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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….

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

District 5’s popular EXCEL 4K program accepting applications

Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its tuition-based 4-year-old kindergarten program. The District Five EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) 4K program is open to families residing in the District Five attendance zone. The program has two locations to serve students from across District Five. Parents can choose either the Irmo Elementary School or River Springs Elementary…

Oak Pointe teacher wins WACH Fox ‘Teacher of the Month’

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague…

Richland County woman charged with attempted murder

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott recently announced the arrest of Kimberly Miller, 23, who is charged with four counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Lott stated that Miller was arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators without incident last week on McKenzie Street in Eastover at a relative’s home. The sheriff…

Coroner identifies man killed in Richland County crash

A man killed in a car crash was identified Tuesday by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Craig A. Hopkins, 24, of Evans, Ga., died Monday after he crashed his 1998 Ford Explorer into a barrier on Interstate 26 near Irmo. According to Watts, Hopkins died from blunt-force head injuries after his vehicle rolled over several times and he was ejected…

Lexington Medical Center Irmo unit earns top national awards

Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Ambulatory Surgery department is one of the highest-rated healthcare facilities in the nation for patient experience. That distinction comes from Press Ganey, a national company based in Indiana that tracks and ranks the delivery of healthcare across the country through patient surveys. Members of Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Outpatient Surgery department in the operating room. (Photo…

O’ Christmas tree, here’s where to recycle thee

And, starting January 14, get free grindings for mulch, too

Christmas may be over, but perhaps you still have the holiday spirit. Great! But, just in case your Christmas tree has given up the ghost, don’t simply toss it to the curb – recycle it. From now through January 12 there are myriad sites in both Lexington and Richland counties to take your live trees to be properly disposed of,…

Suspect in Christmas package thefts arrested

A woman suspected of stealing Christmas package deliveries from an Irmo homeowner’s porch has been caught and charged. Shirley Jean Daniel (Photo provided) A resident’s tip, spurred after viewing posted video-surveillance footage from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, led to the arrest Wednesday night of Shirley Jean Daniel, 35, at her home on Kennerly Road in Irmo, the sheriff’s department…

Dutch Fork senior experiences dream week at Shrine Bowl

Sports has always been a part of Madison Leonard’s life. When unfortunate joint pain cut her high school athletic career short, she knew decisions had to be made for a way to keep her connected to the game. So, the Dutch Fork High School senior became interested in athletic training, and ever since her junior year, Leonard hasn’t looked back….

Determined Dutch Fork seeks 5A state title

Head Coach Tom Knotts and his Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are not interested in re-visiting the last time they played at Williams-Brice Stadium. Nobody can blame them. After running through the playoffs in 2014, the Silver Foxes were steamrolled by Simpsonville’s Hillcrest High 47-17 in the state title game. This year though, Knotts and his undefeated team return with hopes…

Students of racially segregated school celebrate reunion

Smiles and laughter flowed through the gymnasium where they once played. Former students of Richlex School in Irmo, now the site of Dutch Fork Elementary, gathered for a special night at their “Holiday Gala Reunion” on Saturday to celebrate and remember the classes of 1953 through 1968. Members of the Richlex Reunion committee celebrate at their reunion held on December…

Tim Whipple hits hoops milestone, builds legacy at Irmo High

As he sits in his office filled with awards, trophies and pictures of previous teams, Irmo High School boys’ basketball head coach Tim Whipple has not had much time to reflect on all the success he’s achieved over the years. He is driven by it and, let’s face it, he has to be as he is in the midst of…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….

Bojangles Bash high school hoops tourney tips off

Promising “three hot days of hoops,” the fourth-annual Bojangles Basketball Bash tips off Thursday evening at Ridge View High School. The event will feature a slate of local high-school basketball teams taking on elite high school teams from several other states. All games will be played in the main gymnasium at Ridge View High, located at 4801 Hard Scrabble Road…

Search is on for missing Columbia teen

Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen August 24

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators are searching for a Columbia teen who hasn’t been seen or heard from in more than three months. Thomas Neil Thurman (Photos provided) According to investigators, Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen by his parents Aug. 24 as he left for the late bus to Irmo High School. “Thurman’s father tells us Thomas was running…

¡Ay caramba: Columbia Spanish teacher nabs major award

Nursery Road Elementary teacher Vanessa Torres is state's lone recipient of prestigious Milken Educator Award

Walk through the halls of Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia and they may be abuzz with students conversing in Spanish. With daughter and Nursery Road kindergarten student Sophia by her side, Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres calls her husband to tell him the good news about her surprise win minutes earlier of the 2017 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. (Photos…

Two District 5 school principals named state’s best

Principals Gerald Gary of Dutch Fork Middle and Akil Ross of Chapin High take top 2017 honors in selection by their statewide peers

It’s been a couple of heady weeks for Lexington-Richland School District Five. First, the district was named South Carolina’s best by a national website, out of 81 districts statewide. And, now, two of the district’s principals have been named the state’s best as well. District Five Superintendent Stephen Hefner congratulates Dutch Fork Middle School principal Gerald Gary on being named…

Local schools snag cheerleading state championships

Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleading teams took home state championships this month at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. “We are so excited about winning the state championship and continuing a tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “We practiced tirelessly for many weeks in order to win this championship. So much time,…

Website names Lexington-Richland 5 state’s best school district

Lexington One ranked 4th statewide, with four other local districts also earning recognition by Niche.com

Lexington-Richland School District Five has been named the state’s best school district for 2017, according to new rankings released by a national website. Niche.com – a Pittsburgh-based website that specializes in ranking schools, universities, and places to live – gave the district an A-plus, and named it tops in a number of individual categories. Image provided In addition to District…

Irmo woman struck and killed along Interstate 26

The S.C. Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of one of the two vehicles that struck her

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the woman who was struck by two vehicles Friday night along Interstate 26. Lauren D. Lew, 26, of Irmo, died from multiple body trauma. The S.C. Highway Patrol said Lew had been involved in a wreck on the interstate near Chapin at mile-marker 91 and was struck by the two vehicles on the…

Local students recognized as state’s top ‘young innovators’

Two Lexington-Richland School District Five graduates have been awarded the South Carolina Young Innovator Award. From left: Alexa Eyring and Kayla Shine. (Photo provided) Kayla Shine from Dutch Fork High School, now a freshman at Clemson University, and Alexa Eyring from Chapin High School, received the honor at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner on November 3 in Greenville. Both…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…