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Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

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…

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…

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…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

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…

Grand Opening of Chapin park complex is March 11

Refrshments and tours of park offered

Chapin’s newest park complex will open at 370 A Epting Camp Rd., at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) is presenting a grand opening celebration for the park. To commemorate the opening, ICRC will host a VIP “First Pitch” ceremony at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments, tours of the new fields and facilities and Spring Sports…

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…

Zoo saddened by death of beloved African lion

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is sad to announce the passing of the Zoo’s female African lion. Brynn (Riverbanks Zoo Photos.) Riverbanks’ veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize 16-year-old Brynn on Friday because of her sudden decline in health. The Median Life Expectancy of African lions in AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) managed populations is 16.8 years. “Brynn…

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…

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”…

S.C. Smash women are ready for some football

First game in April

The Superbowl has passed, but that does not mean there is no football. The South Carolina Smash Football team is ready to take to the gridiron in Columbia. And they mean business. Smash. (Photos By Sandy Coots.) “I came up with the name Smash because I felt like it embodied what we wanted to bring to the (Women’s Football Alliance)…

ALERT for City of Columbia water-tester impersonator

Press Release from the City of Columbia: Columbia residents are being urged to be on alert for someone impersonating a City of Columbia Water Maintenance employee. COC has received questions concerning whether city staff goes door to door requesting to test customer’s water. City staff would only do this if requested by the customer. The City does collect samples every…

As Amazon grows, so will Lexington County workforce

New jobs coming

Amazon is on a hiring binge. In January, the gigantic on-line retailer announced it had plans to hire 100,000 new employees corporation-wide by mid-2018. Lexington County Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lexington County.. (Photo Terry Ward) The Lexington County Amazon Fulfillment Center is in West Columbia, in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park, just outside of Cayce. It has accounted for the…

Pickup hits house near Irmo, injures 2 boys

It was an accident that could have been much worse. A pickup truck crashed into a house near Irmo Friday morning, and two children in the house were hit. The accident occurred at 5:51 a.m. on the 100 block of Raintree Drive, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. Jones said Thanh Nguyen, 47, was driving…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

Get a signing bonus

Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

Irmo Middle student recognized as top 8th-grade reader in S.C.

Read with the Gamecocks has recognized Irmo Middle School student Corey Corley as the top eighth-grade reader in South Carolina. Irmo Middle School eighth-grader Corey Corley has been named one of the state’s top readers. (Photo provided) Corley read 1,040 pages in just two weeks, earning him the title of “Highest Reading Hero” for eighth-grade across the state, according to…

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…

Chapin Police looking for armed-robbery suspect

(Image provided) Chapin Police are asking for residents’ help to find a robbery suspect from a Jan. 14, incident that occurred at 10:32 pm at the Chapin Rite Aid at 1401 Chapin Road. The suspect was described as a black male in his mid- 20’s, standing 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 160 to 180…

H. E. Corley Elementary students shine at Leadership Day

H. E. Corley Elementary School in Irmo held its annual Leadership Day last week and, fittingly, it was entirely led by the students themselves. Students at H.E. Corley Elementary School show off their leadership skills at last week’s Leadership Day activities. (Photos provided) The event was designed to showcase what it’s like to be a part of The Leader in…

‘Coffee with a Cop’ helps parents tackle cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects students every day. The proliferation of cell phones and other devices being used by children and young adults means more and more students can be targets for cyberbullying. To combat that, Dutch Fork Middle School has made the decision to take action to inform and prepare students and parents by creating relationships between school staff, parents, and local…

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

Midlands sweeps McDonald’s All-American nominees

Give it up for high-school hoops here in the Midlands. Image provided Perhaps the highest honor for any high school basketball player – male or female – is to be named a McDonald’s All American. Each year, McDonald’s nominates the best players around the nation for inclusion on the final roster to play in the annual McDonald’s All American Games….