Lexington County

Taylor Watford Foundation, golf tournament, is effort to prevent overdose deaths

Taylor Watford, right, with Jimmy Watford, his father. Taylor Watford died in late 2018. “Taylor always thought my biggest fear was public speaking,” said Jimmy Watford, Taylor’s father. “But my greatest fear was realized on December 27, when I found Taylor deceased because of an accidental overdose.” Taylor’s passing has been extremely difficult for his family. Jimmy said Taylor had enough…

Don Merckle and The Blacksmiths headline Rhythm on the River, Saturday at West Columbia Riverwalk

Bring a blanket, chair or take a seat. Enjoy music with friends and family at the Wyman “Mac” Rish Riverwalk and Amphitheater in West Columbia.  Relax and enjoy the view of the Congaree River or take a walk along the beautiful winding trail while listening to the concert. All concerts are free and are great outings for families. The third…

Cayce DPS responds to fire

The Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to the scene of a residential structure fire in the 1800 block of Charleston Highway, Wednesday afternoon. There were no injuries reported by the Cayce Department of Public Safety. The fire was bought under control. Cayce DPS photo.  Categories: Cayce, Lexington County, West Columbia

Midlands players named to All-USA South Carolina Girls Basketball teams

Swansea guard Danae McNeal. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. More honors were bestowed Wednesday upon Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year Danae McNeal of Swansea and Olivia Thompson of Lexington. The future Clemson University guard, Danae McNeal, was named Player of the Year for the Palmetto State by USA Today’s All-USA South Carolina team. She averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and…

Tractor-trailer collides head-on with pickup truck, one identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision on Fernandina Road Monday. The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. According to the coroner, Calvin Ray Casson, 51, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision. He was traveling east on Fernandina Road when…

Suspicious fire reported inside Harbison Walmart, store closes for investigation

The Columbia Fire Department has been on scene at the Harbison Walmart since approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to a fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but officials said the store did experience some damage due to the smoke. According to CFD public information officer Mike Desumma, the fire began in part of the food section…

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day to be covered in yarn

Photo from Yarnbombing of Columbia Facebook page. It was announced Monday that West Columbia’s second annual Kinetic Derby Day will include the work of the Yarnbombers of Columbia. The Yarnbombers will begin working at the 100 block of State Street installation Friday, April 26, around noon. The art will be ready by the following day for Kinetic Derby Day. The…

S. C. High School League Lacrosse playoffs start Tuesday

Chapin girls’ lacrosse head coach Jennifer Green speaks to players during a timeout against Lexington. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The road to W.C. Hawkins Stadium for the S.C. High School League Championships starts Tuesday for seven Lexington County teams. Undefeated Region 5, District 3 champion Chapin will begin its quest for a third consecutive state title match appearance at Cecil…

2019 Nike Palmetto Cup starts Monday at Saluda Shoals Park

For the second straight year, the NIKE Palmetto Cup will take place at the Saluda Shoals Complex. It’s the 26th year for the event, which features 29 boys’ and girls’ teams from throughout the Palmetto State and two from Virginia. It starts Monday and concludes Wednesday. “Our boys field includes 24 teams broken up into two divisions – Gold Division…

Two weeks left – Final plans being made for West Columbia’s 2nd Annual Kinetic Derby Day

The big day is drawing near. Kinetic Derby Day is Saturday April 27, on State and Meeting Streets in West Columbia. On Wednesday, Kinetic Derby Day planners did a walk-through in order to preview the layout for the event. “The purpose of the walk-through was to go over the plan for the day and identify the logistics and coordination of…

Lexington Police on the scene of vehicle vs pedestrian collision, Saturday morning

The Lexington Police Department is asking motorists to please use caution as you travel in the 5600 block of Sunset Boulevard. LPD units are on the scene in front of the Lexington Walmart store, there. Traffic was reduced to one lane per direction due to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The report was posted at just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday….

Lexington High School boys’ basketball gets new coach

New Lexington boys’ basketball coach Elliott Pope (left) with former head coach Bailey Harris (right). Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A new era of Lexington High School boys’ basketball was ushered in Thursday. The program’s reins were officially turned over to Elliott Pope during a morning press conference at the school. He succeeds longtime head coach Bailey Harris, who stepped down…

West Columbia Police make drug arrests

The West Columbia Police Department has made multiple arrests in conjunction with a three-month-long narcotics investigation. West Columbia Narcotics investigators have arrested Davarious Savon Keith, age 25, of 615 Lown Street, West Columbia, S.C. Investigators served a search warrant on Keith’s residence on April 11. Keith has been charged with three counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine, one count of…

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher traveling to Morocco to learn techniques for classroom

Lake Murray Elementary art teacher Sherry Hope. Photos provided. Lake Murray Elementary School art teacher Sherry Hope has just embarked on the trip of a lifetime. She and eight other teachers from across the country have been given the opportunity to travel to Morocco to learn more about their passion: art. Hope and the others, through the National Art Education…

River Bluff wins region/district boys’ lacrosse title in overtime

River Bluff head coach Gordie Howe speaks to his team during a timeout. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Lexington and River Bluff have played numerous sporting contests since the rivalry’s inception in 2013. Wednesday night at Wildcat Stadium, the two adversaries waged arguably one of its biggest contests again each other in boys’ lacrosse. At stake was the Region 5, District…

Missing 15-year-old has been found

The West Columbia Police Department was asking for the public’s help to locate a juvenile who was last seen April 8, on McSwain Drive in the City of West Columbia. That 15-year-old has been found, the WCPD announced around 3 pm.m Thursday. Initial report. On April 9,  Tyrone Palmer, nicknamed “Quez” was reported as missing. Palmer is 15-years-old and is…

Updated traffic-light system to improve emergency response on Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. Lexington County Press Release from Harrison Cahill.  Traffic signals along Highway 378 (Sunset Boulevard)  between the Town of Lexington and the City of West Columbia, will soon be updated to help improve emergency response times for patients requiring hospital care. “We are proud to be a partner in this project with the Town of Lexington, SCDOT,…

Lexington County man dies after crash into creek

One person is dead after single-car collision in Lexington County, Wednesday. The crash happened around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, on SC Highway 6, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. Nicolas Robert Fielding, 23, of Gaston, has been identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as the man killed in the incident. Fielding was traveling east on the…

Lexington County Coroner’s Office investigating a cold case homicide, asks for public’s help

Julianne Lee – LCCO photo The Lexington County Coroner’s Office is investigating a cold case homicide and needs your help. On Sept. 2, 2006 Julianne Lee (born 1961) who would be 57, now, was found dead from stab wounds inside of her single-wide mobile home lat 628 Lawson Road in the Leesville area of Lexington County. At the time of…

Lexington, River Bluff boys’ lacrosse to meet for region title Wednesday

Lexington’s Michael Werny (16) and Trey Gunter (20) team up against A.C. Flora. GoFlashWin photo. Archrivals River Bluff and Lexington are enjoying historic seasons for their respective boys’ lacrosse programs. The Gators improved to a program-best 11-4 on March 30 in defeating Irmo 16-4 in The Swamp. The contest also witnessed senior co-captain Kevin Flannery set a single-game program record…

The kilts are back: Tartan Day celebration draws thousands

tartanday3 Show Caption Hide Caption tartanday1 Show Caption Hide Caption tartanday2 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The Midlands’ celebration of all things Celtic grows bigger and more popular each year, and 2019 was no exception. The ninth annual Tartan Day South celebration actually spanned four days and four cities, beginning with a kickoff party Thursday at the British…

Brookland-Cayce High School Honors Choir performs at Lincoln Center in NYC

BC-Choir-7 Show Caption Hide Caption BC-Choir-6 Show Caption Hide Caption BC-HS Show Caption Hide Caption BC-Choir-5 Show Caption Hide Caption BC-Choir-2 Show Caption Hide Caption BC-Choir-3 Show Caption Hide Caption The Brookland-Cayce High School Honors Choir, along with choral director Wendi Humphries, performed in New York City, Sunday, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The choir was a…