Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce CEO and president Ike McLeese has passed away, according to a chamber spokesperson.
McLeese died at Providence Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
McLeese had just recently announced he was stepping down from his duties as the chamber's leader in January.
He had been in charge of the group for almost 20 years He had been deeply involved with efforts to save Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, and McEntire Joint National Guard Base from downsizing during the Base Realignment and Closure program in 2005.
Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre praised McLeese's efforts to protect the Midlands from the BRAC.
"He was the individual that marshalled all the funding, that marshalled all the resources, that brought everybody together. He pretty much single-handedly did that himself. And not only did we save Fort Jackson and the other two, Shaw Air Force Base and McEntire. But because of his effort we actually expanded," said Halfacre.
McLeese suffered a heart attack last month and underwent open heart surgery earlier this month. Those health issues curtailed a career that began in 1994 when he took over the Chamber's leadership and helped eliminate a nearly $4 million debt.
Despite his health problems and retirement, McLeese planned to remain an active defender of the Midlands military. He had just been reappointed as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army.
Midlands elected officials have also come forth to express their condolences.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called McLeese "a professional mentor and a dear personal friend".
"I will miss so many
things about him: his laughter, his fearlessness, his commitment to Fort
Jackson and our men and women in uniform and his deep and abiding love of
baseball," said Benjamin.
Congressman Joe Wilson called McLeese a "champion" of the armed forces "who pledged unwavering support."
Congressman James Clyburn said he was proud to call McLeese a friend.
"He loved Columbia,
and poured his heart and soul into making it a great place for businesses and
for residents," said Clyburn.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>