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Lexington Two graduation rate almost 90%, scholarship money up 47%

Some good things are happening in the Lexington Two School District. And Dr. Bill James, Lexington Two School District superintendent, was spreading the word, Tuesday. Almost 88 percent of the district’s seniors graduate from high school. James delivered the news as he addressed the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast meeting. It was held at Brookland-Cayce High School. Lexington Two’s graduation…

Lexington Police say man attacked before he was fatally shot

The Lexington Police Department continues to investigate an early morning shooting that occurred on Sunday, in the Cherokee Village neighborhood. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court.  Upon arrival officers found a white male, who was later identified as Derek Alexander Fogle, who had been shot several times laying…

Lexington man charged with leaving baby in car while car serviced

A Lexington man is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for leaving a baby inside a car he dropped off to be serviced. Ca Mvuh, 48, left his eight-month-old daughter strapped in her car seat Sunday afternoon when he exited his car and handed the keys to a technician at the tire and lube center of the Walmart in…

Brothers Osborne to play 2017 S.C. State Fair

Country performers Brothers Osborne will entertain visitors at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair Oct. 11. The group is among six musical acts slated to perform in the Pepsi Grandstand during the fair’s 12-day run in Columbia. “This family duo has become a crowd favorite across the country, and we are pleased to have them as part of our Pepsi…

Lexington homicide victim identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The incident happened in the 100 block of Cherokee Pond Court. According to  Fisher, Derek Fogle, 31, of Lexington was pronounced dead upon arrival at an area hospital due to apparent gunshot wounds. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday….

Male shot, laying in yard, Lexington Police investigate shooting death

The Lexington Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting death that occurred within the Cherokee Village neighborhood. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting incident that had occurred on Cherokee Pond Court.  Upon arrival officers found a white male had been shot several times laying in the front yard of a residence and they gave medical aid…

Coroner identifies Lake Murray drowning victim

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of an accidental drowning that took place in Lake Murray on Saturday. Ramon Priestino, 76, of Columbia was swimming with his family in the Palm Point Drive area, near his residence, when the incident occurred. It happened at approximately 2 p.m.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday. The incident remains…

Man in his 70s drowns in Lake Murray, says LCSD

A drowning victim was recovered from Lake Murray near Palm Point Drive, Saturday, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The report said the victim was a male in his 70s. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Irmo Fire also responded to the call. LCSD Photo

West Columbia Police Chief celebrates 20 years leading the department

West Columbia stands in the shadow of metropolitan Columbia, but its police department has a smaller-town feel. Dennis Tyndall has been the West Columbia Police Chief for 20 years. He is very pleased with his career choice. In that time there have been lots of good times. And Tyndall said he has also experienced some trying episodes. From triple-murders to…

Lexington County man charged with attempted murder after fight with family member

A Chapin man is charged with attempted murder for threatening a family member with a butcher knife and knocking the victim unconscious. Nicholas David Powlas, 42, also faces two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child because of his actions toward juvenile family members during the altercation Saturday, according to arrest warrants. Deputies said Powlas was aggressive toward the children….

Man wanted in Tennessee is caught in South Congaree, after escape

Joshua Allen Irwin, a subject who allegedly escaped custody with assistance Thursday, has been captured. Irwin  28, is wanted in Tennessee on federal larceny charges and was in a stolen car from Lexington, according to a report from the South Congaree Police. The South Congaree Police Department is also reporting the arrest.  Sgt Singleton of the South Congaree Police Dept,…

Lexington 2 students return Aug. 17, no classes on Eclipse Day

Lexington School District Two students will return to school for the 2017/18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 17. Lexington Two will be closed for students and staff on Monday, Aug. 21  (due to the eclipse.) As many as one million people are expected to be in the Lexington Two, Lexington and Richland County area to view the eclipse. Science teachers…

Richland, Lexington counties not on list of first gas tax projects

Storm damage in Lexington County on I-26 on July 10. (Photo by Lexington Maintenance) The S.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday, the awarding of the first contracts for a number of road resurfacing and rehabilitation projects in 27 counties. The projects are being funded by the gas tax imposed in the state, beginning July 1. None of the projects announced…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, church partner in peddling bikes to needy

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department evidence unit has to hold on to some things, but one type of item continuously piles up: bicycles. “A majority of them are found property,” said Sgt. Doug Novak, who heads the Sheriff’s Department’s forensic services unit. “They stay here a minimum of 90 days for people to call to claim their bikes, but a…

Cayce Elementary dedication postponed due to rain delays

Due to rain delays, the dedication, scheduled for August 3, for the new Cayce Elementary School has been postponed. Lexington School District 2 officials said they will publish information regarding the new date for the dedication when a new date is confirmed. Lexington County has experienced several heavy rains in recent days. The rain has resulted in flash flood warnings…

Airport High’s Jayla Jamison looks to a bright future in track

Are we witnessing a star in the making? Jayla with her All-State Certificates. Airport High School track team member Jayla Jamison has the ability to do some phenomenal things. She is just in the seventh-grade, but qualified in four events in May’s South Carolina High School League track and field championships. She was the only seventh-grader who qualified in more than…

Deputy becomes Lexington County’s first state-certified emergency manager

Lt. Billy Aiken. (Photo Submitted) A longtime member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has become Lexington County’s first Certified Emergency Manager. Lt. Billy Aiken used his free time to pursue something he’s seriously considered since nine people died in the Graniteville train derailment more than a dozen years ago. “The incident in Graniteville exposed the vulnerabilities and vast needs…

Victim of fatal vehicle accident identified, passenger survives

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a single-vehicle accident on Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Willow Forks Road in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Mr. Marty Shealy, Jr., 33, of Batesburg was killed when his vehicle left the road. The vehicle struck a tree. Shealy, who was not wearing his seat belt…

West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river is July 29

The West Columbia “Float and Freeze” down the river will be held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Saturday, July 29. City of West Columbia, SC Staff will be onsite handing out free koozies, information about the City, and Pelican Bucks to the first 100 people to come up to the tent! Palmetto Outdoor Center will offer the standard “float” trip, which includes:…

Coroner identifies man found dead at Gaston mobile home fire

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the individual found deceased following a residential structure fire, Thursday night. The fire  occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Renee Court in Gaston. According to Fisher, Michael Henry, 56, of Gaston was pronounced dead on scene following a fire inside his residence. An autopsy has been…

SC Victim Services moves into one office, legislation celebrated

Jackie Olsen speaking. Her sister was murdered by a stalker.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today officially welcomed South Carolina’s victim services agencies into his office. A new state law that took effect July 1st moved the agencies so they’d be under one roof for better service and efficiency. The move was one of the recommendations made by then-Gov….

1 person dies in Lexington County mobile home fire, dog saved

A fire broke out at a mobile home in Gaston late Thursday night resulting in the death of one individual. Lexington County 911 dispatched Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services personnel to a residence in the 100 block of f Renee Court just before 9 p.m. in reference to a mobile home fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from…

Gamecocks picked 4th in SEC East, Alabama is top pick

The media attending SEC Football Media Days this past week in Birmingham has picked South Carolina to finish fourth in the Eastern Division, it was announced Friday. Alabama was an overwhelming choice to win the SEC title in 2017, with Georgia narrowly edging Florida to capture the East. Tennessee was picked third in the East, followed by South Carolina, Kentucky,…