Lexington County

Emergency personnel respond to house fire in Lexington

Lexington Police Officers assisted Lexington County Fire Service with a residential structure fire on Allenbrooke Drive in the Wellesley neighborhood Monday just after 6 p.m. The structure is located right off of Sunset Boulevard, at the I-20 Exit. Access to homes in the area may were temporarily limited until emergency personnel cleared the scene. No injuries were reported, but one…

Bad weather forces early cancellation of Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Fans of Chapin High School football will have to wait two more weeks before seeing their team in action at Cecil Woolbright. Bad weather forced the early cancellation of the third annual Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic Saturday night. Flashes of lightning from a storm system traveling from Newberry forced stoppage of Game Three of the…

“Kicking Diabetes Out Of The Park” fundraiser for Jerome Franklin is Sept. 7-8

Jerome Franklin and his Aunt Michelle Franklin. Jerome Franklin was diagnosed with type two diabetes at age 26. At age 37, he had a stroke. He is determined to keep fighting the encroaching ailment said his Aunt Michelle Franklin, but he needs physical therapy. To help pay for the physical therapy, Michelle has planned a the Jerome Franklin Fund-raiser Kick-ball…

Dominant victory by teams at Lexington Sportsarama

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. A near-capacity homecrowd at Gilbert High School were treated for a preseason warmup from seven Lexington County schools. The third annual Lexington Sportsarama featured 4 2 quarter scrimmages which had its share of high scores and big offensive plays. This was also the final opportunity for teams to prepare for their respective season-openers Aug. 23: GAME…

Ben Lippen coach to lead Lexington County Blowfish next summer

Lexington County Blowfish General Manager Theo Bacot and new head coach Matt Padgett. Photo courtesy of Lexington County Blowfish. New hometown leadership will be at the helm of the Lexington County Blowfish next summer. The team announced Thursday the hiring of Lexington native Matt Padgett as head coach. The current Ben Lippen head baseball coach replaces Marshall McDonald, who went…

Cayce honors 1964 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series Championship team

WIS-TV former host Joe Pinner talks to surviving players Show Caption Hide Caption Surviving players, six have passed away. Show Caption Hide Caption DYB Show Caption Hide Caption DYB 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Surviving members of the team Leo Redmond said he remembers the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. That team was honored in…

Prospectus highlights West Columbia’s Opportunity Zone status, draws investors to top properties

Capitol Square Show Caption Hide Caption Meeting St. Show Caption Hide Caption Prospectus 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Prospectus 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Prospectus 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Prospectus Show Caption Hide Caption West Columbia is a good place to do business, according to its leaders. Now it’s even better. Gov. Henry McMaster has designated specific West Columbia…

25 Lexington Two teachers awarded Strong Schools grants from Colonial Life

25 Lexington Two teachers get awards Twenty-five Lexington Two educators have been awarded $20,000 in grants from Colonial Life as part of its Strong Schools Grant program. Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to purchase equipment and resources that support lessons focused on world-class knowledge and skills and life and career characteristics as outlined in the Profile…

History Walk at Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park is Saturday

The History Walk in Cayce is this Saturday, at 10 a.m. The theme: First Fort Congaree and 18th Century Trade History Walk: A massacre, murder and a kidnapping. Walk to the 1718 Old Fort Congaree site and learn about the struggles of the colonial settlers and the South Carolina Native Americans. Delve into the Deerskin Economy, then travel forward in…

Expect police check points in Lexington, Wednesday

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green has announced that the Lexington Police Department will be conducting several Public Safety Checkpoints, in Lexington, on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Officers will be conducting the Public Safety Checkpoints in response to collision incidents, Citizen Traffic Complaints, and previous enforcement in this area focused on speeding and unsafe driving practices. Officers will be checking driver’s licenses,…

Irmo, Ridge View lose at Midlands Honda Monday Night Football Classic

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Turning around struggling football programs was a reputation Aaron Brand proudly earned while in North Carolina. He now looks to return the Irmo High School team back to prominence. After Monday’s 16-7 scrimmage loss to Lancaster in the Midlands Honda Monday Night Football Classic at Fairfield Central High School, Brand acknowledged it won’t be a quick…

Developer Joe Taylor planning new office building for Meeting Street in West Columbia

Rendering of proposed office building. From Grant Jackson A new Class A office building is expected to be under construction at 508 Meeting Street in West Columbia by the end of August and available after the first of the year. 508 Meeting Street is being developed by Joe Taylor, the former S.C. Secretary of Commerce, who formed State Street Development…

Lexington County Fire Services responds to fire

Lexington County Fire Services and Lexington County EMS units responded to a residential structure fire in the 100 block of Carolyn Trail Monday afternoon just after 12 p.m. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home’s roof and windows. Fire units immediately began suppression operations, before proceeding inside to extinguish the remaining fire. Units remained…

Parents, students, and staff begin preparation for a new school year

Riverbank Elementary Show Caption Hide Caption East Point Academy Show Caption Hide Caption RES Principal David Sims Show Caption Hide Caption RES Show Caption Hide Caption EPA Show Caption Hide Caption East Point Academy. Are you ready for the school year 2019-2020? This is the last week Lexington Two Schools in West Columbia will be on a summer schedule. Teachers…

Zesto celebrating 70 years

Gus and Pete Manos, of Zesto. Terry Ward photo. West Columbia’s Zesto restaurant is celebrating 70 years in business in 2019. “It’s been really fun to see so many people over the years,” said Pete Manos, who owns Zesto with his father, Gus. “It’s really cool to be celebrating 70 years.” He said the restaurant started with as few as…

Judge sentences sex offender to 21 years, to represent years victim has suffered

William Bennon, photo from Lexington County Detention Center. A trial for sex offender William Derek Bennon, 47, concluded this week in Lexington County. Bennon has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. The trial began Monday and concluded Thursday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict on both charges. Bennon received a concurrent sentence for each count of criminal…

Cayce to honor 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Champions

The City of Cayce has announced a very special exhibit, honoring the members of the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. It is coming to the Cayce Historical Museum beginning 3 p.m., Aug. 16. The surviving members of the 1964 Dixie Youth World Series Champions Team will gather for a celebration of the exhibit opening at…

Lexington National All-Stars claim runner-up trophy at Dixie Youth World Series

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The Lexington National All-Stars came away with the national runner-up trophy at the Dixie Youth Baseball 2A Coach Pitch World Series Championships held last week in Ruston, LA. The team rebounded from an opening round loss to Mississippi to advance out the loser’s bracket with four straight wins, before losing in the final to the same…

G.L. Locklear records local history, while studying genealogy

Brookland officials from years past Show Caption Hide Caption CONGAREE BOAT TRAFFIC Show Caption Hide Caption Downtown Columbia Show Caption Hide Caption G.L. Locklear has become a local historian by default. “I’ve looked up the genealogy for many, many families,” said Locklear. And in his research, he has found out a lot about the history of the area. From the…

Lexington man accused of shooting woman in driveway

James Stork, booking photo provided. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department notified the public of a Lexington man who has been charged with attempted murder. According to deputies, he shot a woman in his driveway early Tuesday morning. James Mason Stork, 29, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and discharging a…