Lexington County

Narcotics team busts second meth lab in 2 days in Lexington County

Officers with the Lexington County multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized a second hidden meth lab in as many days on Tuesday and made two arrests. Christy Ann Gable (photo provided) Earnest Charles Lake (photo provided) Christy Ann Gable, 37, and Earnest Charles Lake, 52, both face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. They were arrested Tuesday at the Executive Inn at 1107 Harbor…

Unique art project, fundraiser coming to Cayce

A look at the new scheme planned for the Cayce water tower. Following the opening of its high-tech practice facility “The Coop” last summer, the University of South Carolina golf program is calling Lexington County and the City of Cayce home, something no other USC team can do. Now, the city is looking to make that distinction official with a…

More than just a job: SC Works Midlands equipping people for stable futures

Filing for unemployment is something staff members at the three SC Works Midlands locations can help you with – but that’s just one aspect of the countless services and resources available to people in all types of unemployment situations. First-time job seekers or someone requiring specialized training can benefit from stopping by their nearest center. To get started, they should ask…

4 arrested in Lexington County meth lab raid

Four men have been charged with operating a meth lab outside a Lexington County motel room. Michael Wayne Anderson (photo provided) Charles Daniel Barker (photo provided) Paul Scott Kelley (photo provided) Christopher Carl Ruppe (photo provided) The county’s multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) went to the Motel 6 at 1776 Burning Tree Drive on Sunday night after being told a meth…

Cocky’s Reading Express rolls into Lexington-Richland Five

Cocky high-fives a student at H.E. Corley Elementary for making the Cocky Promise to read each day. Just hours after cheering the Gamecocks on to victory at Williams-Brice Stadium, Cocky was busy getting the younger generation excited about literacy as Cocky’s Reading Express kicked off the new school year Aug. 30. Leaphart Elementary and H.E. Corley Elementary schools of Lexington-Richland…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department teaming up with police for tasty September fundraiser

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to enjoy a “hot now” Krispy Kreme doughnut, your chance to do so while contributing to a great cause is coming soon. For three days this September, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office and Lexington Police Department will again partner for the Cops on Top of Doughnut Shops fundraiser. On Sept. 25, 26 and…

Four charged in Lexington County burglary

Four Gilbert men have been arrested and charged with breaking into another person’s workshop and stealing scrap metal. Adam Kevin Branham (photo provided) Antoine Damarco Stroman (photo provided) Meechie Joseph Stroman (photo provided) Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies said Michael Damien Blasco, 17, Adam Kevin Branham, 22, Antoine Damarco Stroman, 19, and Meechie Joseph Stroman, 18, are charged with second-degree burglary….

Irmo hotel expansion to include new Zoe’s Kitchen

A third Zoe’s Kitchen location is coming to the Midlands as Irmo’s Residence Inn by Marriott expands. The hotel recently broke ground for the construction of the Hotel Shoppes next to the Residence Inn at 944 Lake Murray Blvd. Zoe’s Kitchen is the first business to sign on to occupy the multi-unit building. Zoe’s already has locations on Main Street…

Lexington-Richland Five students boast perfect PASS scores

Spring Hill High School freshman Conner Sweet was one of 121 Lexington-Richland Five students to earn a perfect PASS score. Doing something that only a small percentage of their peers accomplished, more than 120 students from Lexington-Richland Five schools turned in a perfect performance on the 2013 PASS test. PASS, or Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, is taken by students…

Chapin to hold Labor Day Parade and Festival

Downtown Chapin won’t be taking Monday off, as it’ll be bustling with activity during the 34th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. The theme of this year’s family-friendly event is “We Are the Champions.” The parade is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the GIS parking lot. The route will loop through downtown Chapin on Lexington Avenue to…

Tic Toc Candy Shoppe serving up sweets at new Lexington location

Town of Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre, co-owners Lynn Humphrey and Dee Daily, and Lexington Chamber of Commerce chairman Brian Dodge cut the ribbon at Tic Toc Candy Shoppe in Lexington. A crowd gathered Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon at Tic Toc Candy Shoppe, the Lexington Chamber of Commerce’s new member and, most importantly, where “it’s always candy time.” The recently opened…

Entrepreneurs and Engineers: Spring Hill High School preparing students for bright futures

Jeff Eargle invites students to think globally at Spring Hill High School. (photo by Rachel Ham) Visitors might not notice on first glance, but teachers at Spring Hill High School easily can see that future Fortune 500 CEOs, ESPN sideline reporters and even the person who will advance alternative energy research daily walk their school’s halls. In reality, students are…

South Carolina farmers eligible for federal aid

Financial help from the federal government soon will be available for Columbia-area farmers suffering from this summer’s frequent rain. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack on Wednesday officially approved Governor Nikki Haley’s request for a disaster declaration for Richland and Lexington counties, in addition to many others in the Palmetto State. Vilsack’s decision means farmers can apply for USDA Farms Service…

Domestic violence suspect wanted by Lexington Police

Jose Luise Ortiz (Provided) The Lexington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man accused of injuring a woman and child at their home. Jose Luise Ortiz, 22, of Columbia, is wanted on multiple charges following an Aug. 24 incident. He is accused of assaulting a female acquaintance. The woman and a child she was holding…

Lexington County unemployment rate remains lowest in state

One month after seeing its rate of unemployed workers jump by nearly a full percentage point, Lexington County still boasts the best number in the state. The county’s percentage of people without steady work declined in July after increasing from May to June. In comparison, South Carolina’s rate didn’t fluctuate much and landed at 8.1 percent for July 2013. The…

Lexington attorney pleads guilty to mail fraud

A well-known Lexington attorney accused of stealing more than $1 million from clients has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court. Richard Breibart (photo provided) Richard Breibart,62,  agreed to a deal with prosecutors in which he entered the guilty plea on one of 10 federal charges he faced, including extortion and wire fraud. A judge could sentence him to…

Lexington County Council grants proposal for on-site medical clinic

Lexington County Council approved a slate of purchases at their August meeting Tuesday ranging from flame-resistant uniforms for county firefighters to new dump trucks for the Public Works Department. Most importantly, the council voted to move forward with plans for an on-site medical clinic by granting a request for proposal. As County Administrator Joe Mergo explained, the establishment of a…

Man on Lexington County wanted list arrested

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s list of wanted men and women is now one shorter. John Franklin Collier (photo provided) Deputies arrested 49-year-old John Franklin Collier on Tuesday. He was wanted on two counts of petit larceny and two counts of obtaining signatures or property under false pretenses. Petit larceny under South Carolina law is theft of property valued at…

New Lexington Chamber series aimed at boosting business profiles

Whether they operate a small business or large enterprise, shop and restaurant owners will want to attend an upcoming Lexington County Chamber of Commerce featured event. Through a new quarterly series, the Chamber is looking to “ignite” businesses of all types by giving them insight into using the latest free tools. The 2013 Business IGNITE Series will kick off Sept….

Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center earns second national accolade in months

A local recreational complex didn’t just receive recognition as the best in the state – it earned praise as the top facility of its kind in the country. The United States Tennis Association announced Aug. 22 that the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center has been named the 2013 Featured Facility Award winner. The award is the highest given annually by…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation jailbreak run takes off Sept. 7

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it’s like to run from the law but without the dire consequences, be sure to check out a heart-pounding event from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation. The Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run will test even the best of athletes as participants take off on Saturday, Sept. 7. The race totals 3.1 miles and…

Area schools dealing with moisture, mold issues after rainy weather

An exceptionally rainy summer has forced officials at some county schools to deal with mold this year. Lexington-Richland Five School District reported a handful of cases and is working now to eradicate the issue and prevent any harmful effects. Chief Information Officer Mark Bounds stated that small amounts of mold were found in classrooms at two district schools as well…