Lexington County

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

1/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption SC National Guard Photos. Sunday morning, S.C. National Guard soldiers from the 742nd Support Maintenance Company deployed from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, at the Eagle Aviation Terminal. They are headed…

Fire burning near Lake Murray

LCFS Photo. The Lexington County Fire Service and the S.C. Forestry Commission  are fighting an 8-10 acre woods fire in 300 block Creek End Road. The Forestry Commission currently plowing fire breaks, according to the LCFS.

Capital City Cup high school soccer going on this weekend

Irmo and Maudin in action at BCHS, Saturday. Mauldin  won 3-0.  The Second Annual Capital City Cup hosted by a quartet of prominent Palmetto State prep soccer powers – Brookland-Cayce, Cardinal Newman , Chapin, and River Bluff – has been going on from Wednesday through Sunday in the Columbia metropolitan area. The schedule for Sunday in the Capital City Classic is: At…

Lower Richland, Keenan going to state championship in basketball

Lower Richland defeated Wilson of Florence, 46-43 in the Class 4A Lower State championship at the Florence Civic Center, on Friday. The win sends the Diamonds to the state championship versus Wren next Saturday at 7 .pm. at the Colonial Life Arena. Columbia’s Keenan defeated Gray Collegiate Academy by a score of 73-58, on Friday in the Class 2A Upper…

Don’t blink, Cayce Motel 6 will be gone soon

1/46 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/46 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/46 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/46 4 Show Caption Hide Caption The Cayce Motel 6 is slated for demolition. The  motel sits on the property where the new Brookland-Cayce High School Arena is planned. On Thursday, Don Icenhower, chief operations officer for Lexington School District 2, said…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River is Tuesday

Join the West Columbia Beautification Foundation for a Taste on the River. It’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 28) at Stone River, Alexander Road, West Columbia (Beside the Riverwalk Amphitheater at the base of the Gervais Street Bridge.) The best restaurants from West Columbia and The Vista will be on hand for a fun evening. Chefs will showcase their elegant-…

Aug. 21 eclipse in Columbia affecting school attendance calendars

Dr. Bill James, Lexington 2 Superintendent. Dr. Bill James, Superintendent of Lexington Two Schools, said all Midlands schools are working around their school calendars to deal with the Aug. 21 eclipse projected for Columbia. “There will be a million people here,” James said at the Lexington School Board meeting, Thursday. He said he has conducted meetings with other Midlands school…

Darius Rucker has scheduled free concert for USC

Darius Rucker (Use permitted.) Darius Rucker, Nashville star and formerly with Hootie and Blowfish, will play a free concert on Wednesday, April 5 at the Colonial Life Arena. USC  President Harris Pastides announced the free concert on Twitter, Friday. Harris Pastides @HarrisPastides Just got off the phone with @dariusrucker. Mark your calendars, #UofSC students! Darius is coming home! http://sc.edu/darius  Pastides Tweeted….

Henry’s should be opening soon in Cayce

Henry’s with the new paint job. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The building has been painted and much of the permitting has been done, according to staff at Henry’s on Divine in Columbia. The Henry’s location- at the former 2108 State location- should be opening soon. But no specific date is known.

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Lexington Two School Board votes to change plans for Springdale Elementary

Parking lot access road moved

The Lexington Two School Board voted, Thursday, to change the plan for parking lot renovations at Springdale Elementary School, Thursday. “Option C” that was approved for Springdale Elementary Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The new plan will allow for 135 parking spaces and stacking room for 68 cars in the pickup/drop off line. Amber Bond, who lives in Parrish Plantation, voiced…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Officer injured, suspect shot multiple times

An officer will be OK and there is no report on the condition of a suspect who was shot multiple times Wednesday. Boiling Springs Road, Lexington County. (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Lexington County deputies, with U.S. Marshalls, were serving warrants for attempted murder, conspiracy and armed robbery at about 3:30 p.m. when the suspect struck an…

Gray Collegiate versus Keenan, Friday, for shot at State Championship

game is in greenville

In three games of the 2A State playoffs, Gray Collegiate Academy has averaged more than 100 points. Gray Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea at practice earlier this month. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The War Eagles defeated Andrew Jackson by a score of 93-to-41 and won over Chesnee, 114-to-33. Tuesday GCA, a West Columbia charter school, defeated Saluda 116-to-69. Gray, coached by…

Lexington County detectives investigate homicide, looking for victim’s car

 The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Gaston man’s death as a homicide after deputies found his body in his home during a welfare check Monday night. 2006 Toyota Corolla (LCSD Photo.) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man as 67-year-old Robert John Kobylak. Link to LCSD video “We responded to Mr. Kobylak’s home in the 200…

Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show coming March 10 – 12

The 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show has been scheduled for next month. It’s at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 and presented by Clyde Nettles Roofing. Earl McLeod, of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, issued a release about the show, Thursday. Admission is $5 per person; Kids 14 and…

South Carolina has record-breaking year for tourism

A releases from the SCPRT stated that: Tourism in South Carolina is now a $20.2 billion industry that supports one in 10 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenues, according to figures released today by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  The figures represent a 6.1 percent increase in tourism activity in 2015…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

SUSTO “takes the music to them” in Columbia show, Thursday

If there is a breakout band in South Carolina right now, it has to be SUSTO. The rootsy, laid back vibe of the Charleston band’s new album on the nationally distributed Caroline Records, **& I’m Fine Today** is generating major attention. SUSTO (Photo Contributed.) A tour with Lumineers is imminent, and the band just made their network TV debut on…

Hemming’s dramatic 3-pointer advances Brookland-Cayce to playoff showdown

BC is 15-0 in 2017

Is the Brookland-Cayce Boys basketball team peaking at the right time? BC Head Basketball Coach Robert Wells. Photo by Terry Ward.) Tuesday night, BC’s Lloyd Hemming hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 67-65 win over Ridgeville-Hardeeville. The game was played in Estill. Hemming is the S.C. 3A Player-of-the-Year. But he was not even the…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Ground to be broken for Lexington 2’s new Career (CATE) center, March 2

Architects conceptual photo of CATE center. (Photo by Terry Ward.) The Board of Trustees and Administration for Lexington School District Two will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lexington Two CATE Center. It will be on Bulldog Boulevard (off of 12th Street Extension) in Cayce. The ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. According to a…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis fights The Establishment as workers’ billions burn

Thousands of Midlands state employees affected by retirment fund debt

Years before Donald Trump came from nowhere to shock the world; before Bernie Sanders almost did the unbelievable, there was S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Loftis at a Retirement System meeting. (Photos and graphics provided.) Loftis said South Carolinians should be “outraged” with the mismanagement of the multi-billion state retirement investment system. There are 500,000 state workers in the system and…