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Friends seeking help for former Dutch Fork football standout fighting aggressive cancer

Michael Gasparato. Thomas Grant photos. Friends of former Dutch Fork running back Michael “Gas” Gasparato are seeking the public’s health in his fight against cancer. Back in January, the 36-year-old had a tumor for testicular cancer removed. His 6-week followup appointment showed no signs of cancer in his body. After pushing a blocking sled, Gasparato had his back X-rayed for…

Body recovered from Irmo pond

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a body recovered from a pond in the 100 block of Pale Ivy Lane at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, the body of Mr. Tao Gao, 42, of Irmo, was recovered by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team. No foul play is suspected at this time.  However, an autopsy has…

Dutch Fork routs Spring Valley 63-0 in opener

Thomas Grant photo. During the preseason, Dutch Fork head football coach Tom Knotts questioned his team’s hunger to win a third consecutive Class 5A title. After having to wait an extra week to open the season, the Silver Foxes showed an appetite for domination Friday against Spring Valley. They routed the Vikings 63-0 to claim their 13th consecutive overall victory….

Bush River Road exit relocation a hot topic at SCDOT’s Carolina Crossroads public hearing

hearing Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 2 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 3 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 4 Show Caption Hide Caption SCDOT hearing 5 Show Caption Hide Caption public hearing comment sheet Show Caption Hide Caption The public hearing was held at the Columbia Conference Center. Photos provided by Sara Still. The South Carolina Department…

Rivalries highlight week 1 preview, by Tyler Cupp

Small town and cross county rivals headline our previews this week. From across the river, highway, or county, these schools are playing for a whole community. Bragging rights are on the line this Friday. Justin Gentry is entering his ninth season for the Chapin Eagles. He has won 57 games, so far, during his time as coach. GoFlashWin photos. Chapin…

New Aloft hotel in Harbison welcomes visitors at ribbon cutting ceremony

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Football in the air at the 3rd Annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree in Irmo

Jamboree-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree Show Caption Hide Caption The Third Annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree took place at Irmo High School, Friday night. Each team played two quarters. Next week the season starts and the games count. Teams got some live action versus…

Pawmetto Lifeline receives $1,000 check from Panera Bread

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SCDOT hosting public hearing, proposing solution for Malfunction Junction

Terry Ward photo. The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced that the public is invited to attend the upcoming Carolina Crossroads Public Hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to present and solicit comments on the proposed solution to fix Malfunction Junction (I-20/26/126 corridor), and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public hearing will be held August 23 from 11…

District Five partnering with Walmart for students in need

District Five provided graphic. Lexington-Richland School District Five, the District Five Foundation and Walmart are partnering to help children in need for the upcoming school year. The group will hold its annual D5 Stuff-A-Bus event August 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at both the Harbison and Ballentine Walmart locations. Community members are asked to stop by…

Chapin/Newberry wins American Legion Upstate Region title

Chapin-Newberry team photo. By Thomas Grant Jr.  Since 2013, the state tournament has served as a post-season destination for Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24. On Thursday, it earned a fourth consecutive trip and fifth in six seasons after wrapping up a second-round Best-of-Five series with Greenwood Post 20. Chapin/Newberry defeated Greenwood 14-9 in Game Four to claim the Upstate Region title. Chapin/Newberry…

Family waits nine hours for stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear’s “Pay Your Age Day”

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Great Southern Homes names Shelton Twine chief operating officer

Shelton Twine Irmo-based Great Southern Homes has named Shelton Twine as the Chief Operating Officer of the company. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to overseeing all pre-construction, sales, marketing, general operations and construction management of all areas and markets in which the company operates. “He is very experienced and knowledgeable in the operational, sales and marketing sides of…

Saturday’s 5K to remember Parker and Haley Hewitt, children killed in car accident

Hewitt-5k-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Hewitt-5k-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Hewitt-5k-3 Show Caption Hide Caption It’s been just a little more than nine years since the worst day of Craig and Crystal Hewitt’s life. Saturday, they remembered that day in the way they have for six years now: by leading an event that raises money for the community they love,…

Freddy’s Steakburgers in Irmo planning to open next month

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Lexington County Coroner’s Report shows rise in overdose deaths

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and her team recently released the Annual Coroner’s Report for 2017. Their findings show the different types of patterns presented by the deaths of Lexington County residents throughout the year. According to the report, the county is 699 square miles, which makes it the 17th largest county in the state. The estimated persons per square…

Man accused of breaking into home to watch woman sleep

Richard Travis Abbott,- LCSD photo Deputies have arrested an Irmo man in connection to a case involving burglary and voyeurism. Richard Travis Abbott, 28, entered a woman’s Rodborough Road residence through an unlocked door with the intent to watch the woman sleep in her bed, according to arrest warrants. The woman told deputies she woke up while Abbott was in…

Gibson Road to be closed Saturday for Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation 5K

5K is Saturday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will co-host the 12th annual 5K (3.1 mile.) The road race is Saturday in the Gibson Road area. Between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. there will be road closures and delays that should be taken into consideration in planning activities. With the exception…