Lexington County

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Lexington County motel

Lexington County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a Friday morning shooting left one man dead and another injured. The men were shot shortly before 7 a.m. in a walkway outside the rooms at the Red Roof Inn at 10 Berryhill Road, according to Sheriff Lewis McCarty. One of the men died from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The…

UPDATE: Power restored in Chapin

The town of Chapin spent a small part of Christmas Eve without electricity. SCE&G cut power to the town at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after several transformers blew. The shutdown was necessary to make repairs, and power was restored at around 5:20 p.m. No word on the cause of the initial problem has been released. For questions about a particular home…

West Columbia lifts boil water advisory

The City of West Columbia has ended the boil water advisory for water customers in the following areas in Lexington County: All addresses in the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Midway Road All addresses on Long Leaf Court All addresses in the Kenwood Subdivision All addresses in the 100 and 200 blocks of Andrew Corley Roa All addresses in…

Springdale police searching for robbery suspects

Springdale police are searching for two men accused of robbery. The person in this surveillance image (provided) is accused of robbing a Springdale gas station. A man walked into the Sunoco gas station at 209 Wattling Road around 9 p.m. Sunday and stole the cash register, according to police. Gas station management said the register contained almost $2,000. Surveillance cameras…

UPDATE: Missing man found safe

West Columbia police say a man reported missing Monday night has been found and is safe. Evans Williams was reported missing Monday night. (photo provided) Evans Williams, 86, was reported missing around 10 p.m. Monday night by staff at the Southern Heritage Retirement Home on Charleston Highway. Williams suffers from dementia, and police were concerned that he could be in…

Lexington-Richland School District Five hires local expert for its director of technology

A fixture around Richland School District Two has a new position in the administration of Lexington-Richland School District Five. Don Earle is the new director of technology. (photo provided) Don Earle, current director of information technology operations in Richland Two, has been tapped as the director of technology for Lexington-Richland Five. He has been with Richland Two since 1997 and also…

NewSpring Church’s Lexington location donates shoes for entire elementary school

Saxe Gotha Elementary School has more than 700 students learning math, science and more each day. This holiday season, each and every child at the Lexington One school received a new pair of shoes. Saxe Gotha students show off their colorful new shoes. (photo provided) The donations were gathered by the Lexington campus of NewSpring Church, which opened the church…

Chapin Town Council votes 3-1 against 2015 budget proposal

The town of Chapin likely will enter 2015 without a budget agreed upon by all elected officials after Town Council voted down Mayor Skip Wilson’s proposal Tuesday. Council members Kay Hollis, Vivian Atkins and Robbie Frick voted in opposition to the budget during Tuesday’s meeting. Councilman Gregg White was absent. Council voted earlier this year to keep the town’s millage…

Election for new Lexington County sheriff set for April 21

Lexington County voters will go to the polls April 21 to choose a sheriff, and for the first time in more than 42 years, they will not have James Metts as a choice on their ballots. Metts, suspended in June after being indicted on federal charges, officially resigned Tuesday. The winner of the special election will fill the remainder of…

Metts’ plea deal rejected by judge; trial to proceed Jan. 12

The case against James Metts will continue into 2015 after all. A plea deal agreed upon by Metts and prosecutors was rejected by a federal judge Wednesday morning. James Metts would not comment on the rejection of his plea deal Wednesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) The deal would have allowed Metts to plead guilty to harboring illegal immigrants. Prosecutors agreed…

Project-driven program helps freshmen at Brookland-Cayce High School find their voices

Lexington School District Two jumped into the TransformSC movement this year with its own i2Tech program, which is driven by 1-to-1 technology for students, but it also teaches them how to be effective communicators and collaborators. Tuesday’s open house allowed students to show community partners what and how they’ve been learning through i2Tech. (photo by Rachel Ham) Brookland-Cayce High School…

UPDATE: Fire causes traffic delays in Lexington

Part of West Main Street in Lexington was closed because of a fire near Columbia Avenue Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to 307 West Main St. around 7:30 a.m. after a fire broke out at the Mead & Hunt Architectural and Engineering firm. The road near the building was closed for about an hour. As of 8:30, one lane was…

No additional gate fee included in latest Irmo Okra Strut budget

Organizers of the annual Okra Strut hope to break even this year and maybe even make money through a combination of increasing sponsorship dollars, charging vendors a flat percentage and cutting expenses. So far, the plan does not include charging festival-goers to get in the gate. Ideas have been batted around in recent weeks after the expenses and revenues for…

Blowfish on Main: Team store has ‘opening day’ in Lexington

The Blowfish marked their move across the river Monday with the grand opening of the brand-new team store. Blowfish owner Bill Shanahan gets ready to cut the ribbon at Blowfish on Main. (photo by Rachel Ham) As announced in November, the Blowfish brought its headquarters to Lexington’s Main Street with office space for team personnel and a shopping destination for…

Photo Gallery: Holiday parade lights up West Columbia and Cayce

As the sun set Saturday night, 12th Street in West Columbia and Cayce burst into a kaleidoscopic array of lights as the two cities joined forces to present a holiday parade. Brookland-Cayce High School band members and their instruments were decked out in lights Saturday for the parade. (photo by Allen Wallace) The parade contained the usual assortment of politicians,…

Panther Band meets fundraising goal, set to travel to London for parade performance

Months of fundraising and hours of band practice have led up to the fast-approaching trip of a lifetime for members of the Batesburg-Leesville High Panther Band. The band was selected in February 2013 to perform in the 2015 New Year’s Day Parade in London, and students are nearly ready to head across the pond after receiving countless contributions from individuals and businesses….

West Columbia man killed in motorcycle wreck

One man died in a collision between a motorcycle and a pickup truck Saturday afternoon in West Columbia. Bryan Nichuck, 28, was driving his motorcycle on Starmount Drive near the Charleston Highway intersection around 12:25 p.m. when he collided with the truck, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department again receives advanced international law enforcement accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies awarded advanced international law enforcement accreditation to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for the sixth time. Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty received official notification from the commission that the sheriff’s department would retain its status as an internationally accredited law enforcement agency. A team of specially trained commission assessors conducted a four-day, on-site assessment at the…

West Columbia police chief to run for Lexington County Sheriff

Many have known for months that West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall intended to run for sheriff in Lexington County, but he made it official Wednesday evening. West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall (center) on Wednesday announced his candidacy for sheriff of Lexington County. (photo by Allen Wallace) Tyndall, standing with his family and several West Columbia officers, announced his…

Lawsuit over prayer at Lexington-Richland 5 School Board meetings, events dismissed

A lawsuit filed in 2012 by students objecting to prayer at Lexington-Richland School District Five graduation ceremonies and school board meetings is closed, with part of the dispute settled out of court and the rest dismissed. The students and the Freedom from Religion Foundation argued that such prayers violated the Constitutional principle of separation and state. The two sides reached a…

Lexington County becomes first Certified Connected Community in Midlands

A Midlands county is the third one in the state to be recognized for giving residents greater access to broadband internet and using emerging technologies in all facets of daily life. Connected Nation and Connect South Carolina announced Monday that Lexington County is the newest Certified Connected Community and the first county in the Midlands to be given the certification….

Hour of Code: Area students employ technology during Computer Science Education Week

Horrell Hill Elementary School will be able to purchase digital hardware and accessories with help from Code.org, which helped students and staff kick off Computer Science Education Week this week with a $10,000 donation. “It really speaks to the need that exist to ensure that our students are able to respond and be successful in a digital world,” said Ida…