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As Amazon grows, so will Lexington County workforce

New jobs coming

Amazon is on a hiring binge. In January, the gigantic on-line retailer announced it had plans to hire 100,000 new employees corporation-wide by mid-2018. Lexington County Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lexington County.. (Photo Terry Ward) The Lexington County Amazon Fulfillment Center is in West Columbia, in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park, just outside of Cayce. It has accounted for the…

Lexington deputies, public-safety department to play in annual “Battle of the Badges”

Charity basketball game will benefit Samaritan's Well

It’s that time of year again. A chance at hardcourt bragging rights for the year, and the opportunity to aid a worthwhile local charity. Members of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s Department of Public Safety are slated to play in the eighth-annual “Battle of the Badges” charity basketball game Saturday, February 18, at Gilbert High School. Tipoff…

Gilbert High military parent shows appreciation with battle-flown flag

Special flag was flown during American military's fight against ISIS

Gilbert High School is displaying a piece of history after recently receiving a very special and unique “thank you” gift from a military parent overseas. Gilbert High freshman Jessica Boswell poses with the flag donated by her military veteran father, Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Boswell. (Photo provided) The Class of 2020 received a flag flown by the 96th Expeditionary…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

Get a signing bonus

Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

O’ Christmas tree, here’s where to recycle thee

And, starting January 14, get free grindings for mulch, too

Christmas may be over, but perhaps you still have the holiday spirit. Great! But, just in case your Christmas tree has given up the ghost, don’t simply toss it to the curb – recycle it. From now through January 12 there are myriad sites in both Lexington and Richland counties to take your live trees to be properly disposed of,…

Suspect behind bars after burglary spree

A Batesburg man is behind bars and facing charges after a rash of home burglaries in Lexington County, the Lexington County Sheriff’s said. Quindell Tyquan Dozier Quindell Tyquan Dozier, 22, broke into homes in Batesburg, Gilbert, and Leesville and stole guns, jewelry, and electronics, according to arrest warrants. Dozier faces two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree…

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,…

Lexington One students exceeding state averages on key tests

Good news for parents in Lexington County’s largest school district. Data from the S.C. Department of Education shows Lexington County School District One students are improving on their year-end assessments and scoring better than the state average on state testing. The key tests taken by students in various grades include End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP), S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards…

Lexington One students outpace the state on college-bound tests

College-bound high school students in Lexington County One School District came up aces in the most recent round of testing this past spring, the district announced. On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two most-common tests relied on by colleges and universities for admission, Lexington One students’ average scores outpaced both the state and national averages. Students also…

Lexington One’s new superintendent receives contract extension

School board gives Gregory Little a vote of confidence six months in to his tenure

New Lexington County School District One superintendent Gregory Little has received a thumbs-up from the school board. Barely six months into the job at the county’s largest school district, board members recently gave him a vote of confidence following a mandated interim performance evaluation, and rewarded him with a one-year contract extension that runs through June 30, 2020. Lexington One…