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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…

Bob Taylor, Chapin High girls’ soccer coach, named S.C. coach of the year

Chapin High School girls’ soccer coach Bob Taylor has been awarded the 2016 South Carolina Coach of the Year award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional, and national level. The Eagles clinched their first-ever state championship in girls’ soccer in 2016. Chapin High School girls’ soccer coach Bob…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

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,…

Chapin Middle School honored nationally as a ‘School to Watch’

A national organization has named Chapin Middle School as one of its “Schools to Watch” for the 2016-17 school year, according to Lexington-Richland School District Five officials. The Schools to Watch initiative, launched in 1999 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the groups criteria…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….

Chapin dedicates sequoias on Arbor Day

Members of the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation gathered for its first Arbor Day celebration Friday morning at the new Chapin Business and Technology Park. Chapin Arbor Day Foundation President Gerald Meetze presents a certificate and check for $50 to Alexis DeJesus for her winning logo design. (Photo provided) The ceremony included the unveiling of the new organization’s logo, designed by…

Two District 5 school principals named state’s best

Principals Gerald Gary of Dutch Fork Middle and Akil Ross of Chapin High take top 2017 honors in selection by their statewide peers

It’s been a couple of heady weeks for Lexington-Richland School District Five. First, the district was named South Carolina’s best by a national website, out of 81 districts statewide. And, now, two of the district’s principals have been named the state’s best as well. District Five Superintendent Stephen Hefner congratulates Dutch Fork Middle School principal Gerald Gary on being named…

Center for Advanced Technical Studies showcases options for clean energy

The Center for Advanced Technical Studies became a hub for those looking to find ways to power the future in a clean way. Earlier this month, the Center hosted the Advanced Career Clean Energy Technology Showcase in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board. The Center was the first school in the nation to adopt the board’s Clean Energy Technology…

Local schools snag cheerleading state championships

Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleading teams took home state championships this month at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. “We are so excited about winning the state championship and continuing a tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “We practiced tirelessly for many weeks in order to win this championship. So much time,…

Chapin community summit brings local nonprofits together

Looking to create some synergy among the dozens of service organizations serving the Chapin community, the town held a community summit last week. This isn’t the first time such an event has taken place. A couple of years ago, a similar event was held. “It was amazing to me that as small as Chapin is, there were groups that didn’t…

Website names Lexington-Richland 5 state’s best school district

Lexington One ranked 4th statewide, with four other local districts also earning recognition by Niche.com

Lexington-Richland School District Five has been named the state’s best school district for 2017, according to new rankings released by a national website. Niche.com – a Pittsburgh-based website that specializes in ranking schools, universities, and places to live – gave the district an A-plus, and named it tops in a number of individual categories. Image provided In addition to District…

Irmo woman struck and killed along Interstate 26

The S.C. Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of one of the two vehicles that struck her

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the woman who was struck by two vehicles Friday night along Interstate 26. Lauren D. Lew, 26, of Irmo, died from multiple body trauma. The S.C. Highway Patrol said Lew had been involved in a wreck on the interstate near Chapin at mile-marker 91 and was struck by the two vehicles on the…

Local students recognized as state’s top ‘young innovators’

Two Lexington-Richland School District Five graduates have been awarded the South Carolina Young Innovator Award. From left: Alexa Eyring and Kayla Shine. (Photo provided) Kayla Shine from Dutch Fork High School, now a freshman at Clemson University, and Alexa Eyring from Chapin High School, received the honor at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner on November 3 in Greenville. Both…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

Chapin High student initiative helps feed local families in need

This time of year is known as a time for harvest and plenty. But for many, times are hard, and food to feed themselves and their families remains a struggle. Students from extracurricular clubs at Chapin High School helped gather more than a ton of food for We Care, a local year-round center that aids individuals and families in need….

Chapin Police Department’s inaugural Citizens’ Academy recognizes 12 graduates

In its first-ever class, the Chapin Police Department has recognized 12 local residents who completed a six-week course earlier this month to learn more about police operations and public safety resources. Graduates of the first Chapin Citizens Academy. (L-r) Front row: Norman Foote, Carrie Foote, Capt. Troy Crump, and Sue James. Second row: Don James, Jim Pope, April Robinson, Bill…

High school marching bands to descend on Batesburg-Leesville for state championships

Saturday will be awash in brass, percussion, and pageantry when some of the state’s top high-school marching bands descend on Batesburg-Leesville for the 2016 S.C. Band Directors’ Association Class 1A and 3A State Championships. The competition featuring 25 bands will be held at Batesburg-Leesville High School’s Panther Stadium beginning at noon this Saturday, with tickets available at the gate. The…