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Sep 27, 2023

14-year-old among three teens charged in triple slaying

COLUMBIA — A 14-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with a weekend shooting over a yearslong squabble that left three teenagers dead and another injured in the capital city of South Carolina, officials said Tuesday. The youth joins two 17-year-old suspects, all charged with three counts of murder and one of attempted murder, according […]

Sep 20, 2023

Retail chain sued over worker’s undiscovered death

COLUMBIA — The family of a woman whose body remained in a locked bathroom at a Belk department store for days after she died is suing the company, saying her body was so decomposed they couldn’t even hold an open casket funeral. Bessie Durham, who worked for a contract cleaning company, went to the family […]

Aug 21, 2023

Massive dorm complex opens at USC

COLUMBIA — The largest construction project in the history of the University of South Carolina has officially become a reality. The Campus Village, a massive four-building student housing complex that will house 1,808 students, opened its doors at an early morning ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. Campus Village is on Whaley Street in the south region of […]

Aug 8, 2023

Columbia accounting firms will combine

Two Columbia public accounting firms have announced a merger effective this month. Fleischman & Associates PA will merge its professional practice into The Hobbs Group as of Aug. 21. Combining forces, the firm will have a team of more than 50 professionals specializing in a range of services, including assurance, taxes, accounting, advisory, small business […]

Jul 28, 2023

Danish logistics company leases Columbia building

A distribution and logistics company has leased a 244,945-squre-foot industrial building on 40 acres in northeast Columbia. Weston Inc. has leased 1030 Metso Way to DSV, a Danish company that offers more than 16 million square feet of warehousing solutions in 55 locations around the United States. This expansion represents the fifth warehouse facility operated […]

Jul 21, 2023

Columbia joins effort to help cities respond to future heatwaves

Columbia is known for its heat, once even having the slogan “Famously Hot,” but a new program might help future heat waves have less of an impact on residents. The city is now one of five in the U.S. taking part in a multiyear project to cool cities and metropolitan areas with Smart Surfaces, a […]

Aug 16, 2018

Fall trial set for ex-SC lawmaker charged in corruption case

COLUMBIA (AP) The former chairman of one of South Carolina’s most powerful legislative committees is set to go on trial later this year on charges that are part of a wide-ranging, ongoing probe into Statehouse corruption. A judge on Aug. 15 set a trial date of October 22 for former House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim […]

Aug 10, 2018

Police: Former chief charged after not returning guns

COLUMBIA (AP) Authorities say a former South Carolina police chief faces breach of trust charges after failing to return two guns to former employers. Richland County deputies say they found the guns last month at former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott’s home after tracking a fugitive to his house. Deputies say in a news release […]

Aug 2, 2018

Year for supervisor who ordered guards to hog-tie juveniles

COLUMBIA (AP) A former supervisor at a South Carolina juvenile prison has been sentenced to a year in prison for ordering guards to hog-tie two inmates because they made too much noise. Court records show 36-year-old Nicole Jenice Samples was sentenced in federal court Aug. 1. She pleaded guilty to two counts of deprivation of […]

Aug 1, 2018

Obituary: Cameron Littlejohn Jr.

Cameron Littlejohn Jr., who served as an assistant U.S. Attorney General before working in private practice for over 40 years, has died, according to The State. He was 67. Mr. Littlejohn was the son of deceased South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cameron Littlejohn. Mr. Littlejohn was born on Sept. 9, 1950 in Spartanburg. He […]

Jun 29, 2018

Governor asks for bigger rate cut in veto; lawmakers decline

COLUMBIA (AP)  South Carolina lawmakers temporarily cut electric rates of a private utility by 15 percent June 28 to remove most of the charges they are paying for two nuclear plants that were never finished. Both the House and Senate overrode Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of the rate cut in just minutes. In his veto message, […]

Jun 19, 2018

SC Senate, House leaders still apart on $8B budget

COLUMBIA (AP) Members of a committee trying to hash out the difference between the proposed South Carolina budget passed by the House and Senate have made little progress. The conference committee discussing the $8 billion state budget met for the first time June 18, but immediately noted an impasse on how to spend $67 million […]

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