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Chapin dedicates sequoias on Arbor Day

Members of the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation gathered for its first Arbor Day celebration Friday morning at the new Chapin Business and Technology Park. Chapin Arbor Day Foundation President Gerald Meetze presents a certificate and check for $50 to Alexis DeJesus for her winning logo design. (Photo provided) The ceremony included the unveiling of the new organization’s logo, designed by…

Lexington County gets $8.5 million in new road funds; concern about local roads remains

Lexington County is getting an additional $8.5 million in gas tax funds this year, but the county’s roads still may not be getting repaired. The state Legislature released more funds from the “C fund,” or gas tax revenue, and counties receiving more funding must use their allotment on state-maintained roads or bridges over those roads. “This money helps the county,…

Spring candidate filing opens; Lexington County to have several contested races

From clerk of court to coroner to county council, several local offices in Lexington County are being contested this election season. Candidate filing opened Wednesday for multiple offices, including Lexington County sheriff, Lexington County coroner and five county council seats. Incumbent Sheriff Jay Koon is the only person to file so far for the job overseeing the county’s law enforcement. Koon…

Lexington County receives national award for closing health care gap in Pelion

Lexington County has earned a national award for doing its part in providing better health care to residents in an outlying rural community. The county received the 2016 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award from the National Community Development Association and is the only community in South Carolina to be recognized in 2016. The award specifically commends Lexington County for…

100 new jobs coming to West Columbia as Akebono Brake Corporation expands

A Japanese-based automotive braking system manufacturer is expanding its operations in Lexington County with a $40.5 million investment. Akebono Brake Corporation’s expansion will add an additional 100 jobs. “Akebono’s continued investment in our West Columbia facility is a win-win for the company and our local community,” said the company’s West Columbia plant manager, Fred Ulep. “We look forward to expanding…

Lexington County Council approves creation of capital penny tax commission

Lexington County Council members took the first of several votes Tuesday afternoon to again begin the process to put a penny sales tax on the ballot. Much like the Penny for Progress in 2014, Tuesday’s council vote set up the capital project sales tax commission. Its members will review project proposals from Lexington County municipalities and form the ballot question…