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Burned body was teenager, Lexington County Deputies investigating homicide

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Columbia teen as a homicide. Columbia firefighters found the teen in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, according to detectives. He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before dying in an apartment complex parking lot close to where firefighters encountered him. Click to…

Lexington Police, Chick-fil-A offer child car seat check Wednesday

The Lexington Police Department, in an effort to promote child passenger seat safety, is offering a child seat check. It’s scheduled for Wednesday morning. Child Passenger Seat Technicians will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the parking lot of Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe,  4295 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. Chick-fil- A Saluda Pointe will be providing coffee and…

Lexington Police seek help to identify cigarette burglar

1/3Burg1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Burg 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Burg3 Show Caption Hide Caption LPD Photos The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved in a recent burglary at the Rainbow Gas Garden in Lexington. Police also have images of a vehicle seen driving to and from the incident location. At approximately…

Dr. Arthur Coogler honors late wife with scholarships to Midlands Tech dental students

Left to right: Coogler children Chuck Huntley and Shawn Huntley, dental hygiene student Laci Hulon, Dr. Art Coogler, expanded duty dental assisting student Amanda Hagood, and Coogler daughter Debbie Fitzmaurice. (Contributed) In 2015 the Midlands Technical College Foundation received $50,000 to establish the Patricia Mogel Coogler Dental Sciences Endowed Scholarship. This month, the Midlands Technical College Foundation awarded Coogler scholarships…

 1,000 runners getting ready for Spring Girls on the Run 5k, April 29

Girls on the Run in Cayce. (Terry Ward Photo) The streets of Cayce will be full of runners on April 29. More than  1,000 runners are getting ready for the Spring Girls on the Run 5k. There will be 27 teams from the Midlands running. WHAT:       More than 1,000 runners are expected to hit the streets for Girls on the Run 5K. This…

Batesburg-Leesville K4 students participate in Easter Egg Hunt

  K4 students in Sherri Owings’ class loved finding Easter eggs of certain colors and then counting their eggs during their recent Easter Egg Hunt. Batesburg-Leesville Primary School K4 students enjoyed participated in an Easter Egg Hunt last week. Students used their skills in color identification and counting to enhance this fun experience.    

West Columbia man killed in Easter motorcycle accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the person killed in a vehicle versus a motorcycle accident that occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday in the 700 block of Old Barnwell Road in Lexington County. Fisher stated that Larry Edgar Williams, 65, of West Columbia died at the scene of the injuries he received in the…

William Amick, Lexington High grad, named Outstanding Agricultural Alumnus at Clemson

William B. Amick (Photo Submitted) William B. Amick, a graduate of Lexington High School, has been named the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus at Clemson University. Amick, a 2012 Clemson University graduate with a degree in applied economics and statistics and a minor in business administration, is a partner, advisor, and registered representative with Amick and Associates in Columbia where he…

Lexington County Deputy intervenes before potential suicide jump from bridge

Thousands of cars drive over I-26 on St. Andrews Road every day. On Monday, Deputy James Forgione was one of those drivers, but after seeing a man by the railing, something told him to stop.  Link to Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept. video here Deputy James Forgione and Colby Gallagher. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department photo. “You’re used to seeing somebody walk…

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…

Fire destroys auto-repair shop, several cars, $1 million in damage

Lexington County photos of fire scene. An auto-repair shop and several cars were completely destroyed after a fire broke out in the business early Monday morning, according to Lexington County Fire officials. Lexington County 911 Communications dispatched Lexington County Fire Service and EMS to the 200 block of Chapin Road in reference to a commercial structure fire, just before 12:30…

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…

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…

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….

Lexington County plans Leesville recycling event for March 11

Lexington County residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, drop off used tires, and shred paper documents on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Leesville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is being hosted by the County of Lexington Solid Waste Management Department and the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. When: Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00…

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…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

Woolbright is Lexington High’s new athletic director and football coach

At a special board workshop, on Feb. 11, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Perry Woolbright as Lexington High School athletic director and head football coach. Woolbright joins Lexington District One on February 20, 2017. “I am delighted to have Coach Woolbright join our Wildcat family,” commented Melissa Rawl, LHS principal. “Being a…

Lake Murray Elementary student scores 99 percent on typing assessment

JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp (Photo Contributed.) During this week’s Lake Murray Live! news show at Lake Murray Elementary, one student received a certificate for a near-perfect score. On Monday, LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp presented Fourth-Grader JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with a certificate recognizing her work on the Typing.com program. In addition to being…