Lexington

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…

Richland County sheriff’s deputy faces domestic violence charges

A Richland County Sheriff’s deputy is facing charges after he was arrested at his home in Red Bank on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting his wife. William Carlson (Photo provided) William L. Carlson, 32, was charged with third-degree domestic violence after Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to call around 8 a.m. Wednesday. According to an arrest warrant, deputies determined Carlson to…

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…

Saxe Gotha Elementary assistant principal named state’s best for 2017

When it comes to which region of the state has the top school administrators, the Midlands is simply crushing it this year. Janet Ricard (Photo provided) Latest proof? On Tuesday, in a surprise ceremony at her school, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) named Janet Ricard, assistant principal of Saxe Gotha Elementary School, the 2017 Elementary School Assistant…

Deerfield Elementary teacher debuts first published book

A newly published author, Deerfield Elementary teacher Lauren Dasher, recently drew from her experiences to teach students about perseverance and the process to create a children’s book. Image provided Dasher’s first book, “Freddy Frog and His Adventure,” hit shelves in October and is available for sale at Amazon. The first-grade teacher says the concept for the book started when she…

Joe Wilson seeks official S.C. home for Medal of Honor

As plans proceed to construct a Medal of Honor museum in South Carolina, Lexington County Congressman Joe Wilson is working to give it an official congressional stamp of approval. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson views a Medal of Honor exhibit during a tour last month aboard the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant. (Photo by Leacy Burke) The Springdale Republican and Armed…

Christmas the way it used to be

Perhaps you once heard stories of old-fashioned Christmases from your grandparents or great-grandparents. The Lexington County Museum is working to bring that experience to life. Photos provided The museum will host its 20th annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will allow visitors to experience Christmas traditions of the past, as…

Snowball Festival weekend kicks off Christmas in Lexington

Baby, it’s … NOT cold outside. Still, despite the lack of holiday chill, folks in the Midlands can nonetheless get their fill of Christmas cheer when the Town of Lexington’s annual Snowball Festival kicks off its three-day run this Friday evening downtown. Here’s the lineup and what you need to know if you plan to attend. Friday, December 2: Concert and…

Taco Bell coming to Batesburg-Leesville

New fast-food restaurant expected to hire more than three dozen employees

Continuing a trend of new development in the Batesburg-Leesville area, a Columbia-based developer on Wednesday said it plans to build a Taco Bell slated to open early next year. (Image provided by Cason Development Group) Representatives of Cason Development Group said the planned 2,200-square-foot, free-standing restaurant and drive-thru will be located at 177 E. Church St., next to Walmart, in…

More charges for Thanksgiving Day murder suspect

A man charged with a deadly Thanksgiving Day shooting in Gaston is facing additional charges related to the incident, Lexington County Sheriff’s Capt. Adam Myrick said Wednesday night. Michael Larone Williams Michael Larone Williams, 28, of Gaston is now also charged with attempted murder, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, and possessing a weapon after being convicted of a…

Lexington student nabs presidential honor

Awards from the president of the United States don’t come along every day, but Paul Kim can now display his award proudly. Lexington Technology Center director Bryan Hearn presents student Paul Kim with his gold President’s Volunteer Service Award medal. (Photo provided) A student at Lexington High, who also takes courses at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington County School District…

Craigslist transaction goes horribly wrong

A Lexington County man thought he was selling his used car. Instead, he got robbed at gunpoint.

Buyer beware! And, if you’re transacting on Craiglist, beware of strangers as well. Case in point: A man in Lexington County who planned to buy a car from a stranger he met online was instead robbed at gunpoint this past Saturday night, according to Lexington County sheriff’s Capt. Adam Myrick. Justin Allen Penzes The victim told Lexington County sheriff’s deputies…

Crossing guard receives outstanding service award

Often the first person some students and parents see on a typical school day, crossing guards help keep students safe every day. In appreciation, the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School sponsors S.C. Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Schools can nominate a crossing guard for the Safe Routes to School Outstanding Crossing Guard award, and Midway Elementary nominated…

Salvation Army receives major donation from local businessman

The Salvation Army of the Midlands may need a bigger bucket. A local businessman renowned for starring in his humorous and sometimes over-the-top auto-dealership commercials has made a major donation to the charity as it kicks off its holiday season fund-raising push. Photo provided JT Gandolfo and wife, Mary, presented a $100,000 check to the organization earlier this week at…

Bright lights, big city beckon Nikki Haley

S.C. governor accepts call from President-elect Trump to become America's next ambassador to the United Nations

For the past several years, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been hailed as a “rising star” in the Republican Party. Pending a required U.S. Senate confirmation vote sometime early next year, her star will be affixed above the soaring skyline of midtown Manhattan as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Following a week of speculation that Haley was…