West Columbia

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

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Rhythm on the River concerts dubbed “special” as spring season ends

Travelin’ Kine from Saturday finale. The shows were held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater at  West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater with the rush of the Congaree River in the background. The last one of the spring was Saturday. The shows are emceed by Marty Hall, of 94.3 The Dude and the next series of concerts will be held in the fall. With…

Some changes as 2018 American Legion Baseball Post 7 season begins

By Thomas Grant Jr.  New league and region, same goals for Lexington Post 7 in American Legion baseball. Along with reducing the number of innings played from nine to seven at the orders of the national office, the state American Legion office has separated Lexington from longtime rivals Chapin/Newberry Post 193 and West Columbia Post 79. It has moved Post 7 to League 4,…

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, S.C. Highway Patrol team up to combat traffic fatalities

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department are increasing patrols as part of a joint enforcement initiative this Memorial Day weekend to prevent highway fatalities and collisions. “Memorial Day is historically a heavy travel holiday as it signifies the beginning of summer for many,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “We are working with Sheriff Koon on additional…

Coach Leaphart retiring after 35 years at Lexington High School

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Blowie’s Sweet Spot opens in Lexington

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More tests required to determine cause of death of Dr. Adam Lazzarini’s wife, coroner’s report, lawyers at odds

Dr. Adam Lazzarini According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, the results of the official autopsy of Vanessa Biery, wife of Dr. Adam Lazzarini, are still pending. However, during the official autopsy, conducted on May 3, at MUSC in Charleston, no apparent evidence was found to indicate that Mrs. Biery’s death was natural. Due to the lack of an obvious…

Columbia Metropolitan Airport names Gula as new executive director

Michael A. Gula The Richland-Lexington Airport District has promoted Michael A. Gula to the position of Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) after a national recruitment initiative. “I am very excited to transition into the role of Executive Director at CAE and work with the Airport Commission, staff, stakeholders and community,” said Mr. Gula.  “I look forward to…

City of Cayce to give prizes for Thursday Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt

Carved animal sculpture on Cayce Riverwalk. City of Cayce photo. In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day on Thursday (May 24,) Mayor Elise Partin and the City of Cayce are hosting a Cayce Riverwalk Scavenger Hunt. Residents are invited to find all the carved animal sculptures throughout the Riverwalk between the Blossom Street bridge and the train trestles downriver. This…

DUI the reason for increased Lexington County traffic deaths, says SCHP officer

SCHP file photo The total number of South Carolina traffic fatalities has collectively decreased in 2018. Compared to the 400 deaths by May of last year, there is a 33 person difference, with 367 traffic deaths reported so far this year. Despite the overall decrease, Lexington County’s numbers have not followed the same pattern of decrease. The number of traffic…

Lexington Two announces 4 new principals for next school year

Damm_David_5795-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Andrew Drozdak Show Caption Hide Caption stephanie hucks Show Caption Hide Caption jim leblanc Show Caption Hide Caption   From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 schools communications director Four Lexington Two schools will have new principals for the 2018-19 academic year. At its board meeting Tuesday, the Lexington Two Board of Trustees approved the following appointments,…

Cafe Strudel location in Lexington officially open for business

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Is your name on S.C. Treasurer’s list of unclaimed funds

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis with SC education Supt. Molly Spearman, returning money to schools. The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office currently has more than $61 million in unclaimed funds that belong to people living in Lexington and Richland Counties. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is looking for a list of people who need to claim their property. Different types of funds covered…

Dr. Lazzarini wants to return to practice, after being charged

Dr. Adam Lazzarini Dr. Adam Lazzarini was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died of a gunshot wound at Lazzarini’s Cayce home on Oct. 9. After being charged, Lazzarini’s medical license was suspended by the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners, but that suspension has been lifted, said Eric Bland, Lazzarini’s attorney. Now, Lazzarini, a hip surgeon who worked for…

City of West Columbia employees show off skills at Backhoe Rodeo

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Gibson Road to be closed Saturday for Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation 5K

5K is Saturday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will co-host the 12th annual 5K (3.1 mile.) The road race is Saturday in the Gibson Road area. Between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. there will be road closures and delays that should be taken into consideration in planning activities. With the exception…

River Bluff falls to Dorman in state championship final

River Bluff’s Jackson Hannon holds the Class 5A runner-up trophy.. By Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr.  For the second straight year, the Class 5A baseball title was denied to River Bluff High School. The Gators fell 14-4 to Dorman in the deciding game of the Best-of-Three series Saturday at Dolny Stadium on the campus of Lander University. River…

Rhythm on the River concert cancelled for Saturday, May 19

The Rhythm on the River concert is cancelled for Saturday evening (My 19.)  The threat of rain was too high to proceed with the concert. Its organizers said the show is scheduled to be back on next week. The concerts are held at the West Columbia Riverwalk Ampitheatre. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia

Fire displaces 15, Red Cross assisting

Lexington County photo. There were 15 people displaced, and a dog died, as a result of an apartment fire in the 200 block of Old Chapin Road, in Lexington County, just before 12:30 a.m., Saturday. No people were injured, but three apartment units sustained heavy fire damage, according the Lexington County report. The three unit also sustained smoke and water…

Overturned truck blocking I-20 exit

LPD photo. The westbound exit ramp from Sunset Boulevard to I-20 was closed Friday morning because of an overturned tractor trailer. The Lexington Police Department is advising motorists to seek an alternate route to access westbound I-20 until the road is cleared. All lanes of Sunset Boulevard are open. The LPD report said the exit will be closed several hours….