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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…

Swimming advisory issued for Saluda Shoals Park area because of bacteria

A section of the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia has been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Sunday. The affected area includes the section of the river that runs the length of Saluda Shoals Park. Higher than normal bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the river, and…

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…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river is July 29

The West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river will be held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Saturday, July 29. City of West Columbia, SC Staff will be onsite handing out free koozies, information about the City, and Pelican Bucks to the first 100 people to come up to the tent! Palmetto Outdoor Center will offer the standard “float” trip, which includes:…

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…

SC Victim Services moves into one office, legislation celebrated

Jackie Olsen speaking. Her sister was murdered by a stalker.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today officially welcomed South Carolina’s victim services agencies into his office. A new state law that took effect July 1st moved the agencies so they’d be under one roof for better service and efficiency. The move was one of the recommendations made by then-Gov….

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…

Gamecocks picked 4th in SEC East, Alabama is top pick

The media attending SEC Football Media Days this past week in Birmingham has picked South Carolina to finish fourth in the Eastern Division, it was announced Friday. Alabama was an overwhelming choice to win the SEC title in 2017, with Georgia narrowly edging Florida to capture the East. Tennessee was picked third in the East, followed by South Carolina, Kentucky,…

Gamecocks’ Hurst, Moore, and Samuel named to media’s All-SEC Teams

 The media attending SEC Football Media Days this past week in Birmingham has picked South Carolina to finish fourth in the Eastern Division, it was announced today. Hayden Hurst (second team tight end), Skai Moore (second team linebacker) and Deebo Samuel (third team wide receiver) were named to the All-SEC teams. Alabama was an overwhelming choice to win the SEC…

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…

Several Gameccock football players named to pre-season “watch” lists

Several Gameccock football players have been named to pre-season “watch” lists. USC Quarterback Jake Bentley and wide receiver Deebo Samuel have been named to the Maxwell list, while linebacker Skai Moore represents the Gamecocks on the Bednarik list. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since…

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…

USC recruiting children for learning disabilities study

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge The University of South Carolina is recruiting children (ages 6-12) with learning disabilities in reading and/or math to participate in a short, paid study. Allison Stafford is a school psychology doctoral student at USC and issued an announcement about the project Wednesday. The goal of the study is to be able to improve identification…

AllSouth Federal Credit Union cuts ribbon at remodeled branch, Cayce

A Ribbon Cutting and After Hours was held Tuesday at AllSouth Federal Credit Union. The newly remodeled branch is at 701 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce. Pictured are: Tom Gottshall (AllSouth board member) Bill Koehler (AllSouth CEO) Renae Downs (AllSouth branch manager) Bill Mooneyhan (C-WC Chamber Board) and Gregg Pinner (C-WC Chamber CEO.) Photo: Pretty Pictures/Vickie Lovett

Lowes Foods schedules opening of second Lexington store

Lowes Food photo Lowes Foods will open a second store in Lexington, according to a company release. The new store will be off at Hope Ferry Road and Sunset Boulevard ( U.S. 378.) The opening day celebration is scheduled for July 21. Lowes opened its first Lexington store on May 24 at Charter Oak Road and Augusta Road. Lowes plans…