Lexington Town Councilman honored for volunteer work at school

A Lexington Elementary School  volunteer received a statewide honor this month for his dedication to students and teachers. The Palmetto State School Counselor Association named Lexington Town Councilman Ron Williams the 2017 School Counselor Advocate of the Year. Winners are honored for their support and positive impact on school counselors and their students at the local, state or national level….

West Columbia TD Bank robbed, suspects on the loose

Suspects fled in a white, four-door Volkswagen Jetta

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who robbed the TD Bank, at 1926 Augusta Rd. in West Columbia. The robbery took place at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, according to WCPD Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison. Morrison said “at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, two black males entered the bank and demanded…

Teachers in high demand: Lexington 2 Recruitment Fair is Saturday at BCHS

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Certified teachers are in high demand. “We have not seen the need for teachers at his level,” said Dr. Angela Cooper, Lexington 2’s Chief Human Resource Officer. “It’s of grave concern,” Cooper said. “Last year was the first year ever that we went with some positions unfilled.” Teachers and applicants at last year’s recruitment fair. (Photo Contributed) She said there…

Lexington Elementary counselor named Elementary School Counselor of the Year

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association honored a Lexington County School District One employee with one of its top awards during its 2017 annual conference, the district announced. Michelle Privette (Photo provided) Lexington Elementary School Counselor Michelle R. Privette, an active member of PSSCA, received the Elementary School Counselor of the Year award. Throughout her career, Privette has served on…

Updated: Lexington County Chili Cook-Off crowd basks in sun and music

Attendance double from last year, according to organizers

  Bowls of Fury was winner of the The 2nd Annual Lexington County Chili Cookoff and Music Fest Sunday at Lexington’s downtown IceHouse Amphitheater. Bowls of Fury won both the judges first place and the Peoples Choice Award. Photo contributed.) The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining and the chili was hot. Droves of people turned out for…

The late-Abby Bray, Jr., to be inducted into BCHS Education Hall of Fame

Beloved educator, West Columbia Council member, to be honored posthumously Thursday

Abbott L. “Abby” Bray, Jr., was one of the most-beloved teachers ever at Brookland-Cayce High School. And to honor his memory, the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation has selected Bray, posthumously, as the 2017 BCHS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee. Bray will be inducted at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Educator Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday….

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies go military at Battle Challenge

A chance to build a bond

The South Carolina National Guard is hosting its first “Battle Challenge.” Battle Challenge (Photos by Terry Ward) Sponsored by the Military Benefit Association, it’s Saturday through Tuesday, at McCrady Training Center in Eastover. Saturday morning, deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department were running the Battle Challenge obstacle course. “We train all the time,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott,…

Ambassador Nikki Haley to U.S. adversaries: ‘We’re taking names’

The Lexington County resident and former S.C. governor sets the tone of her new post on the first day on the job

An upbeat Nikki Haley walked into United Nations headquarters on Friday and wasted no time letting the world know that Donald Trump’s new U.N. Ambassador doesn’t intend to play games. New U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Friday after the formality of presenting him the United States’ diplomatic credentials. (Photo provided) Though…

Mother, son killed in accident near Batesburg are identified

Summerland Avenue Crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the two individuals who died in  a two-vehicle accident on Thursday. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Summerland Avenue near Batesburg in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Gary Lee Cook, 44, and Mary Cook, 69, both of Batesburg-Leesville were killed when their vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Mr….

Nephron headquarters’ move to Lexington County almost complete

Replacement hires are South Carolinians

Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced last month it is moving its headquarters from Orlando, Fla. to its Lexington County Facility. Nephron President and CEO Lou Kennedy said Thursday there are only a few Nephron employees left in Orlando and the move is almost complete. “They are ‘winterizing’ the Florida location,” Kennedy said, explaining the final touches are being put into the shutdown…

Lexington man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General's Office to investigate

Jereme Michael Bowman, 27, of Lexington has been arrested on a charge connected to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. Jereme Michael Bowman. (Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Photo.) The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force made the arrest. Investigators with…

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…

Lexington County Fire Service responds to two house fires

Fires flare in both Swansea and Lexington

Lexington County Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services responded to two separate house fires Wednesday, according to a release from Lexington County administration. The first fire occurred near the town of Swansea on the 1100 block of Gus Sturkie Road just before 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival, heavy fire and smoke could be seen coming from the structure. Swansea fire. (Photo…

Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of…

McMaster moving in as governor, issues “Let’s Get Started” video

New governor cites need to improve roads and schools

On his first full day in office, Gov. Henry McMaster released a YouTube video entitled “Let’s Get Started.” In the video, McMaster said he believes being governor of South Carolina is “the very best job in the world.” Moving vans at the Governor’s Mansion on Lincoln Street, Thursday. (Photo by Terry Ward) He also said he grew up in the state,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to expand officer body cam program

More than 19 months after the state enacted legislation mandating all law enforcement agencies utilize body cameras, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon on Tuesday said he has received approval from the Lexington County Council to use state money to start equipping several dozen deputies with the devices as part of a department pilot program. “I’m thankful to council for supporting our plan….

Stats on Lexington traffic accidents are sobering

You're not imagining things – there are lots of wrecks in Lexington and police want drivers to know where and why

If you drive in the town of Lexington, watch out. Lexington, due to two decades of steady and robust growth and a lack of corresponding new road infrastructure, can at times be a traffic nightmare. That’s not a secret. Stock image But with greater traffic comes a greater risk of accidents. And chances are, if you drive enough in Lexington,…

Coroner identifies Blythewood victim of Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person killed in a two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday. The wreck happened in the 1100 block of U.S. Highway 378 near Clubside Drive in Lexington at approximately 5:45 p.m. Fisher stated that Autumn Victoria Joiner, 20, of Blythewood. died at the scene from the injuries she received in the accident. Joiner was not…

Ban on certain items to be lifted at Lexington County courthouse

Weapons? No. But cellphones, bags, and strollers are good to go

Certain personal items that have been forbidden at the Lexington County Judicial Center since 2015 will be allowed in starting January 30. Lexington County Judicial Center (Photo provided) “After consulting with Sheriff Jay Koon and his deputies who provide security at the courthouse, I’ve made the decision to allow cellphones, bags and strollers into the courthouse,” Lexington County Clerk of…

Lexington One announces Teacher of the Year finalists

Lexington County School District One has announced its five finalists for Lexington One District Teacher of the Year. They include Lexington Elementary First-Grade Teacher Jamie M. Hudson; Lexington High Mathematics Teacher Angie B. Freeman; Lexington Middle Seventh-Grade English Teacher Ivey F. Homer; Midway Elementary Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates; and, White Knoll High Mathematics Teacher Jay J. Sydow. Jamie…

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

Lexington County man sentenced to life for murder

Charles Alton Morehouse, a 40-year-old Lexington County man, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of James David Porter, III, according to the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Charles Alton Morehouse (Photo provided) Morehouse’s sentence by Circuit Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr., came following a week-long jury trial. In addition to the murder charge, Morehouse was…

Rep. Joe Wilson gains House subcommittee chair

With a GOP-controlled Congress in place, Congressman Joe Wilson is expanding his clout on Capitol Hill. Rep. Joe Wilson (Photos provided) Wilson, an eight-term Republican from Lexington County, was named Wednesday as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness by Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). “Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis,” Thornberry said in…

Lexington County seeks public input on flood hazards

Have property in Lexington County? Does it sometimes flood? Then officials want to hear from you. Lexington County officials announced Monday they are seeking help from the public to identify areas within the county that historically flood as they seek to develop a new comprehensive Floodplain Management Plan. A public-input meeting has been scheduled for January 17, from 5:30 p.m….

Katrina’s Kids hosts Cola benefit concert for foster kids

Hear four live acts, bid on Darius Rucker's guitar, and more at special concert to help kids in need

Music and children are a natural fit. But for many foster children in South Carolina, activities like music lessons or band camp are simply out of reach. So are summer camps, athletic and recreation programs, scouting, leadership development, job skills training – and a whole host of other after-school and summer enrichment activities. S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, founder of Katrina’s…