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More than 70,000 came to S.C. Guard Expo last weekend

1/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Richard Skipper Photos Show Caption Hide Caption Richard Skipper Photos It was the first S.C. National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo since 2009, and the response was large. “We estimated 70,000 for…

Officer-involved shooting victim identified  

Site of shooting (LCSD Photo) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The incident took place in the 200 block of Seleta Circle, near Pond Branch Road in Lexington County. According to Fisher, John Bittle, 39, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene as the…

Kevin, Emily Heise introduced as Gray Collegiate soccer coaches

Kevin and Emily Heise (Terry Ward Photos) It’s a done deal Kevin Heise was formally introduced as the boys soccer coach at Gray Collegiate Academy on Tuesday. Heise’s wife and Lady Bearcats’ head coach Emily was named GCA’s girls soccer coach. Kevin is the former Brookland-Cayce High School soccer coach. Emily’s Brookland-Cayce Girls team won the Lower State Championship over Bishop…

Man dies after vehicle hits overpass pillar on I-20

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a single-vehicle accident at approximately 1:40 Monday afternoon on Interstate 20 Eastbound, between mile markers 48 and 49 in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Bryan C. Andrews, 21, of Martinez, GA was killed when his vehicle left the road and struck the pillar of an overpass bridge….

Lexington-based Prysmian gets $300 million deal with Verizon

Verizon Communications has awarded Prysmian Group a $300 million optical cable supply contract. Prysmian Group North America headquarters are in Lexington. The agreement supports Verizon’s U.S. network expansion around a next-generation fiber platform that will speed the implementation of 5G services. Verizon will supply 10.6 million miles of ribbon and loose tube cables. The agreement was announced Monday in a press…

SC National Guard’s Air – Ground Expo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales this weekend

The SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo is welcoming the Budweiser Clydesdales. Also: check out artillery, vintage aircraft, a concert and more at the SC National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo. Its free, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378.  Saturday, and Sunday. Link to info. on Expo Info Link

Law suit filed related to double-fatal Lake Murray boat crash

A man who survived a boat crash that killed two others on the same boat, has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the boat that hit the bass boat he was on. Ashley “Ash” Thomas Wannamaker, according to his attorney, Lisa McPherson filed the civil suit Monday in Richland County Common Pleas court. The crash occurred on Lake Murray…

Lexington County Blowfish plan to “Eclipse” competition in novelty jerseys

1/4Total Eclipse Game Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Blowfish Co-owner Bill Shanahan Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Good crowd on hand Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Blowfish Jerseys Show Caption Hide Caption Blowfish press conference (Richard Skipper Photos) The regular season for the Lexington County Blowfish is less than four weeks away. On Thursday the Blowfish management held a press conference at the stadium….

Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free. The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon…

More than 2,500 walk at Midlands Technical College commencement, first honorary degrees ever

Solomon Jackson and Lou Kennedy honorees

Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to friends of the college Lou Kennedy and Solomon Jackson, both in the middle. “It was an honor to present…

Pig breaks out of Lexington County stray animal pen, now in custody, headed for new home

“Suspect” pig apprehended. (LCSD Photos) Taken from amateur video of pig on the loose in Lexington. A pig broke out of the Lexington County stray animal pen Wednesday afternoon. The pig was recaptured Wednesday night and the pig pen was reinforced to prevent future break-outs. And according  to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Tweet, the “suspect” pig is headed to…

House of Raeford delivers baskets for Teacher Appreciation Week

1/4BC Grammar – Bret Mabe, James Poellnitz, Christopher Dickey, Anna Whaley, Marise Shumpert, and Chuck Underhill. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4BLES – Brett Mabe Jaime Hemberss, Brandee Quarles and Chuck Underhill. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Jacky Creech, Cayce Farmer’s Market with baskets.  Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Davis ECCT – Brett Mabe, Dr. Cecil McClary, Tonya Boles and Chuck Underhill.  Show…

Detour at US 1, I-20 ramp in Lexington County, beginning Friday night

I-20 (File Photo) The US 1 eastbound exit ramp (Exit 58) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday night and Saturday night, for road shoulder reconstruction. Motorists heading east who wish to take Exit 58 should proceed to Exit 61 and re-enter I-20 westbound to Exit 58. The exit 58 eastbound ramp closure will occur: · From…

The late Willie “Speedy” Simon, one of the “Greatest”ever from West Columbia

1/2Willie Simon as coach with his players. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Proclamation in honor of Willie Simon Show Caption Hide Caption The late Willie James “Speedy” Simon was honored with a resolution by West Columbia City Council Tuesday. Willie Simon 2004. (SCSU Photo) Simon was a 1952 graduate of West Columbia’s Lakeview School. After high school Simon became a superior…

Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

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Lexington Wine Walk is May 13, at the Icehouse Amphitheater

Lexington Wine Walk. (Photo Contributed) The 7th Annual Lexington Wine Walk on Main Street is planned for Saturday, May 13. It’s from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main Street, Lexington. Local musical sensation The Going Commando Band will perform great Classic Rock, Country and Blues hits throughout the night. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at…

Highway deaths down in Richland County, same in Lexington County

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported that 10 people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, at midnight. As of midnight Sunday, 307 people had died on South Carolina’s highways, according to the SCDPS report. There had been 308 highway deaths in the state during the same time period in 2016. Ad…

Kid’s Day draws thousands to Lexington

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Girls on the Run fill the streets of Cayce Saturday morning

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West Columbia mother shot 5 times, keeps rapist from daughter, 6

Mother daughter ordered to strip in West Columbia apartment

Submitted by Eleventh Circuit Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter (Photo Submitted) Nathaniel “Nate” Hunter, 34, was sentenced to 45 years following his conviction for a home invasion which involved the attempted rape of a six-year-old child and attempted murder of the child’s mother in Lexington County on April 13, 2014. The trial began on Monday in a Lexington…

Don’t forget, Midlands Gives 24-hour giving to nonprofits, is Tuesday

Click for link to site The fourth annual Midlands Gives effort is a 24-hour giving event presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It begins Tuesday and encourages individuals to donate online to their choice among more than 300 nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. Midlands Gives is a one day affair, but contributors can start giving early at this website:…

Lexington County Museum to Host Spring Open House, May 7

Museum Open House. (Photo Submitted) The Lexington County Museum will host its annual Spring Open House on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving the County’s residents a chance to get a hands-on experience with their community’s illustrious history. The public is invited to tour the circa 1832 John Fox House, the 1771 Laurence Corley Log House, the…

Lexington One issues statement regarding alleged sexual assault of student

On Monday, a female student made allegations against 40-year-Red Bank Elementary School 5K Immersion Teacher Hianlucas Isturiz Roderiguez. Based on these claims, the administrative staff notified law enforcement and filed an incident report with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Administrators acted in accordance with Board Policy and district procedure and immediately placed the teacher on leave pending an inquiry into…

Teacher wanted on criminal sexual charge with elementary school student in Lexington County

Lexington County investigators are searching for an elementary school teacher suspected of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez. (Photo provided) Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 40, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school, according to arrest warrants. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Rodriguez with two counts of…

Driver of big boat in fatal collision passed sobriety test

Lake Murray A field sobriety test was administered to the driver of a 32-ft power boat involved in a fatal collision on Lake Murray last Friday night. “He passed the test,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is investigating the accident that left two people dead. McCullough said Bruce Dyer, the driver…