West Columbia

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…

Ground broken Monday for Saluda Riverwalk to link miles of river trails

Leaders from Columbia and Richland County were on the banks of the Saluda River Monday as ground was broken for Phase One of the Saluda Riverwalk. “To see shovels in the ground is a great thing,” said Mike Dawson of the River Alliance. Bill Stangler, of the Congaree Riverkeeper, said the effort “will restore public access to the river.” The…

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…

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin elected Municipal Association of S.C. president

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin was elected president of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, Saturday. The MASC held its annual meeting in Hilton Head over the weekend. “It’s pretty amazing,” Partin said Monday morning. She also said her election will benefit Cayce and the region of the state around her. The position as president, she said, will help her bring…

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,…

Man gets 9 years, 9 months for robbing West Columbia bank

Callus Lefont Latimore, 42, of Augusta, has been sentenced for various charges stemming from the Feb. 9, armed robbery of First Reliance Bank in West Columbia Latimore was sentenced in federal court, according to a Thursday release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake On April 19, Latimore entered a guilty plea before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Cameron…

Overturned vehicle slows traffic on I-20 in Lexington County

One lane of Interstate -20 East at the 48 Mile Marker  is closed Thursday afternoon. Lexington County officials are report that traffic is moving slowly because of an overturned vehicle. Country officials are also warning to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles in the area of the accident. The report was issued about 3:15 p.m. Lexington County photo- at…

“First Night Southern Lights” art project to premier Aug. 19, Eclipse Weekend

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19,  as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend…

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…

West Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals denies House of Raeford enclosure request

The West Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals denied House of Raeford a request to make a small addition to the poultry processing plant, Tuesday. The plant, that sits on West Columbia’s Sunset Boulevard, said it needs to add a small building for an electrical system upgrade. During the design process for mandated waste treatment infrastructure, a refrigeration condenser was removed from a…

Lexington-Richland 5 School Board approves land purchase on Amicks Ferry Road

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board voted Monday night to move forward and purchase land along Amicks Ferry Road for a new elementary school in Chapin. The Board voted 6 to 1 to purchase 23.79  acres on Amicks Ferry Road at Lake Tide Drive for $932,950. The Board members voting in favor of the motion were Chairman Robert Gantt, Ellen Baumgardner,…

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…