Education

Marie Dawkins Gregory, longtime Fulmer Middle School teacher, passes away, visitation Sunday

Cayce- Marie Dawkins Gregory, of Cayce, South Carolina, passed away October 9, 2017, after battling health issues for several years. She was born on July 18, 1957 in Newberry, South Carolina, to Bobby and Ida Underwood. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Masters plus thirty in Physical Education. She taught and coached at Fulmer Middle School…

Pine Ridge Middle School finishes PERFECT season in volleyball

1/5PRMS Volleyball Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5PRMS Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5PRMS Volleyball 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5PRMS VB Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5PRMS 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Wilson Ward The Pine Ridge Middle School Volleyball is experiencing a season of excellence. The Yellow Jackets are 14-0, capping off the regular season with a win over Batesburg-Leesville…

Lexington-Richland School District Five superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner to retire

Dr. Stephen Hefner. Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Reading a statement, Hefner made public his plan to retire during the district’s school board meeting, Monday. He has served as the district’s superintendent since January 2011. “Serving as superintendent of District Five is an honor…

Brookland-Cayce High School’s “Homecoming” party is Friday

Brookland-Cayce High School is throwing a “Homecoming” party Friday — and everyone is invited. Brookland-Cayce will hold its Homecoming Festival from 4-8 p.m., Friday (Oct. 13.) in front of the school in Cayce. Brookland-Cayce ‘s Homecoming Festival will be a true block party. A portion of State Street, in front of the school, will be closed to create a pedestrian-friendly…

Pineview Elementary takes “Final Lap” at National Walk To School Day, Wednesday

1/4Pineview Elementary School’s Walk to School Day.  Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Walk to School Day. Nearly 200 SC schools participating.   Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Mary Davis Hallman, 4th-grader, with parents and both sets of grandparents walking. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Alison Farthing, 3rd-grade teacher with Karen Keatley, left. Keatley started the walk in 1999. Show Caption Hide Caption Wednesday…

Airport, Brookland-Cayce earn top honors in competitive cheer event

Airport Cheer ((Photo Contributed) By Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Airport and Brookland-Cayce high schools both walked away with top finishes in a competitive cheer event last weekend. But there was little time for rest, with both teams gearing up for more competition this month. At Saturday’s inaugural Okra Strut Invitational, hosted by Irmo High School in conjunction with the…

Springdale Elementary’s Zeb Taylor, O’Neta Poovey are Chamber’s Lexington 2 Student, Teacher-of-the-Month

Zeb Taylor and Principal Hope Vrana. Springdale Elementary School’s Zeb Taylor was named Lexington Two Student-of-the-Month at Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, last Tuesday. He is a fifth-grader. O’Neta Poovey, a five-year-old kindergarten teacher at Springdale, was named Teacher-of-the-Month. Zeb and O’Neta are pictured with Springdale Principal Hope Vrana. The Chamber Breakfast was held at Mt. Hermon Lutheran…

Airport High School crowns homecoming queen, Eagles beat Midland Valley

1/6Abrianna Washington Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6AHS Homecocmong 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6AHS Homecoming 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6AHS Homecoming 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6AHS Homecoming 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6AHS Homecoming Show Caption Hide Caption By Hannah Stone  Abrianna Washington was crowned Airport High School’s Homecoming Queen Friday night. Madelyn Haag was first runner-up; Olivia…

“Riverbank” is the name of new Lexington 2 school

Drone photo of new elementary school being constructed. “Riverbank” is the name of the new Lexington Two elementary school being constructed in West Columbia. The school’s mascot is Sea Turtles. Davis Simms, the principal of Pineview Elementary School, who will move to Riverbank, presented survey results at the Lexington School Board meeting, Thursday. Simms said 76 percent of the respondents…

Airport High School’s Paxton Brooks gets his Under Armour jersey at Thursday ceremony

Brooks as AHS football coach Kirk Burnett looks on. Lexington 2 photos by Dawn Kujawa. Airport High School punter and kicker Paxton Brooks received his Under Amour jersey during a noon pep rally at the school Thursday. Brooks, a University of Tennessee commitment is the No. 2 punter in the nation. He has been selected to kick in the Under…

Lexington Two employees recognized with service awards at board meeting, Thursday

20 and 30 years of service with Lexington Two More than 40 longtime employees of Lexington Two were recognized Thursday for their service. Service recognition awards were presented during a reception before the monthly School Board meeting at the District Education Office. Among the recipients and their schools: 10-YEAR SERVICE AWARDS Airport High: Kathryn L. Bouknight, Stefanie June Fowler, James…

Lexington 2 Schools “Pay it Forward” to help with hurricane relief

AHS students who helped victims of 2015 flood. Airport and Brookland-Cayce are competitors on the athletics field, but when it comes to helping those in need, the Lexington Two high schools are on the same team. Student councils from both schools are heading up a donation drive to help some schools in the Houston, Texas, area as they recover from…

Airport High School’s Flock to the Block homecoming party is 4 p.m., Friday

Airport High School is throwing a party — and everyone is invited. Airport’s Flock to the Block is set for Friday, Sept. 29, before Airport’s 7:30 p.m. homecoming football game against Midland Valley. The family friendly event starts at 4 p.m. and will feature a parade, food trucks, vendors and games. DJ Slinky is on tap for music. Festival admission…

5 Airport High School athletes inducted into school’s Hall of Fame

Al Morrow, Jody Truesdale, Brandon Waring and Kim Goodwin Spires. Brian Wiley not pictured. (Mary T. Dorn Photo) Five Airport High School athletes who made a name in their respective sports were inducted Friday into the school’s Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees were standouts in football, wrestling, baseball and softball, among other sports. They join other Airport High athletes…

Lexington 2 Board to meet Thursday, honoring years of service

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will conduct their Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 28) in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia. The proposed agenda is  posted on the District’s website, www.lex2.org / Board of Trustees / Board Meetings / Agenda. Prior to the regular meeting, the Board will host a reception at 6:15…

Odd artifacts unearthed on USC campus, displayed at museum

1/3WTF 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3WTF 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3WTF 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum has created a way for people to observe dozens of objects found around the college’s campus throughout the years. The exhibit known as “WTF: What They Found, Oddities Found on Campus” showcases…

Former Gamecock football players encourage reading at Pineview Elementary

Former Gamecock football players Langston Moore, left, and Preston Thorne pose with their book #JustaChicken before speaking with Pineview Elementary students. (Contributed) From Lexington School District 2 Two former Gamecock football players were together for fun and education at Pineview Elementary, Monday. Langston Moore and Preston Thorne visited the school in an effort to stress the importance of reading. The…

Saluda River Principal Tonya Fryer named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year

Tonya Fryer, principal at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, has been named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year. The annual award is given by Palmetto State Arts Education. It recognizes administrators who are champions of arts education. Fryer has been principal for 16 years at Saluda River Academy for the Arts, a previous recipient of the prestigious Schools of…

Cocky visits BC Grammar School No. 1 to promote reading initiative

1/3BC Grammar 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3BC Grammar 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Cocky at BC Grammar 3 Show Caption Hide Caption By Lexington 2 Schools Everyone loves a surprise — especially when it involves a new book and a University of South Carolina mascot. Cocky made a surprise visit to an all-school assembly Wednesday at BC Grammar No….

Leaphart Road Bridge still on schedule to open before end of the year

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Midlands Media Group named Business of the Year at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Gala

1/8Tina Washington, Giles Insurance, with Brad Giles. Co-Volunteer-of- the-Year. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/8Brett Mabe House of Raeford, middle, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/8Daniel Bailey, Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year with Dr. Bill James and AHS Principal Brad Coleman. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/8Debbie Summers, Citizen of the Year, with Clint King, Gregg Pinner….

Artist donates commemorative eclipse prints to Lexington 2 schools

From left, Lexington 2 principals Christopher Dickey (B-C Grammar No. 1), Cecil McClary (Cayce Elementary) and Jeff Becker (Congaree Elementary) show commemorative eclipse prints for their schools. The total eclipse on August 21, 2017, was an unforgettable moment for those who witnessed it in the skies over Columbia. And a Lexington 2 graduate wants to make sure it’s a moment…

Lexington 1 says man has repeatedly threatened students, his arrest is supported

The Town of Lexington Police Department notified Lexington County School District One administrators that Christopher Raines (AKA AJ Blues) was arrested Monday, Mary Beth Hill, Lexington One Schools communications director, said in a press release. The release stated: “The district fully supports the Lexington Police Department’s action. Over the last year, Raines has repeatedly threatened and harassed River Bluff High…