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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department provides voice sample of false 911 caller

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has released a voice sample of the person making false 911 calls to the county’s dispatch center. Click on the link and listen to see if you recognize the voice. Most of the calls are coming from the St. Andrews area. Click link to hear voice sample of false 911 caller Link to initial false…

Home Depot, Lexington Police kick off “Free Fan Program”

With the warmest months of the year fast approaching, the Lexington Police Department is already looking forward to donations of box fans from Town of Lexington residents and businesses in order to continue this successful community program. Home Depot Free Fan kick off. (Photo Submitted) This week Chief Terrence Green, along with officers of the Community Action Team (C.A.T.), met…

Pedestrian killed overnight on I-26 Identified, struck by multiple vehicles

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person who was struck and killed, early Thursday. The victim was walking in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 near the 113 exit in Lexington County. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Fisher said that Darlene R. Tager, 67, of Gaston died at the scene from multiple body trauma after she…

Lexington County Sheriff investigates false 911 calls

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation into who has made dozens of unfounded 911 calls since late March. “We believe a woman made all the calls using an out-of-service cellphone that still has the capability of making 911 calls,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Fortunately, all these turned out to be false alarms but we’ve tied…

VFW recognizes exceptional emergency personnel at Lexington County Council meeting

Lt. Robert Sharpe, Capt. Antoine Kelly, and Paramedic David Hudon, local EMT. Bill Havlin, VFW, is also pictured. (Lexington County Photo) The S.C. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recognized, at the Lexington County Council meeting, Tuesday, three emergency response team members for exceptional efforts. Those recognized were nominated by the Lexington County Public Safety Department. The LCPS Director is David…

Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. CFF’s conducts an educational outreach…

Gaston teenager charged in connection with beating an elderly woman

A Gaston teenager has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in connection with the beating of an elderly woman. The 16-year-old entered the victim’s Dixiana Drive home March 15 and hit her multiple times with a metal baseball bat, according to arrest warrants. Detectives said the suspect stole the victim’s car after the assault. He’s also charged with burglary…

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…