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…

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…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 1000 block of Saint Matthews Road near Swansea at approximately 6:35 p.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. Myron W. Riley, 61, of Swansea, was pronounced dead at the scene. Riley was traveling westbound when his vehicle left…

Photos from Congaree National Park Facebook page. Officials from Congaree National Park, along with park partners are preparing to conduct a large prescribed burn Thursday (weather permitting). The burn will span over 384 acres, and is intended to help with habitat restoration and fuel reduction in accordance with the park’s fire management plan. Crews from Kings Mountain National Military Park,…

Swansea guard Danae McNeal. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. More honors were bestowed Wednesday upon Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year Danae McNeal of Swansea and Olivia Thompson of Lexington. The future Clemson University guard, Danae McNeal, was named Player of the Year for the Palmetto State by USA Today’s All-USA South Carolina team. She averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and…

One person is dead after single-car collision in Lexington County, Wednesday. The crash happened around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, on SC Highway 6, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the SC Highway Patrol. Nicolas Robert Fielding, 23, of Gaston, has been identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as the man killed in the incident. Fielding was traveling east on the…

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…

Oswald. LCDC photo. The South Congaree Police Department has arrested a Prosperity man on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. William “Bill” Oswald, 56, was arrested Tuesday, and charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the arrest record. One count involves a child under the age of 11 and three counts involve…

LCSD photo. The Lexington County Fire Service, EMS and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a train versus pedestrian collision at Lois Lane and Chapel Road, around 9:30 a.m. near South Congaree. Emergency Medical Services determined that the pedestrian died on scene. Lexington County Coroner has been notified. LCSD will investigate further. Look for LCSD updates via their social media channels….

Lexington County Fire Services units responded to a vehicle fire in the 700 block of Main Street in South Congaree Wednesday afternoon. A report from Lexington County said there were no injuries.  Lexington County photo.  Categories: Lexington County, Swansea, West Columbia

Photos obtained from Irmo Smiles Facebook and website. It was announced that a local orthodontist at Irmo Smiles, Jim Raman, has passed away. Irmo Smiles sent out a letter notifying patients of the doctor’s death, describing it as “a tragic loss.”  It was mentioned that all appointments of Raman’s wife Misti, who is also a doctor at Irmo Smiles, will…

Swansea guard Danae McNeal receives the Player of the Game award from S.C. Hoops Festival organzier Carey Rich. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.  “Rewarding” is perhaps the best way to describle the last 48 hours for Danae McNeal. The three-time S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A Player of the Year and Clemson University signee added to her trophy case when she…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the man who died in vehicle collision, Thursday. It occurred in the 2000 block of S.C. Highway 6 at approximately 6 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Nathan Michael Ludwig, 42, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Ludwig was traveling eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line…

One person is dead after a Thursday morning accident in Lexington County, according to S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 6 a.m. and involved two vehicles, on SC-6 in Gaston, near Blackville Road and Willie Paul Road. SC-6 was blocked according to the S.C. Department of Transportation, while emergency crews worked to clear the site of the wreck….

A Tuesday morning crash on I-20 is blocking all eastbound lanes of the interstate in Lexington County. The incident occured in the eastbound lanes of I-20, a mile east of Exit 55.  It is the SC 6 Exit to Swansea and Lexington, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.   Categories: Lexington, Lexington County, Swansea

American Pickers Mike and Frank.  Photo provided. The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to the palmetto state in January to film episodes for the show. The show is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” Episodes follow Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. The show is searching…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died due to a motor vehicle collision that occurred in the 3400 block of Charleston Highway shortly before noon Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Timothy Roberts, 44, of Swansea, and Ms. Nicole Beran, 39, of Lexington, were in a stolen vehicle being pursued by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The…

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…

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…

The Town of Pine Ridge has announced that Officer Frankie L. Neeley has been appointed interim police chief of the Pine Ridge Police Department. Neeley is a military veteran who has served in United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army for approximately 27 years. He has over 22 years of law enforcement experience in the Lexington County area having…

Nicholas Scott The  Town of Pine Ridge released a statement regarding its police chief and a lieutenant in the police department, Thursday. The Town of Pine Ridge Police Chief Nicholas “Nick” Scott was  named as the town’s new police chief in the last week of April. The release is below: “Effective Thursday, the Town of Pine Ridge accepted the voluntary…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle. The collision occurred Friday in the 300 block of Main Street in Gaston at approximately 5:50 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Samson Sharpe, 54, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Sharpe was riding his bicycle in…

Gregory Wright. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The attorneys representing former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright expressed disappointment Tuesday with the decision not to allow him to serve as a Brookland-Cayce assistant coach. Bearcats’ head coach Rusty Charpia had announced plans to bring Wright aboard prior to the Aug. 17 season-opener against White Knoll. At gametime, Wright…

Samantha Knopsnyder. LCSD provided photo. A Sandhills Middle School teacher is accused of having a relationship with and kissing a former student at the school last year. Samantha Lynne Knopsnyder, 26, is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to an arrest warrant. Knopsnyder, who lives in Lexington, was arrested Friday afternoon after turning herself in….

The Third Annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree took place at Irmo High School, Friday night. Each team played two quarters. Next week the season starts and the games count. Teams got some live action versus another high school team at the jamboree. Keenan vs. Wade Hampton Swansea defeated  Richland Northeast 21-0 Gray Collegiate defeated Fairfield Central 14-0. Ridge View vs….

Family at the 94.3 The Dude booth at the rodeo. Marie Stover-Matt Lee photos.  The second night of the South Congaree Championship Rodeo is being held Saturday. It’s in the Town of South Congaree. Gates open at 5 p.m. Rodeo starts around 7:30 p.m. The South Congaree Championship Rodeo is an IPRA Sanctioned Rodeo. Cowboys and Cowgirls from all over…

Antonio Alston. CPD provided photo. The Columbia Police Department announced that investigators have charged Antonio Deron Alston, 39, in connection with the stabbing death that occurred on Kent Street earlier in the month. He was found and arrested Monday night during a traffic stop by the Swansea Police Department. Members of the CPD Fugitive Team traveled to Lexington County to…

Charlie Don Robinson III, known as Corey – LCSD photo. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Charlie Don Robinson III, known as Corey. The LCSD said Robinson will be charged with murder in the shooting death of Robert William All Jr. on Toole Smith Road Wednesday night. Categories: Crime, Lexington, Lexington County, Swansea

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a homicide that occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. The incident took place in the 100 block of Toole Smith Road in Swansea. According to Fisher, Mr. Robert William All, Jr., 22, was discovered after having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. All was transported to an area hospital where he was…

Wright hugs a supporter at meeting-Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. Gregory Wright made his case for reinstatement as Swansea High School head football coach and athletics director to the Lexington County School District 4 board Thursday night. In attendance were over 30 citizens from the Swansea community, including players who want to see Wright back on the sidelines….

The Lexington County Sheriff Department has initiated a death investigation. The LCSD reported a call of shots fired at a residence in the 600 block of Woodtrail Drive, Gaston. The call came in around 4 a.m. Detectives were conducting interviews on scene in the early morning. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim as Mr. Norman Cherry, Jr.,…

Gregory Wright By Thomas Grant Jr.  Gregory Wright arrived at Swansea High School three years ago with enthusiastic support as the new head football coach and athletics director. He now finds himself without a job after his termination this past Thursday. Wrestling coach Eric Pack was reportedly named the interim head football coach. Lexington School District Four and Swansea High…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident. It occurred in the 1800 block of Saint Matthews Road near Swansea at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Arbie Dewayne “Wayne” Taylor, 48, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. The southbound vehicle, in…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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 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…