Lexington County

Man arrested on child pornography charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced, Friday, the arrest of Jeffrey Dubose Griffin, 33, of Gaston, on nine charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted…

SCDOT hosting public hearing, proposing solution for Malfunction Junction

Terry Ward photo. The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced that the public is invited to attend the upcoming Carolina Crossroads Public Hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to present and solicit comments on the proposed solution to fix Malfunction Junction (I-20/26/126 corridor), and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public hearing will be held August 23 from 11…

West Columbia experiences boom in new business

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The Honor Project’s Beards for Breasts competition ends after almost two years

Finalists Bryan Spencer and Matthew Jeffcoat decide to call the competition a tie after growing their beards out for one year and nine months. Photos provided. The Honor Project announced in July that its second annual Beards for Breasts Competition, benefiting the Palmetto Health Foundation, has come to an end. The first year of the competition was inspired by The…

District Five partnering with Walmart for students in need

District Five provided graphic. Lexington-Richland School District Five, the District Five Foundation and Walmart are partnering to help children in need for the upcoming school year. The group will hold its annual D5 Stuff-A-Bus event August 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at both the Harbison and Ballentine Walmart locations. Community members are asked to stop by…

Lexington County Career Expo is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday

Lexington County is holding a career expo from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday. It’s at the training center on Gibson Road. There will be many departments at the training center that is beside the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Departments looking for personnel include fire, EMS, law enforcement and emergency communications and corrections. Categories: Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia

New West Columbia Councilman Mickey Pringle brings initiatives to his district

Pringle sworn in by Judge Kenneth Ebener. Kameron Pringle, Mickey Pringle’s grandson, holds the Bible. Show Caption Hide Caption Mickey Pringle Show Caption Hide Caption Mickey Pringle of West Columbia City Council- Terry Ward photos. It took a while, but West Columbia City Council has a new member. Mickey Pringle, a just-retired high school principal, was sworn in on June…

Tax free weekend: Midlands retailers preparing for back-to-school crowds

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Compromised dam results in closed streets in Lexington

The compromised dam at the Church Street Commons neighborhood in Lexington caused the closure of South Church Street, between Roberts Street and Gibson Road, Tuesday.  The road closure was a precaution as the Town of Lexington Utilities Department worked to bring the level of the pond down. The Lexington Police Department reported the street closing. South Church Street was reopened…

NFIB says sales tax holiday a boost for business

The National Federation of Independent Business South Carolina Director Ben Homeyer said this coming weekend’s sales tax holiday on clothes, school supplies, and computers should give a boost to South Carolina’s small businesses. The sales tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday. “Hopefully, it will be a big weekend for small businesses,” Homeyer said. “When you combine the savings of…

Midland Dixie Youth Baseball Coach Pitch team finishes 4th in World Series

The Midland Dixie Youth Baseball Coach Pitch team, representing South Carolina, won a game Monday at the DYB World Series, then lost two. With the losses, Midland was eliminated from the tournament being played in Lumberton NC. Midland Dixie Youth teams are based in Pine Ridge. South Carolina defeated Tennessee 3-2 in the first game Monday, but lost to Louisiana…

94.3 The Dude’s highlighted soldier of the week: Marine Corps Veteran Ethan Gardner

94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute host Don Sornson conducts a weekly interview with a local member of the Armed Forces. The current soldier of the week is U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner. This is a preview of Sornson’s interview with Gardner.

Ethan Gardner. Photo used with permission. By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner joined the Marine Corps as an 0311, better known as an infantryman. It wasn’t the same infantryman that you might be imagining though, Ethan was part of a F.A.S.T (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team). “We deployed all over the world to…

Lexington County Blowfish host 600 soldiers from Ft. Jackson

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Second night of South Congaree Championship Rodeo is Saturday

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Planning underway for Columbia’s first Soda City Duck Race

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Chapin/Newberry wins S.C. American Legion baseball title

Team with trophy-Thomas Grant Jr. photos. By Thomas Grant Jr.  Dan Coats was an assistant for Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 when it won the S.C. American Legion title in 2015. The team went on to win the Southeast Regional and, ultimately, the American Legion World Series. While he acknowledged the 2018 edition is vastly different, the team took another step Friday…

Midland Dixie Youth Coaches Pitch team leaves for World Series, Friday

Midland Dixie Youth Coaches Pitch team in the State of SC Jersey. Contributed Stephen Knight. The Midland Dixie Youth Coaches Pitch team won the state title earlier this month.  Midland Dixie Youth teams play in Pine Ridge.   Tournament scores from Saturday and Sunday: South Carolina 11, Florida 6 South Carolina 16, Texas 2 (4 innings) South Carolina 10, Arkansas…

Law enforcement “Explorers” experience active shooter scene, mock press conference

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USC releases Gamecocks’ football fall practice schedule

ColaDaily file photos from 2017- Terry Ward. The South Carolina football team released its 2018 preseason practice schedule, Thursday. The Gamecocks are scheduled to report on Thursday, Aug. 2. The first practice set for Friday, Aug. 3. Fan Appreciation Day is 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Jerri and Steve Spurrier indoor practice facility. None of…

SCDOT closes road in Lexington County after shoulder collapse

Detour diagram- Click to enlarge The South Carolina Department of Transportation has closed Beechcreek Road between Wise Ferry Road and Old Chapin Road due to a major road and shoulder collapse very near Lake Murray. The close proximity to lake Murray requires SCDOT to obtain environmental permits before reconstructing a safe road and shoulder. SCDOT expects the permitting process to…