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Local schools snag cheerleading state championships

Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleading teams took home state championships this month at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. “We are so excited about winning the state championship and continuing a tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “We practiced tirelessly for many weeks in order to win this championship. So much time,…

Website names Lexington-Richland 5 state’s best school district

Lexington One ranked 4th statewide, with four other local districts also earning recognition by Niche.com

Lexington-Richland School District Five has been named the state’s best school district for 2017, according to new rankings released by a national website. Niche.com – a Pittsburgh-based website that specializes in ranking schools, universities, and places to live – gave the district an A-plus, and named it tops in a number of individual categories. Image provided In addition to District…

Irmo woman struck and killed along Interstate 26

The S.C. Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of one of the two vehicles that struck her

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the woman who was struck by two vehicles Friday night along Interstate 26. Lauren D. Lew, 26, of Irmo, died from multiple body trauma. The S.C. Highway Patrol said Lew had been involved in a wreck on the interstate near Chapin at mile-marker 91 and was struck by the two vehicles on the…

Local students recognized as state’s top ‘young innovators’

Two Lexington-Richland School District Five graduates have been awarded the South Carolina Young Innovator Award. From left: Alexa Eyring and Kayla Shine. (Photo provided) Kayla Shine from Dutch Fork High School, now a freshman at Clemson University, and Alexa Eyring from Chapin High School, received the honor at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner on November 3 in Greenville. Both…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

Lexington County Council member busted

Arrest is the second for Phil Yarborough since 2014

A Lexington County Council member is facing a criminal charge after his arrest Sunday by Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies for alleged malicious injury to property. Lexington County Council member Phil Yarborough (Photo provided) The arrest is the second for 35-year-old Phillip “Phil” Heyward Yarborough, Jr., since 2014, when Columbia Police arrested him in Five Points for public drunkenness and jaywalking….

Lexington-Richland 5 program named state’s best

Project SEARCH helps students with disabilities prepare for future careers

A program in a local school district is proving to employers that students with certain disabilities can make great employees. And now, the program has been recognized statewide. Lexington-Richland Five’s Project SEARCH has been recognized for its efforts to help students with disabilities explore and prepare for career opportunities. (Photo provided) The Project SEARCH program in Lexington-Richland School District Five…

Harlem Globetrotter delivers anti-bullying message to Oak Pointe Elementary students

Students at Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo had a ball Tuesday morning as Harlem Globetrotter basketball player Zeus McClurkin paid a special visit to the Pioneers. Zeus McClurkin, a team member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, shares his message against bullying Tuesday at Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo. (Photo provided) A team member of the Globetrotters, known worldwide as…

Lexington-Richland District 5 program aims to combat child hunger locally

In a continued effort to make sure no child is hungry, Lexington-Richland School District Five’s partnership with the Snack Packs program has been a rousing success so far, district officials said. Through its partnership with Ameris Bank in Irmo, the District Five community managed to raise over 268,000 food items in the month of October that will help feed those…

Feds succeed in shutting down Columbia-area Liberty Tax franchisee

Thanks to a dizzying array of practices that left a years-long trail of audits, fraud, and customer-deceit in its wake, Irmo businessman Christopher Paul Haynes on Thursday was permanently barred by the federal government from ever preparing federal tax returns again. (Photo via LibertyTax.com) Haynes is the owner of three Liberty Tax franchise offices in Columbia, acquiring his first one in…

High school marching bands to descend on Batesburg-Leesville for state championships

Saturday will be awash in brass, percussion, and pageantry when some of the state’s top high-school marching bands descend on Batesburg-Leesville for the 2016 S.C. Band Directors’ Association Class 1A and 3A State Championships. The competition featuring 25 bands will be held at Batesburg-Leesville High School’s Panther Stadium beginning at noon this Saturday, with tickets available at the gate. The…

Lexington-Richland School District Five students among state’s best on S.C.-mandated tests

New data from the S.C. Department of Education shows students in Lexington-Richland School District Five continue to demonstrate academic excellence, district officials said. Each year, students in grades three through eight are required to take state-mandated tests to determine their academic progress. In May 2016, students took the SC READY math and English language arts assessment, and the SCPASS social…

Richland County partners with Dutch Fork Elementary for pilot food-waste project

Students are turning uneaten food into compost, and learning to think critically about the food they throw away

It’s a lesson in ecology — and economy. Lunch scraps are being turned into plant food at a local elementary school, thanks to a new recycling program and lots of environmentally conscious students. Students and staff at Dutch Fork Elementary in Irmo separate food and other lunch-time wastes into coded bins, with appropriate items saved and turned into compost for the…

Olympic gold medalist gives Irmo High students lesson in success

Courtney Shealy Hart returns to her alma mater to inspire Irmo High swimmers

Courtney Shealy Hart (standing) brought her Olympic gold medals and an inspiring message to Irmo High School swimmers before their big state swim meet. (Photo provided) You could call it a Hart-to-heart talk. As they faced an upcoming state-championship meet in Columbia last week, the Irmo High School swim team received a visit from a special guest – Irmo High…

Local agricultural educator wins Teacher of the Month award from SCEA and WACH

A teacher in Lexington-Richland School District Five has won teacher-of-the-month honors for his efforts to help create successful future farmers. John “Sim” Asbill (Photo provided) The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) announced that John “Sim” Asbill, Agricultural and Animal Science instructor at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, better known simply as “The Center,” has been selected as the WACH…

Lexington deputies arrest suspect in Lake Murray double shooting

An Irmo man has been arrested in connection with a shooting Monday night in which two women were wounded at a Lake Murray apartment complex. Tashonby Pedrick Wilson Tashonby Pedrick Wilson, 31, was charged Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder, one count of illegally possessing a firearm during a violent crime and one count of the possession of a…