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Gilbert Elementary Principal Timothy Oswald retiring after 40 years

A Gilbert native and community fixture, Timothy F. Oswald, principal of Gilbert Elementary School is retiring June 29. He’s been at GES for 25 years. Oswald has 34 years with the district and 40 years in public education. Oswald’s retirement was announced in a Lexington One release, Tuesday. Timothy Oswald (Photo Submitted.) “I have been blessed and fortunate to have…

Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum says opposition to Cayce TIF illogical

After some members of Lexington County Council opposed a TIF request from the City of Cayce,  Chairman Todd Cullum said blocking the TIF does not make sense. After TIF improvements, the value of the Cayce Brickworks property is $4.2 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the directing of tax revenue to go to redevelopment of the…

Third Annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament going on until Sunday

Link to Crescent Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament Schedule The third annual Crescent Cup Girls Soccer Tournament, hosted by Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School began Thursday. It will continue until Sunday. The tournament includes 32 teams. Games will be played in in Cayce & West Columbia. Each team is guaranteed three games during the tournament.  Games will…

Man tricks 84-year-old woman, allegedly steals her car

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 43-year-old Timothy W. Roberts of Lexington. At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Roberts offered to “assist” an elderly 84-year-old woman find her car in the parking lot of the Lexington County Administration Building. After paying her taxes, the victim was having trouble locating where she had parked her car. Roberts,…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Bond denied for man accused of killing Lindsey Lee

Jason Don Lee had a bond hearing Friday afternoon at the Law enforcement center in Lexington. Glenn Detention Center Photo. No bond was set for Lee during the hearing, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The murder of Lee’s estranged wife, who was found dead last Tuesday, was investigated by SLED. Lee will continue to be held at the…

Estranged husband charged in violent death of Lindsey Lee, Lexington Sheriff’s employee

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Jason Don Lee, 38, of Simpsonville with murder in the death of Lindsey Nicole Lee, his estranged wife. Jason Lee (Glenn Detention center Photo.) She is the civilian employee of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was found dead, during a welfare check, on Tuesday, in her home. The home where Lee was found…

No decision made on Brookland-Cayce soccer coach placed on administrative leave

1/3 Crowd overflowed into the lobby Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Stickers of support by a large crowd. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 A packed board meeting room. Show Caption Hide Caption Large crowd in support of Heise. (Photos by Terry Ward.) About 150 people came to the Lexington 2 School Board meeting in support of Brookland-Cayce High School Soccer…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department employee is subject of SLED death investigation

Lindsey Nicole Lee. LSSD Photo. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department civilian employee. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the employee as Lindsey Nicole Lee, 31, of West Columbia. Lee died as a result of a sharp force injury, according to Fisher. “Lindsey was a valued member of the LCSD…

Lexington County deputies working to locate teen

Lexington County deputies are working to locate a Gaston teen who was last seen Friday evening. Trinity Makaela Schmidt. (Photo Submitted.) Family members told deputies Trinity Makaela Schmidt, 16, was last seen at her home on Fish Hatchery Road Friday night about 9:30. She is believed to be wearing baggy gray sweatpants and white Tommy Hilfiger sneakers. “Trinity’s family members tell…

Waste, recycling curbside schedule changes for Lexington County

Advanced Disposal Services Inc. has announced upcoming schedule changes to residential curbside service. Advanced Disposal’s residential waste and recycling curbside service customers may be affected by schedule changes starting on March 13. Residents affected will be receiving a mailed information card during the week of March 6. The information card will indicate the weekly garbage collection day and which week…

Lexington 2 breaks ground on new CATE Center in Cayce

A lot of people had been waiting for the moment. Pictured Board Members Beth Branham, Cindy Kessler, Kevin Key, Brad Giles and Chairwoman Linda Alford-Wooten. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Lexington School District 2 Board members broke ground on the the District’s new CATE (or Career and Technology ) Center Thursday. It’s on Bulldog Boulevard in Cayce, next to Busbee Creative…

UPDATED- man charged in Gaston incident turns himself in

Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. has turned himself in to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He’s in the detention center and expected in court Thursday. Initial story: A Gaston man is facing two charges from a domestic dispute that prompted a SWAT response at his house Monday afternoon. Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. (LCSD Photo.) Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. is charged with domestic…

House of Raeford plant fire in North Carolina not expected to affect Lexington County facilites

A fire that destroyed House of Raeford Farms “Wallace” (NC) processing plant will not affect much of the company’s operations in the Midlands. Alberton Volunteer Fire Department Photo. The fire happened early Sunday morning. No one was hurt, but the plant was lost. And about 675 workers now have no place to work. House of Raeford has a processing plant…

Pine Ridge named in Top 20 safest places in South Carolina

The Town of Pine Ridge, in Lexington County,  has been named No. 5 on the Safest South Carolina places list, according to a SafeWise Report. The ranking is recognized by Homes.com, AngiesList, Mashable, Huffington Post and many other nationally recognized publications as a resource for people looking to relocate to South Carolina, said Vicki Miller, Pine Ridge Town Administrator Link: Safe Cities…

Is Fannie Dawkins the eldest in West Columbia?

Ran a beauty shop for 40 years

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins turned 100 on Feb. 7. The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution in her honor on Feb. 7. Ms Fannie Dawkins, with Harry Jivers, who helps care for her. Dawkins was given a tiara for her 100th birthday. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Dawkins was a cosmologist in the city for 40 years. And she has lived…

National Guard soldiers leave Columbia, deployed to Europe

1/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5National Guard Show Caption Hide Caption SC National Guard Photos. Sunday morning, S.C. National Guard soldiers from the 742nd Support Maintenance Company deployed from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, at the Eagle Aviation Terminal. They are headed…

Hemming’s dramatic 3-pointer advances Brookland-Cayce to playoff showdown

BC is 15-0 in 2017

Is the Brookland-Cayce Boys basketball team peaking at the right time? BC Head Basketball Coach Robert Wells. Photo by Terry Ward.) Tuesday night, BC’s Lloyd Hemming hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Bearcats to a 67-65 win over Ridgeville-Hardeeville. The game was played in Estill. Hemming is the S.C. 3A Player-of-the-Year. But he was not even the…

Deputies look for man who took car

Do you recognize this man? (photo to the right) Lexington County Sheriff’s investigators said he was caught on surveillance video driving a vehicle that was stolen in Swansea in January. Keep an eye out for a 1998 Ford Escort with SC tag NDK758. If you see the car or know who this man is, you can contact our department directly…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Lexington Medical Center reports unauthorized access to employee data

Employee information at Lexington Medical Center has been breached. Jennifer Wilson, LMC’s public relations director confirmed that unauthorized access into employee- not patient- records has been gained, Friday morning. An email to ColaDaily.com reported employees were told of the hack, Friday morning. Wilson issued a media statement and information on the steps to take if you suspect your personal information…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

Lexington woman charged with attempted murder

Lexington County detectives have arrested and charged a woman with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Gaston. Tiffany Leigh Metze. (LCSD Photo.) Tiffany Leigh Metze, 24, and an unidentified male confronted and shot the victim on Feb. 5 at a home on Carrie Lane, according to an arrest warrant. “Even though the victim was gravely injured, he was…