Lexington County

Possible weather damage closes Springdale Road

Part of Springdale Road in Lexington County was closed Wednesday night because of damage that Springdale police said might have been related to weather conditions. The road was closed around 7:15 p.m. between Exclusive Drive and Hopedale Circle. A South Carolina Department of Transportation crew was on the scene working to fix the damage. Police said the road will be…

Lexington County deputies search for burglar described as armed, dangerous

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators are asking for help from the community to find a suspect they say should be considered armed and dangerous. Matthew Alexander Young (photo provided) Matthew Alexander Young, 29, of 259 Boy Scout Road in Gaston, is wanted on a charge of third-degree burglary in Lexington County and a charge of armed robbery in Gaston. Young…

BlueCross BlueShield, Lexington Medical Center reach agreement

Lexington Medical Center will remain a BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Preferred Blue provider. BlueCross BlueShield announced Tuesday that it has reached a new contract with Lexington Medical Center and its doctors, replacing the one set to expire Feb. 28. There will be no break in Lexington Medical Center’s network status, according to BlueCross BlueShield, and patients need not take any action…

UPDATE: Students at 3 schools released after tanker truck wreck led to lockdown

Students at three Lexington County schools were told to shelter in place Tuesday afternoon after a tanker truck overturned nearby.Staff moved students to shelter at Pine Ridge Middle School, Wood Elementary School and Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center at around 1:30 p.m. Lexington School District Two officials said the move was a precaution based on advice from law enforcement and from…

Lexington County sheriff candidates take questions at public forum

Dozens of people gathered Monday evening at Stone River in West Columbia and others watched on television and online as the four candidates for Lexington County sheriff answered questions submitted by voters. (Clockwise from top left) Justin Britt, Ed Felix, Jay Koon, Dennis Tyndall (photos provided) Justin Britt, Ed Felix, Jay Koon, and Dennis Tyndall were questioned about a variety…

Okra Strut Commission finalizes abolition of ticket system

Commissioners overseeing the Irmo Okra Strut officially made the change to a cash-only system Monday after earlier discussions. The group also agreed to charge vendors a per-item fee to generate stable revenue. The adjustments in festival operations are due largely to recent questioning of the budget. The Okra Strut has struggled to break even in recent years, and organizers have been looking…

Spring Hill High sets bar for other schools with first Special Olympics expo

A day of fun activity designed for special-needs students in Lexington-Richland School District Five was made possible this week by high schoolers in their district. Spring Hill High School junior Reilly Craver prepares to catch balloons from a special-needs student participating in the school’s Young Athletes Expo. (photo provided) Spring Hill High School on Wednesday hosted a Special Olympics Young Athletes…

Lexington Medical Center officials say negotiations still underway with BlueCross BlueShield

Members of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina received notification Thursday that Lexington Medical Center and its physicians no longer will be in the Preferred Blue provider network starting March 1. The hospital responded Friday saying negotiations to extend its contract are, in fact, still active and ongoing and that the notification was premature. BlueCross issued a statement saying the company and Lexington Medical Center…

Lexington School District One seniors become agribusiness entrepreneurs ahead of graduation

Two Lexington School District One students didn’t wait for a principal to place a diploma in their hands to start their own businesses. Seniors Brandon Myers and Ron Berry took what they learned from the Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research at Pelion High School and created something of their own. Both students boast successful agribusiness startups and are forming plans for expansion. Brandon Myers…

Irmo police: Officer interrupts robbers in act

An Irmo police officer interrupted a robbery at a local jewelry store Thursday morning. The officer arrived at Dems Fine Jewelers on Lake Murray Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. to find that two people had broken into the store and were stealing items from inside. The two suspects dropped the jewelry they had in hand and left in a waiting car…

Lexington County rec commission gets underway with athletic field expansion in Pine Ridge

Property has been purchased, and kids of all ages soon will be able to play their favorite sports on brand-new athletic fields in Pine Ridge. The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission is moving forward with the expansion of the Midlands Sports Complex, one of several projects approved in 2013 through a $23 million bond resolution. Commission Executive Director Randy Gibson…

Lexington Three to operate on normal schedule Thursday; parents can bring bus riders to school

All Lexington County School District Three schools will run on their normal schedule Thursday despite low temperatures. Officials said parents of bus riders can bring their students to school so they don’t have to wait outdoors. For those students who will ride the bus, drivers will be waiting a few extra moments so kids can wait inside their homes until…

Town of Lexington reviews ways to ease Ginny Lane traffic woes

Staff and traffic committee members from Lexington met Tuesday morning to review solutions to traffic problems around the town. Their primary focus was on Ginny Lane, Saluda Pointe Court and U.S. Highway 378. Lexington officials are hoping to rework Ginny Lane and Saluda Pointe Court to make entering and exiting the development easier. Residents and visitors coming off of Interstate 20…

Photo Gallery: New historical monument in Cayce unveiled ahead of Burning of Columbia anniversary

  Seven hundred and fifty men labored in horrible conditions and with little equipment to construct defensive earthworks for the Confederate Army at a battlefield site in Cayce. City and state historic leaders on Friday unveiled a plaque honoring the workers who sacrificed much while dreaming of their freedom 150 years ago. The brand-new historical marker is there for all…

Lexington County fire, EMS officials urge state legislators to provide more funding to match area’s growth

Lexington County officials say a lack of state funding is stretching their departments thin and that vital goals like fire scene response time aren’t being met. Department heads met Thursday with the local legislative delegation to show the latest data and lobby for stable sources of revenue. State legislators who represent Lexington County meet locally a few times a year, and county staff…

Town of Springdale seeks new town administrator

The town of Springdale is looking for a new chief executive officer to lead the growing municipality. The town posted a “now hiring” notice on Tuesday following the departure of former town administrator Joe Boyes. Mayor Michael Bishop said Boyes submitted his resignation last week. “We had a great working relationship,” Bishop said. Bishop said he and Town Council members want to…

Cayce Woman’s Club donates $21,000 to children’s shelter

A night of celebration of the music of Elton John has led to a windfall for a local organization devoted to helping children in need. Members of the Woman’s Club of Cayce with Greg Bickley (center) on Tuesday presented a $21,000 check to the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. (photo by Allen Wallace) The Woman’s Club of Cayce presented representatives…

Man arrested in connection with threats of violence at Fulmer Middle School

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives Wednesday afternoon arrested a man accused of threatening to set off a bomb at Fulmer Middle School in Cayce. Maurice Terrell Hardin-Bryant (photo provided) Maurice Terrell Hardin-Bryant, 18, of 2935 Scenic Drive, Lot 3 in West Columbia, faces multiple counts of conveying false information regarding the attempted use of a destructive device to damage or destroy a…

UPDATE: Missing Lexington woman found alive after being lost in woods overnight

The Lexington Police Department found a missing 19-year-old after a ground and air search Wednesday. Courtney Erin Lackey was found Wednesday evening. (photo provided) Courtney Erin Lackey was found alive in a densely wooded area along 12 Mile Creek off Sunset Boulevard around 6:15 p.m., according to officers. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No word on her condition has…

UPDATE: Threats continue at Fulmer Middle School

Classes at Fulmer Middle School in Cayce were disrupted for the second consecutive day Wednesday by threats of harm from an unknown person. Lexington County sheriff’s deputies and Cayce Public Safety officers searched the school beginning around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Parents were detoured to Airport High School to drop off students, who assembled in the gym there while Fulmer was…

Lexington County administrators seek input on spending of grant money

Lexington County administrators want residents to help decide how grant funds can best be spent around the county during the next several years. The county receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs, and staff members are working on a plan to make the greatest impact with the limited…

Authorities investigate threat at Fulmer Middle School

Authorities have determined that there was no danger Tuesday to students at Fulmer Middle School in Cayce and are looking for the person who communicated a threat. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are working with the Cayce Department of Public Safety and Lexington School District Two to investigate the threat to do harm at the school. Authorities have not released…

Lexington Medical Center’s first female heart surgeon to arrive next month

Deyanira “Dee” Prastein has always wanted to help others during their times of need. The surgeon will begin doing just that for heart patients living in the Midlands next month. Prastein joins the staff of Lexington Medical Center next month, making her the first female heart surgeon in the hospital’s history and in the Midlands. Her journey to becoming foremost in…

Lexington One celebrates school counselors as ‘vital part of the educational process’

Teachers in Lexington School District One work each day to ensure students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed after graduation. The district recently honored those staff members who help students plan out the steps to reach their post-grad goals. School counselors catch up on the latest happenings at their schools. (photo provided) Nearly 100 school counselors were thanked…