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City of West Columbia’s Mike Bollinger wins State Backhoe Rodeo Championship

Charleston County Field Operations Manager and SC APWA Rodeo Coordinator John Myers (Left) and State Backhoe Rodeo Winner Mike Bollinger. Mike Bollinger, City of West Columbia equipment operator in the Public Works Department won the American Public Works Association (APWA) 33rd Annual State Championship Backhoe Rodeo Competition in Charleston, on Tuesday. He competed against eight other backhoe operators around the…

Electro-Spec, Inc. launching new operations in Lexington County, creating 53 jobs

Electro-Spec, Inc., a specialty plating manufacturer, is locating new production operations in Lexington County. The new development is projected to bring $3.1 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs. With a customer base in North America, Asia and Europe, Electro-Spec is an industry-leading provider of gold, silver, nickel, copper and Tri-M3™ (tri-alloy) electroplating. Serving the aerospace, medical, telecommunications…

Airport High School linemen win strength awards at summer training competition

Collyn Richardson and JC Redmond. It’s the middle of summer, but high school football players are hard at work, getting ready for the gridiron in the fall. Two Airport High School linemen recently picked up some awards as a payoff for their effort in the off-season. Airport’s Collyn Richardson bench pressed 185 pounds, 35 times to win the Bench Press…

Lexington County first responders learn teamwork at Lake Murray training session

1/3first5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3First1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3first 3 Show Caption Hide Caption   By Karamie Sullivan Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and paramedics left their uniforms at home Tuesday and instead grabbed a swimsuit and towel for a water-based training on Lake Murray. Between Tuesday and Thursday, about 160 first responders are learning different water safety…

S.C. Department of Corrections holding Job Fair, Friday

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is holding a Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday (July 14.) The SCDC is seeking Cadets ages 18-to-20, and Officers, ages 21-and-up. Also wanted are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and qualified mental health professionals. Other employment opportunities include food service, administrative, trades specialists and teachers. The Job Fair is…

Pro-Confederate flag group flies it again at Statehouse for a day

1/4Confederate flag display and opponents Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Secessionist Party member Cameron Maynard with other Civil War-related flags Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4July 10, 2015 is the day the flag was removed Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Some dressed in period attire Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan If you drove by the South Carolina Statehouse from 10 a.m….

Heavy rain Monday may have damaged I-26 in Lexington County

A heavy rain on Monday afternoon may have damaged part of I-26 in Lexington County. An asphalt defect on I-26 eastbound was reported via Twitter by Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The damage reported is near Mile Marker 112, between the exits for Airport Boulevard and US-1. The South Carolina Department of Transportation is on the…

Arrest made in Lexington break-in case

Michael Dakota Phillips (LPD photo) Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green announced on Monday, the arrest of Michael Dakota Phillips of Lexington. Police said he was found breaking into a vehicle while officers were investigating a call of a suspicious person in the area. On July 6, at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Rama Lane…

S.C. Highway Patrol conducting recruitment sessions beginning Tuesday in Columbia

Click on poster to enlarge The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be traveling the state in July conducting recruitment presentations. The first recruitment session is Tuesday at the Troop 1 Headquarters at 1626 Shop Road, in Columbia. Each session begins  at 6 p.m. See the poster, left, for all recruitment presentations and the date and place. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Blythewood, Cayce,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has a new K-9 and handler

K-9, Blesk A recent training session for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s new K-9, Blesk, ended with another successful track. Training is where it all starts for Blesk and his handler, Deputy Matt Fields. To keep up with the K9 unit, you have to be able to run, and run for any amount of time. “Definitely, the physical part of…

Crosswalk installed in front of West Columbia poultry processing plant

1/32 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/31 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3image005 Show Caption Hide Caption The City of West Columbia, in a public-private partnership, has completed the installation of the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK) on Sunset Boulevard in front of House of Raeford. The project was made possible with an award from Lexington County C-Funds and matching funds from…

Saluda, Congaree rivers get “green light” in weekly water quality tests

Saluda and Congaree. Going to the river this weekend? A coalition that was organized with the help of the Congaree Riverkeeper is checking river water quality. In the summer, a plethora of tubers, kayakers, canoers and swimmers can be found on the rivers that run through metropolitan Columbia. “All greens again” which means healthy quality river water was the reading…

Rodeo Rally, Rodeo coming to Town of South Congaree

There will be a Rodeo Rally – featuring a Rodeo Run 3K and Rodeo Rally Street Dance in the Town of South Congaree, on July 22. Details are included on the poster to the left. Click to enlarge. The Rodeo is July 28th and 29th. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West…

2 Sumter men arrested in connection to Lexington County stolen handguns case

Detectives arrested two men in Sumter Thursday in connection to a July 4 burglary during which nearly 40 handguns were stolen from a Gilbert sporting goods store. Tyrone Jerome Fleming (left), 19, and Ekelo Simon, 20, both of Sumter, broke into JC’s Outdoors Tuesday morning and stole more than $10,000 worth of handguns, according to arrest warrants. Investigators said Fleming…

39 handguns stolen, deputies ask for assistance

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department would like to talk to the men pictured about a break-in at JC’s Outdoors Tuesday. In the break-in, 39 handguns were stolen. The people deputies would like to talk to left in a tan or gold Camry. Anyone with information can call detective Stokes @ 803-422-5602 or leave an anonymous tip  at MidlandsCrime at 888-Crime-SC Categories:…

Hero Lt. Ryan Rawl killed in Afghanistan, honored in Columbia on Independence Day

1/5Ryan Rawl event 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Ryan Rawl workout Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Ryan Rawl presentation Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Ryan Rawl tribute Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Ryan Rawl event Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan About 150 people came to the S.C. State House Tuesday morning for the fifth annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event. It was…

Gilbert Peach Festival is the center of the universe on July 4th

1/4Peach Festival Gilbert 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Peach Festival Gilbert 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Peach Festival Gilbert 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Peach Festival Gilbert 4 Show Caption Hide Caption There’s only one way to celebrate America’s birthday for many people in Lexington County, and the party turns a town of less than 1,000 into the center of…

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs “Star Spangled Salute”

1/5Lake Murray Symphony Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Lake Murray Symphony Monday night Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Lake Murray Symphony attendees Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Song list Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan A little rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering Monday night to listen to a patriotic concert put on by the…

Lexington Sheriff’s deputies look for stolen El Camino

The El Camino pictured has been seen in relation to some Lexington County thefts, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. According to the sheriff’s department the El Camino was stolen. And it has been used to try to steal a trailer. Call 888-Crime-SC if you have information about this vehicle. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion,…

Lexington County Council Chairman issues statement regarding Chapin Business and Technology Park controversy

Lexington County Council and the county’s administration have been criticized for the handling of the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton. Critics have said the park’s development is behind schedule and over budget. Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a statement in response to the critics late Friday. Link to Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough statement issued Saturday night Statement…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Lexington man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motorcycle crash.  It occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Thursday night on South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia. William James Culpepper, 28, of North Point Road, Lexington, was the driver of a motorcycle that left the road and went down an embankment.  Culpepper was not wearing a…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…