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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…

The COMET enhances transit services in 2019 for Midlands residents

Photo from The COMET Facebook page. The COMET (Central Midlands Transit) system has some new service enhancements for 2019 – some have already been implemented, and others have yet to begin. Executive Director John Andoh said his goal is to make their system easier for Richland and Lexington County residents to utilize. The company has partnered with Lyft and Uber…

New bakery opens in Harbison specializing in frosted bundt cakes

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Dutch Fork boys’ hoops extend winning streak to seven

Thomas Grant photos. More than just the football team’s success has sprinkled upon the Dutch Fork boys’ basketball team. The increased roster depth from players transitioning from a third straight championship run on the gridiron has helped spark a turnaround on the hardwood. Friday’s 37-31 home win over Spring Valley extended the Silver Foxes’ winning streak to 7 games. “We…

Irmo woman lied about being assaulted at Harbison Walmart, police say

CPD photo. Columbia Police Department investigators with the Special Victims Unit arrested a 26-year-old female for allegedly lying to them about a crime.   Kristen Michelle Rimes, 26, was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing to police. Rimes allegedly filed a false police report Nov. 26 while at the Columbia Police Department.  In the document, she reported…

Lizard’s Thicket employees preparing to serve thousands on New Year’s Day

Photo provided by Lizard’s Thicket. Many people will be sleeping in New Year’s Day and enjoying a relaxing holiday away from work.  That will not be the case for Lizard’s Thicket employees, as they prepare for their busiest day of the year. Community Relations Manager Sarah Krisnow said New Year’s Day is by far the busiest day for all of…

Lexington teams sweep Irmo

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Coroner identifies drivers involved in fatal collision at intersection of I-26, I-77

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred Monday at approximately 7:20 a.m., where I-26 eastbound and I-77 northbound converge. According to Fisher, Mr. John L. McCravy, 79, of Columbia was traveling in the wrong direction on I-77 when he collided head-on with another vehicle. McCravy was transported to…

Chapin man accused of possessing child pornography

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Dieter Karl Bartschat, 65, of Chapin, on 20 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations  and United States Secret Service, all also members…

Irmo sweeps Chapin in District Five hoops matchup

IMG_3544 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3545 Show Caption Hide Caption IMG_3546 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos. The “Temple of Doom” proved too much for visiting Chapin in Friday’s matchup against fellow Lexington-Richland District 5 school Irmo High. The host school pulled off the varsity sweep with lopsided wins in both contests. The Lady Yellow Jackets 67-30 behind 15…

Coroner identifies 20-year-old killed in I-26 collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred Wednesday night around 9:45 p.m. The incident occurred on I-26 eastbound near exit 104 (Piney Grove). According to Fisher, Mr. Thaire Mkijana Terry, 20, of Blythewood, was traveling in the center lane when his vehicle became disabled and was struck from behind…

Dutch Fork “three-peats” as Class 5A state champion

Thomas Grant photos. Welcome to high school football immortality, Dutch Fork High School. The top-ranked Silver Foxes defeated T.L. Hanna 59-20 Friday night at Williams-Brice Stadium to claim a third consecutive Class 5A title. It was the 17th-nationally-ranked team’s 25th consecutive victory and capped a 13-0 season, the program’s second perfect season in three years under head coach Tom Knotts….

Dutch Fork a win away from immortality

Dutch Fork quarterback Tyler Olenchuk runs for yards against Summerville. GoFlashWin photo. State championship games have become somewhat expected for Dutch Fork High School football. After all, the two-time defending Class 5A champions are making their third straight trip to Williams-Brice Stadium and fifth in the past six seasons. It also marks the second time in three years the Silver…

High school football state championship preview, by Tyler Cupp

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Irmo holds off River Bluff in Top 10 boys’ basketball matchup

1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos. The Swamp at River Bluff High School was the host site Tuesday for a Top 10 matchup in Class 5A boys’ basketball. The Gators and visiting defending Class 5A champion Irmo ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, in the preseason S.C. Basketball Coaches…

Irmo woman mugged in Harbison Walmart parking lot

Rimes-evening-of-attack Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-evening-of-attack-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-injuries-Monday Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes-injuries-Tuesday Show Caption Hide Caption Rimes has documented her injuries beginning the evening of the incident. Photos provided. Irmo resident Kristen Rimes experienced an incident Saturday night that left her in a state of shock. The 27-year-old left a restaurant in the Harbison area around…

Two Midlands teams remain in high school football playoffs, by Tyler Cupp

rv1 Show Caption Hide Caption rv2 Show Caption Hide Caption df1 Show Caption Hide Caption df2 Show Caption Hide Caption df3 Show Caption Hide Caption Dutch Fork photos by GoFlashWin. Ridge View photos from Ridge View Sports Twitter account @RidgeViewSports and @_officialsway. And then their were two. Of the large handful of Midlands teams that made the playoffs in 2018,…

Columbia outdoor ice rink makes debut at Harbison location

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River Bluff wins inaugural Tip-Off at the Dam

Thomas Grant photos. Wednesday’s first ever Tip-Off at the Dam final pitted teams and head coaches very familiar with each other. It featured Region 5-5A rivals River Bluff and Dutch Fork led, respectively, by two Lexington High School graduates Benjamin Lee and Bret Jones. A year after setting a school record for victories, the host team Gators are off to…

Midlands teams vying for competitive cheer title

GoFlashWin photos. Since competitive cheer was introduced as a S.C. High School League sport in 1996, Midlands teams have dominated the trophy collections. Starting with Airport in Class 4A, local teams have accounted for 25 state championships in the four classifications. Chapin High School has accounted for just over half of those championships with a state record 13. Head coach…