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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…

Coroner identifies 22-year-old killed in shooting

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. The incident took place in the 100 block of Toole Smith Road in Swansea. According to Fisher, Mr. Robert William All, Jr., 22, was discovered after having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. All was transported to an area hospital where he was…

Former Swansea Coach Gregory Wright asks Board for reinstatement   

Wright hugs a supporter at meeting-Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. Gregory Wright made his case for reinstatement as Swansea High School head football coach and athletics director to the Lexington County School District 4 board Thursday night. In attendance were over 30 citizens from the Swansea community, including players who want to see Wright back on the sidelines….

UPDATED – Coroner IDs victim, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating death

The Lexington County Sheriff Department has initiated a death investigation. The LCSD reported a call of shots fired at a residence in the 600 block of Woodtrail Drive, Gaston. The call came in around 4 a.m. Detectives were conducting interviews on scene in the early morning. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim as Mr. Norman Cherry, Jr.,…

Ex-Swansea football coach, AD, ready to fight for reputation

Gregory Wright By Thomas Grant Jr.  Gregory Wright arrived at Swansea High School three years ago with enthusiastic support as the new head football coach and athletics director. He now finds himself without a job after his termination this past Thursday. Wrestling coach Eric Pack was reportedly named the interim head football coach. Lexington School District Four and Swansea High…

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…

1 killed, 2 hurt in vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident. It occurred in the 1800 block of Saint Matthews Road near Swansea at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Arbie Dewayne “Wayne” Taylor, 48, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. The southbound vehicle, in…

S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports honors 5 Midlands athletes

By Thomas Grant Jr.  Call it a “Three-Peat” by Lexington High School’s “Big Three.” For the third consecutive year, a Lady Wildcats girls’ soccer player was named the S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Class 5A Player of the Year. This year’s recipient is Mary Katherine Waters, who posted 25 goals and 22 assists this past season for the Class…

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…

Second person dies after Wednesday crash in Lexington County

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the second individual who died after a vehicle collision. The crash occurred in the 3500 block of Augusta Highway near Gilbert at approximately 5:50 a,m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Robert Anthony O’Kelley, 44, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at an area hospital, Thursday. O’Kelley was traveling south on Augusta Highway when he…

River Bluff, Airport headed to state finals in high school baseball

Airport after win, Wednesday- Christy Stone photo Show Caption Hide Caption River Bluff versus Lexington Show Caption Hide Caption For the second consecutive year, the River Bluff baseball team is headed to the Class 5A final. The Gators shut out Region 5-5A champion and rival Lexington 4-0 to repeat as Lower State champions. Grant Brittingham struck out nine and held…

Fallen Lexington County officers memorialized at service, Wednesday

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Overturned tractor-trailer closes 1 lane of Highway 321 in Lexington County

Lexington County photo. One lane of Highway 321, at the Highway 21 split, was closed Wednesday afternoon due to an overturned tractor-trailer. No injuries were reported, but emergency response personnel asked motorists to seek an alternate route, and to slow down while the area was being cleared.

Woman killed in Lexington County crash is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision.  It occurred in the 3500 block of Augusta Highway near Gilbert at approximately 5:50 a.m on Wednesday. According to Fisher, Ms. Margaret Anne Burke, 61, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Burke was traveling north on Augusta Highway when she was involved…

1 killed and 1 injured in head-on collision in Lexington County

One person was killed and another was critically injured in a head-on crash in Lexington County . The collision took place just before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning on US-1/Augusta Highway near Golden Jubilee Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the person who was hurt was transported to the hospital…

Lexington County “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” is May 25

Lexington County “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” is May 25. The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium will host a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel” Workshop on Friday, May 25. It’s from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning with check-in at 8:45 a.m. at Emergency Medical Services, 407 Ball Park Road and culminating at the Public Works garages located at 440 Ball…

Lexington County coroner identifies man killed in collision, Monday night

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single motor vehicle accident. It occurred in the 800 block of Haven Road at approximately 9:45 p.m., Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Lee Oswalt, 28, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Oswalt’s vehicle crossed the center line…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigating death of an infant

Lexington County Sheriff deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Crimson Oak Drive Monday morning in reference to the death of an infant. According to the LCSD report, investigators are working on the case with SLED and the Lexington County Coroner’s Office. Because the investigation is ongoing, The LCSD said it has nothing more information to share…

Pedestrian dies 5 days after being struck in Lexington

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle. The incident took place on Burton Road, off of Glassmaster Road, at approximately 5:50 p.m. on May 2. According to Fisher, Mr. Andrian Matthew Cannon, 28, of Lexington was pronounced dead at an area hospital on Monday due to injuries sustained in the…