Pelion

Pelion High student drowns in Edisto River, Lexington One issues statement

Edisto River A Pelion High school student-athlete drowned near North, Sunday near Carson Landing on the Edisto River in Orangeburg County Marcus Dwyer, 18, was a senior and he was scheduled to graduate from high school in a month. The Lexington One School District issued a statement regarding the death of Dwyer. It reads: “The Pelion High School community was…

Updated traffic-light system to improve emergency response on Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. Lexington County Press Release from Harrison Cahill.  Traffic signals along Highway 378 (Sunset Boulevard)  between the Town of Lexington and the City of West Columbia, will soon be updated to help improve emergency response times for patients requiring hospital care. “We are proud to be a partner in this project with the Town of Lexington, SCDOT,…

26-year-old fatally shot by deputies had two stolen guns in possession, says sheriff

RCSD provided photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to address the officer-involved shooting that occurred a little after 5 a.m., Wednesday morning. According to Lott, the incident began in the town of Lexington, when an officer was responding to a call regarding car break-ins. The officer identified the vehicle of the…

Suspect fatally shot by deputies after pursuit across two counties

Image provided by LCSD (click to enlarge). Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials announced the scene has been secured of an officer-involved shooting in which a suspect was fatally wounded by a Richland County deputy. According to LCSD, the incident occurred on Hilton Yonce Road in Pelion after a multi-jurisdictional pursuit. The departments involved included Richland County, South Carolina Highway Patrol,…

Lexington County Sheriff explosives team disposes of artillery round from WWII

Round that was turned in. Deputies on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been handling a World War II-era relic. Based on research by the LCSD, it was a live 40 mm anti-aircraft artillery round. A resident requested the EOD team’s help in safely disposing of it. The round measures 18.5 inches. “It was apparently an…

Lexington 1 School District hires architects for 5-year building plan

Gilbert Elementary School to be replaced. At its Tuesday meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board awarded contracts for architectural services to six firms. The district is planning $365 million in voter-approved school building improvement projects for a five year period ending in 2023, to meet student needs. JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Inc., 1812 Lincoln Street, Columbia, will provide…

WiFi now provided on school buses for Pelion students

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across…

Lexington boys tie school’s record with win over Pelion

Thomas Grant photos. Years ago, Bailey Harris and David Smith were teammates on the 4×400 meter relay track and field team at Presbyterian College. For the first time Thursday, they faced each other as head boys’ basketball coaches. Smith and the host team Panthers under looked to upend Harris’s fifth-ranked and undefeated Wildcats. For the 19th time this season in…

Pelion man fatally hit while walking across roadway, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday at approximately 4:45 p.m.  The accident occurred in the 2800 block of Augusta Highway in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mr. Santiago Mendez Molta, 44, of Pelion, was walking across the roadway when he was struck by a motor vehicle.  Molta…

Lexington teen charged after allegedly threatening school with mass shooting

LCSD provided photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of an 18-year-old who has bee charged with making threats of a mass shooting at Pelion High School. Robert Hunter Jacob Woods, a Pelion High student, admitted to deputies Tuesday night he created multiple social media profiles to make threats against the school, according to an arrest warrant. “A…

4 Lexington County school districts cancel classes for Thursday

Lexington County School District One is canceling school tomorrow, Thursday, for all students and staff in all attendance areas. The safety of our students and staff drive our decision. Forecasters predict that Hurricane Michael will bring high wind gusts to our area on Thursday. School buses should not operate when sustained winds are at 30 miles per hour or greater…

North Carolina man charged in July fatal shooting, near Pelion

Bradley Wayne Walker Multiple charges have been filed against a North Carolina man in connection to a shooting near Pelion that left one man dead and three others injured in July. Bradley Wayne Walker, 26, is charged with murder, possessing a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of attempted murder, according to arrest warrants. “Based on eyewitness interviews…

3 arrested in Lexington County on child pornography and related charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced, Thursday, the arrest of Robert Wilden Geiger (age 34) of Pelion, Taz Michael Johnson (age 22) of Swansea, and Katherine  Louise Chatten (age 19) of Lexington, on nine charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators, with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, made the…

High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

Lexington sophomore Cal Herndon. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne Photography. LEXINGTON 21 GILBERT 14 The Wildcat defense is for real. On paper, this team has contained some really talented offenses the last three weeks. I am so impressed by what I have read and heard about Lexington. One had to think this Wildcat D would be tested against a…

Aun and McKay Classic brings an end to high school football preseason

Chapin vs. Pelion 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Chapin vs. Pelion 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Chapin vs. Pelion 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Pelion player receives “defensive player of the game” award. Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. The high school football preseason officially came to a close Saturday across the state. The Aun and McCay Kickoff Classic…

Host team among winners at Lexington County Sportsarama

Gilbert running back DeAndre Harris gets past a Chapin defender.  Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Aside from a 45-minute rain delay, the Lexington Sportsarama at Lexington High School went without a hitch Friday night. Seven Lexington County teams – Pelion, Lexington, River Bluff, Batesburg-Leesville, Gilbert, Chapin and White Knoll – took part in four 2-quarter scrimmages: GAME ONE…

Lexington District One Board approves $365 million, 5-year building plan

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees has approved a $365 million five-year building plan. According to a district press release, the plan is needed to address rapid student growth. The initial facilities improvement plan, recommended by a a Facilities Study Committee, was presented to the board at cost of $393 million. That amount was trimmed to the $365 million…

Coroner identifies victim of Monday shooting

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide. It occurred in the 300 block of Sandspur Road in Pelion at approximately 5:40 p.m., Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Aaron Matthew Peterson, 38, of Pelion suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two additional individuals were transported to area hospitals with…

1 dead, 2 injured in Lexington County shooting

Scene of the shooting- LCSD photo. One person is dead and two were transported for medical treatment after a shooting in Lexington County. One of the shooting victims has “significant injuries,” and the other has “a minor injury,” according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting took place in the 300 block of Sand Spur Road near Pelion, according…

Lexington County Coroner’s Report shows rise in overdose deaths

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and her team recently released the Annual Coroner’s Report for 2017. Their findings show the different types of patterns presented by the deaths of Lexington County residents throughout the year. According to the report, the county is 699 square miles, which makes it the 17th largest county in the state. The estimated persons per square…

Coach Leaphart retiring after 35 years at Lexington High School

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13-year-old charged with 2 counts of attempted murder after shooting into house

A 13-year-old boy is charged with two counts of attempted murder and shooting into a dwelling after deputies said he shot at two men and toward a house. “Based on the information deputies gathered at the scene Friday, the young man fired a .22 rifle in the direction of his neighbor, who was outside his home on Bush Berry Road…

“You stole her childhood” – Lexington County sex offender gets life-plus-40

William H. Heath- LCSD photo. After a week-long trial in Lexington County, sex offender William H. Heath, 50, received a consecutive sentence of life plus 40 years. The trial began May 7, and ended late Friday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges, according to a press release from the office of 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard….

White Knoll softball team going to the 5A state final

WKHS softball team- by Thomas Grant Jr.  Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  It took 16 innings over two games on the road, but the White Knoll softball team earned a second straight trip to the Class 5A final. Needing two victories Friday at Ashley Ridge to repeat as Lower State champions, the Lady Timberwolves emerged from the Class…