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2 Sumter men arrested in connection to Lexington County stolen handguns case

Detectives arrested two men in Sumter Thursday in connection to a July 4 burglary during which nearly 40 handguns were stolen from a Gilbert sporting goods store. Tyrone Jerome Fleming (left), 19, and Ekelo Simon, 20, both of Sumter, broke into JC’s Outdoors Tuesday morning and stole more than $10,000 worth of handguns, according to arrest warrants. Investigators said Fleming…

39 handguns stolen, deputies ask for assistance

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department would like to talk to the men pictured about a break-in at JC’s Outdoors Tuesday. In the break-in, 39 handguns were stolen. The people deputies would like to talk to left in a tan or gold Camry. Anyone with information can call detective Stokes @ 803-422-5602 or leave an anonymous tip  at MidlandsCrime at 888-Crime-SC

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

1/5Ryan Rawl event 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ryan Rawl workout Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ryan Rawl presentarion Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ryan Rawl tribute Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ryan Rawl event Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan About 150 people came to the S.C. State House Tuesday morning for the fifth annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event. It was…

Gilbert Peach Festival is the center of the universe on July 4th

1/4Peach Festival Gilbert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Peach Festival Gilbert 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Peach Festival Gilbert 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Peach Festival Gilbert 4 Show Caption Hide Caption There’s only one way to celebrate America’s birthday for many people in Lexington County, and the party turns a town of less than 1,000 into the center of…

Lexington Sheriff’s deputies look for stolen El Camino

The El Camino pictured has been seen in relation to some Lexington County thefts, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. According to the sheriff’s department the El Camino was stolen. And it has been used to try to steal a trailer. Call 888-Crime-SC if you have information about this vehicle.

Lexington County Council Chairman issues statement regarding Chapin Business and Technology Park controversy

Lexington County Council and the county’s administration have been criticized for the handling of the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton. Critics have said the park’s development is behind schedule and over budget. Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a statement in response to the critics late Friday. Link to Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough statement issued Saturday night Statement…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

Mark Kingston named head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina

From USC Athletics Eight-Year Head Coaching Veteran Takes Over Gamecock Program Mark Kingston has been named the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced today. He becomes the 30th head coach in the history of Gamecock Baseball. Kingston comes to Carolina following a three-year stint as the head coach at USF. He compiled…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motorcycle crash.  It occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Thursday night on South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia. William James Culpepper, 28, of North Point Road, Lexington, was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and went down an embankment.  Culpepper was not wearing a…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…

Solar farm coming to Cayce, beside SCE&G HQ

A firm is developing a 1.62 megawatt solar facility in the Otarre development corridor off of I-77, beside South Carolina Electric and Gas. The 6,156-panel facility is expected to be completed by November. The area where the solar farm is going is in the 12th Street Extension portion of Cayce. TIG Sun Energy IV has been chosen by SCE&G to develop the…

Town of Swansea receives grant funds for new waterlines

Left to Right: Rick Bryan, Swansea Utility Manager; Council Member Linda Butler; Senator Nikki G. Setzler; Mayor Ray Spires; Council Member Jerald Sanders. (Photo Submitted) The Town of Swansea has received a $498,500 Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA.) grant. MPA Strategies announced the details of the grant Wednesday. The funds will go toward improvements of the town’s deteriorating water system. That…

Gamecocks Jake Bentley, Jacob August work out with special kids

1/3Gamecock QB Jake Bentley Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Jacob August, Gamecock tight end Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Players and M.A.T.E.S. staff Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The children of Camp M.A.T.E.S.’s summer camp welcomed a couple of surprise visitors, Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Bentley, and tight end Jacob August of USC’s football team participated in the MATES yoga class….

Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

West Columbia is a magnet for new business

1/6Sunset Boulevard thriving Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Brookland Construction Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6New housing, to the right Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Fountain in Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Meeting at State Streets Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia is a hotspot for new business. “We try to be friendly to business,” said…

House of Raeford donates almost $15K to help victims of human trafficking

 By Karamie Sullivan There will soon be a new facility in Richland County to house minors who have been victims of human trafficking. The safe house, known as Karis Home, has been funded in large part by House of Raeford, the poultry processing plant in West Columbia. House of Raeford’s outreach program FLOCK, has partnered with Lighthouse for Life.  …

Lake Murray Poker Run raises $45,000 for Children’s Chance to fight cancer

By Karamie Sullivan They came from all over to help children with cancer. Boaters traveled from Florida, Virginia, New York, and South Carolina to Chapin’s Rusty Anchor restaurant over the weekend for the fourth annual Lake Murray Poker Run. The fund-raising event is hosted by Children’s Chance, a non-profit organization that helps families of children facing pediatric cancer. The event…

Biggest LMC baby ever? Colin weighed 14 pounds at birth

You’re gonna need a bigger diaper. Colin Austin Keisler is the heaviest baby ever born at Lexington Medical Center, as far as anyone can remember. He was born on Friday morning to Lexington’s Cindy Richmond (she kept her maiden name) and her husband Arthur Keisler. Colin weighed 14 pounds and 0.4 ounces. He was 24 inches long. He’s the size…

Autopsy did not confirm drowning as cause of death for man pulled from river

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the preliminary autopsy findings of William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston. It was believed Leeman drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo on Sunday. But according to Fisher, the preliminary autopsy findings were unable to confirm that Leeman’s death was the result of drowning. Therefore, additional studies, including toxicology testing, are…

Lexington County deputy leads kids’ ‘Summer Adventure Squad’

Catching fish, making healthy snacks and learning about animals might sound like sound like summertime fun, but Lexington County Deputy David Burns believes it’s all about learning. “Those are life lessons. We go on the river canoeing and kayaking, we’ve got to respect the water. So they’re life lessons, it’s things that they’re going to carry, it’s memories that they’re…

Lexington County Coroner investigates second Saluda River drowning of weekend

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of a person believed to have drowned in the Saluda River near the Riverbanks Zoo around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Fisher states that William John Leeman, 43, of Gaston was pulled from the water by someone on the river in a canoe. The person performed CPR on Leeman.  Upon arrival of  Lexington County…

Leeza Gibbons’ Dare2Care Fair in Columbia packs the house

Leeza Gibbons gained international fame as the longtime host of Entertainment Tonight, and her work as a journalist made her an Emmy winner, but the University of South Carolina alumna has never forgotten her home. Gibbons, who grew up in Irmo, was in Columbia Saturday to host the first Dare2Care Fair at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The day included…