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Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

Marriott hotel in Cayce has spring opening date

A landmark property is scheduled to open in Cayce in late spring. Last March, ground was broken for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Cayce is set to open soon. (Photo by Terry Ward) “We expect it to be completed by late spring, and open in May at the latest,” said Kristen Myers. She’s…

Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday. “The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Photos by Terry Ward Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the…

Man killed by drunk driver

A Cayce man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Lexington, according to police. The victim was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson, whom an autopsy showed died from blunt force trauma to the head. Nicole Marie Wilson (photo provided) Meantime, Lexington Police said they have and arrested and…

Airport High students step up for community’s less-fortunate

Airport High School recorded a bounty of giving over the 2016 holiday period. Photos by Terry Ward During most of December, students and staff at the school donated more than 6,700 items. After researching to find the most needy, food baskets containing the items were delivered to Airport High School families. The food items were delivered on the last day…

O’ Christmas tree, here’s where to recycle thee

And, starting January 14, get free grindings for mulch, too

Christmas may be over, but perhaps you still have the holiday spirit. Great! But, just in case your Christmas tree has given up the ghost, don’t simply toss it to the curb – recycle it. From now through January 12 there are myriad sites in both Lexington and Richland counties to take your live trees to be properly disposed of,…

Recycle your old electronics next weekend

Get a new TV or laptop for Christmas? Congrats! But what do you do with your old busted one? Electronic waste like computers, monitors, printers, copiers, TVs and cell phones must be recycled and not placed in the garbage in accordance with state law. Lexington County residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics and shred paper documents from 9 a.m….

Lexington County man convicted of murder

A tangled web of revenge and murder has come to an end in Lexington County. Nicholas Chhith-Berry (Photo provided) A county jury has convicted Nicholas Chhith-Berry, 19, of Lexington in the March 2014 stabbing death of 23-year-old Jamie Galloway, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday. Following the guilty verdicts on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during…

Cayce-West Cola set Saturday for ‘Parade of Lights’

The Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most-anticipated events of the season. Photos by Terry Ward The nighttime parade features lighted units that glow down 12 Street through West Columbia and Cayce. The number of parade entries reached capacity quickly this year. “We got more than the limit of 100-plus entries earlier this year than ever…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….

Amazon expanding in Lexington County

Amazon is expanding its footprint and bringing more jobs to Lexington County. Photos by Terry Ward The gigantic online retailer is moving its book-making operation to the Amazon site in the Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park, near Cayce. The move is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017, and will create around 150 jobs, company officials said. The book-making operation is a part of…

West Columbia Riverwalk closed

It’s like the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater are going into hibernation. The popular trail along the Congaree River was closed Monday. West Columbia Riverwalk photos by Terry Ward. “It has been closed for the safety of the public,” according to city spokesperson Anna Huffman. Closing Riverwalk will also expedite construction to repair the path that has been damaged by flood-related…

Lexington Two excels in graduation, LIFE Scholarship rates

The four-year graduation rate for Lexington County District Two schools is 88 percent. That’s a jump of four percentage points in just one year for the district. “We educate children and this is the best indicator of our product,” said Superintendent Bill James. “It speaks well of every teacher and every school in Lexington Two.” Graduation day 2016 at Brookland-Cayce…

Joe Pinner awarded for Lifetime Achievement

It was a night to recognize the business community. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Wednesday at West Columbia’s Holiday Inn and Suites. The highlight of the night included one of the most recognizable faces in the Midlands. Joe Pinner (center) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cayce-West…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

Setzler, Caskey win state House seats

Lexington Two gets new board member

On a night that spelled ruin for Democratic candidates in South Carolina and nationwide, state Sen. Nikki Setzler (D-West Columbia) managed to buck the trend. Sen. Nikki Setzler (Photo provided) Setzler on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Brad Lindsey (R-West Columbia) for the District 26 Senate seat he’s held for nearly 40 years. Setzler won with 12,228 votes to Lindsey’s 8,565….

Riverland Park on the Congaree opens in Cayce

At a serene wooded vista, the City of Cayce has opened a new park. The ribbon was cut Saturday at Riverland Park, located at 2616 Riverland Drive, along the Congaree River. Cayce City Councilman James “Skip” Jenkins takes a stroll on the Riverland Park path to the river. (Photo by Terry Ward) “They did a great job with it,” said…

Teachers becoming harder to find in Lexington Two, statewide

Lexington School District Two is being hit hard by a shortage of teachers. Angela Cooper, Lexington Two’s chief human resources officer, spoke about the teacher shortage at a school board meeting last month. The number of teachers not coming back to teach is more than twice as high as the number of teachers being certified for the classroom, she said….

Urban oasis: Cayce’s Guignard Park is redone and reopened

An oasis in the middle of the asphalt is back up and running in Cayce. Guignard Park, at the corner of Axtell and Knox-Abbott drives, hosted its grand re-opening Saturday. The park had been closed more than seven months to undergo a face-lift. Cayce Assistant City Manager Shaun Greenwood plays ping-pong on the new concrete table at Guignard Park, which…

New Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center a ‘doorway to a dream’

It was a celebration that would not be necessary in an ideal world. Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Carol Yarborough and state Sen. Katrina Shealy cut the ribbon at the center’s new facility in Lexington. (Photo by Terry Ward) The Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) cut the ribbon on its new facility in Lexington on Thursday afternoon. The DCAC…

Lexington One students outpace the state on college-bound tests

College-bound high school students in Lexington County One School District came up aces in the most recent round of testing this past spring, the district announced. On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two most-common tests relied on by colleges and universities for admission, Lexington One students’ average scores outpaced both the state and national averages. Students also…

Lexington County man sentenced to life in prison in toddler’s death

Prosecutors criticize DSS for allegedly failing to fully investigate child-abuse claims

In a case prosecutors called absolutely “heartbreaking” by a local attorney, a Lexington County man received a life sentence Monday in the horrific child-abuse death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced. Tayshun “Tae” Swearington (Photo provided) Circuit Judge R. Knox McMahon handed down the sentence after a jury last week found Joshua Warren Hopkins, 29,…

(UPDATED) Contest to reward Midlands entrepreneurs for the next great idea

UPDATED — October 25: The deadline for the Ignite! Ideas Contest for Midlands entrepreneurs has been extended until November 4. Entrepreneurs with great ideas and business-startup concepts are encouraged to enter them over the next two weeks – and possibly could win $5,000 to jump start their business. It’s all part of the Ignite! Ideas Contest sponsored by EngenuitySC and Lexington…