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SCDOT file photo. The SCDOT will close the I-20 Longs Pond Road exits beginning Thursday for ramp paving. Interstate-20, Exit 51 Westbound will close Thursday (Sept. 12) from 11:30 pm until 4 am Friday (Sept. 13 .) Motorists wishing to use the westbound on-ramp should proceed along the detour route of Two Notch Road to Industrial Drive to South Lake…

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Photo by Jack Crayne photography. All games at 7:30 LUGOFF ELGIN (1-0) AT CAMDEN (1-0) The Demons and Bulldogs have never met undefeated. Granted, they have only both won the first game of the season but the series does date back to 1978. The teams have only met a handful of times after one game as well. They have played…

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Sheriff Jay Koon, Sgt. Adam Creech and Vaughn Dozier, sponsor of the award. Sgt. Adam Creech works in the Special Victim’s Unit – Major Crimes- with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was recognized as the Officer of the Month Tuesday by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s Breakfast. It was at the Wingate in Lexington. Lexington…

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Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Coaching in an offensive slugfest that stretched over two days is nothing new for head coach Chad Leaphart. Back in 2015 as head coach at Swansea, he witnessed his team engage in a legendary dual for the ages with Chapin. The 63-60 overtime win by the Eagles, a game which was completed the following day due…

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Karamie Sullivan photo. Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office representatives announced Thursday night that they are entering into a new promotional partnership. Country music singer Cody Webb, who grew up in Saluda County on Lake Murray, said he will be proud to promote the Lake Murray Country region. “I’m so excited about this opportunity to represent Capital City/Lake Murray…

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Blythewood pitcher Landon Lucas and head coach Banks Faulkner. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The annual S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Lexington High School. The two-day event will feature six contests, including two North vs. South Select contests which will serve as nightcaps. Representing the South Select teams are Caleb Speedy (A.C. Flora),…

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Booking photo provided. The Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced that Christopher Jody Jennings, 47, from Gilbert, pled guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct against a 21-year-old woman. Jennings was sentenced to 25 years in prison on both of these charges. He also pled guilty to carjacking and received a concurrent 20-year sentence. According…

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Sheriff Koon and Chief Oswald place a weath in the center of the fallen officer monument. Karamie Sullivan photos. Law enforcement officers, civilians, and town officials gathered at the Lexington County Judicial Center Tuesday morning to honor local officers who have died in the line of duty. The annual ceremony is held during law enforcement appreciation week (May 12 through…

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Batesburg-Leesville’s annual South Carolina Poultry Festival drew thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond, Friday and Saturday. First staged in 1987 and called the ridge Poultry Festival, it drew 20,000 visitors; today that number exceeds 100,000. Citizens in attendance availed themselves of over 30 food vendors, carnival rides, more than 120 arts and crafts booths, and a 110…

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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…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision following a police pursuit. The collision occurred in the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Batesburg at approximately 11:40 p.m., Wednesday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. Jawara A. Brunson, 26, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision….

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Kyle Carpenter, right. Town of Batesburg-Leesville Photos. The Batesburg-Leesville Department of Motor Vehicles has named its state building in honor of Kyle Carpenter, Medal of Honor recipient. Carpenter was in Batesburg-Leesville Wednesday morning for the renaming of the local office in his honor. Sen. Senator Katrina Shealy of Lexington County sponsored a resolution honoring Carpenter. He is a veteran of…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning around 12:10 a.m.  The incident occurred in the 4200 block of U.S. 178 in Leesville. According to Fisher, Tommy Wade Goss, 47, of Lexington was in the roadway when he was struck by the truck. Goss was…

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Lexington County narcotics agents seized a large quantity of meth, marijuana from a married couple after executing a search warrant at a Leesville home last week. Nicholas Rattray, 34, and Kaitlin Rattray, 25, were arrested on multiple charges at the house Nov. 28, according to warrants. Nicholas Rattray is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of weapon during a violent crime, possession…

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Photo from Batesburg-Leesville Facebook page. The town of Batesburg-Leesville issued a limited boil water advisory at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. The cause of the advisory is due to a line break on N. Perry St.  Residents and businesses between Pine St. and Fair Ave., on West Columbia Ave., should boil their water until 5 p.m. tomorrow, according to the town’s…

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Thomas Grant photos. For the third straight year, the Gilbert football team earned a first-round home game in the Class 3A playoffs. The 35-7 road win over Pelion clinched second place in Region 5-3A for the Indians (6-3, 3-1). Cody Temples rushed for two first-half touchdowns and Jy Tolen connected with Matt Reed for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give…

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…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single- vehicle accident. It occurred in the 4500 block of Pond Branch Road at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Ms. Rhonda Rebecca Hartley, 30, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Ms. Hartley’s vehicle crossed the center…

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Sword & Saber trophy. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne photography. SPRING VALLEY (1-1) vs RICHLAND NORTHEAST (1-1) One of the more underrated and long going rivalries in the Midlands, these two schools have met every year dating back to 1978. The last win for the Cavs in the series came when they won back to back meetings in 2010-2011….

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Lexington sophomore Cal Herndon. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne Photography. LEXINGTON 21 GILBERT 14 The Wildcat defense is for real. On paper, this team has contained some really talented offenses the last three weeks. I am so impressed by what I have read and heard about Lexington. One had to think this Wildcat D would be tested against a…

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Lake Murray- Karamie Sullivan photo. A drawdown of Lake Murray is scheduled to begin in October to control aquatic weeds and water quality. Lowering of the lake will continue until it reaches an elevation target in the 350-foot range by mid-December, remaining at that elevation until approximately the end of January 2019. SCE&G is planning the drawdown in consultation with…

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Small town and cross county rivals headline our previews this week. From across the river, highway, or county, these schools are playing for a whole community. Bragging rights are on the line this Friday. Justin Gentry is entering his ninth season for the Chapin Eagles. He has won 57 games, so far, during his time as coach. GoFlashWin photos. Chapin…

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Gilbert running back DeAndre Harris gets past a Chapin defender.  Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Aside from a 45-minute rain delay, the Lexington Sportsarama at Lexington High School went without a hitch Friday night. Seven Lexington County teams – Pelion, Lexington, River Bluff, Batesburg-Leesville, Gilbert, Chapin and White Knoll – took part in four 2-quarter scrimmages: GAME ONE…

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Gregory Wright-Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr.  Embattled former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright could learn his future status in the coming days. He’s scheduled to meet with Lexington School District 4 board members during their Thursday meeting in Gaston. Wright’s attorney, J. Lewis Cromer, said Tuesday his client will express his grievances during executive session with the board….

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single vehicle accident. It occurred in the 2000 block of Cedar Grove Road in Leesville at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. Timothy Robert “TJ” Langfitt, Jr., 18, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to the traumatic injuries sustained. Langfitt’s vehicle…

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Karen Wingard delivering lunch. Photos by Karamie Sullivan and Polly Peyinghaus Officers from the Lexington Police Department were lending a helping hand Monday morning at Lexington School District One’s Summer Food Service kickoff event. The LPD partnered with Rosenwald Community Learning Center on opening day, providing free car seat safety checks, and the opportunity for children to learn bike safety…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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 the Wildcats to four hits for the victory. Hunter Garris drove in two runs and Noah Lebron had two…

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Karamie Sullivan photos. Police Officers from multiple departments gathered with civilians who wanted to pay their respects at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, Wednesday morning. The service was held at the Judicial Center on Main Street in Lexington, in front of the stone memorial that commemorates the officers who died in the line of duty throughout the years…

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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. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West Columbia

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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City of West Columbia photos. After the first Kinetic Derby Day, held April 21, in West Columbia, planners are already looking forward to next year’s event. “It was a great event to show off West Columbia on a beautiful day,” said West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. Kelli Ricard, West Columbia events manager, agrees. “The City of West Columbia’s inaugural Kinetic Derby…

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River Bluff players celebrate. Thomas Grant photo. Special to ColaDaily from Thomas Grant Jr.  Different year, different result, in the Class 5A Lower State baseball playoffs. A year ago Sunday, Lexington defeated River Bluff in the winner’s bracket contest to advance to the Lower State final. The Wildcats would lose two straight to the Gators, who advanced to the Class…

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Cayce DPS Chief Byron Snellgrove and Capt. Jimmy Gleaton of Cayce DPS at Friday press conference- Terry Ward photo. Dr. Adam Marcus Lazzarini, 46, was arrested Thursday in connection to a shooting incident that occurred at 256 Hunters Mill Dr. on Oct. 9, 2017. Tuesday,  Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, was found dead in her home, at the same location, of unknown…

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LCSD photo. A man was killed when his car left the road and struck a tree following a short pursuit in Irmo Friday night. The pursuit began in the Fernandina Road area after deputies said he deliberately evaded a joint public safety checkpoint made up of Lexington County deputies and troopers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “Instead of stopping…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the child struck by a vehicle on Interstate 20 Westbound near mile marker 57 at approximately 12:50 a.m. on April 27, 2018 has died. According to Fisher, Miss T’liyah Lebronah-Janae Bell, 5, of Aiken was pronounced dead at an area hospital on Thursday, as a result of her injuries. The vehicle in…

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Dr. Adam Lazzarini- LCDC photo. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed the investigation of a death that was reported on Tuesday at a residence in the 200 block of Hunters Mill Drive. According to Fisher, Mrs. Vanessa Brooke Biery, 43, was found dead in her home of unknown circumstances. Mrs. Biery’s death was reported by her husband, Dr. Adam…

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River Bluff’s Cameron Ferrell celebrates safely reaching second base against Dutch Fork on Thursday.  Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Special to ColaDaily from Thomas Grant Jr.  It’s deja vu’ time for River Bluff and Lexington. For the second straight year, the two teams will meet in the winner’s bracket of the Class 5A Lower State playoffs. The rematch was set up…

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SCHP images. After a massive collision Thursday before noon on I-20 in Lexington County, one lane of west bound I-20 is now open. One person died in the 10-vehicle crash that included two tractor-trailers and vehicle fires. The interstate had been closed at mile marker 61 in Lexington County for hours, and motorists can still expect delays as SCDOT crews…

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SCDOT image. At least one person is dead and I-20 west is closed, Thursday, near mile marker 61 (at US-378-Sunset Boulevard) due to a multi-vehicle accident, with a fire. Four people were taken to the hospital. Two of those transported were in critical condition. The S.C. Department of Public Safety advises motorists to avoid the area and expect delays. The…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person killed in a vehicle collision that occurred in the 300 block of South Main Street in Gaston at approximately 8 a.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Michael Anthony Worrell, 62, of Swansea was traveling south when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. Worrell, who was…

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Lexington Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Augusta Road at I-20 at approximately 1 p.m. At the scene, there was a white male dressed in all black standing on the overpass at I-20, according to Cpl. Cameron Mortenson of the Lexington Police Department.  As soon as officers arrived and stepped out of their vehicle, the subject jumped…