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Congaree National Park to conduct prescribed burn of 384 acres Thursday

Photos from Congaree National Park Facebook page. Officials from Congaree National Park, along with park partners are preparing to conduct a large prescribed burn Thursday (weather permitting). The burn will span over 384 acres, and is intended to help with habitat restoration and fuel reduction in accordance with the park’s fire management plan. Crews from Kings Mountain National Military Park,…

Midlands players named to All-USA South Carolina Girls Basketball teams

Swansea guard Danae McNeal. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. More honors were bestowed Wednesday upon Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year Danae McNeal of Swansea and Olivia Thompson of Lexington. The future Clemson University guard, Danae McNeal, was named Player of the Year for the Palmetto State by USA Today’s All-USA South Carolina team. She averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and…

Lexington County man dies after crash into creek

One person is dead after single-car collision in Lexington County, Wednesday. The crash happened around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, on SC Highway 6, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. Nicolas Robert Fielding, 23, of Gaston, has been identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as the man killed in the incident. Fielding was traveling east on the…

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…

Former pastor charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

Oswald. LCDC photo. The South Congaree Police Department has arrested a Prosperity man on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. William “Bill” Oswald, 56, was arrested Tuesday, and charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the arrest record. One count involves a child under the age of 11 and three counts involve…

Pedestrian killed after being hit by train

LCSD photo. The Lexington County Fire Service, EMS and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a train versus pedestrian collision at Lois Lane and Chapel Road, around 9:30 a.m. near South Congaree. Emergency Medical Services determined that the pedestrian died on scene. Lexington County Coroner has been notified. LCSD will investigate further. Look for LCSD updates via their social media channels….

Well-known Irmo orthodontist passes away at 42-years-old

Photos obtained from Irmo Smiles Facebook and website. It was announced that a local orthodontist at Irmo Smiles, Jim Raman, has passed away. Irmo Smiles sent out a letter notifying patients of the doctor’s death, describing it as “a tragic loss.”  It was mentioned that all appointments of Raman’s wife Misti, who is also a doctor at Irmo Smiles, will…

Swansea’s Danae McNeal leads comeback win at S.C. Hoops Festival Senior Showcase

Swansea guard Danae McNeal receives the Player of the Game award from S.C. Hoops Festival organzier Carey Rich. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.  “Rewarding” is perhaps the best way to describle the last 48 hours for Danae McNeal. The three-time S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A Player of the Year and Clemson University signee added to her trophy case when she…

Man who died in Thursday crash is identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man who died in vehicle collision, Thursday. It occurred in the 2000 block of S.C. Highway 6 at approximately 6 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Nathan Michael Ludwig, 42, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Ludwig was traveling eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line…

Crash in Lexington County, Thursday morning, leaves 1 person dead

One person is dead after a Thursday morning accident in Lexington County, according to S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 6 a.m. and involved two vehicles, on SC-6 in Gaston, near Blackville Road and Willie Paul Road. SC-6 was blocked according to the S.C. Department of Transportation, while emergency crews worked to clear the site of the wreck….

American Pickers coming to South Carolina, seeking owners of unique collections

American Pickers Mike and Frank.  Photo provided. The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to the palmetto state in January to film episodes for the show. The show is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” Episodes follow Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. The show is searching…

Two identified by coroner after crashing vehicle in pursuit

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 3400 block of Charleston Highway shortly before noon Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Timothy Roberts, 44, of Swansea, and Ms. Nicole Beran, 39, of Lexington, were in a stolen vehicle being pursued by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The…

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…

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…

Pine Ridge appoints Frankie Neeley as interim police chief

The Town of Pine Ridge has announced that Officer Frankie L. Neeley has been appointed interim police chief of the Pine Ridge Police Department. Neeley is a military veteran who has served in United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army for approximately 27 years. He has over 22 years of law enforcement experience in the Lexington County area having…

Town of Pine Ridge accepts resignations of police chief and lieutenant

Nicholas Scott The  Town of Pine Ridge released a statement regarding its police chief and a lieutenant in the police department, Thursday. The Town of Pine Ridge Police Chief Nicholas “Nick” Scott was  named as the town’s new police chief in the last week of April. The release is below: “Effective Thursday, the Town of Pine Ridge accepted the voluntary…

Lexington County man killed on bicycle in hit-and-run incident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred Friday in the 300 block of Main Street in Gaston at approximately 5:50 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Samson Sharpe, 54, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Sharpe was riding his bicycle in…

Attorneys for ex-Swansea head football coach speak about non-hiring by Brookland-Cayce

Gregory Wright. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The attorneys representing former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright expressed disappointment Tuesday with the decision not to allow him to serve as a Brookland-Cayce assistant coach. Bearcats’ head coach Rusty Charpia had announced plans to bring Wright aboard prior to the Aug. 17 season-opener against White Knoll. At gametime, Wright…

Lexington County Teacher accused of sexual misconduct with former student

Samantha Knopsnyder. LCSD provided photo. A Sandhills Middle School teacher is accused of having a relationship with and kissing a former student at the school last year. Samantha Lynne Knopsnyder, 26, is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to an arrest warrant. Knopsnyder, who lives in Lexington, was arrested Friday afternoon after turning herself in….

Football in the air at the 3rd Annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree in Irmo

Jamboree-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-4 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree-1 Show Caption Hide Caption Jamboree Show Caption Hide Caption The Third Annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree took place at Irmo High School, Friday night. Each team played two quarters. Next week the season starts and the games count. Teams got some live action versus…

Second night of South Congaree Championship Rodeo is Saturday

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Fugitive found in Swansea, transported to Columbia to be charged with murder

Antonio Alston. CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department announced that investigators have charged Antonio Deron Alston, 39, in connection with the stabbing death that occurred on Kent Street earlier in the month. He was found and arrested Monday night during a traffic stop by the Swansea Police Department. Members of the CPD Fugitive Team traveled to Lexington County to…