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S.C. Highway Patrol conducting recruitment sessions beginning Tuesday in Columbia

Click on poster to enlarge The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be traveling the state in July conducting recruitment presentations. The first recruitment session is Tuesday at the Troop 1 Headquarters at 1626 Shop Road, in Columbia. Each session begins  at 6 p.m. See the poster, left, for all recruitment presentations and the date and place. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Blythewood, Cayce,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has a new K-9 and handler

K-9, Blesk A recent training session for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s new K-9, Blesk, ended with another successful track. Training is where it all starts for Blesk and his handler, Deputy Matt Fields. To keep up with the K9 unit, you have to be able to run, and run for any amount of time. “Definitely, the physical part of…

Crosswalk installed in front of West Columbia poultry processing plant

1/32 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/31 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3image005 Show Caption Hide Caption The City of West Columbia, in a public-private partnership, has completed the installation of the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK) on Sunset Boulevard in front of House of Raeford. The project was made possible with an award from Lexington County C-Funds and matching funds from…

Saluda, Congaree rivers get “green light” in weekly water quality tests

Saluda and Congaree. Going to the river this weekend? A coalition that was organized with the help of the Congaree Riverkeeper is checking river water quality. In the summer, a plethora of tubers, kayakers, canoers and swimmers can be found on the rivers that run through metropolitan Columbia. “All greens again” which means healthy quality river water was the reading…

Rodeo Rally, Rodeo coming to Town of South Congaree

There will be a Rodeo Rally – featuring a Rodeo Run 3K and Rodeo Rally Street Dance in the Town of South Congaree, on July 22. Details are included on the poster to the left. Click to enlarge. The Rodeo is July 28th and 29th. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West…

2 Sumter men arrested in connection to Lexington County stolen handguns case

Detectives arrested two men in Sumter Thursday in connection to a July 4 burglary during which nearly 40 handguns were stolen from a Gilbert sporting goods store. Tyrone Jerome Fleming (left), 19, and Ekelo Simon, 20, both of Sumter, broke into JC’s Outdoors Tuesday morning and stole more than $10,000 worth of handguns, according to arrest warrants. Investigators said Fleming…

39 handguns stolen, deputies ask for assistance

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department would like to talk to the men pictured about a break-in at JC’s Outdoors Tuesday. In the break-in, 39 handguns were stolen. The people deputies would like to talk to left in a tan or gold Camry. Anyone with information can call detective Stokes @ 803-422-5602 or leave an anonymous tip  at MidlandsCrime at 888-Crime-SC Categories:…

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

1/5Ryan Rawl event 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ryan Rawl workout Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ryan Rawl presentation Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ryan Rawl tribute Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ryan Rawl event Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan About 150 people came to the S.C. State House Tuesday morning for the fifth annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event. It was…

Gilbert Peach Festival is the center of the universe on July 4th

1/4Peach Festival Gilbert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Peach Festival Gilbert 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Peach Festival Gilbert 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Peach Festival Gilbert 4 Show Caption Hide Caption There’s only one way to celebrate America’s birthday for many people in Lexington County, and the party turns a town of less than 1,000 into the center of…

Lexington Sheriff’s deputies look for stolen El Camino

The El Camino pictured has been seen in relation to some Lexington County thefts, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. According to the sheriff’s department the El Camino was stolen. And it has been used to try to steal a trailer. Call 888-Crime-SC if you have information about this vehicle. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion,…

Lexington County Council Chairman issues statement regarding Chapin Business and Technology Park controversy

Lexington County Council and the county’s administration have been criticized for the handling of the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton. Critics have said the park’s development is behind schedule and over budget. Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a statement in response to the critics late Friday. Link to Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough statement issued Saturday night Statement…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

EdVenture’s Americana Day held Saturday, Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day

1/3Ed2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3ED1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Ed3 Show Caption Hide Caption Lots of baseball, lots of hot dogs and lots of red, white and blue. That’s what visitors to EdVenture found Saturday, as the children’s museum hosted Americana Day as an early celebration of the nation’s birthday. “I got to learn about where fireworks come from,” said…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motorcycle crash.  It occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Thursday night on South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia. William James Culpepper, 28, of North Point Road, Lexington, was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and went down an embankment.  Culpepper was not wearing a…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…

Lexington County fire results in $80,000 damage, no injuries

Lexington County Fire services responded to a house fire in the 300 block of George W. Lewis Road. No injuries reported. Two  adults displaced . The damages to the home were estimated to be $80,000. LCFS Photo Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West Columbia

Solar farm coming to Cayce, beside SCE&G HQ

A firm is developing a 1.62 megawatt solar facility in the Otarre development corridor off of I-77, beside South Carolina Electric and Gas. The 6,156-panel facility is expected to be completed by November. The area where the solar farm is going is in the 12th Street Extension portion of Cayce. TIG Sun Energy IV has been chosen by SCE&G to develop the…

Town of Swansea receives grant funds for new waterlines

Left to Right: Rick Bryan, Swansea Utility Manager; Council Member Linda Butler; Senator Nikki G. Setzler; Mayor Ray Spires; Council Member Jerald Sanders. (Photo Submitted) The Town of Swansea has received a $498,500 Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA.) grant. MPA Strategies announced the details of the grant Wednesday. The funds will go toward improvements of the town’s deteriorating water system. That…

Roads bill tax hikes coming for vehicle services beginning July 1

  Beginning July 1, 2017, people who purchase or register vehicles in South Carolina will owe a new type of fee, replacing the sales tax they’re used to paying. The tax increases were noted in a press release Thursday. The changes you will see on July 1 reflect the first phase of implementation of the Roads Bill. Below are  details…

Gamecocks Jake Bentley, Jacob August work out with special kids

1/3Gamecock QB Jake Bentley Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Jacob August, Gamecock tight end Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Players and M.A.T.E.S. staff Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan The children of Camp M.A.T.E.S.’s summer camp welcomed a couple of surprise visitors, Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Bentley, and tight end Jacob August of USC’s football team participated in the MATES yoga class….

Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

West Columbia is a magnet for new business

1/6Sunset Boulevard thriving Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6Brookland Construction Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6New housing, to the right Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6Fountain in Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6Triangle City Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6Meeting at State Streets Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia is a hotspot for new business. “We try to be friendly to business,” said…