Education

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

Don’t blink, Cayce Motel 6 will be gone soon

1/46 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/46 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/46 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/46 4 Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Motel 6 is slated for demolition. The  motel sits on the property where the new Brookland-Cayce High School Arena is planned. On Thursday, Don Icenhower, chief operations officer for Lexington School District 2, said…

Lexington Two School Board votes to change plans for Springdale Elementary

Parking lot access road moved

The Lexington Two School Board voted, Thursday, to change the plan for parking lot renovations at Springdale Elementary School, Thursday. “Option C” that was approved for Springdale Elementary Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The new plan will allow for 135 parking spaces and stacking room for 68 cars in the pickup/drop off line. Amber Bond, who lives in Parrish Plantation, voiced…

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…

Hemming’s dramatic 3-pointer advances Brookland-Cayce to playoff showdown

BC is 15-0 in 2017

Is the Brookland-Cayce Boys basketball team peaking at the right time? BC Head Basketball Coach Robert Wells. Photo by Terry Ward.) Tuesday night, BC’s Lloyd Hemming hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 67-65 win over Ridgeville-Hardeeville. The game was played in Estill. Hemming is the S.C. 3A Player-of-the-Year. But he was not even the…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Ground to be broken for Lexington 2’s new Career (CATE) center, March 2

Architects conceptual photo of CATE center. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The Board of Trustees and Administration for Lexington School District Two will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lexington Two CATE Center. It will be on Bulldog Boulevard (off of 12th Street Extension) in Cayce. The ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. According to a…

Richland Two hosting job fair for all positions

Richland School District Two is hosting an All Positions Recruitment Fair from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at R2i2, located at 763 Fashion Drive across from Belk in the Village at Sandhill. The district is searching for applicants in all areas including instruction (teachers, teacher’s assistants and substitute teachers), transportation, food services, information technology, maintenance, clerical and instructional support…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…

Weatherfest blowing into EdVenture in March

EdVenture (photo Permitted.) The National Weather Service and EdVenture Children’s Museum are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017! This event will be blowing into Columbia – at EdVenture – on March 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Children will learn…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…

Irmo’s Rex Epps named Soccer All-American at West Point

Rex Epps, West Point Army soccer forward, has been named a Freshman All-American by College Soccer News. Epps, from Irmo, was highly recruited out of Dutch Fork High School. He was ranked 93rd in the IMG Top 150 Players for the Class of 2015. Parents, Reggie and Tammie Epps, with Rex, middle. (Photos Contributed.) Epps was one of 35 freshman nationally from the…

Congressman Jim Clyburn speaks at Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza

1/3The Greenview Elementary Chorus The Greenview Elementary Chorus Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3US Rep. Jim Clyburn US Rep. Jim Clyburn speaking in Columbia, Monday Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Large crowd Large crowd Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn was the Keynote Speaker at City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza, Monday. The Greenview Elementary Chorus. (Photos by Terry…

New Richland Library Sandhills opens, Sunday

After nearly 18 months of construction, Richland Library opened the doors to its new Sandhills location, Sunday. It’s a state-of-the-art, 30,000 sq.-ft. facility, at 763 Fashion Drive inside the Village at Sandhill. Art lessons were a part of the opening day festivities, Sunday (Marie Stover Photo.) The library offers improved access to new releases, triple the amount of computers and…

Lions Club, Turner Memorial AME Church hold Saturday events

Trinity Wright sits for an eye test conducted by Bill Mooneyhan of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club. Kameron Pringle, standing, waits for his turn. The tests were offered at Turner Memorial AME Church in West Columbia, Saturday morning. Rev. Kenneth Taylor, of Turner AME, said members of the congregation also held a prayer walk Saturday, as a part of its…

Chamber members learn Chinese immersion at East Point

East Point students perform Chinese dance. (Photos by Terry Ward.) East Point Academy in West Columbia hosted a Lunch and Learn event, Wednesday, for members of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday. There is also a branch of the school in Cayce. And plans are being made for a new East Point facility. It is South Carolina’s only Chinese immersion…

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…

Gray Collegiate Academy has one of nation’s top basketball players

Jalek Felton. (Photos Submitted.) One of the top high school basketball players in the country is right in our backyard. Gray Collegiate Academy, in West Columbia, is a No. 1 seed in the 2A S.C. High Playoffs. The War Eagles play Chesne in a home game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Gray is coached by Dion Bethea. The team is led…

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…

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…

City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20

The City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20 Buffalo Soldiers at a Black History celebration earlier this month. (Photo by Allen Wallace.) WHAT: The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment…

Dr. Ed Harmon, former Lexington One School Board member dies

left Lexington One board in october

Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon, who left the Lexington One School Board in the fall, died on Tuesday. He was 64. “We mourn the loss of long-time board member and friend, Ed Harmon. Ed served on the school board for 16 years and retired in 2016,” was the message issued from the Lexington One Communications office. Dr. George Edwin “Ed”…

Gilbert Middle School Teacher-of-the-Year becomes U.S. citizen

The student body and staff at Gilbert Middle School recently celebrated one of their own reaching a meaningful milestone in her life. GMS’s Susana Cascante Fifer. (Photo Contributed.) In addition to being named GMS’s Teacher of the Year in September, Susana Cascante Fifer achieved a personal goal this year by becoming a naturalized United States citizen. Fifer took the oath…

Southeast Park Wildlife Walk with Park Ranger Program, Thursday

Explore the Outdoors Through the City’s Park Ranger Program Start exploring the fun at your local City park. The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is hosting free ranger-led activities for both youth and adults during the month of February. This month’s activities features a wildlife walk. All activities are free and open to the public. Southeast Park Wildlife Walk |…