Lexington County

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…

West Columbia City Council to discuss resident-requested special election Thursday

Members of West Columbia City Council will gather this week to discuss when the city’s form of government might change to a strong-mayor. Residents have requested via signed petition that a special election take place this fall. Their goal is to switch West Columbia to a mayor-council form of government. About 150 people involved in the West Columbia Voice group…

South Congaree police chief’s job status uncertain

South Congaree Town Council members are expected to decide Tuesday whether Police Chief Josh Shumpert will be fired. South Congaree Mayor Brian Jackson said Shumpert was removed from office by a 3-2 vote at a special council meeting last week. Another special meeting took place Monday entirely in executive session. Shumpert’s attorney Jake Moore said Shumpert was called into the…

Lexington County Detention Center replaces in-person inmate visits with video calls

Technology is changing the way inmates receive visitors at the Lexington County Detention Center. Visitors beginning Monday will speak to inmates only through video calls, ending in-person visits. Sheriff Lewis McCarty said the new system will allow the detention center to extend visitation hours on weeknights and allow more inmates to have weekend visitors. The video visitation system has been…

Hiring process begins at Chapin plant

A new Chapin business has begun searching for qualified workers to fill a variety of positions. Signode, a manufacturer and distributor of protective packaging systems, is taking applications for experienced account specialists, material handlers, maintenance electricians and shift group leaders. The company is retrofitting an existing warehouse in Chapin on East Boundary Street for its new Lexington County plant. Officials said…

West Columbia residents call for special election potentially to change form of government

Residents who think West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens should have his mayoral duties restored are calling for a special election. West Columbia City Council members voted in March to elect a chairperson to run the monthly meetings, a job previously held by Owens. Members also voted to change city ordinances to give the elected chairperson power to nominate members to…

Lexington School District Two promotes from within for Northside Middle principal job

Assistant Principal Lisa Davis has taken over as Northside Middle’s newest principal. (photo provided) An assistant principal at Northside Middle School will be sticking around next school year, but she will be taking on a bigger role. The Lexington Two School Board approved the promotion of Lisa Davis to the school’s principal. Previous Principal Julia Kaczor is no longer working…

Chapin repeals boil water advisory for Night Harbor subdivision

Residents in a Chapin subdivision no longer have to boil water before drinking or cooking. The town issued an advisory notice on Monday for the Night Harbor neighborhood following a water main break. Following disinfection and a flushing of the distribution system, water samples were analyzed and found to be free of contaminants. Chapin officials ended the boil water advisory…

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin announces re-election bid

Elise Partin will run for another term as the mayor of Cayce. (photo provided) Cayce Mayor Elise Partin has announced her bid for re-election ahead of the filing period for the November election cycle. Partin previously was elected in 2008 and 2010 and is the first woman to serve as Cayce’s mayor. The city has extended the popular Cayce Riverwalk…

Lexington police crack down on unlicensed, uninsured drivers

The Lexington Police Department is taking action to get drivers who do not have licenses or insurance off the road. Officers will conduct public safety checkpoints Wednesday at various points within the town limits in an effort to find those driving with no license or insurance or with a suspended license. Lt. Matt Davis said the Lexington Police Department does…

Boil water advisory issued for Chapin subdivision

Officials in the town of Chapin have issued a boil water advisory for customers in the Night Harbor subdivision. A water main break is being repaired. In the meantime, residents should boil water vigorously at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking. The boil water advisory will be in place until samples have been deemed safe.  

Setree, Fisher to face off in Lexington County coroner runoff

Lexington County voters will head to the polls again this month to vote in another primary runoff. Of the seven candidates on the ballot for Lexington County coroner Tuesday, no one received a majority of the vote. Candidates Brian Setree and Margaret Fisher will face off in the July 15 special primary runoff. Setree received 25 percent while Fisher received…

West Columbia City Council approves resolution to allow police chief to campaign for sheriff

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall will be allowed to campaign for Lexington County Sheriff while retaining his current role. West Columbia Council members at Tuesday’s meeting (photo by Allen Wallace) City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve a resolution granting the chief that permission. Tyndall made the request in accordance with city policy, stating his intention to run for…

Update: Metts pleads not guilty, released on $100,000 bond; pretrial conference scheduled

Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is free on a $100,000 bond after pleading not guilty to charges of corruption in office and accepting bribes. Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts leaves court Tuesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) Metts appeared in federal court for an arraignment Tuesday. He waived the formal reading of the charges against him. Prosecutors asked for…

Local high schoolers chosen for Partners Program internship at Lexington Medical

The first session of this year’s Partners Program at Lexington Medical Center, a summer internship for future medical professionals, just completed with about 30 of the selected students. (photo provided) Aspiring medical professionals from around the Midlands are getting a firsthand look at how local healthcare works this summer. Lexington Medical Center has announced the newest class of the Partners…

3 finalists selected for Lexington School District Two superintendent job

One day after sitting down with the last of the semi-finalists, Lexington Two school board members announced their top three picks for district’s next superintendent. Board members interviewed nine semi-finalists Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They then selected three to introduce to the public and district staff as they consider each one to replace Dr. Venus Holland, who is retiring. The…

Lexington School District Two passes balanced budget, updated supplement schedule for coaches

Board members for Lexington School District Two on Thursday unanimously passed a balanced budget for the coming school year. They approved more funding for district coaches in addition to operational costs. The board asked district staff in May to put together two options to reward the countless coaches in Lexington Two. Administrators recommended a supplement plan that aligns Lexington Two’s…

Lexington County Council begins process to put repeal of Sunday alcohol sales ban on ballot

Lexington County residents likely will have another big issue to vote on at the polls this November. County Council members gave first reading approval Wednesday to an ordinance placing a repeal of Sunday alcohol sales limits on the ballot. If passed by voters, the referendum would eliminate restrictions on stores and allow them to sell beer and wine on Sunday…

Old Wire Road bridge near West Columbia to close for repairs

Drivers who cross the bridge on Old Wire Road near West Columbia in Lexington County will need an alternate route for about two months beginning in July. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will close the bridge for repairs July 15. The work is expected to take about eight weeks and includes raising the bridge. Inclement weather could cause the…

City of Cayce, Rohdie Group break ground on apartment complex

City of Cayce council members and Rohdie Group officials break ground on new apartments in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) Hundreds of local residents will call a brand-new apartment complex home after the project reaches completion next year. Cayce city officials and members of the Rohdie Group broke ground Tuesday on the 299-unit project. Otarre Pointe Apartments is just off…

Ned Tolar nabs Lexington County Council seat in Republican primary runoff

Two weeks after one incumbent was defeated in the race for Lexington County Council’s open seats, another lost out in the Republican primary runoff. Ned Tolar defeated incumbent Republican Bill Banning in District 8 with 55 percent of the vote. According to unofficial results Tuesday from Lexington County, Tolar received 1,084 votes to Banning’s 874. District 8 required a runoff…