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Lexington man gets 10 years for receiving child pornography

Scott Eric Fernquist, 22, of Lexington, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Columbia, for receiving child pornography, according to a press release from US Attorney Beth Drake. US District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Fernquist to 10 years in prison, $4,000 restitution, and 25 years of supervised release. During his term of supervised release, Fernquist will be…

Irmo man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Brian C. Pierce, 28, of Irmo., on 14 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office assisted with the arrest. Investigators state Pierce…

Public meeting for St. Andrews Road Corridor Revitalization is 6:30 p.m. Thursday

A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday  (April 20) in the Saluda Shoals Environmental Auditorium to discuss the revitalization of the St. Andrews corridor, the gateway to Saluda Shoals Park. The public meeting will discuss information gathered from a workshop that was conducted by grants from Lexington County together with the Michael J. Mungo Foundation for the Boudreaux Group…

Gary Adams named B-L High School football coach, assistant athletic director

Gary Adams (Photo Submitted) Gary Adams, has been selected as head football coach for the Batesburg-Leesville High School Panthers.. Currently, he is a Batesburg-Leesville Middle School physical education teacher and head middle school girls’ basketball coach. Adams also is Batesburg-Leesville High defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and boys and girls track head coach. He was selected from a…

Lexington School District 3 hires new administrators

1/3Eric Gambrell Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Mackenzie Taylor Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Era Roberts Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington County School District 3 Board of Trustees has hired three new administrators for the 2017-18 school year. The Board  approved the hiring of Eric Gambrell as Assistant Principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School beginning July 1. Gambrell will assume the role of…

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…

Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market to open in May

Chapin  residents will have a new place to buy fresh produce, handmade items like candles and soaps, and participate in interactive demonstrations that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles when the  Chapin  Downtown Farmer’s Market debuts on  Saturday, May 6. The market will run from  8:30 – 11 am  in the 100 block of Clark Street in downtown  Chapin. Sponsored…

S.C. traffic fatalities down, about same in Richland, Lexington counties

The S.C. Department of Public Safety reported that seven people were killed on South Carolina roads from Friday until midnight Sunday. There had been 14 road fatalities in Lexington County by midnight Sunday. One of those was Larry Edgar Williams, who was killed on a motorcycle on Easter Sunday. The woman who ran into Williams was charged with felony DUI. By…

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…

S.C. Highway Patrol looks for car involved in fatal hit-and-run early Sunday

The S.C. Highway Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Fairfield County. A pedestrian was hit and killed on Old Camden Road, near Trade Mill Court, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle that is believed to be involved is a 2006-to-2010 Dodge Charger. It could have damage to…

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…

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…

Miller Valentine starts “spec” building in in Lexington County Industrial Park

Miller-Valentine Group has announced the construction of Midway Logistics II, the first speculative class A, tilt up, multi-tenant industrial building built by a private developer in the Midlands of South Carolina since 2009. “Spec” building.in Lexington County. (Miller-Valentine Photo) The approximately 200,000-square-foot facility will be built in Lexington County Industrial Park, a 350-acre master planned industrial park located at the…

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…