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Detour at US 1, I-20 ramp in Lexington County, beginning Friday night

I-20 (File Photo) The US 1 eastbound exit ramp (Exit 58) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday night and Saturday night, for road shoulder reconstruction. Motorists heading east who wish to take Exit 58 should proceed to Exit 61 and re-enter I-20 westbound to Exit 58. The exit 58 eastbound ramp closure will occur: · From…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…

Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

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Lexington Wine Walk is May 13, at the Icehouse Amphitheater

Lexington Wine Walk. (Photo Contributed) The 7th Annual Lexington Wine Walk on Main Street is planned for Saturday, May 13. It’s from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main Street, Lexington. Local musical sensation The Going Commando Band will perform great Classic Rock, Country and Blues hits throughout the night. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at…

Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Kid’s Day draws thousands to Lexington

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Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

Lexington County Museum to Host Spring Open House, May 7

Museum Open House. (Photo Submitted) The Lexington County Museum will host its annual Spring Open House on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving the County’s residents a chance to get a hands-on experience with their community’s illustrious history. The public is invited to tour the circa 1832 John Fox House, the 1771 Laurence Corley Log House, the…

Lexington One issues statement regarding alleged sexual assault of student

On Monday, a female student made allegations against 40-year-Red Bank Elementary School 5K Immersion Teacher Hianlucas Isturiz Roderiguez. Based on these claims, the administrative staff notified law enforcement and filed an incident report with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Administrators acted in accordance with Board Policy and district procedure and immediately placed the teacher on leave pending an inquiry into…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Driver of big boat in fatal collision passed sobriety test

Lake Murray A field sobriety test was administered to the driver of a 32-ft power boat involved in a fatal collision on Lake Murray last Friday night. “He passed the test,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is investigating the accident that left two people dead. McCullough said Bruce Dyer, the driver…

Record number of people working in South Carolina

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s March report, the job numbers in the state are strong. “The fact that nearly everyone entering the labor force in March found work is truly a testament to how robust the economy is in South Carolina. Businesses are deciding South Carolina is where they want to grow and expand and, therefore,…

Lexington County Residents’ Recycle Day is Saturday 

As part of Lexington County’s Green is Clean Month, residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, household hazardous waste, shred documents and donate slightly used shoes at the Recycle Day event scheduled for April 29, 2017 at White Knoll High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is also a statewide collection event of household and farmer pesticides….

A body recovered, another missing after boats collide on Lake Murray

One person was killed and another has been missing for more than 12 hours after two boats hit each other on Lake Murray Friday night. Divers are trying to find a second person, said Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. He said DNR got the call regarding the the collision around 11 p.m. Friday. It happened…

Reports say soccer coach Kevin Heise has resigned his position with Lexington 2

Suspended Brookland-Cayce High School soccer coach Kevin Heise has submitted his resignation to Lexington School District Two, according to two separate news accounts. Stickers of support at March Board meeting. Lexington 2 officials have declined to talk about Heise’s status because of privacy concerns related to personnel.  There are rumors of audio of Heise talking to students that is related…

Woman arrested for making fake 911 calls

Columbia Police Investigators have arrested the female accused of making several fake 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers in Richland and Lexington Counties. Jheri Leil Polite (GDC Photo) “We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re…

Lexington man gets 10 years for receiving child pornography

Scott Eric Fernquist, 22, of Lexington, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography, according to a press release from US Attorney Beth Drake. US District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Fernquist to 10 years in prison, $4,000 restitution, and 25 years of supervised release. During his term of supervised release, Fernquist will be…

Junior League of Columbia’s Touch A Truck at Farmers Market, April 29

Junior League of Columbia’s Touch A Truck (Photo Submitted) The Junior League of Columbia’s Touch A Truck committee has been hard at work organizing this year’s event at the South Carolina State Farmers Market. The Annual Touch A Truck event takes place Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The committee is made up of more than 30 women…

Gary Adams named B-L High School football coach, assistant athletic director

Gary Adams (Photo Submitted) Gary Adams, has been selected as head football coach for the Batesburg-Leesville High School Panthers.. Currently, he is a Batesburg-Leesville Middle School physical education teacher and head middle school girls’ basketball coach. Adams also is Batesburg-Leesville High defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and boys and girls track head coach. He was selected from a…

Lexington School District 3 hires new administrators

1/3Eric Gambrell Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Mackenzie Taylor Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Era Roberts Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington County School District 3 Board of Trustees has hired three new administrators for the 2017-18 school year. The Board  approved the hiring of Eric Gambrell as Assistant Principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School beginning July 1. Gambrell will assume the role of…

Burned body was teenager, Lexington County Deputies investigating homicide

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Columbia teen as a homicide. Columbia firefighters found the teen in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, according to detectives. He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before dying in an apartment complex parking lot close to where firefighters encountered him. Click to…

Lexington Police, Chick-fil-A offer child car seat check Wednesday

The Lexington Police Department, in an effort to promote child passenger seat safety, is offering a child seat check. It’s scheduled for Wednesday morning. Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the parking lot of Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe,  4295 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe will be providing coffee and…