West Columbia

Lexington Town Councilman honored for volunteer work at school

A Lexington Elementary School  volunteer received a statewide honor this month for his dedication to students and teachers. The Palmetto State School Counselor Association named Lexington Town Councilman Ron Williams the 2017 School Counselor Advocate of the Year. Winners are honored for their support and positive impact on school counselors and their students at the local, state or national level….

Man dies after shooting earlier this month, deputies ask for help from public

The death of a man who was shot in his home earlier this month has prompted Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives to ask the public for assistance in what’s been re-categorized as a homicide investigation. The death was announced in a release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday. 57-year-old David Washington, known to many as “John Jr.,” was injured when…

West Columbia TD Bank robbed, suspects on the loose

Suspects fled in a white, four-door Volkswagen Jetta

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who robbed the TD Bank, at 1926 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. The robbery took place at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, according to WCPD Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. Morrison said “at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, two black males entered the bank and demanded…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

Get a signing bonus

Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

St. Pat’s in Five Points Line-Up Announcement Party is Tuesday

At Delaney’s Music Pub

The St. Pat’s in Five Points Planning Committee is inviting the community to Delaney’s Music Pub Tuesday for the reveal of this year’s music line-up, festival highlights, and changes. Featuring true Irish-themed entertainment to include the Rince N’ah Eireann dancers, bagpipers, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the party will also feature St. Pat’s swag, live music from artist…

Updated: Lexington County Chili Cook-Off crowd basks in sun and music

Attendance double from last year, according to organizers

  Bowls of Fury was winner of the The 2nd Annual Lexington County Chili Cookoff and Music Fest Sunday at Lexington’s downtown IceHouse Amphitheater. Bowls of Fury won both the judges first place and the Peoples Choice Award. Photo contributed.) The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining and the chili was hot. Droves of people turned out for…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…

‘Data breach’ strikes Lexington Two employees

Sensitive personal data stolen from untold number of employees' W-2's

An untold number of Lexington County School District Two employees have been the victims of a “data breach,” the district announced late Friday. In a release sent to affected employees and the news media, the district stated: “We recently fell victim to a social engineering scam which resulted in the disclosure of your W-2 information. This information includes name, address,…

Nephron headquarters’ move to Lexington County almost complete

Replacement hires are South Carolinians

Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced last month it is moving its headquarters from Orlando, Fla. to its Lexington County Facility. Nephron President and CEO Lou Kennedy said Thursday there are only a few Nephron employees left in Orlando and the move is almost complete. “They are ‘winterizing’ the Florida location,” Kennedy said, explaining the final touches are being put into the shutdown…

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

Columbia man pleads guilty to hoax bomb threat

Caused lock-down of Columbia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Karry Max Taylor, III, 21, of Columbia plead guilty in federal court Wednesday to making a hoax bomb threat, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. Evidence presented…

Black History Parade and Festival set for Feb. 4

Celebrate Black History Month at the 13th Annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival next month. The event will be held from 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located at 2300 Greene St. in Columbia. The parade begins at Harden and Gervais streets. The event will spotlight the National Buffalo Soldiers. The festival also will…

Ground broken for multi-million-dollar Brookland project

The flowing water of the Congaree River symbolizes life, and the leaders of West Columbia have embraced the river. That’s what Matt Mundy said as ground was broken for Brookland. Local officials, developers, and others break ground Tuesday on the long-awaited Brookland project. (Photo by Terry Ward) Mundy is a developer with Estates and Co., the company overseeing the anticipated Brookland…

Lexington Medical Center undergoing rapid growth

The growth in Lexington County is “exponential” and Lexington Medical Center is trying to get ahead of it. Senior Vice President of Operations Roger Sipe updates local business leaders Tuesday on the progress of construction at Lexington Medical Center. (Photos by Terry Ward) “We are incredibly busy and we are incredibly full,” said Senior Vice President of Operations Roger Sipe,…

Davis Early Childhood Center receives gift of books from local charity

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, comes through for kids

House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, has donated over $2000 dollars worth of books to Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, officials announced. Students at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology in Cayce enjoy their new books. (Photo provided) The presentation of the books was held at Davis Early Childhood Center on Friday January 20. The center’s principal, Cecil McClary,…

Fingerprints lead to arrest of prolific strong-armed robber

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Chico Jermaine Bell, 43, who is charged with three counts of strong-armed robbery. Chico Jermaine Bell (Photo provided) Lott added that Bell may be charged with additional crimes following a string of strong-armed robberies in Richland County, and throughout the cities of Columbia, Forest Acres, and West Columbia. Bell was finally…

Flu complications linked to White Knoll student’s death

Brett Williams' flu-type, which can be deadly in adolescents, is currently most prevalent in S.C.

The death of a 16-year-old White Knoll High student and baseball star appears linked to a recent diagnosis of common flu. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of a comprehensive autopsy performed on Brett Williams of West Columbia are currently pending as further testing and studies are being conducted. However, Fisher said Thursday…

Riverbanks’ Zoo director announces retirement

Satch Krantz will step down in June after more than 40 years

Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, has announced plans to retire on June 30, marking the end of an era in the zoo’s history. “I have been blessed with a wonderfully rewarding career,” said Krantz in a release. “All along I’ve had a supportive governing authority, an incredibly talented staff, and a community that cares deeply…

Midlands mourns death of White Knoll High baseball standout

A White Knoll High School sophomore and baseball standout committed to play for the University of South Carolina has died, authorities said Tuesday. Brett Williams (Photo provided) According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Brett Williams, 16, is believed to have died as the result of complications related to a recent illness, though she did not disclose what the illness…

Soda City Rock Show: Building a music scene one show at a time

Showcase of five hard-hitting bands hits New Brookland Tavern Saturday night

If you’re in a local rock band and you perceive something is lacking in the opportunities afforded to you and your like-minded peers, what do you do? StarDog (Photos povided) If you’re StarDog, you put a series of shows together featuring various local and regional rock acts and dub it “Soda City Rock Show.” On Saturday night, they’ll host the…

Before apparent murder-suicide, a troublesome pattern was emerging

In the months leading up to a New Year’s Day slaying in Lexington County that claimed four lives, there were warning signs emerging, records indicate. Jorge Luis Chavez (Photo provided. Front page photo via Facebook) On the evening of January 1, a Honduran foreign-national named Jorge Luis Chavez showed up at the house of Marissa Hope Reynoso, his estranged girlfriend and…