Chapin

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…

New Publix open in Chapin … finally

The atmosphere Wednesday morning at the grand opening of the new Publix store in Chapin was a little like a Friday night football game and a little like Black Friday. In fact, that’s exactly how Virginia Gibson of Newberry described the event. The Chapin Marching Band entertained the crowd of about 75 people who were up early Wednesday morning for…

Chapin woman faces abuse charge after stillborn baby found with drugs in system

A Chapin woman faces a felony charge following the stillborn death of her baby in August. Elizabeth Ashleigh Thompson (Photo provided) Elizabeth Ashleigh Thompson, 36, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of unlawful conduct toward a child, said Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler. The stillborn infant, found by police in the woman’s bedroom during an Aug. 3 service…

Lexington-Richland School District Five students among state’s best on S.C.-mandated tests

New data from the S.C. Department of Education shows students in Lexington-Richland School District Five continue to demonstrate academic excellence, district officials said. Each year, students in grades three through eight are required to take state-mandated tests to determine their academic progress. In May 2016, students took the SC READY math and English language arts assessment, and the SCPASS social…

Local agricultural educator wins Teacher of the Month award from SCEA and WACH

A teacher in Lexington-Richland School District Five has won teacher-of-the-month honors for his efforts to help create successful future farmers. John “Sim” Asbill (Photo provided) The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that John “Sim” Asbill, Agricultural and Animal Science instructor at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, better known simply as “The Center,” has been selected as the WACH…