More Local Highlights

Photos: Irmo Okra Strut 2022

The Irmo Okra Strut returned for its “48th strut” Sept. 23 and 24, kicking off Saturday with the annual parade.

Man Killed, Brother Also Struck in Lexington County Highway Shooting

A Columbia man was shot to death while riding down a Lexington County highway.

Irmo Council Holds Off on Rezoning for Commercial Development

Plans for a commercial development on a 30-acre site at Dreher Shoals Road and Farming Creek Road in Irmo were put on hold at a Sept. 20 Irmo Town Council meeting.

Sports
Top story

Dutch Fork, River Bluff Suffer First Losses; White Knoll, W.W. King Stay Perfect

The number of undefeated Chronicle Country teams was cut in half Friday night.
After five weeks, the number “4” is prominent in Chronicle Country high school football.
Chronicle Country added another ranked football team this week, as seven area teams are in the Top 10 of their respective classes in this week’s S.C. Prep Football Media poll.
During his introductory remarks as general manager of the Lexington County Blowfish, Tony Baldwin got to break some big news.
Brookland-Cayce defeated Chapin by a 33-21 score Friday night at Fort Knox.
Features
The Irmo Okra Strut is back for its second year after being paused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has dreams of getting even bigger in the future.
Lexington County Oktoberfests Bring Variety of Festivities, Causes
Thursday — Sept. 22 The Hitmen (concert) The Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St.) presents another entry in the free Lexington Live concert series. The Hitmen perform popular, …
Three times a year, the S.C. State Farmers Market in West Columbia highlights local artistans and crafters.
Opinions
I would like to start off by saying that this is the hardest letter I have ever had to write. Coach McLeod was one of my favorite teachers ever. I know he was a great father to Coach Malcolm McLeod, …
Lake Murray and the popular greenway along the canal in Columbia’s Riverfront Park may soon have an attractive pedestrian connection.
As it’s tempting to move on — to throw out the masks, to stop worrying about when and where to get that next booster — now is not the time to start ignoring COVID-19.
It appears that Brookland-Cayce High School is on its way to having its accreditation status returned to the top level assigned by the state Department of Education.
Business
The prolific downtown Columbia restaurant group set to bring a barbecue joint to Chapin has revealed further details about the forthcoming venture.
A West Columbia brunch restaurant that has only been open for two and a half months is already adding another aspect to the business.
A Lexington location of fast-casual Mediterranean chain Zoe’s Kitchen and will soon become a Cava, another widespread Mediterranean chain.
Tucked away on South Church Street in Lexington lies a dessert and sandwich shop with 25 years of history.
Special sections
A man died after falling from a balcony at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center while fleeing from Cayce Police.
Eight Lexington County restaurants received a C, the lowest Food Grade given out following inspections by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, in August.
For the first time in more than two months, Lexington County is no longer recommended to mask against COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
A domestic violence investigation in Irmo led to drug charges and multiple arrests. According to a post on the Irmo Police Department’s Facebook page, officers were called to a domestic …
Web extras
How to set up your home office for success
(BPT) - If you didn’t work from home before, chances are you are or have the ability to now. According to Forbes, remote work is here to stay, with projections that 25% of all professional jobs …
Tips To Prevent Wildfire Destruction
(NAPSI)—In 2020, 58,950 wildfires burned 10.1 million acres, the second-most acreage impacted in a year since 1960. Nearly 40% of these acres were in California, where 30 people were killed, 8,500 …
Meet 5 PTSD service dogs changing the lives of veterans
(BPT) - Did you know that roughly 3.5 million military veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD can severely affect a veteran's life, but there is hope for those who are …
5 Questions to Ask Before Picking a Lawyer for Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
(NewsUSA) - Seen one of those Camp Lejeune lawsuit ads lately?  Of course you have.  Lawyers seeking to represent victims sickened by the water at the North Carolina Marine Corps base have …
PAD Awareness Month: Know the Signs of Leg Pain You Should Never Ignore
(NewsUSA) - Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition affecting more than 12 million people in the U.S.  However, symptom recognition is low: 50% of PAD patients have unrecognized …