fire shuts down US 1 in West Columbia, Saturday

Brush fire shuts down US 1 in West Columbia, Saturday

The West Columbia Police Department were asking motorists to avoid the US Hwy 1 and Watling Rd. area, Saturday. There was a large brush fire in that area and all lanes of US Hwy 1 were shut down. The WCPD reported the highway was closed around 2 p.m. Saturday. A crew from the West Columbia Fire Department was on the […]

by · April 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Driver dies after hitting big-rig on I-77, Coroner identifies

Driver dies after hitting big-rig on I-77, Coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts is releasing the name of the person who died on Saturday, after being involved in a motor vehicle collision. The incident occurred just before 7:30 A.M. on I-77 North at mile marker 28 (Blythewood). The victim loss control of the vehicle and left the roadway colliding with a tractor trailer.   Cassandra Harrington, 22, of […]

by · April 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sen. Nikki Setzler proposes porch-light vigil to honor frontline workers

Sen. Nikki Setzler proposes porch-light vigil to honor frontline workers

State Senator Nikki Setzler wants to rally neighbors and fellow South Carolinians to honor essential workers.  Setzler, who lives in West Columbia and represents Lexington, Aiken, Calhoun, and Saluda counties, is asking everyone to leave their front porch light on overnight this Saturday (April 25) as a way to honor those working through the COVID-19 outbreak. “This Saturday, April 25th, […]

by · April 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“Chris” Earl, Matt Schilit named new principals at Airport, and Northside

“Chris” Earl, Matt Schilit named new principals at Airport, and Northside

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two schools will have two new principals for the 2020-21 academic year, both with ties to the district. At Thursday’s board meeting, Superintendent Dr. William B. James Jr. recommended and the Lexington Two Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Christian “Chris” Earl as principal at Airport High School and Matt Schilit as principal at […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County investigators identify, charge 5 in 2019 mob assault

Lexington County investigators identify, charge 5 in 2019 mob assault

Lexington County detectives have arrested five people in connection to an armed robbery on Sharon Church Road last year. Dominic Dukes, 28, Robert Jeffcoat, 25, Raymond Stierwald Sr., 44, Raymond Stierwald Jr., 24, and Mattie Suggs, 18, are charged with first-degree assault and battery, conspiracy, assault by mob, kidnapping and armed robbery, according to arrest warrants. Stierwald Jr. and Suggs […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 State House rallies Friday to reopen SC’s economy

2 State House rallies Friday to reopen SC’s economy

Two rallies are scheduled at the State House Friday. The people are advocating the reopening South Carolina’s economy.The first rally begins at 10 a.m. They are asking Gov. Henry McMaster to “eopen and rescue the economy because of the threat to so many small businesses. At noon, “Drive to Thrive” is conducting a mobile protest the closing of businesses that […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School’s Student Council receives national award for service

Airport High School’s Student Council receives national award for service

From Dawn Kujawa, Lexington 2 Communications Director – Schools may be closed for the 2019-2020 school year, but that did not stop Airport High School’s Student Council from being honored nationally. The council has been recognized as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council. It’s the fourth consecutive year Airport High’s Student Council has received […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron receives FDA approval to add production line to fight COVID-19

Nephron receives FDA approval to add production line to fight COVID-19

From SCBIO – West-Columbia headquartered-Nephron Pharmaceutical Corp.’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has received an additional weapon. Click here to see release The Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s request to add a production line used in the manufacturing of bronchodilator albuterol today, Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy told the Columbia Regional Business Report. “This news came in 20 minutes […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mother and son charged with stealing air conditioner parts

Mother and son charged with stealing air conditioner parts

 A Lexington woman and her adult son have been charged in the theft of parts used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Frances Perry, 76, and Clyde Shumpert, 58, are charged with larceny, according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon. “Based on witness interviews and evidence from the scene, deputies determined Shumpert loaded HVAC coils into a car driven […]

by · April 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia is building, to be ready after COVID-19 crisis

West Columbia is building, to be ready after COVID-19 crisis

Activity has slowed because of the coronavirus crisis, but some significant construction projects are moving forward in West Columbia. “Development and progress have not stopped amid the coronavirus crisis,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “From Ninth Street to State Street you’ll see we’re in the middle of a construction boom.” Miles listed several build zones. Among them are: more than […]

by · April 23, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia Police teen is FOUND

West Columbia Police teen is FOUND

The West Columbia Police Department said a teen reported as missing has been located. The sixteen-year-old white male, left his residence in West Columbia. Gavin is approximately 5’ 7” tall, weighs 140 pounds, has a shaved head, and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, dark zip-up jacket, light-colored blue jeans, and blue shoes. If you […]

by · April 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
No school for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

No school for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday morning the state’s schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. Online instruction will continue for students throughout the month of May. There could be some accommodations made so that special needs students can get instructions possibly in the summer months. SC’s Supt. of Education Molly Spearman said there will be an […]

by · April 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford holds 3rd Comunity Chicken Sale at SC State Farmer’s Market

House of Raeford holds 3rd Comunity Chicken Sale at SC State Farmer’s Market

House of Raeford Farms held its third highly-popular Community Chicken Sale Tuesday in an effort to make sure people have chicken amid the coronavirus crisis. It, like the first two, drew a large number of buyers. It was held at the SC State Farmer’s Market instead of House of Raeford’s West Columbia plant site on Sunset Boulevard in an effort […]

by · April 22, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Yesterday’s in Columbia closes

Yesterday’s in Columbia closes

Yesterday’s restaurant, in Columbia’s 5 Points, is closing and will not reopen. A post from Yesterday’s Restaurant and Tavern’s Twitter account reads: “It is with heavy but grateful hearts that we’ve decided to hang it up for good.” “We want to extend love and thanks to all of you who came along for the ride. This community made work feel […]

by · April 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
North Myrtle Beach is open to the public, Myrtle Beach stays closed

North Myrtle Beach is open to the public, Myrtle Beach stays closed

Been cooped up too long and want some sun and fun? If you want to go to the beach, North Myrtle Beach is for you. Myrtle Beach is keeping public access to its beaches closed, even after Gov. Henty McMaster said they can open. North Myrtle Beach reopened its beaches Tuesday at noon. Most other municipalities in the state are […]

by · April 21, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia asks residents to post photos of your beautified yard

West Columbia asks residents to post photos of your beautified yard

The City of West Columbia is asking residents to post photos of your beautified yard. A release Monday from the City of West Columbia reads: “Many citizens have taken advantage of the beautiful weather and extra time at home to beautify yards and clean up properties.” The city would love for you to let everyone on social media see what […]

by · April 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 School Board to conduct online meeting remotely, Thursday

Lexington 2 School Board to conduct online meeting remotely, Thursday

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will hold its Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday.    The meeting will be conducted remotely and may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/LexingtonTwo/live.   An Amended Agenda is linked.  Notices and Agendas are also posted on the District’s website, www.lex2.org / Board of Trustees / Board Meetings / Agenda. 

by · April 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Governor says many businesses, beaches can reopen

Governor says many businesses, beaches can reopen

Gov. Henry McMaster is allowing many retail businesses to reopen. The order the governor issued Monday, states that department stores can reopen. So can sporting goods stores and craft stores. Also allowed to open are: jewelry stores, music, book, floral and luggage and leather goods stores. The order said they can open at noon Tuesday. At his daily press conference […]

by · April 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Will S.C. public schools be reopened this school year?

Will S.C. public schools be reopened this school year?

A decision to open the state’s public schools will be made this week as coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed. “We’re not quite ready to make an announcement,” said S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in a WIS-TV interview Monday. “But “I can assure you, by the end of the week,” Spearman said, “that we will make an announcement and it […]

by · April 20, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
14 COVID-19 cases in West Columbia, 5 in Cayce

14 COVID-19 cases in West Columbia, 5 in Cayce

According to the the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control the number of cases of coronavirus cases, and deaths, are increasing in Lexington County. Lexington County had recorded nine coronavirus-related deaths as of Friday. There were 271 coronavirus cases reported by DHEC in Lexington County, Sunday. According to data released by DHEC on April 9, Lexington County had recorded […]

by · April 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
SC beaches to be reopened, according to source

SC beaches to be reopened, according to source

South Carolina’s beaches will be reopened next week, according to a source. State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch said Saturday afternoon (via his Facebook page) public access to beaches will reopen next week. Link to Goldfinch’s Facebook page Gov. Henry McMaster will open the beaches, and according to numerous news outlets, he is also is considering reopening retail stores. On Facebook, Goldfinch […]

by · April 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County teen dies in crash on the way to pond to go fishing

Lexington County teen dies in crash on the way to pond to go fishing

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single motor vehicle accident that occurred on private property in the 500 block of Martin Neese Road shortly shortly after 10 a.m., Friday. According to Fisher, Mr. Kenneth Chase Cathey, 16, of Gaston was pronounceddead at the scene. Mr. Cathey and a passenger were traveling on […]

by · April 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Thomas Newman Boat Landing in Cayce reopened

Thomas Newman Boat Landing in Cayce reopened

The Thomas Newman Boat Landing in Cayce is now open. The City of Cayce released the following statement, Friday: “In accordance with the most recent Executive Order from Governor Henry McMaster, the Thomas Newman Boat Landing in Cayce has been reopened. We ask that you continue to practice responsible social distancing.”

by · April 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
The Beautification of West Columbia with new trees and shrubs

The Beautification of West Columbia with new trees and shrubs

While the coronavirus is the topic of conversation for many, the West Columbia Beautification Foundation is using the time to beautify Sunset Boulevard. Shrubbery was placed along the fence in front of the Sunset campus of East Point Academy. The WCBF is also planning more planting, all the way down to I-26. One of those projects included trees in front […]

by · April 17, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Gov. Henry McMaster reopens boat ramps, 1st step to recovery

Gov. Henry McMaster reopens boat ramps, 1st step to recovery

At his Thursday coronavirus press conference, SC Gov. Henry McMaster said he, by executive order, will reopen the state’s public boat ramps for fishing and recreation. “One of the first steps in moving back toward revitalization,” said McMaster. “It is a small step, but it is a step. There will be more.” McMaster also said projections are that the coronavirus […]

by · April 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford to hold 3rd Community Chicken Sale, this one at S.C. State Farmer’s Market, April 21

House of Raeford to hold 3rd Community Chicken Sale, this one at S.C. State Farmer’s Market, April 21

House of Raeford to hold 3rd Community Chicken Sale, this one at SC State Farmer’s Market, April 21 Chuck Underhill of House of Raeford said: “We are trying our best to help meet the enormous need our community has, and we have scheduled a 3rd chicken sale. NEW DETAILS so please read carefully: Tuesday, April 219am til noon (but we […]

by · April 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia restaurants support us, make sure to support local businesses – Restaurant list and photos

West Columbia restaurants support us, make sure to support local businesses – Restaurant list and photos

Many West Columbia restaurants are offering pick-up and/or delivery service, even if they are not open for seated service during the coronavirus crisis.  “I encourage folks to support our businesses in this time of crisis, in any way you can,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “I order from local restaurants as often as I can. Let’s keep them going.” Mary and […]

by · April 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Hundreds of thousands of pounds sold at House of Raeford Community Chicken Sale 2.0

Hundreds of thousands of pounds sold at House of Raeford Community Chicken Sale 2.0

It was supposed to be over at noon, but the last box of chicken was not placed into a car until after 6 p.m. “We just couldn’t stop it,” said Chuck Underhill of House of Raeford. People waiting that long needed it.” House of Raeford’s Community Chicken Sale 2.0 drew long lines of vehicles from east and west and north […]

by · April 15, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
21 Lexington 2 middle school students named S.C. Junior Scholars

21 Lexington 2 middle school students named S.C. Junior Scholars

Twenty-one Lexington Two middle school students have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars. Among Lexington Two’s Junior Scholars are Cassidy Callahan, Jamie Martin, Brenden McMillan, Trevor O’Toole, Kyra Pichardo, Hope Riley, Kennedy Sanchez, and Kaylee Thornton, all of Busbee Creative Arts Academy; Heidi Daniel,  Ella Harman, Savanna Newman, Carter Shealy, Caleb Straser, and Charles Underhill, all of Fulmer Middle; and […]

by · April 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Massive response to 2nd House of Raeford Community Chicken sale

Massive response to 2nd House of Raeford Community Chicken sale

Cars are in a line that stretches to the East Point Academy campus on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. On Meeting Street, the line is from State Street to Ninth Street. From the east, vehicles are backed up over the Gervais Street Bridge. The response is massive to the second House of Raeford’s Community Chicken sale. The sale is of […]

by · April 14, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Gov. Henry McMaster working on plan to reopen the state’s economy

Gov. Henry McMaster working on plan to reopen the state’s economy

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday he would like to get the state’s economy reopened soon. McMaster delivered his comments at his coronavirus press conference. The governor ordered the state’s schools to close on March 16, as a way to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Most businesses – those deemed non essenaial – including restaurants, have been ordered […]

by · April 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER – House of Raeford to hold another community chicken sale, Tuesday

REMINDER – House of Raeford to hold another community chicken sale, Tuesday

Community Chicken Sale 2.0 Due to the hundreds of calls and emails House of Raeford is conducting another community chicken sale It’s Tuesday, April 14 – 9 am-noon 441 Sunset Blvd West Columbia HOR lowered the price on thighs and added 40 lb boxes of drumsticks to make it possible for EVERYONE to benefit from this opportunity. 40 lb Boxes […]

by · April 13, 2020 · 6 comments · NEWS
State of Emergency extended until April 27

State of Emergency extended until April 27

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an extension of the current state of emergency, Sunday. There was a state of emergency in effect in South Carolina until April 15. The new order will keep it in place until April 27. All previous orders will continue to remain active until the emergency state comes to an end, or until the governor […]

by · April 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Trees down, some flooding in West Columbia

Trees down, some flooding in West Columbia

The storm that hot West Columbia early Monday morning left trees down and lots of water. A tree fell across Morningside Drive and branches were strewn on Victoria Street, just off Sunset Boulevard. Half of Arehart Street, at the Sunset Boulevard intersection, was flooded.

by · April 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Severe weather Monday morning, tornado in S.C.,  trees toppled, warning posted

Severe weather Monday morning, tornado in S.C., trees toppled, warning posted

A fierce storm blew through Lexington County, West Columbia, Cayce and Springdale, early Monday morning. High winds, heavy rains, and severe thunderstorms hit the area around 530 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. the worst had blown over. At 6:37 a.m., the National Weather Service in Columbia had canceled the tornado watch for Lexington County, but others were still in effect. There […]

by · April 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Reminder: List of West Columbia restaurants with take-out or delivery

Reminder: List of West Columbia restaurants with take-out or delivery

Looking for a way to support a West Columbia restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the COVID-19 crisis? Following is a list of West Columbia restaurants offering take-out and/or delivery: Zesto of West Columbia; Cafe Strudel West Columbia; True BBQ; Nick’s House of Pizza; Ariana’s Restaurant; Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant; Palate; Black Rooster; China Hut III; Compton’s Kitchen; Primal […]

by · April 13, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police say yard sales “non essential”

Lexington Police say yard sales “non essential”

The Lexington Police Department was contacted about yard sales that were being held in Lexington neighborhoods, Saturday morning, despite the coronavirus crisis. The LPD responded with the post below on Facebook: “While we realize that everyone has had a lot of time for spring cleaning, a yard sale is not an “Essential Activity” and creates unnecessary and unlawful gatherings of […]

by · April 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Springdale Mayor Wyman Sox has passed away

Former Springdale Mayor Wyman Sox has passed away

The Town of Springdale announced, Saturday the passing of former Springdale Mayor Wyman Sox The Town of Springdale post read: We are saddened to hear about the passing of former Springdale Mayor, Wyman Sox. A long-time resident to the Town of Springdale and a staple in our community, he will be greatly missed. Mayor Sox is also the father of […]

by · April 11, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Man who died in fire is identified by Lexington County coroner

Man who died in fire is identified by Lexington County coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual found deceased following a residential structure fire. The fire was in Pelion in the 500 block of Tindal Road. It began just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. James A. Moore II, 33, of Pelion was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the fire. Mr. […]

by · April 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County mobile home fire results in fatality

Lexington County mobile home fire results in fatality

A fire broke out at a mobile home near Pelion late Thursday evening, resulting in the death of one individual. Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services personnel a residence in the 500 block of Tindal Road just before 11:30 p.m. in reference to a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed a fully-involved mobile home fire […]

by · April 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fire closes portion of South  Beltline in Columbia

Fire closes portion of South Beltline in Columbia

Columbia Fire Department crews were on the scene of a working fire at a commercial property off of South Beltline Blvd near Shop Road, Thursday around 4 p.m.. South Beltline was closed to traffic near Shop Rd. Drivers should were asked to seek alternate routes.

by · April 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Meeting Street Artisan Market has gone ONLINE

Meeting Street Artisan Market has gone ONLINE

The Meeting Street Artisan Market has gone ONLINE, due to the #COVID19 Crisis. Frequent your favorite local vendors and shops, ONLINE! Check them all out here: Click to visit the Meeting Street Artisan Market ONLINE

by · April 9, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Good News: The COMET Restores Limited Soda Cap Connector Service

Good News: The COMET Restores Limited Soda Cap Connector Service

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced Wednesday that it is restoring limited service of the Soda Cap Connector, effective Wednesday, April 8. Soda Cap Connector #1, which travels the loop from downtown Columbia to Cayce/West Columbia via Gervais Street, will run daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 30-minute intervals. The decision was made after The […]

by · April 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Still Hopes, Laurel Crest  running low on supplies, seeking donations, says Cayce-West Columbia  Chamber

Still Hopes, Laurel Crest running low on supplies, seeking donations, says Cayce-West Columbia Chamber

Still Hopes and Laurel Crest Community Retirement Centers currently have supplies to operate safely but their current inventory will run out shortly. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce will be collecting supplies at the chamber office every weekday starting Thursday and running through Friday, April 17. The drop-off will be open from 9 AM ’til Noon. There are a […]

by · April 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Did you see the April moon Wednesday morning?

Did you see the April moon Wednesday morning?

There was a bright round moon in the sky. It was visible early Wednesday morning. Here are a few photos of it taken in West Columbia, near Northside Middle School and Providence Presbyterian Church.

by · April 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
COVID-19 results in West Columbia virtual council meeting, spike in garbage volume

COVID-19 results in West Columbia virtual council meeting, spike in garbage volume

For the first time in history, the West Columbia City Council held a virtual – on-line- council meeting, Tuesday. “I just hope that everyone will stay healthy and use common sense,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles at the beginning of the meeting. He also said: “It’s important to fulfill our obligation to hold our meeting at 6 p.m. on […]

by · April 7, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
City of Cayce enacts overnight curfew

City of Cayce enacts overnight curfew

At Tuesday’s Cayce City Council meeting, council voted unanimously to enact a citywide curfew beginning Wednesday The curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. and will restrict the travel of individuals inside the Cayce city limits with the exception of individuals traveling to and from work, for work purposes, or for healthcare. During the hours of […]

by · April 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford sells 200,000 pounds of chicken to the community

House of Raeford sells 200,000 pounds of chicken to the community

House of Raeford sold 200,000 pounds of chicken, one 40-pound-box at a time at its community chicken sale, Tuesday. “There’s a lot of pressure on the grocery stores,” said Chuck Underhill of House of Raeford. “They may not have chicken. We wanted to take some of the pressure off of them and give something to help the community.” He also […]

by · April 7, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Nephron is hiring

Nephron is hiring

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. is hiring. Nephron is hiring line technicians night shift and day shift. Great pay is advertised and benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance and more. Apply at nephronpharm.com/careers Nephron is in Lexington County’s Saxe Gotha Industrial Park, in West Columbia, just outside of Cayce, on the 12th Street Extension. Nephron is a certified woman-owned business, as […]

by · April 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Spring comes to West Columbia

Spring comes to West Columbia

It has been a long, and wet winter. But the weather has turned for the better with the onset of spring. The tree now have green leaves and the flowers are bursting with color. Temperatures are in the 70s and the 80s and there has been a few days of sunshine. Here are some photos from around West Columbia.

by · April 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia holding Virtual City Council Meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday – links

West Columbia holding Virtual City Council Meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday – links

West Columbia City Council is holding a Virtual City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Click here for a link to the agenda: To attend the virtual meeting – online: Log into GoToMeeting using one of the following methods: A. You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/193194077 B. You can also dial in using […]

by · April 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce City Council has call-in number to attend Tuesday 6 p.m. council meeting

Cayce City Council has call-in number to attend Tuesday 6 p.m. council meeting

Cayce City Council’s regular meeting is at 6 p.m., Tuesday. Cayce City Hall is currently closed to the public. To attend Tuesday’s meeting, call 1 803-454-9549 Conference ID: 612 695 270# http:// caycesc.gov

by · April 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER: House of Raeford holding community chicken sale,  Tuesday

REMINDER: House of Raeford holding community chicken sale, Tuesday

House of Raeford holding community chicken sale Tuesday, April 7. It’s from 9 a.m. until noon. 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 […]

by · April 6, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Lexington Police look for graffiti artist who vandalized businesses

Lexington Police look for graffiti artist who vandalized businesses

Overnight Sunday someone vandalized multiple Lexington businesses in the area of Main Street, Columbia Avenue, Lake Drive and Church Street. Lexington Police are looking for the graffiti artist who vandalized the businesses. If you have seen the graffiti design- in the photos- before and have information on who the vandal is, please call LPD at 803-359-6260.

by · April 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 COVID-19 cases in West Columbia, 1 in Cayce, 3 in 29170

5 COVID-19 cases in West Columbia, 1 in Cayce, 3 in 29170

A majority of those tested for COVID-19 in South Carolina are receiving a negative result. The S.C. Department of Environmental Control is reporting that more 18,976 people have been tested in the state for the coronavirus, and more than 16,927 did not have the virus. DHEC reported 2,049 positive tests. Click here for DHEC testing data As of Saturday, DHEC […]

by · April 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County deputy tests positive for COVID-19

Lexington County deputy tests positive for COVID-19

A Lexington County patrol deputy is in home isolation after testing positive Friday for COVID-19, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday. “As an agency, we are very concerned about the deputy’s health and well-being as he recovers from his illness,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Although he has been isolated, he’s in good spirits as he continues to […]

by · April 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man, 59, dies after ATV flips on top of him

Man, 59, dies after ATV flips on top of him

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name, Saturday, of the person who died on Friday, in an ATV incident. Columbia/Richland Fire and South Carolina Highway Patrol responded just before 6:00 P.M. to Ridge Crest Court and found an unresponsive male victim lying on the ground. James M. Tyson, 59, of Scottsdale Court, Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

by · April 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
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
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 Hospi