Lexington deputies, public-safety department to play in annual “Battle of the Badges”

Charity basketball game will benefit Samaritan's Well

It’s that time of year again. A chance at hardcourt bragging rights for the year, and the opportunity to aid a worthwhile local charity. Members of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s Department of Public Safety are slated to play in the eighth-annual “Battle of the Badges” charity basketball game Saturday, February 18, at Gilbert High School. Tipoff…

UPDATED- Photos: National Signing Day for some local high school athletes

C.A. Johnson High School standout Dahon Mixon (center, seated), announced he will attend Dodge City Community College on a football scholarship. Pictured (left to right) are Assistant Principal Dr. G. Cleve Pilot; head football coach Ernest Logan; Dahon’s father Charles Mixon; athletics director Gregory Pickett; Assistant Principal Cedric Wright; coach Christopher Malone and Dahon’s grandmother Beatrice McClinton. (Photo Contributed)  …

City of Columbia Black History Extravaganza planned for Feb. 20

At Greenview Park

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment and more. WHO: The Black History Extravaganza is open to youth, adults and seniors age 55 and older. WHERE: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia,…

Midway Elementary collects school supplies for flood victims

For many, last year’s Hurricane Matthew is a distant memory. But for many South Carolina residents devastated by the storm and the floods it spawned, Matthew’s effects linger on still. Midway Elementary students pose with book bags filled with necessities they and fellow students collected to send to other students in Dillon County still impacted by last year’s Hurricane Matthew….

Lexington Technology Center students soar at business competition

Several Lexington County School District One students will compete at the upcoming state Future Business Leaders of America event after winning awards at the district-level competition. Students from Lexington Technology Center’s FBLA chapter competed at the S.C. FBLA District Two competition held at Lexington Technology Center on Saturday, January 28. Photo provided The following students placed in their respective competitive…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation to hold A Taste on the River

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The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is asking you to join them for A Taste on the River. A Taste on the River. is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Stone River facilty, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. A Taste on the River will feature the best restaurants from West Columbia and the Vista. The idea…

Lexington Town Councilman honored for volunteer work at school

A Lexington Elementary School  volunteer received a statewide honor this month for his dedication to students and teachers. The Palmetto State School Counselor Association named Lexington Town Councilman Ron Williams the 2017 School Counselor Advocate of the Year. Winners are honored for their support and positive impact on school counselors and their students at the local, state or national level….

West Columbia TD Bank robbed, suspects on the loose

Suspects fled in a white, four-door Volkswagen Jetta

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who robbed the TD Bank, at 1926 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. The robbery took place at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, according to WCPD Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. Morrison said “at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, two black males entered the bank and demanded…

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

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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…

Lexington Elementary counselor named Elementary School Counselor of the Year

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association honored a Lexington County School District One employee with one of its top awards during its 2017 annual conference, the district announced. Michelle Privette (Photo provided) Lexington Elementary School Counselor Michelle R. Privette, an active member of PSSCA, received the Elementary School Counselor of the Year award. Throughout her career, Privette has served on…

Updated: Lexington County Chili Cook-Off crowd basks in sun and music

Attendance double from last year, according to organizers

  Bowls of Fury was winner of the The 2nd Annual Lexington County Chili Cookoff and Music Fest Sunday at Lexington’s downtown IceHouse Amphitheater. Bowls of Fury won both the judges first place and the Peoples Choice Award. Photo contributed.) The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining and the chili was hot. Droves of people turned out for…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…

Ambassador Nikki Haley to U.S. adversaries: ‘We’re taking names’

The Lexington County resident and former S.C. governor sets the tone of her new post on the first day on the job

An upbeat Nikki Haley walked into United Nations headquarters on Friday and wasted no time letting the world know that Donald Trump’s new U.N. Ambassador doesn’t intend to play games. New U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Friday after the formality of presenting him the United States’ diplomatic credentials. (Photo provided) Though…

Mother, son killed in accident near Batesburg are identified

Summerland Avenue Crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the two individuals who died in  a two-vehicle accident on Thursday. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Summerland Avenue near Batesburg in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Gary Lee Cook, 44, and Mary Cook, 69, both of Batesburg-Leesville were killed when their vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Mr….

Nephron headquarters’ move to Lexington County almost complete

Replacement hires are South Carolinians

Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced last month it is moving its headquarters from Orlando, Fla. to its Lexington County Facility. Nephron President and CEO Lou Kennedy said Thursday there are only a few Nephron employees left in Orlando and the move is almost complete. “They are ‘winterizing’ the Florida location,” Kennedy said, explaining the final touches are being put into the shutdown…

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…

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…

Lexington County Fire Service responds to two house fires

Fires flare in both Swansea and Lexington

Lexington County Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services responded to two separate house fires Wednesday, according to a release from Lexington County administration. The first fire occurred near the town of Swansea on the 1100 block of Gus Sturkie Road just before 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke could be seen coming from the structure. Swansea fire. (Photo…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to expand officer body cam program

More than 19 months after the state enacted legislation mandating all law enforcement agencies utilize body cameras, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon on Tuesday said he has received approval from the Lexington County Council to use state money to start equipping several dozen deputies with the devices as part of a department pilot program. “I’m thankful to council for supporting our plan….

Stats on Lexington traffic accidents are sobering

You're not imagining things – there are lots of wrecks in Lexington and police want drivers to know where and why

If you drive in the town of Lexington, watch out. Lexington, due to two decades of steady and robust growth and a lack of corresponding new road infrastructure, can at times be a traffic nightmare. That’s not a secret. Stock image But with greater traffic comes a greater risk of accidents. And chances are, if you drive enough in Lexington,…

Coroner identifies Blythewood victim of Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person killed in a two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday. The wreck happened in the 1100 block of U.S. Highway 378 near Clubside Drive in Lexington at approximately 5:45 p.m. Fisher stated that Autumn Victoria Joiner, 20, of Blythewood. died at the scene from the injuries she received in the accident. Joiner was not…

Ban on certain items to be lifted at Lexington County courthouse

Weapons? No. But cellphones, bags, and strollers are good to go

Certain personal items that have been forbidden at the Lexington County Judicial Center since 2015 will be allowed in starting January 30. Lexington County Judicial Center (Photo provided) “After consulting with Sheriff Jay Koon and his deputies who provide security at the courthouse, I’ve made the decision to allow cellphones, bags and strollers into the courthouse,” Lexington County Clerk of…