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SCDOT to restrict road work for eclipse, provide extra crews to assist motorists

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to restrict upcoming highway work on interstates and primary routes to avoid lane closures due to anticipated heavy traffic expected for the solar eclipse. SCDOT will not allow any non-emergency lane closures on interstates from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, through 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 22.  No lane closures will be allowed…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department taking extra measures for eclipse weekend

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of the county’s residents and visitors during the upcoming total eclipse weekend. “We’ve carefully planned for not just the day of the eclipse, but the entire weekend leading up to it,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We’ll be in constant contact with other public safety agencies,…

Lexington County man killed in I-20 accident

Kershaw County Coroner David A. West has released the name of a man killed in a single -vehicle accident on I-20 early Thursday morning. Allen Eugene Washington, 47, of Lexington County, was killed in the crash, West said. West said the call regarding the accident came into 911 dispatch at 12:12 a.m.  Washington was traveling west bound on I-20, when…

New Cayce Elementary ready for the first day of school

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Husband of woman previously charged in daughter’s death, also arrested

David Lance Steadman A Lexington man was arrested Tuesday evening on the same charge his wife faces in connection to the death of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter last month. Link to initial article about child’s death David Lance Steadman, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants. “Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe…

Man who crashed truck after being shot faces carjacking charges

A Summerville man faces multiple charges after being shot in self-defense and crashing a vehicle he carjacked near Chapin Sunday afternoon. Mark Emil Day, 27, is charged with four counts of assault and battery and two counts of carjacking, according to arrest warrants. “Based on victim and witness statements we gathered at the scene, a man shot Day in self-defense…

Jim Hudson Automotive Group donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank for hunger programs

Jim Hudson Automotive Group has provided the opportunity for one million meals to the hungry. Jim Hudson, Denise Holland and Keith Hudson, with members of the Jim Hudson Automotive Group at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Monday. (Terry Ward Photo)  Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful Sixth Annual Jim…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal boating accident

The Lexington County Coroner has released the name of the man killed in a boat versus dock accident Sunday morning. Jimmy Ayers, 57, of Lexington died at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries to the upper body that he sustained in the crash, said Coroner Margaret Fisher. Fisher said Ayers’ nephew was transported to the hospital with multiple non-life threatening…

Airport High School punter, kicker Paxton Brooks, one of the nation’s best

Airport High School punter and kicker Paxton Brooks has been busy this summer. Last Sunday (Aug. 6) he was at N.C. State University and received a scholarship offer to play football for the Wolfpack. Brooks also has offers from Army and Wake Forest. Paxton is ranked No. 2 in the nation in punting with Kohl’s Kicking and he has been selected…

Sewage spill reported by Carolina Water Service at Friarsgate Plant

  Sunday morning at approximately 9 a.m, Carolina Water Service personnel discovered an overflow of one of its treatment plant holding tanks causing a spill of wastewater at its Friarsgate Plant. The spill was reported by CWS. The company said the spill impacted the plant site as well as a ditch that leads to Rawls Creek. CWS said- in its…

Man crashes vehicle after being shot, says Lexington County Sheriff’s report

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday afternoon in the 100 block of Millers Branch Rd. near Chapin.  Based on interviews by the LCSD, deputies believe a man drove away from that location after he was shot in the upper body. The man who was shot then crashed his vehicle in the 800 block of…

1 killed Sunday morning in Lake Murray boating accident

One person is dead and another person has been injured, in a boat wreck on Lake Murray. According to SCDNR, a boat hit a dock. The accident happened about 6 a.m. Sunday. The location of the accident was on the Chapin side of Lake Murray, near Wessinger Island. The second person on the boat at the time of the accident…

3 running for Chapin mayor after first day of filing

The Town of Chapin will have at least three people in the race for Mayor. Friday was the first day individuals could file paperwork to run for the office in the Lexington County community. Two individuals announced plans to run – Shayla Flores and David W. Knight.  Current Mayor Skip Wilson also plans to run for re-election. Flores graduated from Chapin…

Child’s mouth taped shut, child dies, says Lexington County sheriff

Lexington County detectives arrested a Lexington woman Friday morning in connection with the death of her four-year-old daughter last month. Cynthia Estrada-Lopez, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants. “Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe Estrada-Lopez restrained her daughter in the child’s bed, taped her mouth shut and abandoned her…

Sheriff’s deputies end hunt for burglary suspect in Lexington County

Glenn Keller Stabler (LCSD Photo) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spent much of the day Friday searching near Sardis Church Road for a man wanted on a burglary arrest warrant. The search for Glenn Keller Stabler was called off around 3 p.m., but the sheriff’s department reported that it will continue patrols to look for Stabler. The sheriff’s department asks…

Name of person killed in I-20 crash, released by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident on Thursday at approximately 3:30 a.m. The accident occurred on I- 20 westbound near Mile Marker 51 in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Carlos Hipolito, 22, of Gilbert was killed when his vehicle left the road, struck the cable in the median, and overturned. Hipolito,…

SCETV’s Rudy Mancke thrills crowd with nature talk

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Freddy’s Steakburgers opens in West Columbia

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Man charged with attempted murder after shooting

Lexington County deputies arrested a man Monday night after shots were fired outside a Batesburg-Leesville convenience store. Tony Robinson, 24, is charged with attempted murder, possessing a weapon during a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a pistol, according to arrest warrants. “Based on what investigators determined at the scene, Robinson got into an argument with two people in the convenience…

Could the eclipse be the largest event ever for the Midlands?

It has the potential to be “the largest event ever in the Midlands,” said Columbia City Councilman Howard Duvall of the Aug. 21, Total Solar Eclipse. Duvall’s comments came at a “Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia SC” meeting for media Tuesday at the S.C State Museum. The museum is a “Ground Zero” of sorts for the eclipse. Museum Public Relations Manager…

Coroner identifies woman who died after being rolled over by vehicle

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of being rolled over by a vehicle on Murrayhill Circle at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday. According to Fisher, Ms. Pearlie Mae Wilbur, 84, of Columbia was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to blunt force injuries sustained in the incident.  The vehicle  rolled over…

Woman dies in Lexington after vehicle rolls over her, says sheriff’s department

Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block of Murrayhill Circle, Monday night. There was a report of a a vehicle rolling over a person in a driveway. according to the LCSD.  The victim was a woman in her 80s. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. The LCSD said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Lexington man stabbed in domestic dispute involving child

Terrance Maurice Sligh. (LCSD Photo) Deputies arrested a Lexington man Sunday after he was stabbed by a man intervening in a domestic dispute. Terrance Maurice Sligh, 29, is charged with third degree assault and cruelty to children, according to arrest warrants. “Based on what investigators determined at the scene, Sligh was stabbed by a man attempting to protect a child…

Senate leaders from both parties move to stop power company rate hikes

Senators from the Republican and Democratic parties have issued a letter summoning the General Assembly to reconvene to block more utility rate increases on South Carolina customers. The letter on Friday morning from Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia and Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, comes after Monday’s announcement that construction on two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County…

River-centric businesses suing Carolina Water Service

Several companies have suffered because Carolina Water Service has let polluted water seep into the Saluda River, according to a law suit. River pollution from CWS has resulted in “business losses, loss of recreational opportunity, loss of customers and clients, a negative stigma associated with the river and other losses associated with the Saluda River.” A law suit making those…