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Bear tracks discovered along Palmetto Trail in Midlands

Bear tracks were discovered near the Broad River trestle, according to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Karamie Sullivan photo. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation reported that bear tracks were discovered along a portion of the Palmetto Trail, near the SCE&G Trestle, closest to Peak. “We ask that you keep an eye out in this area and use precaution when hiking,” the announcement…

New Chapin business to offer sweets, sandwiches in historic building

The soon-to-be S&S Destination. Karamie Sullivan photos. Chapin residents may have noticed recent changes to the small structure on the corner of Chapin Road and Old Lexington Highway. The brick building has remained unused since it was Trucky’s Wheels years ago, but recent renovations have been taking place. Local resident Jaime Bohnke purchased the building six years ago, and said…

16 Midlands hoops teams appear in this week’s SCBCA poll

Gray Collegiate’s Khalil Robinson is guarded by Keenan’s Q’dardius Sanders during the MLK Hoops Classic matchup. Thomas Grant photos. S.C. BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TOP 10 POLL (BOYS) CLASS 5A 1. Dorman, 2. Berkeley, 3. Lexington, 4. Nation Ford, 5. River Bluff, 6. Fort Mill, 7. Blythewood, 8. Riverside, 9. West Florence, 10. Wade Hampton CLASS 4A 1. Ridge View, 2….

Renderings unveiled for new elementary school on Chapin’s Amicks Ferry Road

rendering 1, back view Show Caption Hide Caption rendering 2, front view Show Caption Hide Caption rendering 3, main entrance Show Caption Hide Caption rendering 4, courtyard Show Caption Hide Caption District’s provided renderings. Many Chapin residents have a strong opinion about the topic of building a new elementary school down high-traffic Amicks Ferry Road. Residents have voiced concerns that…

Lexington boys improve to 21-0

lexington-2 Show Caption Hide Caption lexington1 Show Caption Hide Caption lexington-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos. Another night of milestones for the fifth ranked, undefeated Lexington boys’ basketball team. Friday’s 68-39 win over Chapin extended the Wildcats’ best start and longest regular season streak in school history to 21-0. More importantly, they kept pace with River Bluff in…

Chapin woman finds alligator in backyard koi pond near Lake Murray

30 inch alligator found in Faircloth’s back yard. Photo provided. Donna Faircloth has been a Chapin resident since 1972.  Her house on Jake Meetze Road is not lakefront property, although there are many houses nearby that are. Some people have claimed to see alligators in the lake over the years, although Faircloth said she had never seen one herself. But…

Chapin man’s family heirloom returned after being found in Pennsylvania antique store

bolton-lighter-2 Show Caption Hide Caption boton-lighter-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Sam-Bolton Show Caption Hide Caption Samuel Bolton III, with a picture of his father, Samuel Bolton Jr., and the antique lighter. Photos provided. One piece of family history found its way back home to Chapin resident Samuel Bolton Monday afternoon. He was contacted by a stranger named Jamie through Facebook…

Lake Murray Elementary students collect 200 coats for Lexington County charity

Courtney Counts poses with coat bin. Photo provided. Students at Lake Murray Elementary School decided to end 2018 with a giving spirit by collecting more than 200 coats for other children in need. Fifth-grader Courtney E. Counts led the school’s “Give a Coat, Warm a Kid” coat drive, inspiring her fellow Mariners to bring in winter weather items. Counts is…

Emergency sirens to sound Tuesday, SCE&G running tests

Sully Sullivan photo. SCE&G, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, will be conducting two siren warning system tests Tuesday, at two separate Midlands locations. The first siren will be activated at noon along the Lower Saluda River as part of the Lake Murray Dam emergency action plan.  The sirens will be sounding for a full three minutes. Then at approximately 1…

Columbia Metro Bowl preview, by Tyler Cupp

The Columbia Metro Senior Bowl is finally here. The inaugural game will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Irmo High School and feature some of the best Midlands high school football players in the area. There will be 38 different schools represented with players and coaches. You’ve read about it by now, but what does this game really mean? To some,…

Inaugural Columbia Metro Bowl set for Saturday

The high school football season officially wraps up this weekend in the Midlands. The first-ever Columbia Metro Bowl featuring All-Star players from 38 Midlands schools will be at Irmo High School’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium Saturday. The brainchild of Ridge View’s head coach Perry Parks, the game will pit a West team of schools in Lexington-Richland District Five, Lexington and Newberry…

Chapin man accused of possessing child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Dieter Karl Bartschat, 65, of Chapin, on 20 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations  and United States Secret Service, all also members…

Irmo sweeps Chapin in District Five hoops matchup

IMG_3544 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3545 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3546 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos. The “Temple of Doom” proved too much for visiting Chapin in Friday’s matchup against fellow Lexington-Richland District 5 school Irmo High. The host school pulled off the varsity sweep with lopsided wins in both contests. The Lady Yellow Jackets 67-30 behind 15…

Former Chapin High principal Akil Ross to resign from newly-appointed district position

Student-made sign for Ross Show Caption Hide Caption AkilRoss Show Caption Hide Caption Dr. Ross Show Caption Hide Caption Dr. Ross in his office at CHS after winning National Principal of the Year. Karamie Sullivan photo. Lexington-Richland School District Five announced that the newly-appointed Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Akil Ross, will be resigning from his position.  According to the…

Midlands teams vying for competitive cheer title

GoFlashWin photos. Since competitive cheer was introduced as a S.C. High School League sport in 1996, Midlands teams have dominated the trophy collections. Starting with Airport in Class 4A, local teams have accounted for 25 state championships in the four classifications. Chapin High School has accounted for just over half of those championships with a state record 13. Head coach…

American Pickers coming to South Carolina, seeking owners of unique collections

American Pickers Mike and Frank.  Photo provided. The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to the palmetto state in January to film episodes for the show. The show is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” Episodes follow Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. The show is searching…

Chapin’s Frayed Knot Bar & Grill up for sale

frayed-knot-3 Show Caption Hide Caption frayed-knot-4 Show Caption Hide Caption frayed-knot-1 Show Caption Hide Caption frayed-knot-2 Show Caption Hide Caption frayed-knot-5 Show Caption Hide Caption Photos from Douglas & Cannon’s listing. Chapin’s well-known lakefront restaurant and bar, The Frayed Knot, is now up for sale as of Wednesday afternoon. Real Estate company Douglas & Cannon posted the listing. The announcement…

Rosters for Columbia Metro Senior Bowl

Rosters have been announced for the first ever Columbia Metro Senior Bowl. Plans for the game were official earlier this week, and by Saturday the players had been selected. The game will take place December the 22 at Irmo High School’s WC Hawkins Stadium. Metro Bowl Rosters: EAST Team Quarterbacks Matthew Jamison (AC Flora), Bryce Jeffcoat (Camden) Running Backs Jaylon…

Chickenbutt Donuts draws crowd in Ballentine on opening day

Customer Jewell Bellios with her donut order Show Caption Hide Caption Chickenbutt Donuts sign Show Caption Hide Caption donuts-1 Show Caption Hide Caption toppings Show Caption Hide Caption donuts-2 Show Caption Hide Caption donuts-3 Show Caption Hide Caption customers Show Caption Hide Caption donuts-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Dabney (left) making donuts Show Caption Hide Caption donuts-5 Show Caption Hide…

Nation Ford stuns Chapin 36-29

Thomas Grant photo. An opportunity to strengthen the case for an at-large playoff slipped away Friday from Chapin High School. The Eagles fell 36-28 to Nation Ford on “Senior Night” at Cecil Woolbright Field. The loss dropped them to 4-5 overall and in need of a victory next week at Spring Valley to receive strong consideration for the post-season. Chapin…

“Dining on the Dam” event plans announced by Lexington Chamber

Lexington Chamber Board Chairman Troy Simpson Show Caption Hide Caption Lake Murray Dam Show Caption Hide Caption Council Chairwoman Debbie Summers Show Caption Hide Caption view of Lake Murray beside dam Show Caption Hide Caption Dining on the Dam sign Show Caption Hide Caption Karamie Sullivan photos. Members of the Greater Lexington County Chamber, the Lexington County Council, and Nephron…

High school football weekly recap, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photos RIVER BLUFF 24 WHITE KNOLL 13 I thought there would be more points scored in this one but credit Dean Howell and the White Knoll coaching staff. They kept this game within striking distance until the Gators scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away. Braden Walker had 190 yards rushing and the go ahead touchdown midway through the…