Education

House of Raeford donates headphones for every Cayce Elementary student

Cayce-Elem-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce-Elem-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Allyson Long-Cayce Elementary (left) Elizabeth Andrews of Edmentum, Ann Addy, teacher, Chuck Underhill House of Raeford, and John Robert Jackson, Edmentum. Show Caption Hide Caption Chuck Underhill of House of Raeford passing out headphones to students. Show Caption Hide Caption Allyson Long-Cayce Elementary (left) Elizabeth Andrews of Edmentum, Kim Addy,…

WiFi now provided on school buses for Pelion students

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across…

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…

University of South Carolina unveils new logos, now to be called U of SC

The University of South Carolina unveiled new 2019 logos Wednesday afternoon. “New year. Fresh look. More soon. #UofSC #NewProfilePic,” read the university’s Twitter announcement. The images have been receiving mixed reviews from students and gamecock fans on social media. According to the post, there is a new “family” of logos for different usages. However, the athletics logo will remain the…

State Museum showcasing Hall of Heroes: interactive superhero exhibit

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Richland Library releases list of year’s most checked-out items

The Richland Library had more than 200,000 library card holders in 2018.  The most-trending items of the year, according to the library’s announcement, covered a variety of genres.  Associates were able to compile a list of the 10 most popular books, music, and movies that were checked out or downloaded throughout the year. Richland Library’s 2018 most-popular items: Adult books…

State Museum’s Winter Fest continuing for another week

SC State Museum photo. The South Carolina State Museum is providing festive winter activities for the whole family to enjoy. Winter Fest is the museum’s holiday celebration that will continue through Jan. 6. “Enjoy snowball fights, igloo building, hands-on activities like scavenger hunts and holiday crafts and more,” reads the announcement. All Winter Fest activities are included in the museum…

Historic Columbia offering holiday tours through end of month

Historic Columbia photo provided. Historic Columbia is inviting guests to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both of their historic buildings through December 30.  Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained guests during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Robert Mills House will offer guests…

Lexington School District 1 buys land for Gilbert elementary school

Lexington 1 photo. The Lexington County School District 1 Board of Trustees approved the purchase property in Gilbert for $125,000, Tuesday. The 0.84 acre property, at 4169 Augusta Highway, is adjacent to the site the district purchased in September of 2017, where it plans to build a new elementary school. Mary Beth Hill, District 1 spokeswoman, said the site is…

Old Dollar General transformed into new Edgewood Richland Library

Richland Library provided photos. The Edgewood Richland Library held an official ribbon cutting and opened its doors to residents Saturday. The staff welcomed the community to take a look at the new facility, which was transformed from an old Dollar General building. One percent of the construction budget went toward a public art piece by Ayako Abe-Miller. It includes seven…

Mayor Benjamin and Sheriff Lott give commencement addresses at Columbia College

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Lexington Two Innovation Center for career readiness is dedicated

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Animals not always best gift idea, says Pets Inc. representative

Karamie Sullivan photos. Many children will wake up Christmas morning this year to find a new puppy or kitten waiting by the tree. Animals are often a popular gift idea, especially during the holidays. According to Pets Inc.’s Reid Barrett, giving an animal as a present is not always a well-thought-out gesture. “The problem with that is what happens in…

Naturalist Dr. Rudy Mancke discusses all things winter at seasonal nature talk

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Lexington 2 School District students on national honor roll for Advanced Placement

Lexington School Distinct Two is one of three South Carolina school districts – and 373 across the United States and Canada – being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Districts included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also…

M.A.D.D. launches Tie One On for Safety Campaign, stresses importance of designated driver

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Former Chapin High principal Akil Ross to resign from newly-appointed district position

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Assistant Principal from Richland Two wins statewide Assistant Principal of the Year

Lakeisha Cook (middle) with Executive Director Beth Phibbs and Superintendent Baron Davis. Photo provided. Lakisha Cook, assistant principal of Muller Road Middle School in Richland District Two, received some exciting news Monday morning. Cook was presented with the 2019 South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year Award in a surprise announcement. The award is given to one person…

Awareness is the goal on World Diabetes Day

Diabetes-Day-1 Kevin Simmons of JDRF and Christina Bickley of the ADA hold Gov. McMaster’s proclamation. Show Caption Hide Caption Diabetes-Day-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Diabetes-Day-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Rep. Garry Smith reading the proclamation at the State House. Allen Wallace photos. Sir Frederick Banting may not be a familiar name to most people in 2018, but the Canadian scientist…

State Museum rings in holiday season with family-friendly events

Graphic provided by museum. Holiday fun is on its way at the South Carolina State Museum with plenty of events for the family, date night, or a night out with friends. SCSM’s annual holiday tradition continues with the 4D experience of the film The Polar Express. This experience includes sensory effects like the smell of warm hot chocolate, the feel…

New Lexington 2 School Board members sworn in, Board Chairman elected

Linda Alford-Wooten, left, J.M. “Bud” Summers and Christina Rucker took the oath of office Tuesday. From Dawn Kujawa, Lexington Two Communications Director Lexington Two’s newly elected board members were sworn in and officers selected during a special meeting Tuesday night. The newest board members, Christina Rucker and J.M. “Bud” Summers, along with returning member Linda Alford-Wooten, took the oath of…

Cayce Historical Museum showcases artifacts from Congaree River locks system

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