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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…

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

Rep. Joe Wilson gains House subcommittee chair

With a GOP-controlled Congress in place, Congressman Joe Wilson is expanding his clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Joe Wilson (Photos provided) Wilson, an eight-term Republican from Lexington County, was named Wednesday as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness by Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). “Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis,” Thornberry said in…

Lexington County seeks public input on flood hazards

Have property in Lexington County? Does it sometimes flood? Then officials want to hear from you. Lexington County officials announced Monday they are seeking help from the public to identify areas within the county that historically flood as they seek to develop a new comprehensive Floodplain Management Plan. A public-input meeting has been scheduled for January 17, from 5:30 p.m….

Katrina’s Kids hosts Cola benefit concert for foster kids

Hear four live acts, bid on Darius Rucker's guitar, and more at special concert to help kids in need

Music and children are a natural fit. But for many foster children in South Carolina, activities like music lessons or band camp are simply out of reach. So are summer camps, athletic and recreation programs, scouting, leadership development, job skills training – and a whole host of other after-school and summer enrichment activities. S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, founder of Katrina’s…

Man killed by drunk driver

A Cayce man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Lexington, according to police. The victim was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson, whom an autopsy showed died from blunt force trauma to the head. Nicole Marie Wilson (photo provided) Meantime, Lexington Police said they have and arrested and…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…

Four found dead in Lexington County

The new year got off to a deadly and tragic start in Lexington County after four persons were found dead Sunday night in an apparent murder-suicide. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided) The dead included two children, their mother, and a man believed to be the children’s father – and also possibly the culprit. Autopsies have been scheduled for Tuesday to…

New faces, new era for Lexington County Council

Chairman Todd Cullum: "Will we pull together as a team?"

With the beginning of 2017, a substantial portion of Lexington County Council will be new. One-third of council will be made up of newcomers. Scotty Whetstone in District 1; Darrell Hudson in District 3; and, Erin Long Bergeson in District 6 were just elected to Council in 2016. They join reelected incumbents Debra “Deb” Summers in District 4 and Bobby…

Lexington Police officer awarded for life-saving efforts

A Lexington Police officer who saved a life during a medical emergency has been awarded for his heroic efforts. Lexington Police officer Cpl. Paul Walker (right) receives the annual Tommy J. Fox Award for heroism from LPD Chief Terrence Green. (Photo provided) LPD Chief Terrence Green announced that Patrol Division Cpl. Paul Walker is the 2016 recipient of the Tommy…

‘Den mother’ Dianne Craps chosen LPD’s employee of the year

Dianne Craps just retired from a long career at the Lexington Police Department – and she went out with a bang. After nearly two decades with the department, Chief Terrence Green announced Wednesday that Craps is this year’s recipient of the department’s “Art Rish – Employee of the Year Award” for 2016. Dianne Craps accepts her award for employee of…

Lexington County to swear in new crop of elected officials

Lexington County Council will hold an Oath of Office ceremony for recently elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy K. Black Council Chambers located on the second floor of the Lexington County Administration building. The elected officials, many of whom are new, will include: · Scotty R. Whetstone, County Council – District 1 ·…

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,…

Forts Pond Elementary achieves coveted ‘Lighthouse School’ status

In a recent school-wide assembly, Forts Pond Elementary School Principal Michelle L. Smith surprised students, staff, parents, and others in attendance with news that the school has been named Lexington One’s latest “Lighthouse School.” The coveted honor is part of FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program, used in 2,781 schools worldwide. The program pivots off author Stephen Covey’s “The 7…

River Bluff’s Savitz named National Soccer Coach of the Year

South Carolina is a football state, for sure. But over the years, it also has grown into a national hotbed of top young soccer talent. Phil Savitz (Photo provided) Helping lead the way has been River Bluff High School head boys’ soccer coach Philip B. Savitz, who recently was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the…

Carolina Springs students collect donations for Hurricane Matthew victims

Students in Lexington County School District One responded to a need this holiday season by bringing in donations for seven school days in a row. Students from Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington display some of the book bags they filled for students in Mullins, S.C., who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. (Photo provided) Carolina Springs Middle School launched its…

River Bluff High names new head football coach

Blair Hardin brings a winning record and two N.C. state-championship appearances to Gator Nation

River Bluff High School football fans, your wait for a new head coach is over. C. Blair Hardin, seen here while coaching at North Carolina’s Porter Ridge High School in 2011, has been named River Bluff High School’s new head football coach and athletic director. (Photo via YouTube) The Lexington County School District One board on Tuesday night announced that…

Lexington County man convicted of murder

A tangled web of revenge and murder has come to an end in Lexington County. Nicholas Chhith-Berry (Photo provided) A county jury has convicted Nicholas Chhith-Berry, 19, of Lexington in the March 2014 stabbing death of 23-year-old Jamie Galloway, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday. Following the guilty verdicts on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during…

(Updated) Lexington Police seek leads on missing teen girl

UPDATE: Sarah Danielle Barnes has been found safe. In an email Tuesday, LPD Lt. Carroll Bledsoe stated: “Ms. Barnes was located safe this morning in North Augusta and we are working with them on reuniting her with her family.  Because of her juvenile status no further information is available concerning this case.  Chief Terrence Green would like to thank the…

Michelin volunteers renovate nature trail with RBES students

Local volunteers recently answered the call of Red Bank Elementary School students who wanted to restore a nature trail at their school. Photo provided Members of the Michelin Wildlife and Industry Together team arrived armed with shovels, tree trimmers, and garden tools. Alongside RBES students, they cleaned up and renovated the school’s nature trail. By the end of the project,…

Couple on months-long crime spree wanted by LPD

Their crime spree has gone on for four months, and Lexington Police are hoping for tips and leads and their identification as they attempt to shut the suspected criminals down. Surveillance photos provided by Lexington Police Dept. According to LPD Lt. Carroll Bledsoe, Jr., an unidentified man and woman have been on the loose since at least August and involved…

Lexington PD plans December 14 traffic checkpoint

Be careful Wednesday. Lexington Police aren’t saying where, but warned that officers will be conducting a traffic-safety checkpoint in town during the afternoon hours Wednesday. Officers will be conducting the checkpoint in response to collision incidents, resident traffic complaints, and previous enforcement focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices, according to LPD Cpl. Cameron Mortenson. Officers will be checking driver’s licenses,…

Property sales popping in West Columbia-Lexington corridor

It seems that property is becoming hotter in the West Columbia-Lexington corridor. A 1.99-acre parcel of land at Sunset Boulevard and I-26 has sold. It is the former site of a Quincy’s steakhouse restaurant and the building on the property now was also once a Muarice’s Piggie Park Bar-B-Que restaurant. NAI Avant, announced last week that Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc.,…

Escaped convict caught in Lexington after allegedly stabbing Columbia police officer

“God is so good!” That was the exclamation Thursday from Scott Crede, headmaster at Northside Christian Academy in Lexington. Michael Alan Williamson (All photos provided) Crede had good reason to give praise. Just hours before, Lexington Police apprehended a desperate, dangerous, and cornered prison escapee who tried to break into the facility during school hours just a day after he…