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Pedestrian killed Tuesday night in Lexington County

A pedestrian was killed on Highway 178 near Batesburg-Leesville Tuesday night, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The pedestrian was in the road and was hit by a 2007 Ford van traveling east on Highway 178. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. No charges were filed against the driver of the van. The pedestrian was in the road. The victim’s…

Body found in Congaree River

A body from the Congaree River has been recovered. Rescue crews had been searching since midday Sunday for a swimmer who went missing between the Gervais Street Bridge and the Blossom Street Bridge. The body was found closer to the Blossom Street Bridge, said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for SCDNR. He said the male’s body was found just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Since…

Women learn water navigation at “Ladies’ Day on the Lake”

By Karamie Sullivan The ladies got their day in the sun, except it was overcast. The Lake Murray Resort and Marina hosted the 17th annual “Ladies’ Day on the Lake” Tuesday. The day-long class is an effort to teach them how to back a boat trailer down a ramp into the water and navigate a boat to the dock. The…

S.C. babies born on May 29-31 eligible for $5,290 Future Scholar grant

Treasurer Curtis Loftis Announces $5,290 College Savings Grant for SC Newborns

All Babies Born in South Carolina from May 29-May 31, 2017 are eligible to Receive a $5,290 grant to a Future Scholar Account In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan has expanded its Palmetto Baby Grant Program. The annual program, held each May in celebration of National 529 College Savings Day (May 29),…

Boo Boo returns home after dog is stolen with car

Boo Boo’s back home and all is well. Debrah Boulanger’s dog “Boo Boo” was in the car of a friend, when the car was stolen from the Triangle City area in West Columbia on June 10. With Boo Boo, a brown Chihuahua missing, the West Columbia Police Department announced that the car, and Boo Boo, had been stolen. They were…

State’s unemployment rate at record low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May. That is the lowest rate the state has had since December 2000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s rate was 4.3 percent in April. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April. Lexington County’s unemployment rate rose to 3.1…

Lexington Police look for man impersonating U.S Marshal

The Lexington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who presented himself as a Federal Law Enforcement officer. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the man pictured  went into the Gamestop at 5570 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. He identified himself as a U.S. Marshal, police said. The subject attempted to convince employees that he needed access to…

Chapin hit and run victim identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal hit–and-run accident that occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday. The incident happened in the 500 Block of Westwood Drive in Chapin. Fisher states that Darrius N. Dreher, 22, of Chapin was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple body trauma after he was struck by an unknown…

Pedestrian killed in early Sunday hit-and-run in Lexington County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Lexington County early Sunday morning. The accident happened just after 5 a.m. on Westwood Drive, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The collision resulted in a person being struck and killed by a car that fled the scene after the incident. The Highway…

Coach not the only change at USC, as several Gamecocks drafted this week

By Chandler Mack The Gamecocks did not make the NCAA post-season in baseball and the team is currently in need of a head coach. But chances are Gamecock fans will see some familiar faces in Major League Baseball over the next few years. The MLB draft was held earlier this week and several Gamecocks got the call from Major League teams…

West Columbia Police looking for suspect in car theft, with dog in the car

1/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Suspect Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Car that may be involved Show Caption Hide Caption The West Columbia Police Department is asking for help from the community to locate the individual in the photo. He is a suspect in the theft of a white four-door Honda Accord, Tag No.  8279DP. The vehicle…

Lexington 2 school district implementing InfoSnap on-line registration beginning 2017-18 school year

The Lexington Two School District is working on a plan that will make student registration less cumbersome. InfoSnap is online registration software that will use Internet technology to eliminate the need for large packets of registration forms, said Janet Dedmon District Instructional Technology Coach at the Lexington Two Board meeting, Thursday. For families with more than one student in the…

Cayce closing some streets Saturday for Soiree on State event

Multiple streets in the City of Cayce will be closed and/or have detours Saturday  in conjunction with the Soiree on State event. The event site, State Street from Poplar Street to Railroad Street, will be closed to through traffic starting at 10 a.m. and will remain closed into the evening for event clean up. Multiple adjacent streets will be closed…

Nighttime detour on I-20 Exit 55 (SC 6) eastbound begins Friday night

The SC 6 eastbound exit ramp (Exit 55) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday and Saturday night, June 16 and 17, for road shoulder reconstruction. Motorists heading east who wish to take Exit 55 should proceed to Exit 58 and re-enter I-20 westbound to Exit 55. The exit 55 eastbound ramp closure will occur: From 11…

Town of Lexington seeking bids on One-Way Pair Transportation Project

The Town of Lexington has received final approval from the S.C. Department of Transportation on a One-Way Pair Transportation Project, the town is planning. The town is requesting bid for the project beginning Friday, according to a release from Jennifer Dowden, media coordinator for the Town of Lexington  The bids will be opened and reviewed on July 20. Shortly after,…

Death of musician ruled justifiable homicide

The death of a man who died Tuesday night has been ruled as a justifiable homicide by investigators. Keith Dominick, 53, died at his ex-girlfriend’s Lake Murray home of strangulation and blood loss, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Dominick broke into the woman’s house in the 500 block of Hiller Road in Chapin. He cut his arm severely…

Toby’s Place, for homeless women and children, cuts ribbon with Oliver Gospel Mission

Thanks to the efforts of a community, homeless women and children in the Columbia area now have a new place to stay and to find the help they need. Oliver Gospel Mission celebrated the completion of Toby’s Place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The new facility at 5938 Two Notch Road in Columbia will serve women and children, expanding the…

Columbia’s Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System announce partnership

Columbia’s Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System have agreed to come together to create a new, not-for-profit, locally governed health company. According to a Thursday press release the partnership is designed to shape and lead the future of health care for all South Carolinians. Through this affiliation, the new company will improve the patient experience, clinical quality and access to…

Chad Holbrook posts ad thanking USC, fans praise

Many times when a coach and a college sports team are separated, there is not a lot of love. But that is not the case with former Gamecock baseball coach Chad Holbrook. Holbrook and USC parted ways last week after Holbrook’s five years with the Gamecocks. Holbrook did not go quietly. He has published an ad of thanks. It reads: “Thank you…

Music Farm presents free country music in June

By Caroline Petrone Columbia’s Music Farm hosted its second week of free country music, Wednesday night. The featured act this week was LanCo, a Nashville-based country music band. Kentucky’s Carly Pierce with her bluegrass tone, and Midland, another country music group, performed too. When LanCo took the stage, the band incorporated the enthusiasm of the crowd, while  performing a variety…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson issues statement after shooting of congressman and four others

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson James T. Hodgkinson III, fired several shots Wednesday at a park in Alexandria, Va., at Republican members of Congress. The Congress members were at a morning baseball practice. The shooter wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.). Hodgkinson, 66, was from Illinois. He died after a shootout with police.  Two officers were wounded in…

Lexington deputies publish photos of suspects in alleged truck theft

Do you know this woman? She drove a red Camry to a car dealership, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Her male passenger stole a Dodge truck that was for sale. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for her. If you have any information about these two people or the vehicles, please call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce,…

Lexington Medical Center to host employment fair, June 24

Lexington Medical Center will host an employment fair on Saturday, June 24 on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The hospital is looking to fill numerous positions in nursing, allied health and professional support services. The employment fair will include two sessions: 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. It will be inside the Lexington Medical Park 1…

West Columbia Police receive body cameras, ready to put them into service

The West Columbia Police Department has received its shipment of 30 body cameras. “We’ll take some time to train our department on how to use the cameras,” said West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall. While there has been a large amount of attention on body cameras for police officers in the last couple of years, the use of the cameras…

Progress on Lexington 2 school construction coming along

1/4New Cayce Elementary School. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4CATE site from 12th Street Extension. Cayce Elementary in background. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4CATE Center from Bulldog Boulevard. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4New Elementary School site in West Columbia. Show Caption Hide Caption There are two new elementary schools and a career and technology (CATE) center being built in the Lexington…