A Lexington County teenager who received widespread community support died of brain cancer on Dec. 27.
Kennedy Branham, 14, whose fighting spirit prompted a campaign known as Pray4Kennedy, was diagnosed with the illness on her 13th birthday in February of 2012.
The Lexington High School baseball team dedicated two seasons to Kennedy, including this past year when the Wildcats won the state championship in a promise to “Finish It For Kennedy.”
More than 3,000 people came together last month to honor Kennedy and the inspiration she had been for others with a tribute celebration at River Bluff High School.
Branham spent the last few weeks at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital with family and friends around.
Bottle Mess Cleaned Up Near Swansea
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and code enforcement officers on Dec. 17 removed about 1,500 glass bottles and plastic bottles that had been dumped in woods in the 100 block of Pooles Valley Road near Swansea.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Horseneck/Swansea resident Deputy Robert Snuffer coordinated the clean-up effort in response to citizens’ concerns about the large number of glass bottles and plastic bottles that had been dumped in the woods.
Law enforcement officials were assisted by some local residents as they spend about 90 minutes removing bottles from the woods, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
“Two citizens contacted Robert about the large number of bottles that had been dumped in the woods off Pooles Valley Road, and Robert quickly assembled a team of deputies to address the situation,” Metts said. “Robert and his fellow deputies demonstrated their strong commitment to fulfilling our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: