West Columbia

Lexington County Chili Cook Off held under warm and sunny skies, Sunday

Cook off 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Cook off 1 Show Caption Hide Caption The 3rd Annual Lexington County Chili Cook Off was held at the IceHouse Amphitheater Sunday in the Town of Lexington. Proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit First Responders, 911 Remembrance Foundation of…

Two men shoot each other and die after argument over cab fare

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the names of the two people who died overnight in a shooting at 926 Johnson Avenue, in Columbia. The incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. According to the Columbia Police Department the men argued over cab fare before the shooting. Marques A. Hallman, 18, of Johnson Avenue, Columbia, was transported from the scene by…

Gray Collegiate handles St. Joes – high school basketball playoff schedule

Saturday night in Columbia, the Gray Collegiate War Eagles handled business in the second round of the 2A state basketball playoffs. On the campus of Allen University, the War Eagles had no trouble with St.Joseph’s Catholic winning 83-31. You could see from just warm ups that Gray would was going to be a considerable size, and athletic advantage over the…

East Point Academy celebrates Chinese New Year

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Richland, Lexington County, municipal offices closed Monday for President’s Day

City of West Columbia graphics Richland County Government offices will close Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off facility will close Monday and will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday. Curbside trash and recycle collections will be unaffected and will operate on their normal schedules Monday. The County’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens…

Lexington County Sheriff implements plan to retain employees

Sheriff Jay Koon The Lexington County Council has approved a program Sheriff Jay Koon will start immediately to help his department recruit and retain employees. Koon presented details of a monetary incentive package during the last council meeting. The initiative is the first phase of a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan that was submitted in the requested budget for the…

Seniors surprised with hundreds of roses for Valentine’s Day

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West Columbia’s “Taste on the River” a highly anticipated good time

“Taste on the River” is the West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s signature event. This year it is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Stone River in West Columbia. Melissa Sprouse Browne leads the WCBF and she said “Taste on the River” is one of the most-anticipated events of the year. “We’re very excited. It was so…

Rash of car break-ins in West Columbia, police seek help to identify suspects

Suspects from surveillance video. WCPD.   The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating two suspects who broke into several vehicles from Jan. 31-through-Feb. 11. Most of the thefts occurred in the Westover Acres neighborhood, which is located behind Rush’s in the 2300 block of Sunset Blvd. The two men pictured to the left were captured…

District investigated asst. principal for alleged unprofessional relationship with student, possible criminal activity

Dawn Dimmler, at a school function last year. Statement from Lexington Two School District: “As has been reported, on the evening of (Monday) the Lexington School District Two Board of Trustees voted to terminate the employment of a district assistant principal. The assistant principal, Dawn Diimmler of Airport High School, had been employed with the district since 2012. Ms. Diimmler…

2 killed in Lexington County vehicle crash

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified two individuals who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 2900 block of Sharpes Hill Road. The crash occurred near Gaston at approximately 8 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Gary W. McDonald, 60, and Henry Trey King, 20, both of Gaston, were pronounced dead at the scene due to…

Pringle wins West Columbia City Council Dist. 5 race, Cary wins in Lexington School Dist. 3 

Mickey Pringle campaign photo. Mickey Pringle won the West Columbia City Council District 5 seat in a re-vote, Tuesday. Also in the race were incumbent Boyd Jones and Marland Hardy Mitchell. Pringle received 66 votes. Mitchell got 54 votes and Boyd Jones finished with 14 votes. The Lexington County Election Commission overturned the initial result from November in the West Columbia…

Police investigating misconduct allegation at Airport High School

City of Cayce Spokeswoman Ashley Hunter has issued a statement regarding the police investigation of Airport High School. The Lexington Two School District Board immediately terminated Airport High school Assistant Principal Dawn Dimmler after a meeting Monday. Dimmler, before the meeting, had been placed on administrative leave. Airport’s Principal Brad Coleman has been placed on administrative leave. Statement from Cayce Spokeswoman…

Tony Pearson wins 94.3 The Dude’s Biggest Valentine contest

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Cayce Public Safety investigation related to Lexington 2 Schools termination of assistant principal

The Cayce Public Safety Department is conducting an investigation related to the immediate termination of a Lexington School District Two assistant principal Monday during a special called board meeting. Airport High School Assistant Principal Dawn Dimmler had been placed on administrative leave prior to the meeting, according to Lexington Two spokeswoman Dawn Kujawa. Confirmation of an police investigation was announced…

Lexington 2 announces immediate termination of a district assistant principal

Dawn Dimmler at an Airport High School function last year. ColaDaily photo. At a special called board meeting on Monday evening, the Lexington Two School Board announced the immediate termination of a District Two assistant principal. No name or school was given, because the termination involves a personnel matter. The principal of Airport High School is on administrative leave.  And Lexington…

Principal, assistant principal of Airport High School on administrative leave

Click on image to enlarge “The principal of Airport High School is on administrative leave, as is assistant principal Dawn Diimmler.” Lexington School District 2 Communications Director Dawn Kujawa confirmed Monday that Principal Brad Coleman is on administrative leave. Kujawa confirmed Thursday that “Dawn Diimmler is on administrative leave.” Kujawa also said in response to the email query “on matters…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn gets probation

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and two years of probation Monday. Quinn faced the possibility of  one year in prison, but that sentence was suspended to community service and probation. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a courtroom in Beaufort. Quinn…

Coroner releases name of woman killed in I-26 collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died due to a motor vehicle collision Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 26 Eastbound near exit 119. According to Fisher, Ms. Mia Briana Justine James, 29, of Orangeburg was killed when her sedan, which was traveling west in the eastbound lanes, collided head-on with a…

American Red Cross assisting family in West Columbia after fire

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Greenfields Road, was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. The Lexington County Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping five adults and three children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. In…

Dense fog again Saturday – NWS in Columbia issues advisory

Fog in Lexington. LPD photo from Friday morning. Dense fog – like there is Friday and Saturday-  is a reminder that your headlights should be on, according to the Lexington Police Department.  Reduce your speed and drive alert to prevent a collision.  The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued an advisory for the region until 10 a.m, and the advisory…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn to be sentenced Monday

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Monday in a Beaufort courtroom. Quinn pleaded guilty to charges in an investigation of corruption at the South Carolina Statehouse. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is set to sentence Quinn. Quinn pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December. Mullen delayed sentencing…