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Screaming Eagles play Fireflies, gives inclusion opportunity for special needs athletes from Chapin

Screaming Eagles 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 2 Show Caption Hide Caption The Columbia Fireflies are competing for a South Atlantic League championship, and individually hoping to make it to the majors. However, what they did Saturday…

4 charged in connection to March shooting death

Brown, Chambers and Johnson-LCSD photo. Three Columbia men and a juvenile have been charged in connection with a fatal shooting in an apartment complex parking lot. “Based on statements detectives took from witnesses and information gathered at the Peachtree Place scene, three of the defendants tried to rob the victim before he was shot,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said….

Some changes as 2018 American Legion Baseball Post 7 season begins

By Thomas Grant Jr.  New league and region, same goals for Lexington Post 7 in American Legion baseball. Along with reducing the number of innings played from nine to seven at the orders of the national office, the state American Legion office has separated Lexington from longtime rivals Chapin/Newberry Post 193 and West Columbia Post 79. It has moved Post 7 to League 4,…

Man preyed on the elderly, says solicitor, gets 20 years

Tristan Addison Widener, 29, pleaded guilty this week in Lexington County to multiple financial crimes, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He was sentenced to a consecutive total of 20 years in prison, followed by five years of probation and restitution to the victims. The evidence revealed that Widener preyed, the solicitor’s office said, upon the most vulnerable victims,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, S.C. Highway Patrol team up to combat traffic fatalities

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are increasing patrols as part of a joint enforcement initiative this Memorial Day weekend to prevent highway fatalities and collisions. “Memorial Day is historically a heavy travel holiday as it signifies the beginning of summer for many,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “We are working with Sheriff Koon on additional…

Coach Leaphart retiring after 35 years at Lexington High School

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Blowie’s Sweet Spot opens in Lexington

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More tests required to determine cause of death of Dr. Adam Lazzarini’s wife, coroner’s report, lawyers at odds

Dr. Adam Lazzarini According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of the official autopsy of Vanessa Biery, wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini, are still pending. However, during the official autopsy, conducted on May 3, at MUSC in Charleston, no apparent evidence was found to indicate that Mrs. Biery’s death was natural. Due to the lack of an obvious…

Columbia Metropolitan Airport names Gula as new executive director

Michael A. Gula The Richland-Lexington Airport District has promoted Michael A. Gula to the position of Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) after a national recruitment initiative. “I am very excited to transition into the role of Executive Director at CAE and work with the Airport Commission, staff, stakeholders and community,” said Mr. Gula.  “I look forward to…

Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police work to reduce gun violence

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City of Cayce to give prizes for Thursday Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt

Carved animal sculpture on Cayce Riverwalk. City of Cayce photo. In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day on Thursday (May 24,) Mayor Elise Partin and the City of Cayce are hosting a Cayce Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt. Residents are invited to find all the carved animal sculptures throughout the Riverwalk between the Blossom Street bridge and the train trestles downriver. This…

DUI the reason for increased Lexington County traffic deaths, says SCHP officer

SCHP file photo The total number of South Carolina traffic fatalities has collectively decreased in 2018. Compared to the 400 deaths by May of last year, there is a 33 person difference, with 367 traffic deaths reported so far this year. Despite the overall decrease, Lexington County’s numbers have not followed the same pattern of decrease. The number of traffic…

Lexington Two announces 4 new principals for next school year

Damm_David_5795-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Andrew Drozdak Show Caption Hide Caption stephanie hucks Show Caption Hide Caption jim leblanc Show Caption Hide Caption   From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 schools communications director Four Lexington Two schools will have new principals for the 2018-19 academic year. At its board meeting Tuesday, the Lexington Two Board of Trustees approved the following appointments,…

Cafe Strudel location in Lexington officially open for business

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Is your name on S.C. Treasurer’s list of unclaimed funds

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

Dr. Lazzarini wants to return to practice, after being charged

Dr. Adam Lazzarini Dr. Adam Lazzarini was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died of a gunshot wound at Lazzarini’s Cayce home on Oct. 9. After being charged, Lazzarini’s medical license was suspended by the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners, but that suspension has been lifted, said Eric Bland, Lazzarini’s attorney. Now, Lazzarini, a hip surgeon who worked for…