Lexington County

Photo Gallery: Lexington Sertoma Club Big Thursday festivities benefit Gibson Pond Park

Generations of Lexington residents will benefit from funds raised Thursday at one of the Midlands’ largest fall evens. Lexington Sertoma Club 2013-2014 President Gyles Hall and 2013-2014 Chairman Jim Harpe (right) welcome Carolina and Clemson fans to the annual Big Thursday Tailgate Party. (photo by Rachel Ham) For the past five years, the Lexington Sertoma Club has invited University of…

Lexington Two considers outsourcing for substitute teacher selection

The impending mandates of the Affordable Care Act have business owners researching how the requirement to offer health insurance will affect them. Lexington Two School District is no different. As discussed at the October board meeting Thursday, administrators are concerned that the district could be penalized for not offering health care to part-time workers as the ACA mandates. Chief Financial Officer…

Rish named Officer of the Quarter for Lexington Police

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green (left) congratulates Inspector Art Rish on his Officer of the Quarter award. (photo provided) A local officer who has continued to help others in the face of personal adversity has been named Officer of the Quarter by the Lexington Police Department. Inspector Art Rish joined the department in January 2003 as a patrolman. In 2008,…

West Columbia Cleanup Day set for Saturday

West Columbia residents are encouraged to do their part in making the city beautiful during a weekend Cleanup Day. Large items and electronics will be collected Saturday, and volunteers with Keep the Midlands Beautiful will be picking up trash on major roadways. City officials say residents can pitch in by trimming their trees, shrubs and hedges, weeding flower beds, raking…

City of Cayce issues boil water advisory

The City of Cayce has issued a boil water advisory for Tuesday. According to city officials, crews are working to repair a water main break at 2700 Emanuel Church Road. In case of contamination, the advisory is in effect for the area from Emanuel Church Road to Caesars Road and includes all of the Villas Court community. The Department of Health and…

Lexington Recreation gets early approval for $23 million expansion plan

The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission maintains 22 sports complexes, 14 parks, three community centers and seven senior centers among multiple other facilities. Now, more construction is on the horizon after Lexington County Council took the first major step Tuesday in allowing for further expansion. The LCRAC requested authorization to issue $23 million in General Obligation bonds to bring…

Cayce city manager earns international recognition

Cayce City Manager Rebecca Rhodes received the ICMA Credentialed Manager recognition from the International City/County Management Association at the annual conference this September. She joins just 1,300 other local government professionals who have earned the distinction. The ICMA recognizes managers based on their education and experience. “This recognition is in line with what we here in Cayce already know about…

Lexington homeowners seeking historic protection get initial OK during council meeting

Two Town of Lexington departments had conflicting recommendations regarding granting 11 properties historic protection, but Town Council moved forward with the matter at their Monday meeting. Initially, the Historic Preservation Board received 17 requests from homeowners asking that their property be given zoning with a historic overlay. Town Administrator Britt Poole said the primary reason for the petition was to…

Batesburg-Leesville councilman arrested, charged with failure to pay child support

Batesburg-Leesville Town Council member Stephen Demetrius Cain was arrested Friday and charged with failure to pay child support. Stephen Demetrius Cain (photo provided) Cain, 45, previously was sentenced in April to 30 days in jail on similar charges. At that time, a judge found him guilty of failing to pay more than $7,000 to one person and more than $8,000…

Lexington High School graduate joins Pendleton Farmers Society

Dan Rummel, one of the newest members of the Pendleton Farmers Society, stops by Farmers Hall where the society holds it regular meetings. (photo provided) A Lexington High School and Clemson University graduate is one of the newest members of a long-standing historical association. Dan Rummel of Lexington was added to the rolls of the 198-year-old Pendleton Farmers Society in…

West Columbia makes change to health insurance stipend ordinance

West Columbia City Council members approved a change Tuesday to a previously passed ordinance that allows for an employee  health insurance stipend. However, its benefits of the ordinance will remain unaltered for the employees and the city. At the June 17 meeting, council adopted an ordinance that will give a monthly stipend to employees who choose not to participate in…

53 illegal gambling machines seized in Lexington County

A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with 53 illegal video gambling devices found in a commercial building on Morningside Drive near West Columbia. Brinton Lee Motley (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a news release that investigators arrested Brinton Lee Motley, 38, on a charge of unlawfully possessing gambling devices. Investigators executed a search warrant…

Widening of 12th Street Extension to begin mid-October

Residents who travel the 12th Street Extension on a regular basis will see increased activity in just a few weeks. Lexington County Council awarded the bid for the $4 million widening project to Eagle Construction Co. at their Sept. 24 meeting. The length of the project is 2.5 miles starting at the ramps at Interstate 77 and ending at the intersection…

Lexington County inmates graduate from counseling programs

Time in jail does not have to be time wasted. That’s a message the Lexington County Detention Center promotes to inmates, and seven who agreed with the idea were honored at a graduation ceremony Thursday. Tonitia Ligons of U-Turn for Christ congratulates one of the graduates. (photo by Allen Wallace) The detention center offers inmates a variety of programs and…

Campaign for Cayce water tower mural launches online

A mock-up of the mural to be painted on the Cayce water tower lets people visualize the coming transformation for the structure behind it. (photo by Rachel Ham) A new project in Cayce is expected to beautify, involve and give back to the community through a few thousand mouse clicks and paintbrush strokes. Lexington County, City of Cayce and Lexington…

Update: Lexington-Richland Five remains in negotiations over school prayer lawsuit

Lawyers are still at the table over an issue raised by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a suit filed on behalf of district students against Lexington-Richland Five School District. Lexington-Richland Five Chief Information Officer Mark Bounds said Monday at the board meeting that an attempt to bring the lawsuit to a close was made by the district but things…

New youth soccer facilities coming to Cayce

A new partnership between the Congaree Rapid Soccer Association and Historic Columbia Speedway will give young soccer stars brand-new facilities to use in about a year. The CRSA announced this week that a formal agreement was reached with the speedway, which is managed by Sellers & Son Holding Co. Specifics include a 10-year lease of land for “the development and use…