It will not be long before West Columbia’s new Enabling Park, for people of all abilities, will be complete. The park is on Hudson Street, adjacent to the West Columbia Riverwalk. “The parking lot has been paved and striped,” said West Columbia City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. “The playground equipment has been set up.” Miles said he expects…

Jennifer Wilkes, a State Farm agent. The River District Association held its Monthly Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Makaela Randolph, a business consultant to the State Farm Insurance Co. was the guest and spoke about protecting a business from natural disasters, like hurricanes. The River District Association will feature a guest speaker…

Thomas Newman Boat Landing, Cayce Riverwalk. A portion of the Cayce Riverwalk (Phase 4 – Thomas Newman Boat Landing) is currently closed. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating a possible suicide. More details will be provided as they become available, according to Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce spokeswoman. Categories: Cayce, Lexington County, West Columbia

PRMS Principal David Basile and Jennifer Eskridge is Lexington 2 Teacher of the Year. By Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Communications Director No one was surprised when Jennifer Eskridge became a teacher. After all, her mother, grandmother, several aunts and an uncle were all educators. But Eskridge got a surprise of her own Tuesday, when Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William B….

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy with District One representatives. Photo provided. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and…

Suzette Shirey and Leah Machino of Mardel. The Mardel Christian and Education Store held a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Monday morning. The new business is in the West Side Plaza next to Hobby Lobby, 2305 Augusta Rd. West Columbia. “It’s a great addition to the growing number of businesses in West Columbia,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Greater…

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision in the 4200 block of US 321 near Garners Terrace, Gaston, in Lexington County Saturday. The incident occurred at 7:03 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. A 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling south on US 321 when it was hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet…

There was a full house of artists, produce vendors and food booths as West Columbia cut the ribbon on its Artisan Market, Saturday morning. “This market is exactly what we need to help push the energy between where we’re standing and the river. This market will help drive activity to Center Street and Meeting Street,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem,…

The City of West Columbia is holding a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturday, Sept. 14 – at 9 a.m. The market will be open until 1 p.m. Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Cayce, Lexington, Lexington County, West Columbia

Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck with WCBF Chairwoman Melissa Sprouse-Browne. The Fifth Annual Tribute for Trees Gala drew its largest crowd ever to the Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall Tuesday evening. Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck, who is retiring, was honored for her contributions to the West Columbia Beautification Foundation and…

Image from Steel Hands Facebook page. Steel Hands is located at 2350 Foreman St., Cayce. Cayce’s Steel Hands Brewing will be hosting some special guests Wednesday to help raise money for a worthy cause. Songwriters in the Round will be an evening of entertainment, where four of Nashville’s top songwriters will share stories behind some of their hit songs. Brent…

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation will hold its 5th Annual Tribute for Trees Fundraiser, on Tuesday, at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia. The gala is from 5:30 p.m.until 7:30 p.m. Funds raised at the event will be used to plant trees around the City of West Columbia, beautifying the roadways on Meeting Street and Augusta…

Lexington County officials celebrated the opening of the Lexington County Emergency Service Complex East Region Headquarters with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Friday morning. The complex is in a high-commercial traffic area near the Lexington County Industrial park,. It will serve as the region headquarters for the southeastern part of Lexington County. The EMS center will provide primary fire…

Cayce West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team with coaches and West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council recognized the Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team for winning the Dixie Youth Ozone State Championship for the 2019 season. West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles is pictured with the…

As a testament to West Columbia’s revitalization effort; the ribbon was cut on the city’s Interactive Art Park, Wednesday. West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton spoke of the significance of the park, at 425 Meeting Street. He said it’s only the beginning of more to come. “It’s intended to bring visitors and patrons,”  Horton said. The park adds an arts-rich dimension…

From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 Communications Director – At this time, Lexington Two will be operating on a normal schedule Tuesday, Sept. 3. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and get updates throughout the week from the Governor’s Office, local and state emergency preparedness officials, and others. Categories: Cayce, Education, Lexington County, West Columbia

The City of Cayce’s Department of Public Safety will work with state officials to reroute traffic, Monday morning, for those being evacuated from parts of eight coastal counties. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered of mandatory evacuations, effective at noon on Monday, Sept. 2. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, motorists will not be able to travel eastbound on I-26 starting around exit…

The Lexington County Fire Service Ladder 5 unit responded to the 4400 block of 12th Street Ext. Sunday morning for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, heavy flames were coming from the vehicle, but firefighters had the fire extinguished in a short amount of time, according to a Lexington County report. One person was transported to local hospital for medical…

Author Robin H. Jackson, Joe Pinner, Melissa Sprouse-Browne at the Trees Tribute 2017. The Fifth Annual West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Tribute for Trees Gala is Tuesday, Sept. 10. It’s in the New Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St. “We’re really looking forward to the Tribute for Trees Gala,” said Melissa Sprouse-Browne, chairwoman of the…

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 4) for West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park and Alleyway on State Mural. It’s at 10 a.m. at 425 Meeting St. The one-of-a-kind park will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk. The park…

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…

More than 150 fifth-graders at Cayce Elementary School have added a personal touch to the school.  A mural painted by the students was unveiled, Wednesday. “It gives the students ownership,” said CES Assistant Principal Allyson Long. “They are a part of something. It’s their school. A part of them is here.” Artist-in-residence Michael Geddings oversaw the art project. It was…

Earl McLeod Earl McLeod said expect the number of homes constructed to continue to grow. McLeod is the Executive Director of the  Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. “The building numbers are better, but it’s different,” said McLeod.  He said expect the construction of more town homes, multi-family structures and the redevelopment of closed shopping centers to include residential…

The City of Cayce is working to implement an Arts District on State Street, the original heart of Cayce. Public art is essential to this vision and the City is commissioning artists to design and paint two murals that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving along State Street. The City is requesting proposals from…

The  Cayce Department of Public Safety  at approximately 3:30 a.m., Tuesday,  responded to a call of a house fire on Lexington Avenue in Cayce. Upon arrival, officers found the back part of the home engulfed in flames and a female victim who was severely burned. She is being treated at an area hospital. Cayce Public Safety officers located the suspect…

Jerome Franklin and his Aunt Michelle Franklin. Jerome Franklin was diagnosed with type two diabetes at age 26. At age 37, he had a stroke. He is determined to keep fighting the encroaching ailment said his Aunt Michelle Franklin, but he needs physical therapy. To help pay for the physical therapy, Michelle has planned a the Jerome Franklin Fund-raiser Kick-ball…

Surviving members of the team Leo Redmond said he remembers the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. That team was honored in a ceremony at the  Cayce Historical Museum, Friday afternoon. “All of us over here in Cayce were proud,” Redmond said. “There were signs all over the place. They stayed up for years.” Redmond, the former…

West Columbia is a good place to do business, according to its leaders. Now it’s even better. Gov. Henry McMaster has designated specific West Columbia properties as part of an Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are provided a capital gains-based, federal tax incentive for investors. The program is designed to encourage long-term private investments in communities that have the potential for…

25 Lexington Two teachers get awards Twenty-five Lexington Two educators have been awarded $20,000 in grants from Colonial Life as part of its Strong Schools Grant program. Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to purchase equipment and resources that support lessons focused on world-class knowledge and skills and life and career characteristics as outlined in the Profile…

The History Walk in Cayce is this Saturday, at 10 a.m. The theme: First Fort Congaree and 18th Century Trade History Walk: A massacre, murder and a kidnapping. Walk to the 1718 Old Fort Congaree site and learn about the struggles of the colonial settlers and the South Carolina Native Americans. Delve into the Deerskin Economy, then travel forward in…

Rendering of proposed office building. From Grant Jackson A new Class A office building is expected to be under construction at 508 Meeting Street in West Columbia by the end of August and available after the first of the year. 508 Meeting Street is being developed by Joe Taylor, the former S.C. Secretary of Commerce, who formed State Street Development…

Lexington School District Two is planning to expand the playground at Saluda River Academy for the Arts. The school is at 1520 Duke Street in West Columbia. The school ground expansion is in the back of SRAA. The district has purchased property behind the school and there is a house on that land. The district is selling that house, at…

East Point Academy. Are you ready for the school year 2019-2020? This is the last week Lexington Two Schools in West Columbia will be on a summer schedule. Teachers report to their class rooms Aug. 13, which is next Tuesday. Students begin the 2019-2020 school year on Monday. Aug. 19. “We’re excited, and ready to get started with the new…

Gus and Pete Manos, of Zesto. Terry Ward photo. West Columbia’s Zesto restaurant is celebrating 70 years in business in 2019. “It’s been really fun to see so many people over the years,” said Pete Manos, who owns Zesto with his father, Gus. “It’s really cool to be celebrating 70 years.” He said the restaurant started with as few as…

The City of Cayce has announced a very special exhibit, honoring the members of the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. It is coming to the Cayce Historical Museum beginning 3 p.m., Aug. 16. The surviving members of the 1964 Dixie Youth World Series Champions Team will gather for a celebration of the exhibit opening at…

G.L. Locklear has become a local historian by default. “I’ve looked up the genealogy for many, many families,” said Locklear. And in his research, he has found out a lot about the history of the area. From the day when steamships were abundant in the Congaree River to auto dealerships on State Street. Locklear imparts his knowledge from the corner…

WCBF photo. Bill Monneyhan, Joe Taylor, Melissa-Sprouse-Browne Joe Taylor of Southland Capital Partners has been presented with the  Quarterly Appearance Award by the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. Taylor, center, is with Melissa Sprouse-Browne, chairwoman of the WCBF and Bill Mooneyhan vice chairman. At the WCBF meeting, Board members discussed the annual Tribute to Trees. The Tribute for Trees is scheduled…

Bruce Brutschy at Black Rooster. One of the most-anticipated launches in recent West Columbia history will occur at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Black Rooster will “be in the “soft opening” mode,” this week according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The rest of the post reads: “Soft opening” means some of the menus are still not fully implemented, staff…

Lexington Two has been approved to use eLearning days for school make-up days, one of 10 additional districts approved to participate in the 2019-20 school year, the Education Oversight Committee announced this month. eLearning allows districts to continue lessons at home when classes on regularly scheduled school days are cancelled, as in the case of inclement weather. Students will communicate…

Byron Watkins Byron Watkins, 25, was arrested by the US Marshals Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force, Thursday night. Watkins was arrested at a residence off of Congaree Road in Cayce. He was charged with homicide by the Monroe (NC) Police Department in connection to a deadly home invasion at 1603 Tower Court July 12. Members of the US Marshals OPIN…

Brookland from State Street. It is one of the most-significant projects in West Columbia. And the multi-million-dollar complex known as “Brookland,” at the corner of State and Meeting streets, is almost finished. “Buildings one and two are completed and filled,” said Matt Mundy, of Estates and Co., the developers of Brookland. The residents of those units can look out of…

A part of Wilton Road was washed out in the flood of October 2015. It is going to be fixed. Construction to repair Wilton Road will begin in the fall, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation’s Tony Edwards, program manager for the Wilton Road Project. “We are in the pre-construction planning stage now,” Edwards said Thursday afternoon. Wilton Road…

Cayce City Council, and Mayor Elise Partin, with award. – MASC photo. During the Municipal Association of SC’s Annual Meeting Greenville, that ended Sunday, the statewide Association awarded the City of Cayce the Public Works Achievement Award for its unprecedented Waterline Replacement Project. Mayor Elise Partin stated, “We are honored to have received this award from the Municipal Association. It has been…

From Ali Walker – Director of Business Development American Engineering Consultants, Inc. is celebrating its 25th year of providing  civil engineering and surveying service to its clients. AEC’s roots go back nearly 50 years when its parent company, Hercules Contractors and Engineers, Inc., was formed. American Engineering Consultants, Inc. began in 1994 from the engineering division of Hercules and has…

Megan Diffee Joseph Edward Swearingen, III, a 24-year-old Lexington County man, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Felony Driving Under the Influence with Great Bodily Injury and Possession of Cocaine – Second Offense. Swearingen received the maximum sentence of 15 years on the Felony DUI charge followed by four years of probation on the Possession of Cocaine charge. There were no plea…

The Pineview Dixie Youth Baseball Minors team won the South Carolina DYB tournament in Anderson, last Thursday. Pineview is based in West Columbia. With the win, the team will go on to represent the state of South Carolina in the DYB World Series Tournament in Ruston, LA Aug. 2- Aug. 8. Pineview win the Division 1 AAA crown. Pineview defeated…

Dreher Road. New homes are coming to a 17-acre plot of land on Dreher Road in West Columbia, that sits behind the Hobby Lobby. Great Southern Homes is building 126 town houses: 63 structures with two to a unit. The project will include a green space of four acres. The name of the development is “Stilllwater.” The prices for each…

Lexington 2 Schools photo of Chuck Underhill House of Raeford with Cayce Public Safety The Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber held its 2019 Breakfast Business Expo Tuesday morning. It was at the Lexington Two School District’s new Innovation Center in Cayce. The Expo gave businesses the chance to network with each other and present services and products to potential customers….

As part of the Corley Mill at Sunset Boulevard Gateway Improvements in Lexington, a new traffic flow pattern became effective last Friday. The change diverts drivers exiting the I-20 westbound ramp (Exit 61) who wish to access Ginny Lane. That traffic must now make a right turn at the Sunset Boulevard traffic signal. The Lexington Police Department announced the change….