Education

Brookland-Cayce’s Madison Conwell, Nathan Walton sign college scholarships, Wednesday

Brookland-Cayce’s Madison Conwell signed her scholarship Letter-of-Intent from Erskine, Wednesday, and Nathan Walton signed his college scholarship Letter-of-Intent from the University of South Carolina, Wednesday. Conwell signed a tennis scholarship and Walton signed a swimming scholarship. Walton and Conwell are seated. They are pictured with their parents, left to right, Ed and Sue Walton and Amy and Glen Conwell. The signing…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis’ 529 Plan among lowest-cost college savings plans

Click for link State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has announced that the Future Scholar Direct Plan, administered by his office, was ranked as having the second-lowest cost among 529 plans nationwide in a recent 529 fee study by Savingforcollege.com. The study compared 10-year cost totals of all direct-sold 529 plans using data found in official program descriptions. The lowest-cost plans were…

A.C. Flora students to perform “High School Musical”

Get ready to start tapping your toes. The fine arts students at A.C. Flora High School will be performing their rendition of “High School Musical” on November 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee performance on November 19. This popular teen romantic comedy, tells the story of rivals, Troy and Gabriella, who must overcome peer pressure and the intrigues of…

Parade, patriotic programs, discussion, and History Channel part of Lexington 2 schools’ Veterans Day salutes

By Dawn Kujawa Lexington Two schools have a slate of activities planned to salute area veterans for Veterans Day,  including a special event Monday, Nov. 6 with the History Channel. Airport High School is participating in Take a Veteran to School Day, an initiative of the History Channel to connect young people with veterans to hear their stories about military…

Lauren Traufler of Lexington crowned Miss South Carolina Collegiate America

Lauren Traufler Lauren Traufler of Lexington has been crowned Miss South Carolina Collegiate America 2018. Traufler will represent the Palmetto State at the national Miss Collegiate America Pageant to be held in June 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Traufler is currently a sophomore pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C. She was crowned…

Columbia Fire Department issues Halloween safety tips

From the Columbia Fire Department  It’s Halloween, and with it, the rush to find the perfect costume, that great pumpkin, and just the right decorations for your home. Hidden within all this fun and excitement are potential fire hazards and the Columbia Fire Department wants to remind everyone about some simple Halloween safety tips to help avoid seasonal hazards. During…

Columbia Art Center holds grand opening Saturday

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department held a grand opening ceremony for the new Columbia Art Center on Saturday morning. The new 5,000-square-foot center, located in the Cannon Garage, includes classroom space, a glaze room, clay room, office space and gallery. The event featured a ribbon cutting followed by an open house that included art demos, tours of…

Cayce community celebrates Lexington 2’s newest elementary school

1/6Sen. Setzler Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Mayor Partin Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6Lexington 2 Chairwoman Linda Wooten Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Library Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6CES Principal Dr. Cecil McClary Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Lexington 2 Supt. Dr. Bill James Show Caption Hide Caption Sen. Nikki Setzler – Click image to enlarge By Dawn Kujawa It was a time…

Busbee Creative Arts Academy experiences nature at Camp Leopold

It’s not often that teachers like things to get wild in the classroom. But getting wild — as in back to nature — is exactly what educators with Busbee Creative Arts Academy are encouraging this week, with student trips to Camp Leopold in Pinewood. The STEM-based environmental education program draws thousands of third- through seventh-graders annually to learn in an…

Lexington student takes the field as Carolina Panthers’ honorary captain

Scott Woodyard Pleasant Hill Middle School Seventh-Grader Scott Woodyard walked into the field at Bank of America Stadium surrounded by his personal heroes. As winner of a Carolina Panthers game day contest, the Lexington resident served as the team’s honorary captain during the Sept. 17 home game against the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte. Woodyard stood on the sidelines with the…

Richland One holding groundbreaking ceremony for new stadium, Thursday

Richland One will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday. It’s for the new stadium at W.J. Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road. The stadium will be the district’s fourth stadium, and it will serve as the home stadium for Keenan and Eau Claire high schools. The stadium is being built as part of the upgrades that Richland One is making…

Brookland-Cayce tennis player Madison Conwell is WLTX News19 Player of the Week

1/3Fellow Brookland-Cayce High athletes cheer for Madison Conwell, left, as she gets ready to receive her jacket and plaque as part of being selected as WLTX News19 Player of the Week. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Madison Conwell Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Brookland-Cayce High tennis player Madison Conwell gets her Player of the Week plaque. Coach Christopher Simpson is at left….

Chapin High principal, Dr. Akil Ross, honored to be named National Principal of the Year

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Cayce Elementary dedication is Thursday – Sen. Nikki Setzler, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin to speak

A formal dedication and open house are planned at Lexington Two’s newest elementary school. The event, which includes a reception and tours, is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Cayce Elementary, 515 Bulldog Blvd. Sen. Nikki Setzler and Cayce Mayor Elise Partin will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public. Cayce Elementary, which…

Airport and Brookland-Cayce marching bands go to Lower State Championship

BC Band The Airport and Brookland-Cayce marching bands traveled to the Lower State 1A/3A Championships at Chapin High School Saturday. The top finishers in their classes will move on to the State Championships Oct. 28. Both Lexington Two bands have had strong finishes in recent local competitions. Both performed in the recent Chesnee Eagle Classic, with Airport bringing home two seconds…

Hampton Park groundbreaking ceremony for new community center is Saturday

The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new community center at Hampton Park on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. The new 3,000-square-foot community center will include open meeting space, accessible restrooms, office space, a kitchen, storage, and a semi-private classroom area. WHAT: Hampton Park Groundbreaking WHO: Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia City Council members, City staff,…

Nearly 40 Lexington Two high school students named AP Scholars

Nearly 40 Lexington Two high school students earned scores high enough on spring 2017 AP exams to be named AP Scholars. High school students take Advanced Placement (AP) classes and can receive college credit if their standardized end-of-course exams are high enough. AP Scholars are those students who take at least three AP exams and have an average score of…

Lexington 2 School Board meeting is Thursday – Hero/Heroine Induction Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m.

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will conduct their Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, October 19,, at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia. The proposed Agenda is attached.  Notices and Agendas are also posted on the District’s website, www.lex2.org / Board of Trustees / Board Meetings / Agenda. Prior to the regular meeting,…

Brookland-Cayce swimmer Nathan Walton wins title in his last state meet

By Dawn Kujawa Brookland-Cayce head coach Isaac Badillo puts the medal around Nathan Walton’s neck on the podium. It was the last time Nathan Walton would swim for Brookland-Cayce in a SCHSL championship meet. And he wanted to finish big. Though the 17-year-old senior had won a state championship as a sophomore in 2015 in the 100 fly — along…

Columbia International University announces $22 million expansion

Columbia International University announced $22 million in facility expansions, in a press release, Tuesday. The largest portion of the addition to the Columbia campus will be dedicated to a $15-20 million Business and IT Global Initiative Center. The Center will include a business/corporate training room for Columbia area business professionals, and hands-on learning opportunities for CIU students as well as…

7 Brookland-Cayce athletes to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Seven Brookland-Cayce High School athletes who were standouts in their respective sports will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend. This year’s inductees made their names in football, baseball, basketball, cross country, track, swimming and cheerleading.  A reception is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 in the lobby of the school gym. Induction will follow…

Retired Lexington 2 school counselor, Diane Boulware, wins top honor

A retired Lexington Two school counselor is being honored with one of the district’s most prestigious awards. Diane Boulware, who worked as a counselor for 32 years — 26 of them in Lexington Two — will be inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society during a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the District Education Center. It will…