Lexington County

U.S. 1 eastbound Exit 58 ramp on I-20 in Lexington County closed Friday, Saturday night

AA Roads Photo The US 1 eastbound exit ramp (Exit 58) on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be closed Friday night, May 12, and Saturday night, May 13, for road shoulder reconstruction, barring delays due to weather. Motorists heading east who wish to take Exit 58 should proceed to Exit 61 and re-enter I-20 westbound to Exit 58. The…

Burned body was teenager, Lexington County Deputies investigating homicide

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Columbia teen as a homicide. Columbia firefighters found the teen in a wooded area of the 200 block of Columbiana Drive, according to detectives. He was treated for a bullet wound and burns before dying in an apartment complex parking lot close to where firefighters encountered him. Click to…

Job numbers at record high, Lexington County has lowest unemployment rate

More people in South Carolina than ever were working at the end of January, but the rate of unemployment rose. That information comes from the monthly report issued Monday by Kristin Coulter of the S.C. Department of Employment Workforce. The number of people working rose by 9,373 in January from December 2016 to more than 2.2 million people. The number of…

Lexington County plans Leesville recycling event for March 11

Lexington County residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, drop off used tires, and shred paper documents on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Leesville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is being hosted by the County of Lexington Solid Waste Management Department and the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. When: Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00…

Nephron headquarters’ move to Lexington County almost complete

Replacement hires are South Carolinians

Nephron Pharmaceuticals announced last month it is moving its headquarters from Orlando, Fla. to its Lexington County Facility. Nephron President and CEO Lou Kennedy said Thursday there are only a few Nephron employees left in Orlando and the move is almost complete. “They are ‘winterizing’ the Florida location,” Kennedy said, explaining the final touches are being put into the shutdown…

Lexington One’s new superintendent receives contract extension

School board gives Gregory Little a vote of confidence six months in to his tenure

New Lexington County School District One superintendent Gregory Little has received a thumbs-up from the school board. Barely six months into the job at the county’s largest school district, board members recently gave him a vote of confidence following a mandated interim performance evaluation, and rewarded him with a one-year contract extension that runs through June 30, 2020. Lexington One…

4 charged in Lexington County vehicle break-ins

Four men are behind bars and facing a slew of charges in connection with a series of car break-ins in a Lexington County subdivision, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday. Stanley Lamont Sanders (clockwise from top left), Tyreese Dwan Glascho, Paris Malik Moody and Franklin Peon Briggs Jr. Tyreese Dwan Glascho, Paris Malik Moody, Stanley Lamont Sanders and Franklin…

Boom! Lexington County spurring Midlands population growth

A Midlands population boom is underway, and Lexington County is ground zero. The 758-square-mile county is expected to see an influx of at least 21,000 new residents by 2021, according to new projections. While the downtown Columbia central business district experiences its own boom, Lexington County’s new growth should be considerably higher than any other portion of the six-county Columbia…

3 arrested in connection with string of robberies

A man and a woman have been arrested and a juvenile is in custody after three weekend robberies in Lexington County. Wesley Alexander Wesley Alexander Anderson, 17, and Jasmine Taylor, 18, are charged with five counts of armed robbery. They are accused of holding up a total of five people at three locations, according to arrest warrants. Jasmine Taylor Detectives…

Gateway Supply Co. expands to new location in Lexington County

Gateway Supply Co. is expanding its presence in Lexington with a new showroom and warehouse. The plumbing and HVAC supply wholesaler will move into a 12,000-square-foot building under construction on a 1.8-acre lot at Whiteford Way and N. Lake Drive in Lexington County, according to Frank Cason, owner of Columbia-based Cason Development Group, which is overseeing the construction project. Gateway…

UPDATE: Deputies seek witnesses to fatal weekend shooting

The investigation into the shooting in the 1700 block of Dreher Island Road continues, according to information from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re still interviewing dozens of witnesses and we continue to look into what role – if any – a few persons of interest had in the incident,” said Capt. Adam Myrick, public information officer with the sheriff’s…

Lexington County adopts new system to prioritize 911 calls

“911, what is your emergency?” Lexington County unveiled their new emergency call system Wednesday. (Photo provided) It’s the first question an emergency operator asks. That’s still how the calls will be answered in Lexington County, but callers now will be routed into a whole new system. Lexington County’s Department of Public Safety unveiled a new 911 dispatch process Wednesday at…

County offices to close, trash collection rescheduled in observance of July 4th holiday

Government offices in Richland and Lexington counties as well as in the city of Columbia will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day.     Trash collection in both counties also will be affected by the July 4th holiday. The C&D Landfill Drop-off Center and the Lower Richland Drop-off Center will be closed, and there will be no curbside…

Teens wrap up business camp by entering ‘Shark Tank’

Heyward Career and Technology Center in Richland School District One played host to a summer camp for teens designed to boost their business acumen. Tamia Devine presents an example of the food for her company Devine Dishes LLC. (Photos by Kelly Petty) The entrepreneurship summer camp developed by Newberry College business professor Paul Smith wrapped up Thursday with a “Shark…

Several candidates headed to runoffs after low voter turnout in June primary

Thunderstorms loomed over the Midlands on Tuesday as voters trickled into polling places to cast votes for the general primary election in South Carolina. Several candidates in Richland and Lexington counties will be heading to the November election to face In Richland County, Sheriff Leon Lott won handily over his challenger, former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent James Flowers. Lott captured 75…

‘Oh, the places you’ll go’: Lexington-Richland Five seniors set new scholarship record

Seniors from Lexington-Richland School District Five’s Class of 2016 are now officially alumni as the district celebrated commencement for more than 1,100 students this Tuesday and Wednesday. The hard-working students from four high schools earned more than $146 million in academic and athletic scholarships — a total that set a new record in district history and tops last year’s total by…

Going on vacation? Take note of these crime prevention measures

Choosing the perfect travel destination is only one step in preparing for summer vacation. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department advises families to follow common-sense crime prevention so their dream vacation doesn’t end with a sad homecoming. “We typically see an increase in thefts when summertime arrives,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “That’s why we encourage everyone to take steps…

Blowfish return with 2nd season of fan appreciation nights

The Blowfish are back on the field. (File photo by Rachel Ham) The players are back out on the diamond at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium — and so is the team’s appreciation for the fans. The Blowfish baseball team celebrated their home opener Wednesday and kicked off theme nights that will continue throughout the entire season. Be on the lookout for fireworks…

Absentee voting open in Richland and Lexington counties

Voters in Richland and Lexington counties can cast their vote before the June 14 statewide primary. The Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office will open satellite absentee precincts through from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 for absentee voting. Residents can visit one of five locations to vote absentee: Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center, 8620 Garners Ferry Road…

Government offices close, garbage collection shifts for Memorial Day

City and county government offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, and garbage collection in some areas will be affected. The Richland County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off Center will be closed Monday. There will be no curbside trash collection service Monday. Trash routes scheduled for Monday will be picked up Tuesday, and all regularly scheduled collections for the…

Lexington Two School Board approves $37 million in bond project costs

Summertime will be construction-heavy this year in Lexington School District Two. School board members approved the price for three projects Thursday night allowing contractors to order materials and start work. Projects are a part of the $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014. Architects presented final cost estimates for early site work at Airport High, renovations at Congaree…