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Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Bond denied for man accused of killing Lindsey Lee

Jason Don Lee had a bond hearing Friday afternoon at the Law enforcement center in Lexington. Glenn Detention Center Photo. No bond was set for Lee during the hearing, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The murder of Lee’s estranged wife, who was found dead last Tuesday, was investigated by SLED. Lee will continue to be held at the…

Estranged husband charged in violent death of Lindsey Lee, Lexington Sheriff’s employee

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Jason Don Lee, 38, of Simpsonville with murder in the death of Lindsey Nicole Lee, his estranged wife. Jason Lee (Glenn Detention center Photo.) She is the civilian employee of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department who was found dead, during a welfare check, on Tuesday, in her home. The home where Lee was found…

No decision made on Brookland-Cayce soccer coach placed on administrative leave

1/3 Crowd overflowed into the lobby Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Stickers of support by a large crowd. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 A packed board meeting room. Show Caption Hide Caption Large crowd in support of Heise. (Photos by Terry Ward.) About 150 people came to the Lexington 2 School Board meeting in support of Brookland-Cayce High School Soccer…

Residents debate proposed new Lexington Richland 5 elementary school

Lexington-Richland School District Five is considering building a new elementary school along Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin. Proposed new school site (From Charli Wessingger Post.) “A new elementary school is needed in the ‘Chapin Cluster’ due to our increasing growth in student enrollment,” said the district’s Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner at the board meeting in September. At Monday night’s board…

Carolina Water Service fined almost $80,000 for sewage spill

It is a substantial penalty. Tubers and kayakers downstream of the Saluda River at the Gervais Street Bridge. (Photos by Terry Ward.) Carolina Water Service has been fined $78,940 for dumping sewage into the Lower Saluda River. The amount of the fine was revealed Monday in an agenda for a board meeting of the the S.C. Department of Health and…

Greater Lexington Chamber names award winners at Thursday gala

Left-to-right: Mike Till Award – Troy Simpson, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Ambassador of the Year – Heather Corley, BB&TSmall Business of the Year – Trey Powell, Mosquito Joe of Lake MurrayYoung Professional of the Year – Allison Hedrick,Morgan & Associates, Inc. Large Business of the Year – Vaughn Dozier and CEO & President Mike Crapps, First Community Bank Otis Rawl, President/CEO,…

Lexington One plans for tax-increase and rezoning students

Lexington District One launches five-Year Growth Plan. The district issued a press release (published below) outlining the plan. At the Tuesday, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard administrators’ recommendations for a Five-Year Growth Plan. During the past 10 years (2006–2016), Lexington District One grew by an average of 533 new…

Trump supporters rally in Lexington, Monday

A group of Lexington County residents rallied to support President Donald Trump Monday afternoon. Some held signs, and US flags and yelled “Go Trump” and “Trump is my president” as cars and trucks rode by and sounded horns. Trump supporters in Lexington. (Photos by Terry Ward.) The “Trump is My President” rally was staged  “to show support for our nation’s president…

“Homes For Our Troops” opens door for wounded veteran Robert Barber

Gets keys to new home in Chapin Saturday

It was a parade for a hero. More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, lined Glenwood Drive in Chapin Saturday morning. Their message to Sgt. Robert Barber and his family was simple: Welcome Home! Sgt. Robert Barber cuts the ribbon on new house as his family watches. Photos by Sandy Coots.) A motorcycle group called the Patriot Guard Riders…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Lexington Medical Center reports unauthorized access to employee data

Media Statement: Lexington Medical Center has learned that there has been unauthorized access into our employee information database, known as eConnect/Peoplesoft. Because the privacy of our employees’ information is very important to us, we wanted to let them know about this situation as soon as possible. This database contains personally identifiable information on current and former employees including names, Social…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

Grand Opening of Chapin park complex is March 11

Refrshments and tours of park offered

Chapin’s newest park complex will open at 370 A Epting Camp Rd., at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) is presenting a grand opening celebration for the park. To commemorate the opening, ICRC will host a VIP “First Pitch” ceremony at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments, tours of the new fields and facilities and Spring Sports…

Woolbright is Lexington High’s new athletic director and football coach

At a special board workshop, on Feb. 11, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Perry Woolbright as Lexington High School athletic director and head football coach. Woolbright joins Lexington District One on February 20, 2017. “I am delighted to have Coach Woolbright join our Wildcat family,” commented Melissa Rawl, LHS principal. “Being a…

Women empowering themselves, literally, in Chapin

Event nets $1,500 for Chapin Girls Lacrosse

It’s a self-defense class designed especially for women. Inside a gym at Chapin High School about 100 girls and women spent Saturday morning learning skills to help protect themselves. Women warm up for self-defense training. (Photos by Sandy Coots.) Instructors from SASS (Surviving Assault Standing Strong) Defense taught the class. The event was also a fundraiser for the Chapin Girls…

Sunny skies, warm weather and the Columbia Boat Show

1/2SCBCA Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Chapin Show Caption Hide Caption Boat Show draws large crowd. (Photos by Terry Ward.) It was a perfect day to show off boats and talk about a day on the water. The State Fairgrounds hosted a large crowd for the Columbia Boat Show, Saturday. Hundreds of boats, for sport, hunting, cruising, recreation, and more were…

Lake Murray Elementary student scores 99 percent on typing assessment

JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp (Photo Contributed.) During this week’s Lake Murray Live! news show at Lake Murray Elementary, one student received a certificate for a near-perfect score. On Monday, LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp presented Fourth-Grader JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with a certificate recognizing her work on the Typing.com program. In addition to being…

S.C. Smash women are ready for some football

First game in April

The Superbowl has passed, but that does not mean there is no football. The South Carolina Smash Football team is ready to take to the gridiron in Columbia. And they mean business. Smash. (Photos By Sandy Coots.) “I came up with the name Smash because I felt like it embodied what we wanted to bring to the (Women’s Football Alliance)…

ALERT for City of Columbia water-tester impersonator

Press Release from the City of Columbia: Columbia residents are being urged to be on alert for someone impersonating a City of Columbia Water Maintenance employee. COC has received questions concerning whether city staff goes door to door requesting to test customer’s water. City staff would only do this if requested by the customer. The City does collect samples every…

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall details improvement plan, recounts progress

State of the Town address was Monday

Town of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall delivered his “State of the Town” address Monday night. In it, MacDougall addressed traffic congestion, annexation and growth, and some key attractions that have become a part of Lexington’s personality. He also detailed infrastructure projects and funding for repairs that are lingering from flood damage. Lexington State of the Town Address Monday evening. (Photos…

State’s top principal to headline Chapin Prayer Breakfast

Chapin High Principal Akil Ross to be annual event's featured speaker March 31

Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson has announced that Chapin High Principal Akil Ross will be the featured guest-speaker for the fourth annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. The prayer breakfast is schedule for Friday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. at Chapin Town Hall. Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross (Photo provided) Ross was recently honored by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators…

Richland coroner identifies victim of I-126 motorcycle crash

A Chapin man who died in a motorcycle crash late Wednesday night has been identified. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Thursday said Ashley James Cassell, 33, of Amicks Ferry Road was killed after he crashed his motorcycle around midnight near the Greystone Boulevard exit on Interstate 126. Authorities believe Cassell lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to enter…

Town of Chapin explores offering Weight Watchers’ program to residents

If weight loss was on your list of New Years’ resolutions, then the Town of Chapin has a proposition for local residents. Town spokesperson Karen Owens said Monday the town is exploring the opportunity to host regular Weight Watchers’ meetings at Town Hall to help employees and citizens looking to improve their health in the New Year. Image courtesy Weight…