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House of Raeford reiterates its commitment to the community

West Columbia’s House of Raeford facility contributes its fair share – and then some- to its community. The poultry processing operation reiterated its commitment with a data release, Monday. House of Raeford is responsible for more than 800 jobs in Lexington County. It is the seventh-largest employer in the county and part of the reason the county has the state’s…

Deputy becomes Lexington County’s first state-certified emergency manager

Lt. Billy Aiken. (Photo Submitted) A longtime member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has become Lexington County’s first Certified Emergency Manager. Lt. Billy Aiken used his free time to pursue something he’s seriously considered since nine people died in the Graniteville train derailment more than a dozen years ago. “The incident in Graniteville exposed the vulnerabilities and vast needs…

Victim of fatal vehicle accident identified, passenger survives

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a single-vehicle accident on Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Willow Forks Road in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Mr. Marty Shealy, Jr., 33, of Batesburg was killed when his vehicle left the road. The vehicle struck a tree. Shealy, who was not wearing his seat belt…

Coroner identifies man found dead at Gaston mobile home fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the individual found deceased following a residential structure fire, Thursday night. The fire  occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Renee Court in Gaston. According to Fisher, Michael Henry, 56, of Gaston was pronounced dead on scene following a fire inside his residence. An autopsy has been…

1 person dies in Lexington County mobile home fire, dog saved

A fire broke out at a mobile home in Gaston late Thursday night resulting in the death of one individual. Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services personnel to a residence in the 100 block of f Renee Court just before 9 p.m. in reference to a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from…

I-20 eastbound on-ramp at SC 6 closed Friday night, exit closed Saturday night, in Lexington County

SC 6 eastbound on-ramp closure Friday night, July 14 The SC 6 eastbound on-ramp onto Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday night, July 14, for ramp restriping and barrier wall placement. A detour will be in place with signs for motorists to follow. Motorists heading north who wish to take the I-20 on ramp should proceed on…

Lexington 2 to hold Cayce Elementary School Grand Opening, principal announced

The grand opening and dedication for Lexington Two’s new elementary school, Cayce Elementary, will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 3. The school is on Bulldog Boulevard, off of 12th Street Extension, beside Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy. Lexington Two also announced the principal and administration for the new school, and administration assignment changes at all of…

Lexington County man gets life for child sexual assault

Bryan Jeffrey Ellis has been sentenced to life in prison in Lexington County General Sessions Court. The sentenced was announced Thursday by Deputy Solicitor Suzzanne Mayes, from the office of Rick Hubbard, 11th Circuit Solicitor. Ellis, 30, was found guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – first degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – third degree….

Man accused of choking woman in Lexington County

A Charlotte man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after an altercation with a woman at a Lexington County apartment complex Tuesday morning. Christopher Scott Griffin, 50, is charged with grabbing the woman by the neck and choking her to the point of restricting her airway, according an arrest warrant. “The woman hit Griffin with a blunt object…

EdVenture’s FLIGHT- with Boeing 757 cockpit, opens Saturday

1/4Flight 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Flight 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Flight 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Flight 1 Show Caption Hide Caption EdVenture is opening its newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT.  Museum members are invited to preview the exhibit at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to EdVenture guests, in general, at 10 a.m. FLIGHT has been made possible with…

Lexington County man charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor

Michael Shawn Smith A Swansea man has been arrested and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Michael Shawn Smith, 34, is charged with inappropriately kissing a victim multiple times between December 2016 and March 2017, according to arrest warrants. “This arrest and charge are part of an ongoing investigation,” Lexington County…

City of West Columbia’s Mike Bollinger wins State Backhoe Rodeo Championship

Charleston County Field Operations Manager and SC APWA Rodeo Coordinator John Myers (Left) and State Backhoe Rodeo Winner Mike Bollinger. Mike Bollinger, City of West Columbia equipment operator in the Public Works Department won the American Public Works Association (APWA) 33rd Annual State Championship Backhoe Rodeo Competition in Charleston, on Tuesday. He competed against eight other backhoe operators around the…

Electro-Spec, Inc. launching new operations in Lexington County, creating 53 jobs

Electro-Spec, Inc., a specialty plating manufacturer, is locating new production operations in Lexington County. The new development is projected to bring $3.1 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs. With a customer base in North America, Asia and Europe, Electro-Spec is an industry-leading provider of gold, silver, nickel, copper and Tri-M3™ (tri-alloy) electroplating. Serving the aerospace, medical, telecommunications…

Airport High School linemen win strength awards at summer training competition

Collyn Richardson and JC Redmond. It’s the middle of summer, but high school football players are hard at work, getting ready for the gridiron in the fall. Two Airport High School linemen recently picked up some awards as a payoff for their effort in the off-season. Airport’s Collyn Richardson bench pressed 185 pounds, 35 times to win the Bench Press…

Lexington County first responders learn teamwork at Lake Murray training session

1/3first5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3First1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3first 3 Show Caption Hide Caption   By Karamie Sullivan Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and paramedics left their uniforms at home Tuesday and instead grabbed a swimsuit and towel for a water-based training on Lake Murray. Between Tuesday and Thursday, about 160 first responders are learning different water safety…

S.C. Department of Corrections holding Job Fair, Friday

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is holding a Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday (July 14.) The SCDC is seeking Cadets ages 18-to-20, and Officers, ages 21-and-up. Also wanted are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and qualified mental health professionals. Other employment opportunities include food service, administrative, trades specialists and teachers. The Job Fair is…

Pro-Confederate flag group flies it again at Statehouse for a day

1/4Confederate flag display and opponents Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Secessionist Party member Cameron Maynard with other Civil War-related flags Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4July 10, 2015 is the day the flag was removed Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Some dressed in period attire Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan If you drove by the South Carolina Statehouse from 10 a.m….

Heavy rain Monday may have damaged I-26 in Lexington County

A heavy rain on Monday afternoon may have damaged part of I-26 in Lexington County. An asphalt defect on I-26 eastbound was reported via Twitter by Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The damage reported is near Mile Marker 112, between the exits for Airport Boulevard and US-1. The South Carolina Department of Transportation is on the…

S.C. Highway Patrol conducting recruitment sessions beginning Tuesday in Columbia

Click on poster to enlarge The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be traveling the state in July conducting recruitment presentations. The first recruitment session is Tuesday at the Troop 1 Headquarters at 1626 Shop Road, in Columbia. Each session begins  at 6 p.m. See the poster, left, for all recruitment presentations and the date and place.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has a new K-9 and handler

K-9, Blesk A recent training session for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s new K-9, Blesk, ended with another successful track. Training is where it all starts for Blesk and his handler, Deputy Matt Fields. To keep up with the K9 unit, you have to be able to run, and run for any amount of time. “Definitely, the physical part of…

Crosswalk installed in front of West Columbia poultry processing plant

1/32 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/31 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3image005 Show Caption Hide Caption The City of West Columbia, in a public-private partnership, has completed the installation of the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK) on Sunset Boulevard in front of House of Raeford. The project was made possible with an award from Lexington County C-Funds and matching funds from…

Saluda, Congaree rivers get “green light” in weekly water quality tests

Saluda and Congaree. Going to the river this weekend? A coalition that was organized with the help of the Congaree Riverkeeper is checking river water quality. In the summer, a plethora of tubers, kayakers, canoers and swimmers can be found on the rivers that run through metropolitan Columbia. “All greens again” which means healthy quality river water was the reading…

SCGOP chairman giving Trump Administration voter data, after election commission declines

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick The chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will give state voter data to the Trump Administration. The Trump Administration will get the information after the S.C. Election Commission said state law does not allow for the records to be sent to the federal government. SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick said, Thursday, he will buy the data from…