Pelion

Pelion Police get help in battle against auto theft

Auto theft continues to impact citizens in South Carolina and across the country. In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 auto thefts in South Carolina according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Specifically, Columbia and the surrounding area, which includes Pelion, saw more than 3,000 thefts. To help reduce the impact of theft on citizens, the Pelion Police Department recently installed…

Forts Pond Elementary achieves coveted ‘Lighthouse School’ status

In a recent school-wide assembly, Forts Pond Elementary School Principal Michelle L. Smith surprised students, staff, parents, and others in attendance with news that the school has been named Lexington One’s latest “Lighthouse School.” The coveted honor is part of FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program, used in 2,781 schools worldwide. The program pivots off author Stephen Covey’s “The 7…

Poinsettias are ablaze – and on sale – at Pelion High

Student-grown plants are a critical fundraiser for Pelion High's FFA chapter

Buzzing with activity and bursting with red and green plants, the Pelion High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) classroom looks like Santa’s workshop as students prepare poinsettias for homes and businesses across Lexington County. A project and fundraiser of the PHS FFA chapter, the annual poinsettia sale brings in funding that covers about one-third of the student club’s expenses…

Pelion High athletes prove they are ‘readers and leaders’

Pelion High School student-athletes aren’t just leaders on the field of play. They’re also setting positive examples for children in their community. Photo provided The Panthers recently launched the PHS Athletes as Readers and Leaders program at Forts Pond Elementary in Pelion. Six athletes read to elementary students and discussed the importance of reading, wellness, nutrition, academics, leadership, and training….

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

Lexington One students exceeding state averages on key tests

Good news for parents in Lexington County’s largest school district. Data from the S.C. Department of Education shows Lexington County School District One students are improving on their year-end assessments and scoring better than the state average on state testing. The key tests taken by students in various grades include End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP), S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards…

Lexington One students outpace the state on college-bound tests

College-bound high school students in Lexington County One School District came up aces in the most recent round of testing this past spring, the district announced. On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two most-common tests relied on by colleges and universities for admission, Lexington One students’ average scores outpaced both the state and national averages. Students also…

Lexington One’s new superintendent receives contract extension

School board gives Gregory Little a vote of confidence six months in to his tenure

New Lexington County School District One superintendent Gregory Little has received a thumbs-up from the school board. Barely six months into the job at the county’s largest school district, board members recently gave him a vote of confidence following a mandated interim performance evaluation, and rewarded him with a one-year contract extension that runs through June 30, 2020. Lexington One…