Lexington County

Chapin utility workers seek residents’ help in maintaining sewer system

Homeowners should report damaged or missing sewer clean outs immediately. (photo provided) Homeowners in the town of Chapin are asked to exercise care of a device on their property that could affect their sewer system. Officials in the town’s Utilities Department request residents notify them if their sewer clean out, a white capped pipe that allows utility personnel access to sewer…

Town of Chapin changes monthly meeting schedule

Chapin Town Council will begin meeting a new night each month to give staff more time to compile items to present to council for review. Mayor Skip Wilson announced Monday that the change will go into effect this month, with Tuesday’s meeting being pushed to 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Town officials said the later date will accommodate a request made by…

Chapin teen killed in Charleston car wreck

A 14-year-old Chapin girl died in a three-car wreck Thursday in Charleston. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said Hannah Bickley was in the back seat of one of the vehicles involved in the accident and died of blunt force trauma. One other person was critically injured in the accident and remained hospitalized Sunday. Charleston authorities are investigating the cause of…

Chapin High School senior wins Miss Teen USA pageant

Chapin student K. Lee Graham waves to the crowd at the 2014 Miss Teen USA pageant. (photo courtesy of Miss Teen USA) One local student is about to set off on a whirlwind year that will include much more than her senior year of high school. K. Lee Graham, who attends Chapin High School, was crowned Miss Teen USA 2014…

Photo Gallery: Irmo community gathers to honor memory of ‘Captain Jacoby’

Family, friends, neighbors and members of Columbia Church of Christ gathered under grey skies Thursday night at Irmo Community Park to celebrate the life of a young boy who loved the “Clemson Tigers, gardening, green smoothies and all things ‘Avengers’.” At the conclusion of the ceremony, rainfall slowed enough for loved ones to paint the sky blue with a balloon…

Lexington School District Two pilot program to put more resources into hands of students, teachers

A technology-driven pilot program will put more resources than ever at the fingertips of students, teachers and parents in Lexington School District Two starting this fall. The district has been chosen for a new initiative by the state Department of Education, and instructional staffers have been working to prepare teachers for implementation to begin when kids arrive on campus for…

Sunday alcohol sales referendum makes it to Lexington County ballot

Lexington County Council gave third and final reading Wednesday night to an ordinance placing a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the November ballot following a lengthy public hearing in which people voiced opinions from both sides of the issue. About 50 people came to last week’s council meeting, and members of the local business and religious communities spoke to their…

Lexington County, South Carolina fall out of race for Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing Co. is continuing its search for an East Coast headquarters location, but the company is doing so without South Carolina in contention. Lexington County was in the running for the major development until recent weeks. Sabrina LoPiccolo, public relation specialist with Stone Brewing Co., confirmed Monday that all proposed sites in South Carolina, including Myrtle Beach, were no…

Update: Fire destroys West Columbia business; Meeting Street closed to traffic

A fire destroyed a West Columbia furniture store Sunday, closing the 700 block of Meeting Street to traffic in both directions for several hours. Firefighters battle smoke and flames at a West Columbia furniture store Sunday evening (photo by Allen Wallace). The West Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire at Outdoor Wood Furniture and Gifts at 718 Meeting St….

Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse expanding into Lexington

Tomlinson Sales Co. is expanding into Lexington with a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse. (photo provided) An in-progress development in Lexington has added a new store. Representatives with Tomlinson Sales Co. confirmed the company will construct a Tomlinson’s Wholesale Warehouse on Sunset Boulevard. The store will be adjacent to the Sunset Village development on the former Corley Mill property. Tomlinson’s has nine locations in…

Lexington School District Two to open additional summer feeding site

Starting next week, another school cafeteria will be serving up healthy lunches to children in communities served by Lexington School District Two. The district will open an additional summer feeding site at Brookland-Cayce High School. Springdale Elementary School has been available to the public since June through the  “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” program. Children eligible to receive a meal through the…

Photo Gallery: Hearing-impaired kids experience summer camp life at Camp Wonder Hands

What began as a mother’s vision for her son has turned into a summer tradition for kids across South Carolina. Camp Wonder Hands, which is in its 18th year, is a six-day, overnight camp designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Thirty-five campers and 15 staff members are wrapping up their last day at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville on Friday. E.T….

Lexington County Council hears from pastors, business owners on opposing sides of Sunday alcohol sales referendum

About 50 people signed up Tuesday night to share their viewpoints on a possibly Sunday alcohol sales referendum with Lexington County Council during a public hearing. The large majority of the group strongly was opposed to the idea of lifting the ban on Sunday alcohol sales. Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat said again Tuesday that county leadership received numerous requests from…

Lexington Town Council denies business license request from Alibaba’s Pipe Emporium

A local business must remain closed after Lexington Town Council denied an appeal of a business license request Monday. Alibaba’s Pipe Emporium previously was denied a business license, and attorney Joseph McCulloch appealed on behalf of owner Rafael Tynan Salas Jr. during the July Town Council meeting. Salas and the business are under investigation for allegedly selling illegal substances commonly known as…

Lexington Medical Center to honor doulas at special reception

A certified doula from Lexington Medical Center assists a mother during labor. (photo provided) Lexington Medical Center will recognize a unique group of caregivers this month. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of its first-of-its-kind doula program, the hospital has organized a reception July 29 for current and former doulas and patients. A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort…

Lexington County officials honored at Municipal Association of South Carolina conference

Elected officials representing cities in the Midlands had a productive time at the 2014 Municipal Association of South Carolina Annual Conference last week. Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall and Cayce City Councilman Tim James graduated from the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Elected Officials Institute of Government, while Cayce Mayor Elise Partin was elected third vice president of the association’s Board…

Cayce City Council votes to place Sunday alcohol sales referendum on ballot

Even if Lexington County’s proposed repeal of the Sunday alcohol sales ban fails this November, businesses and residents in the city of Cayce still could benefit from the change. Cayce City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to place the question of lifting the ban inside the city limits on the ballot. Assistant City Administrator Shaun Greenwood said Lexington County’s latest proposed…

Lexington elections commission chairman resigns; officials open application period

Months away from the November election, an official with the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission has resigned his position. Lexington County officials did not issue a release but confirmed that Eugene Wilbur left his post as the chairman of the commission and decided to no longer serve as a commissioner. Wilbur was one of nine members on the board. He…

South Congaree police chief keeps job after vocal community support

Josh Shumpert will remain the police chief of South Congaree after a week of controversy and uncertainty. South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert arrived at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting to applause, hugs and handshakes. (photo by Allen Wallace) Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to retain Shumpert, though he will be given a 180-day plan of action for improvement. Council will…

Margaret Fisher receives GOP nomination for Lexington County coroner

Another special election is in the books in Lexington County. According to unofficial results, Margaret Fisher defeated fellow Republican candidate Brian Setree in the race for coroner. Fisher received 58 percent of the vote. The two candidates were on the ballot Tuesday in the Republican primary runoff after receiving the most votes in the July 1 primary election. Fisher is…