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Lexington 1 issues graduation ceremony schedule for 5 high schools

Lexington One graduates from a past class. (Lexington 1 Photo) Lexington County School District One will hold graduation ceremonies for its five high schools. The graduations take place at the University of South Carolina’s Colonial Life Arena at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia, South Carolina. On Tuesday.May 30: Students from White Knoll High graduate at 8 a.m. Gilbert High School…

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

Lexington Sheriff distributes video of burglary suspects, asks for help to ID

1/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Escape truck Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect. (LCSD Capture) Two alleged burglars – shown in the photos – were caught on camera going through a Lawson Road home in Leesville. The owners said the two suspects kicked in the back door and took hunting equipment. If you recognize…

SCDOT presents information session about I-26 widening plan in Chapin

The details of a $1.5 billion Interstate-26 -improvement project, outside of Columbia, were presented Tuesday night. SCDOT map of planned upgrades to I-26. The widening of I-26, from Exit 85 to Exit 101, was the topic of discussion. The S.C. Department of Transportation sponsored the meeting at Chapin High School. The SCDOT plan includes widening I-26 (in some cases up-to…

Rep. Rick Quinn to remain free on personal recognizance

After agreeing to return to the court in the future, Rep. Rick Quinn was allowed to go free on personal recognizance by Judge Knox Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo. McMahon, Tuesday in a Richland County courtroom. In accordance with the bond agreement, the Lexington Republican would have to pay a $50,000 bond if he missed a court date. Quinn…

MCEC VP Troy Simpson says “be compassionate” in address to C-WC Chamber Breakfast

MCEC VP Troy Simpson (ColaDaily Photo) Be compassionate. That was the message delivered by Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Vice President. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Tuesday morning. It was at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Simpson conceded that kindness is not normally associated with a power company. But he said his company values compassion. Simpson…

Backhoe Rodeo part of West Columbia’s Public Works Week celebration

It was a rodeo with no buckin’ broncos or cowboys. The first West Columbia Backhoe Rodeo was held Monday at the Community Center on B Avenue. The event marked the beginning of Public Works Week. The Backhoe Rodeo featured personnel from the public works department. In timed competition, operators were challenged with dropping a softball hanging from a shovel claw into…

State’s unemployment rate hits record low in April

The unemployment rate in Richland County fell to 3.5 percent in April from 3.9 percent in March. In Lexington County, the unemployment rate fell to 3 percent from 3.4 percent in March. Lexington County was tied with Charleston County for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Richland County ranked 13th of the state’s 46 counties.  The data was released by the…

SCHP releases some details of early morning fatal collision on I-20

SCDOT Photo of I-20 Monday morning after crash. All traffic lanes have been reopened after an early morning fatal collision on I-20, at Bush River Road, Mile Marker 63. Earlier, the all eastbound lanes of I-20 were closed  while SCHP crews worked the collision. The wreck happened at 3:30 a.m. according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol….

Fatal accident Sunday on Berryhill Road, Lexington County

One person was killed Sunday in a one-vehicle accident that occurred about 7:20 p.m. on Sunday. The accident happened on Berryhill Road in Lexington County, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. A 2006 Nissan was travelling on Berryhill Road and ran off of the left side of the road. The driver over-corrected, Jones said, and…

UPDATE – Stray pig identified – his name is “Bruno”

Pig found. LCSD Photo. Update: The pig’s owners called the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and claimed the pig.  His name is Bruno. The owners are picking him up Monday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is again looking for the owner of a pig. The pig was found Sunday, around 2 p.m., off of Fish Hatchery Road. The pig caught Sunday…

Columbia Fire encourages use of PFD after water rescue on Saluda River, Saturday

The Columbia Fire Department conducted a rescue operation on the Saluda River Saturday afternoon. A person was trapped on an island near Riverbanks Zoo on the Saluda, downstream from the Botanical Gardens Bridge. The person rescued was not injured, according to a fire department report. After rescuing the person on the island, the water rescue crew encountered a group of…

BCHS baseball player Tristan Watts signs college scholarship letter

Brookland-Cayce High School baseball player Tristan Watts has signed a college scholarship letter to play baseball with Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. Watts signed Friday. He won 16 games for the Bearcats in the 2017 season. Watts is pictured with his parents, Craig and Paula Watts and baseball coaches Rusty Charpia and Keith Huggins.

Man arrested for murder, two women arrested in Glasco Lane homicide case

Brandon Lee Pham, Pamela Shae Norris,Ashley Dawn Spencer. (LCDC Photo) Brandon Lee Pham, Pamela Shae Norris and Ashley Dawn Spencer have been arrested in connection to the homicide case of Austin Chandler, 26 of Lexington County. Details of the case were posted Thursday on the State Law Enforcement Division’s website. The suspects were in the Lexington County Detention Center, Thursday. Pham,…

Pineview Elementary Girls-On-The-Run help (Make-A-) Wishes come true

Jamie Allen, Melanie Yoder, Amy Brant and Kayla Bradford are Pineview teachers who are Girls-On-The-Run leaders. Pictured with Mary Silverberg, Make-A-Wish. (ColaDaily Photo)  The Girls-On-The-Run participants at Pineview Elementary School love helping children served by Make-A-Wish. On Thursday, Girls-On-The Run at the West Columbia school donated $750 to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical…

Dutch Fork High School, Dutch Fork Middle School put on lockdown Wednesday

Dutch Fork High School. Google Map image Dutch Fork High School and Dutch Fork Middle School were on lockdown for a short period Wednesday after  a shooting threat was called into the school around 2 p.m., according to officials. Deputies were on the school’s campus and would not let students out of the classroom until the school had been searched. “Additional…

Public meeting Tuesday in Chapin for I-26 widening in Lexington, Richland, Newberry counties

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  has scheduled a public information meeting for the proposed widening of Interstate 26 in the Midlands area of the state. Interstate – 26 (Terry Ward Photo) The proposed interstate widening would be for approximately 16 miles and would extend from approximately 1.6 miles west of the SC 202 (Exit 85) interchange to approximately 0.4…

Quinn says he’s being targeted by a partisan Democrat

After Rep. Rick Quinn, was indicted by the State Grand Jury on Tuesday, he issued a statement saying he is not guilty and he wants to clear up the matter. “I have done nothing wrong, and I am asking for a speedy trial so this can be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Quinn, in the statement. Quinn’s family owns…

Rep. Rick Quinn indicted on misconduct charges, House Speaker Jay Lucas has suspended Quinn

The State Grand Jury has indicted Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. on one count of common law misconduct in office and one count of statutory misconduct in office. Hours after the indictment was announced, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn from the House. According to the indictment, Quinn accepted $4.5 million “from lobbyists’ principals,” and other groups without reporting “to…

Glasgo Lane homicide victim identified by Lexington County coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, in the 100 block of Glasgo Lane. According to Fisher, Austin Chandler, 26, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday. Due to Chandler’s relation to an…

Lexington County Coroner’s annual report shows 1,631 natural deaths, 128 accidental

Graph from coroner’s report. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released her office’s Annual Report for 2016, Monday. The report documents the mortality patterns of the county. It shows heart disease – which is a top cause of death statewide and nationally – to be the leading reason for natural deaths in the county. Cancer ranked second. Drug overdoses were the…

Homicide in Lexington County to be investigated by SLED due to LCSD family involvement

Google Map Data 2017 Glasco Lane, Lexington Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies have been dispatched to the 100 block of Glasgo Lane in response to a homicide. SLED will be leading the investigation, according to Capt. Adam Myrick of the LCSD. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon asked SLED to lead the investigation to avoid any potential conflict of interest. The homicide…

Coroner says Spring Hill High School student, 16, died from too much caffeine

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Davis Allen Cripe died due to large amounts of caffeine. Watts held a press conference Monday at the coroner’s office to talk about Cripe’s death. The teen had a large soft drink, a coffee-based product and an energy drink close to the time of his death, Watts said. Original story of Cripe’s death. Cripe…

Dr. Gerald Gary named principal at Dutch Fork High School, Dr. Greg Owings retiring

Lexington-Richland School District Five has named Dr. Gerald Gary as the new principal at Dutch Fork High School beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Gary will replace Dr. Greg Owings, who is retiring June 30. Dr. Gerald Gary (Photo Submitted) Gary has served as the principal of Dutch Fork Middle School for the past four years. He earned a bachelor’s…