West Columbia

Service announced for Vanessa Biery, wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini, toxicology report pending

Dr. Adam Lazzarini-LCSD photo. Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, of West Columbia, died Monday, April 30. She was the wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini. After her death, Lazzarini was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the October death of William Player Holland, who was shot at 256 Hunters Mill Dr. in Cayce. That’s the same address where Biery died. The…

City of Cayce offering a guided tour of historical Ft. Congaree this Saturday

City of Cayce image. The City of Cayce is offering a Guided Historical Walking Tour of Fort Congaree beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek.  The 12,000 Year History Park is at 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce.  Tours are 60-to-90 minutes long, focusing on local history. National Park trained volunteers Gary and Sue Kelly lead…

Firefighters/paramedics and rescue vehicle in first reading of West Columbia budget

West Columbia City Administrator addresses city council, Tuesday The City of West Columbia passed first reading of its 2018-19 fiscal year budget last Tuesday. “This has been a long process the city has gone through,” said City Administrator Brian Carter. A general fund budget of $16,126,000 was approved along with a water-sewer budget of $17,150,000. Carter said department directors began…

Two out of three candidates present for Lexington County Council Dist. 8 debate

Conwell and Crouch Show Caption Hide Caption Candidates with empty podium Show Caption Hide Caption Chamber sign Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor Show Caption Hide Caption crowd after debate Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Music Shop hosted event. Karamie Sullivan photos. Two out of the three Lexington County Town Council candidates from District 8 met Thursday evening at…

Sunset Boulevard bank robbery suspect arrested

Timithy McCants. LCSD photo. A Swansea man has now been arrested in relation to a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning at First Citizens Bank on Sunset Boulevard. According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Timithy McCants, 58, demanded money by presenting a note to a teller at First Citizens Bank. He is being charged with robbery and entering a…

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy supports Glen Conwell in Lexington County Council Dist. 8 race, miffed by opponent’s attack

Kennedy announced pay raises and bonuses for hundreds of employees in December. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Owner and CEO Lou Kennedy made a campaign donation to Lexington County Council District 8 Candidate Glen Conwell. Incumbent Ned Tolar is circulating an email calling on Conwell to return that contribution. Conwell is challenging Tolar in the June 12, GOP primary. Chuck Crouch is also…

Gray Collegiate hires Charles Assey Sr. as new baseball head coach

New Gray Collegiate Academy head baseball coach Charles Assey Sr. and athletics director Adam Holmes. Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr. Nearly 19 years have passed since Charles Assey served as a head coach. A successful financial planner for MassMutual since 1999, the former 8-time champion in baseball and football has been content assisting his son Charles Jr. both at…

Lexington County Deputies respond to bank robbery on Sunset Boulevard

First Citizens Bank LCSD photo Show Caption Hide Caption crime scene unit Show Caption Hide Caption LCSD photo The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced through a tweet that deputies responded to a bank robbery at First Citizens Bank on Sunset Boulevard around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to the LCSD Twitter account, crime scene investigators arrived around 10:30 a.m. to…

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…

Lexington County Council District 8 Candidate Forum is Thursday

There will be a Candidate Forum for Lexington County Council District 8 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.  Participating Candidates are: Charles “Chuck” Crouch; Glenn Conwell; and Ned Tolar. It will be held at Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor 710 Meeting St, West Columbia. The forum is sponsored by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of…

West Columbia church partnering with Lexington Two for summer meals

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Coroner releases autopsy report on 20-year-old woman found dead

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher stated Saturday there is no indication of foul play based on preliminary findings of the autopsy of Kyrstin Star Blackburn. She was found dead in a wooded area off of Platt Springs Road Friday. In a release from the coroner’s office Fisher stated that there were no “obvious” indications of foul play, but the cause…

Lexington woman found dead, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual found dead Friday. Ms. Kyrstin Star Blackburn, 20, of Lexington was found in a wooded area off of Platt Springs Road. According to Fisher, an autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday to determine the cause of Ms. Blackburn’s death. An investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is ongoing. Categories: Cayce,…

Man gets 40 years for murders of 2 military men on Lake Murray

Joseph Elijah Mills.  Joseph Elijah Mills, a 27-year-old Newberry County man, was sentenced Thursday to 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for the murders of Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Jonathan Michael Prins, 29. The murders occurred at the Frayed Knot Bar and Grill in Lexington County on July 24, 2016. After consultation with the victims’ family members,…

Property sold for The Courage Center in Lexington

A total of 4.34 acres on Park Road in Lexington, near Old Cherokee Road, has been sold, according to Southern Visions Real Estate. The tract will be the future home of The Courage Center, a non-profit organization that offers  community-based support services for families and young people working on recovery from substance abuse. The Courage Center will also offer educational…

West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to Gervais Street Bridge closed 

Portions of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park are closed until further notice due to flooding. The area from the Gervais St. Bridge to the Moffatt St. entrance are closed until further notice due high water in that area. Once the flood waters subside and the Riverwalk path is clear again, the city will announce when all areas of the West…

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…

SCDOT says illegal, oversized vehicle damaged I-20 bridge – lanes now re-opened

The S.C. Department of Transportation is reporting that an illegal, oversized vehicle (other sources report it was a dump truck) struck the US 1 bridge (at mile marker 58) over the I-20 eastbound lanes Tuesday afternoon. SCDOT inspectors were on-site to analyze the damage to the bridge. Traffic was detoured. All lanes of I-20 were reported, by the SCDOT, to…

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…

West Columbia’s Derek Cothran wins public works Regional Backhoe Rodeo

West Columbia’s Derek Cothran won the S.C. American Public Works Association Regional Backhoe Rodeo, Friday. It was presented by the Columbia Public Works Department. Cothran will advance to the State competition in Greenville in August. Cothran works in West Columbia’s  Water-Sewer Department. His  overall time was 290 seconds for three events. Second and third place went to Lexington County’s Rickie…

Memorial Day service held at Icehouse Amphitheater, Ft. Jackson ceremony is Monday

Memorial Day 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day Show Caption Hide Caption Memorial Day 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Allen Wallace photos. The observance of Memorial Day began early in the Columbia area, as Lexington Baptist Church organized…