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The 2019 School District Report Card ratings have been issued and it shows West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate Academy with an “Excellent” rating. The S.C. Department of Education released the report card ratings Tuesday.

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There were 98 people who gathered on the University of South Carolina’s horseshoe Tuesday afternoon to hear about the nature of fall. Naturalist Dr. Rudy Mancke entertained a crowd with his comical and educational stories explaining what happens to many plants, animals, and insects this time…

A release below from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director. The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Tuesday, accepted the administration’s recommendation to give final approval to purchase property for $1,594,575.00 ($47,500 per acre) for the purpose of relocating Lexington Middle School. The negotiated price is on the low end of the independent appraisals the district received….

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….

Curator Saddler Taylor shares information about the exhibit with the crowd. Karamie Sullivan photos. The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum held a reception Thursday night, inviting guests to view their newest art exhibit. “Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection,” illustrates the evolution of quilt making traditions over the past 150 years, representing artistic heritages from Europe, Africa…

Brian Morris and Jillian Owens – UofSC’s recipients of the 40th Love Story Wedding. Photos provided. One couple is about to receive a free wedding. Representatives from UofSC announced the couple who just won the 40th University of South Carolina Love Story Wedding. Students in the wedding planning class chose Columbia natives Jillian Owens and Brian Morris as the recipients….

Photo from Doko Film Fest Facebook page. Entries are now open for the second Doko Film Fest for high school aged filmmakers from South Carolina and beyond. Students ages 14 to 18 can submit two-minute to 10-minute productions in short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation or pocket studio categories. Pocket studio entries must be shot and edited entirely on…

. Richland One; Richland Two: Lexington County School District One; Lexington Two; Lexington-Richland School District Five schools and offices will be closed Thurs. (Sept. 5) due to forecasts of high wind and gusts resulting from Hurricane Dorian. A release from Dawn Kujawa, communications director for Lexington School district Two reads: All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled for Thursday,  including…

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

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…

Families looking for a fun (and educational) activity for Labor Day Weekend will have the opportunity to visit the South Carolina State Museum at a significantly discounted rate. General admission to the museum is only $1 for guests on ‘First Citizens Sunday,’ Sept. 1. Included in general admission, guests have the opportunity to explore four floors of permanent and changing…

The State Museum has expanded Friday Night Laser Lights to now include even more musical and visual experiences. In addition to exciting laser shows, guests can now immerse themselves in a full dome musical experience featuring eye-catching visuals set to the music of legendary bands and world-class musicians. The last Friday Night Laser Lights of the Summer is at the S.C. State Museum, this…

Allen Wallace photos. What better way to cool off on a blazing August day in Columbia than soaking friends with water balloons, and getting soaked in return? It might sound like a kid’s way to beat the heat, but Historic Columbia made it fun for all ages Friday, and added an educational twist to boot. The organization’s fifth annual Historic…

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…

Allen Wallace photos. Columbia College celebrated the graduation of a new group of Koalas Saturday, while taking time to remember the life and accomplishments of a departed member of the class. The college’s August commencement ceremony featured the awarding of diplomas to nearly 100 students newly qualified for bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and 14 more who earned individualized certificates in…

Cola Daily file photo. Summer reading is a treasured tradition for many people, from beach blanket books to students’ summer vacation lists. But if you follow the venerable New York Times Bestsellers List to choose your summer reads, you probably don’t live in the Blythewood area. In fact, only one of the top 10 circulated print titles at the Blythewood…

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…

CD file photo from Staples. This year’s Tax Free Weekend will take place from August 2 to August 4. The weekend will be especially helpful for those doing their back to school shopping. Items including computers, clothes, school supplies, shoes, bed linens and bath towels can be purchased with no sales tax. However, there are items that do not apply…

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….

Students were taught CPR on an adult-size bust model, then on a child-size model. Chris Timmers photos. Wil Solis, the Voluntary Service Specialist at the VA, introduced 31 of his summer student volunteers to a life-saving skill Monday morning. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of techniques designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating, and deliver oxygen to…

Robert “Bob” Caslen,- Wikipedia photo Press release from USC Robert “Bob” Caslen, a retired lieutenant general and the former superintendent and president of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was selected the 29th president of the University of South Carolina on Friday (July 19). Caslen was chosen by the university’s Board of Trustees to lead the state’s flagship university…

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation has introduced an educator program. As a part of it, local teachers and administrators are paid $21 an hour for much needed auxiliary support of company operations. Nephron is just outside of Cayce, in Lexington County. The mission is to provide secondary income to these individuals teaching future leaders; while helping Nephron fill and complete orders. More…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis supports Gov. Henry McMaster in his handling of the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president. “The governor is doing the right thing,” said Loftis at a West Metro Rotary Club meeting in West Columbia, Friday. McMaster called in the University of South Carolina’s board of trustees presumably to cast a vote, Friday morning,…

Photos provided. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the South Carolina State Museum will be launching Space Week, July 20 through 28. The week-long event will be loaded with space-themed activities for the family. Guests will get to explore the museum’s new Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon exhibit, see the show Fly Me…

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….

Kate Hanchon and William Wimberly. Photo courtesy of Susie Wimberly. Summer vacation is in full swing and Independence Day is almost upon us, but for two South Carolina teens, the focus is on something much more important than taking a break. Kate Hanchon and William Wimberly, both 14, will represent South Carolina at the JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress July 8-10…

Lexington School District One Board members are: Cynthia S. Smith- Anne Marie Green- Dr. Brent M. Powers- Michael E. Anderson- Jada B. Garris- Dr. R. Kyle Guyton- Timothy F. Oswald Release from Mary Beth Hill- Lexington One Communications Director Lexington County School District One administrators presented a third reading of the district’s 2019–2020 general fund operating budget at a public…

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…

Lexington Two School Board Lexington County School District Two approved a 4.26 percent millage increase when the school board passed its $84.3 million budget, Thursday night. The $756,703 increase will go to fund the addition of four middle and high school teachers; elementary and middle school library improvements; three mental health care professionals; teacher salary increases for 23 years experience;…

NAHS student creating 3D monster. Photos provided. Lexington District One representatives revealed a special “monster-ous” project a few students recently finished to celebrate the end of the school year. Students in Lexington High School’s National Art Honor Society took monster drawings created by students in Mrs. Derrick’s kindergarten class at New Providence Elementary School, and brought them to life. The…

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…

Richland Library in Old Shandon, Cola Daily file photo. Richland Library representatives announced that the library will officially be going “fine free” beginning Thursday at all 12 locations. “When it comes to returning library materials on time, sometimes life gets in the way. Richland Library is cognizant of that issue among our customers, so starting June 12, 2019, we’re eliminating…

Abigail Daniel-Perez speaking to crowd. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Abigail Daniel-Perez is the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Now, she’ll be the first to attend college — with a little extra help from the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce. Daniel-Perez received a $1,000 college scholarship from the chamber at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The 18-year-old Blythewood resident…

Daniel Finney, scholarship recipient. Chris Timmers photos. Daniel Matthew Harper Finney, a recent AC Flora graduate, has been named the winner of the James H. Parke Memorial Fund Summer Youth Scholarship award. Working as a volunteer for the last five years at the Columbia VA Health Care System, Finney assisted medical staff from the prosthetics clinic, to surgery, and the…

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…

Maddie Haag Maddie Haag is not only a special needs student, she is special. Maddie, who has Down syndrome, was chosen Ms Amazing at Airport High School’s Miss Aquila pageant. And she finished First Runner Up in last year’s AHS Homecoming Queen voting. Friday, Maddie received a scholarship from the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club. She is enrolling at Winthrop University…

Active shooter armor kit, gifted by US Patriot Tactical. Karamie Sullivan photos. Governor Henry McMaster, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, and the founders of US Patriot Tactical held a press conference at A. C. Flora High School Thursday afternoon to make a large announcement. US Patriot founders Phil Dee and Paul Yoo will be donating 83 active shooter armor kits…

SCSM photo. South Carolina State Museum representatives announced their new exhibits opening this summer, and they are “out of this world.” Kicking off what the museum dubs its “Cosmically Cool Summer” is the premiere of a new 4D movie. Fly Me to the Moon 4D will include wind gusts, seat vibrations, feet ticklers and more. Guests will be treated to…

Kelly Mill Middle School. 1141 Kelly Mill Rd., Columbia. Drew Hill photos. Some parents of children attending Kelly Mill Middle and bordering Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland District Two, have recently become concerned with a possible new “addition” to school grounds. According to the district’s Chief Communications Officer Libby Roof, Richland Two was approached in 2016 by cell phone companies…

First introduction of Spider-Man. Karamie Sullivan photos. The University of South Carolina recently acquired quite the historic “gift.” School representatives took two trips to an Ohio residence with two 26-ft. long moving trucks, to transport one of the largest comics collections ever donated to a U.S. library. Both trucks came back completely filled. Lifelong collector Gary Lee Watson sent out…

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…

Moore-Pastides smiling as she signs one of her books. Karamie Sullivan photos. The University of South Carolina’s First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides greeted students, alumni, and parents at two book signings Thursday afternoon in Columbia. The first was held at the Aloft hotel, then Uptown On Main in Columbia. Moore-Pastides has written three books including two Greek Revival cook books, focusing…

Representatives from the South Carolina State Museum announced Monday that all moms will be celebrated this Mother’s Day (Sunday) with free general admission. In addition to the one-day free admission, mothers will also receive 10 percent off in the Cotton Mill Exchange gift shop. The SCSM offers four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology. Guests…

LHS archery team. Photo provided. The Lexington High School archery team has hit the mark in its very first season of competition. LHS qualified for the Eastern Nationals event at the 2019 S.C. National Archery in the Schools Program IBO 3D State Championships. The state competition will take place this month in Louisville. The team of 14 archers scored a…

Allen Wallace photos. More than 200 Koalas were sent out into the world Saturday in Columbia: not the furry ones who like eucalyptus, but the human variety who like purple and have just earned diplomas. Columbia College celebrated the class of 2019 with a commencement ceremony at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. The college student body includes approximately 1,400…

Riverbanks Zoo graphic. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden officials are inviting families to take a “Jurassic journey” back in time, when the newest exhibit Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors comes alive. Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 25), guests visiting the zoo will have the opportunity to experience more than 25 life-size, life-like dinosaurs that will reside along the banks…