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Chapin High School students sign Prom Promise to refrain from driving under influence

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Undefeated Chapin wins first ever state title in lacrosse

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Same place, different classification and much different outcome. After two straight losses in the S.C. High School League state finals in Class 4A, the Chapin girls’ lacrosse team had another championship opportunity Saturday at W.C. Hawkins Stadium in Class 5A. Trailing Fort Mill 4-3 at halftime, it appeared the Lady Eagles were headed for the same…

S. C. High School League Lacrosse playoffs start Tuesday

Chapin girls’ lacrosse head coach Jennifer Green speaks to players during a timeout against Lexington. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The road to W.C. Hawkins Stadium for the S.C. High School League Championships starts Tuesday for seven Lexington County teams. Undefeated Region 5, District 3 champion Chapin will begin its quest for a third consecutive state title match appearance at Cecil…

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher traveling to Morocco to learn techniques for classroom

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher Sherry Hope. Photos provided. Lake Murray Elementary School art teacher Sherry Hope has just embarked on the trip of a lifetime. She and eight other teachers from across the country have been given the opportunity to travel to Morocco to learn more about their passion: art. Hope and the others, through the National Art Education…

Chapin baseball closing in on region title

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Another strong pitching performance by University of South Carolina commit Cade Austin has Chapin a step closer from clinching the Region 5-5A title. The 2-0 shutout win over Lexington at home Monday night saw Austin strike out 8 and allow just 3 hits in going the distance. “Cade was phenomenal, as usual, so if we can…

Lexington County Sheriff explosives team disposes of artillery round from WWII

Round that was turned in. Deputies on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been handling a World War II-era relic. Based on research by the LCSD, it was a live 40 mm anti-aircraft artillery round. A resident requested the EOD team’s help in safely disposing of it. The round measures 18.5 inches. “It was apparently an…

Chapin edges River Bluff in pitchers’ dual of future Gamecock, Tiger

Chapin pitcher Cade Austin. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Tuesday’s latest Region 5-5A battle in The Swamp pitted two pitchers who are heading to the state’s two largest rivaled colleges. Taking the mound for host team River Bluff was Ricky Williams, a righthanded commitment to Clemson University. Opposing him was Chapin righthander and University of South Carolina commit Cade Austin. Through…

Spring Hill High School, River Bluff High School named as Palmetto’s Finest

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman (left) presents Spring Hill High’s principal Michael Lofton with the school’s award. Lexington School District One’s River Bluff High School, and Lexington-Richland District Five’s Spring Hill High School were the two Midlands schools to be named Palmetto’s Finest by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. The announcement was made Tuesday as staff members…

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

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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…