Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who was found unresponsive behind Wal-Mart at 1180 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, on Tuesday. Jacob Hunter Roberts, 21, of Edgemore Road, Columbia, was found lying beneath his vehicle in the wooded area behind the store.  Mr. Roberts, who died at the scene, appeared to have been trying to repair…

Defending state champions Dutch Fork and Hammond School lead the way among eight Midlands teams who appear in this week’s respective prep football polls. The Silver Foxes (2-0-1) remain atop the S.C. Prep Football Media rankings in Class 5A. They are currently riding a 29-game undefeated streak and travel to Blythewood Friday looking to extend a 19-game road winning streak….

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…

White Knoll offensive lineman Nick Taiste – White Knoll Athletics photo. A quintet of Lexington County senior football players from three undefeated teams were selected Sunday to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game. The contest will take place Dec. 21 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College. Defending three-time Class 5A champion Dutch Fork had two…

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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…

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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…

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Images from Dunkin’s opening day at their Sunset Boulevard location. Karamie Sullivan photos. In less than two months, a “sweet” new business will be making its debut in Ballentine. An advertisement mailed out to local residents announced that Dunkin’ is coming to 1131 Dutch Fork Road – across from Walmart. According to the notice, the store will offer a new…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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Kierin Marcellus Dennis- LCSD photo. Kierin Marcellus Dennis, 24, of Lexington County was found guilty of the murder of Da’von Nathaniel Capers by a Lexington County jury after a six-day trial. In reaching the verdict, the jury rejected Dennis’ claim of self-defense. The Hon. Eugene Griffith sentenced Dennis to 30 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Under South…

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Photo retrieved from Craft And Draft Facebook page. Craft beer lovers of Irmo will soon have many new options headed their way. Owners of the popular Columbia craft beer store and bar, Craft and Draft, have decided to open a second location at 7583 St. Andrews Road within the next two months. Co-owner Andrew Johnson said Irmo will be in…

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Silver foxes looking to four-peat as state champs. GoFlashWin photos. Can Dutch Fork continue their dominance? The short answer is yes. They absolutely can. However, only five schools in South Carolina football history have pulled off the four-peat. A lot of folks, including myself, looked at last year as a major win for Dutch Fork considering that the big time…

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Thomas Grant Jr. photos. A near-capacity homecrowd at Gilbert High School were treated for a preseason warmup from seven Lexington County schools. The third annual Lexington Sportsarama featured 4 2 quarter scrimmages which had its share of high scores and big offensive plays. This was also the final opportunity for teams to prepare for their respective season-openers Aug. 23: GAME…

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An excited crowd greeted The Tiger at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Allen Wallace photos. The central color in the decor at Dick’s Sporting Goods is green, but Saturday in Columbia orange and purple took over. The Columbiana Station location hosted the 2018 CFP National Championship Trophy and The Tiger, Clemson’s official mascot, and fans of the Upstate school flocked to the…

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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…

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Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Turning around struggling football programs was a reputation Aaron Brand proudly earned while in North Carolina. He now looks to return the Irmo High School team back to prominence. After Monday’s 16-7 scrimmage loss to Lancaster in the Midlands Honda Monday Night Football Classic at Fairfield Central High School, Brand acknowledged it won’t be a quick…

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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Thursday around 9 p.m. after being involved in a shooting incident at the intersection of Forestview Circle and Forestland Drive, Columbia. According to Watts, Tyson Angelo Anderson, 19, of Beech Branch Drive in Irmo, died at the scene.  An autopsy indicated that Anderson died from a gunshot…

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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Monday in a two-vehicle collision on I-26 west bound at mile marker 100, Columbia.  The incident occurred right before noon. Benito Santiago Alejandro, 19, of Sid Sites Road, Irmo, died at the scene.  Mr. Alejandro was the driver of a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer.  A…

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LCSD file photo on slider. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the driver of a motorcycle who died in a collision with an 18-wheeler. The collision occurred on the Lake Murray Dam (S.C. 6) shortly before 9 p.m., Monday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. John William Bafford III, 32, of Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene due to…

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One person died in a collision between a tractor trailer and a motorcycle.  The crash occurred on Interstate 26 near Irmo, just after 12 noon, Monday. Traffic was backed up and I-26 West was closed at the 101 mile marker (US 76 West / US 176 / Broad River Road), according to Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway…

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WNBA player Alaina Coates. Photo provided. Alaina Coates has found a new home in the WNBA. The former Dutch Fork state champion and University of South Carolina national champion was signed by the Atlanta Dream Thursday. The acquisition comes days after Coates was released by the Minnesota Lynx, who acquired her from a trade with the Chicago Sky. “We are…

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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision Sunday around 5:45 p.m. The incident occurred in the 3300 block of Dreher Shoals Road in Irmo. According to Watts, James M. Gladish, 18, of Kingston Forest Drive, Irmo, was the driver of a Honda Civic that collided with…

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One person was killed Sunday in a crash that occurred around 5:45 p.m., about a mile north of Irmo. The driver of a Toyota SUV attempted to turn left into a private driveway, turning in front of a 1994 Hinda, causing the two vehicles to crash, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the…

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The Lexington Chapel of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home will hold a service starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the River Home and Jasmine Houses and Gardens at 2204 North Lake Drive for Michael Gasparato. The former Dutch Fork High and Penn State running back lost his 11-month battle with cancer on June 28. He was 37 years old. Gasparato was a…

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A crowd gathered to hear Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s performance. Chris Timmers photos. Music lovers were treated to an open-air concert by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Wednesday evening at Saluda Shoals Park. The concert was a musical start to the Fourth of July four-day weekend, and featured 14 patriotic songs and marches. Matters appeared to get off to a…

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File photo. It’s almost time for the Fourth of July festivities to begin. There are multiple organizations putting on colorful fireworks shows for guests to sit back and enjoy. Shows range from Saturday through Thursday: Saturday, June 29 Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration -Begins at approximately 9:15 p.m. -The gates at Dreher Island State Park close at 8 p.m. if that’s…

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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…

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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…

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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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Photo provided. Dutch Fork Elementary School’s Academy of Environmental Studies has just become the first school in the state to be named a Green Ribbon School. The Lexington Richland Five school is one of 35 across the nation selected as the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. According to a release from the district, recipients of the…

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Brandon Caughman of Airport takes a swing in Wednesday’s contest. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The two-day S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games concluded Wednesday at Lexington High School. Day one was a true “Southern” affair as all three South teams were victorious over the North. The South won the opening contest between Classes 3A/4A by a 5-1 score, then claimed…

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Crews from the Columbia Fire Department, with support from the Irmo Fire District, responded to a blaze on Barger Circle –  off of Kennerly Road- after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, firefighters found one side of a home fully engulfed in flames. The fire was contained to the back of the building and parts of the roof. All six occupants of…

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GoFlashWin photos. The Dutch Fork Silver Foxes are champions in high school baseball for the first time in school history. Friday night at Segra Park, it was Dutch Fork defeating the Blythewood Bengals 2-1 and winning the best of three series by the same number, to take the 5A state baseball title. After the Bengals took game one in a…

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Red, White and Blues Wine Walk in the Irmo Town Park. Photos by Chris Timmers, Karamie Sullivan, Marie Stover. The Irmo Town Park was the location where citizens, merchants, and visitors met for an evening of wine, song, and camaraderie Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and featured a…

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Photo from Dutch Fork Twitter. Back to where we started. Tuesday night in Irmo, the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes took game 2 of the 5A State Championship baseball series defeating Blythewood 6-1. The win notches the series at one game a piece, both teams winning now on their home field. The third and final game to decide the champion will…

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Blythewood players celebrate after Zach Bailes’ walkoff RBI infield single in the bottom ninth. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The loud sounds of thunder reverberated at Blythewood High School baseball stadium Saturday during extra innings Game 1 of the S.C. High School League Class 5A final. Before the arriving storm, Zach Bailes calmly hit a walkoff RBI infield single in the…

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River Bluff’s Cameron Ferrell after his first inning solo home run. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The opening contest in the Class 5A Lower State playoffs Thursday in The Swamp pitted region rivals River Bluff and Dutch Fork. It played out like a typical, hard-fought Region 5-5A contest which came down to the final at-bat. In the end, the Gators edged…

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Manning High School came calling for Reggie Kennedy in 2017. The East Clarendon High School graduate declined the offer based on the timing, as he was entering just his third season as Irmo head football coach and athletic director. With the Monarchs once again seeking leadership, Kennedy decided to take the opportunity. He confirmed his decision to depart the Yellow…

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision on Fernandina Road Monday. The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. According to the coroner, Calvin Ray Casson, 51, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision. He was traveling east on Fernandina Road when…

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The Columbia Fire Department has been on scene at the Harbison Walmart since approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to a fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but officials said the store did experience some damage due to the smoke. According to CFD public information officer Mike Desumma, the fire began in part of the food section…

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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…

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For the second straight year, the NIKE Palmetto Cup will take place at the Saluda Shoals Complex. It’s the 26th year for the event, which features 29 boys’ and girls’ teams from throughout the Palmetto State and two from Virginia. It starts Monday and concludes Wednesday. “Our boys field includes 24 teams broken up into two divisions – Gold Division…

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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Friday night as a result of being in a collision involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle at 10 p.m. The incident occurred at the intersection of Lake Murray Boulevard and I-26 in Irmo. James Robert Dukes, 41, of Ballentine Crossing, Irmo, was the operator of the…

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Puzzle cookies on display inside Panera in the Vista. Karamie Sullivan photos. Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is partnering with the South Carolina Autism Society during April to launch its ‘Pieces of Hope for Autism’ cookie campaign in honor of Autism Awareness month. Now through Sunday, April 14, 100 percent of the proceeds from all ‘Pieces of…

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The Columbia Fire Department battled a large fire in Harbison, Saturday night. The blaze occurred at the Harbison Gardens Apartments at Crossbow Drive off of Columbiana Drive. Columbiana Drive was closed while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. It reopened later. Crews responded to the fire at about 8:30 p.m. It was brought under control by about 10 p.m. Saturday….

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Aloft Columbia Harbison lobby during grand opening. Karamie Sullivan photo. Aloft Columbia Harbison is in need of a little “color” from local artists. Representatives announced Thursday the hotel, located at 217 Lanneau Ct., will soon be adding additional decor to their building in the form of original art. “We are looking for any young, local artists who might want to…

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Thomas Grant photos. Saturday marked another historic note in the history of the River Bluff High School boys’ lacrosse program. On a day the team extended its school record for victories, one of its 17 seniors established an individual mark. Senior captain Kevin Flannery scored 10 goals in the 16-4 win over Irmo. The new single-game mark helped the Gators…