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Gaston woman charged with stabbing family member

Stacey Chasteen. Booking photo. Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gaston woman Tuesday night. Stacey Lynn Chasteen, 46, is being charged with attempted murder after officers responded to a stabbing at her home. She is also charged with using a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Based on the interview investigators conducted on the scene, this all…

Second half lifts Gray Collegiate past Calhoun County

Thomas Grant photos. With a state record of nine championships and over 700 career victories, Calhoun County boys’ basketball coach and former University of South Carolina scoring champion Zam Fredrick has a distinguished legacy. It’s one Dion Bethea, head coach of defending Class 2A champion Gray Collegiate Academy, greatly admires and hopes to emulate. “From me coaching his son (in…

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber names award winners at annual gala

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UPDATE – Crews search for man who jumped from bridge, bridges reopen

The Gervais Street Bridge and Blossom Street Bridge have both reopened to traffic. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and SLED are continuing to search for a reported jumper in the Congaree River. A helicopter is providing support with aerial search of the river. Original Story  A man jumped from the Gervais Street Bridge Wednesday morning. Before 11 a.m. the…

Cayce police detain 12-year-old in connection to vehicle thefts

CDPS photo. The Cayce Department of Public safety notified the public of an incident that led officers to make a connection to recent car thefts in the area. Officers were alerted to suspicious activity Tuesday night on Haynes Lane, according to the department. While they were checking the area, they located a suspicious vehicle with numerous subjects inside. All occupants…

Chapin man’s family heirloom returned after being found in Pennsylvania antique store

bolton-lighter-2 Show Caption Hide Caption boton-lighter-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Sam-Bolton Show Caption Hide Caption Samuel Bolton III, with a picture of his father, Samuel Bolton Jr., and the antique lighter. Photos provided. One piece of family history found its way back home to Chapin resident Samuel Bolton Monday afternoon. He was contacted by a stranger named Jamie through Facebook…

House of Raeford donates headphones for every Cayce Elementary student

Cayce-Elem-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce-Elem-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Allyson Long-Cayce Elementary (left) Elizabeth Andrews of Edmentum, Ann Addy, teacher, Chuck Underhill House of Raeford, and John Robert Jackson, Edmentum. Show Caption Hide Caption Chuck Underhill of House of Raeford passing out headphones to students. Show Caption Hide Caption Allyson Long-Cayce Elementary (left) Elizabeth Andrews of Edmentum, Kim Addy,…

WiFi now provided on school buses for Pelion students

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across…

Lexington pedestrian struck by tractor trailer, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning around 12:10 a.m.  The incident occurred in the 4200 block of U.S. 178 in Leesville. According to Fisher, Tommy Wade Goss, 47, of Lexington was in the roadway when he was struck by the truck. Goss was…

Lexington Police work crash on Gibson Road

The Lexington Police Department was working a collision at the intersection of Gibson Road and Roberts Street. The crash had traffic congested around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The LPD later reported the collision at the intersection of Gibson Road and Roberts Street was cleared from the road. Police also asked drivers to please drive alert and be careful of wet road…

Columbia plans big bash for March Madness games

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Columbia could generate up to $9 million for the local economy. Columbia  will host the first and second round of March Madness March 22 and 24 at the Colonial Life Arena on the USC campus. The tournament was the topic of discussion at a press conference Monday.  The NCAA regional will be the first…

Lexington County men sentenced for brutal murder, home invasion

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Fire damages house on River View Court

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Lake Murray Elementary students collect 200 coats for Lexington County charity

Courtney Counts poses with coat bin. Photo provided. Students at Lake Murray Elementary School decided to end 2018 with a giving spirit by collecting more than 200 coats for other children in need. Fifth-grader Courtney E. Counts led the school’s “Give a Coat, Warm a Kid” coat drive, inspiring her fellow Mariners to bring in winter weather items. Counts is…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River is Feb. 26 – With Silent Auction

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. It’s at Stone River, 121 Alexander Rd, West Columbia, near the Riverwalk Amphitheater. For ticket information call: 803-791 – 1880 – Ext. 623 To purchase tickets online, click HERE. There is a Silent Auction, Getting set up for Online Bidding just takes…

Man found unconscious in car carrying pistol, four kinds of drugs, police say

The Springdale Police Department reported an arrest Sunday night that occurred earlier in the day. According to the department, officers responded to a call at the Raceway gas station on Airport Boulevard in reference to a car with an unconscious occupant. Officers discovered a 34-year-old man passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a gas pump….

Trustus to stage first SC production of Tony-winning play

Beck Chandler (right) rehearsing his role of Christopher with other cast members. Images courtesy of Trustus Theater. The book sold more than 2 million copies and won numerous awards. The stage adaptation added many more trophies, including the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Now, Trustus Theatre will produce South Carolina’s first performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog…

Gamecocks defeat Missouri to go 3-0 in the SEC

USC Athletics photo. South Carolina upped its record to 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference  with an 85-75 win over Missouri on Sunday. The Gamecocks are 8-7 overall, andthe Tigers  fell to 9-5, and 0-2 in the SEC. Missouri got to within a possession of tying the game with with 3:17 left in the game, but  back-to-back 3-pointers put South Carolina…

Denim meets classic at SC Philharmonic’s Beethoven and Blue Jeans

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Converspace coworking office opens in Sandhills

Converspace at 136-4 Forum Drive, in Sandhills Show Caption Hide Caption Converspace owner Tamika Washington with a client Show Caption Hide Caption Inside Converspace coworking office Show Caption Hide Caption Jeanne Reynolds photos. First, to be clear: Converspace does not sell Converse sneakers. “Yes, that’s what the kids ask when they stop by,” laughed owner Tamika Washington. Instead, the new…

The COMET enhances transit services in 2019 for Midlands residents

Photo from The COMET Facebook page. The COMET (Central Midlands Transit) system has some new service enhancements for 2019 – some have already been implemented, and others have yet to begin. Executive Director John Andoh said his goal is to make their system easier for Richland and Lexington County residents to utilize. The company has partnered with Lyft and Uber…