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Teen accused of threatening Chapin school shooting is detained

A Chapin High School student has been charged with disturbing schools, breach of peace and malicious injury to real property. Lexington County investigators detained the male suspect, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 17, Wednesday morning at the school. He’s being held by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. “Our investigation into this…

East Point Academy named No. 8 best charter school in S.C.

East Point Academy has been named the No. 8 Best Charter School in South Carolina by Niche – an online platform which evaluates schools nationwide. The rankings and information collected by Niche helps students and their families find schools best suited for them. In addition to being ranked No. 8 Best Charter School in S.C. (out of 72 charter schools…

23 injured in school bus versus SUV crash in Lexington County

LCSD photo of crash scene. The Lexington County EMS, Lexington County Fire Service, the S.C. Highway Patrol and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department  responded to 400 block of Blackville Road in Lexington County. There was a bus versus vehicle collision in Gaston about 7:40 a.m. There 23 “patients” as the LCSD described them, from the accident. One with  with serious,…

Springdale plans to install new splash pad beside town hall

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Dense fog advisory issued by the NWS until 10 a.m. – with photos

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Alodia’s Cucina Italiana has opened in Lexington

Alodia’s 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Alodia’s 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The Lexington location of Alodia’s Cucina Italiana opened earlier this month  The new restaurant is on the first floor of the Shirey’s building at 101 West Main St. It’s in front of the town’s Icehouse Amphitheatre. Alodia’s is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week. No reservations….

Lexington County deputies charge man in Gaston shooting

Michael Eugene Parker-LCSD photo A Columbia man faces a handful of charges after a Saturday evening shooting on Havenwood Drive in Gaston. Michael Eugene Parker, 37, is charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault and battery, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a…

Richland, Lexington County, municipal offices closed Monday for President’s Day

City of West Columbia graphics Richland County Government offices will close Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off facility will close Monday and will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday. Curbside trash and recycle collections will be unaffected and will operate on their normal schedules Monday. The County’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens…

Lexington County Sheriff implements plan to retain employees

Sheriff Jay Koon The Lexington County Council has approved a program Sheriff Jay Koon will start immediately to help his department recruit and retain employees. Koon presented details of a monetary incentive package during the last council meeting. The initiative is the first phase of a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan that was submitted in the requested budget for the…

2 killed in Lexington County vehicle crash

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified two individuals who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 2900 block of Sharpes Hill Road. The crash occurred near Gaston at approximately 8 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Gary W. McDonald, 60, and Henry Trey King, 20, both of Gaston, were pronounced dead at the scene due to…

Coroner releases name of woman killed in I-26 collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 26 Eastbound near exit 119. According to Fisher, Ms. Mia Briana Justine James, 29, of Orangeburg was killed when her sedan, which was traveling west in the eastbound lanes, collided head-on with a…

Lexington County Man sentenced to 22 years after voluntary manslaughter plea

Marion Wade Frye, Jr. Marion Wade Frye, Jr., a 31-year old Lexington County man, was sentenced this week to 22 years in prison for the shooting death of Joshua Prine, age 27. The shooting occurred  in the Red Bank area in 2015. The trial began on Monday and during the middle of the trial, prior to the state resting its case,…

Lexington County Chili Cook Off rescheduled for Feb. 18

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the Third Annual Lexington County Chili Cook Off has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 18 from noon until 5 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W. Main St). Regular admission to the event is $10 for Adults, $5 for Kids 12 & Under. Proceeds benefit our First Responders, 911 Remembrance Foundation of SC, and…

Amtrak passenger files $75K personal injury lawsuit against CSX for Cayce collision

NTSB image. A passenger who was injured Sunday in the Amtrak-CSX collision in Cayce has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against CSX. In documents filed Wednesday, James Daymon filed a personal injury lawsuit in Lexington County for the collision. Two Amtrak employees were killed in the crash and more than 100 people were taken to the hospital. Injuries ranged from scrapes…

ATM tech robbed at BB&T ATM Thursday – help sought to ID suspects

Vehicle leaving the scene Show Caption Hide Caption Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption Robbery scene Show Caption Hide Caption A man was robbed while working on a drive-up ATM at BB&T on Harbison Blvd., Thursday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help to identify the suspect (pictured.) Surveillance video from a nearby business confirms the suspects in the…

Brake applied to Amtrak train seconds before impact

NTSB investigators at crash site. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, on Monday, examined the site of the collision of two trains that took place early Sunday morning in Cayce, at Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road. According to data from recorders recovered from the crash, the Amtrak train that hit the stationary CSX freight train was braking in…

Rep. Joe Wilson lauds tax cuts at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair in West Columbia

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson presents Bill Mooneyhan with photo of Wilson and President Donald Trump at tax cut bill signing. Bill Mooneyhan Jr., Mike Green and Ben Homeyer were also on hand. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia Monday to congratulate owner Bill Monneyhan on the expansion of the small business. Wilson…

Misaligned switch caused Amtrak-CSX train crash in Cayce

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt at Sunday press conference. NTSB image. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt was in Cayce Sunday to begin the federal investigation into the train crash that resulted in the death of two Amtrak employees in the earlier hours of that day. Sumwalt, at a Sunday press conference, said a train track switch was in the…

“It was a tough scene,” Amtrak engineer, conductor killed in crash, coroner identifies

Near crash site, Sunday. (Terry Ward photo.) The train collision in Cayce early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees. Killed was Michael Kempf, 54 of Savannah Ga. He was the Amtrak train’s engineer. Also killed was Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla. He was the train’s conductor. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, who was very…

Palmetto Health updates patients’ status from Amtrak train accident

Palmetto Health hospitals have received an influx of patients from an Amtrak train accident in West Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this morning, Sunday, Feb. 4. Palmetto Health hospitals patient count has been updated. The thoughts of all our team members are with the family and friends of those injured in this accident. The total number of patients has been adjusted…

Gov. Henry McMaster gives details of fatal Cayce train wreck at press conference

1/2Gov. Henry McMaster at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon at Sunday press conference Show Caption Hide Caption The train collision in Cayce resulted in the deaths of two Amtrak employees, according to Gov. Henry McMaster who held a crash update press conference Sunday morning at the SC Emergency Management Department headquarters in West…

2 dead, 70 to hospital, 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled in Cayce train wreck, governor going to site

The train collision in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, has resulted in the deaths of two people according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said, at a news conference early Sunday, that about 70 people with injuries had been hospitalized. He said the injuries ranged from minor scratches and bumps to broken bones. He did…

Train collision results in derailment in Lexington County – Deaths reported – injuries

Lexington County emergency officials are on the scene of train collision and derailment near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road. Lexington County reported the incident around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. No more details were available, but more information is coming according to Lexington County officials.  Lexington County photo.  Follow up- At least two people were killed. according to Lexington County…

Cal Dent of Lexington found liable for $51 million in health care fraud

Floyd Calhoun “Cal” Dent, III, of Lexington, and two co-conspirators have been found liable for defrauding the federal healthcare programs Medicare and Tricare of over $51 million. The United States Attorney’s Office announced the verdict Thursday. The verdict was unanimous and it was handed down Wednesday by a federal jury in Charleston.  The United States alleged that Dent, along with…

Lexington County Deputies investigating overnight fatal shooting in Gaston

Lexington County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a Gaston home early Wednesday morning. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Malcolm Jones, 27, of Gaston. “We’re working to determine more about the incident but, based on information we’ve gathered so far, we don’t believe this was a random act,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon…