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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….

Fatal accident Sunday on Berryhill Road, Lexington County

One person was killed Sunday in a one-vehicle accident that occurred about 7:20 p.m. on Sunday. The accident happened on Berryhill Road in Lexington County, according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. A 2006 Nissan was travelling on Berryhill Road and ran off of the left side of the road. The driver over-corrected, Jones said, and…

UPDATE – Stray pig identified – his name is “Bruno”

Pig found. LCSD Photo. Update: The pig’s owners called the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and claimed the pig.  His name is Bruno. The owners are picking him up Monday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is again looking for the owner of a pig. The pig was found Sunday, around 2 p.m., off of Fish Hatchery Road. The pig caught Sunday…

BCHS baseball player Tristan Watts signs college scholarship letter

Brookland-Cayce High School baseball player Tristan Watts has signed a college scholarship letter to play baseball with Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. Watts signed Friday. He won 16 games for the Bearcats in the 2017 season. Watts is pictured with his parents, Craig and Paula Watts and baseball coaches Rusty Charpia and Keith Huggins.

Man arrested for murder, two women arrested in Glasco Lane homicide case

Brandon Lee Pham, Pamela Shae Norris,Ashley Dawn Spencer. (LCDC Photo) Brandon Lee Pham, Pamela Shae Norris and Ashley Dawn Spencer have been arrested in connection to the homicide case of Austin Chandler, 26 of Lexington County. Details of the case were posted Thursday on the State Law Enforcement Division’s website. The suspects were in the Lexington County Detention Center, Thursday. Pham,…

Pineview Elementary Girls-On-The-Run help (Make-A-) Wishes come true

Jamie Allen, Melanie Yoder, Amy Brant and Kayla Bradford are Pineview teachers who are Girls-On-The-Run leaders. Pictured with Mary Silverberg, Make-A-Wish. (ColaDaily Photo)  The Girls-On-The-Run participants at Pineview Elementary School love helping children served by Make-A-Wish. On Thursday, Girls-On-The Run at the West Columbia school donated $750 to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical…

Dutch Fork High School, Dutch Fork Middle School put on lockdown Wednesday

Dutch Fork High School. Google Map image Dutch Fork High School and Dutch Fork Middle School were on lockdown for a short period Wednesday after  a shooting threat was called into the school around 2 p.m., according to officials. Deputies were on the school’s campus and would not let students out of the classroom until the school had been searched. “Additional…

Public meeting Tuesday in Chapin for I-26 widening in Lexington, Richland, Newberry counties

The South Carolina Department of Transportation  has scheduled a public information meeting for the proposed widening of Interstate 26 in the Midlands area of the state. Interstate – 26 (Terry Ward Photo) The proposed interstate widening would be for approximately 16 miles and would extend from approximately 1.6 miles west of the SC 202 (Exit 85) interchange to approximately 0.4…

Quinn says he’s being targeted by a partisan Democrat

After Rep. Rick Quinn, was indicted by the State Grand Jury on Tuesday, he issued a statement saying he is not guilty and he wants to clear up the matter. “I have done nothing wrong, and I am asking for a speedy trial so this can be resolved as quickly as possible,” said Quinn, in the statement. Quinn’s family owns…

Rep. Rick Quinn indicted on misconduct charges, House Speaker Jay Lucas has suspended Quinn

The State Grand Jury has indicted Rep. Rick Quinn, Jr. on one count of common law misconduct in office and one count of statutory misconduct in office. Hours after the indictment was announced, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn from the House. According to the indictment, Quinn accepted $4.5 million “from lobbyists’ principals,” and other groups without reporting “to…

Lexington County Coroner’s annual report shows 1,631 natural deaths, 128 accidental

Graph from coroner’s report. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released her office’s Annual Report for 2016, Monday. The report documents the mortality patterns of the county. It shows heart disease – which is a top cause of death statewide and nationally – to be the leading reason for natural deaths in the county. Cancer ranked second. Drug overdoses were the…

Homicide in Lexington County to be investigated by SLED due to LCSD family involvement

Google Map Data 2017 Glasco Lane, Lexington Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies have been dispatched to the 100 block of Glasgo Lane in response to a homicide. SLED will be leading the investigation, according to Capt. Adam Myrick of the LCSD. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon asked SLED to lead the investigation to avoid any potential conflict of interest. The homicide…

Coroner says Spring Hill High School student, 16, died from too much caffeine

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Davis Allen Cripe died due to large amounts of caffeine. Watts held a press conference Monday at the coroner’s office to talk about Cripe’s death. The teen had a large soft drink, a coffee-based product and an energy drink close to the time of his death, Watts said. Original story of Cripe’s death. Cripe…

City of Cayce launches rebranding campaign

1/4Cayce Rebranding as BCHS cheerleaders and band perform Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Cayce’s new color, slogan and insignia Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4New sign Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce Mayor Elise Partin (Photos by Terry Ward) Cheerleaders and band members with drums from Airport and Brookland-Cayce High Schools helped the City of…

Dr. Gerald Gary named principal at Dutch Fork High School, Dr. Greg Owings retiring

Lexington-Richland School District Five has named Dr. Gerald Gary as the new principal at Dutch Fork High School beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Gary will replace Dr. Greg Owings, who is retiring June 30. Dr. Gerald Gary (Photo Submitted) Gary has served as the principal of Dutch Fork Middle School for the past four years. He earned a bachelor’s…

Lexington County Council holds public meeting on proposed Amicks Ferry Road rezoning

Lexington County Council held a public hearing last Tuesday regarding the proposed rezoning of the Amicks Ferry Road corridor in Chapin. The meeting was held in Council Chambers As Lexington County Councilwoman for District 6, Erin Long Bergeson explained at the beginning of the public meeting, “the increasing growth of the Chapin area has raised concerns with citizens regarding safety, traffic,…

Drew McKissick elected chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday

Drew McKissick was elected as the State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party Saturday at the 2017 South Carolina Republican Party State Convention. Drew McKissickMcKissick received 86 percent of the vote and defeated Mark Powell of Anderson County. McKissick assumes the duties of State Chairman immediately and becomes the SCGOP’s 19th State Chairman. McKissick released the following statement on the election…

Chapin boys win State Championship in soccer, Chapin and Brookland-Cayce girls fall in OT

Action in the BC Indian Land game, Saturday. Chapin High School recorded a 2-0 win over Eastside for the Class 4A Boys Soccer championship at Irmo High School, Friday. The Chapin girls soccer team lost to South Aiken. South Aiken won by taking a 4-2 in lead in penalty kicks in the Class 4A state girls championship. Brookland-Cayce fell to Indian…

Gator on the loose in Cayce, part of Timmerman Trail blocked off

Alligator on Timmerman Trail. (City of Cayce Photo) Cayce Department of Public Safety officers are blocking off an area near the large bridge by SCANA and the Timmerman Trail because there is a large alligator in the area. As an extra layer of protection for our citizens, officers have closed the area until further notice. City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley…

6 men arrested in Lexington County child pornography crackdown

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon, announced the arrest of the following six individuals on charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Sean Austin Wilcox, William C. Freeman, Jacob Tyler Burks, Rodney Black, James Cecil Deese, Stephen Ray Downs. (LCSD Photos) Arrested were: Sean Wilcox (age 21) of Lexington, William Freeman (age…

Lexington County man gets 24 years for killing father of 3

Cano with his daughter (Photo Submitted) Jeremy Junior Head, 24, of Lexington County, pleaded guilty this week in the shooting death of his roommate. The homicide occurred at 2100 Steel Drive in West Columbia. Head killed Antonio “Alex” Cano, age 23, following an altercation. Head was sentenced to 24 years for the crime of voluntary manslaughter. Circuit Court Judge Eugene…

Found – Cayce Public Safety seeks help to find missing teen- Updated

Jurnee Smith-McBeth has been found. The juvenile reported missing earlier has been located at the Walmart in West Columbia. She in home safely with her parents. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help to locate Jurnee Smith-McBeth, 15. Jurnee left her residence in Cayce on Monday (May 8.) She has not been seen by her family since…