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COLUMBIA, SC: On a hot day, Hip Hop Family Day’s acts are hotter

By Noelle Phillips

A band works the crowd at Saturday's Hip Hop Family Day on Columbia's Main Street. The music-driven event is sponsored by Peace, Love & Hip Hop and Indie Grits. NOPHILLIPS@THESTATE.COM — NOELLE PHILLIPS COLUMBIA, SC — The bass bumped and bounced off the buildings along Main Street on Saturday ...

WEST COLUMBIA, SC: SUPER SATURDAY: Plant, flower sale helps dress up yard for summer

By Noelle Phillips

WEST COLUMBIA, SC: SUPER SATURDAY: Plant, flower sale helps dress up yard for summer | Living | The State Amy Singletary of Prospect looks over herbs on sale at the annual plant and flower show at the S.C. Farmers Market in West Columbia. NOPHILLIPS@THESTATE.COM — NOELLE PHILLIPS WEST COLUMBIA...

Young enthusiasts create video games at Kindie Grits

By Noelle Phillips

Teens listen to instructions as they design a video game they have named "Ultra Meatball Chucker xTreme Gaidan Saga. " The Saturday class is part of the annual Indie Grits Film Festival's Kindie Grits. NOPHILLIPS@THESTATE.COM — NOELLE PHILLIPS COLUMBIA, SC It’s a beautiful day – to play video ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Holbrook sworn in as new Columbia Police chief Friday

By Noelle Phillips

William "Skip” Holbrook sits with his family before being sworn in as Columbia’s new police chief during a ceremony at city hall. TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com | Buy Photo COLUMBIA, SC — William “Skip” Holbrook was sworn in Friday morning as Columbia Police Department chief. Holbrook ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Search continues for man who plunged from Gervais Street bridge

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC — Rescue workers resumed the search of the Congaree River Friday for a man who plunged into the river from the Gervais Street bridge. "DNR is out searching now, and they will continue to search until they find him," Capt. Robert McCullough, a DNR spokesman, said Friday. Rescue ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Former jail guard sentenced to 2 years in beating of homeless Columbia man

By Noelle Phillips

Robin Smith, a former jail guard at Richland County's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, appears for his sentencing Wednesday morning in federal court with his attorney, I.S. Leevy Johnson. Last December, Smith pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation in the February 2013 brutal beating ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia police looking for new leads in 2010 cold case

By Noelle Phillips

Aaron Bouknight was 23 when he was shot to death on March 28, 2010 in a Main Street parking lot COLUMBIA, SC — A spilled beer started the fight in the early morning hours of March 28, 2010. The bullet also ended the life of 23-year-old Aaron Bouknight. Four years later, no one has been arrested ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia: 132,000 Huntington: 50,000New Columbia police chief found success in WVa w

By Noelle Phillips

Began career in 1987 as officer with the Charlotte Police Department. Left in 1992 to work as a special agent with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. Was assistant special agent in charge of bureau’s Charlotte office when he left in 2003. Before becoming Huntington’s chief, took three-year ...

COLUMBIA, SC: ‘I won’t let you down’: Holbrook pledges to bring stability to Columbia Police Departm...

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC — William “Skip” Holbrook will be sworn in as Columbia’s next police chief in April, but he already has started work on a five-year strategic plan for the department. Holbrook was introduced by City Manager Teresa Wilson during a Friday ceremony on the front steps of the Columbia ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Former CPD crime analyst sues city, former chief Randy Scott

By Noelle Phillips

Former CPD crime analyst sues city, former chief Randy Scott COLUMBIA, SC — A former Columbia police department crime analyst has filed a lawsuit against the city and former police Chief Randy Scott, claiming the city broke a promise when she was forced to resign and that she was the victim of ...

Columbia releases Ruben Santiago’s resignation letter

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC In his resignation letter, former interim Columbia police chief Ruben Santiago told the city manager he had another job offer. However, the letter does not elaborate on where Santiago plans to go. The letter was released Friday by the city. The letter was dated March 13 and ...

Large crowds expected for weekend memorial for rapper Speaker Knockerz

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC Large crowds are expected this weekend as friends and family say goodbye to local rapper Speaker Knockerz. The rapper, whose given name was Derek McAllister, was found dead March 6 in his garage. The cause of death has not been determined but Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said ...

COLUMBIA SC: One of police chief candidates withdraws Wednesday

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA SC — The retired director of public safety in Spartanburg on Wednesday withdrew from consideration to become Columbia’s next police chief. Tony Fisher wrote a one-paragraph letter dated March 12 to city manager Teresa Wilson in which he said, “After much consideration, I withdraw my ...

COLUMBIA, SC: St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival policy: Leave, return – pay again

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC: St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival policy: Leave, return – pay again | Local News | The State Going to the party Saturday? Here are some things you need to know: Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for festival. Road race starts at 7:30 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Pot O’ Gold Playland in MLK ...

A reporter looks back on invasion of Iraq

By Noelle Phillips

Soldiers with A Company 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment are given packets of meals ready to eat, called MREs, after being resupplied in the desert near Karbala in central Iraq Thursday, March 27, 2003. Timeline Among key dates in the Iraq war: March 19, 2003: President George W. Bush ...

GILBERT, SC Gilbert man accused of stealing drum stand, scuba gear from home in Lexington County -

By Noelle Phillips

Gilbert man accused of stealing drum stand, scuba gear from home in Lexington County GILBERT, SC — A 29-year-old has been arrested after police accused him of stealing a drum stand, scuba gear and tools. Johnny Paul Hill II, 29, of A.C. Bouknight Road of Gilbert was charged Saturday with ...

COLUMBIA, SC: Columbia to introduce new police chief Friday morning

By Noelle Phillips

COLUMBIA, SC — The Columbia Police Department’s next police chief will be introduced at 9 a.m. Friday at the department’s headquarters. While City Manager Teresa Wilson has not named her pick, it is widely believed that she has chosen William “Skip” Holbrook, the chief of the Huntington, W. ...

SC business notebook

Noelle Phillips, a Metro reporter with 20... Full Article at The State COLUMBIA -- In the hope that restricting what people can buy with food stamps will cut down on obesity, South Carolina officials on Thursday said they had asked the federal agency that administers the program to start ...

COLUMBIA, SC: South Carolina becomes Republican's immigration reform 'test market'

By Noelle Phillips

By Noelle Phillips — The State (Columbia, S.C.) COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called South Carolina ground zero in the fight for immigration reform as evangelicals join Republicans in pushing for change. The Republican party and evangelical movement are using conservative...

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