DeQuandre Smith has accounted for 10 total touchdowns for the Vikings. GoFlashWin photo. SPRING VALLEY (2-1) AT CHAPIN (2-1) I like this game a lot. These two teams are still figuring themselves out I think. Spring Valley’s new spread offense seems to be gaining confidence each week while Chapin is working at being more consistent. To be fair, both teams…

Jack Crayne photography. RIVER BLUFF 36 LUGOFF-ELGIN 19 Braden Walker had 198 yards and a couple of touchdowns as the Gators pulled away late from the Demons. The game was fairly close until midway through the third when River Bluff put together some big plays in both the passing and running game. Jackson Stone had only 240 yards through three…

GoFlashWin photo. RIVER BLUFF (3-0) AT LUGOFF-ELGIN (1-2) The Gators’ opponents so far this season have a combined record of 1-8. That includes the three wins the Gators have against them of course. So it’s hard to tell if this Gator team which won nine games last season, is as good in 2019. Here’s what I do know, however. Braden…

Dutch Fork quarterback Ty Olenchuck,.GoFlashWin photo. The SC Sandlappers’ Dec. 21 Shrine Bowl roster will be revealed at 3 p.m. Sunday on Facebook Live. Annually selecting the top seniors from over 200 SC High School League schools in five classifications is always an arduous task for each Shrine Bowl staff member. It’s especially difficult when coaches are limited to picking…

GoFlashWin.com photos CAMDEN 41 HARTSVILLE 27 What a win for Camden. The Bulldogs got 278 yards rushing with 150 of those coming from star tailback Willis Lane. He added 3 touchdowns in the win. On defense, it was a stellar effort as they held Hartsville to 238 yards total. And 90 of those yards came in the fourth quarter alone….

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Another week, another round of matchups between schools within close proximity of each other. Only about nine miles separate Dutch Fork and Irmo. The same is true for Friday combatants Lexington and Gilbert in a game that is this week’s Sonic Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week (Spectrum Channel 1250 or Digital 57.2). There are…

Jack Crayne photography. CAMDEN (2-0) AT HARTSVILLE (2-0) My game of the week takes place just outside the Midlands area. The oldest rivalry in the state gets renewed on Friday as the Bulldogs travel to Kellytown. One of the power programs in the Palmetto State, Hartsville has been somewhat under the radar this year. Camden is on a nice hot…

Karamie Sullivan photos. Thousands of Chapin families lined both sides of Chapin Road Monday morning to partake in the town’s most well-known tradition: the 40th Annual Labor Day Parade. Participants came out of the General Information Services parking lot, down the street, ending on St. Peter’s Church Road. Streets were blocked off for the parade at 9 a.m. and reopened…

Jack Crayne Photography. CAMDEN 33 LUGOFF-ELGIN 20 The 40th edition of the Wateree River rivalry went to the Bulldogs of Camden. It was their second straight win in the series and 32nd overall. The Bulldogs got over 170 yards rushing again from electric running back Willis Lane. But it was also a big night for sophomore Anthony Lyles who caught…

Cola Daily photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department notified the public Thursday of two Lexington/Richland Five students accused of making shooting threats. According to the department, a Chapin High School student has ben arrested and charged after a comment in reference to an upcoming school shooting. “A parent whose child overheard the threat on a bus notified the Chapin High…

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…

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…

Airport running back Bruce Staley, the cousin of former University of South Carolina and Philadelphia Eagle running back Duce Staley, rushed for 219 yards and two scores last week against Dreher. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. This is Rivalry Week in certain Lexington County circles. Teams with longstanding histories against each other usually use the early portion of the schedule for…

Whole Arted’s sign is visible from the road – the studio is positioned down the driveway (second building). Photos provided. It’s time to make some art, Chapin. Residents can now get in touch with their creative side when visiting the town’s newest business, located at 209 E. Boundary St. Whole Arted Studio, owned by Mercy Clonts, will offer a variety…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Fans of Chapin High School football will have to wait two more weeks before seeing their team in action at Cecil Woolbright. Bad weather forced the early cancellation of the third annual Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic Saturday night. Flashes of lightning from a storm system traveling from Newberry forced stoppage of Game Three of the…

GoFlashWin photos. In South Carolina, the sign of football season is a little different than other states and areas. From high school football to college, and then the NFL, it’s an event when the pigskin picks back up. The weather doesn’t quite change until later in the year but we still get our football. Schools going back in session excites…

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…

Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24’s Jalen McDuffie reaches first base on the throwing error. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The 2019 American Legion baseball season ended Wednesday at Legion Field for Lexington Post 7. Lexington was shut out 10-0 in six innings by top-seed Florence Post 1. Starter Gregory Gainey held Post 7 to two hits and struck out seven in five and…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Lexington Post 7 came within two outs Tuesday at Lexington High of evening its Best-of-Five American Legion playoff series. Down 6-4, top seed Florence Post 1 refused to go down quietly in its last at-bat. Austin Moore’s two-run homer in the Top Seventh tied the game and forced extra innings. Two innings later, Florence grabbed the…

Florence Post 1’s Noel Carter slides safely past the Lexington Post 7 catcher Patrick Boyle during Game One Monday. Photo courtesy of Florence Morning News. Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 and Lexington Post 4 opened second round play in the South Carolina American Legion playoffs Monday. Both teams came out on the losing end in the Game one road contests. Lexington was…

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A trio of Midlands teams will continue their quest for a spot in the South Carolina American Legion tournament taking place at Segra Park in Columbia. Two of the teams will open on the road. Defending state champion Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 will travel to Stevens Field to face League 5 champion Greer Post 115 in Game…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. A four-run rally in the Top seventh gave Manning-Santee Post 68 a 7-3 lead which seemingly put it in position to take game one of the Best-of-Three series on the road. Lexington Post 7, however, used the bottom half of the inning to mount its own comeback. It scored five runs to take a 8-7 victory…

Karamie Sullivan photo. There will be a free pop-up veterinary clinic Saturday to help local low-income and homeless families with pets. Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Graham of Graham Vet to Pet Veterinary Services, along with The Street Dog Coalition non-profit organization, will be hosting the clinic in Chapin. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking…

Richard Hiller Jr. Booking photo provided. Lexington County deputies have charged a man in connection to two break-ins of the same car. Richard West Hiller Jr., 44, is charged with two counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, according to arrest warrants. Hiller is assistant principal of Chapin High School, according to the school’s website. “Detectives have determined Hiller unlawfully…

Ella Bishop with her award. Photo provided. Ella Bishop, a biomedical science student at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE Center) and also a student at Chapin High School, recently won first place at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals national competition in the area of Health Care Photography. She received the award in Orlando at the HOSA International Leadership Conference….

Parker and Haley Hewitt. Photo provided by the Hewitt Foundation. Other photos by Allen Wallace. Saturday marked 10 years since the most difficult day of Crystal and Craig Hewitt’s lives. The couple’s son and daughter, Parker (5) and Haley (3), died that day in a car accident. The Hewitts have chosen to keep their two oldest children’s legacy alive through…

Lexington-Richland District Five representatives announced an additional lottery selection process for available seats at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary will be held for the upcoming school year. The district offered a previous lottery opportunity in May to students reassigned to other schools, due to Phase I and Phase II of the enrollment freeze. The freeze was enacted at Chapin…

Registration for five-year-old kindergarten is currently available for parents and guardians in Lexington-Richland School District Five. To register for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, children must be five years old on or before September 1,2019. If that requirement is met, parents and guardians should bring their child’s legal birth certificate, a current South Carolina Certificate of Immunization or a South…

Chapin High School football game, student section. GoFlashWin photo. Representatives from Lexington-Richland School District Five announced they will be implementing a clear bag requirement at all sporting events, beginning in the fall. The new policy was detailed at the June 10 school board meeting, and will be added to a list of safety measures that were implemented last fall, and…

Photos from 2018 Ski Clinic. Limitless Sports will be holding their 18th annual Special Needs Ski Event Friday, June 21. The organization was created in 1998 to allow children with special needs to participate in sports in a way that may otherwise not be afforded to them. This event is sponsored by Midlands Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, and was developed by…

Chapin Ellett Brothers sign. Dawn Pfannenstiel photo. Ellett Brothers of Chapin, located at 267 Columbia Ave., notified employees over the weekend that the facility will be permanently closing its doors by August 5. The business, which has been in Chapin since 1933, distributes and markets products for hunting, shooting, camping, archery and other outdoor activities. Ellett Brothers is owned by…

Olivia Thompson of Lexington High School, Kaniya Johnson of White Knoll and Jordan Green of Class 5A lacrosse champion Chapin High School with their Player of the Year awards presented by the S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A quintet of Lexington County female athletes were among 21 recognized Sunday by the South Carolina Coaches Association…

Rusty Anchor fire A fire Friday morning caused damage inside of the Rusty Anchor Bar and Restaurant near Chapin. Units from the Columbia Fire Department responded. Fire broke out inside a wall of the building’s rear bar area. The main building of the structure was unaffected. No one was inside the establishment when crews arrived after 9 a.m. No injuries…

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…

Landon Derrick poses at the wheel of a Jeep. Photos used with permission. Landon Derrick just passed the four year mark of being cancer-free. Although that may not seem like a very long time to some, for Landon, it’s almost half of his lifetime. The 10-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was just six. Landon’s parents, Matthew and…

Photo provided by Nicholle Burroughs. Southern Visions Real Estate sales associate Stan Mack recently closed the sale of approximately 20 acres of land on Johnson Marina Road in Chapin. According to a representative from the real estate company, the land was purchased by Fresh Church LLC to be the future site of their church. Construction is expected to begin in…

Photo provided. Many may have contemplated what their life would be like if they made different decisions or had the opportunity to go back and change things. In the new novel What if..?, local author Cat FitzGerald explores these thoughts deeply. Main character Rachel Montgomery experiences complacency in her second marriage and begins wondering what would have happened if her…

Shyann Kinard photos, used with permission. One motorist spotted quite an unusual sight early Wednesday morning in Newberry. Shyann Kinard, a Chapin resident, said she saw a black bear while she was driving on Highway 121 heading towards the interstate around 7 a.m. The bear was walking in the direction toward 121 Truck and Trailer Washout (12098 SC-121), according to…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died due to being struck by a vehicle Wednesday. The incident occurred at approximately 8:10 p.m. in Chapin, in the gravel lot surrounding a storage facility. According to Fisher, Mr. Evan E. Bowersox, 24, of Lexington was pronounced dead upon arrival at an area hospital due to his injuries. The driver…

Trooper David Jones photos. South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper David Jones spoke to an auditorium of Chapin High students Thursday. Chapin’s prom is Saturday, and Jones stressed the consequences that could come along with students getting behind the wheel after drinking. “Although they may make the poor decision to consume alcohol, we don’t want them to make the second poor…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Same place, different classification and much different outcome. After two straight losses in the S.C. High School League state finals in Class 4A, the Chapin girls’ lacrosse team had another championship opportunity Saturday at W.C. Hawkins Stadium in Class 5A. Trailing Fort Mill 4-3 at halftime, it appeared the Lady Eagles were headed for the same…

USC-commit Cade Austin. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The opening game of the Class 5A baseball playoffs Tuesday night at Chapin High School was quite literally a one-man show. Pitcher Cade Austin had a near-perfect effort on the mound for the Eagles. He also accounted for his team’s lone runs, including a walkoff RBI fielder’s choice in the Bottom eighth of…

GoFlashWin photos. Saturday’s S.C. High School League Lacrosse finals will take place at W.C. Hawkins Stadium on the campus of Irmo High School. The undefeated Chapin girls and defending Class 5A Lower State champion Dutch Fork boys are the lone remaining Midlands teams in the playoffs. Both teams head to Wando Tuesday to compete for a berth in the state…

Chapin girls’ lacrosse head coach Jennifer Green speaks to players during a timeout against Lexington. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The road to W.C. Hawkins Stadium for the S.C. High School League Championships starts Tuesday for seven Lexington County teams. Undefeated Region 5, District 3 champion Chapin will begin its quest for a third consecutive state title match appearance at Cecil…