Education

Saluda River Principal Tonya Fryer named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year

Tonya Fryer, principal at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, has been named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year. The annual award is given by Palmetto State Arts Education. It recognizes administrators who are champions of arts education. Fryer has been principal for 16 years at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, a previous recipient of the prestigious Schools of…

Cocky visits BC Grammar School No. 1 to promote reading initiative

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Leaphart Road Bridge still on schedule to open before end of the year

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Midlands Media Group named Business of the Year at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Gala

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Artist donates commemorative eclipse prints to Lexington 2 schools

From left, Lexington 2 principals Christopher Dickey (B-C Grammar No. 1), Cecil McClary (Cayce Elementary) and Jeff Becker (Congaree Elementary) show commemorative eclipse prints for their schools. The total eclipse on August 21, 2017, was an unforgettable moment for those who witnessed it in the skies over Columbia. And a Lexington 2 graduate wants to make sure it’s a moment…

Lexington 1 says man has repeatedly threatened students, his arrest is supported

The Town of Lexington Police Department notified Lexington County School District One administrators that Christopher Raines (AKA AJ Blues) was arrested Monday, Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One Schools communications director, said in a press release. The release stated: “The district fully supports the Lexington Police Department’s action. Over the last year, Raines has repeatedly threatened and harassed River Bluff High…

Lexington School District Two hires public information officer

Dawn Kujawa (Photo contributed)  Lexington School District Two this week announced the hiring of a Public Information Officer. The district’s Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dawn Kujawa for the new role at its regular August 24 meeting, on the recommendation of Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William B. James Jr. Prior to joining the school district, Kujawa worked as…

Brookland-Cayce’s new arena to be a “stunning” addition, potential NCAA practice site

The addition of another landmark building on the Brookland-Cayce High School campus is being scheduled. At the Lexington School District Two Board meeting in August, architect Todd Sease said builders would like to begin vertical construction at the first of 2018 on the new basketball/volleyball arena planned for the school. An early-site package could begin before the end of the…

Richland 1, Richland 2, Lexington 3 and Lex-Rich 5 schools on a 2-hour delayed start Tuesday

RICHLAND ONE TO OPERATE ON TWO-HOUR DELAYED START TUESDAY Richland One will operate on a two-hour delayed start schedule Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Buses will pick up students two hours later than the normal pick-up times (for example, if a bus normally picks up students at 7:00 a.m., the bus will pick up students Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.). School will…

Lexington-Richland School District 5, Lexington 3 Schools will be closed on Monday

All schools and offices in Lexington-Richland School District Five will be closed on Monday. Likewise, the district’s Monday School Board meeting has been cancelled along with all other school-related activities. This decision is being made in an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, parents and staff as South Carolina prepares for the impacts of Hurricane Irma. Several…

Richland 1 Schools closed Monday

While Hurricane Irma’s path remains uncertain, the storm is expected to have an impact on the Midlands when it makes landfall Sunday night or early Monday morning. Due to the possibility of high winds, flooding and hazardous road conditions, Richland One schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday. All school and district events that were scheduled for Monday are…

City of Cayce, Department of Public Safety partner with Lexington Two Schools for Cayce Elementary resource officer

Dr. Bill James, Superintendent of Lexington School District Two; Dr. Cecil McClary, Principal of Cayce Elementary School; SRO Eddie West; Chief Byron Snellgrove; Captain Jimmy Gleaton; and Cayce Mayor, Elise Partin. The City of Cayce and the Cayce Department of Public Safety have announced a partnership with Lexington School District Two to provide a School Resource Officer for the new…

Lexington Two names new career center, hears name suggestions for new elementary

The Lexington Two School Board approved the name Lexington Two Innovation Center for its new Career and Technology Center being built on Bulldog Boulevard, off of 12th Street Extension in Cayce. Taking a color each from Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School, silver and black will be the colors for the LTIC. Lexington Two’s Joni Coleman will be the…

Saluda River, Springdale schools make adjustments at first-day new locations

Saulda River Academy for the Arts at new location.  “It was an absolutely fabulous first day,” said Hope Vrana, principal at Springdale Elementary School. Springdale students are attending school at the Davis Early Childhood Education Center building. Saluda River Academy for the Arts students are using the Taylor Elementary building this year. Their schools are being upgraded and modernized. Lexington…

New Cayce Elementary ready for the first day of school

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NASA ambassador in Lexington to give advice on eclipse viewing

1/4Eclipse 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Elipse Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Eclipse 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Eclipse 1 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan People of all ages piled into the Lexington County Public Library’s presentation room Monday evening to hear NASA Solar System Ambassador Larry Metcalf talk about the Aug. 21, solar eclipse. Metcalf presented a slideshow…

Airport High School punter, kicker Paxton Brooks, one of the nation’s best

Airport High School punter and kicker Paxton Brooks has been busy this summer. Last Sunday (Aug. 6) he was at N.C. State University and received a scholarship offer to play football for the Wolfpack. Brooks also has offers from Army and Wake Forest. Paxton is ranked No. 2 in the nation in punting with Kohl’s Kicking and he has been selected…

SCETV’s Rudy Mancke thrills crowd with nature talk

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Former Brookland-Cayce Bearcat Byars brothers sign together at CIU

Two Brookland-Cayce High School brothers will be back together when classes begin at Columbia International University this fall semester. Dominik and Braydon Byars have both signed athletic scholarships at the Columbia school. “It all just seemed to work out,” said Winn Fitzgerald, the boys’ mother. Braydon signed for cross country and track at CIU. Dominik signed to play soccer at…

Nominations being accepted for Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame

An authentic jersey that was worn by Bearcat football  players in 1949 – 1951. The jersey belonged to BC player Harold “Hambone” Jones. pictured. Photo was taken at a 2015 BCHS football game. (Terry Ward photo.) Nominations are being accepted through August 18, for the Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments…

Upgrades to Springdale, Saluda River schools mean changes in 2017-18

A couple of Lexington School District Two’s elementary schools are undergoing major upgrades in the 2017-2018 school year. Due to extensive school renovations, students from Saluda River Academy for the Arts will attend school at the vacated Taylor Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year. It’s at 103 Ann Lane, Cayce. Also, due to extensive school renovations, students from Springdale…

Lexington Two graduation rate almost 90%, scholarship money up 47%

Some good things are happening in the Lexington Two School District. And Dr. Bill James, Lexington Two School District superintendent, was spreading the word, Tuesday. Almost 88 percent of the district’s seniors graduate from high school. James delivered the news as he addressed the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast meeting. It was held at Brookland-Cayce High School. Lexington Two’s graduation…

Columbia’s homeless students a topic at Women’s Summit, Tuesday

By Karamie Sullivan Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit. Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine’s Women’s Summit meeting discussed seven focuses for Columbia’s vision statement Tuesday morning. One of the main points addressed at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, was the current status of Richland County School District One’s students, and ways their futures can be improved over the next…