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…

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…

Edisto River A Pelion High school student-athlete drowned near North, Sunday near Carson Landing on the Edisto River in Orangeburg County Marcus Dwyer, 18, was a senior and he was scheduled to graduate from high school in a month. The Lexington One School District issued a statement regarding the death of Dwyer. It reads: “The Pelion High School community was…

Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. Lexington County Press Release from Harrison Cahill.  Traffic signals along Highway 378 (Sunset Boulevard)  between the Town of Lexington and the City of West Columbia, will soon be updated to help improve emergency response times for patients requiring hospital care. “We are proud to be a partner in this project with the Town of Lexington, SCDOT,…

RCSD provided photo. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to address the officer-involved shooting that occurred a little after 5 a.m., Wednesday morning. According to Lott, the incident began in the town of Lexington, when an officer was responding to a call regarding car break-ins. The officer identified the vehicle of the…

Image provided by LCSD (click to enlarge). Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials announced the scene has been secured of an officer-involved shooting in which a suspect was fatally wounded by a Richland County deputy. According to LCSD, the incident occurred on Hilton Yonce Road in Pelion after a multi-jurisdictional pursuit. The departments involved included Richland County, South Carolina Highway Patrol,…

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…

Gilbert Elementary School to be replaced. At its Tuesday meeting, the Lexington County School District One Board awarded contracts for architectural services to six firms. The district is planning $365 million in voter-approved school building improvement projects for a five year period ending in 2023, to meet student needs. JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Inc., 1812 Lincoln Street, Columbia, will provide…

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across…

Thomas Grant photos. Years ago, Bailey Harris and David Smith were teammates on the 4×400 meter relay track and field team at Presbyterian College. For the first time Thursday, they faced each other as head boys’ basketball coaches. Smith and the host team Panthers under looked to upend Harris’s fifth-ranked and undefeated Wildcats. For the 19th time this season in…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday at approximately 4:45 p.m.  The accident occurred in the 2800 block of Augusta Highway in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mr. Santiago Mendez Molta, 44, of Pelion, was walking across the roadway when he was struck by a motor vehicle.  Molta…

Thomas Grant photos. The extra week implemented by the S.C. High School League in wake of Hurricane Florence enabled Pelion to match its win total from last year. The Panthers routed C.A. Johnson 48-8 at Thursday’s game to improve to 3-7 overall. Quarterback Pryce Whitten was 9-17 for 145 yards with 2 passing touchdowns and one rushing. Travon Alston had…

LCSD provided photo. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of an 18-year-old who has bee charged with making threats of a mass shooting at Pelion High School. Robert Hunter Jacob Woods, a Pelion High student, admitted to deputies Tuesday night he created multiple social media profiles to make threats against the school, according to an arrest warrant. “A…

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…

Bradley Wayne Walker Multiple charges have been filed against a North Carolina man in connection to a shooting near Pelion that left one man dead and three others injured in July. Bradley Wayne Walker, 26, is charged with murder, possessing a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of attempted murder, according to arrest warrants. “Based on eyewitness interviews…

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced, Thursday, the arrest of Robert Wilden Geiger (age 34) of Pelion, Taz Michael Johnson (age 22) of Swansea, and Katherine  Louise Chatten (age 19) of Lexington, on nine charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators, with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, made the…

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…

Pelion player receives “defensive player of the game” award. Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. The high school football preseason officially came to a close Saturday across the state. The Aun and McCay Kickoff Classic at Cecil Woolbright Field marked the final scrimmages prior to Friday’s Week Zero regular-season openers. GAME 1: White Knoll 7, Mid-Carolina 7 A second-quarter…

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…

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees has approved a $365 million five-year building plan. According to a district press release, the plan is needed to address rapid student growth. The initial facilities improvement plan, recommended by a a Facilities Study Committee, was presented to the board at cost of $393 million. That amount was trimmed to the $365 million…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide. It occurred in the 300 block of Sandspur Road in Pelion at approximately 5:40 p.m., Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Aaron Matthew Peterson, 38, of Pelion suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two additional individuals were transported to area hospitals with…

Scene of the shooting- LCSD photo. One person is dead and two were transported for medical treatment after a shooting in Lexington County. One of the shooting victims has “significant injuries,” and the other has “a minor injury,” according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting took place in the 300 block of Sand Spur Road near Pelion, according…

Coach Damone Leaphart- Photos by Karamie Sullivan. Damone Leaphart has been a Lexington Wildcat since he started school at age six. He graduated from Lexington High School when he was 18. Leaphart left the school to get his degree, but he immediately came back and was hired to be the athletic trainer in 1982. Leaphart is a Wildcat through and through….

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed the investigation of a death that was reported on Tuesday. The death was apparently at a residence in the 200 block of Hunters Mill Drive, in Cayce. According to Fisher, an individual was found dead in the home. The cause of death is  unknown. An autopsy will be conducted Thursday at MUSC in…

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…

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…

Lexington head coach Brian Hucks, team after win over West Florence. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.  Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  The last time the Lexington High School baseball team had an opportunity to close out a playoff series, it lost two straight at home to archrival River Bluff. On Monday, the Wildcats earned a second chance at redemption…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision, Sunday. The collision occurred in the 1300 block of North Lake Drive at approximately 7 p.m. According to Fisher, Jessica H. Kirby, 36, of Lexington was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time after the collision. Kirby was the passenger in a…