Education

Ridge View students plant hope and joy during Day of Service

By Renee Ittner-McManus On an early Saturday morning when most teenagers could be sleeping in, students and parent volunteers from Ridge View High School are already hard at work. These students have rakes and shovels in hand, doing their part to beautify the school during Ridge View’s Day of Service. Ridge View High School senior Maria Mathew  and sophomore Malcolm Wilson…

Special Olympics Statehouse Rally is Tuesday

  The public is invited to the Annual Statehouse Rally for Special Olympics. It’s 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at the S.C. Statehouse (North Steps-Gervais Street side)  in Columbia. Special Olympics of SC Photos. The rally will include more than 2,000 school-aged students, teachers, administrators, parents from 32 schools from around the state will gather to show their support of Special…

USC Moore School of Business program is ranked No. 1

Moore School of Business (Photo by Terry Ward.) The University of South Carolina’s international master of business administration program has again been ranked No. 1 in the latest  U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools report. The ranking was published last week. The program is a part of USC’s Darla Moore School of Business. It is the 28th consecutive year the…

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….

Richland Library named 2017 National Medal Finalist

Award Recognizes Innovative Institutions in the Community 

For the second year in a row, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has selected Richland Library as one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to that sector. For 22 years, the award has recognized and celebrated institutions demonstrating extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service…

S.C. State Museum to present solar eclipse event with SCE&G

Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen. Charles Duke attending

The South Carolina State Museum is selling tickets for its 2017 Total Eclipse weekend events in August for the solar eclipse over Columbia. The weekend-long celebration of eclipse activities is being presented by SCE&G, Aug. 18 – 21. The events will take place throughout the museum with special exhibitions, planetarium and 4D shows. An appearance by Apollo 16 Astronaut, Gen….

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…

River Bluff High Student Ian Merlin Jones invited by Honor Band of America

Music for All, one of the nation’s largest music education organizations, invited River Bluff High Student Ian Merlin Jones to perform with its Ian Merlin Jones. (Photo Submitted.) 2017 Honor Band of America, a prestigious honor ensemble. Following his audition, Jones, who plays percussion for the RBHS band, was chosen from applicants across the country. The 2017 Honor Band of…

Congaree National Park announces record, with spike in number of visitors

Congaree National Park experienced a banner year in 2016, hosting a wide range of activities and programs and record setting visitation. The record was announced in a press release Tuesday morning. Elizabeth and the cherrybark oak. (Permitted Use Photos.) The park exceeded past numbers with 143,843 visitors, a 39.2% increase over 2015. Visitors participated in a variety of activities while…

White Knoll Middle Robotics team qualifies for state

Middle and high school students from across the state descended on White Knoll Middle School on WKMS Robotics Team. (Photo Contributed.) Feb. 11, for the VEX Robotics Competition War Hawk Qualifier.   Twenty-six teams came together for a nonstop, action-packed day of competition, battling against each other with robots created from VEX EDR. Participants squared off in the VEX Robotics…

Airport’s Alaisha Gardner and BC’s Colleen Guseman named to All-State Choir

Airport’s Alaisha Gardner and BC’s Colleen Guseman named to All-State Choir. (Photo Contributed.) Alaisha Gardner, a senior at Airport High School and Colleen Guseman, a junior at Brookland-Cayce High School have been selected as members of the S.C. Music Educators Association 2017 All-State Choir. The students are from Lexington School District 2 and they are members of their school’s Advanced…

Weatherfest blows into EdVenture this Saturday

EdVenture and the National Weather Service (NWS) are teaming up for Weatherfest 2017 at EdVenture. It’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Weatherfest will bring the public and local meteorologists and emergency officials together for the region’s premiere severe weather and preparedness event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how a…

Lexington High School set to cut ribbon on upgraded softball field

Lexington High School reopens its newly renovated softball field at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, at home plate, with an official ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting will be held just before LHS’s varsity softball game against Spring Valley. Dr. Gregory D. Little, superintendent, will throw out the first pitch before the varsity game. The $547,374 renovations and upgrades include dugouts with storage…

Lexington 2 breaks ground on new CATE Center in Cayce

A lot of people had been waiting for the moment. Pictured Board Members Beth Branham, Cindy Kessler, Kevin Key, Brad Giles and Chairwoman Linda Alford-Wooten. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Lexington School District 2 Board members broke ground on the the District’s new CATE (or Career and Technology ) Center Thursday. It’s on Bulldog Boulevard in Cayce, next to Busbee Creative…

Midlands USC Alumni Horseshoe tour with archivist, March 9

USC Horseshoe (Photos by Terry Ward.) My Carolina Alumni Association’s Club of Richland and Lexington Counties will host a tour of the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The university’s archivist Elizabeth West will give group tours of the Horseshoe, the university’s original campus that comprises 11 buildings, 10 of which are…

Lexington High’s calculating leader makes history as first female commander

Lexington High School Mathematics Teacher Erika Perry spends weekdays surrounded by numbers, calculations and formulas. Erika Perry (Photo submitted) On the weekends, however, she enters a world of camouflage and command centers. During a change of command ceremony held Feb. 12, Maj. Perry made history as the first female commander of the South Carolina National Guard 51st Military Police (MP)…

Six White Knoll High School soccer players injured in bus accident on I-20

There was a bus accident on I-20 and some White Knoll High School soccer players were injured, according to a press release from Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One’s Communications Director. According to Hill, Tuesday, evening, shortly before 5 p.m., a Lexington County School District One bus, transporting 18 White Knoll High School boy soccer players, three coaches and a bus driver…

S.C. AG calls Human Trafficking Task Force meeting for Friday

Assistant AG Marie Sazehn, Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, speaks at a meeting in 2015. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has called a Human Trafficking Task Force meeting. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, at the City of West Columbia Municipal Complex 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia. The task force will meet to discuss updates,…

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…