Lexington County

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…

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…