Irmo

Irmo Middle student recognized as top 8th-grade reader in S.C.

Read with the Gamecocks has recognized Irmo Middle School student Corey Corley as the top eighth-grade reader in South Carolina. Irmo Middle School eighth-grader Corey Corley has been named one of the state’s top readers. (Photo provided) Corley read 1,040 pages in just two weeks, earning him the title of “Highest Reading Hero” for eighth-grade across the state, according to…

Irmo High School announces first Hall of Fame Class

Induction ceremony will be announced at a later date this year

The inaugural Irmo High School Hall of Fame Class – for 2017- has been announced. The class includes: Leeza Gibbons, Jay Burks, B.J. McKie, Courtney Shealy Hart and Marti Suber. Gibbons is a 1975 graduate and attended the University of South Carolina where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Gibbons is an Emmy Award winning American talk show host and is one…

H. E. Corley Elementary students shine at Leadership Day

H. E. Corley Elementary School in Irmo held its annual Leadership Day last week and, fittingly, it was entirely led by the students themselves. Students at H.E. Corley Elementary School show off their leadership skills at last week’s Leadership Day activities. (Photos provided) The event was designed to showcase what it’s like to be a part of The Leader in…

‘Coffee with a Cop’ helps parents tackle cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects students every day. The proliferation of cell phones and other devices being used by children and young adults means more and more students can be targets for cyberbullying. To combat that, Dutch Fork Middle School has made the decision to take action to inform and prepare students and parents by creating relationships between school staff, parents, and local…

Two District Five schools finalists for Palmetto’s Finest School Award

Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award, the district announced. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification they are two of the nine finalists statewide for the prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and…

Major honor for Irmo High band director

Roger Simpson recognized nationally as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference”

Irmo High School band director Roger Simpson has been recognized nationally by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine in their 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” edition. Irmo High band director Roger Simpson (Photo provided) The magazine showcases top music educators from all 50 states. Current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers of band…

Midlands sweeps McDonald’s All-American nominees

Give it up for high-school hoops here in the Midlands. Image provided Perhaps the highest honor for any high school basketball player – male or female – is to be named a McDonald’s All American. Each year, McDonald’s nominates the best players around the nation for inclusion on the final roster to play in the annual McDonald’s All American Games….

District Five begins 5-year-old kindergarten registration

Lexington-Richland School District Five has begun enrolling 5-year-old students for kindergarten, the district announced Monday. District Five encouraged parents/guardians to use the online registration for 5-year-old kindergarten this year. Photo provided “This system provides a convenient and efficient way for parents/guardians to register their students,” the district said in a news release. “In-person registration will still be available for parents/guardians…

District 5’s popular EXCEL 4K program accepting applications

Lexington-Richland School District Five is now accepting applications for its tuition-based 4-year-old kindergarten program. The District Five EXCEL (Exposing Children to Early Learning) 4K program is open to families residing in the District Five attendance zone. The program has two locations to serve students from across District Five. Parents can choose either the Irmo Elementary School or River Springs Elementary…

Oak Pointe teacher wins WACH Fox ‘Teacher of the Month’

The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague…

Richland County woman charged with attempted murder

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott recently announced the arrest of Kimberly Miller, 23, who is charged with four counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Lott stated that Miller was arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators without incident last week on McKenzie Street in Eastover at a relative’s home. The sheriff…

Lexington Medical Center Irmo unit earns top national awards

Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Ambulatory Surgery department is one of the highest-rated healthcare facilities in the nation for patient experience. That distinction comes from Press Ganey, a national company based in Indiana that tracks and ranks the delivery of healthcare across the country through patient surveys. Members of Lexington Medical Center Irmo’s Outpatient Surgery department in the operating room. (Photo…

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 in Christmas package thefts arrested

A woman suspected of stealing Christmas package deliveries from an Irmo homeowner’s porch has been caught and charged. Shirley Jean Daniel (Photo provided) A resident’s tip, spurred after viewing posted video-surveillance footage from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, led to the arrest Wednesday night of Shirley Jean Daniel, 35, at her home on Kennerly Road in Irmo, the sheriff’s department…

Dutch Fork senior experiences dream week at Shrine Bowl

Sports has always been a part of Madison Leonard’s life. When unfortunate joint pain cut her high school athletic career short, she knew decisions had to be made for a way to keep her connected to the game. So, the Dutch Fork High School senior became interested in athletic training, and ever since her junior year, Leonard hasn’t looked back….

Determined Dutch Fork seeks 5A state title

Head Coach Tom Knotts and his Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are not interested in re-visiting the last time they played at Williams-Brice Stadium. Nobody can blame them. After running through the playoffs in 2014, the Silver Foxes were steamrolled by Simpsonville’s Hillcrest High 47-17 in the state title game. This year though, Knotts and his undefeated team return with hopes…

Students of racially segregated school celebrate reunion

Smiles and laughter flowed through the gymnasium where they once played. Former students of Richlex School in Irmo, now the site of Dutch Fork Elementary, gathered for a special night at their “Holiday Gala Reunion” on Saturday to celebrate and remember the classes of 1953 through 1968. Members of the Richlex Reunion committee celebrate at their reunion held on December…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….

Bojangles Bash high school hoops tourney tips off

Promising “three hot days of hoops,” the fourth-annual Bojangles Basketball Bash tips off Thursday evening at Ridge View High School. The event will feature a slate of local high-school basketball teams taking on elite high school teams from several other states. All games will be played in the main gymnasium at Ridge View High, located at 4801 Hard Scrabble Road…

Search is on for missing Columbia teen

Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen August 24

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators are searching for a Columbia teen who hasn’t been seen or heard from in more than three months. Thomas Neil Thurman (Photos provided) According to investigators, Thomas Neil Thurman was last seen by his parents Aug. 24 as he left for the late bus to Irmo High School. “Thurman’s father tells us Thomas was running…

¡Ay caramba: Columbia Spanish teacher nabs major award

Nursery Road Elementary teacher Vanessa Torres is state's lone recipient of prestigious Milken Educator Award

Walk through the halls of Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia and they may be abuzz with students conversing in Spanish. With daughter and Nursery Road kindergarten student Sophia by her side, Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres calls her husband to tell him the good news about her surprise win minutes earlier of the 2017 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. (Photos…

Two District 5 school principals named state’s best

Principals Gerald Gary of Dutch Fork Middle and Akil Ross of Chapin High take top 2017 honors in selection by their statewide peers

It’s been a couple of heady weeks for Lexington-Richland School District Five. First, the district was named South Carolina’s best by a national website, out of 81 districts statewide. And, now, two of the district’s principals have been named the state’s best as well. District Five Superintendent Stephen Hefner congratulates Dutch Fork Middle School principal Gerald Gary on being named…