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Columbia Police officer charged in sexual assault of young girl

A Columbia Police officer is behind bars and facing a charges in the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl, Columbia Police Department Chief Skip Holbrook said Tuesday. Jamie Lee Rogers Jamie Lee Rogers, 35, was arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department on Monday and charged with first-degree sexual assault on a minor victim younger than 11, according to an…

System taking a bite out of Lexington traffic congestion

Lexington’s notoriously congested traffic isn’t going away anytime soon – but it should at least be getting better. Last week, town officials said a new high-tech traffic-signal system has been expanded to seven more intersections as part of an incremental town-wide rollout that should be complete and fully operational by the end of 2017 or early 2018. A camera on…

Suspect behind bars after burglary spree

A Batesburg man is behind bars and facing charges after a rash of home burglaries in Lexington County, the Lexington County Sheriff’s said. Quindell Tyquan Dozier Quindell Tyquan Dozier, 22, broke into homes in Batesburg, Gilbert, and Leesville and stole guns, jewelry, and electronics, according to arrest warrants. Dozier faces two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree…

On Haley cabinet speculation, S.C. GOP leaders say ‘why not’?

Many pundits and foreign-policy experts say Haley's lack of experience would make her a strange choice for Secretary of State

Speculation that Donald Trump may pick Gov. Nikki Haley for his cabinet, perhaps even as Secretary of State, has many national political and foreign-policy experts scratching their heads. Haley’s lack of experience and her rocky relationship with Trump top their list of reasons why she would make for an odd choice. As many of them have noted in a torrent…

Nikki Haley as ‘Madame Secretary?’

With Trump team working through the weekend on filling his cabinet, Gov. Nikki Haley waits to hear if her name is called

It’s been a crazy, heady few days for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. It began Wednesday, when former Fla. GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” tweeted that an unidentified source confirmed to him S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley of Lexington was under serious consideration as a nominee to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet – specifically Secretary of State. That was…

Suspect sought in animal-cruelty case

Dog's owner arrested as police now try to track down alleged perpetrator of abuse

A videotaped incident shared on social media that caused rage and disgust among local and national animal lovers has taken a new turn. Saquiriauki S. “Serio” Mister (Photo provided) Lexington Police Department officials on Thursday announced one arrest has been made in the case and that they finally identified the man thought to be responsible for an act of animal…

Awaken your inner-Santa: Toys for Tots donation season underway

It’s getting to be that special time of year when children begin dreaming of Christmas. But in reality, for many local children, Christmas is just that: only a dream. (Photo courtesy Lexington Police Department) To make sure kids have a present under the tree Christmas morning, the Lexington Police Department kicked off its annual Toys for Tots “Fill the MRAP” campaign…

Lexington County hires new economic rainmaker

Mike Eades to assume role as Lexington County's Economic Development Director

Despite an already positive economic climate, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, Lexington County is seeking even more growth and prosperity in the years ahead. County officials are banking on Mike Eades to take them to the next level. Mike Eades (Photo provided) After a “thorough search,” county officials announced Eades will take over as Lexington…

Amazon donates hundreds of smoke alarms to local fire departments

Representatives from Amazon recently donated 700 smoke alarms to the Lexington County Fire Service and several other Midlands fire departments, which will be installed in local residences. Lexington County Fire Service personnel pose with some of the 700 smoke detectors donated by Amazon to area fire departments. (Photo provided) The smoke alarms were delivered to the Lexington County Fire Services’…

Columbia man convicted in Lexington County murder

A Columbia man is headed to prison following his conviction by a Lexington County jury in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man in 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced. Gregory Lamont Brooks (Photo provided) Gregory Lamont Brooks, 23, was found guilty earlier this week on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a…

Electoral defeat only emboldens Arik Bjorn to fight on

Facing defeat on election night, Arik Bjorn said he was all smiles. While his supporters reached out to console him in his loss to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District seat, Bjorn said he had nothing to feel bad or sorry about. And, he said, he certainly didn’t feel sorry for himself. Arik Bjorn displays his…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

Setzler, Caskey win state House seats

Lexington Two gets new board member

On a night that spelled ruin for Democratic candidates in South Carolina and nationwide, state Sen. Nikki Setzler (D-West Columbia) managed to buck the trend. Sen. Nikki Setzler (Photo provided) Setzler on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Brad Lindsey (R-West Columbia) for the District 26 Senate seat he’s held for nearly 40 years. Setzler won with 12,228 votes to Lindsey’s 8,565….

Lexington County Council member busted

Arrest is the second for Phil Yarborough since 2014

A Lexington County Council member is facing a criminal charge after his arrest Sunday by Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies for alleged malicious injury to property. Lexington County Council member Phil Yarborough (Photo provided) The arrest is the second for 35-year-old Phillip “Phil” Heyward Yarborough, Jr., since 2014, when Columbia Police arrested him in Five Points for public drunkenness and jaywalking….

Could this election be stolen?

Have no fear. Despite all the noise, officials say integrity of election here in S.C., at least, is all but assured

When you go to the polls Tuesday, do not be afraid. The integrity of your vote, and the election itself, is in good hands. That’s the word from local elections officials and the federal government, as voters get set to head to the polls Tuesday here in the Midlands and across the country. Absentee-in-person voting has been heavy in recent…

District 2 congressional candidates face off

Hundreds of students from Lexington get a first-hand look at the political process in live-streamed debate from River Bluff High

Hundreds of students from Lexington County got a chance on Friday to see the political process up close and personal at River Bluff High School. Second District congressional debate participants (from left): Arik Bjorn, incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson, Eddie McCain. (Photo by Rachel Ham) A debate between District Two GOP congressional incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson of Springdale, and challengers Democrat…

County Council member escapes death

Ned Tolar of West Columbia recuperating after devastating car wreck

The life of Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar changed drastically in a matter of seconds. Tolar, 72, suffered numerous injuries in a car crash Oct. 20 that has left him in a fight to regain his normal routine. Ned Tolar (Photo provided) Tolar’s car was hit as he was turning left at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Old Cherokee…

School’s ‘buddy bench’ idea will bring a smile to your face

Everyone deserves a friend. That’s the message and the goal of a program at one Lexington County elementary school. Students at Deerfield Elementary School in Lexington have created a new way to help build friendships on the playground. As part of Kindness Day on Oct. 28, the school unveiled new “buddy benches” with the entire school gathered outdoors to celebrate….

Congressional candidates set to spar Friday in debate showdown

Rep. Joe Wilson, along with challengers Arik Bjorn and Eddie McCain, will face off Friday morning at River Bluff High School

It’s on. A mere four days before the general election, the candidates for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District – incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of Springdale, Democratic/Green party nominee Arik Bjorn of Columbia, and American Party nominee Eddie McCain of Leesville – are set to take part in a moderated debate Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at River Bluff High…

Lexington County announces Veterans Day Parade details

Lexington County will host its 14th annual Veterans Day Parade this coming Sunday “to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans,” as well as the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the United Service Organizations, county officials announced Tuesday. On Nov. 11, the nation will celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served in the armed…

Lexington animal cruelty case sparks outrage; police call for public’s help to identify suspect

It began more than two weeks ago as a brief video posted via social-media site Snapchat. Those who saw it online and shared it with police called it “evil” and “sickening.” The reason: an unidentified person using the camera on a smartphone to film himself or herself kicking and eventually throwing a dog down a steep flight of cement stairs…

Man arrested in connection with Lexington County crime spree

A North Charleston man was arrested and charged in connection with a series of crimes at three Lexington County businesses, Lexington County Sheriff’s Capt. Adam Myrick said Sunday. John Dytrych (Photo provided) John Dytrych, 29, was charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, carjacking, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, and attempting to purchase more than nine grams…

District 2 congressional candidates square off in SCETV appearance

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents District 2, and his two challengers confronted each other in a brief face-off Thursday night on SCETV in a warm-up before their main debate next week. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Arik Bjorn, and Eddie McCain. (Photo provided) Wilson, a Republican from Lexington County seeking his eighth term, and his two challengers – American Party…