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Gilbert Elementary Principal Timothy Oswald retiring after 40 years

A Gilbert native and community fixture, Timothy F. Oswald, principal of Gilbert Elementary School is retiring June 29. He’s been at GES for 25 years. Oswald has 34 years with the district and 40 years in public education. Oswald’s retirement was announced in a Lexington One release, Tuesday. Timothy Oswald (Photo Submitted.) “I have been blessed and fortunate to have…

Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum says opposition to Cayce TIF illogical

After some members of Lexington County Council opposed a TIF request from the City of Cayce,  Chairman Todd Cullum said blocking the TIF does not make sense. After TIF improvements, the value of the Cayce Brickworks property is $4.2 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the directing of tax revenue to go to redevelopment of the…

Chapin’s Downtown Oyster Roast raises funds for beautification

1/83 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/87 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/86 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/85 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/84 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/82 Show Caption Hide Caption 7/81 Show Caption Hide Caption 8/88 Show Caption Hide Caption The weather was nice and it was a great night for a good old-fashioned oyster roast in downtown Chapin. Old-fashioned Oyster…

Dutch Fork Middle, Round Top Elementary selected Palmetto’s Finest

Dutch Fork Middle School in Irmo and Round Top Elementary in Blythewood were selected for the prestigious Palmetto’s Finest award this week, according to the the state Association of School Administrators. Information about the selected schools was issued In a release from Hannah Pittman, Associate Director SC Association of School Administrators. Round Top Elementary (Blythewood, Principal Jeaneen Tucker) serves 565…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Bond denied for man accused of killing Lindsey Lee

Jason Don Lee had a bond hearing Friday afternoon at the Law enforcement center in Lexington. Glenn Detention Center Photo. No bond was set for Lee during the hearing, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The murder of Lee’s estranged wife, who was found dead last Tuesday, was investigated by SLED. Lee will continue to be held at the…

Estranged husband charged in violent death of Lindsey Lee, Lexington Sheriff’s employee

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Jason Don Lee, 38, of Simpsonville with murder in the death of Lindsey Nicole Lee, his estranged wife. Jason Lee (Glenn Detention center Photo.) She is the civilian employee of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was found dead, during a welfare check, on Tuesday, in her home. The home where Lee was found…

No decision made on Brookland-Cayce soccer coach placed on administrative leave

1/3 Crowd overflowed into the lobby Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Stickers of support by a large crowd. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 A packed board meeting room. Show Caption Hide Caption Large crowd in support of Heise. (Photos by Terry Ward.) About 150 people came to the Lexington 2 School Board meeting in support of Brookland-Cayce High School Soccer…

Residents debate proposed new Lexington Richland 5 elementary school

Lexington-Richland School District Five is considering building a new elementary school along Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin. Proposed new school site (From Charli Wessingger Post.) “A new elementary school is needed in the ‘Chapin Cluster’ due to our increasing growth in student enrollment,” said the district’s Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner at the board meeting in September. At Monday night’s board…

Carolina Water Service fined almost $80,000 for sewage spill

It is a substantial penalty. Tubers and kayakers downstream of the Saluda River at the Gervais Street Bridge. (Photos by Terry Ward.) Carolina Water Service has been fined $78,940 for dumping sewage into the Lower Saluda River. The amount of the fine was revealed Monday in an agenda for a board meeting of the the S.C. Department of Health and…

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

Trump supporters rally in Lexington, Monday

A group of Lexington County residents rallied to support President Donald Trump Monday afternoon. Some held signs, and US flags and yelled “Go Trump” and “Trump is my president” as cars and trucks rode by and sounded horns. Trump supporters in Lexington. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The “Trump is My President” rally was staged  “to show support for our nation’s president…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Lexington Medical Center reports unauthorized access to employee data

Employee information at Lexington Medical Center has been breached. Jennifer Wilson, LMC’s public relations director confirmed that unauthorized access into employee- not patient- records has been gained, Friday morning. An email to ColaDaily.com reported employees were told of the hack, Friday morning. Wilson issued a media statement and information on the steps to take if you suspect your personal information…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

Grand Opening of Chapin park complex is March 11

Refrshments and tours of park offered

Chapin’s newest park complex will open at 370 A Epting Camp Rd., at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) is presenting a grand opening celebration for the park. To commemorate the opening, ICRC will host a VIP “First Pitch” ceremony at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments, tours of the new fields and facilities and Spring Sports…

Woolbright is Lexington High’s new athletic director and football coach

At a special board workshop, on Feb. 11, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Perry Woolbright as Lexington High School athletic director and head football coach. Woolbright joins Lexington District One on February 20, 2017. “I am delighted to have Coach Woolbright join our Wildcat family,” commented Melissa Rawl, LHS principal. “Being a…

Women empowering themselves, literally, in Chapin

Event nets $1,500 for Chapin Girls Lacrosse

It’s a self-defense class designed especially for women. Inside a gym at Chapin High School about 100 girls and women spent Saturday morning learning skills to help protect themselves. Women warm up for self-defense training. (Photos by Sandy Coots.) Instructors from SASS (Surviving Assault Standing Strong) Defense taught the class. The event was also a fundraiser for the Chapin Girls…

Sunny skies, warm weather and the Columbia Boat Show

1/2SCBCA Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Chapin Show Caption Hide Caption Boat Show draws large crowd. (Photos by Terry Ward.) It was a perfect day to show off boats and talk about a day on the water. The State Fairgrounds hosted a large crowd for the Columbia Boat Show, Saturday. Hundreds of boats, for sport, hunting, cruising, recreation, and more were…

Lake Murray Elementary student scores 99 percent on typing assessment

JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp (Photo Contributed.) During this week’s Lake Murray Live! news show at Lake Murray Elementary, one student received a certificate for a near-perfect score. On Monday, LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp presented Fourth-Grader JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with a certificate recognizing her work on the Typing.com program. In addition to being…