Lexington County

Local officials welcome new Fort Jackson leaders to Midlands

Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre and Susan McPherson (center) welcome Fort Jackson’s new commander Brig. Gen. Bradley Becker and his wife, Sherri (right), and SSI commander Col. Paul Chamberlain and his wife, Lara (left), to the Midlands. (photo by Rachel Ham) Political, municipal and business leaders from across the Midlands gathered Tuesday morning to welcome Fort Jackson’s latest leaders. Three weeks…

Lexington County sites to host USTA junior tennis championships

Lexington County again has been selected to host two premier tennis events expected to draw thousands to the area. As announced by tournament director Mary Hatfield, the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission will be the site of the 2014 and 2015 USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships. Matches will be split among the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center,…

New Emergency Operations Center, 911 communications center unveiled in Lexington

Two of Lexington County’s most vital services now have a new home under one roof. Officials cut the ribbon on the Emergency Operations and 911 Communications Center on Thursday morning to usher in an improved phase for the departments. County Administrator Joe Mergo said the event was the culmination of several years of strategic planning to get the county’s emergency…

H.E. Corley Elementary School students thank first responders at 9/11 gathering

An H.E. Corley student proudly shows off his handiwork before the school welcomed first responders for a thank-you lunch in honor of 9/11. (photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five) A Lexington-Richland Five school continued a 9/11 tradition Wednesday and allowed its students to show their appreciation in person to those who keep them safe in their community. First responders from the…

Sponsorship opportunities available for children’s shelter fundraiser

Greg Bickley performs in character as Elton John during his “ROCKETMAN” tribute show fundraiser for the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter) One of the Midland’s most popular events is returning this winter, and businesses and individuals can get involved today to help make it a success. Organized by The Woman’s Club of…

Community invited to help Pine Ridge Middle School ‘Go for G.O.L.D.’

Students at Pine Ridge Middle listen attentively to earn G.O.L.D. points during Mr. Daniel Bailey’s history class. Photo by Rachel Ham. Plans for the first-ever G.O.L.D. Rush are coming together quickly at Pine Ridge Middle School, but there’s still time for parents, business owners and residents to take part in the fun. The fundraising drive will begin Friday with the…

Lexington County adds support to future-minded planning event

Lexington County is the latest to throw financial support behind an October event designed to address projected growth in the Midlands. During the regular council meeting Tuesday, Irene Dumas Tyson of The Boudreaux Group, co-chair of the Midlands Reality Check, described to elected officials the purpose behind the unique, forward-thinking event. Hundreds already have signed up to be a part…

4 arrested in Lexington County meth bust

The crackdown on meth labs in Lexington County continued Monday night with four more arrests. Darwin Jason Ciesielski (photo provided) Kimberly Elaine Kinney (photo provided) Charles Brandon Linton (photo provided) Cody Edward Shealy (photo provided) Officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a meth lab at a home on Ivy Link Road near Leesville. A relative…

New Lexington Medical Center oncologist now taking patients at Lexington Oncology

Dr. Chelsea Stillwell is accepting new patients at Lexington Oncology. Those needing care and support during their battle with cancer now have a new resource in Lexington. Oncologist Chelsea Rainwater Stillwell just joined Lexington Medical Center’s network as a member of Lexington Oncology. The LMC practice is affiliated with Duke Oncology Network and also includes Drs. Steven Madden, Asheesh Lal,…

Lexington-Richland Five district board approves plans for new middle school

A look at the proposed plans for Lexington-Richland Five’s new middle school. Sketch provided by the district. A brand-new middle school is on the way for Lexington-Richland Five after a unanimous vote by the district board Monday. To address growth in the Chapin area, school officials aim to have the proposed campus ready by 2015. Designs drawn up by Quackenbush…

Irmo Fire District hiring firefighters

If you’re a firefighter looking for a new job, your chance could be here. The Irmo Fire District is looking for full-time and part-time firefighters. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 29. Full-time firefighters receive full benefits, while those working part time serve as needs arise on an inconsistent schedule and do not receive full benefits. Some firefighting experience and…

2 men wanted in Lexington County on separate charges

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help to find two men wanted on separate charges. Brandon Joseph Brown (photo provided) Stanley Ray Lubkin (photo provided) Brandon Joseph Brown, 23, of Swansea is accused of criminal domestic violence. Brown is 5 foot 11 and weighs 174 pounds. Stanley Ray Lubkin, 25, failed to appear in court on charges of breaking…

Northside Middle School going back to basics for Common Core test prep

Lexington Two technology staffers finish installing a new Mac lab with 28 stations at Northside Middle School. Photo courtesy of NMS. Full implementation of Common Core State Standards is on the horizon for schools around South Carolina. In order to ensure that its nearly 600 students have an easy transition to the new testing method and accountability levels, Northside Middle…

Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge run draws big crowd

Sleep in? Watch cartoons? Those tasks were not on the agenda this week for hundreds who instead spent their Saturday morning running and battling over, under and through obstacles at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation’s Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run. Teams move under and over hurdles early in the race (photo by Allen Wallace) The 3.1-mile run challenged teams of…

Lexington-Richland Five celebrates grandparents across district

Grandparents enjoy lunch with one of their favorite students at a Lexington-Richland Five Grandparents Day celebration. National Grandparents Day isn’t until Sunday, but that didn’t stop Lexington-Richland Five from celebrating the influential people a little early. The past two weeks have been filled with events including “Grits for Grandparents” to “Goodies for Grandparents.” Grandparents are able to see where their…

Lexington County enforcement team takes down 4th meth lab this week

Five days. Four meth labs. Twelve arrests. The officers of the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) have earned a weekend off. William Jonathan Everett (photo provided) Franke Lane Medlin (photo provided) Jessica Irene Norris (photo provided) Rebecca Suzanne Parnell (photo provided) Their latest bust came before dawn Friday, as they seized a meth lab being operated at a…

Chapin High School student finds beauty in unusual materials

Chapin High student Ashley Graham models her creative prom dress made of duct tape last spring. Photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five. Whether it’s fashion or sculpture, Chapin High School student Ashley Graham is finding that unusual – and sometimes sticky – materials work best for her. Graham again has gained recognition for her creativity just months after making a statement…

Rocky Creek Elementary School earns recognition for eco-friendly campus

Lexington One Superintendent Dr. Karen Woodward, Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters, System WorCx Commissioning Authority Veronica Addison and Lexington One Construction Coordinator Bill Jennings present Rocky Creek Elementary Principal Lynn Boyleston (center) with a plaque and certificate recognizing RCES for earning LEED Silver Status from the United States Green Building Council. Rocky Creek Elementary School isn’t just a place of…

Student-made biodiesel car rides in Chapin Labor Day parade

Students in the Clean Energy Technology and Automotive Technology programs at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies worked collaboratively on this biodiesel vehicle. Photo courtesy of Lexington-Richland Five. Months of work by local students led to a special debut during Chapin’s Labor Day parade this year. With the goal of highlighting the benefits of alternative energy, innovative teens rolled out…

Business After Hours heading to Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center

The award-winning Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center will be the site of the next Business After Hours. Held jointly by the Lexington and West Metro Chambers, the events are designed to showcase area businesses and agencies and provide networking opportunities. The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission invites the community to “Coolin’ It At The Courts” on Sept. 12. Activities…