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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…

UPDATED- Photos: National Signing Day for some local high school athletes

C.A. Johnson High School standout Dahon Mixon (center, seated), announced he will attend Dodge City Community College on a football scholarship. Pictured (left to right) are Assistant Principal Dr. G. Cleve Pilot; head football coach Ernest Logan; Dahon’s father Charles Mixon; athletics director Gregory Pickett; Assistant Principal Cedric Wright; coach Christopher Malone and Dahon’s grandmother Beatrice McClinton. (Photo Contributed)  …

Cromer’s is moving to North Main Street

Cromer’s current location on Huger Street. (Photos by Terry Ward.) Cromer’s, a landmark Columbia business, is moving. Cromer’s opened in Columbia in 1935 and is known for its popcorn, peanuts, and gift boxes. Cromer’s was founded by farmer Julian D. Cromer who sold roasted peanuts at his produce stand. He came up with the marketing slogan, “Guaranteed Worst in Town”…

Midway Elementary collects school supplies for flood victims

For many, last year’s Hurricane Matthew is a distant memory. But for many South Carolina residents devastated by the storm and the floods it spawned, Matthew’s effects linger on still. Midway Elementary students pose with book bags filled with necessities they and fellow students collected to send to other students in Dillon County still impacted by last year’s Hurricane Matthew….

Pineview “Mathletes” win Super Bowl versus Springdale and Saulda River

"Math is my favorite subject"

They could not wait until Sunday. Rob Burggraaf Lexington 2 Instructional Technology Coach talks to Pineview Mathletes. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The Super Bowl came five days early for students from three elementary schools. Fourth-graders from Pineview Elementary, Saluda River Academy for the Arts (SRAA) and Springdale Elementary competed in Lexington 2 School District’s Math Super Bowl Wednesday at Wood Elementary in…

Work begins on historic Ensor Building at BullStreet

First floor to feature restaurant and hospitality use, with office space on upper floor

Work has begun on renovations of the historic Ensor Building at BullStreet, developers announced Tuesday. The Ensor Building at BullStreet (Photo provided) The building, located between Spirit Communications Park and the First Base Building in the 181-acre BullStreet neighborhood in downtown Columbia, will feature restaurant/hospitality space on the first floor, including a large outdoor patio overlooking the ballpark entrance plaza,…

Lexington Town Councilman honored for volunteer work at school

A Lexington Elementary School  volunteer received a statewide honor this month for his dedication to students and teachers. The Palmetto State School Counselor Association named Lexington Town Councilman Ron Williams the 2017 School Counselor Advocate of the Year. Winners are honored for their support and positive impact on school counselors and their students at the local, state or national level….

Lexington Elementary counselor named Elementary School Counselor of the Year

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association honored a Lexington County School District One employee with one of its top awards during its 2017 annual conference, the district announced. Michelle Privette (Photo provided) Lexington Elementary School Counselor Michelle R. Privette, an active member of PSSCA, received the Elementary School Counselor of the Year award. Throughout her career, Privette has served on…

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…

Columbia protesters denounce Trump immigration order

The group ranged in age from children to seniors, and several races and religions also were represented

About three dozen people gathered in front of the State House on Sunday to protest the immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump. Dozens gathered Sunday in Columbia to protest President Trump’s controversial order on immigration, joining other cities across the nation. (Photos by Allen Wallace) The demonstration, which followed larger-scale protests in dozens of cities such as New York,…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Ben Lippen dance marathon raises thousands for children’s hospital

Katie Kendall knows as well as anyone how important Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is. She learned firsthand during 2-½ years of treatment there as she battled leukemia. Dance Marathon organizer Katie Kendall addresses the crowd Saturday at Ben Lippen School. (Photos by Allen Wallace) She won her fight, and thanks to her efforts and the efforts of those she inspired…

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…

Columbia Police searching for shooter

Suspect shot a Columbia man numerous times along a downtown street

The hunt continues for a suspect who shot and injured a 23-year-old victim along a Columbia street late Thursday night, police said. An unknown assailant shot the unidentified victim several times as he was walking along the 900 block of Tree Street, located between Gervais Street and Millwood Avenue. The man was taken by a friend to a local hospital…

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…

Irmo High School announces first Hall of Fame Class

Induction ceremony will be announced at a later date this year

The inaugural Irmo High School Hall of Fame Class – for 2017- has been announced. The class includes: Leeza Gibbons, Jay Burks, B.J. McKie, Courtney Shealy Hart and Marti Suber. Gibbons is a 1975 graduate and attended the University of South Carolina where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gibbons is an Emmy Award winning American talk show host and is one…

Suspected Columbia ‘Live PD’ killers apprehended

The shooting death of a Columbia man, whose murder investigation was chronicled on live national television last Friday, has resulted in the arrests of two men and a woman, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday at a press conference. The immediate aftermath of 37-year-old Benjamin Johnson’s murder at 6533 Camelot Street near Columbia International University on the night of…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

Ridge View senior named Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

Jazmine Prince will receive a $2,500 scholarship from Colonial Life

With the hard work and dedication of local student Jazmine Price and her mother, and the support of school teachers and mentors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands afterschool programs, the Ridge View High School senior is now on a path to mentor and support other young minds. Jazmine Prince (Photo provided) Selected from a group of…

Stats on Lexington traffic accidents are sobering

You're not imagining things – there are lots of wrecks in Lexington and police want drivers to know where and why

If you drive in the town of Lexington, watch out. Lexington, due to two decades of steady and robust growth and a lack of corresponding new road infrastructure, can at times be a traffic nightmare. That’s not a secret. Stock image But with greater traffic comes a greater risk of accidents. And chances are, if you drive enough in Lexington,…

Coroner identifies Blythewood victim of Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person killed in a two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday. The wreck happened in the 1100 block of U.S. Highway 378 near Clubside Drive in Lexington at approximately 5:45 p.m. Fisher stated that Autumn Victoria Joiner, 20, of Blythewood. died at the scene from the injuries she received in the accident. Joiner was not…

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…

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…