Cayce

Cayce Department of Public Safety suspends search for man under bridge

Blossom Street Bridge- Photo by Terry Ward. At approximately 1 a.m. early Friday, the University of South Carolina police were executing a routine traffic stop on the Blossom Street bridge. At that time, a man was spotted briefly near the bridge railing. Within seconds, the man was believed to have fallen or jumped from the bridge. The Cayce Department of Public Safety, USC,…

Service announced for Vanessa Biery, wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini, toxicology report pending

Dr. Adam Lazzarini-LCSD photo. Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, of West Columbia, died Monday, April 30. She was the wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini. After her death, Lazzarini was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the October death of William Player Holland, who was shot at 256 Hunters Mill Dr. in Cayce. That’s the same address where Biery died. The…

City of Cayce offering a guided tour of historical Ft. Congaree this Saturday

City of Cayce image. The City of Cayce is offering a Guided Historical Walking Tour of Fort Congaree beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek.  The 12,000 Year History Park is at 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce.  Tours are 60-to-90 minutes long, focusing on local history. National Park trained volunteers Gary and Sue Kelly lead…

Cayce resident taking 96 mile hike to raise money for Alzheimer’s

1/3Joseph with her grandma and grandpa Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Joseph and siblings with her grandparents Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Laura Joseph Show Caption Hide Caption Laura Joseph. Photos provided. Laura Joseph has taken it upon herself to spread the word about Alzheimer’s awareness to everyone who will listen.  She said she talks about it all the time. Soon she…

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy supports Glen Conwell in Lexington County Council Dist. 8 race, miffed by opponent’s attack

Kennedy announced pay raises and bonuses for hundreds of employees in December. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Owner and CEO Lou Kennedy made a campaign donation to Lexington County Council District 8 Candidate Glen Conwell. Incumbent Ned Tolar is circulating an email calling on Conwell to return that contribution. Conwell is challenging Tolar in the June 12, GOP primary. Chuck Crouch is also…

Gray Collegiate hires Charles Assey Sr. as new baseball head coach

New Gray Collegiate Academy head baseball coach Charles Assey Sr. and athletics director Adam Holmes. Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr. Nearly 19 years have passed since Charles Assey served as a head coach. A successful financial planner for MassMutual since 1999, the former 8-time champion in baseball and football has been content assisting his son Charles Jr. both at…

Lexington County Coroner’s Report shows rise in overdose deaths

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and her team recently released the Annual Coroner’s Report for 2017. Their findings show the different types of patterns presented by the deaths of Lexington County residents throughout the year. According to the report, the county is 699 square miles, which makes it the 17th largest county in the state. The estimated persons per square…

Lexington County Council District 8 Candidate Forum is Thursday

There will be a Candidate Forum for Lexington County Council District 8 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.  Participating Candidates are: Charles “Chuck” Crouch; Glenn Conwell; and Ned Tolar. It will be held at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor 710 Meeting St, West Columbia. The forum is sponsored by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of…

Coroner releases autopsy report on 20-year-old woman found dead

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher stated Saturday there is no indication of foul play based on preliminary findings of the autopsy of Kyrstin Star Blackburn. She was found dead in a wooded area off of Platt Springs Road Friday. In a release from the coroner’s office Fisher stated that there were no “obvious” indications of foul play, but the cause…

Lexington woman found dead, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual found dead Friday. Ms. Kyrstin Star Blackburn, 20, of Lexington was found in a wooded area off of Platt Springs Road. According to Fisher, an autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday to determine the cause of Ms. Blackburn’s death. An investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is ongoing. Categories: Cayce,…

Property sold for The Courage Center in Lexington

A total of 4.34 acres on Park Road in Lexington, near Old Cherokee Road, has been sold, according to Southern Visions Real Estate. The tract will be the future home of The Courage Center, a non-profit organization that offers  community-based support services for families and young people working on recovery from substance abuse. The Courage Center will also offer educational…

West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to Gervais Street Bridge closed 

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 will announce when all areas of the West…

1 killed, 2 hurt in vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident. It occurred in the 1800 block of Saint Matthews Road near Swansea at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Arbie Dewayne “Wayne” Taylor, 48, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. The southbound vehicle, in…

SCDOT says illegal, oversized vehicle damaged I-20 bridge – lanes now re-opened

The S.C. Department of Transportation is reporting that an illegal, oversized vehicle (other sources report it was a dump truck) struck the US 1 bridge (at mile marker 58) over the I-20 eastbound lanes Tuesday afternoon. SCDOT inspectors were on-site to analyze the damage to the bridge. Traffic was detoured. All lanes of I-20 were reported, by the SCDOT, to…

S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports honors 5 Midlands athletes

By Thomas Grant Jr.  Call it a “Three-Peat” by Lexington High School’s “Big Three.” For the third consecutive year, a Lady Wildcats girls’ soccer player was named the S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Class 5A Player of the Year. This year’s recipient is Mary Katherine Waters, who posted 25 goals and 22 assists this past season for the Class…

West Columbia’s Derek Cothran wins public works Regional Backhoe Rodeo

West Columbia’s Derek Cothran won the S.C. American Public Works Association Regional Backhoe Rodeo, Friday. It was presented by the Columbia Public Works Department. Cothran will advance to the State competition in Greenville in August. Cothran works in West Columbia’s  Water-Sewer Department. His  overall time was 290 seconds for three events. Second and third place went to Lexington County’s Rickie…

Memorial Day service held at Icehouse Amphitheater, Ft. Jackson ceremony is Monday

Memorial Day 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The observance of Memorial Day began early in the Columbia area, as Lexington Baptist Church organized…

Rhythm on the River concerts dubbed “special” as spring season ends

Travelin’ Kine from Saturday finale. The shows were held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater at  West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater with the rush of the Congaree River in the background. The last one of the spring was Saturday. The shows are emceed by Marty Hall, of 94.3 The Dude and the next series of concerts will be held in the fall. With…

Some changes as 2018 American Legion Baseball Post 7 season begins

By Thomas Grant Jr.  New league and region, same goals for Lexington Post 7 in American Legion baseball. Along with reducing the number of innings played from nine to seven at the orders of the national office, the state American Legion office has separated Lexington from longtime rivals Chapin/Newberry Post 193 and West Columbia Post 79. It has moved Post 7 to League 4,…