Enter lottery to see synchronous fireflies at Congaree National Park

  ‘You Are Not Alone’: College students help others through mental health struggles in year of pandemic

  Community mourns prominent doctor, his wife, grandchildren and maintenance worker

  HEARTWARMING: Lexington burger joint helps special needs family with ‘Blake’s Shakes’

Columbia Fireflies searching for 2021 National Anthem performers

  CIS Midlands Oyster Roast will raise money for students, families in need

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  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet Molly B

  Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council presents “Stay in at the Drive-In”

  Sneak peek at the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine 2021 dream home

  Columbia Water customer billed ten times normal amount due to system error

DHEC reports rabid raccoon in Camden

  Carolina Cookin’: The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

  Tips for protecting your child from cyber predators

With the massive move to digital caused by the pandemic, predators have shifted the way they go after potential victims.

  Governor McMaster announces ‘Child Abuse Prevention Month’ as DSS tallies almost 9,000 founded investigations in FY20

In the fiscal year 2020, it counted 8,927 founded or substantiated, investigations.

  Talkin’ Trash Tuesday: Hundreds of CIU students serve our community

Hundreds of students from Columbia International University clean up litter in parts of our capital city.

  HeartEd Youth Zone offering Irmo students free afterschool outlet

By partnering with a local church and educators, the HeartEd Youth Zone was created.

  Lake Murray beach goers upset over closed park

Town of Irmo launches small business loan program

Lexington County offers help for rent, mortgage, utility payments

  Lexington Baptist Church goes to the ballpark for Easter

  Columbia church hosts Holy Week special service

  SC woman celebrates 101st birthday!

  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet McGregor

McGregor is a 2-year-old lab mix described as friendly, happy and "practically a lap dog."

  SC restaurants strained by short-staffing

The key now is having people available to run them.

  Veterinarian offers tips to protect pets from ticks

This is one of the worst times of the year for our dogs and cats as ticks are out and about more.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department opens two new city parks

This park was made possible with funding provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program in which the parks and recreation department was awarded $219,534.

  Carolina Cookin’: Fleur de Licious

Over at Fleur de Licious, they have all your Cajun favorites! Beignets, po boys, red beans and rice, gumbo, and more!

The COMET to resume bus fares on April 12

The downtown connector, Soda Cap, will no longer be free to ride

Longtime HCPD officer promoted to captain, only female member of command staff

The Horry County Police Department is welcoming the first woman to its command staff.

  McMaster announces $6 million investment towards community computer labs

The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, also known as GEER funds.

  Talkin’ Trash Tuesday: Keep the Midlands Beautiful

Keep the Midlands Beautiful started the Spotless Service Saturday initiative to address highly-littered roads in the Columbia area.

  Beloved R1 high school teacher, coach dies after battling COVID-19

Mr. Damien Jackson, known as Coach Jack at Dreher High School, died in the hospital Monday morning, school officials said.

  Caught on Camera: Filming brings Mel Gibson to Augusta, Ga.

The actor was seen on a downtown street filming most of the day Monday.

  OTTERLY HEARTWARMING: Otter mascot brings smiles and joy to kids battling cancer

Olly crashed a “Beat Cancer Celebration” for 11 year old cancer survivor Emily Prince of Hopkins, South Carolina.

Columbia Housing votes to sell Celia Saxon shopping center

The Board approved a $2.5 million purchase agreement.

  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet Etta

Etta is a super playful and friendly girl who gets along with other cats.

Lowe’s giving away garden-to-go kits on Thursdays starting April 8

The month-long celebration will feature free, curbside family project kits and project inspiration.

BullStreet District breaks ground on WestLawn office building

Leaders from Hughes Development Corporation were joined by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and other local leaders from government, business, and the community to celebrate the commencement of the project.

  More South Carolinians can expect stimulus payments next week

There are a few ways you may see the money come to you.

  Carolina Cookin’: Railroad BBQ

This week, we’re heading over to Railroad BBQ on Hampton St. in Columbia!

  Night of Hope offers a lifetime of hope

Night of Hope is at 7:00 p.m., March 23 at Doko Meadows Park at 100 Alvina Hagood Circle in Blythewood.

South Carolina woman celebrates 99th birthday

Mrs. Maxine Palmer Canzater has 12 children, 41 grandchildren, more than 60 great-grandchildren and more than 15 great-great-grandchildren!

Celebrate National Puppy Day with your furry friends

Send us your pictures and you could see your pup on TV!

  MORE Justice holds rally to address mental health, affordable housing, and gun violence in the Midlands

The group brings together 35 different congregations from around Columbia, looking to get to work with faith-based action.

RCSD: 73-year-old man reported missing found safe

Officials say he requires medication.

  Longtime RCSD deputy and former veteran passes away

Joseph “Red” Lanier, Jr. died on Sunday at the age of 85.

Chapin teacher surprised as finalist for SC Teacher of the Year

She was presented with a check for $10,000.

Lexington resident celebrates 100th birthday with parade

Warren Priestley turned 100 years old on Friday, March 26.

  Richland County providing $12.5 million in emergency aid to renters

The program will provide up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance for eligible households.

  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet Tia

Tia was saved from a local municipal shelter where any dog can be at risk of euthanasia.

  Ahead of federal aid roll-out, DSS urges parents to check address on file

The deadline to verify an address is March 19.

  Richland Co. Sheriff’s Deputy injured in training accident

According to officials, the incident happened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Man returns home after 7-month battle with COVID-19

This week, one Lowcountry man is home for the first time in more than seven months after nearly losing his life to the coronavirus.

  Police search for missing Sumter woman

She was last seen walking off from the Sumter Stop.

  Tyson Foods bringing 330 jobs to Richland County

Operations are expected to begin in May 2021.

  Pine Ridge Mayor resigns to focus on health

Officials say the resignation is related to COVID-19 complications.

  FEMA to begin reimbursing families for COVID-19 death-related funeral costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is working to set up a toll-free number to help families who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19 apply for funeral assistance.

  New dog store opens in Chapin

She started manufacturing the accessories herself and then selling them online and at local farmers markets in 2019.

  Town of Irmo officials consider buying sewage utility from Blue Granite

In the Irmo area, Blue Granite only has control of the sewer.

  Hotel bookings, short-term rentals, and future reservations all up along the SC coast

The South Carolina Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Duane Parrish, said this is a trend in coastal cities across the state.

  Orangeburg Co. NAACP builds coalition with hopes of bringing doses to rural communities

The Orangeburg NAACP Branch is looking to bring the doses to them.

  Lowcountry 20-year-old with autism celebrates milestone at work

He recently celebrated his fourth anniversary working at Publix and is getting a lot of attention because of a social media post.

  Celebrating Mrs. Lula Mae’s 100th birthday!

She was born March 12, 1921.

Detours planned for Lexington’s Shamrock Parade

Lexington will hold its annual Shamrock Parade on Saturday, March 13.

  Teen entrepreneur doesn’t let pandemic stop him from opening new store

Jaiven Lowery-Isaac's parents encouraged him to open up his own shoe store.

  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet Cody

Cody is a playful boy that enjoys getting pets.

  SC State Fair announces Spring fair food drive-thru event

Attendees will be able to get their favorite fair foods from the safety of their vehicles

World War II veteran receives medals 77 years after heroism

He finally got his medals just shy of his 100th birthday.

Longtime Myrtle Beach resident honored on 90th birthday for service to community

A longtime resident is being recognized for her service to the Myrtle Beach community.

  Restaurants, small businesses stand to benefit from federal aid

The package sets aside $28.6 billion for restaurants in the form of grants.

  UofSC to host in-person commencement ceremonies at Williams-Brice

The university will also conduct in-person recognition ceremonies for May and December 2020 graduates.

  ‘Waking up in a nightmare’: Survivor of deadly Camden house fire describes loss

All she was able to salvage is a few papers and her husband’s bibles.

  Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg hosts parade for health care workers

Health care workers were joined by members of the community for the celebration.

Darius Rucker honored as ‘Southerner of the Year’

Southern Living magazine announced Tuesday morning it named Grammy-winning musician and Lowcountry native Darius Rucker the “Southerner of the Year.”

  Carolina Cookin’: Nothin’ But Wings

This week, we’re heading over to Nothin’ But Wings on Colonial Drive in Columbia!

Greenville Zoo to give new giraffe calf naming rights to highest bidder

The zoo has set up an online auction open through March 15.

  Furry Friend Fridays: Meet Clara

This doggo is so gentle and loves to cuddle, give kisses, wag her tail and flash that beautiful smile!

  Group of SC veterans wants medical marijuana bill passed

The veterans say it relaxes them, and helps them have a better quality of life.

94-year-old woman still works as crossing guard at Upstate high school

Estella Williams celebrated her 94th birthday over the weekend.

  Carolina Cookin’: Real Mexico Restaurant y Tienda

You can visit the Real Mexico Facebook page to see if anything catches your eye.