Chapin

Lexington County man charged with attempted murder after fight with family member

A Chapin man is charged with attempted murder for threatening a family member with a butcher knife and knocking the victim unconscious. Nicholas David Powlas, 42, also faces two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child because of his actions toward juvenile family members during the altercation Saturday, according to arrest warrants. Deputies said Powlas was aggressive toward the children….

Long process before new Chapin school materializes, citizens to be vigilant

The decision, Monday, to purchase more than 23 acres to build a new elementary school on Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin was but the first step in Lexington-Richland Five School District’s plan. “It’s one piece in our puzzle of great schools in District Five”, said Board Chairman Robert Gantt. “We have overcrowding in our district, it just seems like the…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, church partner in peddling bikes to needy

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department evidence unit has to hold on to some things, but one type of item continuously piles up: bicycles. “A majority of them are found property,” said Sgt. Doug Novak, who heads the Sheriff’s Department’s forensic services unit. “They stay here a minimum of 90 days for people to call to claim their bikes, but a…

Chapin Town Hall hosts party for former chief who is becoming a teacher

By Karamie Sullivan Chapin Police Department’s Captain Troy Crump enjoyed an evening with family and friends in celebration of his retirement from law enforcement Tuesday evening. Crump, at one time, served in the role of Chapin’s police chief. He then became the Community Relations Captain in 2016. Crump has also worked for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia…

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board approves land purchase on Amicks Ferry Road

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board voted Monday night to move forward and purchase land along Amicks Ferry Road for a new elementary school in Chapin. The Board voted 6 to 1 to purchase 23.79  acres on Amicks Ferry Road at Lake Tide Drive for $932,950. The Board members voting in favor of the motion were Chairman Robert Gantt, Ellen Baumgardner,…

Cayce Elementary dedication postponed due to rain delays

Due to rain delays, the dedication, scheduled for August 3, for the new Cayce Elementary School has been postponed. Lexington School District 2 officials said they will publish information regarding the new date for the dedication when a new date is confirmed. Lexington County has experienced several heavy rains in recent days. The rain has resulted in flash flood warnings…

Airport High’s Jayla Jamison looks to a bright future in track

Are we witnessing a star in the making? Jayla with her All-State Certificates. Airport High School track team member Jayla Jamison has the ability to do some phenomenal things. She is just in the seventh-grade, but qualified in four events in May’s South Carolina High School League track and field championships. She was the only seventh-grader who qualified in more than…

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…

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,…

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…

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…