Lexington County

West Columbia Police Chief celebrates 20 years leading the department

West Columbia stands in the shadow of metropolitan Columbia, but its police department has a smaller-town feel. Dennis Tyndall has been the West Columbia Police Chief for 20 years. He is very pleased with his career choice. In that time there have been lots of good times. And Tyndall said he has also experienced some trying episodes. From triple-murders to…

Lexington County man charged with attempted murder after fight with family member

A Chapin man is charged with attempted murder for threatening a family member with a butcher knife and knocking the victim unconscious. Nicholas David Powlas, 42, also faces two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child because of his actions toward juvenile family members during the altercation Saturday, according to arrest warrants. Deputies said Powlas was aggressive toward the children….

Long process before new Chapin school materializes, citizens to be vigilant

The decision, Monday, to purchase more than 23 acres to build a new elementary school on Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin was but the first step in Lexington-Richland Five School District’s plan. “It’s one piece in our puzzle of great schools in District Five”, said Board Chairman Robert Gantt. “We have overcrowding in our district, it just seems like the…

Man wanted in Tennessee is caught in South Congaree, after escape

Joshua Allen Irwin, a subject who allegedly escaped custody with assistance Thursday, has been captured. Irwin  28, is wanted in Tennessee on federal larceny charges and was in a stolen car from Lexington, according to a report from the South Congaree Police. The South Congaree Police Department is also reporting the arrest.  Sgt Singleton of the South Congaree Police Dept,…

Man gets 9 years, 9 months for robbing West Columbia bank

Callus Lefont Latimore, 42, of Augusta, has been sentenced for various charges stemming from the Feb. 9, armed robbery of First Reliance Bank in West Columbia Latimore was sentenced in federal court, according to a Thursday release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake On April 19, Latimore entered a guilty plea before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Cameron…

Overturned vehicle slows traffic on I-20 in Lexington County

One lane of Interstate -20 East at the 48 Mile Marker  is closed Thursday afternoon. Lexington County officials are report that traffic is moving slowly because of an overturned vehicle. Country officials are also warning to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles in the area of the accident. The report was issued about 3:15 p.m. Lexington County photo- at…

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

Lexington 2 students return Aug. 17, no classes on Eclipse Day

Lexington School District Two students will return to school for the 2017/18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 17. Lexington Two will be closed for students and staff on Monday, Aug. 21  (due to the eclipse.) As many as one million people are expected to be in the Lexington Two, Lexington and Richland County area to view the eclipse. Science teachers…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, church partner in peddling bikes to needy

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department evidence unit has to hold on to some things, but one type of item continuously piles up: bicycles. “A majority of them are found property,” said Sgt. Doug Novak, who heads the Sheriff’s Department’s forensic services unit. “They stay here a minimum of 90 days for people to call to claim their bikes, but a…

West Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals denies House of Raeford enclosure request

The West Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals denied House of Raeford a request to make a small addition to the poultry processing plant, Tuesday. The plant, that sits on West Columbia’s Sunset Boulevard, said it needs to add a small building for an electrical system upgrade. During the design process for mandated waste treatment infrastructure, a refrigeration condenser was removed from a…

Chapin Town Hall hosts party for former chief who is becoming a teacher

By Karamie Sullivan Chapin Police Department’s Captain Troy Crump enjoyed an evening with family and friends in celebration of his retirement from law enforcement Tuesday evening. Crump, at one time, served in the role of Chapin’s police chief. He then became the Community Relations Captain in 2016. Crump has also worked for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia…

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board approves land purchase on Amicks Ferry Road

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board voted Monday night to move forward and purchase land along Amicks Ferry Road for a new elementary school in Chapin. The Board voted 6 to 1 to purchase 23.79  acres on Amicks Ferry Road at Lake Tide Drive for $932,950. The Board members voting in favor of the motion were Chairman Robert Gantt, Ellen Baumgardner,…

Cayce Elementary dedication postponed due to rain delays

Due to rain delays, the dedication, scheduled for August 3, for the new Cayce Elementary School has been postponed. Lexington School District 2 officials said they will publish information regarding the new date for the dedication when a new date is confirmed. Lexington County has experienced several heavy rains in recent days. The rain has resulted in flash flood warnings…

Airport High’s Jayla Jamison looks to a bright future in track

Are we witnessing a star in the making? Jayla with her All-State Certificates. Airport High School track team member Jayla Jamison has the ability to do some phenomenal things. She is just in the seventh-grade, but qualified in four events in May’s South Carolina High School League track and field championships. She was the only seventh-grader who qualified in more than…

House of Raeford reiterates its commitment to the community

West Columbia’s House of Raeford facility contributes its fair share – and then some- to its community. The poultry processing operation reiterated its commitment with a data release, Monday. House of Raeford is responsible for more than 800 jobs in Lexington County. It is the seventh-largest employer in the county and part of the reason the county has the state’s…

Deputy becomes Lexington County’s first state-certified emergency manager

Lt. Billy Aiken. (Photo Submitted) A longtime member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has become Lexington County’s first Certified Emergency Manager. Lt. Billy Aiken used his free time to pursue something he’s seriously considered since nine people died in the Graniteville train derailment more than a dozen years ago. “The incident in Graniteville exposed the vulnerabilities and vast needs…

Swimming advisory issued for Saluda Shoals Park area because of bacteria

A section of the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia has been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Sunday. The affected area includes the section of the river that runs the length of Saluda Shoals Park. Higher than normal bacteria levels have been detected in this section of the river, and…

Victim of fatal vehicle accident identified, passenger survives

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a single-vehicle accident on Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Willow Forks Road in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Mr. Marty Shealy, Jr., 33, of Batesburg was killed when his vehicle left the road. The vehicle struck a tree. Shealy, who was not wearing his seat belt…

“Ride to Remember” in the battle to cure Alzheimer’s, was Saturday

For more than 350 people, the battle to cure Alzheimer’s disease is important enough to spend a famously hot July weekend bicycling 252 miles from the Upstate to the coast The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter’s 9th annual “A Ride to Remember” event began Friday in Greenville. The riders passed through the Midlands Saturdayand will stay overnight in Orangeburg before heading out Sunday morning for…

West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river is July 29

The West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river will be held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Saturday, July 29. City of West Columbia, SC Staff will be onsite handing out free koozies, information about the City, and Pelican Bucks to the first 100 people to come up to the tent! Palmetto Outdoor Center will offer the standard “float” trip, which includes:…

Coroner identifies man found dead at Gaston mobile home fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the individual found deceased following a residential structure fire, Thursday night. The fire  occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Renee Court in Gaston. According to Fisher, Michael Henry, 56, of Gaston was pronounced dead on scene following a fire inside his residence. An autopsy has been…

SC Victim Services moves into one office, legislation celebrated

Jackie Olsen speaking. Her sister was murdered by a stalker.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today officially welcomed South Carolina’s victim services agencies into his office. A new state law that took effect July 1st moved the agencies so they’d be under one roof for better service and efficiency. The move was one of the recommendations made by then-Gov….

1 person dies in Lexington County mobile home fire, dog saved

A fire broke out at a mobile home in Gaston late Thursday night resulting in the death of one individual. Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services personnel to a residence in the 100 block of f Renee Court just before 9 p.m. in reference to a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from…