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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 […]

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Only 1 COVID-related death in SC, Sunday

One death is too many, but only one COVID-related death was reported in the state, Sunday, according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. There were 1,336 new COVID cases and 97 in Lexington County. The recovery rate for COVID is higher than 99 percent for patients under […]

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Reagan Daniels – Joyner is BCHS’s Homecoming Queen

Reagan Daniels- Joyner BCHS was crowned Brookland-Cayce’s homecoming queen, Friday night. She was introduced at the halftime of the Brookland-Cayce – Airport football game. The photos of Reagan and all of the Homecoming court were taken by Doreen Sizemore. In the football game, Brookland-Cayce defeated Airport 51-0.

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Long line forms in West Columbia for early voting

Early voting began in Lexington County. And in West Columbia, Tuesday, the line was long, according to Lainie Lewis. “Well I’m standing in line at the West Columbia Community Center to vote! And things seem to be moving,” posted Lewis, who owns State Street Trading Company. She said she eventually […]

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Lexington 2 schools to return to 5-days-a-week beginning Nov. 12

The Lexington School District Two Board voted to return-to-school five days a week, Nov. 12, Tuesday night. Hybrid students are now going to school two days a week. Hybrid students returning Nov. 12 will be: four-year-old kindergarten to second-grade students; self-contained special education students grades kindergarten-through- 12th-grade; and Lexington Two […]

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Beautiful day for the Meeting Street Artisan Market

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9 AM – 1 PM, at the Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, under the pavilion. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Saturday (Oct. 24) is a beautiful day […]

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Lexington 2 School Board candidates introduce themselves at forum

A forum was held Tuesday to “Meet the Candidates”for the Lexington Two School Board. It was at the Lexington Two Innovation Center and was presented by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The event candidates introduced themselves and answered prepared questions. Incumbent Beth Branham, a Brookland-Cayce graduate, former English […]

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West Columbia’s Recycling Day is Saturday at City Hall

West Columbia’s Recycling Day is this Saturday (Oct. 24) from 9 a.m. until Noon at City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia. Take scrap, metal, electronics, dry paint, tires, paper, and unused prescriptions to the City Hall parking lot for disposal. Call: the City of West Columbia at 803-791-1880 with questions.

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Boo at the Zoo returns to Riverbanks Zoo

Boo at the Zoo returns to Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden on Friday, October 23 until Friday, October 30. A limited number of timed tickets are available each evening and should be purchased in advance as most nights will sell out. Boo at the Zoo will take place from 5 […]

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West Columbia man dies after being hit by vehicle

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was fatally struck by a vehicle on Friday at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Alexandria Street in West Columbia. According to Fisher, Mr. Charles D. Stone, 85, of West Columbia was in the road when he was […]

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Mayor Tem Miles talks about West Columbia progress

The City of West Columbia is in the middle of a renaissance in the areas of residential, commercial building, public spaces and the hospitality industry. Feature photo is state Sen. Nikki Setzler and Tem Miles in front of new signs promoting West Columbia attractions and sites.   West Columbia Mayor […]

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Airport High School holding drive-thru Trick-or-Treat

Airport High is inviting families in the community to enjoy some Halloween fun on Wednesday, October 28, at its annual Trick-or-Treat Lane. The school event, a favorite community tradition for more than 20 years, will be a drive-thru from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on the school campus, 1315 Boston Ave., West […]

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Lexington Police investigating shooting

Lexington Police detectives are investigating a shooting incident that took place Monday afternoon at the Park North Apartment complex on Brookhill Street West, in Lexington, according to Chief Terrence Green. At approximately 2:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident in the complex. Officers found a man inside an […]

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Lexington Police say at-risk teen is now home safe

Lexington Police detectives were seeking information on the whereabouts of a teenage runaway in crisis who left her home overnight, according to Chief Terrence Green. But she has been found and returned home safely. Monday morning, officers were dispatched to a residence on Creek Side Lane in the Town of […]

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Coroner confirms that body of missing USC teen found

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who was located Sunday in Columbia. Samuel Laundon, 19, of Cary, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was found inside the Vulcan Quarry unresponsive. An autopsy revealed that Laundon died as a result of blunt […]

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Search continues for missing USC student

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a missing University of South Carolina student. A missing person’s report was filed just before 1 p.m. Saturday for Samuel Laundon, 19. He was last seen in the Olympia area of Columbia between Georgia Street and Rivers Edge apartments off Huger Street. […]

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Man charged with beating his girlfriend to death

Lexington County deputies have charged a man with murder in the death of his girlfriend. The woman was found dead in a Wynnsum Trail home in June. She has been identified as Patricia Smerdell, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Scott Mattison Horton, 53, was charged with murder in […]

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2 arrested on West Columbia armed robbery charge

Thursday, investigators with the West Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department made an arrest from a Sept. 20, armed robbery. On September 20, Javon Emory Jenkins and Jonathan Wesley Scott Woods had their vehicle towed and were dropped off at UHaul located at 400 Orchard Drive in […]

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Cayce-West Columbia “Parade of Lights” cancelled

The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Parade of Lights” has been cancelled for 2020. The Chamber’s Board of Directors decided to cancel parade, it was announced Thursday. The parade has become a tradition and a part of our community – the chamber wrote in a release – and one that […]

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Cayce extends mask ordinance for 61 days

The City of Cayce City Council extended its ordinance requiring Individuals to wear face coverings, Tuesday. The ordinance was put in place for another 61 days. Cayce Mayor Elise Partin said she had corresponded with Tod Augsburger, President and CEO at Lexington Medical Center. Augsburger told her people still need […]

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171 COVID-related deaths in Lexington County, says DHEC

As of Sunday, there have been 171 COVID-related deaths in Lexington County, since mid-March, according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Click for link to Lexington County COVID-10 data The average age of COVID-19-related deaths in Lexington County is 80-years-old. Two elderly people in Lexington County died […]

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Gov. Henry McMaster lifts restaurant occupancy limits

Socializing became more legal Friday. Gov. Henry McMaster today issue Executive Order 2020-63, which lifts all occupancy limitations in restaurants throughout South Carolina, effective immediately. Previously, South Carolina’s restaurants were operating at 50% capacity. Now, they will be able to operate at 100% capacity.  Other restaurant safety guidelines – including the […]

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Lexington Police Detectives Search for Human Fetus

Detectives with the Lexington Police Department are involved in an investigation that began in the Town of Lexington and is ongoing in the City of Columbia, according to Lexington police Chief Terrence Green. On Monday, afternoon, information was given by several sources to detectives that a human fetus had been […]

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Savage Craft Ale Works not ready yet, but getting closer

Savage Craft Ale Works is a high-profile, much-anticipated project at 430 Center Street. Work on it is progressing. The schedule for completion has been disrupted due to the coronavirus, and the availability of construction materials. Savage Craft Ale Works is being built in the former West Columbia (1925) City Hall […]

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Wanted man, 2 others arrested in Red Bank

 Lexington County deputies found a man wanted for burglary and made two other arrests Friday at a Red Bank home. Jeffrey Adam Flowers, 28, is accused of second degree burglary, according to arrest warrants. Deputies also arrested Michael Lee Pendleton, 28, and Cynara Deshay Davis, 30, as they searched for […]

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Oil change station coming to Augusta Road, West Columbia

Have seen the changes at the old Maurice’s Piggie Park Barbecue site across from the Walmart entrance on August Road, in West Columbia? It’s beside Ruby Tuesday. The barbecue restaurant has been closed a while. According to West Columbia City Councilman Mike Green, responding to a constituent’s inquiry, a Take […]

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Tim James wins Cayce City Council Dist. 1 seat

After a recount of votes for the Cayce City Council Dist. 1 seat, Tim James was certified as the Winner Thursday morning, according to a release from his campaign. James was ahead of Tiffany Aull by a count of 180-to-179 going into the certification process, Thursday. “The campaign was proven […]

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Woman, 75, identified as Lexington homicide victim

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred at approximately 1 a.m., Saturday, in the 100 block of Industrial Drive in Lexington. According to Fisher, Ms. Janet Carol Buril, 75, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma to […]

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Lexington Police investigate suspicious death

Lexington Police are working a suspicious death investigation and Police Chief Terrence Green is asking for those who may have information about this case to please come forward. On Saturday, at approximately 1:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Hickory Hill mobile home park, located at 142 Industrial Blvd. in […]

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New West Columbia houses on Tour of Homes

The Largest Open House of New Homes is the 2020 TOUR OF HOMES and it includes West Columbia properties.       It begins Saturday and will be held over the next two weekends in September from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on […]

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Lexington County man charged with murder

Lexington County deputies have arrested a Pelion man accused of murder in connection to a shooting death last month. William David House, 33, is charged with murder, according to an arrest warrant.The victim has not been positively identified, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. “Detectives have determined House and […]

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Transfer Colin Hill named USC’s QB for opener

Collin Hill will be the starting quarterback when the USC opens the 2020 football season, Gamecock Coach Will Muschamp announced the QB change Thursday. USC’s first game is against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 26. (USC Athletics Department photo – Colin Hill) Hill is a graduate transfer from Colorado […]

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2 killed on I-26 early Thursday morning

The SC Highway Patrol is reporting that two people were killed on I-26 early Thursday morning. A 2007 Chevrolet HHR was traveling west on I-26 in Richland County. The vehicle ran off the road and hit a guard rail. The driver of the HHR was killed, said Master Trooper Brian […]

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No COVID deaths occurred in South Carolina, Monday

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the COVID crisis? No new COVID-19 deaths were reported for Monday The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 14 SC COVID-19 deaths Monday, but all occurred at an earlier date. DHEC also announced: Lexington County had 33 new positive […]

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Cayce – West Columbia library branch is open

The Lexington County Library is several opening branches, including the Cayce – West Columbia branch, to the public during the following hours:Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. The branch is at 1500 Augusta Rd. […]

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Movement to end COVID restrictions grows

Several grassroots organizations are planning to gather at the SC Statehouse, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, to tell lawmakers that it is time to end COVID restrictions and open up the state, fully. The demonstrators do not want the governor to make any additional Executive Orders adding COVID 19 prohibitions. They […]

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Heavy fire damages Babcock Building in Columbia

Multiple crews responded to a fire at the historic Babcock Building in the Bull Street area of Columbia, Saturday morning. Fire fighters were attacking the fire from the outside of the building. EMS was also on scene, according to the Columbia Fire Department. The first crews responded sometime after 6:30 […]

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1 person killed in crash on I-20, Monday night

A multi-vehicle collision has left one person dead in Richland County, said Master Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m. Monday. According to Jones, a 2015 Nissan Altima, a 2012 Dodge Avenger, and a 2018 Ford Fiesta were traveling eastbound on I-20 when […]

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City of West Columbia Releases community video

From Anna Huffman – City of West Columbia – The City of West Columbia has released their community video created by CGI Communications, Inc. The community video program will help to promote the City of West Columbia to new families, residents, and businesses. The videos can be found on the […]

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New school year for Lex 2 students begins, Tuesday

There will be school busses on the road Tuesday. Students return for the first day of the school year 2020-21. Photo is of Riverbank Elementary School teachers. Lexington School District Two teachers reported to school in August. Students have the option of attending class in-person two days of the week, […]

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Lexington County Deputy shot, Saturday

Lexington County deputies and other first responders were at the scene of a shooting in Manchester Park subdivision, in the Red Bank area of Lexington County, after a deputy was shot, Saturday afternoon. A man had barricaded himself in a house. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department later reported the man […]

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Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber names 8 to Branding Committee

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is excited to announce these dynamic, newly-appointed members of the Chamber Community Branding Committee: Phillip Blair – Owner, WECO Biergarten; Paulette Russell; Leasing & Development, EB Development; Kathy Whetzel – Owner, Whetzel’s Automotive; Ashley Lambert – Marketing Director, Steel Hands […]

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Man charged with sexually assaulting a child

A Gilbert man is accused of sexually assaulting a female child at a family gathering last weekend. Jose Perez, 24, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and kidnapping, according to arrest warrants. “Detectives responded to the 300 block of Redhaven Road Sunday and interviewed people who were […]

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Crash in Lexington results in multiple injuries

All lanes of Augusta Road/US-1 at Tarrar Springs Road in Lexington have reopened. The road was closed because of a crash, according to the Lexington Police Department. Lexington County Fire Service and EMS responded quickly to the incident. Several people were transported to the hospital from the scene, according to […]

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Demolition of Pineview Elementary has begun

The demolition of Pineview Elementary, 3035 Leaphart Road in West Columbia, has started.  The 52,300-plus square-foot school was originally built in 1968 on nine acres of land. Pineview closed in spring of 2018, after hosting little Lexington Two students for 50 years. Would-be Pineview students now go to the new […]

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Looking for a job – House of Raeford is hiring

Looking for a job? House of Raeford is hiring for all positions. The poultry processing facility, at 414 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, is hiring for full-time positions and offers: great pay and excellent benefits.You can apply at House of Raeford’s offices or at: www.houseofraeford.com

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Lexington Police make 5 DUI arrests Saturday night

Lexington Police made five DUI arrests in the Town of Lexington, SC during Saturday night’s MADD South Carolina Saturation Saturday. These arrests started with traffic stops for speeding (as much as 20 mph over the speed limit); driving left of center and into oncoming traffic; and for disregarding a red […]

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Man who died in Lexington County crash is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single-vehicle collision that occurred Saturday at approximately 10:40 p.m., on U.S. 321 near Lewis Rast Road in Swansea. According to Fisher, Mr. Antonio Demond Robinson, 37, of Norway (SC) was traveling toward Columbia when […]

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Cayce-West Columbia Chamber kicks-off rebranding effort

From Ashley Hunter – Project Manager – The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced plans to kick off a community branding campaign that will reinvest time and funding into promoting local Chamber businesses and their services in the Cayce and West Columbia community. The goal of the […]

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West Columbia is an attractive place to live

The desire for housing in West Columbia is high for many reasons. “I’ve lived in West Columbia all my life,” said Curtis Loftis. He’s the Treasurer for the State of South Carolina and he owns commercial property in West Columbia, too. “There are a whole lot of good things happening […]

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Irmo Okra Strut has been cancelled

Irmo Mayor Barry Walker announced, in an email, Wednesday that this year’s Irmo Okra Strut has been cancelled. It was scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26. The annually scheduled event has been rescheduled for 2021. This year would have been the Okra Strut’s 47th year. Planners were hoping that some […]

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Driver involved in hit-and-run is sought by SCHP

South Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for information regarding a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Busbee Road near Pasture Road in Lexington County at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. A vehicle ran off the left side of the road and hit a pedestrian, said the SCHP. The pedestrian sustained serious […]

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The pomp and circumstance of a presidential visit

By Terry Ward – I received a media advisory Sunday asking if I wanted press credentials to President Donald J. Trump’s Marine One Arrival and Air Force One Departure. It was scheduled for Monday at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. Trump had been in Charlotte for the start of the Republican National […]

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Photo shows arrest after dangerous police chase

There was a heavy law enforcement pressence on Sunset Boulevard, near I-20, in Lexington Monday afternoon. A photo issued by the Lexington Police Department shows an arrest. The scene developed after a traffic stop in Lexington resulted in a chase by law enforcement personnel. Parts of Sunset and Northside boulevards […]

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Hundreds receive school supplies from West Columbia churches

Brookland United Methodist Church in West Columbia teamed up with 12 Springs Community Church for a Back-to-school bookbag giveaway. There was also a school supply giveaway at Turner Memorial AME Church. Both were on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Turner Memorial AME Church, Brookland United Methodist Church.) Hundreds of cars lined […]

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City of Cayce issues a new face covering ordinance

From Ashley Hunter – City of Cayce Spokeswoman – Members of the Cayce City Council unanimously adopted an updated face covering ordinance at the Wednesday City Council Meeting. Recent reports have shown that wearing a mask in public has decreased the chances of transferring the COVID-19 virus. A study done by the […]

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Gamecock Fall Sports allows fans with reduced seating capacity

From USC Athletic Department – All University of South Carolina Athletics fall sports home events will be allowed to have spectators in a reduced seating capacity after the South Carolina Department of Commerce approved the Gamecock Athletics Department’s plan for seating at its football, soccer and volleyball facilities. Per South […]

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Columbia Fire rescues juvenile from the river

The Columbia Fire Department conducted a water rescue with its first shift crews last Friday evening on the Broad River. The first-responders battled swift water conditions to pull a juvenile male to safety after his leg became stuck in the crevice of several rocks on a small dam on the […]

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Masks required at USC’s 10 scheduled football games

The Southeastern Conference’s COVID guidelines for attending football games includes masks. The SEC announced procedures for games Tuesday. South Carolina’s first game is Sept. 26, at home versus Tennessee. “Although local and state guidelines will determine if and how many fans can attend games, these guidelines provide conference-wide expectations for […]

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Lexington County deputies arrest 2 on drug charges

Lexington County narcotics agents arrested a man and a woman after patrol deputies detected drug activity at a Gaston mobile home. Derrick Lavern Johnson, 33, and Maritza Fuentes Sanchez, 22, are charged with trafficking heroin and meth, distribution of marijuana, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and three […]

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3 candidates running for Cayce City Council seat

There candidates have filed to run for the District One Cayce City Council Seat. Those candidates are Tiffany Aull, Tim James and Megan Lightle, according to Mary Brack, Director of the Lexington County Registration and Elections office. The election for the office is Sept. 22. Absentee voting for the election […]

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Crash blocks traffic near car wash in Lexington

There was a crash on Columbia Avenue (US-378) in Lexington Sunday afternoon, that closed lanes. The collision, at Franks’s Car wash, was caused by a mechanical issue when a vehicle unexpectedly entered the road from a business drive away, according to the Lexington Police Department. The Lexington Police Department reported […]

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Crash closed down Lexington County road, Saturday

A three vehicle collision on Industrial Boulevard had Wildlife Road closed for approximately 45 minutes, Saturday, according to the Lexington Police Department. Police set up a detour around the scene on Zenker Road and Longs Pond Road.Emergency personnel were on the scene and the road was evnetually cleared. The collision […]

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Line forms for the opening of Dream Deals

The line formed early Friday morning for the opening of Dream Deals. It opened at 9 a.m. It opens at 10 a.m.- after being restocked- Saturday. The new business offers a grab bag of first-come-first-get purchases of overstocked merchandise. Everything Friday is $6. Dream Deals is in Sunset Court West […]

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SC COVID-19 cases dropping

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Carolina dropped to under 1,000 for the fourth consecutive day, according to Thursday’s count. It is the longest streak of below 1,000 cases reported since the middle of June. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday announced 907 new […]

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West Columbia Dream Deals is opening Friday

The West Columbia Dream Deals is opening in Sunset Court, Friday. It’s at  2271 Sunset Boulevard According to a Dream Deals post: “Everything is ready to go for our grand opening on Friday!! We open the doors at 9 am and everything is $6/item!” At 5 p.m. Friday, Dream Deals […]

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West Columbia restaurants persevere amid COVID-19

West Columbia, like the rest of the country, has been dealing with the coronavirus crisis since March. The international pandemic has no doubt affected local businesses. “It’s still slow,” said Terry Close. She and her husband Bob, own Bricks and Stones Pizza Co. off of US 1 in Woodberry Plaza, […]

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West Columbia Beautification Foundation recognizes Whetzel’s Automotive as Quarterly Featured Property

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation awarded the quarterly featured property to Whetzel’s Automotive, 2017 Augusta Road, West Columbia, at the August 2020 Virtual Board Meeting, Thursday. Whetzel’s Automotive added beautiful landscaping and flowers to the property, continuing to help beautify the US 1 corridor.   West Columbia Beautification Foundation Vice-Chairman […]

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Spa 131 – Then and Now

This older photo is of the State Bank and Trust Company at 131 State Street in West Columbia in 1967. The photo came from an ad in the 1967 Airport High School Yearbook that is in the possession of Bill Mooneyhan. The building is the current site of Spa 131. […]

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64 Lexington Two students named AP Scholars

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Sixty-four Lexington Two high school students earned scores high enough on multiple AP exams to be named AP Scholars, with one earning National AP Scholar, a distinction given to fewer than 1 percent of students nationwide. The Advanced Placement (AP) Program […]

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Need a job – House of Raeford is hiring

House of Raeford Farms is hiring at all of its locations in SC, GA, LA, and NC. House of Raeford offers benefits and on the job training. There is a House of Raeford operation at 441 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. According to a company post, if you fill out […]

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Claude A. Taylor Elementary in Cayce is gone

Claude A. Taylor Elementary, at 103 Ann Lane in Cayce, is gone. In late June, Dawn Kujawa, Lexington Two Communications Director said in a press release demolition work was slated to begin in early July on Claude A. Taylor Elementary School in Cayce. That school has been torn down. Former […]

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Cayce ends moratorium on building large subdivisions

In December, the City of Cayce implemented a moratorium on the building of large scale residential subdivisions of 15 or more homes or multi-family units (apartment buildings) of four or more. Last Tuesday, Cayce City Council held a public meeting for input on the extension of the moratorium. City Council […]

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Driver disregards red light, causes crash in Lexington

A collision with injuries occurred at Sunset Blvd. (US-378) and Old Cherokee Road in Lexington, Friday morning. It caused several lane closures. Lanes reopened around 10:30 a.m., according to Lexington Police. Police asked drivers to be alert to emergency personnel on the scene and directing traffic. The collision was caused […]

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Houses going up in West Columbia’s Stillwater development

They are only shells right now, but the first houses in Stillwater are up.The Stillwater neighborhood is just off Highway 1 (Augusta Road) behind Hobby Lobby in West Columbia. The builder – Great Southern Homes- describes Stillwater as an enclave of single-family attached homes, approximately four miles to Columbia downtown, […]

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West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day Canceled

 After careful consideration, the City of West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day planning committee will continue to actively work with schools, artists, and businesses to engage broad community participation for next year’s event. West Columbia’s 4th Annual Kinetic Derby Day […]

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El Jimador Mexican Restaurant open in Cayce

The El Jimador Mexican Restaurant has opened at 514 Knox-Abbott Drive, in Cayce. The restaurant opened on May 15. It is beside Marcos Pizza, and across from the Brookland-Cayce High School stadium. Click for a link to the El Jimador The restaurant serves: burritos; fajitas; tacos; burgers, sandwiches, seafood, kids […]

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2 killed in overnight shooting in Cayce

Two people were killed in an overnight shooting in Cayce. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to a 911 call regarding shots fired on Allen Street, according to a release from City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter. Allen Street is off of Julius Felder […]

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West Columbia man has died while incarcerated

A West Columbia man has died while incarcerated in the Lexington County Detention Center. The inmate has been identified as 53-year-old Vincent Greg Horner Jr., according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. “Lexington County deputies arrested Mr. Horner Thursday on charges of driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana and […]

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SC State Fair to be “drive-thru” only this year

The South Carolina State Fair won’t take place this year, like it usually does.Due to the coronavirus crisis the fair will be a two-day free drive-through version. The drive-thru fair will be October 20 and Wednesday, October 21. The traditional fair will not be held. “In the midst of the […]

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East Point Academy offering 5-day, in-person classes

East Point Academy will offer full-day and five-day in-person instruction for school year 2020-21 at both of its West Columbia campus sites. The middle school is on Leaphart Street, off of Sunset Boulevard. The elementary school is on Chris Drive. East Point Academy is a tuition free Chinese immersion public […]

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3 die in Richland County pickup truck crash

Three people died in a pickup truck crash wreck Sunday morning in Richland County. The crash occurred at 2:08 a.m. on Two Notch Road near Grampian Hills Road, near the Two Notch Road and I – 77 intersection, according to Master Trooper Brian Lee of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. […]

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Building update on 2 Sunset Boulevard projects

The location of a Dunkin’ Donuts was announced in January, to be built at 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. It’s across from Lexington Medical Center. The other two spaces had “Retail Anchor” and “Retail” on them. PennTex Ventures Development was the company in charge of filling the space.The sign on […]

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Body of teen recovered from Congaree River near Cayce

The body of a missing teen has been recoverd from the Congaree River, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The Cayce Department of Public Safety got a call regarding a missing swimmer around 5:47 p.m., Wednesday. A search by boat for the missing swimmer began less than 15 minutes […]

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United Bank replacing CresCom

United Bankshares Inc. acquired CresCom and Carolina Financial Corp. That deal was announced in late 2019. CresCom was Congaree State Bank before being changed over to CresCom in 2016. As a part of the agreement, Carolina Financial and CresCom will be folded into United Bankshares and United Bank, respectively. The […]

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Officers clear road after crash in Lexington

A collision on Sunset Blvd. at I-20 has traffic slowed or stopped in the area Wednesday afternoon before 2 p.m. Vehicles involved were removed from the road by Lexington Police officers and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division deputies. The collision was caused by a driver disregarding the traffic signal light.

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Informational signs installed on Cayce’s Riverwalk

The City of Cayce announced Wednesday the installation of new interpretive wayside exhibits (signs) along the Cayce Riverwalk and 12,000 Year History Park. The information came from Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce Spokeswoman. The signs are a collaborative effort between the City of Cayce, The River Alliance, South Carolina State Museum and the Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Foundation awarded a […]

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UPS employees arrested in gun theft ring, says sheriff

Lexington County deputies arrested five UPS employees last week in connection with guns stolen from the shipping company’s hub in West Columbia. Byron Burke, 19, Jalen Green, 19, Dishon Kinney, 18, Kenyon Peters, 18, and Tre’von Williams, 19, are charged with breach of trust, according to arrest warrants. Kinney and […]

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Airport High School fishing team finishes in the top 10

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – One of Airport High School’s fishing teams finished in the top 10 in the 2019-20 Lower State High School Bass Challenge, Airport’s highest-ever season finish, and two other school teams placed. The pairing of Tanner Schultz and Jacob White finished 9th […]

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Woman dies after tree falls on her in boat on Lake Murray

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal incident that occurred on Lake Murray on Saturday. The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. near Tom Drafts Point in Gilbert. According to Fisher, Ms. Kathryn Grayce Mullins, 20, of Statesboro, Georgia, was pronounced dead at an area […]

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Cayce’s Streetscaping plan is nearly complete

The City of Cayce has upgraded the highly traveled Knox-Abbott corridor with a major streetscaping project. There is still some minor utility work to do, but other than that the project is complete, said City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter. She said comprehensive project has made a difference in Cayce. […]

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Road cleared after Lexington crash near I-20 exit

The road has been cleared after a collision on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Northside Blvd. The Lexington Police Department reported multiple outbound lanes closed because of the Tuesday afternoon crash. Police asked that drivers seek an alternate route and to be alert for emergency personnel who were on scene. Lexington […]

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Lexington 2 adds full-time virtual option for 2020-21

The Lexington Two School District has added a new full-time virtual option for students from 5K-through-12th-grade for the 2020-21 school year. For more information about the Virtual Academy visit our website www.lex2.org for detailed information and the application. For students who want to participate in the Lexington Two Virtual Academy […]

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SC Virtual Charter School moving to West Columbia

The building signage for the South Carolina Virtual Charter School went up Friday. Swatch Graphics of State Street in Cayce put the letters up on the building. The school’s new Administrative Office is at 2023 Platt Springs Road, at the intersection of Glenn Street. The South Carolina Virtual Charter School […]

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Nephron expanding, adding 380 jobs

From Nephron Pharmaceuticals – One of the fastest-growing pharmaceuticals companies in the country, headquartered in Lexington Country, today announced several major expansion and investment projects. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation plans a new $215 million investment in Lexington County, bringing 380 new full-time jobs to the area by 2024, and adding new […]

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Face mask required in West Columbia; here’s a list, and exclusions

Beginning at 6 a.m., on Friday, July 10, masks will be required in the places specified in the ordinance. Visit our website at westcolumbiasc.gov for all of the details: Businesses, where masks are required, must place a “Notice” (poster, placard, or notification, which shall be at least 8”x11”) in a conspicuous place […]