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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…

S.C. Smash women are ready for some football

First game in April

The Superbowl has passed, but that does not mean there is no football. The South Carolina Smash Football team is ready to take to the gridiron in Columbia. And they mean business. Smash. (Photos By Sandy Coots.) “I came up with the name Smash because I felt like it embodied what we wanted to bring to the (Women’s Football Alliance)…

ALERT for City of Columbia water-tester impersonator

Press Release from the City of Columbia: Columbia residents are being urged to be on alert for someone impersonating a City of Columbia Water Maintenance employee. COC has received questions concerning whether city staff goes door to door requesting to test customer’s water. City staff would only do this if requested by the customer. The City does collect samples every…

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall details improvement plan, recounts progress

State of the Town address was Monday

Town of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall delivered his “State of the Town” address Monday night. In it, MacDougall addressed traffic congestion, annexation and growth, and some key attractions that have become a part of Lexington’s personality. He also detailed infrastructure projects and funding for repairs that are lingering from flood damage. Lexington State of the Town Address Monday evening. (Photos…

State’s top principal to headline Chapin Prayer Breakfast

Chapin High Principal Akil Ross to be annual event's featured speaker March 31

Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson has announced that Chapin High Principal Akil Ross will be the featured guest-speaker for the fourth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. The prayer breakfast is schedule for Friday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. at Chapin Town Hall. Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross (Photo provided) Ross was recently honored by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators…

Richland coroner identifies victim of I-126 motorcycle crash

A Chapin man who died in a motorcycle crash late Wednesday night has been identified. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Thursday said Ashley James Cassell, 33, of Amicks Ferry Road was killed after he crashed his motorcycle around midnight near the Greystone Boulevard exit on Interstate 126. Authorities believe Cassell lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to enter…

Town of Chapin explores offering Weight Watchers’ program to residents

If weight loss was on your list of New Years’ resolutions, then the Town of Chapin has a proposition for local residents. Town spokesperson Karen Owens said Monday the town is exploring the opportunity to host regular Weight Watchers’ meetings at Town Hall to help employees and citizens looking to improve their health in the New Year. Image courtesy Weight…

Bob Taylor, Chapin High girls’ soccer coach, named S.C. coach of the year

Chapin High School girls’ soccer coach Bob Taylor has been awarded the 2016 South Carolina Coach of the Year award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional, and national level. The Eagles clinched their first-ever state championship in girls’ soccer in 2016. Chapin High School girls’ soccer coach Bob…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

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,…

Chapin Middle School honored nationally as a ‘School to Watch’

A national organization has named Chapin Middle School as one of its “Schools to Watch” for the 2016-17 school year, according to Lexington-Richland School District Five officials. The Schools to Watch initiative, launched in 1999 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the groups criteria…

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….

Chapin dedicates sequoias on Arbor Day

Members of the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation gathered for its first Arbor Day celebration Friday morning at the new Chapin Business and Technology Park. Chapin Arbor Day Foundation President Gerald Meetze presents a certificate and check for $50 to Alexis DeJesus for her winning logo design. (Photo provided) The ceremony included the unveiling of the new organization’s logo, designed by…

Two District 5 school principals named state’s best

Principals Gerald Gary of Dutch Fork Middle and Akil Ross of Chapin High take top 2017 honors in selection by their statewide peers

It’s been a couple of heady weeks for Lexington-Richland School District Five. First, the district was named South Carolina’s best by a national website, out of 81 districts statewide. And, now, two of the district’s principals have been named the state’s best as well. District Five Superintendent Stephen Hefner congratulates Dutch Fork Middle School principal Gerald Gary on being named…

Center for Advanced Technical Studies showcases options for clean energy

The Center for Advanced Technical Studies became a hub for those looking to find ways to power the future in a clean way. Earlier this month, the Center hosted the Advanced Career Clean Energy Technology Showcase in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board. The Center was the first school in the nation to adopt the board’s Clean Energy Technology…

Local schools snag cheerleading state championships

Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleading teams took home state championships this month at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. “We are so excited about winning the state championship and continuing a tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “We practiced tirelessly for many weeks in order to win this championship. So much time,…