West Columbia

With retirement, Cayce Elementary’s Jeanette Samuels stresses love for the children

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Rhythm on the River a hit after West Columbia Riverwalk Park is reopened – video link

Sufferin Moses Show Caption Hide Caption Moon Pi Show Caption Hide Caption Sufferin’ Moses The portions of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park that were closed – from Moffat Street to the Gervais Street Bridge- due to flooding are now open and the entire Riverwalk is open to the public. This Saturday (May 5) Rhythm on the River features: The Distributors and…

Woman killed in 3-vehicle crash is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision, Sunday. The collision occurred in the 1300 block of North Lake Drive at approximately 7 p.m. According to Fisher, Jessica H. Kirby, 36, of Lexington was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time after the collision. Kirby was the passenger in a…

21-year-old woman identified as victim in I-26 crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m., Sunday. The accident happened near mil marker 92 of Interstate 26 eastbound. According to Fisher, Ms. Sarah Helen Shelf, 21, of Simpsonville was killed in the accident. Shelf’s vehicle left the right side of the road and struck…

Dutch Fork, Chapin fall in lacrosse state championship games

Chapin co-captains Olivia Flauding, Ellie Hoos, Chaney Patrich and Jordan Green hold the S.C. High School League Class 4A runner-up trophy for girls’ lacrosse. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. First-ever championship dreams for the Dutch Fork boys and Chapin girls’ lacrosse teams were thwarted Saturday at Irmo High School. The Silver Foxes fell 15-8 to defending champion Wando in the Class…

Teen charged after baby suffers multiple fractures, injuries

Grace Imholte- LCSD photo. A Gaston teen was arrested and charged Thursday after she admitted to hurting her infant son, whose injuries included six broken ribs, a fractured leg and bleeding to the white of his eye, according to arrest warrants. Grace Imholte, 19, is charged with child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child after investigators determined she not…

Lexington Kid’s Day to affect traffic, Saturday

There will be a road closure and possible traffic delays due to the Kid’s Day of Lexington event at the Town of Lexington Municipal Complex, Icehouse Amphitheater and Virginia Hylton Park on Saturday. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green issued the traffic report Thursday. Maiden Lane will be closed to thru traffic during this event. The road closure will begin at…

Lexington County man sentenced to 30 Years for murder of common law wife

Gerardor Villarreal Rodriguez Gerardor Villarreal Rodriguez, a 45-year-old illegal alien, pleaded guilty Thursday to the stabbing death of his common law wife, Yadira Rodriguez. The victim was the mother of two children, ages 3 and 5, which she shared with Rodriguez. The homicide occurred at 1712 Burnham Street in West Columbia, when Rodriguez broke into the home where the victim…

Portions of West Columbia Riverwalk temporarily closed due to rising water

File photo of Conagree River at Gervais Street Bridge. Portions of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park are closed until further notice due to flooding.  The area from the Gervais St. Bridge to the Moffatt St. entrance are closed until further notice due high water in that area.  Once the flood waters subside and the Riverwalk path is clear again, the city…

Access to beautiful Saluda River to increase soon, with new pathway

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Lexington County Hells Angel sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Jerry Oliver, 52, of Lexington County was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, Wednesday, according to a release from US Attorney Beth Drake. Oliver pleaded guilty in January to Murder for Hire. US District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Oliver to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison Evidence against Oliver established that the defendant was a member…

Lexington Police arrest teen for threatening to “shoot up the school”

A 14-year-old juvenile male from West Columbia was arrested for the charges of unlawful communication and disturbing schools for threats made through social media. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest, Wednesday evening.  On Monday, at approximately 8 p.m., officers took a report of threats that were made through Snapchat where a subject referenced the Lexington Middle School and that…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis speaks at Advocacy Day for Access and Independence

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C-WC Lion’s Club eye exam results in clear sight for Carson Thornton

Carson with his mom, Melanie Thornton at C-WC Lions Club meeting. Carson Thornton can see clearly now, and he’s thanking the Cayce-West Columbia Lion’s Club. Carson is a student at Pineview Elementary School, where his eyes were tested by the C-WC Lions. Bill Mooneyhan, a member of the club, said the C-WC Lion’s Club has conducted more than 3,000 eye…

May 1, Midlands Gives promoted at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

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Police sent to Lexington 1 schools after threat of violence at Lexington Middle School

Lexington One photo. Lexington law enforcement personnel are being posted at Lexington One schools after a social media threat of violence. Monday night officers took a report of a threat of violence sent through the social media app called SnapChat, according to the Lexington Police Department. The violence was threatened to occur Tuesday at Lexington Middle School. Officers have been…

81-year-old Lexington man dies after vehicle collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision. It occurred at Pleasant View Drive and Edmund Highway at approximately 9 a.m., Monday. According to Fisher, Paul Matthew Becker, 81, of Lexington was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time after the collision. Becker, who was wearing a seatbelt at the…

Lexington Police get active shooter vests from In-Vest USA

 Mortensen and Letts with vests.  A concert was held Sunday afternoon, at the Lexington Icehouse Amphitheater to help raise funds that provided the Lexington Police Department with two active shooter vests. In-Vest USA sponsored the event, and provided the vests. Founder and President of In-Vest, Michael Letts, said he came up with the idea of how to supply officers with…

Nephron pays for meals for Gov. School students

West Columbia-based Nephron Pharmaceuticals has given $13,800 to the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. The donation is to support meal plan scholarships for Midlands students attending the school’s residential high school program. Nephron’s gift will provide meal plan scholarships to four Midlands students attending the school during the 2018-2019 school year. “Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. is…

Lots of rain expected Monday and Tuesday

Expect lots of rain Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and some river flooding. The National Weather Service in Columbia is forecasting rain, with about a 100 percent chance most of Monday. Rain is also forecast for Tuesday, but the possibility will decrease to 50 percent by the middle of Tuesday. Rain totals for the Midlands could be…

Kinetic Derby Day Saturday in West Columbia – Photos

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Man killed in Lexington motorcycle crash is identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motorcycle accident. It occurred in the 2500 block of South Lake Drive in Lexington at approximately 9 p.m. Friday. According to Fisher, Rueben Wyatt Baughman, 31, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Baughman, who is believed to have…