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) -
Tributes continue to pour in following the death of Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Chief Ike McLeese. He died Tuesday after suffering a major heart attack in September.
McLeese is being remembered in particular for organizing a highly successful plan to protect our area's military installations during a round of base closings more than 8 years ago.
That effort in 2005 resulted in what one of our former mayors calls the largest economic development win in the history of the Midlands. Those former officials are saying the man who pulled it off will be very difficult to replace.
To understand the magnitude of what McLeese accomplished, we have to look back to May 2005 as McLeese and several Midlands leaders traveled to Washington DC on a mission.
"Today's trip is the final argument of why we should keep Fort Jackson and McEntire Air National Guard Station open and operating in Columbia," said McLeese.
In Washington, the group delivers petitions containing more than 31,000 signatures. It was just one component of a highly organized, well-financed community-wide campaign spearheaded by McLeese and aimed at convincing Defense Department officials to spare the Columbia area from a program that could downsize up to a quarter of the country's military bases.
Also on that trip was then-Mayor Bob Coble.
"I think the question was convincing people that they were at risk," said Coble. "To get organized and, you know, put time and resources into an organized battle to make sure that we did everything we could as a community," said Coble.
The effort paid off, not only removing the Midlands military operations from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's hit list, but adding missions at Fort Jackson in particular.
Much of the credit still attributed to McLeese.
Former Columbia Mayor Patton Adams, who like McLeese, served for years as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
"He had a unique ability to identify people's strengths, individual strengths and to bring together the best strengths that people had to benefit the community," said Adams. "And that certainly was true in our relationship with Fort Jackson and 3rd Army."
Adams held the Civilian Aide job for 15 years. When he stepped down, he was given an emeritus title and says he'd be willing to serve in that capacity temporarily to help in the transition after McLeese's passing.
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 >>