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Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove retiring

From Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce – Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove, announced his retirement, Thursday, after more than 35 years in law enforcement. Upon his retirement, Snellgrove was praised for his leadership and his commitment to professionalism and community policing, in a City of Cayce press […]

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11-year-old is killed in Lexington County shooting

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of Madera Road, Batesburg,at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesay. According to Fisher, Miss Tashya Michelle Jay, 11, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound. Another girl […]

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Driver injured in road shooting on I-77 near Cayce

A driver was wounded by gunfire Thursday in Cayce.The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating a driver-involved shooting. A driver left 12th Street in Cayce and drove onto I-77 North at about 10 p.m., Thursday. Cayce Police said another driver pulled up beside him and fired. At least four […]

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D’s Wings West Columbia location is OPEN

D’s Wings has opened its West Columbia location in West Columbia, Wednesday. It’s at 415 Meeting Street, behind the buildings of State Street, beside the Interactive Art Park and Artisan Market. Customers were in the new building at lunch, Wednesday. D’s owners announced a move from Parkland Plaza in Cayce […]

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No tax increase in West Columbia’s 2021-22 budget

City Administrator Brian Carter told West Columbia City Council, Tuesday there will be no tax increase required to fund the City of West Columbia’s 2021-2022 budget. The city’s general fund budget is $18.3 million. The water and sewer budget is $19.9 million. No city employees will be added this year […]

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Crash causes a traffic backup on I-77, Thursday

A crash on Interstate 77 south was blocking traffic, Thursday morning. According to Master Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, traffic was blocked in the south bound lanes of I-77 at mile marker 9. A tractor trailer and a dump truck were traveling in the north bound […]

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1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 400 block of Dixired Road in Leesville at approximately 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Damon Watts Jaynes, 27, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to his […]

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City of Cayce ends mask mandate

Cayce City Council voted to repeal its face coverings mandate, Wednesday. After the vote, the City of Cayce published to following announcement: In accordance with the requirements of the recent Executive Order issued by Governor Henry McMaster, the members of our Cayce City voted to repeal Emergency Ordinance 2021-15 concerning […]

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West Columbia moves toward post-COVID

The City of West Columbia’s face covering mandate expired on May 1. A day later, the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner was held and more than 1,000 attended. Five days after the Bridge Dinner, Art on State drew a large crowd for music, shopping and outdoor celebration.  (Feature photo Art on […]

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Body found on the Saluda River

A body was found in the Saluda River in Columbia, Wednesday, according to the Columbia Police Department.A call came in after 12 noon that the body had been found in the water in the area of Candi Lane, close to the Greystone Boulevard exit at I – 126. The river […]

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Fire engulfs Lexington County chicken house

The Lexington County Fire Service responded to a fire at a chicken-breeding facility in the 2300 block of Calks Ferry Road, Friday. Upon arrival firefighting crews reported heavy fire engulfing the structure. In all 14 units and 26 crew members were on the scene. Lexington County Public Works was called […]

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Brookland-Cayce students celebrate Spanish culture

Brookland-Cayce High School Assistant Principal Brenton Coe listened as a group of students in his mentoring group talked about how they wanted the school to learn a bit more about them. That casual conversation among Coe’s ESOL students in the Young Men/Women of Character and Distinction resulted in the recent […]

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Lexington 2 students, employees not required to wear masks

Early Thursday, SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman rescinded the state face covering policy for public schools. Due to the Department of Education rescinding its policy, and an order that drops mask mandates from Gov. Henry McMaster, Lexington Two is changing its mask policy. Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade announced […]

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Woman, 56, dies after vehicle hits tree in Batesburg

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 2100 block of Broad Street, in Batesburg, at approximately 6 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Ms. Rhonda Faye Beaty, 56, of Leesville was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to her injuries. […]

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Brookland-Cayce Wrestlers Deontae Strader; Jonah Del Priore; and Terry Hildebrand honored by West Columbia City Council for championship season

The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday, recognizing the The Brookland-Cayce Varsity Wrestling Team for all of their accomplishments in the 2021 school year. Specifically recognized were Coach Craig Watts, wrestlers: Deontae Strader; Jonah Del Priore; and Terry Hildebrand II (all pictured. for their accomplishments. […]

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West Columbia City Council celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

The West Columbia City Council recognized Teacher Appreciation Week at its regular meeting, Tuesday. The recognition was to thank past and present teachers for their service. West Columbia Councilwoman Casey Hallman and Councilman Mickey Pringle (both professional educators) stood with Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks to receive the proclamation, Tuesday.

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Richland County teen Sanaa Amenhotep died after being shot

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the official cause of death ofRichland County teen, Sanaa Amenhotep, whose body was recovered from a woodedarea in Leesville, Thursday. According to Fisher, an autopsy performed Friday confirmed that MissAmenhotep sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The autopsy concluded that thegunshot wounds were the cause […]

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See the full moon over the Congaree River

Have you seen the full moon this week? One of the most attractive places to see the moon is over the Congaree River. These photos were taken of the river and of the Gervais Street Bridge. Most were taken from different spots on West Columbia’s Riverwalk. One is the moon […]

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55 Lexington 2 employees recognized for years of service

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Communications Director – Fifty-five employees of Lexington Two are being recognized for service to the district. The annual service awards recognize employees with 10, 20, 30 and 40-plus years of service in Lexington Two. Among the recipients, their schools and years of service: 10 […]

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Lexington County launches Text-to-911 service

Lexington County Emergency Services announced Wednesday the launch of Text-to-911 service. The County’s Text-to-911 uses the latest state-of-the-art technology allowing hearing- and speech-impaired residents, as well as those in potentially dangerous situations, to reach out for help. Text-to-911 will be available for all Lexington County residents and visitors in the […]

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Work on The Modern Locksmith in Cayce is progressing

It was announced in November that Irmo Lock Company purchased property for its second location in the Columbia market at 538 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. The new business will be named “The Modern Locksmith.” The unique shaped building is across from the Brookland-Cayce High School basketball arena.Crews have been […]

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Fire destroys mobile home in Lexington County

Lexington County Fire Services and West Columbia Fire units responded to the 3100 block of Dudley Road in reference to a mobile home fire just after 4:15 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, heavy flames could be seen coming from the home. Firefighters immediately went to work extinguishing the fire. There were […]

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Woman rescued from Congaree River Friday afternoon

A woman was rescued from the Congaree River near the Blossom Street Bridge, Friday afternoon. She transported to a local hospital. The rescue was a combined effort between the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the City of Columbia Police and Fire Departments and the City of West Columbia Police and […]

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Crash in Lexington causes lanes to be closed temporarily

There was a three-vehicle collision in Lexington Saturday at the intersection at Sunset Boulevard and Hope Ferry Road. The Lexington Police Department reported the accident before 1 p.m. All inbound lanes into Lexington were shut down as emergency personnel assessed the situation. Police asked motorists to use alternative routes until […]

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Lexington man charged in home remodeling fraud case

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of contracting to do construction work he is not licensed to perform. James Brandon Jordan, 29, is charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses for signing a contract and accepting more than $30,000 to work on a Chapin home last October, according […]

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Gray Collegiate Academy getting a new weight room

Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia is getting a new weight room. The new facility is being constructed at the school’s campus off of Leaphart Road. The new weight room includes weights and racks from William’s Strength of West Columbia. The flooring is being done by BSN. The contractor is […]

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Vehicles and building destroyed by fire

Firefighters from Lexington County Fire Services, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Batesburg-Leesville and Irmo were dispatched to the 300 block of Broad Street – to Derrick’s Service Center – in reference to a commercial structure fire. Upon arrival several vehicles and a gas tanker were on fire. Firefighters immediately began extinguishing the […]

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Coroner identifies 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 at approximately 2:45 a.m. Monday, at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Fairview Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Allen Maurice Johnson, 53, of Leesville was transportedfrom the scene and pronounced dead […]

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Fire destroys Lexington County home

Lexington County Fire Services and EMS units responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Tannery Drive just before 3 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming the roof of the single-family home. Firefighters immediately went to work making sure there was no […]

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Teen missing in Richland County

Teen missing in Richland County. Kaleel McCain, age 16, was last seen leaving his home on Sterling Cross Drive, Wednesday afternoon (March 31.) His home is off Summit Parkway in Northeast Richland County. McCain is approximately 5’6” tall, and weighs 180 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. He […]

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Busbee, Brookland-Cayce Archery Teams finish the season strong

Dawn Kujawa, Lexington Two Communications– Lexington Two had a strong finish to its archery season, with both individual and team recognitions at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Virtual State Championship. Elizabeth Pittman, an eighth-grader at Busbee Creative Arts Academy, finished third in the State Championship. She came in […]

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Lexington County deputies looking for Rex Corder

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Rex Corder. He’s wanted on three arrest warrants. He’s also a person of interest in the theft of an RV (pictured below) from a Gilbert home, according to Lexington County detectives. Call Crimestoppers to share anonymous info on where Corder might be. […]

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Lexington woman gets 12 years for felony DUI involving death

Last week, Lauren Michelle Dangerfield, 33 from Lexington, was sentenced to 12 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections following a guilty plea to Felony DUI, Involving Death. Dangerfield entered her guilty plea by videoconference using the Court’s Virtual Courtroom platform on Dec. 7. The sentencing hearing was delayed […]

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West Columbia Riverwalk closed, flood warning in effect

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, and 100 Riverside Drive, West Columbia, is temporarily closed due to flooding. Flood Statement National Weather Service Columbia SC 537 AM EDT Sun Mar 28 2021 …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Carolina… Congaree River At […]

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Lexington road reopens after crash, Saturday

A three-vehicle collision on Augusta Road (US-1) at Cedar Road, in Lexington, closed the road for a while Saturday, according to the Lexington Police Department. The cars were removed from the road and all lanes have reopened about 1:30 Saturday afternoon. The cause of the collision was from a driver […]

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41 Lexington Two students named Myrdis Walker Scholars

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications – Forty-one Lexington Two students are being honored as 2020-21 Myrdis Walker Scholars. The district program, established in 1990, recognizes African-American students in eighth through 12th grades who have demonstrated academic excellence.  It is named for Myrdis Walker, who taught for many years […]

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West Columbia PD collecting food for Spring Break Food Drive

The West Columbia Police Department collected non-perishable foods for their annual Spring Break Food Drive last Saturday. The WCPD will also be collecting food on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at KJ’s Market (the former Bi-Lo), 2349 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Items Requested Are: Peanut Butter Jelly Spaghetti-O’s/Ravioli Microwave […]

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Body found on I-20, teens charged in fatal shooting

Lexington County deputies have arrested two 17-year-old males in connection with a fatal shooting in a car traveling on Interstate Highway 20 Tuesday night. “Based on forensic evidence and the information we gathered from witness statements, the teens we arrested had some sort of disagreement with Torrian Oree as they […]

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Body found on I-20, Tuesday evening, coroner identifies

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was found deceased Tuesday, near exit 51 along Interstate 20 eastbound. Click here for initial report According to Fisher, Mr. Torrian Bryant Oree, 21, of Edgefield was discovered just east of exit 51 shortly after 7 p.m. Mr. Oree had sustained multiple […]

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Man’s body found on I-20 in Lexington County

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, late Tuesday night, it was in the early stages of a death investigation along I-20 east between exits 51 and 55. I-20 East was closed in that area. State troopers set up a detour. The interstate was later reopened. It was closed after a man’s […]

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Joshua Spry crowned Airport High School’s Mr. Eagle

Joshua Spry was crowned Airport High School’s Mr. Eagle, Saturday.  Fourteen students participated in the competition, which raises money for Airport’s Annual Charity Drive for Camp Kemo. More than $2,000 was raised at this year’s event to send children with cancer or blood disorders to summer camp. Among this year’s […]

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Lexington woman dies in West Columbia crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred in the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia at approximately 7:40 a.m. Monday. According to Fisher, Ms. Kayla Marie Troutman, 32, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due […]

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Lanes reopen after crash in Lexington

All lanes have reopened on North Church Street in Lexington, around 6 p.m. Monday. The lanes were opened in the aftermath of a collision that resulted in their closing. The collision was caused by a driver failing to yield the right of way when crossing over from Butler Street, according […]

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Wave of Lexington 2 school personnel get COVID vaccine

A couple hundred Lexington School District Two employees were scheduled to get their first COVID vaccine shots Monday. About 230 Lexington Two employees signed up for the vaccination clinic at the Lexington Two Innovation Center in Cayce. By 11:30 a.m., 160 had been vaccinated. The vaccination session was scheduled to […]

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Tax filing deadline for individuals moved to May 17

The date to file individual incomes tax forms of the year 2020 has been extended. The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) is following the deadline change announced Wednesday by the IRS. The normal April 15 deadline has been changed to May 17. The recent IRS deadline change only applies […]

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Tiny house community to open in West Columbia

West Oaks Village is opening soon in West Columbia. It’s a tiny home community that will welcome its first residents in April. There will be eight homes on the site. Another tiny home community is planned near Lake Murray. Tiny homes are as small as 400-square-feet, with one or two […]

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Be prepared for severe weather Thursday

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict severe weather for South Carolina beginning late Thursday morning and lasting into Thursday evening. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are possible throughout the entire state Thursday. Your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado if a warning is issued […]

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West Columbia man arrested on drug and child neglect charges

A West Columbia man accused of drug trafficking charges is also accused of neglecting a child after Lexington County narcotics agents stopped him during a drug investigation. Curley Brooks, 44, is charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack, and unlawful neglect of a child, according to arrest warrants. “Agents from the […]

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Missing 1 year-old is found and is safe

The Cayce Department of Public Safety issued a statement Tuesday morning, asking for help to find one-year boy named “Khazi.” The child was found safe according to a Cayce DPS post before 5 a.m. Tuesday. The searched for the child was focused in the area of Cayce Cove Apartments, at […]

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Is it spring?

A period of warm weather in mid-March is producing colorful blooms in our neighborhoods. It’s not yet St. Patrick’s Day, but the colors of yellow, white, pink, and fuschia are popping out all over. The high temperature is predicted to be 54 degrees, with rain, Tuesday. But highs will be […]

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West Columbia man dies Friday, after Thursday crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a vehicle collision that occurred on Thursday shortly before 10 a.m. The incident occurred at the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Boiling Springs Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Phillip Auston Jones, 26, of West Columbia was […]

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West Columbia’s Gira Steel featured in Newsletter

This article is featured in the February-March issue of the West Columbia Newsletter: Click here to see Gira Patel is the president and CEO of Gira Steel, housed in a 269,000 square-foot facility on Williams Street in West Columbia. The company was established in 1997 to serve local contractors with […]

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Lexington man facing child sex charges

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused in two cases of sexual contact with a minor. Donald Sadler, 47, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to arrest warrants. “We were called […]

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Lexington Chamber recognizes local businesses and professionals

The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored Midlands businesses and professionals at its virtual Chamber Awards on Wednesday.  “The Chamber is proud to honor outstanding businesses and individuals who have made contributions to our community,” said Angelle LaBorde, Chamber President & CEO. “We believe a part of our mission is to provide […]

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Gervais Street Bridge Dinner planned for May 2

The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 2. West Columbia City Council approved a request related to the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner at its March 2, meeting. The City of Columbia will consider approval at its council meeting on Tuesday (March 16.)  The May 2, event  would be […]

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2 Leesville residents arrested on drug charges

Lexington County deputies arrested two people last month after responding to a call about someone sleeping in a truck stop parking lot. Patrick Keith Gladden, 47, and Serena Ann McBee, 35, are charged with trafficking meth and altering pseudoephedrine, according to arrest warrants. “We received a call to check on someone […]

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Fire heavily damages West Columbia apartments

Units from the West Columbia Fire Department along with City of Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County Fire Services, the Irmo Fire District and Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to 1035 Comanchee Trail for a reported structure fire at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, West Columbia Fire Department firefighters found […]

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New TownePlace Suites in West Columbia is now open

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is now open at 2915 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The 111-room hotel is across from Lexington Medical Center.TownePlace Suites by Marriott is owned by Lexington 26 Hotel Associates LLC and the property is managed by Solara Hospitality of Columbia. “We are excited to introduce the […]

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Bamberg man arrested in catalytic converter theft

A 911 call about a suspicious vehicle Feb. 28 led Lexington County deputies to a Saint Andrews Road business where a man is accused of stealing catalytic converters. Rudolph Edward Myers, 50, is charged with two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, tampering with a vehicle and possession of […]

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Town of Lexington suspends face mask ordinance

Effective immediately, the Lexington Town Council has voted to suspend the ordinance that requires individuals to wear face coverings in retail establishments {grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores, etc.} within Town limits. Suspension of the face mask ordinance was announced on Friday. Also on Friday, SC Gov. Henry McMaster announced […]

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3 arrested, 3 wanted in financial fraud scheme

Lexington County deputies have arrested three people, while three others are wanted in connection to a scheme featuring stolen and forged checks, and fraudulent bank accounts. “Our investigation into the scheme started during a Jan. 26 traffic stop on a stolen vehicle,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The deputy […]

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Home significantly damaged in early morning fire

Lexington County Fire Services units responded to an early morning house fire off Lake Murray Friday, which displaced three people. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire in the 2100 block of Shull Avenue just after 3 a.m. Upon arrival, heavy flames could be seen coming from the home. Water shuttle, […]

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Lexington man arrested with 80-plus catalytic converters

Lexington County deputies arrested a man Tuesday after he was found with more than 80 catalytic converters. Curtis Sebastian Crummie, 41, is charged with 85 counts of felony property crimes in connection with the catalytic converters and a stolen truck and trailer he was using, according to arrest warrants. “We […]

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William “Bill” Mooneyhan obituary is published

William “Bill” MooneyhanFebruary 4, 1959 – February 27, 2021West Columbia, South Carolina – Bill Mooneyhan, 62, loving and devoted husband of Laura H. Mooneyhan, of McSwain Drive West Columbia, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021, unexpectedly at his home. Bill was born in Columbia, February 4, 1959, a son of […]

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Crash in Lexington affects traffic flow, Tuesday

A collision on Sunset Blvd. and US-378 near Old Cherokee Road in Lexington affected had inbound lanes, Tuesday. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash around 1 p.m. Police asked drivers to be alert for emergency personnel who were on scene. Police also asked drivers to consider an alternate route […]

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Woman who hit tree died of medical event, says coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorist who died just after merging onto I-77 northbound from I-26 at approximately 11 a.m., Sunday. According to Fisher, Mrs. Vernetta Tillman, 73, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mrs. Tillman, who was wearing a seat belt, left the roadway […]

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2 men arrested for stealing catalytic converter

Two men who have been arrested by Lexington Police for stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle, Police Chief Terrence Green announced Monday. They were arrested after they fled from a business. On Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to a business at the 200 block of Swartz Road as the […]

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1 person killed in I-77 crash

One person was killed around 11 a.m., Sunday in a crash on I-77, at the 1 Mile Marker in Lexington County. Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol reported the fatality. A 2013 Toyota Avalon was traveling north when the car left the interstate, veering left. The car […]

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West Columbia businessman Bill Mooneyhan passes away

Bill Mooneyhan. Sr., who owned and operated Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia passed away Saturday evening (Feb. 27.) (Bill Mooneyhan in feature photo on the right with friend Steve Cohen.) Bill Mooneyhan Jr. Posted the following on Facebook: Last night I held my dads hand and told him goodbye. […]

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Lexington man dies in motorcycle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who died in collision that occurred in the 500 block of Boiling Springs Road at approximately 4:50 p.m., Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Marvin L. Drawdy, 59, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained.  Mr. Drawdy, […]

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West Columbia experiencing a wave of new businesses

Lots of new businesses are coming to West Columbia, and those businesses are thriving. Business owners say there is a welcoming spirit in West Columbia and the relationship between entrepreneurs and the City of West Columbia spurs growth. RE/MAX Southern Collection opened at 130 State St in West Columbia in […]

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Gray defeats York Prep, advances in 2A playoffs

Gray Collegiate Academy defeated York Prep 66 to 64, in the Class 2A Upper State playoffs Thursday evening. The win over second-ranked York Prep was the War Eagles tenth straight win this season. Gray has won three consecutive 2A state championships in basketball. Gray, of West Columbia, now has a […]

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1 on motorcycle dies in fiery Lexington County crash

One person died, Wednesday in a crash that occurred on Boiling springs Road near Longview Street, Wednesday, in Lexington County.Master Trooper David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol said the incident occurred around 4:50 p.m. The collision involved two vehicles, both traveling north on Boiling Springs Road. A 1992 Yamaha […]

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Latest West Columbia Newsletter published

The City of West Columbia has released its February-March Newsletter. It is the tenth edition of the city’s newsletter. It includes a message from Mayor Tem Miles. There are also updates from all of West Columbia City Council members. The newsletter includes articles on Gira Steel, City of West Columbia […]

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5 Airport High School students earn top band honors

Five Airport High School students have earned Region band honors and 2 that have Superior Band Rating. “The have worked hard on audition materials and all five have earned placements into the South Carolina Band Directors Association’s Region 2 Honor Band,” said Michael Rooker, Airport’s Director of Bands. Rooker said […]

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2 accused of stealing guns from firearms dealer

 Columbia man and woman were arrested last week on multiple charges after detectives said the pair conspired to steal guns while employed by a shipping company. Keith Alexander Anderson-Salters, 20, and Alyssa Iyana Ray, 20, are both charged with five counts of sale or delivery of a stolen pistol, one […]

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Plans are for Jakes on Meeting to open soon

Jakes on Meeting will be opening possible in the next week or so at 920 Meeting Street in West Columbia. That’s the old bait and tackle building. There’s been a loud outpouring of interest in opening again, the owner posted on Facebook. It could open in the first week of […]

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48-year-old man is killed in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred on Interstate 26 Westbound at Mile Marker 91 shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Michael Allen Costner, 48, of Morganton, NC was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries […]

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Lexington County 13-year-old girl FOUND SAFE

A Lexington County 13-year-old girl has been FOUND SAFE The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was looking for a 13-year-old girl.The family of Ashley Lopez Florez said the last time they saw her was late Tuesday night at her home on Delree Street in West Columbia. Ashley is 5’3” and weighs […]

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Lexington 2’s Clays Team in competition this weekend

It’s the first year of competition for the Lexington Two Innovation Center Scholastic Clays Team, and not even COVID-19 can put a damper on members’ enthusiasm. The nine-member team competes as part of the South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation. Lexington Two’s team competes against public and private schools from around […]

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Random Acts of Kindness encouraged in West Columbia

We are in the middle of “Random Acts of Kindness” Week. Everyone can use more kindness in their lives and Random Acts of Kindness Week is a time when West Columbia, and the country, celebrate kindness. (Feature photo is WCFD speaking to students at East Point Academy) The positive effects of doing […]

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1 taken to hospital after 3-car crash in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department was on the scene of a three-car collision on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) near Hope Ferry Road, Wednesday. One person was transported from the scene by EMS. The cars were eventually cleared from the road. The collision was caused by a driver failing to yield the right […]

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Man charged with catalytic converter theft

Lexington County deputies arrested a St. Matthews man Saturday on a felony charge of possession of stolen non-ferrous metals, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Joseph Michael Lyons, 41, was arrested after a traffic stop in the 4300 block of Augusta Highway, according to an incident report. “We received a […]

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Almost 200 new homes planned for Springdale

The Town of Springdale is growing by 189 new homes, said Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop. The new community will be named Roof’s Pond. The builders in Roof’s Pond will be Stanley Martin Homes (that used to be Essex Homes) and Great Southern Homes. The property where the new houses are […]

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15-year-old dies 6 days after crash, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died, Wednesday, as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The crash occurred on Feb. 5, in the 3800 block of SC Highway 6, near the intersection of Edmund Highway, at approximately 7:20 p.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Dillan Alexander […]

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Man who allegedly stole car with child in it, is arrested

The man accused of stealing a car in Cayce with a two-year-old girl inside has been found and charged. Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove announced Wednesday the arrest of Shyheem Malik Phillips. Phillips is charged with vehicle theft and kidnapping. Snellgrove said he stole the car from a […]

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Sheriff: Man shot woman, then himself

A Lexington County man has died after shooting a woman this morning and turning the gun on himself, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday. “Investigators have determined the man abducted the woman from a medical office in Lexington before forcing her to drive to some woods at the end […]

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West Columbia is most-romantic on Valentine’s Day

The occasion of Valentine’s Day generates lots of business in West Columbia. Dining and flowers are always a part of the tradition that marks the day. Valentine’s Day is Sunday (Feb. 14) and is widely considered the most romantic holiday of the year. It is a celebration of love. Children […]

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2-year-old taken in car is FOUND safe

Earlier Tuesday evening, the Cayce Department of Public Safety issued a statement and an Amber Alert regarding a missing 2-year old. “We are thankful to announce that she has been found safely,” the CDPS said around 12: 20 a.m. The department will provide details as they are able. The CDPS […]

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2 Lexington women arrested on drug charges

Lexington County narcotics agents arrested two women Wednesday after following up on a community tip about drug activity at a Red Bank home. Leslie Ann Saylor, 46, is charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, and possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to arrest warrants. Katherine Loreen Leiby, […]

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2 men arrested for alleged I-26 catalytic converter theft

 Lexington County deputies arrested two men accused of trying to steal a catalytic converter from a car left on the side of Interstate Highway 26. Joshua Keith Shanklin, 25, and Timothy Eugene Watford, 42, are charged with possession of stolen nonferrous metals, injury to real property to obtain nonferrous metals, […]

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Lexington 2 Schools seeking substitute teachers

If you’re looking for temporary work with flexible hours, locations and benefits, apply to become a substitute in Lexington School District Two. Substitutes work on an “as needed” basis depending on available assignments with ESS, the placement service for Lexington Two.  Daily substitutes choose when, where, and how often they’d […]

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Central Bark cuts ribbon, Grand Opening is Saturday

Central Bark, at 2931 Augusta Rd, West Columbia, held its Ribbon Cutting Friday. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon cutting. It is owned by Anthony and Courtney Girilano. There are around 40 Central Bark franchises in the US. The West Columbia location that opened a couple […]

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COMET gives rides to get COVID vaccine shots

The COMET “Don’t Miss Your Shot” campaign will transport people, free of charge, who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They have a dedicated website with more information: www.COMETCovidHelp.org or call 803-255-7100. The COMET offers three additional programs to serve those 65 years old and older and/or persons with disabilities needing transportation:• […]

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West Columbia Police arrest 2, 1 sought in connection to vandalism

The West Columbia Police Department has made two arrests in a spree of vandalisms. Between the dates of Jan. 16, and Jan. 29, approximately 30 businesses had their windows vandalized within the City of West Columbia. After an investigation, 23-year-old Tyler Chase Ashton Loyd of Gaston, 25-year-old Titus William Bolen of Cayce, and 22-year-old Brandon Tyler Driggers […]

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Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will not seek re-election

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has announced he will not seek reelection. Benjamin was elected in 2010. The mayor of Columbia is sometimes called on to work with the mayors of West Columbia, Cayce, and Lexington to exemplify a spirit of regional unity in order to attract economic development. Traditionally, there […]

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This year’s Tartan Day South has been cancelled

Tartan Day South has been cancelled for 2021. The family-friendly festival held at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce celebrates Celtic heritage. It was scheduled to begin on March 25 and run through March 28. It was cancelled in 2020, too, due to COVID concerns. Cayce Public Safety officers in […]

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East Point Academy names Teachers of the Year

East Point Academy has named its “Teachers of the Year.” “During this public health crisis, our teachers have adapted their classes to Synchronous Learning that is engaging to all students, both on and off campus,” said Middle Campus Assistant Principal Bruce Moseley when reflecting on the 20/21 school year. Working […]

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Savage Craft Ale Works opens to large crowds

Savage Craft Ale Works hosted its grand opening Saturday at 430 Center St.The courtyard, where the band played, and the inside of the building, along with the rooftop bar were packed all day Saturday. It was a cool day, but heaters and fires in pits helped ease the chill in […]

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Teen gets 15 years for firing weapon into West Columbia home

Damerio Milek Jones, 19, was sentenced to fifteen years following a guilty plea to Discharging Firearms into a Dwelling, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of a Stolen Pistol.  On February 3, 2020, Jones, along with a juvenile accomplice, discharged approximately twenty-three bullets into a home on Hammond Avenue in West Columbia […]

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West Columbia introduces fire truck with ceremony

The West Columbia Fire Department held a Push-In Ceremony, Thursday, to officially put its Brand New Engine 402 into service. Firefighters actually pushed in the fire truck to its bay. It’s a tradition, said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles that dates back to when non-mechanized fire equipment had to be […]

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Savage Craft Ale Works is opening Saturday

Savage Craft Ale Works is opening Saturday. Savage Craft is at 430 Center Street in West Columbia, just off of State Street in the River District. It’s in the renovated old City Hall and Fire Station building. The structure was built in 1925. The old Brookland Jail will serve as […]

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Vehicle fire delays traffic on I-20 in Lexington County

A vehicle was on fire around 9:30 a.m. Thursday near the Exit 59 on I-20 in Lexington County.Traffic was being disrupted and emergency crews were on the scene. Link to SCDOT camera below: https://www.511sc.org/#zoom=12.85162575732679&lon=-81.25166416168213&lat=33.948023698987726&dmsg&rest&cams&other&har&cong&wthr&acon&incd&trfc

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City of West Columbia endures during COVID

The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States almost a year ago. Since, the City of West Columbia, like other municipalities, has been proactive in taking the necessary precautions to fight the spread of the virus. City leaders have also worked to limit the inconvenience caused by […]

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1 killed in Lexington County crash

One person was killed in a collision on US 378 in Lexington County, Tuesday evening. A 1996 Dodge van hit a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, according to Master Trooper David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Shorty Road and US 378. […]

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Coroner identifies man who died in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 300 block of Hermitage Road, in Lexington County. The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 Wednesday night. According to Fisher, Mr. Richard Tyler Hook, 25, of Lexington was pronounced deceased at the […]

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West Columbia business owner thwarts car theft

Real Estate School of South Carolina owner Chip Browne stopped his vehicle from being stolen on Thursday night by catching the would-be thief in the act.  After finishing his evening real estate license course livestream, he was shutting off the lights in his building on Medical Circle, across from Lexington […]

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13 Lexington 2 middle school students named South Carolina Junior Scholars

Thirteen Lexington Two middle school students have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars. The program, developed by the state Department of Education, identifies eighth-graders with high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability through testing and other criteria, offering summer opportunities through South Carolina colleges and universities, according to the department website. […]

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1 person dies in Lexington County crash

One person died in a Lexington County crash, Wednesday night. The driver of a 2002 Toyota four-door ran off the road and hit a pole said SC Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny Collins. The incident happened around 9:35 p.m. The car was traveling west on Hermitage Road when it ran off […]

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US Rep. Joe Wilson attends Joe Biden’s Inauguration

US Rep. Joe Wilson attend the Inauguration of Joe Biden, Wednesday. Wilson, of Springdale, represents Lexington County and the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. Wilson posted the following message on his Facebook page:I am grateful to represent South Carolina’s Second Congressional District at today’s inauguration of Joe Biden and […]

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Crash causes downed power lines in Lexington

A single car collision on Old Chapin Road near Reed Avenue, had the road closed Tuesday night, according to the Lexington Police Department. Several power poles and power lines were taken down as the result of this wreck. Drivers were being detoured onto Snelgrove Road and Maxie Road away from […]

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Lexington County Coroner identifies victim of crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle incident that occurred in the 900 block of Sharon Church Road, Swansea, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Friday. According to Fisher, Mr. Walter Mark Cassidy, 53, of Swansea was pronounced dead at the scene due to his […]

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Lexington 2 returns to 5-day in-person instruction beginning Tuesday

Lexington Two will return to five-day face-to-face instruction on Tuesday From Dawn Kujawa, Lexington Two Communications Director – Lexington Two will return to five-day face-to-face instruction on Tuesday (Jan. 19) following Monday’s MLK holiday. (Photo from Riverbank Elementary Twitter page) This shift in instruction follows a two-week remote learning period […]

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Springdale Police arrest man for Fentanyl, meth possession

Springdale Police officers, along with assistance from Lexington County Sheriff deputies, arrested Daniel Scott Burgess, after a traffic stop. Burgess has been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl 3rd, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine 3rd, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Officers seized the illegal narcotics along with […]

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Lexington Fire results causes $10,000 in damages

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to a commercial structure fire just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Brookhill West. The Lexington Police Department assisted with crowd and traffic control. Arriving units discovered smoke and fire coming from a commercial dryer system at the laundry facility of the […]

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Small plane crashes in Columbia, Rosewood area

Multiple Columbia Fire Department crews are on scene of a small plane crash in the 2900 block of Kennedy Street, in Columbia. It’s in Rosewood, not far from Owens Field Airport. The Richland County Coroner’s Office is on the scene and is investigating. No update on the occupants of the […]

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Savage Craft Ale Works is opening Jan. 30

Savage Craft Ale Works is opening Jan. 30 On its social media page, in large letters, the date 1-30-2021 is published with hashtags announcing the grand opening the hashtags are: #grandopening #serveupsavage #worththewait #eraofsavage #savageiscoming #scbreweryopening Savage Craft is at 430 Center Street in West Columbia, just off of State […]

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American Pickers looking for leads in South Carolina

American Pickers, or Mike and Frank from the popular History Channel show are coming to South Carolina in March. The American Pickers crew will be in North Carolina, too, that month. American Pickers have visited Lexington County before. Specifically, the grounds of the old Harmon Tree Farm. The crew has […]

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Coroner identifies man killed in motorcycle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who died as a result of being struck by motor vehicles. The incident occurred on Interstate 26 Eastbound at mile marker 118 shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher James Prewitt, 34, of Elgin was pronounced dead at […]

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Deputies track, arrest Myrtle Beach teen after robbery

LCSD Release – A Myrtle Beach teen is accused of robbing and kidnapping a cab driver in Lexington County Thursday. Blake Austin McGrath, 19, was formally charged Friday morning with armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information we […]

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Disabled truck blocks traffic in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department is reporting that a disabled semi-truck with trailer had North Church Street near Main Street diverted to a single lane, around 8 a.m. Thursday. Police asked motorists to please drive alert, expect to merge, and know that traffic is congested in this area of the one-way-pair […]

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DIALED bicycle shop open in Cayce

Dialed Professional Bicycle Service and Sales is open on State Street in Cayce. Jayson Busbee is the shop’s owner. He repairs and sells bikes. It’s in the bottom floor of the 1938 Cayce Municipal Building. Busbee said an 80-year-old man came by one day and told him he got his […]

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Bush River Road Walmart is closing

A pharmacy employee confirmed Tuesday that the Walmart Supercenter at 1326 Bush River Rd. is closing. The Walmart store, just off of I-26, has a garden center, auto service and grocery store. It’s an option for West Columbia shoppers in addition to the Walmart Supercenter on Augusta Road. The pharmacy […]

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All of Cayce Riverwalk has been reopened

The City of Cayce praised city crews for working to get all of the Riverwalk trail reopened. It was closed for a day because of flooding. City of Cayce message posted Monday: “Thanks to (city staff’s) hard work to clean up debris and dirt from the high water levels at […]

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SLED, Cayce Public Safety part of search for suspect

Cayce Department of Public Safety was assisting in a SLED investigation, Sunday morning. The effort is part of a manhunt for suspect in Cayce. Officers from Cayce, Richland Sheriff’s Department, and SLED were searching an area near the quarry and in the vicinity of I-77. Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce […]

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DUI-related crash results in closed road in Lexington

A DUI-related collision that occurred at approximately 2 a.m., Saturday, on Gibson Road has the road closed due to downed power lines. Lexington Police reported the incident around 6:30 a.m. Lexington Police are reporting detours onto South Church Street and Bickley Road are in place to route traffic around the […]

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Mr. Melton Martin celebrates 100th birthday

Mr. Melton Martin, Ret. USMC celebrated his 100th Birthday, Thursday. He was born on Lexington Avenue in Cayce on 12/31/1920 and now resides in the City of West Columbia. Mr. Martin lives in Westover Acres. The City of Cayce and the City of West Columbia wished Mr. Martin a Happy […]

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New Year’s Eve morning is foggy in Lexington County

The Lexington Police Department is advising drivers to take precautions Thursday mornin g because of fog. The Lexington Police Department Twitter account reads: Fog throughout (Lexington) this morning is a good time to remind everyone to drive alert with their headlights on and lower your speed to not drive too […]

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COVID vaccination rate is higher in South Carolina

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control announced, Wednesday that the COVID vaccination rate in South Carolina is 31 percent based on distribution of the number of doses the state has received. The national average rate of vaccinations is 19 percent, according to federal data. When the first doses […]

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West Columbia extends mask ordinance for 60 days

The City of West Columbia voted, at a special meeting Wednesday, to extend the Emergency Ordinance to Suspend the Normal Operating Procedures of West Columbia City Council Meetings. Council also voted to extend the Emergency Ordinance to Require Face Coverings. Both motions passed unanimously during the virtual meeting. They will […]

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Frank’s Car Wash opens new West Columbia location

Franks Car Wash has opened at 1707 Charleston Highway in West Columbia. It’s the old site of Ryan’s Steak House. According to the company’s website there are 16 Frank’s Car Wash locations in South Carolina. The chain of car washes includes locations in: Orangeburg; Summerville; Ladson; Sumter; and Greenwood; in […]

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Riveras Supermarket is now open in Airport Square

A Riveras Supermarket is open into in the Airport Square Shopping Center on Airport Boulevard in West Columbia. The new store has produce, meats, bakery items and all groceries. It even has some housewares. Riveras is where the Save-a-lot used to be, adjacent to the former Kmart store and across […]

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Coroner IDs 73-year-old man who died in 4-car crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a four-vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 1:45, Wednesday afternoon. It happened near the SC State Farmers Market, in the 3400 block of U.S. 321, Charleston Highway, in West Columbia. Here’s a link to the initial story According […]

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Merry Christmas from WestMetroNews.com

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Work on the new Ds Wings site is ongoing

Two days before Christmas, and crews were on the site where the new D’s Wings will be opening. The restaurant is planning to move from Parkland Plaza in Cayce to West Columbia. The roof of the building was being enhanced, Wednesday and waterline work was being performed. Square-footage, via an […]

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Nephron gets FDA approval for milestone medication

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation is celebrating another milestone. The company announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the Nephron Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection USP, 60 mg/2 mL (30 mg/mL) in Single-Dose Vials. The vials are made of polypropylene plastic with a “luer lock” interface for […]

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Shop local for Christmas gift cards, Chamber advises

Bricks and Stones Pizza is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm and Thursday, Christmas Eve, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm! (Closed Christmas Day and day after) Opens back up on Sunday, Dec. 27 from 10am – 2pm for brunch and pizza!Gift cards. Vellas’ Restaurant is open Mon.-Wed from 11:00 […]

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A sneak peek into Savage Craft renovation

Much of the work to renovate the inside of the Old Brookland City Hall and Fire Station is complete. Savage Craft Ale Works that is in the 1925 building will soon begin the brewing process. It will take three weeks for the first ale to be done and the business […]

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Airport, Brookland-Cayce Cheer teams compete in State Finals

Only 10 teams from each School Classification qualifies to attend the State High School Cheer competition. Airport and Brookland-Cayce were invited after qualifying. The two schools competed in the SC High School League Cheer finals, Saturday. The competition was held at the Florence Civic Center. Brookland-Cayce produced a video from […]

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Retiring Lexington 2 Supt. Dr. Bill James honored

A crowd of friends, colleagues and family came to honor Lexington Two School Superintendent Dr. Bill James, Tuesday, upon his retirement. James was given a Resolution from the SC Senate and the SC House. It was sponsored by Sen. Nikki Setzler and Rep. Micah Caskey. (Photo: Cayce Mayor Elise Partin […]

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Gas pipe break causes detours in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department reported the closure of North Lake Drive (SC-6) Tuesday afternoon, due to a natural gas pipe break. The break caused detours in. Northbound traffic was detouring onto Butler Street and southbound traffic is detouring onto Columbia Avenue or Dreher Street. This closure could last until 6 […]

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West Columbia BI-LO becoming a KJ’s Market IGA

The BI-LO at Westside Plaza Shopping Center will become a KJ’s Market IGA grocery store. The transition date for the new store is slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 15. Phil Payment, president of W. Lee Flowers Co. in Scranton confirmed Monday that the BI-LO at 2349 Augusta Road, West Columbia […]

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Industrial park planned for Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Magnus Development is planning a speculative industrial park at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. It will be called 803 Industrial Park and consist of almost one-million sq.-ft.,Ground will be broken on the complex’s 204,120-sq.-ft. Building 1  is scheduled in 2021.  Colliers International, with airport marketing, will lease the property. “Without a doubt, […]

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Brookland-Cayce Cheer Team makes State Finals

The Brookland-Cayce Cheer Team is on the list of finalists that will be competing in the SC High School League competitive cheer championships. The finals are scheduled for Dec. 19 at the Florence Civic Center. Brookland-Cayce earned a spot in the Class 3A competition. The schools learned the news base […]

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Lakeview School Historical Marker unveiled and dedicated

The Lakeview School historical marker dedication and unveiling ceremony was held on Friday at the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center at 1218 Batchelor Street, West Columbia. Rev. Kenneth Taylor of Turner Memorial AME Church offered the invocation. He said the occasion is one to celebrate the great legacy of Lakeview School and […]

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Airport Cheer Team qualifies for State Finals

Airport High School’s Cheer Team has earned a spot at the SC High School League competitive cheer finals. Airport placed 4th overall in the Class 4A qualifier held at Irmo High School. The Eagles Cheer Team were also 4A Lower State Champions. The Class 4A final set for Dec. 19 […]

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Cayce has new “Light Diamond” sculpture

The City of Cayce has added a “Light Diamond” sculpture. The Light Diamond sculpture is in Cayce’s Art Lot, in the River Arts District on State Street. The art light is aglow at night. The “sculpture was designed by Will Bryan and fabricated by metal artist Chris Stuyk & Co.

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Brookland-Cayce students present Christmas lights drive-thru

The students, and staff, of Brookland-Cayce High School brought the Christmas spirit to the campus Wednesday evening. The Brookland-Cayce High School DECA presented a Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display Drive Thru. Several clubs participated said Tiffany Aull, a BC teacher who helped organize the nighttime light show. Clubs and organizations […]

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Lexington man charged after infant daughter injured

 Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of severely injuring his 2-month-old child. James McQueen Boltin Jr., 25, is charged with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child, according to an arrest warrant. “Detectives have talked with health care providers, caretakers and family members as part of their investigation,” […]

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SUV knocks down utility pole in Lexington crash

An SUV ran into a utility pole in Lexington Tuesday morning, according to the Lexington Police Department. The crashed resulted in traffic is being detoured onto Third Avenue and Cedar Street around the collision scene on West Main Street/US-1. Police said to expect delays and congestion in the area or […]

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Sunshine Cafe is back open in Westland Square

Sunshine Cafe and Catering Company reopened. It’s in 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, 2019. Sunshine Cafe opened in Jan. but closed in March due to the COVID […]

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The new St Anns Alley has its first residents

Some of the homes of St Anns Alley are complete and ready for occupancy. Some already have buyers living in them. St Anns Alley, when finished, will consist of 34 single-family homes in the West Columbia River District. The new homes are being built in the area of Center, Spring, […]

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Lexington Police investigating possible suicide

Detectives with the Lexington Police Department have begun a death investigation, according to Chief Terrence Green. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office is assisting. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Sunday, officers were dispatched to a call of a suicide that occurred inside a residence on Ivy Hill Court in the Westbrook neighborhood. […]

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West Columbia Christmas artwork winners announced

Each year, West Columbia area elementary schools hold a “What Christmas Means To Me” student artwork contest. The winners of that competition were named, Friday. 1st Place – Gavin Wise – 5th Grade – East Point Academy2nd Place – Marshall Jones – K5 – Saluda River Academy for the Arts3rd […]

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Riveras Supermarket coming to Airport Boulevard

A Riveras Supermarket is moving into a building on Charleston Highway in West Columbia. West Columbia Councilman Mike Green took a picture of the building. It’s the spot where Save-a-lot used to be, adjacent to the former Kmart store and across from Piggy Park BBQ. The sign also reads: Bakery-Meat […]

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Brookland-Cayce wins rivalry game versus Airport

Brookland-Cayce defeated crosstown rival Airport, 51- 38, in high school basketball, Thursday on BC’s home court. (BC Athletics photo) Scoring in the game was back and forth, with several lead changes, until BC ran away with it in the fourth quarter. “I’m proud of the guys, said BC head coach Robert Wells. […]

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72-year-old woman shot and killed in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department is investigating a shooting death that occurred late Thursday afternoon in Lexington. At approximately 5:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Main Street and found a 72-year-old Gilbert woman with a gunshot wound to the face, according to Lexington Police Chief Terrence […]

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Christmas in Cayce events begin Thursday

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber released a reminder, Monday, that Christmas in Cayce Events begin Thursday, Dec. 3. Click for a link. Events are as follows: CHRISTMAS IN CAYCE DECEMBER 3rdShop, create, eat, and visit Cayce’s River Arts District businesses and end your evening with an amazing drive-thru light show […]

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Cayce Arts Guild Holiday Market opens Friday

The Cayce Arts Guild has started a Holiday Market. It opens Friday (Nov. 27.)It’s at 2008 State St., Cayce, across from Piecewise Coffee and State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio. The market will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays until Dec. 21. It opens at 10 […]

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Johnnie “Dog” West turns 70

The colorful and very well-known character Johnnie “Dog” West has turned 70 years-old. Click for a link to a WestMetroNews interview with Dog from a month ago Dog West’s family wanted to make it a memorable birthday for him.A relative announced that Dog had a drive-by birthday celebration, featuring a […]

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No Artisan Market Saturday, new hours begin Dec. 5

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday at the Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting Street. Beginning this Saturday, Dec. 5, the market will be open the new schedule of 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and […]

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Dominion’s Royce Shannon speaks at Chamber Breakfast

Royce Shannon was the guest speaker at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s November Business and Breakfast Meeting, Tuesday. Shannon is the Manager of Columbia Electric Operations for Dominion Energy. The meeting was held at Stone River in West Columbia. Shannon spoke about Dominion’s Energy Wise Program. Dominion encourages […]

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Sign says Karate DOJO to move to new facility

There is a sign on Sunset Boulevard, across from the Westpark Shopping Center, where Food Lion is. Link to Karate DOJO’s Website The sign reads Coming soon: Brian Pena’s DOJO.The Karate DOJO is currently at 2263 Sunset in Sunset Court beside the lot where the “Coming Soon”” sign has been […]

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Gray Collegiate wins, 1 win away from State Title game

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate defeated Christ Church 33-0, Friday in the Class 2A Upper State high school football final. Photo: Gray’s Wesley Lorick, 55, blocks for quarterback Tre Robinson. (Wanda Lorick photo) War Eagle running back KZ Adams scored a touchdown and finished the night rushing for 178 yards. Gray […]

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13-year-old boy found safe

Lexington County Deputies were searching for a 13-year-old white male named Bryson Thomas Byrd. He was reported as being found safe- Friday afternoon. He is -5’4” and 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes-and a surgical scar on his right leg. He was -last seen in woods next to […]

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Chipotle in West Columbia is now open

Another new business. The Chipotle Mexican Grill opened at 2871 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia last week. It’s across from Lexington Medical Center, beside Dunkin’ donuts, and in front of the new Towneplace Suites that is almost complete. On the menu at Chipotle: tacos, burritos, and salads, among other dishes.

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The razing of Pineview Elementary is complete

The building that was once Pineview Elementary School is now gone. “I am grateful that I got to spend the bulk of my career there and be a part of the Pineview community,” said Amy Brant. She taught kindergarten at Pineview for 23 years. And her two children, Christopher and […]

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Woman, 91, dies in Lexington County fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the individual found deceased following a residential structure fire that occurred just before 7 p.m. Monday. The fire occurred in the 300 block of Chickasaw Trail in Gilbert.According to Fisher, Ms. Delories Stone Rauch, 91, of Gilbert was pronounced dead […]

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Is Ds Wings moving to West Columbia?

Is Ds Wings moving from Parkland Plaza in Cayce to West Columbia? All indications are that Ds Wings, a very popular restaurant, will move to a building adjacent to West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park and Artisan Market. The Art Park and Market are at 425 Meeting Street. While an official […]

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Lexington man charged with kidnapping, burglary

A Lexington man has been arrested in connection to a break-in Saturday at a home near Pelion. John Wayne McFatter, 30, is charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and battery, burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on our […]

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USC fires Head Football Coach Will Muschamp

University of South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner announced Sunday that Will Muschamp is no longer the head football coach, effective immediately. It was also noted that offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The University of South […]

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Congaree River is at minor flood stage

The Congaree River at Columbia was at 20.12 ft around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Congaree River Keeper. The river was expected to crest at 20.6 ft (minor flood stage) a little bit later Saturday. (link to Congaree River Keeper) The Congaree River at Congaree National park was at […]

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Gray wins, Brookland-Cayce falls in football playoffs

Gray Collegiate defeated St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 47-22, Friday in the first round of the state high school football playoffs. (Image is from Gray-Saluda earlier this season) With the win the War Eagles remain undefeated at 7-0. The game was played at the Midlands Sports Complex in Pine Ridge.Gray running […]

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Thanksgiving is special for West Columbia restaurants

Thanksgiving 2020 is on Nov. 26.On this traditional holiday, 46 million turkeys are eaten, according to the Southern Farm Network. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. As the holiday nears, some West Columbia restaurant owners and chefs take advantage of the opportunity to bond […]

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2 Lexington County fugitives captured in Tennessee

Two Lexington County residents wanted in connection to multiple property and weapons crimes have been arrested in middle Tennessee. Wilson County, Tennessee, deputies captured Joshua Nathaniel Nelson, 28, and Kayla Denelle Humphrey, 36, Thursday morning after an extensive search that started Wednesday. “Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office were […]

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Law firms move to West Columbia and merge

D’Alberto & Graham and Grimsley Law Firm have merged their practices to form the firm of D’Alberto, Graham & Grimsley. The firm is located at 508 Meeting St. in West Columbia. Partners Dan D’Alberto, Michael Graham and Ben Grimsley created the firm in October through the merger of their respective […]

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Central Bark, doggy daycare, opens in West Columbia

Central Bark has opened in West Columbia. It’s at 2931 Augusta Road. Central Bark is scheduled to open Wednesday. It’s across from ALDI at the intersection of Methodist Park Road. According to its Facebook page: Central Bark West Columbia’s Enrichment Doggy Day Care creates a healthy and balanced day care […]

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Lexington County Sheriff investigates shooting death

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting death at a home on South Hampton Avenue in Red Bank. William Clark, 38, died of an apparent gunshot wound he sustained Monday night, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Deputies were dispatched to the scene Monday night after a […]

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West Columbia man gets 35 years for murder

Jamal Devontae Coburn, a 28-year-old West Columbia man, was sentenced to thirty-five (35) years in prison following his conviction in Lexington County for the murder of Corey Anthony Jamison. The Honorable William P. Keesley presided over this week-long jury trial and imposed the sentence following the jury’s verdict late last […]

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Cayce announces Christmas in Cayce events

The City of Cayce has announced details for the 2020 Christmas in Cayce! Christmas in Cayce is one of the most cherished events by Cayce residents and visitors alike. This year, the year of COVID, Cayce has combined Carols Along the Riverwalk, the Cayce Historical Museum’s Christmas Open House and […]

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Town of Lexington mask ordinance has expired

The Town of Lexington’s emergency ordinance requiring masks in-public has expired. Instead of extending the mask ordinance at its last meeting, Lexington Town Council did not address the issue. Lexington Town Council meets in person, and Lexington One school have been implementing in-person classes since October. The death rate attributed […]

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Savage Craft Ale Works adds signage and tank

Savage Craft Ale Works is becoming an immediate landmark in West Columbia’s River District. At 430 Center Street, the Brookland City Hall and Fire Station, built in 1925, are taking shape. The signage has been placed on the outside wall of the building and the brewing tanks were added in […]

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Modern Locksmith, Irmo Lock Co., coming to Cayce

The Modern Locksmith is coming to Cayce. NAI Columbia’s John Gregory represented Irmo Lock Company in the purchase of its second location in the Columbia market at 538 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. It will be named “The Modern Locksmith.” The unique shaped building is across from the Brookland-Cayce High […]

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West Columbia cited for Excellence in Financial Reporting

From Anna Huffman – City of West Columbia Communications – The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of West Columbia by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the […]