Lexington County

United Way to offer free tax prep in the Midlands

Midlands households earning up to $64,000 are eligible for free state and federal tax preparation and filing services using MyFreeTaxes.com, United Way’s online tool powered by H&R Block, the agency announced. Stock image In partnership with The Cooperative Ministry, United Way of The Midlands will also offer free in-person filing assistance, beginning as early as Monday, January 23, to households…

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Flu complications linked to White Knoll student’s death

Brett Williams' flu-type, which can be deadly in adolescents, is currently most prevalent in S.C.

The death of a 16-year-old White Knoll High student and baseball star appears linked to a recent diagnosis of common flu. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of a comprehensive autopsy performed on Brett Williams of West Columbia are currently pending as further testing and studies are being conducted. However, Fisher said Thursday…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

Rep. Joe Wilson gains House subcommittee chair

With a GOP-controlled Congress in place, Congressman Joe Wilson is expanding his clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Joe Wilson (Photos provided) Wilson, an eight-term Republican from Lexington County, was named Wednesday as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness by Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). “Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis,” Thornberry said in…

Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday. “The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Photos by Terry Ward Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the…

(Update) Motorist killed in Lexington County crash identified

Update Jan. 11, 2017: The person killed in a Lexington County car crash was identified Wednesday as Patricia Ann Steele, 52, of West Columbia, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said. An autopsy performed on January 10 concluded that Steele died of massive trauma to the head and neck, Fisher said. Original post: An unidentified woman was killed earlier this week following…

Midlands sweeps McDonald’s All-American nominees

Give it up for high-school hoops here in the Midlands. Image provided Perhaps the highest honor for any high school basketball player – male or female – is to be named a McDonald’s All American. Each year, McDonald’s nominates the best players around the nation for inclusion on the final roster to play in the annual McDonald’s All American Games….

Lexington County seeks public input on flood hazards

Have property in Lexington County? Does it sometimes flood? Then officials want to hear from you. Lexington County officials announced Monday they are seeking help from the public to identify areas within the county that historically flood as they seek to develop a new comprehensive Floodplain Management Plan. A public-input meeting has been scheduled for January 17, from 5:30 p.m….

Katrina’s Kids hosts Cola benefit concert for foster kids

Hear four live acts, bid on Darius Rucker's guitar, and more at special concert to help kids in need

Music and children are a natural fit. But for many foster children in South Carolina, activities like music lessons or band camp are simply out of reach. So are summer camps, athletic and recreation programs, scouting, leadership development, job skills training – and a whole host of other after-school and summer enrichment activities. S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, founder of Katrina’s…

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

Lexington County woman charged with embezzling thousands

A woman entrusted to collect customer payments for the town of Swansea’s water and sewer services is now facing charges she stole a portion of those payments, following an investigation by Swansea Police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Lorraine Culler (Photo provided) Lorraine Culler, 56, of Swansea has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of public funds, $10,000…

District 5’s popular EXCEL 4K program accepting applications

Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its tuition-based 4-year-old kindergarten program. The District Five EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) 4K program is open to families residing in the District Five attendance zone. The program has two locations to serve students from across District Five. Parents can choose either the Irmo Elementary School or River Springs Elementary…

Man killed by drunk driver

A Cayce man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Lexington, according to police. The victim was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson, whom an autopsy showed died from blunt force trauma to the head. Nicole Marie Wilson (photo provided) Meantime, Lexington Police said they have and arrested and…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…

Oak Pointe teacher wins WACH Fox ‘Teacher of the Month’

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague…

Pelion High inducts students into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Pelion High recenty hosted an induction ceremony for its newest honor-society members. Sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, the Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Photos provided Students must meet minimum requirements in both arts and academics to join. Members serve the school and community through performing music and…

Four found dead in Lexington County

The new year got off to a deadly and tragic start in Lexington County after four persons were found dead Sunday night in an apparent murder-suicide. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided) The dead included two children, their mother, and a man believed to be the children’s father – and also possibly the culprit. Autopsies have been scheduled for Tuesday to…