Veronica Brown

Lexington Medical Center Prepares for Major Expansion

By Veronica Brown

MedicalLexington Medical Center will soon begin an estimated $425 million expansion to their existing 58-acre campus. The eight-story, 550,000 square foot tower will immediately add 70 new beds to the hospital’s existing 414. The new tower will include the labor-and-delivery department, postpartum beds, and newborn nurseries, as well as eight additional operating rooms and increased intensive care space. Lexington Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in the state. The hospital saw over 101,000 visits to the emergency department last year, and delivered over 3,500 babies. The center is also...

Confederate Flag No Longer Flies on S.C. State House Grounds

By Veronica Brown

FlagAfter years of debate, South Carolina state troopers removed the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds in seven minutes. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people flooded downtown Columbia on Friday in order to witness the historic moment. Emotional onlookers chanted “USA! USA! USA!” and sang "Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na, na. Hey-ey, goodbye” when the flag was lowered. Although the crowd remained peaceful, law enforcement officials had prepared for any possibility. On Thursday, Columbia City Council enacted a special ban on weapons in the immediate vicinity of the State House, lasting...

Horseshoe Shadow Campaign Gains Visibility

By Veronica Brown

ShadowThe social media feeds of many USC students and Columbia residents recently flooded with pleas to “Save Our Horseshoe!” The USC Alumni Association launched the Save Our Horseshoe campaign on June 29 in response to the plans to build Icon on Main. The Save Our Horseshoe website objects to the shadow that the residential building will cast on the horseshoe and displays an artist’s rendering of what the shadow would look like at 4:30 p.m. in December. This picture differs from the developer’s depiction , which suggests minimal impact on the Horseshoe. Although the website and social media...

New Ronald McDonald House Will Help More Families

By Veronica Brown

GirlThis July, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia will break ground on their new location. The 15,500 square foot building will allow them to double the number of families they serve. Karen Marinelli, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia executive director, told The State , “The most difficult thing we have to do is to tell a family that we don’t have a room available for them. This new house will change that and make a difference.” The Ronald McDonald House is open 365 days a year and provides over 200 families each year with a place to stay during their children’s medical treatment...