Lexington County

Businesses being evacuated, lanes closed on Sunset Boulevard in response to gas leak

Lexington PD provided photo. The Lexington Police Department notified the public around 3 p.m. Tuesday that all lanes of Sunset Boulevard in Lexington are closed due to a natural gas leak.  The leak occurred near Old Cherokee Road. Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible. Traffic is being detoured around the scene. Police reported that detours could…

West Columbia BI-LO adding shopping cart to accommodate special needs families

carolines-cart-2 Show Caption Hide Caption carolines-cart-1 Show Caption Hide Caption carolines-cart-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Tem Miles’s daughter, Emma, getting ready to shop with her dad. Photos provided by City of West Columbia. The City of West Columbia recently broke ground on the new enabling park on the corner of Hudson and Oliver Streets last month. Local area businesses are…

Steel Hands Brewing making it big in Cayce

steel-hands-4 Show Caption Hide Caption steel-hands-5 Show Caption Hide Caption steel-hands-1 Show Caption Hide Caption steel-hands-2 Show Caption Hide Caption steel-hands-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Co-owner Scott Lambert with wife, Ashley Lambert, who is Steel Hands’s marketing/business development director.  Allen Wallace photos. The word “biggest” is not often associated with Cayce. Steel Hands Brewing, the largest brewery in the Midlands,…

Rain causing water to stand on roads in Lexington

The prolonged period of rain is causing water on roads. The Lexington Police Department is reporting that due to sustained rainfall, Harmon Street at Legion Hut and Corley Street at Harmon Street have standing water on them. Police ask that motorists drive carefully and be alert to water on the road. It may cause your vehicle to hydroplane and a…

Vehicle runs into building on South Lake Drive, DUI arrest made

Lexington PD photo. The Lexington Police Department notified the public of a collision that occurred on South Lake Drive/SC-6 around 10 p.m. Saturday. According to the department, the collision involved a vehicle driving into a structure at Railroad Avenue. Inbound traffic on South Lake Dr. was  detoured onto Railroad Avenue.  Outbound traffic on South Lake Dr. has been detoured onto…

Dutch Fork “three-peats” as Class 5A state champion

Thomas Grant photos. Welcome to high school football immortality, Dutch Fork High School. The top-ranked Silver Foxes defeated T.L. Hanna 59-20 Friday night at Williams-Brice Stadium to claim a third consecutive Class 5A title. It was the 17th-nationally-ranked team’s 25th consecutive victory and capped a 13-0 season, the program’s second perfect season in three years under head coach Tom Knotts….

Students highlight West Columbia tree lighting ceremony

Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Tree Lighting Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. West Columbia kicked off the holiday season Friday night with its 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. A crowd of more than 100 gathered at West Columbia City Hall despite the chilly weather for the occasion, which also included recognition…

Neighborhood groups show appreciation for city employees with luncheon

Luncheon-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Luncheon-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Luncheon Show Caption Hide Caption Luncheon-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Members of some neighborhood groups treated several West Columbia employees to a luncheon Friday. Donations were collected from residents in the Westover Acres Community Crime Watch Club, Saluda Chase Homeowners Association, Westover Acres Homeowners Association, and the Guignard Neighborhood Association…

West Columbia man caught in act of stealing kayak from Tractor Supply, according to police

John Rivenbark, booking photo. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced the arrest of John William Rivenbark Jr.,46, of West Columbia, for an incident that occurred at Tractor Supply at 5589 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. According to the announcement, officers were dispatched to an alarm at Tractor Supply Company Monday around 10:10 p.m. When the officer arrived on scene, he noticed…

Man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to female in Lexington parking lot

David Dale Becker-LPD provided photo. David Dale Becker, 39 of West Columbia, has been charged with indecent exposure for an incident that allegedly occurred in the Lexington Pavilion parking lot, in the 5100 block of Sunset Blvd. in Lexington. Nov. 24, at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers met with a victim who stated that while she was in her vehicle in…

Dutch Fork a win away from immortality

Dutch Fork quarterback Tyler Olenchuk runs for yards against Summerville. GoFlashWin photo. State championship games have become somewhat expected for Dutch Fork High School football. After all, the two-time defending Class 5A champions are making their third straight trip to Williams-Brice Stadium and fifth in the past six seasons. It also marks the second time in three years the Silver…

Husband and wife arrested in Leesville drug seizure

Lexington County narcotics agents seized a large quantity of meth, marijuana from a married couple after executing a search warrant at a Leesville home last week. Nicholas Rattray, 34, and Kaitlin Rattray, 25, were arrested on multiple charges at the house Nov. 28, according to warrants. Nicholas Rattray is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of weapon during a violent crime, possession…

Lexington 7-Eleven offering giveaways, gas for $1.79 during grand opening

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Eco-tourism effort is a hit on the Congaree River

Mayo speaking to council, Tuesday. Columbia’s rivers are becoming a more and more popular destination. Michael Mayo told West Columbia City Council, Tuesday, his business that utilizes the Congaree River is booming, and he expects it to get better. “My job is to get people to come enjoy the river,” said Mayo. “I want to wear them out so all…

Lexington 2 School District students on national honor roll for Advanced Placement

Lexington School Distinct Two is one of three South Carolina school districts – and 373 across the United States and Canada – being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Districts included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also…

High school football state championship preview, by Tyler Cupp

Zacch Pickens Pickens is the number one prospect in the senior class. Before he plays for the Gamecocks, he will try to slow down DF and lead TL Hannah to a state title. Gamecock Central photo Show Caption Hide Caption Dutch Fork The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are trying for their third state championship. GoFlashWin photo. Show Caption Hide Caption…

Third grade cross-country runners compete for national title

Lydia Kloke and Chethan Brahmapuram are third grade Lexington County cross-country runners with national championship aspirations. Kloke attends Holy Trinity Lutheran School in West Columbia, while Brahmapuram is a student at Midway Elementary. Both are members of the Lexington Youth Cross Country team, coached by Anna Owens under the sponsorship of the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Kloke and…

Woman, 70, accused of resale of stolen over-the-counter medications at flea market

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West Columbia Tree Lighting Friday, it’s a Christmas tradition

Children singing at Tree lighting in West Columbia, 2017. Get ready for the sights and sounds of Christmas. The City of West Columbia is hosting the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m., on Friday. It’s at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12t Street. “It’s the city’s formally opening of the Christmas season. And the tree lighting always…

Cayce – West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade of Lights postponed until Dec. 15

Photos from the 2017 parade. The Greater Cayce – West Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2018 Holiday Parade of Lights originally scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 8) has been postponed due to predicted adverse weather conditions. The Holiday Parade of Lights will now take place on Saturday, December 15. The parade will start at 5:30 pm, Saturday, December 15th at the intersection…

Motorcyclist arrested after allegedly firing shots at moving car, injuring one

Anthony Fanning. Booking photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced that a motorcycle driver accused of firing shots at a moving car while driving on I-26 was arrested Tuesday morning. Anthony Lawrence Fanning, 36, is charged with six counts of attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a vehicle and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants….