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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating fatal shooting

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating fatal shooting that took place  in 100 block of South Hampton Road. It’s off of Two Notch Road, not far from Red Bank. A male victim died on way to the hospital, according to a sheriff’s department report that was issued after 6 p.m. There was CSI processing underway at the scene for potential…

Person falls out of pickup truck on Broad River Road, and dies

A driver turning right off of Broad River Road, onto the westbound ramp of I-20, was killed Tuesday after the driver fell out of the vehicle. The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m., said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver was in a 1998 Dodge pickup and not wearing a seat belt, according to Southern. The door on the…

Lexington County man accused of shooting, killing his son-in-law

A Lexington County man is charged with involuntary manslaughter after fatally shooting his son-in-law. Steven Lee Atwell Sr., 62, recklessly disregarded the safety of others when he discharged a .44 Magnum handgun at his Leesville home Monday night, according to an arrest warrant. “Atwell pointed the gun at the victim and pulled the trigger,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said….

Police seek man dressed as woman in Lexington bank robbery

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved in a recent bank robbery at the Bank of America,  at 215 West Main Street in Lexington. At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, a black male entered the Bank of America dressed as a woman and presented a note to the teller demanding money and also threatened violence…

More than 1,600 graduate in Lexington 1, earn $114 million in scholarships district says

Ceremonies were held for 1,618 Lexington County School District One graduates from the district’s five high schools last Tuesday and Wednesday. The ceremonies were held at the USC’s Colonial Life Arena. District officials said Lexington One graduates had earned about $114 million in scholarships. The district, through a press release, issued data about each graduating class. White Knoll High 393 graduates About $27 million…

Cayce officers who were shot, still hospitalized

The two Cayce Public Safety officers- who were shot Saturday morning-  are still in the hospital. City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter confirmed the status of the officers Monday morning. “Our Cayce officers and families appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. We hope they are able to return home soon,” Hunter said. The two officers and a man running from police were…

Fridge burglar arrested and charged

Remember the video, from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, of the burglary suspect opening the fridge? Brittany Martin has been arrested and charged in that case, according a sheriff’s department report. Photo of Brittany Martin from the LCSD. Initial story: Suspect. (LCSD Capture) Two alleged burglars – shown in the photos – were caught on camera going through a Lawson…

In-Vest USA bulletproof vest fundraiser in Lexington hours after two Cayce officers shot

A concert planned to raise money to buy bulletproof vests for police officers became all the more timely after two Cayce Department of Public Safety officers were shot and wounded while pursuing a suspect who ran after a routine traffic stop Saturday morning. Less than 12 hours after the shooting, the previously scheduled event began at Lexington’s Icehouse Amphitheater, with…

SCDOT installs USC-W Basketball National Championship signs

USC Photo Contributed The South Carolina Department of Transportation installed the first of 15 state highway signs, Friday, recognizing South Carolina’s 2017 Women’s Basketball National Championship. The initial sign went up at southbound SC 277 near the Harden Street Extension intersections with the others going up at Welcome Centers near the South Carolina border and at several other locations around…

Highway deaths up statewide, down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The number of people losing their lives on South Carolina highways is up. As of Monday, 375 people had died on the state’s roads. At the same time last year there were 366 highway deaths, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. There were more than 1,000 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2016, according to Lance Cpl. David…

Ridge View High’s Dasya’ Young has not missed day of school in 12 years

Dasya’ Young (Photo Submitted) Ridge View High School senior Dasya’ Young hasn’t missed a day of school in 12 years. The South Carolina Department of Education is recognizing her for perfect attendance from first-through-twelfth- grade. Dasya’ says her mother has been her personal alarm clock and made sure she had everything she needed before arriving to school. “I take attendance…

Trooper David Jones says Highway Patrol to be out in force for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, bringing a day off and lots of festivities. Have fun say law enforcement authorities, but don’t be dangerous. Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol spoke to Tyler Ryan of the Dude Radio, Thursday. He said if you drink, do not drive. “Don’t even go into a function to have a…

Lowe’s Foods’ ribbon-cutting in Lexington attracts large crowd

Lowe’s Company Photo Provided. A new grocery store has come to the Midlands. Lowe’s Foods cut the ribbon on its first store in the Midlands, Wednesday. It’s at the corner of Charter Oak Road and Augusta Road in Lexington, across from Lexington High School. Despite a day that included a tornado warning, a large crowd, overflowing the parking lot, showed…

Lexington 1 issues graduation ceremony schedule for 5 high schools

Lexington One graduates from a past class. (Lexington 1 Photo) Lexington County School District One will hold graduation ceremonies for its five high schools. The graduations take place at the University of South Carolina’s Colonial Life Arena at 801 Lincoln Street in Columbia, South Carolina. On Tuesday.May 30: Students from White Knoll High graduate at 8 a.m. Gilbert High School…

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

Lexington Sheriff distributes video of burglary suspects, asks for help to ID

1/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Burglary suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Escape truck Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect. (LCSD Capture) Two alleged burglars – shown in the photos – were caught on camera going through a Lawson Road home in Leesville. The owners said the two suspects kicked in the back door and took hunting equipment. If you recognize…

SCDOT presents information session about I-26 widening plan in Chapin

The details of a $1.5 billion Interstate-26 -improvement project, outside of Columbia, were presented Tuesday night. SCDOT map of planned upgrades to I-26. The widening of I-26, from Exit 85 to Exit 101, was the topic of discussion. The S.C. Department of Transportation sponsored the meeting at Chapin High School. The SCDOT plan includes widening I-26 (in some cases up-to…

Rep. Rick Quinn to remain free on personal recognizance

After agreeing to return to the court in the future, Rep. Rick Quinn was allowed to go free on personal recognizance by Judge Knox Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo. McMahon, Tuesday in a Richland County courtroom. In accordance with the bond agreement, the Lexington Republican would have to pay a $50,000 bond if he missed a court date. Quinn…

MCEC VP Troy Simpson says “be compassionate” in address to C-WC Chamber Breakfast

MCEC VP Troy Simpson (ColaDaily Photo) Be compassionate. That was the message delivered by Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Vice President. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Tuesday morning. It was at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Simpson conceded that kindness is not normally associated with a power company. But he said his company values compassion. Simpson…

Backhoe Rodeo part of West Columbia’s Public Works Week celebration

It was a rodeo with no buckin’ broncos or cowboys. The first West Columbia Backhoe Rodeo was held Monday at the Community Center on B Avenue. The event marked the beginning of Public Works Week. The Backhoe Rodeo featured personnel from the public works department. In timed competition, operators were challenged with dropping a softball hanging from a shovel claw into…

Flash flood watch issued until Thursday

ColaDaily file photo. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Richland and Lexington counties. And a flash flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Monday. Rain began afternoon Monday, and has been heavy at times.  The flash flood watch includes all Midlands counties. The flood watch does not expire until Thursday morning. Heavy rain and strong winds…

Coroner says the 2 victims of fatal accidents are from Lexington

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the two individuals who died overnight in separate motor vehicle collisions. One accident occurred on Berryhill Road. The other fatal crash happened on Interstate 20 eastbound. According to Fisher, Vaughn Moore, 50, of Lexington was killed when his vehicle left the road in the 200 block of Berryhill Road and struck a tree…

State’s unemployment rate hits record low in April

The unemployment rate in Richland County fell to 3.5 percent in April from 3.9 percent in March. In Lexington County, the unemployment rate fell to 3 percent from 3.4 percent in March. Lexington County was tied with Charleston County for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Richland County ranked 13th of the state’s 46 counties.  The data was released by the…

SCHP releases some details of early morning fatal collision on I-20

SCDOT Photo of I-20 Monday morning after crash. All traffic lanes have been reopened after an early morning fatal collision on I-20, at Bush River Road, Mile Marker 63. Earlier, the all eastbound lanes of I-20 were closed  while SCHP crews worked the collision. The wreck happened at 3:30 a.m. according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol….