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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…

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,…

Cayce’s Hard Knox Grill – gone but not forgotten

Short-lived, but legendary, rock club will hold a musical reunion at Ozzie's on Sunday

A live music club is a hard business to operate, as anyone who’s tried it will tell you. Photo provided Pete Koutrakos took a stab at it back in 2009 with the Cayce rock club Hard Knox Grill, which only lasted a little more than a year. Patrons and staff remember it fondly enough, however, to have organized a reunion…

Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday. “The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Photos by Terry Ward Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the…

Man killed by drunk driver

A Cayce man is dead after his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Lexington, according to police. The victim was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as 75-year-old Roger Wayne Johnson, whom an autopsy showed died from blunt force trauma to the head. Nicole Marie Wilson (photo provided) Meantime, Lexington Police said they have and arrested and…

Airport High students step up for community’s less-fortunate

Airport High School recorded a bounty of giving over the 2016 holiday period. Photos by Terry Ward During most of December, students and staff at the school donated more than 6,700 items. After researching to find the most needy, food baskets containing the items were delivered to Airport High School families. The food items were delivered on the last day…

O’ Christmas tree, here’s where to recycle thee

And, starting January 14, get free grindings for mulch, too

Christmas may be over, but perhaps you still have the holiday spirit. Great! But, just in case your Christmas tree has given up the ghost, don’t simply toss it to the curb – recycle it. From now through January 12 there are myriad sites in both Lexington and Richland counties to take your live trees to be properly disposed of,…

Recycle your old electronics next weekend

Get a new TV or laptop for Christmas? Congrats! But what do you do with your old busted one? Electronic waste like computers, monitors, printers, copiers, TVs and cell phones must be recycled and not placed in the garbage in accordance with state law. Lexington County residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics and shred paper documents from 9 a.m….

Lexington County man convicted of murder

A tangled web of revenge and murder has come to an end in Lexington County. Nicholas Chhith-Berry (Photo provided) A county jury has convicted Nicholas Chhith-Berry, 19, of Lexington in the March 2014 stabbing death of 23-year-old Jamie Galloway, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced Monday. Following the guilty verdicts on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during…

Cayce-West Cola set Saturday for ‘Parade of Lights’

The Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most-anticipated events of the season. Photos by Terry Ward The nighttime parade features lighted units that glow down 12 Street through West Columbia and Cayce. The number of parade entries reached capacity quickly this year. “We got more than the limit of 100-plus entries earlier this year than ever…