Lexington County

West Columbia employees honored for years of service

West Columbia City Council took time this month to recognize several employees who have dedicated a decade or more to serving residents of the city. Among those honored during the February council meeting were Police Chief Dennis Tyndall and Fire Engineer Garner Wilkins, each of whom has served for 30 years. Police Chief Dennis Tyndall and Fire Engineer Garner Wilkins have been with…

Civil War humanitarian’s gun to anchor weekend of history at Cayce Museum

A pistol from the Civil War, once thought to have been lost on the battlefield, will be the main attraction when the Cayce Historical Museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia next weekend. Rodger Stroup, former director of the state Department of Archives and History, inspects the decades-old pistol. (photo by Rachel Ham) Camden native Sgt. Richard Kirkland, with…

Crown Communities planning new subdivision in Lexington

More homes are coming to the town of Lexington pending further review of the plans by Lexington Town Council and the town’s Planning Commission. Council members reviewed first readings of an annexation request for land near the intersection of Pilgrim Church Road and Cherokee Trail and an annexation request for land near the intersection of Old Cherokee Road and Cherokee…

‘Pillar’ of CrossRoads Middle faculty recognized for 45 years of dedication to students

Reaching four and a half decades is quite a feat at any job. Penny Valek’s 45 years comes with countless students, parents and fellow teachers who have sat under her tutelage, seen her compassion for kids and learned how to push their own students to be their very best. Valek first entered the classroom as a teacher for Lexington-Richland Five in 1968….

Irmo mayor retains duties as presiding officer in 2-3 vote

Irmo Mayor Hardy King will continue to preside over Town Council meetings and sign documents, although some members of council proposed he no longer do so. Councilman Barry Walker presented a motion Tuesday amending the town ordinance that governs the mayor’s duties. His proposed amendments suggested council elect a presiding officer to run meetings and sign contracts. Town Council previously took…

Chapin police searching for home invasion suspect

Chapin police have released a sketch of the suspect in a recent home invasion. A police sketch of the suspect (provided) The suspect entered a home and was confronted by the homeowner, according to police. The suspect allegedly threatened the homeowner with a knife and the two fought briefly before the intruder ran out of the house. The homeowner, who…

Meet the Candidates event scheduled in Chapin for Lexington County Sheriff race

Ahead of the Republican primary on March 3 for Lexington County Sheriff, a group of Chapin residents is holding a Meet the Candidates event for the four candidates. The Timberlake Neighborhood Watch has invited sheriff candidates to answer questions and state their views on law enforcement on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Chapin Town…

Photo Gallery: Airport High Drill Team reflects on year of success while preparing for another national run

  They laugh and joke in the hallways between classes, go crazy when the Eagles score a touchdown and share excitement over college acceptance letters. When they are on the field of competitive battle, however, members of the award-winning Airport High Army JROTC Drill Team are all business. Airport High is known for its winning ways in drill team competitions, and…

Irmo council members propose ordinance taking away mayoral powers

Disagreement among members of Irmo Town Council has led two council members to petition for changes to the mayor’s slate of duties. Councilman Barry Walker and Councilman Harvey Hoots have proposed amendments to town ordinances in an attempt to take away Mayor Hardy King’s role as presiding officer at council meetings and the mayor’s authority to sign contracts and resolutions. Council is expected to…

JEA Senior Living to open its first South Carolina Alzheimer’s care facility in Lexington

A national senior living company will open its first Alzheimer’s care facility in the Southeast this winter on Sunset Boulevard. Colonial Gardens opens this spring and will cater to the specific needs of Alzheimer’s patients. (photo by Rachel Ham) Colonial Gardens is designed to provide specific care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in ways traditional senior care homes cannot. Administrator…

Lexington-Richland Five to outsource school substitute hiring with Kelly Educational Staffing

Students in Lexington-Richland School District Five will see many of the same substitute teacher faces this year, but the way those teachers are notified of a school’s need will change starting in the spring. Lexington-Richland Five school board members agreed during their Monday board meeting to enter into a contract with Kelly Educational Staffing, a branch of Kelly Services. The company is the…

Irmo Okra Strut under investigation after report shows more than $18,000 overpayment to vendors

Irmo Mayor Hardy King announced Thursday that the town overpaid Okra Strut vendors last year by $18, 573. King cited reports from 2014 Okra Strut Administrator Susan Hoots and said the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discrepancy at his request. King said he became aware of the problem in November and contacted the sheriff’s department because he did…

Cayce City Council approves landscape architect, engineering services for Knox Abbott improvements

Major changes are in store for the Knox Abbott Drive area of Cayce in the coming months. City Council approved Wednesday the firm that will lay out cost estimates, final designs and a timeline for construction. The city is moving forward with a traffic calming and pedestrian safety project that will include features like planted medians and improved sidewalks, crosswalks and…

Crawford drops out of Lexington County sheriff race, endorses Britt

The field has been narrowed to four in the race for the next sheriff of Lexington County. Jim Crawford (photo provided) Retired police officer Jim Crawford, who was running as an independent and the only non-Republican in the race, withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday and endorsed Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Britt. Crawford released a statement announcing the move, saying,…

Irmo Town Council postpones action on Okra Strut after mayor questions ethics of vote

A contentious 90-minute Irmo Town Council meeting Tuesday night ended with no action taken on questions regarding the Okra Strut. Irmo Town Council members and Town Administrator Bob Brown at Tuesday night’s meeting (photo by Allen Wallace) Council postponed a vote on a motion to hire Kirk Luther as administrator of the Okra Strut with an annual salary of $12,000….

Chapin Town Council approves first reading of 2015 budget; town faces DHEC stormwater regulations

Mayor Skip Wilson put forth the 2015 budget for the town of Chapin again Tuesday. This time, Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed financials. Members of council voted 3-1 last month not to approve Wilson’s proposed budget. Councilman Gregg White was absent during that meeting. Councilwoman Vivian Atkins said at the December meeting that she didn’t approve the…

Lexington High counselor chosen as semifinalist for School Counselor of Year

Anna Duvall is headed to the White House this month as part of a special group of high school counselors and advisors. Duvall, director of counseling and advisement at Lexington High School, finished as a semifinalist in the 2015 American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year race. Anna Duvall was a semifinalist for the 2015 ASCA School Counselor of the Year….

Town of Chapin seeks volunteers to fill vacancies on commissions, new advisory boards

Residents in Chapin who would like to be more involved in the inner workings of their town can apply to serve on a commission or board. Town officials are looking to fill several vacancies and are accepting applications. “Chapin is bigger than five council members and our staff at Town Hall. We need people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to help the…

Parent seeks change to school district’s zero-tolerance alcohol policy

A long-standing policy for students in Lexington School District Two could be changing to better match those of neighboring districts. District parent Beth Hook asked board members to reconsider the strictness of its zero-tolerance policy for underage alcohol consumption during the public comment portion of the school board meeting on Thursday. According to board policy, “School safety is of paramount…

Police chief, City Council members among those named in West Columbia mayor’s suit

Discord between the mayor of West Columbia and several City Council members has taken another step this week in the form of a lawsuit. Mayor Joe Owens held a news conference Thursday to announce he’s filed a defamation suit against nearly every member of City Council as well as against West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall and Ashley Hunter, senior vice president…