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Sheriff says former Gilbert High student breaks into home to make Facebook threat from woman’s account

Sheriff says former Gilbert High student breaks into home to make Facebook threat from woman’s account

A 17-year-old former Gilbert High School student has been charged in connection to school threats posted on a Lexington School District One employee’s Facebook account. The former student, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 18, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of threatening a school, according to an incident […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman takes out several mailboxes before running into ditch

Woman takes out several mailboxes before running into ditch

A collision in the 300 block of Park Road had the road closed in Lexington Tuesday. The collision site was cleared, according to the Lexington Police Department. The collision was caused by a driver losing control of her vehicle, striking several mailboxes and driving into a ditch.

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 men killed near Williams-Brice Stadium, Monday

Coroner identifies 2 men killed near Williams-Brice Stadium, Monday

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of the two individuals who died Monday in a three-vehicle collision at approximately 8:50 a.m. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Bluff Road at Eden Street in Columbia. Kamal Mateen Najee, 46, of Rockhaven Drive, and Jimmy Devette Singleton, 33, of Garners Ferry Road, both of Columbia. Singleton died on […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Savage Craft Ale Works offers glimpse into Old City Hall, and jail

Savage Craft Ale Works offers glimpse into Old City Hall, and jail

Savage Craft Ale Works is charting, with photos, the progress of the building of its brewery on Center Street in West Columbia. The project includes the renovation of the historic New Brookland Jail. According to the Savage Craft Ale Works Facebook page, the one-story brick building with barred windows and its parapeted or “false front” facade was built around 1908. […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body found in Lake Murray, close to where man was  missing

Body found in Lake Murray, close to where man was missing

A body was found in the water near the campsite of a missing person from Dreher Island State Park, reported the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. The body was found in the water close to the campsite where Carlos Baca was last seen, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. Baca, 22, was reported missing Sunday at Dreher Island Park on Lake […]

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tractor-Trailer blocked I-20, Tuesday morning

Tractor-Trailer blocked I-20, Tuesday morning

An incident on I-20 West in Richland County at the 66.5 mile marker blocked two lanes Tuesday morning. A tractor-trailer jackknifed. It was a no- injury crash, but delays were expected. It occurred between Highway 321 and the malfunction junction

by · February 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Remains found in Lexington County – Identified as  man who went missing in 2016

Remains found in Lexington County – Identified as man who went missing in 2016

Remains found by hunters Feb. 15 deep in a wooded area off Martin Smith Road in Leesville have been identified. The remains are those of Taylor Devin Johnson, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. She said Johnson’s cause and manner of death are undetermined. “Taylor was 22 when he was last seen by his father walking along Pond Branch […]

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash claims the life of 2 on Bluff Road

Crash claims the life of 2 on Bluff Road

Two people died in a crash on Bluff Road, Monday morning, near Williams-Brice Stadium, in Richland County. The crash occurred near Eden Street, not too far from the USC football stadium. The crash involved three vehicles, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Updates will be provided when more is known.

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“Taste on the River” is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Stone River, West Columbia

“Taste on the River” is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Stone River, West Columbia

The fourth “Taste on the River” is Tuesday, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stone River, beside West Columbia’s Riverwalk Amphitheater. The proceeds from “Taste on the River” finance the efforts of the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. “Taste” features a tour of food stations presented by the best restaurants from West Columbia, Columbia, the Vista, and The River District. […]

by · February 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in moped crash near Jake’s Landing Road

Coroner identifies man who died in moped crash near Jake’s Landing Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a collision that occurred at North Lake Drive and Jake’s Landing Road at approximately 6:40 p.m., Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. David Welborn, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries.   Mr. Welborn was operating a moped across North Lake Drive, toward […]

by · February 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
God be with the “family grieving the loss of this precious little girl”

God be with the “family grieving the loss of this precious little girl”

Don’t let your hearts be troubled, because God has prepared a place for Faye Marie Swetlik in heaven. That was the message from Senior Pastor Eddie Coakley at Faye’s memorial service held at Trinity Baptist Church, Friday. He said Faye is in the arms of the God who loves her. Coakley also asked God to be with the “family grieving […]

by · February 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia filled with acts of kindness

West Columbia filled with acts of kindness

It’s “Random Acts of Kindness Week.” That’s a good time to recognize those in West Columbia who are known for their willingness to help others. Steve Cohen, is on the West Columbia Beautification Foundation Board and the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Board. He also takes time out from his business Home Concepts Too to help others. Cohen cuts the grass of […]

by · February 21, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Reminder: Public service for Faye Swetlik, is 7 p.m., Friday at Trinity Baptist

Reminder: Public service for Faye Swetlik, is 7 p.m., Friday at Trinity Baptist

Trinity Baptist Church (2003 Charleston Highway Cayce) will be hosting a remembrance service for Faye Marie Swetlik Friday (Feb. 21) at 7 pm in their Worship Center. Trinity Associate Pastor Micah Merchant announced the details Wednesday. The family has requested that this be a child friendly event and encourages all participants to wear pink and purple in honor of Faye. […]

by · February 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Chapin teen dies after being shot in Irmo – Man who died on I-20 is identified

Chapin teen dies after being shot in Irmo – Man who died on I-20 is identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting incident in a vehicle in the 100 block of Old Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. Corey E. Hunt, 18, of Sandbar Road, Chapin, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Prisma […]

by · February 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Springdale’s Wilton Road repair completion date is set for April 30

Springdale’s Wilton Road repair completion date is set for April 30

The completion date on the Wilton Road repair in Springdale is April 30. Jeremy Yuhas, resident construction engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation, said that is the target date. “I’ve been down there to check on it,” said Rep. Micah Caskey, who lives around the block from the work site. “It looks like the progress on it is going […]

by · February 20, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Woman found dead in hotel, Columbia Police ask for clues

Woman found dead in hotel, Columbia Police ask for clues

Columbia Police Department officers are investigating a murder that occurred at a local motel in North Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Initially, officers responded to the InTown Suites located at 1633 Broad River Road shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, for a reported suspicious death. Motel employees found a deceased female inside a room and called 9-1-1. After an autopsy conducted Wednesday morning, […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman who died in Monday motorcycle crash identified

Woman who died in Monday motorcycle crash identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died following a motorcycle crash at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Monday.  The incident location was Clemson Road at Salisbury Lane, Columbia. Emina H. Yates, 39, of Algrave Drive, Columbia was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fatal crash shuts down lanes of I-20, Wednesday afternoon

Fatal crash shuts down lanes of I-20, Wednesday afternoon

At least one person is dead after an accident on I-20 west bound Wednesday afternoon. The crash has west bound lanes blocked. The S.C. Highway patrol is on the scene, according to Master Trooper David Jones. The crashed happened after 1 p.m. Wednesday and the interstate was still backed up at 3:30 according to SC Department of Public Safety cameras. […]

by · February 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“The unimaginable happened here,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

“The unimaginable happened here,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

“The unimaginable happened here, said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin at a candlelight vigil for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, who was killed last week after being abducted. “A child went missing and won’t be coming home.” A crowd gathered under a gray and rainy sky for the vigil that was held late Tuesday afternoon at Cayce City Hall.   Partin said, through tears, […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coty Taylor, who killed little Faye, committed suicide

Coty Taylor, who killed little Faye, committed suicide

Faye Swetlik died of asphyxiation said Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Coty Scott Taylor,30, killed her. His DNA was on her body. Faye is the six-year-old who went missing from her Churchill Heights home in Cayce on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 10. Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said at approximately […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 5 comments · NEWS
8 deaths in 4 days emotionally draining for Lexington County coroner

8 deaths in 4 days emotionally draining for Lexington County coroner

From Thursday to Sunday was a deadly four days in Lexington County. In that time period, the office of Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher reported eight deaths of not natural causes. That number includes the death of Faye Marie Swetlik, age 6. Besides the tragic saga of Faye Swetlik, there were six road-related fatalities in Lexington County. “It was all […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 4 comments · Uncategorized
Obituary published for Faye Swetlik – Public memorial service is 7 p.m. Friday

Obituary published for Faye Swetlik – Public memorial service is 7 p.m. Friday

Funeral arrangements were announced Monday for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik. She was found dead Thursday after going missing on Monday (Feb. 10.) Caughman-Harman Funeral Home (Click link) published an obituary for little Faye. Also, a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday for Faye will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. There has been an outpouring of emotion for the […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
One dies in motorcycle crash in Richland County

One dies in motorcycle crash in Richland County

A motorcycle crash on Clemson Road in Richland County has left one person dead. The incident occurred around 1:26 p.m. Monday, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He said a 2017 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling west on Clemson Road when a 2008 Toyota traveling east was making a left-hand turn onto Salisbury Lane. The vehicle […]

by · February 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of Cayce to hold candlelight vigil for Little Faye, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

City of Cayce to hold candlelight vigil for Little Faye, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, the City of Cayce will come together to remember Faye Swetlik, to grieve and to start the process of healing, as a community and individually. The candlelight vigil will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Cayce City Hall Front Lawn at 1800 12th Street. Candles will be provided by the City.

by · February 17, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
Coroner, Cayce Public Safety,  to update Faye Swetlik case Tuesday, at press conference

Coroner, Cayce Public Safety, to update Faye Swetlik case Tuesday, at press conference

There will be a press conference Tuesday in order to provide an update on the Faye Marie Swetlik Case, Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce Spokeswoman announced Monday. The press conference will be at approximately 3 p.m. Lexington County Coroner, Margaret Fisher will provide information, along with Cayce Department of Public Safety Director, Byron Snellgrove It will be at Trinity Baptist […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Time to build your 2020 Kinetic Derby Day soapbox car

Time to build your 2020 Kinetic Derby Day soapbox car

Do you have a quirky, creative side just fighting to get out? Need a thrill to stir your inner child? It’s time to start get started on the building of your Kinetic Derby Day sculpture. West Columbia’s Third Annual Kinetic Derby Day is April 25. Registration is open for the 2020 Kinetic Derby Day. This year there there is a […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Faye Swetlik autopsy complete, results to be released Tuesday

Faye Swetlik autopsy complete, results to be released Tuesday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the autopsy of Faye Marie Swetlik was completed Saturday. The preliminary results of that autopsy are not being released at this time out of respect for Faye’s family. They need privacy and time to process the information. The findings regarding Faye’s autopsy will be released at a press conference to be held […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray all going to state basketball playoffs

Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray all going to state basketball playoffs

The S.C. High School playoff schedule was announced over the weekend. Brookland-Cayce, Airport, Gray are all going to state basketball playoffs. Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, the defending 2A State Champion, will host Brashier Middle College at 7 p.m., Wednesday (At Allen University.) Brookland-Cayce finished third in Region 5 – 4A will get a home playoff game versus Darlington. […]

by · February 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Semi hits car on I-26, leaves Columbia woman, 24, dead

Semi hits car on I-26, leaves Columbia woman, 24, dead

One person was killed after a car was hit on I-26 East early Sunday morning, according to Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the S.C, Highway Patrol. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the individual who died as Ms. Jamee Green, 24, of Columbia. She was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. The fatal collision occurred around 2:10 […]

by · February 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
19-year-old dies in Lexington County crash

19-year-old dies in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m., Friday. The crash occurred on U.S. 321 near Woodtrail Drive in Gaston. According to Fisher, Mr. Barron Lorel Adams, 19, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Adams was traveling southbound when his […]

by · February 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Motorcade brings body of Faye Swetlik back to Lexington County

Motorcade brings body of Faye Swetlik back to Lexington County

The body of Faye Marie Swetlik, the 6-year-old who was found dead Thursday, was escorted back to Lexington County Saturday in a law enforcement motorcade. Faye was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy. Faye’s body was brought back to Lexington for her funeral. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Department provided an escort, Lexington County […]

by · February 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce outlasts Airport for the win

Brookland-Cayce outlasts Airport for the win

It was a Valentine’s Day face-off filled with passion. In the end Brookland-Cayce came out with a 52-50 win over Airport, in the Region 5 -4A rivalry game. The Bearcats’ Zach McCoy, who went on a fourth-quarter scoring tear had 17. His teammate Chamar Martin also had 17. Christian Ferguson hit three 3-pointers for BC (13-13 and 3-7) and finished […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Partners with Cola Town Bike Collective for Kinetic Derby Day Sculpture Building, Saturday

West Columbia Partners with Cola Town Bike Collective for Kinetic Derby Day Sculpture Building, Saturday

The City of West Columbia is partnering with Cola Town Bike Collective on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 12 PM – 7 PM, at 1823 Superior Street, Columbia, SC, for a build day for West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day. Bring your creation, begin your creation, get inspired, and work beside others as they create their own mobile sculptures. Live […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coty Scott Taylor IDed as male found dead, related to Faye Swetlik homicide

Coty Scott Taylor IDed as male found dead, related to Faye Swetlik homicide

More information regarding the death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik was conveyed at a Friday press conference. She was found dead Thursday, after she went missing, Monday afternoon. Sgt. Evan Antley, of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said critical evidence was found in a trash can at 602 Picadilly Square in Churchill Heights. The evidence discovered narrowed down an area […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 from Missouri who died on I-26

Coroner identifies 2 from Missouri who died on I-26

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died in vehicle collision on Interstate 26 westbound near exit 119 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. James G. Hoff, 78, and Mrs. Terri Lee Hoff, 75, both of Fenton, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries. Their vehicle, driven by Mr. […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia woman dies after tree falls on vehicle on I-20, coroner identifies

Columbia woman dies after tree falls on vehicle on I-20, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after a tree fell on a vehicle on Interstate 20 Westbound at approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday. According to Fisher, Ms. Pamela Adams Powell, 49, of Columbia was traveling at a slow rate of speed due to traffic when a tree fell on her vehicle. Ms. Powell was transported to […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Investigators still processing evidence in Faye Swetnik homicide

Investigators still processing evidence in Faye Swetnik homicide

The investigation is still ongoing. When Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Director Byron Snellgrove announced Thursday that the body Faye Swetlik had been found, he also said the body of an adult male has also been recovered. Snellgrove said: “it is with extremely heavy hearts we announce we have found the body of Faye Marie Swetlik.” Other than than […]

by · February 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner confirms Faye Swetlik’s body found at 11 a.m. Thursday, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Coroner confirms Faye Swetlik’s body found at 11 a.m. Thursday, autopsy scheduled for Saturday

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the body of Faye Marie Swetlik, the missing 6-year-old girl, was discovered at approximately 11 m.m. Thursday. Faye’s body was found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where she resided and was last seen playing outside, Monday afternoon. According to Fisher, an autopsy will be conducted Friday at MUSC in Charleston. The Cayce […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in I-26 crash in Lexington County

2 killed in I-26 crash in Lexington County

Two people were killed Thursday afternoon in a collision on I-26, in Lexington County. The two-vehicle crash occurred around 2:30 p.m.near mile marker 119. The westbound lanes of I-26 were blocked partially, Master Trooper David Jones.

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body of Faye Marie Swetlik found, male body found, too

Body of Faye Marie Swetlik found, male body found, too

Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety announced at an impromptu afternoon press conference, Thursday, that the body of Faye Marie Swetlik has been found. Also, a deceased male has been found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Snellgrove made the announcement of both bodies being found, and then said he would not take questions. Capt. Adam Myrick […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Motorcycle crash claims life in Lexington County

Motorcycle crash claims life in Lexington County

Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell, of the S.C. Highway Patrol, is reporting a fatal collision. It occurred around 9:10 p.m., Wednesday, in Gilbert on Peach Festival Road near Waters Ferry Road. Tidwell said the driver of a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle attempted to slow down for traffic. The rider “spilled the bike” hitting the pavement. The operator of the motorcycle was not […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Images released of 2 vehicles leaving Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood

Images released of 2 vehicles leaving Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood

The Cayce Department of Public Safety has released this video of two cars they’re working to identify. Both were seen leaving Faye Swetlik’s subdivision close to the time family members tell investigators the 6-year-old disappeared, Monday afternoon. One of the vehicles is a SUV. the other is a small car. Link to Cayce Public Safety video Investigators want to identify […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate wins 4th Region 3 Title in a row

Gray Collegiate wins 4th Region 3 Title in a row

Gray Collegiate Academy Boys Basketball team has won the Region 3-2A title. The War Eagles last defeated Eau Claire 80-41. Gray clinched the title with a 70-54 win over Calhoun County. It was the War Eagles’ ninth-straight win. Gray finished 6-1 and won its fourth Region Title in a row. The War Eagles of West Columbia, coached by Dion Bethea, […]

by · February 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash caused by medical incident on Sunset Blvd.

Crash caused by medical incident on Sunset Blvd.

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Scotland Drive, Wednesday evening about 6:15. It resulted in all outbound lanes being closed. Police asked motorists to please seek an alternate route until the roadway was reopened. The collision was caused by a driver who experienced a medical incident. He was transported by EMS to the hospital, […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks public to avoid rumors surrounding Faye Swetlik case – Link to bus video

Cayce Public Safety asks public to avoid rumors surrounding Faye Swetlik case – Link to bus video

Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety conducted a press briefing regarding the Faye Swetlik case at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. He asked onlookers to stay away from the Churchill Heights neighborhood where 6-year-old Faye Swetlik went missing from about 3:45 Monday afternoon. Antley said the investigation area has widened toward the interstate near the Faye’s home. Link […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Trinity Baptist holds prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik

Trinity Baptist holds prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik

Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce held a prayer vigil for Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old who was reported as missing monday, from her front yard in Churchhill Heights, Cayce. Speakers included Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. He called children “our most precious gifts.” He reminded the 100 or so who came to the vigil to use […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks for  camera recordings from Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood at update press conference

Cayce Public Safety asks for camera recordings from Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood at update press conference

The Cayce Department of Public Safety held a press briefing on the case of missing Faye Marie Swetlik. At the briefing, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove reiterated that the search for the missing six-year-old has a tip hotline at hold on to this 803-205-4444. “We’re following every lead we get,” said Snellgrove. He said Faye was missed […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Palate, a new restaurant opens on State Street, West Columbia

Palate, a new restaurant opens on State Street, West Columbia

Palate opened Tuesday at 116 State Street. Palate is a restaurant where New American cuisine meets cultural ingredients, Palate features a “contemporary atmosphere of nouveau style.” And if you are looking for a job, Palate is seeking experienced servers who are available mostly nights and on the weekend brunch (Sat & Sun). Candidates must be able to handle a fast […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions serve pancakes to 300

Cayce-West Columbia Lions serve pancakes to 300

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club served about 300 pancake and sausage supper meals Tuesday night. The fundraiser was held at Cayce United Methodist Church on Meeting Street, West Columbia. Proceeds from the supper will go to benefit projects the C-WC Lions Club conducts to help people who need it with eye surgery costs and shopping trips for children who otherwise […]

by · February 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County fire displaces 4

Lexington County fire displaces 4

Lexington County Fire Services, Lexington County EMS and Irmo Fire District units were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 100 block of Deer Springs Trail Tuesday afternoon. The first-arriving units reported that heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the residence. Fire units quickly went to work extinguishing the fire and had it under control quickly. […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Trinity Baptist Church to hold prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday

Trinity Baptist Church to hold prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday

Trinity Baptist Church Cayce will hold a prayer vigil for Faye Marie Swetlik. Little Faye is a 6-year-old first grader who goes to Springdale Elementary School. She has been missing since Monday afternoon, and the Cayce Public Safety Department is searching for her. The prayer vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. at Trunity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway in Cayce. Cayce […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Large search team looking for missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

Large search team looking for missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

Law enforcement and support personnel are blanketing an area where 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen around 3:45 PM Monday. She was wearing polka dot boots and a black top.  She is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment.   The girl was playing in her front yard at Londonderry Lane in Cayce just off Highway 302. Her family […]

by · February 11, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
6-year-old girl reported as missing in Cayce

6-year-old girl reported as missing in Cayce

The City of Cayce is reporting that a 6-year-old girl is missing. Her name is Faye Marie Swetlik. She is a is first-grader at Springdale Elementary School. Marie described as white with strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes. She is missing from the Churchill Heights Neighborhood in Cayce. She was last seen wearing polka dot boots and a black t-shirt. She […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Congaree River flooding subsiding, but more rain is forecast

Congaree River flooding subsiding, but more rain is forecast

The Congaree River at Columbia crested Sunday morning, according to the Congaree Riverkeeper. It crested at just over 29 ft, and is now slowly on its way back down. The Congaree River at Congaree National Park is at 19.26 ft and is expected to crest early Monday at 19.6 ft. Click for link to Congaree Riverkeeper Facebook page The Congaree […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
103rd Birthday party held for Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins at Turner AME Church, Sunday

103rd Birthday party held for Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins at Turner AME Church, Sunday

Rebecca “Fannie” Dawkins said she feels fine and she “enjoyed the service” at her church, Turner AME in West Columbia. After the service the church held a a party for Dawkins’ 103rd birthday. “It’s wonderful” she said of her party, sitting beside her little sister Doretha Herlong, age 92. Dawkins is West Columbia’s eldest resident. She has been a member […]

by · February 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Congaree River crests Sunday morning

Congaree River crests Sunday morning

The river is high and it’s definitely rising From the Columbia side of the Congaree River the high water level was obvious looking up at the Gervais Street Bridge, Saturday. Kayakers braved temperatures in the low 40s, to get out on the river for a mid-winter float. The Congaree River at Columbia was reported at 21.23 ft., Friday. It was […]

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vice President Mike Pence coming to Nephron, West Columbia

Vice President Mike Pence coming to Nephron, West Columbia

Nephron Pharmaceuticals, in West Columbia, will host a luncheon for US Vice President Mike Pence, Thursday. Nephron is owned by Lou Kennedy. Pence’s appearance at Nephron is part of a fundraiser in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection Victory campaign. It was announced weeks ago that Pence would speak at the Republican Society Patriot reception, at The Citadel in […]

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pine Ridge Middle Girls win PAC Championship, Fulmer Middle places second

Pine Ridge Middle Girls win PAC Championship, Fulmer Middle places second

The Pine Ridge Middle School Girls Basketball team won the PAC basketball tournament Saturday. The Fulmer Middle School girls claimed second place in the tournament. Both middle school feed into Airport High School. The PAC Basketball tournament was played at Dutch Fork High School. (Lexington 2 photos)

by · February 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dining and flowers, West Columbia businesses get ready for Valentine’s Day

Dining and flowers, West Columbia businesses get ready for Valentine’s Day

The occasion of Valentine’s Day generates lots of business in West Columbia. Dining and roses are a a part of the tradition that marks the day. DeLucca’s Italian Grill is at 1720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. “Valentine’s dining is a reservation-only night for DeLucca’s,” said Lynn Raley, who works at the restaurant. “We have a set menu for Valentine’s. And […]

by · February 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Deputies make arrest in kidnapping, sexual battery case

Deputies make arrest in kidnapping, sexual battery case

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of robbing, kidnapping and committing sexual battery against a woman last month. Samuel Earnest Aaron, 52, is charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and strong armed robbery, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information detectives gathered, Aaron offered a woman a ride home as she walked along South Lake Drive Jan. 9,” […]

by · February 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tanker blocking road in Lexington

Tanker blocking road in Lexington

Lexington Police reported around 7:45 p.m., Thursday, that a semi truck with an empty tanker trailer is blocking the right turn lane from Old Cherokee Road at North Lake Drive (SC-6.) Police are asking motorists to please proceed with caution and be alert for emergency personnel who are directing traffic in the roadway.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man charged after undercover drug operation

Lexington man charged after undercover drug operation

Lexington County narcotics agents arrested a man on multiple charges last week after an undercover operation. Ladarien Quentaro Gates, 29, faces five heroin distribution charges and one count each of trafficking heroin and possession of a narcotic, according to arrest warrants. “Gates was arrested as part of an ongoing undercover operation that began in December,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flooding reported in Lexington, Thursday afternoon

Flooding reported in Lexington, Thursday afternoon

Lexington Police officers are working an event that involves a vehicle stopped in standing water on North Lake Drive (SC-6) and Aston Lane. Police reported the incident about 4:15 p.m. Two outbound lanes are closed due to the flooded roadway. Please avoid the area and if passing through, be alert to emergency personnel in the roadway.

by · February 6, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Carraway Park Playground closed due to weather threat

West Columbia Riverwalk Park, Carraway Park Playground closed due to weather threat

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, as well as, the Carraway Park Playground is temporarily closed due to impending inclement weather and flooding. Once the water subsides and the Riverwalk path is clear, the city will announce when the West Columbia Riverwalk Park is open to the public. Carraway Park at the Riverwalk Playground will reopen when weather permits.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 schools dismiss early Thursday due to severe weather threat

Lexington 2 schools dismiss early Thursday due to severe weather threat

Due to forecasts of severe weather this afternoon, Lexington Two schools will dismiss early Thurs., Feb. 6. Dismissal times: 11 a.m. for elementary, noon for middle and high schools. Lexington One early dismissal information: After lunch, elementary schools will dismiss at 11:15 AM. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:15 PM.

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
National Weather Service says models indicate severe weather, Thursday afternoon

National Weather Service says models indicate severe weather, Thursday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Columbia is indicating Thursday afternoon will be very active. Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts are the main threat. Isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out, and flooding is likely. The NWS also issued a reminder stating that there is a difference between a Watch and a Warning. Watch (issued by Storm Prediction Center) means all ingredients […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said state is sound financially, but we must be better stewards of public funds

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said state is sound financially, but we must be better stewards of public funds

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis addressed Capital Rotary members Wednesday. In his role as South Carolina’s “private banker” he is responsible for managing, investing and retaining custody of nearly $50 billion in public funds. Loftis said state government is “doing well” financially, but he remains vigilant to “see that we are good stewards of your money.” For instance, Loftis praised […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New signs installed in Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park

New signs installed in Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park

A dozen new signs, marking the past of the area, have been placed at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, in Cayce. The markers are called the “Wayside Exhibits” and were commissioned by the River Alliance. The signs were designed, produced and installed by the SC State Museum. The project, according to the River Alliance, was funded by […]

by · February 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Schools cancelling afternoon programs Thursday – Monitoring conditions

Lexington 2 Schools cancelling afternoon programs Thursday – Monitoring conditions

.Due to forecasts of possible severe weather, Lexington Two is cancelling all afternoon and evening programs and activities on Thursday, February 6, including after-care programs, adult education classes, and sports and club events scheduled for that day.  The decision to cancel afternoon and evening programs and activities was made in consultation with local and county emergency management officials. We will […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbank Elementary wins  Math Bowl trophy

Riverbank Elementary wins Math Bowl trophy

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Riverbank Elementary took home top honors for the second consecutive year in the annual Academic Math Bowl. Riverbank Elementary’s team competed against Springdale Elementary on Feb. 5. The two teams were cheered on by fellow students, teachers, families, friends and others. Riverbank team members include Eric Floyd, Kasey Quinn, Preston Lord, […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 Brookland-Cayce athletes sign to play football in college

5 Brookland-Cayce athletes sign to play football in college

Wednesday is national signing for high school athletes who have received offers to play sports in college. Five Brookland-Cayce High School football players signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday. Those players are: Drew Weed to Newberry; Tradd Castles to Newberry; Brian Mims to Erskine; K.J. Blackmon to Erskine; and Malachi Brown to Erskine.

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
5 Gray Collegiate athletes sign to play in college

5 Gray Collegiate athletes sign to play in college

Wednesday is national signing for high school athletes who have received offers to play sports in college. Five Gray Collegiate Academy athletes signed letters-of-intent, Wednesday. Those players are: Wheslen McLeod (football) to S.C. State; Noah Powell (football) to Presbyterian College; Hunter Helms (football) to Clemson. Caleb Moore (football) to Limestone; Lynsey Bryant (track and field) to North Greenville.

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Overturned vehicle blocks Sunset Blvd. at I-26, Wednesday morning

Overturned vehicle blocks Sunset Blvd. at I-26, Wednesday morning

The West Columbia Police Department has alerted motorists to please avoid the Intersection of Sunset Boulevard (US 378) and I-26. There is an over turned vehicle on Sunset Boulevard. All west bound lanes are blocked at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic was backed up to the Food Lion to the east of the incident. Several emergency vehicles, police, fire and EMS […]

by · February 5, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Despite brain tumor, Tina Washington fulfills role as C-WC Chamber Board Chairwoman

Despite brain tumor, Tina Washington fulfills role as C-WC Chamber Board Chairwoman

A week ago, Tina Washington completed her term as the Board Chairwoman of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber. Because of a serious health issue, it was a tumultuous year for her. Just over four months ago, Washington had surgery to remove an oligodendroglioma brain tumor at MUSC in Charleston. “It was Sept. 23, during Hurricane Dorian,” Washington said with a […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety recognizes FLOCK, House of Raeford, for generosity

Cayce Public Safety recognizes FLOCK, House of Raeford, for generosity

The Cayce Department of Public Safety recognized Chuck Underhill of FLOCK, House of Raeford’s charitable arm, at the Cayce City Council meeting, Tuesday. Cayce DPS Officer Josh Addy said House of Raeford and FLOCK “are always there and have gone above and beyond to help us with anything we need.” “Your agency has helped us give back to so many […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Martha Herchak, Craig Stirewalt to be inducted into Brookland-Cayce Hall of Fame, Thursday

Martha Herchak, Craig Stirewalt to be inducted into Brookland-Cayce Hall of Fame, Thursday

Brookland-Cayce High School will induct its newest Hall of Fame members Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by the induction ceremony at 7. Seawell’s is at 1125 Rosewood Drive. Martha Herchak and Deputy Craig Stirewalt will be honored at the 19th Annual Brookland-Cayce High School Educator Hall of Fame Gala, set […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man involved in crash dies of a heart attack

Man involved in crash dies of a heart attack

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Monday after being involved in a vehicle collision on the entrance ramp onto I-26 westbound at Harbison Boulevard, Columbia.  The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. Charles F. Sowell, 71, of Kings Creek Road, Irmo, was the driver of a vehicle that veered off of the entrance […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral for 3 unclaimed veterans, who died in  Lexington County, is Friday

Funeral for 3 unclaimed veterans, who died in Lexington County, is Friday

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office announced, Tuesday, that the funeral service for three unclaimed veterans who died in Lexington County has been scheduled. The funeral service, with military honors, will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday (Feb 7) at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The cremated remains of United States Navy PO1 George E. Estes III, and United States Army […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction on 34 West Columbia St. Anns Alley homes has begun – Photos

Construction on 34 West Columbia St. Anns Alley homes has begun – Photos

Developer Spring Street Partners announced Monday the start of construction on St Anns Alley, an in-town community of 34 single-family homes in the booming West Columbia River District. St Anns Alley is bounded by Center, Spring, Herman and Augusta streets. The new community takes its name from the St. Ann’s Rescue Mission, a home for boys, that sat in the […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gilbert’s Medal of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter, in Super Bowl US Flag tribute video

Gilbert’s Medal of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter, in Super Bowl US Flag tribute video

The Super Bowl’s Tribute to America video featured Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” and included Gilbert’s Kyle Carpenter. Carpenter is a US Marine Corps veteran and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. The National Football League aired the patriotic salute to the flag on Sunday during the Super Bowl. State Sen. Katrina Frye Shealy, who represents Gilbert, said via Facebook, […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man gets life for murder, burning, disposing of body in trash can

Man gets life for murder, burning, disposing of body in trash can

From the Office of 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard – Lee Anthony “Tony” Corley, a 39 year old Lexington County man, has been sentenced to Life in prison for the Murder of Alena Marie Kennedy, age 36, which occurred in April of 2017. The sentence was imposed on Monday, by Judge Steven H. John, following a jury trial which began […]

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron hosts students for  Groundhog Job Shadowing Day

Nephron hosts students for Groundhog Job Shadowing Day

Nephron Pharmaceuticals hosted some of the brightest 7th and 8th graders, Monday, for National Groundhog Job Shadowing Day. The Midlands-area students learned all about advanced manufacturing.The company believes training our future workforce starts now.

by · February 4, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Car fire closes lane of Sunset Blvd. Monday afternoon

Car fire closes lane of Sunset Blvd. Monday afternoon

The Lexington Police Department is reporting a vehicle fire that had an outbound lane of Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at I-20 closed. Police asked motorists to please proceed with caution and be alert to emergency personnel who are on scene and directing traffic.

by · February 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flow Riverfront Townhomes publishes photos of build site

Flow Riverfront Townhomes publishes photos of build site

Phase II of the Flow Riverfront Townhomes project is underway and accepting contracts. Only 12 residences are being built, according to the Flow Riverfront Townhomes marketing team. It’s billed as the most unique riverfront community in the Midlands. Wheeler and Wheeler Real Estate is handling thr sale of the properties.

by · February 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Mobster Mike Franzese speaks at Northside Baptist Church in Lexington

Former Mobster Mike Franzese speaks at Northside Baptist Church in Lexington

A svelte Michael Franzese would never be mistaken for Mob Boss Fat Tony Salerno, but when it comes to organized crime, Franzese was up to his neck in it. On Sunday morning, the former “Prince of the Mafia” delivered a message of redemption and forgiveness at Northside Baptist Church. A born-again Christian, Franzese told the crowd: “Once God’s got a […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 63-year-old woman killed in Boiling Springs Road crash

Coroner identifies 63-year-old woman killed in Boiling Springs Road crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Longview Street and Boiling Springs Road near Lexington at approximately 10:05 p.m., Saturday According to Fisher, Ms. Doris Smith Waters, 63, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. Ms. Waters had […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 2 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census, Monday

City of West Columbia hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census, Monday

The City of West Columbia is hosting a hiring event for the 2020 Census on board the SC Works Career Coach (bus) Monday (Feb. 3,) from 10 a.m. until 3 pm. The Career Coach will be parked in the parking lot in front of City Hall, at the intersection of 12th Street and Klapman Boulevard. The U.S. Census Bureau is […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash results in fatality in Lexington County

Crash results in fatality in Lexington County

One person died in a collision Saturday night, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The crash occurred around 10:05 on Boiling Springs Road, near Longview Street. The intersection is close to Edmund. Southern said the driver of a 1998 Toyota Camry was turning left from Longview Street onto Boiling Springs Road, when a 2008 Jeep […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
1 dead after crash in Richland County

1 dead after crash in Richland County

One person died in a vehicle crash in Richland County Saturday night, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol said. It happened around 6 p.m. on Koon Store Road, near the intersection with William Duffie Road, said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern. The crash occurred in the Blthewood area of Richland County. Southern said a 1995 Honda was traveling west on Koon […]

by · February 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash in Lexington closes street, Saturday night

Crash in Lexington closes street, Saturday night

A collision at the intersection of Hendrix Street and Duffie Drive, in Lexington, resulted in the closing of the road. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash around 8 p.m. Saturday. Police asked motorists to please avoid the area until the collision is cleared from the roadway

by · February 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pelion woman arrested on  bomb threat charge

Pelion woman arrested on bomb threat charge

A Pelion woman has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat that was called into Fort Ponds Elementary School. Felissa Connelley is facing charges of threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction, according to the Pelion Police Department. A police report said on Dec. 13, 2019 an unknown female caller said “there is a bomb in the school.” […]

by · February 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles featured in the Lexington County Chronicle

Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles featured in the Lexington County Chronicle

Brookland-Cayce Lineman Tradd Castles was featured this week in the Jan. 30 edition of the Lexington County Chronicle. Click here for a link the Chronicle’s website

by · January 31, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Taste on the River is Feb. 25 – Anticipation growing

Taste on the River is Feb. 25 – Anticipation growing

One of West Columbia’s most-delicious events will soon be upon us. The fourth “Taste on the River” is Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stone River, beside West Columbia’s Riverwalk Amphitheater. It’s one of the primary fundraisers for the West Columbia Beautification Foundation.    “Taste” features a tour of food stations presented by  the best restaurants from West Columbia, Columbia, the Vista, and […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vertex PT Specialists cuts the ribbon in Cayce

Vertex PT Specialists cuts the ribbon in Cayce

The ribbon was cut on Vertex PT Specialists, Thursday. It’s at 1105 12th Street, Cayce. The Greater Cayce West-Columbia Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon-cutting. Vertex PT Specialists is a Gym/Physical Fitness Center · Physical Therapist · Sports and Fitness Instruction. There are two other Vertex locations in Columbia.

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s father to campaign for her in West Columbia, Saturday

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s father to campaign for her in West Columbia, Saturday

Press Release from Brookland Dwellers –On Saturday (Feb. 1) from 1-2:30 p.m., Hawaii State Senator Michael Gabbard and his wife, Carol Gabbard, will be hosting a meet and greet at The American Legion Post 79, 762 B Avenue, West Columbia. Light refreshments will be provided (while supplies last). They will be speaking on behalf of their daughter, Tulsi Gabbard, who […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expect delays on I-20 in Lexington County for power line installation

Expect delays on I-20 in Lexington County for power line installation

Expect short-term delays if you are traveling on I-20 Eastbound between mile marker 51 and 62 in Lexington County. The delays, according to a SCDOT announcement, are because of power line installation on the nights of Friday (Jan. 31) Sat. (Feb. 1) and Sunday (Feb. 2.) The work is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m each night and it’s expected […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
AJ Ware of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Student-of-the-month

AJ Ware of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Student-of-the-month

AJ Ware of Glenforest School was recognized as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Student of the Month at the Chamber’s Breakfast meeting, Tuesday. He is pictured with Chamber Executive Dirctor Richard Skipper and Heather Miller, Glenforest’s Head of School.The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast was held on Lexington Medical Center’s West Columbia campus

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Diablo’s Southwest Grill to open in Lexington

Diablo’s Southwest Grill to open in Lexington

Diablo’s Southwest Grill will soon be opening in Lexington. The new location of Diablo’s will 5541 Sunset Blvd. The Diablo’s is next door to Pete Alewine Pool and Spa and across the street from Walmart. The restaurnat in in the final stages of construction, According to its Facebook page. The location will offer Lexington’s Hazelwook Brewing Company’s brew. Click here […]

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-month

Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School is Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-month

Sharon Shackelford of Glenforest School was recognized as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber’s Teacher of the Month at the Chamber’s Breakfast meeting, Tuesday. She is pictured with Chamber Executive Dirctor Richard Skipper and Heather Miller, Glenforest’s Head of School. The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast was held on Lexington Medical Center’s West Columbia campus.

by · January 30, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center boldly growing in 2020

Lexington Medical Center boldly growing in 2020

Lexington Medical Center’s footprint as a healthcare provider will grow in 2020. That was the message imparted by Michael Greeley, LMC’s vice president of operations. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday on the hospital’s West Columbia campus. LMC’s new 10-story North Tower opened March 26. It added 192 beds, 16  state-of-the-art labor delivery recovery rooms, 20 […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Stroll on State conducted under perfect winter night-sky in Cayce

Stroll on State conducted under perfect winter night-sky in Cayce

On a beautiful South Carolina winter night, the City of Cayce presented “Stroll on State” between Lexington Avenue and Railroad Street, Tuesday. (Scroll down to see more photos.) It was a showcase event and was in conjunction with Cayce’s revitalization of State Street, said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin. The “Stroll” was an effort to bring “vibrancy” to the area, said […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Supper is Feb. 11

Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Supper is Feb. 11

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club is holding its 2020 Lions Club ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake and Sausage Supper from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Brookland United Methodist Church, 541 Meeting St., West Columbia. Get tickets from Bill Mooneyhan at 803- 360-4788, or go by Mooneyhan Auto Repair, 1224 B Avenue, West Columbia. Tickets are […]

by · January 29, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Medical Center opens Urgent Care at Saluda Pointe

Lexington Medical Center opens Urgent Care at Saluda Pointe

Lexington Medical Center opened its new urgent care and imaging center near the intersection of Highway 378 and Interstate 20 in Lexington. It’s behind the Chick-fil-A restaurant. The Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe. The facility opened last Wednesday. “Lexington Medical Center Saluda Pointe brings an additional urgent care and imaging center to the town of Lexington that’s closer to the […]

by · January 28, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School’s cheerleaders take top spot at Game Day Invitational

Airport High School’s cheerleaders take top spot at Game Day Invitational

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications Director – Airport High School’s varsity cheerleaders took one of the top spots at the 2nd annual SC High School League Game Day Invitational. The Eagles squad won 1st place in Crowd Leading in the 4A Division at the event, held January 25 at USC-Aiken Convocation Center. Guidelines for competitors in the category […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Requests for WeCo restaurant maps pouring in

Requests for WeCo restaurant maps pouring in

Joe Taylor, the West Columbia developer, who oversaw the production of the West Columbia restarant maps said self-addressed envelopes with requests for copies of the WeCo Food Map are pouring in. If you’d like a copy of the map, send a self-addressed envelope to WC Food Map, 146 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Mr. Taylor will send you a […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce’s “Stroll on State” is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Cayce’s “Stroll on State” is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

The City of Cayce’s Stroll on State, with EngenuitySC, is from 6-to-8 p.m. Wednesday, from Lexington Avenue to Railroad Street. The City of Cayce will be showcasing a few of the businesses located on its historic “Main Street.” Cayce has been engaged in revitalizing State Street through “previtalization” efforts. This process, appropriately described as “the art of what’s possible,” has […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon is cut on Unique Barber Shop in Cayce

Ribbon is cut on Unique Barber Shop in Cayce

The ribbon was cut at Unique Barber Shop at 910-C Knox-Abbott Drive, in Cayce Monday. The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Unique Barber Shop is owned by Anthony Swinton. “We’re glad to have you here,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Chamber. He also said “Knox Abbott Drive is turning into […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign rewards 3 Lexington 2 teachers

“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign rewards 3 Lexington 2 teachers

Three Lexington School District 2 teachers were recognized on Friday as part of House of Raeford’s new “FLOCK Loves Teachers” campaign. Northside Middle School’s Kelsey Callahan, was chosen. Busbee Creative Arts Academy’s Anne Marie Cleary was chosen and Cayce Elementary’s JoAnne Boulware was chosen. FLOCK’s Chuuck Underhill presented the teachers selected with a $350 Amazon Gift Card. The focus of […]

by · January 27, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
John Gibson’s Comedy Closet opens in West Columbia

John Gibson’s Comedy Closet opens in West Columbia

The Comedy Closet in West Columbia held its ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon with the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The Comedy Closet is at 735 Meeting Street. It’s owned by West Columbia’s John Gibson (with the scissors in the photo.) He said at the ribbon-cutting he is happy to be opening his business in West Columbia, and he loves […]

by · January 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County fire displaces 2

Lexington County fire displaces 2

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, in the 200 block Casa Dell Road in Lexington County, was damaged by a fire Thursday evening. The Lexington County Fire Service and the Gaston Fire Department responded to the blaze. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the structure. Fire crews immediately began fire […]

by · January 25, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Museum Roadshow is Saturday at SC State Museum

Museum Roadshow is Saturday at SC State Museum

Museum Roadshow, one of the State Museum’s signature events, is back Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the stories and value of their heirlooms and artifacts from experts in a variety of fields who will be onsite offering informal, verbal appraisals. Experts will be available in the areas of […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle

Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Thursday, shortly before 10 p.m. It happened near the intersection of Boiling Springs Road and Bethany Church Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Willie Lee Simmons, 52, of Lexington was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a motor vehicle. […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
State Rep. Mac Toole, of West Columbia, not running for reelection, Brian Duncan running for District 88 seat

State Rep. Mac Toole, of West Columbia, not running for reelection, Brian Duncan running for District 88 seat

State Rep. Mac Toole, who currently represents District 88, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year.Toole, has a Dogwood Circle address in West Columbia 29170, also represents parts of Lexington to Red Bank and Oak Grove , in addition to South Congaree, Pine Ridge, and Edmund. Toole has also served on the Lexington Two School Board, from […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expect exciting additions to  2020 Kinetic Derby Day, April 25 – It’s time to register

Expect exciting additions to 2020 Kinetic Derby Day, April 25 – It’s time to register

West Columbia’s Annual Kinetic Derby Day is April 25, and it’s time to start planning. In fact, registration opened in December for the 2020 edition of the big event. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles and his daughter, Cate, raced in Kinetic Derby Day’s soapbox completion in 2019.  He will be in the race again in 2020, and he’s looking forward […]

by · January 24, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce restaurants get “Shout Out” on restaurant map promoted by West Columbia

Cayce restaurants get “Shout Out” on restaurant map promoted by West Columbia

From the City of Cayce – When Elise Partin, the Mayor of Cayce saw her neighboring city of West Columbia’s post on social media about a new map of their restaurants, she was eager to check it out. “The artwork was fun,” but as she told the Mayor of West Columbia when she called him about it, she “had to […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway (Enabling) Park to close for a week – Most parking to stay open

West Columbia’s Carraway (Enabling) Park to close for a week – Most parking to stay open

West Columbia’s Carraway Park, 212 Hudson Street, West Columbia, will temporarily close, beginning Monday, January 27, through Sunday, February 2, to complete contractor punch list items in the playground area. The interior of the park will be closed, as well as a portion of the parking lot closest to the pavilion for staging and truck parking. The area of the […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
$1 million lottery ticket sold in Lexington

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Lexington

From the S.C. Education Lottery news page A Powerball® player in Lexington is holding a ticket worth $1 million Thursday morning. The $1 million ticket was purchased from the Stop N Shop at 1104 N. Lake Dr. in Lexington for Wednesday night’s drawing. The Lexington ticket matched all five white ball numbers drawn. Had the ticket holder purchased PowerPlay® for […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members

Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members

The Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members on February 14. This year’s inductees are Brookland-Cayce High graduates Delaine Hair Britton (class of 2000, tennis), Curtis Wilson (class of 1946, basketball and football), and Wade Roof (class of 1999, baseball); and coaches Richard Lundy (softball) and Ben Killian (baseball). There will be a reception in […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gov. Henry McMaster touts tax cuts, teacher pay raises in State of the State Address

Gov. Henry McMaster touts tax cuts, teacher pay raises in State of the State Address

Tonight, I’m proud to tell you that the state of the state is strong,” said S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster near the beginning of his State of the State Address, Wednesday, from the S.C. State House.  This year, lawmakers are expected to have a $1.8 billion budget surplus. Last year McMaster initiated a plan to give tax rebates to taxpayer. He […]

by · January 23, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash closes Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, Wednesday

Crash closes Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, Wednesday

The Lexington Police Department is reporting a collision at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. (US-378) and Palmetto Park Blvd. The accident was reported around 11 a.m. Wednesday. And an outbound lane was closed at the time. ‬ ‪Police asked motorists to please prepare for congestion in the area or seek an alternate route until the road is reopened.‬

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman charged with  trafficking meth

Woman charged with trafficking meth

Lexington County deputies have arrested a woman accused of trafficking meth in Gaston. Jennifer Marie Davis, 46, is charged with trafficking meth and the possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “We were working with U.S. marshals Monday to find Davis because she was wanted on a federal probation violation,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Businessman Joe Taylor gives  5,000 maps of local restaurants to City of West Columbia

Businessman Joe Taylor gives 5,000 maps of local restaurants to City of West Columbia

Joe Taylor presented West Columbia City Council, Tuesday, with a large copy of a map of almost 60 locally owned restaurants. “I love local business,” said Taylor. He called the restaurants featured on the map “mom and pop” establishments and said West Columbia has a lot of them. Taylor is the CEO of Southland Capital Partners, a development firm on […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mike Daikubara – The artist behind the food map distributed in West Columbia

Mike Daikubara – The artist behind the food map distributed in West Columbia

Mike Daikubara is an industrial engineer for Electrolux in Charlotte. “I like to draw,” said Daikubara, who goes by the name “Mike D.” West Columbia developer Joe Taylor saw some of Daikubara’s illustrations of the Adluh Flour Company on Instagram. Taylor liked the work so much, he contracted with Daikubara to create a colorful restaurant map of locally owned restaurants […]

by · January 22, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Columbia Metropolitan Airport chooses Magnus to develop nearly 500 acres

Columbia Metropolitan Airport chooses Magnus to develop nearly 500 acres

Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s surrounding property will be developed by Magnus Development Partners. The 16 parcels vary in size, configuration, zoning and proximity to CAE — most have easy access to major thoroughfares such as Platt Springs Road, Edmund Hwy (SC-302), and Old Barnwell Road. Nearby I-26 and I-77 would provide easy access for transportation of goods and services. Each parcel […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Work started to renovate West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Station into Savage Craft Ale Works

Work started to renovate West Columbia’s old City Hall and Fire Station into Savage Craft Ale Works

Site work has begun on Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia’s River District. The yard of the buildings is being cleared, and crews are working inside, too. A security fence has been installed around the property. (Two more photos below.) Savage Craft Ale Works will be housed in several renovated historic structures including the former West Columbia (1925) City […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Riverbanks Zoo to hire up-to 150 people – Job fair is Jan. 31

Riverbanks Zoo to hire up-to 150 people – Job fair is Jan. 31

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden – one of the top 10 Zoo’s in the country- is hosting a job fair Friday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Interviews will be conducted at that time. Riverbanks is hiring up to 150 qualified candidates for a variety positions in the attractions, guest relations, grounds and housekeeping, and public safety departments. Applicants […]

by · January 21, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ground broken on 111-room TownPlace Suites in West Columbia

Ground broken on 111-room TownPlace Suites in West Columbia

Ground was broken, officially, on Marriott International’s TownPlace Suites at 2915 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia (across from Lexington Medical Center) Friday morning. Site work on the project has been going on for a while.   “We have a great need for quality hotels, especially with the expansion of Lexington Medical Center,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. He also thanked […]

by · January 20, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington High School Principal Melissa Rawl to retire

Lexington High School Principal Melissa Rawl to retire

From Lexington School District One- Mary Beth Hill. In a staff last Monday (Jan. 13) Melissa C. Rawl, principal of Lexington High School, announced her plans to retire. Of her retirement, Lexington County School District One Superintendent Greg Little said, “Melissa Rawl truly represents the best of Lexington District One. A quiet, calm leader, her employees know that she cares about them, […]

by · January 19, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
S.C. State Museum begins International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, Saturday

S.C. State Museum begins International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, Saturday

Footprints, splatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, opening Saturday, Jan. 18, at the South Carolina State Museum. The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. Museum guests will learn how Sherlock Holmes, […]

by · January 18, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mother of 3 murdered in Gaston in 2017, woman sentenced to 35 years for it

Mother of 3 murdered in Gaston in 2017, woman sentenced to 35 years for it

From the office of Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office Chesnee Labri Mattress, a 25 year old Lexington County woman, was convicted yesterday by a Lexington County jury, after approximately three hours of deliberations, for the Murder of Annette Riley, age 44, following a four-day trial. The Honorable Walton J. McLeod, IV, presided over the trial and sentenced Mattress to 35 years […]

by · January 17, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bobby Horton receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Cayce- West Columbia Chamber dinner – Award Winners gallery

Bobby Horton receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Cayce- West Columbia Chamber dinner – Award Winners gallery

The Greater Cayce – West Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2020 Awards Dinner was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in West Columbia, Thursday evening. Brent Johnson of 93.1 The lake served as emcee for the 200 or so guests.  Former West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners were as follows: New Business of Year […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Public Works starts the year with “smart” recycling

West Columbia Public Works starts the year with “smart” recycling

To kick off the New Year, the West Columbia Public Works and Sanitation departments increased the recycling effort, along with reminding residents to recycle smart. An extra recycle container pick-up day was added in the first week of the year to sanitation routes to help clear the extra volume from Christmas packaging. The city also collected discarded Christmas trees. In […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 Lexington 2 school board members recognized by the S.C. School Boards Assn.

4 Lexington 2 school board members recognized by the S.C. School Boards Assn.

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Schools Communications Four Lexington Two school board members are being recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association for milestones in board service. Lexington Two board Chairman Bill Bingham and board members Beth Branham and Cindy Kessler are being recognized for 20 years of service, while board member Linda Wooten is being recognized for […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce man dies after crash involving SCHP in Richland County

Cayce man dies after crash involving SCHP in Richland County

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died after being involved in a vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 1 a.m., Wednesday, on Monticello Road near Wildwood Avenue, Columbia. Watts said the crash took place as the man who died tried to evade law enforcement in the initiation of a traffic stop. Curtis Antonio Reese, […]

by · January 16, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Walmart reopened after transformer fire

West Columbia Walmart reopened after transformer fire

Walmart Face book post from about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Good news we are back open and ready for business. We would to thank Dominion Energy for fast service and the West Columbia Fire Department for even faster service. Thanks to all our associates for the fast response time to get us up and running. Good team effort by everyone.!!! Thanks […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Self-defense ruled in the death of Wesley Camp at realty company Christmas party

Self-defense ruled in the death of Wesley Camp at realty company Christmas party

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is providing details on the shooting death investigation that has been ongoing since it occurred on December 20, 2019, and he would also like to offer condolences to the family and friends of Wesley Warren-Camp. At approximately 11:36 p.m., officers with the Lexington Police Department were dispatched to a shooting that had occurred during a […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Obituary: Service for former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar is Friday

Obituary: Service for former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar is Friday

Ned Randall Tolar, 75, passed away January 12, 2020 at Lexington Medical Center. He was born in Fayetteville, NC to the late N.S. Tolar and Nellie Margaret Dunn Tolar of Lumber Bridge, NC on October 3, 1944. Ned was a former Lexington County Council Member and was the owner/operator of Tolar Properties of West Columbia, SC. He served in the […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK donates hi-tech camera to Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department

House of Raeford’s FLOCK donates hi-tech camera to Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department

The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department needed some help. So Chris Swygert asked House of Raeford’s non-profit organization, FLOCK, what it could do. Swygert, a BLFD volunteer firefighter is the Pullet Manager for House of Raeford’s live operations. And  to assist in their service to the greater Batesburg-Leesville community, FLOCK donated a new, state of the art, Thermal Imaging Camera to the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department at a […]

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Phases 1-3 of Cayce Riverwalk closed

Phases 1-3 of Cayce Riverwalk closed

The Cayce Riverwalk is currently closed from the Blossom Street bridge to the Thomas Newman Boat Landing (phases 1 -3.) The City of Cayce will continue to monitor water levels and will post the latest updates on its city social media sites.

by · January 15, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to the Gervais Street Bridge closed due to rising water

West Columbia Riverwalk from Moffatt Street to the Gervais Street Bridge closed due to rising water

d The West Columbia Riverwalk, from the Gervais Street Bridge to the Moffatt Street entrance, is closed temporarily due to flooding. Once the water subsides and the Riverwalk path is clear, the city will announce when all areas of the West Columbia Riverwalk Park are open to the public.  

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Leadership Lexington County celebrating 25 years

Leadership Lexington County celebrating 25 years

Leadership Lexington County (LLC) is celebrating 25 years of developing leaders in the community. The 34 member class of 2019 graduated on January 9. Over the past 25 years, here is Leadership Lexington County by the numbers: 813 Total Graduates of LLC (1995-2019)2019 Service Project raised over $80,000 to build a Pavilion for the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat The 2020 […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction crew begins work to repair Wilton Road in Springdale

Construction crew begins work to repair Wilton Road in Springdale

“I can barely believe it, either, but work is finally underway on Wilton Road,” wrote Rep. Micah Caskey on his Facebook page Monday. He also posted a photo of a crew working on Wilton Road. “I’m thrilled the construction has begun,” said Caskey when contacted. ” I’m praying that the weather holds and the actual work will go faster than […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Summit Adventure trampoline park to open in Cayce

Summit Adventure trampoline park to open in Cayce

The Summit Adventure Park is a trampoline park that is opening soon in Cayce. The space where the park will locate is in the former location of Reids grocery store in the Cayce Commons, 2245 Charleston Hwy. “Our brand new indoor park includes Olympic trampolines, two basketball hoops, a trampoline area for children, wipe-out, dodge and more,” are features at […]

by · January 14, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Last chance for Taste on the River pre-sale pricing

Last chance for Taste on the River pre-sale pricing

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual “Taste on the River” on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 6 PM – 9 PM, at Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC. The best restaurants from West Columbia and Columbia are coming together for a fun evening to showcase their cuisine to help beautify West Columbia. Restaurants participating […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dominion Energy to test Lake Murray Dam sirens, Tuesday

Dominion Energy to test Lake Murray Dam sirens, Tuesday

Dominion Energy South Carolina will conduct the annual test of its Lake Murray Dam inundation sirens on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at noon. The sirens will sound for approximately three minutes. The testing is conducted on the second Tuesday of each January. The inundation siren system includes 10 rotating sirens at locations across both Richland and Lexington counties. The company also conducts […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar dies

Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar dies

Former Lexington County Councilman Ned Tolar died at Lexington Medical Center Sunday. He was a businessman and he represented West Columbia and part of Lexington – District 8 – while on council. Tolar left council in 2018, replaced by Glen Conwell. Tolar was in a serious auto accident in November of 2016, and never completely recovered, according to family friend. […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Large fire raging in Lexington, Monday morning

Large fire raging in Lexington, Monday morning

Lexington County Emergency crews responded to the scene, early Monday morning, of a commercial structure fire in the 1600 block of Two Notch Road, in Lexington, according to a County of Lexington report. The 1600 block of Town Notch Rd at South Lake Drive was closed. A smoke column was moving toward Lexington. Possible that residents will see and smell […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sunshine Cafe opens in former Carolina Cafe spot on Sunset Boulevard

Sunshine Cafe opens in former Carolina Cafe spot on Sunset Boulevard

It did not take long. There is a new place to dine and get dessert in West Columbia. Sunshine Cafe and Catering Company has moved into the former location of Carolina Cafe in Westland Square where Food Lion is, at 2250 Sunset Blvd. Sunshine’s owner is Shutondia Culcleasure. Carolina Cafe left in early December. The restaurant is open for breakfast […]

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mayor, council members help Westside Baptist Church celebrate 75 years

Mayor, council members help Westside Baptist Church celebrate 75 years

West Side Baptist Church celebrated its 75th year of serving the West Columbia community Sunday. The church is at 2100 Platt Springs Rd. West Columbia. West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, and West Columbia City Council Members Mike Green and David Moye attended Sunday’s 75-Anniversary celebration at the church.

by · January 13, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
11-year-old West Columbia girl reported missing

11-year-old West Columbia girl reported missing

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting your assistance locating a missing juvenile. Ashley Lopez, 11, was last seen on Saturday. She is 5’ 4”, 150 lbs, has long black curly hair, brown eyes and last seen wearing sandals, black leggings and a pink shirt. Lopez may also have a black trash bag in her possession carrying white shoes and […]

by · January 12, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy featured on Columbia Business Monthly cover

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy featured on Columbia Business Monthly cover

Link to Columbia Business Monthly Website Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. is featured on the cover of the Columbia Business Monthly magazine. The magazine is honoring the region’s 50 most influential people, based on staff research and community nominations. Nephron is just outside of Cayce and has a West Columbia address. It’s one of Lexington […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 1 comment · NEWS
Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, more than 40 years in West Columbia

Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, more than 40 years in West Columbia

This feature is from the City of West Columbia Newsletter – Click to access Bill Mooneyhan, Sr., owner of Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, at 1224 B Avenue, loves doing business in West Columbia. “I would not want to be in business anywhere else,” said Mooneyhan. “This is my home and I love serving the people of this community.” Mooneyhan’s has been […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Passenger traffic at Columbia Metropolitan Airport up more than 13%

Passenger traffic at Columbia Metropolitan Airport up more than 13%

Passenger traffic at in 2019 was up… way up! 1,353,788 passengers traveled through the airport – a 13.03% increase over 2018, according to a release from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “2018 was the best year we had in a decade and 2019 just beat that record,” said Mike Gula, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “With passenger traffic up 13.03%, […]

by · January 10, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday – WCPD is thankful

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday – WCPD is thankful

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Thursday. It is a day to recognize the contributions of law enforcement officers. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is promoted because law enforcement officers have a difficult and sometimes impossible career. West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall said he is thankful for the day and he feels his officers are supported. “Our officers have […]

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two’s Teacher Recruitment Fair is  Saturday, Feb. 8 at the L2IC

Lexington Two’s Teacher Recruitment Fair is Saturday, Feb. 8 at the L2IC

Lexington Two’s annual Teacher Recruitment Fair is set for Saturday, February 8. The district will once again offer a $2,500 signing bonus to teachers in select critical subject areas, among them secondary math and science, special education, foreign language, and middle level core content. The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Lexington Two Innovation Center, 509 Bulldog […]

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Meredith Blackwood is Rotary Teacher-of-the-Month

Meredith Blackwood is Rotary Teacher-of-the-Month

Meredith Blackwood, a third-grade teacher at Cayce Elementary School, has been selected as the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Month. She is pictured with Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. William James and Jonie Coleman, Director of the Lexington Two Innovation Center. The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club meeting is held at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center.

by · January 9, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia 10U football National Champion, all youth teams, honored by city council

West Columbia 10U football National Champion, all youth teams, honored by city council

The West Columbia Tiger Football Program, ages 10-and-under won the National Championship in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 19. West Columbia City Council congratulated the West Columbia S.C. Amateur Athletic Union Football Program with a resolution for making history as the first ever S.C. Amateur Athletic Union Football Program to have four age groups of 6-and-under, 8-and-under, 10-and-under, and 12-and-under win the […]

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes Police Chief Dennis Tyndall for 35 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes Police Chief Dennis Tyndall for 35 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, right, presented West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall with his 35-year pin at the West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 25 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 25 years of service

West Columia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, right, presented the following employees with their 25-year pins at the West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Chuck Jacobs, Water Plant 2, and Legrande Baker, Sewer Collection

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 20 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 20 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, far right, presented the following employees with their 20-year pins at theWest Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Lalu Chauhan, Water Plant 1, Bubba Long, Water Plant 2, and Mark Samples, Water Plant 2

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 15 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 15 years of service

West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks, far right, presented the following employees with their 15-year pins at the January Regular West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Scott Bell, Water Plant 1, Ricky Stanley, Water Plant 2, and BJ Unthank, Economic Development.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 10 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 10 years of service

The following West Columbia city employees were recognized for 10 years of service at the City Council Meeting, Tuesday: Tommy Todd, Police Department, Matt Deas, Police Department, Stacy Turner, Police Department, Odell Smith, Maintenance Department, Chris Cranford, Water Distribution, Andy Upp, Water Distribution, and Eric Sharpe, Water Billing. Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks presented the employees in photo with their 10 […]

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 5 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognizes employees for 5 years of service

West Columbia City Council recognized five-year employees at its meeting Tuesday. Five-years of service employees are: Jeremy Amick Police – Department; Korey Davis – Police Department; Eugene Hammill – Police Department; Brad Shirer – Fire Department; Marquis Solomon – Fire Department; Antonio Delay – Sanitation; Dwayne Williams – Sanitation; Ashley Corley – Parks, and Steven Roscoe – Maintenance.

by · January 8, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flood warning issued for parts of the Congaree River

Flood warning issued for parts of the Congaree River

A flood warning has been issued for parts of the Congaree River, according to the National Weather Service – Columbia. The flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday. Lexington, Richland and Calhoun counties are included in the flood warning, because of substantial rainfall in December. In December more than nine inches of rain was recorded at the Columbia […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
New retail space, Dunkin’ Donuts, planned for Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia?

New retail space, Dunkin’ Donuts, planned for Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia?

Is Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Sunset Blvd. beside Bojangles, at 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia? A sign on Sunset Blvd. next-to Bojangles in West Columbia indicates the addition of three new businesses, including a Dunkin’ Donuts. PennTex Ventures Development has a sign on the shoulder of the road that reads: COMING SOON – NEW RETAIL SPACE AVAILABLE. One of the […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 School District  holding special meeting Thursday

Lexington 2 School District holding special meeting Thursday

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two has scheduled a Special Board Meeting for Thursday, January 9, at 6 p.m.   The meeting agenda includes an executive session to discuss an “Inter-Governmental Agreement” and “Property Matters.” The meeting will be held in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia.  Notices and Agendas are posted […]

by · January 7, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Competitors have perfect day on Saluda River for Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

Competitors have perfect day on Saluda River for Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

This year’s winners of the 20th Annual Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships are Hunter Cooper in the men’s division and Christina Passafaro in the women’s division, advanced class). Alex Butler and Karen Jackson were novice class winners. The completion attracted a few dozen kayakers to the rapids of the Saluda River near Riverbanks Zoo, Saturday. “It was a beautiful day […]

by · January 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
US Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his 2020 legislative agenda

US Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his 2020 legislative agenda

Second District U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference to outline his 2020 Legislative Agenda, Friday, at his West Columbia office. Wilson, of Springdale, expressed satisfaction with the elimination of the “widows tax.” It’s a financial penalty affecting more than 65,000 military survivors in the US. Elimination of the tax was part of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense […]

by · January 6, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron’s Lou and Bill Kennedy open in-house pharmacy  for employees

Nephron’s Lou and Bill Kennedy open in-house pharmacy for employees

The vision of Lou and Bill Kennedy – to offer employees of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation an in-house pharmacy for their health care, prescription medication and over-the-counter drug needs – became reality this week. Bill Kennedy, the company chief business development officer and a pharmacist by trade, opened the full-service pharmacy on Thursday, January 2. Located inside of Nephron’s state-of-the-art 400,000 […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Did you know Sheri Cola was produced in West Columbia?

Did you know Sheri Cola was produced in West Columbia?

Have you ever had a Sheri Cola? It was produced in West Columbia. Production of Sheri Cola began in 1939, according to the US Patent Office, and continued through the 50’s and 60’s (Picture Credit: Steve Cohen – bottle was found in a cleared lot in Columbia.) The City of West Columbia researched Sheri Cola and posted these photos and […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Real ID goes into effect in 2020 in South Carolina

Real ID goes into effect in 2020 in South Carolina

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, South Carolinians must have a REAL ID license or ID or another federally accepted identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation. Beginning Monday (Jan. 6) the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will embark on a statewide tour aimed at getting more South Carolinians their REAL […]

by · January 3, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships, Saturday on the Saluda River

Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships, Saturday on the Saluda River

Want something to do on the river in the winter? The Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships will be held on the Saluda River. Saturday. Jan. 4. It begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Iceman Championships at 3 p.m. In its 20th year, the kayak competition features a furious race on the water. The event is held the first Saturday of […]

by · January 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Grinding of the Greens, where to take your discarded Christmas tree, mulch available

Grinding of the Greens, where to take your discarded Christmas tree, mulch available

Keep the Midlands Beautiful has published a list of places you can take your discarded Christmas tree for Grinding of the Greens. But: Before you drop your tree off:Remove the tree from its stand. Remove all ornamentation, lights, garlands, wires, strings or ties. FREE MULCH FROM THE RECYCLED CHRISTMAS TREES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, JAN. 11, […]

by · January 2, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lizard’s Thicket for collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

Lizard’s Thicket for collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is Lizard’s Thicket busiest day of the year. New Year’s Day is special at Lizard’s Thicket because it serves the special dish of collard greens and black-eyed peas. Tradition holds that the food brings good luck and wealth to start the new year. There is a West Columbia and a Cayce Lizard’s Thicket. Cayce’s is at 501 […]

by · January 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
14-year-olds arrested in the shooting death of Brookland-Cayce alumni Paul Swatsell

14-year-olds arrested in the shooting death of Brookland-Cayce alumni Paul Swatsell

Columbia Police have made an arrest in the death of a cab driver Paul Swatsell, 53. Swatsell worked for Checker Yellow Cab. He was found shot to death in his car in the 4300 block of Brookridge Drive, in north Columbia, on Dec. 15. Swatsell was a 1983 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. He listed Cayce as his hometown and […]

by · January 1, 2020 · 0 comments · NEWS
See West Columbia restaurants for great food, views on New Year’s Eve, with more parking

See West Columbia restaurants for great food, views on New Year’s Eve, with more parking

If you want to ring in 2020 at one of the most-popular fine dining locations around, Als’ Upstairs, Black Rooster, and Terra in West Columbia are taking reservations. And this year, compared to last year, there is much more free parking in the State and Meeting Street area of West Columbia. There is the city’s parking garage with an entrance […]

by · December 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia City Hall closed Wednesday – No trash pick-up – Fireworks from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. only

West Columbia City Hall closed Wednesday – No trash pick-up – Fireworks from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. only

West Columbia City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Please remember the discharge or shooting of fireworks is only allowed between the hours of 9 am on December 31 and 1:30 am on January 1. If you normally have your garbage pick-up on Wednesday, it will be picked up on Thursday (Jan. 2) this week.

by · December 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral service held for Wesley Camp, victim of Lexington shooting

Funeral service held for Wesley Camp, victim of Lexington shooting

The line of mourners was long Sunday afternoon, as a steady rain poured outside of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home on N. Lake Drive in Lexington. Wesley J.Warren- Camp, 26, was laid to rest. There was a visitation and then his funeral. Burial was at Convent Baptist Church Cemetery, in Leesville. Link to previous report Camp was shot on the night of […]

by · December 30, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fog advisory posted for Sunday morning

Fog advisory posted for Sunday morning

A dense fog advisory was posted for the Cayce and West Columbia are – and central South Carolina-  by the National Weather Service in Columbia Sunday morning. Visibility was one-quarter of a mile at Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 5 a.m. The fog may become more widespread. The NWS said be aware of the foggy conditions if you have to drive. 

by · December 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash closed Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon

Crash closed Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon

The Lexington Police Department was asking motorists to use alternative routes if possible, Friday afternoon, after a collision on Sunset Boulevard at Hope Ferry Road. The crash had all outbound lanes blocked around 3:30 due to an overturned vehicle. Emergency personnel was on hand assisting all parties involved.

by · December 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS, Uncategorized
Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia?

Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia?

Is a new steak house coming to West Columbia? According to its website, the Carolina Strip Club, an upper-scale steak house that was open at 902 Gervais Street in Columbia is now permanently closed. A report in a local street tabloid said the restaurant’s owner plans to reopen the restaurant in West Columbia in 2020. The owner of Carolina Strip […]

by · December 27, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
3 Phases of Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to rising river

3 Phases of Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to rising river

Three parts of the Cayce Riverwalk are closed due to flooding. Phase 4 of the Riverwalk, and the Timmerman Trail were not included in the city’s announcement as being closed. The city of Cayce posted an announcement regarding the closing on Christmas day. It reads as follows: Due to the amount of rain impacting our area over the past week […]

by · December 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral service information announced for Wesley Camp, family waits for answers

Funeral service information announced for Wesley Camp, family waits for answers

Funeral service information for Wesley Camp has been announced. Wesley J.Warren- Camp, 26, died after being shot Friday night at a company Christmas party of Southern Dreams Realty in Lexington. He was married to Ashlan Diaz Camp who is a Brookland-Cayce graduate. Wesley Camp’s mother-in-law. Angie Diaz of Cayce. “Praying the truth about why this all happened will be revealed,” […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Man who died in Christmas Eve fire identified by coroner

Man who died in Christmas Eve fire identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a residential structure fire that occurred in the 400 block of Gardners Terrace Road, Tuesday evening. The blaze occurred just before 7:30 p.m. One Lexington County Fire Services firefighter was treated for minor injuries and cleared on scene. According to Fisher, Mr. Stanley Gonzalez Cook, a 51-year-old resident of the […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Roundball Classic basket tournament starts at Brookland-Cayce Thursday

Cayce Roundball Classic basket tournament starts at Brookland-Cayce Thursday

The Brookland-Cayce boys basketball team have won 7 of its last 8 games and head coach Robert Wells like what he sees.  The Bearcats will play the inaugural Cayce Roundball Classic at their new on-campus arena starting Thursday. The tournament will feature 16 teams from 3 states competing in 2, 8-team brackets American and National. Local teams representing Chronicle Country […]

by · December 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia mayors, past and present, reflective at Christmas

West Columbia mayors, past and present, reflective at Christmas

Tem Miles was elected West Columbia Mayor in November. With Christmas upon us, he has begun to settle into the job and he said he is very appreciative. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to serve as West Columbia mayor,” said Miles. He also said he holds his job in high esteem because of the mayors who came before him, […]

by · December 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash blocks road in Lexington

Crash blocks road in Lexington

A collision occurred at Sunset Boulevard and Old Cherokee Road, Tuesday in Lexington. All inbound lanes were blocked. Traffic had to be diverted onto Old Cherokee Road. Emergency personnel was attending to those injured. The road was later opened.

by · December 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Family devastated by shooting death of young Lexington husband

Family devastated by shooting death of young Lexington husband

Wesley J.Warren- Camp , 26, died after being shot Friday night at a company Christmas party of Southern Dreams Realty in Lexington. Link to original report Camp was a former baseball player for Pelion High School and Newberry College. His death has rocked the family  “We are devastated,” said Angie Diaz of Cayce, Camp’s mother-in-law. Camp’s widow is Diaz’s daughter, […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police ask for help to identify suspect involved in armed robbery

West Columbia Police ask for help to identify suspect involved in armed robbery

The West Columbia Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in identifying the suspect in the pictures and video clip. On Sunday, an Armed Robbery occurred at approximately 11 p.m. at the Zaxby’s located at 2320 Augusta Road. Investigators are looking for any and allinformation in identifying the suspect in this case. If you have information call WestColumbia Police […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
WCPD Asst. Chief Scott Morrison Elected to FBI National Academy Board

WCPD Asst. Chief Scott Morrison Elected to FBI National Academy Board

West Columbia Police Department Asst. Chief Scott Morrison was elected the 2nd Vice President for the South Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates Board this month. He was a graduate of the 251st Session of the FBI National Academy in 2012.   Chief Dennis Tyndall said, “Having a representative from our department serve on this board of prestigious law enforcement […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Columbia man charged in apartment triple homicide in Lexington County

Columbia man charged in apartment triple homicide in Lexington County

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Bush River Road apartment complex Tuesday. Justin Tyler Ellaree Hopkins, 21, is charged with three counts of murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, first degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Detectives have been working nonstop on this […]

by · December 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner IDs 26-year-old man shot at realty company Christmas party

Coroner IDs 26-year-old man shot at realty company Christmas party

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a shooting that occurred at approximately 11:30, p.m. Friday.  According to Fisher, Mr. Wesley J. Warren-Camp, 26, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound to the upper body. Link to original report The Lexington Police Department and SLED are investigating.

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man shot, killed after fight at a Christmas party at Lexington realty company

Man shot, killed after fight at a Christmas party at Lexington realty company

The Lexington Police Department is investigating an overnight death at the business of Southern Dreams Realty, 102 Gantt Street, according to a release from Police Chief Terrence Green. At approximately 11:36 p.m. Friday, officers with the Lexington Police Department were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred and upon arrival, officers found a man who had been shot lying […]

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Last Market of the Season

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Last Market of the Season

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market last market of the season will be Saturday, December 21, from 10 AM – 2 PM, under the pavilion in the Interactive Art Park, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Spring market dates will be announced soon. Attend this Saturday […]

by · December 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia restaurants do robust business for the holidays

West Columbia restaurants do robust business for the holidays

From Cafe Strudel and Terra to Bricks and Stones Pizza Company and Compton’s Kitchen, West Columbia has some of the most popular restaurants around.  And the Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year for those establishments. “We’re extremely busy right now,” said Mike Davis, owner and top chef at Terra on State Street. Terra is a unique […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Space-bound Boeing Starliner visible in the sky over Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Friday

Space-bound Boeing Starliner visible in the sky over Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Friday

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner Commercial Crew Vehicle Orbital Flight Test was launched at 6:36 a.m., Friday, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Starliner streaking through the morning sky was visible at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Staff members of the National Weather Service- Columbia posted photos on Twitter of the Starliner as it propelled through the South Carolina sky. NASA astronauts Michael […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
39 middle school students selected for Lexington 2 District Honor Band

39 middle school students selected for Lexington 2 District Honor Band

Thirty-nine middle school students have been selected for the 2019-20 Lexington Two District Honor Band. Students, who were selected through audition, will participate in a band clinic working with David Santiago, director of athletic bands and assistant band director at Newberry College. The Honor Band will hold a concert on Friday, March 6.  Honor Band participants, under the guidance of […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s James Brown is Keep the Midlands Beautiful Outstanding Green Educator of the Year

Brookland-Cayce’s James Brown is Keep the Midlands Beautiful Outstanding Green Educator of the Year

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington School District Two Comunications Director. James Brown is passionate about science and the environment, and he’s passing that enthusiasm along to his Lexington Two high school students. Brown was recently named the 2019 Outstanding Green Educator of the Year by Keep the Midlands Beautiful Foundation. We asked the fourth-year AP environmental science teacher at Brookland-Cayce […]

by · December 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire Service puts out car fire

Lexington County Fire Service puts out car fire

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to a fully-involved vehicle fire at the intersection of Pond Branch and Boiling Springs roads Thursday afternoon. The road were temporarily shut down, while crews extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported.

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Department of Public Safety investigates after deceased male found on I-26

Cayce Department of Public Safety investigates after deceased male found on I-26

At approximately 7 a.m Thursday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a male who was deceased near Exit 116 on Interstate 26, westbound. Cayce DPS officers asked that drivers please take extra caution in the area and find an alternate route if possible. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office is assisting the Cayce Department of Public Safety in […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School Principal David Damm is reinstated

Airport High School Principal David Damm is reinstated

Airport High School Principal David Damm has been reinstated. Damm was placed on administrative leave last week. He was said to have used a bad word (dumb@$$#$) over the school’s intercom to describe the behavior of some unruly students, according to parents who have children at the school. The decision to reinstate Damm became public Wednesday evening. There was also […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Holiday Parade of Lights winners announced

Holiday Parade of Lights winners announced

The Holiday Parade of Lights was held in Cayce and West Columbia, Saturday. Judges picked winners in several categories. 2019 HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS WINNERS Best Overall – Dirt Cheap Hauling & Services Best Municipality – City of Cayce Utilities (also 2nd overall) Best Chamber Member Business – Planet Fitness Best Civic/Nonprofit – ABATE of Cayce/West Columbia Best Band – […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Impaired driver hit popular Celebrate Freedom Foundation helicopter, causes $500,000 in damage

Impaired driver hit popular Celebrate Freedom Foundation helicopter, causes $500,000 in damage

The helicopter known as “Annie,” was struck and damaged by a vehicle last Saturday. As a result of the collision that damaged the helicopter, a 37-year-ol man man from North Carolina was arrested for DUI. “This is what an impaired driver has done to a multi-million dollar aircraft,” said Master Trooper David Jones, of the S.C. Highway Patrol. No one […]

by · December 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman accused of abusing a vulnerable adult

Woman accused of abusing a vulnerable adult

A Yemassee woman responsible for the welfare of a bedridden man is accused of abusing him while caring for him at his Chapin home, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Janet Faye Allan, 69, has been charged with five counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. The charges relate to five incidents dating back to June, according to arrest […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 men who died in shooting lived in same apartment

3 men who died in shooting lived in same apartment

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victims of a shooting that occurred at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday at a Woodland Village apartment on Butternut Lane. The apartments, in Lexington County, have a Columbia address. According to Fisher, Mr. Branton T. Booker, 28, and Mr. Sheldon D. Livingston, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Duwan E. Williams, […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man hit and killed on Old Dunbar Road

Coroner identifies man hit and killed on Old Dunbar Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle, Tuesday. The incident occurred in the 1900 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia at approximately 3 a.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Jose G. Pineda, 24, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. […]

by · December 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 men shot and killed at Lexington County apartment complex

3 men shot and killed at Lexington County apartment complex

Two men were fatally shot inside of a Butternut Lane apartment in Woodland Village, in Lexington county, said investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The report was issued in a release around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon. Another was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.  He died later Tuesday afternoon. Detectives said they do not believe it is a […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fire damages mobile homes on Jakes Landing Road

Fire damages mobile homes on Jakes Landing Road

Lexington County Fire Services and Irmo Fire District responded to the 200 block of Jakes Landing Road just after 4 a.m., Tuesday, in reference to a fully involved mobile home fire. The blaze had extended to a neighboring home and threatened others. Firefighters on scene were able to save neighboring homes after extinguishing the original fire. Two mobile homes suffered […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cab driver killed Sunday was reportedly a Brookland-Cayce graduate, Service Wednesday

Cab driver killed Sunday was reportedly a Brookland-Cayce graduate, Service Wednesday

The Columbia Police Department is investigating the deadly weekend shooting of a cab driver, according a CPD release. Paul Swatsell is the man who died, according to his friends who are posting condolences on his Facebook page. Swatsell listed Cayce as his hometown and he lived in Lexington. The shooting occurred in the 4300 block of Brookridge Drive, in Columbia, […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy says drug cost bill from Congress is bad legislation

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy says drug cost bill from Congress is bad legislation

Reprinted with permission from Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceutical Owner and CEO. Nephron is outside of Cayce, in the Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park and has a West Columbia address. It’s one of Lexington County’s largest, and highest paying companies. It is common knowledge that health care costs have risen in recent years and we all agree something needs to be done to […]

by · December 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Friday’s rainfall sets winter record – Video link included

Friday’s rainfall sets winter record – Video link included

It rained all day Friday. Sometimes the rain was very heavy. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport received 4.16 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. It was the highest daily amount recorded at the airport during the Winter (Dec-Feb.)In Cayce, West Columbia and Lexington, roads were closed because of flooding. Click the link to see flood video on Hummingbird […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Perfect night for the Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights – Photo Gallery

Perfect night for the Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights – Photo Gallery

It was a the perfect evening for a Christmas parade in the South. Not cold, but with a enough of a chill in the air to remind us it is December. Throngs lined the streets for the high school bands, Girl Scouts, the Grinch and then Santa at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Parade of Lights,  Saturday. Illuminated dance teams cruised […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Kelsey White signs to play tennis at USC-Sumter

Brookland-Cayce’s Kelsey White signs to play tennis at USC-Sumter

A Brookland-Cayce High School athlete has signed a letter of intent to play her sport at the college level, according to a BCHS release. Tennis player Kelsey White declared her intent to play at USC-Sumter, as part of Coach Alex Hoda’s second recruiting class for the school’s women’s team. White was joined at a signing ceremony last week, held in […]

by · December 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
I-20 blocked Friday morning in Lexington County

I-20 blocked Friday morning in Lexington County

Interstate – 20, east and west, in Lexington County was blocked before 7 a.m. at the 54 mile marker east and west by the due to a possible fuel leak on a tractor trailer. Lexington County Fire Services is on the scene. Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said expect delays as crews work to clear the […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety  conducting Shop with a Cop for children

Cayce Public Safety conducting Shop with a Cop for children

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is asking for local businesses and families to get involved in the 2019 Shop With a Cop Initiative. Each year, just before Christmas Day, officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety take children from the Cayce community to go shopping for Christmas gifts. This year, Shop with a Cop will take place on December 20. […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Wags to Whiskers has ribbon-cutting

Wags to Whiskers has ribbon-cutting

Wags to Whiskers held its ribbon-cutting, Thursday, at 1301 C Avenue – Unit A. The new dog-care business in Triangle City is owned by Michelle Blackman. Dogs of all ages are welcome and services include everything from brushing and bathing to nail trimming and grooming, Michelle’s clients say she has a way with calming nervous dogs, making them comfortable.

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vestra Lingua Publishing holds its ribbon-cutting

Vestra Lingua Publishing holds its ribbon-cutting

Vestra Lingua Publishing held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce office on 12th Street, Cayce on Dec. 2. Vestra Lingua means “your words” in Latin. It is an independent, no cost book publisher owned by Lisa Cole. Vestra Lingua designs picture books for children and adults. The publisher also specializes in fiction […]

by · December 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday evening

Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday evening

The annual Holiday Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m., this Saturday (Dec. 14.) The parade runs through the middle of West Columbia, after starting in Cayce. It is the only “night time” parade in the Midlands, and it is one of the most anticipated parades of the Christmas season. The Holiday Parade of Lights is hosted by the Greater Cayce […]

by · December 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Board “Special Session” is Dec. 18, with “Discussion of Personnel Matters.”

Lexington 2 Board “Special Session” is Dec. 18, with “Discussion of Personnel Matters.”

The Board of Trustees of Lexington County School District Two will meet in special session beginning at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 18. An item on the agenda includes an executive session. In that executive session is “Discussion of Personnel Matters.” There is also speculation, among parents at a district high school, regarding an administrator, but the district has not […]

by · December 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith, Police Chief Dennis Tyndall say prepare for cold weather

West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith, Police Chief Dennis Tyndall say prepare for cold weather

It’s turning colder this week and that’s a reminder to those of us in west Columbia that it’s wise to prepare for winter. Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed the first week of this month as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith also said there are precautions, specific to winter, that residents can take to […]

by · December 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bollards installed at Riverwalk to block traffic threat

Bollards installed at Riverwalk to block traffic threat

Crews from the City of West Columbia have installed several dozen bollards at the west end of the Gervais Street Bridge. “It’s about 55 or 60 of them,” said Public Works Director Jamie Hook. City personnel were working on the bollards Tuesday. Bollards are a series of posts set at intervals to block, or protect from traffic. Hook said there […]

by · December 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the Christmas season

2 ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the Christmas season

Want to contribute to a worthy cause and help make your home town better? There two ways to help the West Columbia Beautification Foundation in the holiday season. When shopping on Amazon, type smile.amazon.com, select the West Columbia Beautification Foundation, and .5% of all your purchases will be donated to beautify West Columbia.  The West Columbia Beautification Foundation is also […]

by · December 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School JROTC Drill Team wins 10th straight State Championship

Airport High School JROTC Drill Team wins 10th straight State Championship

The Airport High School JROTC Drill Team won their 10th consecutive overall All Army Palmetto State Drill Team Championship on Saturday. Below are the competitions the Eagles placed in: 1st Place Squad Exhibition without Arms 1st Place Squad Regulation without/Arms 1st Place Color Guard 1st Place Regulation Platoon Inspection with Arms 1st Place Squad Exhibition with Arms 1st Place Platoon […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia illuminated with 15th Annual Tree Lighting – Photo Gallery

West Columbia illuminated with 15th Annual Tree Lighting – Photo Gallery

The spirit of Christmas was in the air at the West Columbia City Hall, Friday night. Children, music and finally all was bright when the city’s Christmas tree – and the surrounding grounds – were illuminated. Photos from the evenings festivities are included. The bleachers were full and rows of people were standing as the annual program proceeded. At the […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect Toys for Tots, seeking volunteers

Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect Toys for Tots, seeking volunteers

The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign is collecting toys in West Columbia. The program provides donated toys to local boys and girls before the holidays. You can donate toys at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair, 1224 B Avein West Columbia and Ricky’s Tire and Auto, 1534 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Toys for Tots collected 26,822 toys in 2018 and […]

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County officers distributing food baskets for Christmas

Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County officers distributing food baskets for Christmas

The Cayce Department of Public Safety, along with Lexington County Sheriff’s officers are working to distribute Christmas food baskets to those in need.

by · December 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Elementary, Saluda River students raise funds to plant trees in West Columbia

Cayce Elementary, Saluda River students raise funds to plant trees in West Columbia

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation recognized Cayce Elementary and Saluda River Academy for the Arts this week for their fundraisers to purchase two trees to plant in the city. Students at both schools — including members of the new service club at Cayce — collected pennies and other spare change to raise the $200 needed to purchase a tree, part […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market announces Holiday Edition

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market announces Holiday Edition

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 10 AM – 2 PM, through Dec. 21, under the pavilion and now expanded into the parking lot at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former teacher extradited to Lexington County to face  child sex charges

Former teacher extradited to Lexington County to face child sex charges

A former elementary school teacher has been extradited from Ecuador to Lexington County on charges of sexual contact with a minor. Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, 42, engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student multiple times while on duty at the school in 2016 and 2017, according to arrest warrants. Isturiz, known by students and parents as “Señor […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Registration is open

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Registration is open

Registration is now open for the City of West Columbia’s 3rd Annual Kinetic Derby Day on April 25, 2020. This year brings new opportunities for fun with family and friends with new obstacles for the Kinetic Sculpture Parade including a “dirty run” and a “clean run”! Registration for Kinetic Derby Day makes the perfect holiday gift. West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 Schools invite community to holiday performances

Lexington 2 Schools invite community to holiday performances

By Dawn Kujawa-Lexington 2 Communications Director Let Lexington Two students help you get into the holiday spirit this season. Several schools will offer musical performances, open to the community. You also can catch performances at several community tree lightings and other holiday events. Here’s a sampling of upcoming activities. Unless otherwise noted, events are at the schools. Friday, December 6 […]

by · December 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 students excited about West Columbia Tree Lighting, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Lexington 2 students excited about West Columbia Tree Lighting, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

The City of West Columbia is hosting its 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St. It’s one of the biggest community events of the year and students from local schools are anticipating the chance to participate. “The most special part of Christmas, and the tree […]

by · December 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia man identified as victim in fatal crash

West Columbia man identified as victim in fatal crash

A West Columbia man died in a two-vehicle crash in Fairfield County, Tuesday. The man who was killed has been identified as Mark Wakefield, 43, of West Columbia, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill. The collision occurred at about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. 34 and Smallwood Road in Fairfield County, said Master Trooper David Jones. Jones […]

by · December 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Construction to begin on  Flow 2 townhomes on  West Columbia Riverwalk

Construction to begin on Flow 2 townhomes on West Columbia Riverwalk

Columbia developer Bill Bradshaw has announced the construction of Flow 2. Flow 2 consists of 12 townhomes overlooking the Congaree River near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Meeting Street in West Columbia. Site preparation is under way and full construction on the three-story, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath townhomes across the Gervais Street Bridge is scheduled to begin in December. Homes should […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles elected chairman, Jimmy Brooks elected Mayor Pro-Tem of City Council

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles elected chairman, Jimmy Brooks elected Mayor Pro-Tem of City Council

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles was elected by West Columbia City Council as the chairman of the council. Jimmy Brooks was elected Mayor Pro-Tem. The officers were elected at Tuesday’s council meeting. Miles had served as Mayor Pro-Tem in his last term on council before being elected mayor. The chairman of the council is elected for a one-year term. The […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 men killed in head-on crash

Coroner identifies 2 men killed in head-on crash

The two men killed in a head-on crash in Lexington County Tuesday morning have been identified. Ronald C. Bolin, 71, and James F. Gleaton, 73, both of Neeses, were pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries suffered in the collision, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. The two men were traveling together in the same vehicle, and they […]

by · December 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gas leak results in closing of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Tuesday afternoon

Gas leak results in closing of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Tuesday afternoon

All lanes of Hwy 378  (Sunset Boulevard) were blocked in the 2800 block, according to the West Columbia Police Department. There was a large gas leak in the area. The eastbound and westbound exit ramps on I-26 onto 378 were closed too after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All lanes and ramps were later reopened. The road closure was just west of […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in Lexington County crash, Tuesday morning

2 killed in Lexington County crash, Tuesday morning

Two people died in a two-vehicle crash in Lexington County Tuesday morning. The incident happened after 8 a.m. and is being investigated by South Carolina Highway Patrol, said Master Trooper David Jones. The accident occurred on US 321 (Savannah Highway) in Lexington County. According to a highway patrol report the crash was on a two-lane road near the Lexington/Orangeburg County […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cocky’s Reading Express stops at Riverbank Elementary

Cocky’s Reading Express stops at Riverbank Elementary

Cocky’s Reading Express, along with Dominion Energy, stopped in at Riverbank Elementary this week and read to students in 4K, 5K, and first and second grades. Cocky made a surprise appearance, too, to the delight of students.  Cocky’s Reading Express will be back at Riverbank Thursday night for a free Family Literacy Night, with food, board games, books, reading and […]

by · December 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
TownPlace Suites being built on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

TownPlace Suites being built on Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

A new TownPlace Suites by Marriott is being built beside Freddy’s Steakburgers on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020 according to a sign on the property. The property is owned and managed by Solara Hospitality. Solara Hospitality operates three other hotels in the area, according to a February 2018 press release. […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Carolina Cafe closes, new restaurant planned

West Columbia Carolina Cafe closes, new restaurant planned

Carolina Cafe at 2250-M Sunset Boulevard in has closed. It’s in the Westland Shopping Center, where the Food Lion grocery store is. A new restaurant is planned for the building, but details have not yet been released. Carolina Cafe was open in West Columbia for five years. There is a note on the door of the West Columbia restaurant that […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
New Cayce-West Columbia Chamber members introduced

New Cayce-West Columbia Chamber members introduced

New members were welcomed at the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber Breakfast last Tuesday. They are listed below: Vestra Lingua PublishingLisa ColePO Box 2594West Columbia, SC  29171 Whetzel’s AutomotiveRob & Kathy Whetzel2017 Augusta RoadWest Columbia, SC 29169 Quality Inn & SuitesDaisy Mixon3020 Charleston HWYWest Columbia, SC 29172 Vertex PT Specialists, LLCJoshua Jeffrey1105 12th StreetCayce, SC 29033

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Public Safety asks for help to ID suspects

Cayce Public Safety asks for help to ID suspects

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is requesting the community’s help identifying the suspects who were involved in a burglary on November 29. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cayce Department of Public Safety at (803) 794-0456 or report tips anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. Information that leads to an arrest can result in a reward of up […]

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fall leaves with a burst of color

Fall leaves with a burst of color

Soon many of the trees will soon be bare, as winter makes its pressence felt. But the leaves, before departing, are blessing us with a full burst of robust color. Scroll down to see more photos. .

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate’s Deidra Pompey is the Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate’s Deidra Pompey is the Chamber’s Teacher-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate Academy’s Deidra Pompey was named the Greater Cayce-West Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Teacher-of-the-Month, last Tuesday. Deidra is pictured with Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper and Gray’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Adam Holmes. The Chamber meeting was held at Senate’s End.

by · December 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate’s KZ Adams is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate’s KZ Adams is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Gray Collegiate Academy’s KZ Adams was named the Greater Cayce-West Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Student-of-the-Month, Tuesday. Adams is an All-Region running back on Gray’s football team, and he has a 4.0 grade-point-average. He is pictured with Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper and Gray’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Adam Holmes. The Chamber meeting was held at Senate’s End.

by · November 29, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
USC economist Joey Von Nessen talks economic data at Chamber meeting

USC economist Joey Von Nessen talks economic data at Chamber meeting

South Carolina’s economy is strong because of a 2.6 percent unemployment rate. But the rate of growth in 2020 could be slower than in 2019. That’s the analysis of University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen. He was the speaker at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Senate’s End, Tuesday. “We’ve had a long period […]

by · November 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police Department collects food, and delivers baskets for Thanksgiving

West Columbia Police Department collects food, and delivers baskets for Thanksgiving

West Columbia Police Department delivered 34 food boxes for families in need for Thanksgiving. The Guignard Neighborhood Association donated $200 for turkeys and other food to complete the baskets. The WCPD officers conducted two days of food drives at BI-LO SuperSaver. West Columbia residents made considerable food donations. Brittany Adams, Jill Williams, Ivey Hatfield of West Columbia Community Outreach, along […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Department of Public Safety delivers food baskets

Cayce Department of Public Safety delivers food baskets

Officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety spent the last few days passing out Thanksgiving Food Baskets to City of Cayce residents. Thank baskets came from Mission Lexington and Cayce Upc.

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Elementary 4th-grader  Mackenna Maddox collects 1,510 cans for food drive

Cayce Elementary 4th-grader Mackenna Maddox collects 1,510 cans for food drive

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Schools Communications Director – As a new member of the Junior Beta Club at Cayce Elementary, fourth-grader Mackenna Maddox was in search of a community service project. The Lexington Two school was participating in a Carolina-Clemson food drive to benefit Harvest Hope, to see which team could collect the largest number of donations ahead […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man touches woman without consent” in grocery store parking lot, is arrested

Man touches woman without consent” in grocery store parking lot, is arrested

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christian Luis Monje, 36, for second-degree assault and battery in connection to an alleged “assault of a woman” in a grocery store parking lot. “Based on our review of surveillance video and witness statements, Monje targeted a woman and followed her to her vehicle as she left a store during the afternoon of Nov. […]

by · November 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Support West Columbia’s small businesses during the holiday shopping season

Support West Columbia’s small businesses during the holiday shopping season

There is no better time to frequent West Columbia’s small businesses than the Christmas shopping season. Saturday, Nov. 30 has been designated Small Business Saturday to help communities thrive. In West Columbia the locally-owned businesses have a warm feel and a personal touch. The proprietors care and take time and listen. Small businesses have a family touch. Small businesses are […]

by · November 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Choir to perform at Disney Festival

Brookland-Cayce Choir to perform at Disney Festival

Forty Honors Choir members at Brookland-Cayce High School will have a Thanksgiving holiday to remember. The choir, under the direction of Wendi Humphries, will perform on opening night, November 29, at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Brookland-Cayce choir will join others selected by video audition from across the […]

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, Brookland-Cayce Cheer Teams compete in State Championships

Airport, Brookland-Cayce Cheer Teams compete in State Championships

The Cheer teams from Airport High School and Brookland-Cayce High School competed in the AAAA Championship at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia Saturday. The two teams, who put in hours of rigorous practice almost every day for months performed intricately choreographed routines.

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions Open House is Dec. 7

Cayce Historical Museum Christmas Traditions Open House is Dec. 7

The Cayce Historical Museum is presenting its 30th Annual Christmas Traditions Open House. It’s from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 7. The museum is at 1800 12th Street, Cayce. The open house will feature music, lantern tours, Christmas cookies and cider for all. It will even have a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Employee Spotlight is on Building Inspector Phillip Morrell

West Columbia Employee Spotlight is on Building Inspector Phillip Morrell

by · November 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year honored at Board meeting

Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year honored at Board meeting

The Lexington School District Two Teachers of the Year were recognized Thursday before the school Board meeting. The top educators were inspiring, talking about about what teaching means to them. AIRPORT HIGH Teacher of the Year: Vicki Stilwell Support Staff of the Year: Merry Nichols BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH Teacher of the Year: Ryan Van Omen Support Staff of the Year:  Anita […]

by · November 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
23-year-old dies in Columbia Airport Expressway crash

23-year-old dies in Columbia Airport Expressway crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident on the Columbia Airport Expressway in West Columbia. The incident occurred Sunday at approximately 5:15 p.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Alexander R. Jeffcoat, 23, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Jeffcoat’s vehicle left the right side of the […]

by · November 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Bobby Horton receives award from Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful

Bobby Horton receives award from Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful

Bobby Horton, who just finished his term as West Columbia mayor received the Green Elected Official Midlands Green Award for 2019, Horton accpted the award at the Keep America – and Midlands- Beautiful Gala at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park, Friday night.

by · November 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, BC, and Gray fall in 3rd round of state football playoffs

Airport, BC, and Gray fall in 3rd round of state football playoffs

Local Friday night football scores Ridge View 35, Daniel 28 (Thursday) Dutch Fork 48, Fort Dorchester 0 Myrtle Beach 35, Airport 10 Hartsville 22, Brookland-Cayce 21 Dillon 34, Gilbert 27 Saluda 56, Southside Christian 42 Abbeville 38, Gray Collegiate 35 Hammond 49, Laurence Manning 21

by · November 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms, Columbia Touchdown Club Player of The Year

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms, Columbia Touchdown Club Player of The Year

Gray Collegiate QB Hunter Helms was recognized Thursday at the Columbia Touchdown Club luncheon as the Midlands’ Football Player of The Year. He was the only Midlands player selected multiple times by the State Newspaper readers as the Player of the Week. Helms won that distinction four times in 2019 during the ten game regular season. Through 13 games this […]

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy ends her term as S.C. Chamber president

Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy ends her term as S.C. Chamber president

Nephron CEO Lou Wood Kennedy has wrapped up a year of serving as South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman. Under Kennedy’s leadership, the business community made a difference for Chamber members and taxpayers alike. She is passing the gavel to Spinx Company CEO Steve Spinks.

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Meeting Street Artisan Market has expanded and has new hours

West Columbia Meeting Street Artisan Market has expanded and has new hours

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., through December 21, under the pavilion and now expanded into the parking lot at 425 Meeting Street in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia invites the public […]

by · November 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Affordable Medical Equipment building new facility on Sunset Boulevard

Affordable Medical Equipment building new facility on Sunset Boulevard

Affordable Medical Equipment has been at 1538 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia since 2007. But that is going to change in the next 12 months. Affordable Medical Equipment is building a new facility at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Botanical Parkway. “We’re building a bigger facility,” said Chris Carpenter. The new place will have more display space. “It will […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
U.S. Deputy Education Secretary Mick Zais visits Gray Collegiate in West Columbia

U.S. Deputy Education Secretary Mick Zais visits Gray Collegiate in West Columbia

Education architects are rethinking the traditional educational model in an effort to better prepare students for success. That is the message of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mick Zais. Zais also served as the S.C. Superintendent of Education from 2010 until 2014.He was the president of Newberry College for 10 years, too.  Zais visited Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington woman dies in vehicle crash

Lexington woman dies in vehicle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Fox Branch, Smith Pond and Rawl Roads near Lexington. The incident took place at approximately 12:30 afternoon, Thursday. According to Fisher, Ms. Donna L. Lesperance, 66, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman walking in road, struck and killed, in Lexington

Woman walking in road, struck and killed, in Lexington

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died as a result of being struck by a vehicle Wednesday, in Lexington, at approximately 9:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Lake Drive.  According to Fisher, Ms. Terry B. Aughtry, 60, of Lexington was walking in the road when she was struck by a vehicle. Ms. Aughtry was […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Tree Lighting is Dec. 6, Parade of Lights is Dec. 14 – Lights Before Christmas opens Saturday

West Columbia Tree Lighting is Dec. 6, Parade of Lights is Dec. 14 – Lights Before Christmas opens Saturday

If the holiday season is not upon us now, it will be soon. The City of West Columbia is hosting the 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street. I’m really looking forward to it,” said West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles. “It’s my favorite time of the […]

by · November 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ada Jane Setzler honored for her service to First Steps

Ada Jane Setzler honored for her service to First Steps

Ada Jane Setzler was honored Tuesday night for her 20 years service on the Lexington County First Steps Board. She is the wife of Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia. She was praised as a big part of the success story of First Steps. Ada Jane is the longest serving First Steps board member. She has been a leader in […]

by · November 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Emma Carter, teen sensation, shines through her music

Emma Carter, teen sensation, shines through her music

Emma Carter is “Not Your Average.” That is the name of one of her songs the Chapin High School sophomore sang live at The Coffee Shelf, when she was 13. In the song she said: “I know what I want from this big, fat world.” And to get it, she is working hard. Emma, now 15, sings and plays guitar, […]

by · November 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign Awards 3 More Teachers

“FLOCK Loves TEACHERS” Campaign Awards 3 More Teachers

Three Lexington School District 2 teachers were recognized on Monday as part of House of Raeford’s new “FLOCK Loves Teachers” campaign. The focus of the campaign is to bring attention to incredible people or organizations across our community and this week, local educators were celebrated. Each teacher received a $350 Amazon Gift Card and a painting as part of the […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Grecian Gardens featured in West Columbia Newsletter

Grecian Gardens featured in West Columbia Newsletter

Grecian Gardens is featured in the November-December edition of the City of West Columbia’s Newsletter. The article is also included below. Link to City of West Columbia Nov. – Dec. Newsletter Alex Koutrakos, with brothers Gus, Nick, and George, opened Grecian Gardens in West Columbia in 1985. Since its opening, Grecian Gardens has become an icon at 2312 Sunset Boulevard. […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday

Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday

The Holland Avenue Baptist Church Holiday Market is Friday (Nov. 22) from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. It’s hosted by Holland Avenue Baptist Church, 801 12th St, Cayce. The Holiday Market features several vendors, $5 chicken bog, child care and the opportunity for pictures with Santa. There is no charge to enter.

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of Cayce announces Christmas in Cayce schedule

City of Cayce announces Christmas in Cayce schedule

The City of Cayce is excited to announce their 2019 Christmas in Cayce festivities! Beginning on Thursday, December 5th and continuing through the end of the year, visitors can ride or stroll through the Cayce City Hall grounds and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas music. Christmas in Cayce is sponsored by several local corporate partners, so […]

by · November 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 to elect school board officers Thursday

Lexington 2 to elect school board officers Thursday

The Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will conduct their Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 21) in the Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia. The election of school board officers is on the agenda. Alson on the agenda is recognition of Kayla Ezzelle, 7 th Grade Student from […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in Lexington crash

Coroner identifies man who died in Lexington crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 378 and West Main Street in Lexington at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. Charles Christopher Gossett, 32, of Gilbert was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to his injuries. Mr. Gossett was traveling […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic lane shift to begin on I-20 in Lexington County, this weekend

Traffic lane shift to begin on I-20 in Lexington County, this weekend

Traffic lanes on Interstate 20 in Lexington County will be shifted starting this weekend. The shift will take place on part of an 11-mile section of I-20 that’s being widened to three lanes on the eastbound and westbound sides. The split starts at the 53.5 mile marker and ends at the 60 mile marker. When the shift goes into effect, […]

by · November 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate  beats St. Joes  in the playoffs

Gray Collegiate beats St. Joes in the playoffs

Gray Collegiate Academy defeated St. Joseph’s Catholic Friday night by a score of 44-18. The War Eagles move onto the third round of the 3A playoffs. Hunter Helms was 12-for-13 with 139 yards passing on a rainy night. Running back KZ Adams racked up 255 all-purpose yards and he scored 5 touchdowns.

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport gets second-round playoff win over Lower Richland

Airport gets second-round playoff win over Lower Richland

Airport went to Lower Richland Friday night and picked up a win. The Eagles defeated the Diamond Hornets 42-12. I was the second time Airport beat LR. The Eagles won 42-30 in September. Lower Richland had not lost since that game, until Friday. Airport is now 9-3, and moves on to play Myrtle Beach in round three of the playoffs.

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland Cayce scores playoff win over Wilson

Brookland Cayce scores playoff win over Wilson

Under a steady rain, Brookland-Cayce ran over Wilson by a score of 40-6, Friday night at Fort Knox. It was the Bearcats eighth consecutive win.  BC’s Will Way had 151 yards rushing and the Bearcats had close to 400 yards on the ground. Coming into the game Wilson Quarterback Zayshaun Rice had passed for 2,345 yards. But in the rain, neither team […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Expert Chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Black Rooster shares Thanksgiving  tips for cooking turkey

Expert Chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon and Black Rooster shares Thanksgiving tips for cooking turkey

Black Rooster was opened in August by premier Chef Kristian Niemi. The French bistro-themed establishment is a part of West Columbia’s Brookland complex. Reviews of the food have been outstanding. Large crowds are also been drawn to Black Rooster’s rooftop bar that offers a magnificent view of the Columbia skyline. As the holiday season approaches, Niemi has agreed to share […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Primal Gourmet Chef Greg Martin shares his Thanksgiving Day meal special

Primal Gourmet Chef Greg Martin shares his Thanksgiving Day meal special

Chef Greg Martin is the owner of Primal Gourmet in West Columbia. The restaurant and food delivery service has thrived since opening a large base operation at 725 Meeting Street in July. As Thanksgiving approaches, Martin took some time out from his schedule to share the details of one of this special dishes. “I make a beef tenderloin on Thanksgiving,” […]

by · November 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
8-car crash on I-26 – Snow, ice reported on I-20, Thursday

8-car crash on I-26 – Snow, ice reported on I-20, Thursday

Snow and ice were reported on I-20, from mile marker 51-61, Thursday morning, by the S.C. Department of Transportation. No lanes were closed. On Wednesday morning, six crashes occurred because of black ice build up in I-20 in the same area. Also inn Lexington County, I-26 East was reported as blocked at the 107 mile marker, Thursday morning, while SC […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington woman dies in crash, not found until the next day, coroner identifies

Lexington woman dies in crash, not found until the next day, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 300 block of Mill Stream Road in Lexington during the overnight hours of Tuesday. Click for original report According to Fisher, Ms. April Lafay Smith, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Smith was traveling westbound when her […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect more than 100,000 pairs of eyeglasses to reuse

Cayce-West Columbia Lions collect more than 100,000 pairs of eyeglasses to reuse

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club collected more than 100,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. The Lions clean and recycle usable eyeglasses. Broken glasses are processed in a “scrap to cash” program for revenue to fund local community projects. All public donations, 100 percent, collected by the Lions Club are used for charitable causes. No donations go for administrative expenses. Pictured from […]

by · November 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 Airport High School baseball players sign to play baseball in college

2 Airport High School baseball players sign to play baseball in college

Two Airport High School athletes declared their intent Wednesday to play at the college level. Baseball players Cam Beckham and Parker Whittle participated in a signing ceremony for their National Letters of Intent. Beckham, a third baseman, signed a letter with Francis Marion University, while Whittle, a pitcher, will play with Winthrop University. Coaches, family, friends and Airport High teammates […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
1 dead after crash in Lexington

1 dead after crash in Lexington

One person is dead in a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in Lexington, Wednesday. The vehicle involved was found near Mill Stream Road, off of Corley Mill Road, around 1 p.m. Investigators are yet sure when the crash occurred. The incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Baseball player with West Columbia ties signs to play baseball at Clemson

Baseball player with West Columbia ties signs to play baseball at Clemson

Ricky Williams, a River Bluff High School baseball player with local ties signed to play at Clemson, Wednesday. He is the grandson of Jane and Tony Taylor of West Columbia. His parents are Richie and Heather Williams. Jane Taylor spent more than 30 years in the Lexington Two School District, before leaving the Northside Middle School office more than a […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic delayed on I-20 after black ice causes crashes

Traffic delayed on I-20 after black ice causes crashes

A part of I-20 west bound was blocked, Wednesday morning, at the 58 mile marker due to “Black Ice,” according to Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The blockage was in Lexington County.  The black ice formed on the road and has caused several collisions, said Jones on Twitter. He said motorists could expect delays while crews work […]

by · November 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles sworn in as West Columbia’s new mayor

Tem Miles sworn in as West Columbia’s new mayor

The City of West Columbia City Council held a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday to administer the oath of office to the newly-elected Mayor Tem Miles. “It has been an honor to serve as a council member for the last 6 years. I am beyond thrilled that the people of West Columbia have allowed me the opportunity to continue to […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 new West Columbia City Council members sworn in

4 new West Columbia City Council members sworn in

The City of West Columbia City Council held a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 6 PM, to administer the oaths of office to District Two Councilman Trevor Bedell, newly elected District Four Councilman Joseph Dickey, re-elected District Six Councilman Jimmy Brooks, and newly elected District Eight Councilman David Moye. The oaths of office were administered by […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $1 million

Lexington man pleads guilty to embezzling more than $1 million

United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced, via press release Tuesday, that William Tye Grisel, 39, of Lexington, has pleaded guilty. He pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud. Grisel used his position and access to company networks and credit cards to embezzle approximately $1,050,000.00 from his employer, Big Red Box (BRB), a waste management call center located in […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce JROTC, Rep. Joe Wilson in Columbia Veterans Day Parade

Brookland-Cayce JROTC, Rep. Joe Wilson in Columbia Veterans Day Parade

The Brookland-Cayce High School JROTC marched in the 41st Annual City of Columbia’s Veteran’s Day parade. Also in the parade was U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents Lexington County in the US House. There were veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iran and many others on hand. Some in wheelchairs, others hobbled to a spot on the curb to […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Veterans visit Riverbank

Veterans visit Riverbank

In recognition of Veterans Day, several veterans visited Riverbank Elementary School Friday. Monday was Veterans Day.

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Arts District gets $63,000 from Knight Foundation

Cayce Arts District gets $63,000 from Knight Foundation

The City of Cayce issued a big “Thank You” to the Knight Foundation. Cayce received a $63,000 grant for the Cayce Arts District. “We could not be more excited and grateful! Our city staff, leaders and passionate Cayce citizens worked together to make this happen,” read a post on the City of Cayce’s Facebook page.

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
New Bridge Academy students create garden at courtyard at the former Davis Elementary

New Bridge Academy students create garden at courtyard at the former Davis Elementary

New Bridge Academy’s students are always looking to take on community service projects.  This year, they found one right in their own backyard — or, in this case, their own courtyard. Students are transforming an exterior courtyard at the former Davis Elementary, where New Bridge relocated this summer. Students, working with University of South Carolina mentors and Lexington County Master […]

by · November 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Veterans celebrated at Brookland-Cayce, East Point to celebrate Vets, Monday

Veterans celebrated at Brookland-Cayce, East Point to celebrate Vets, Monday

Brookland-Cayce honored some of the school’s veterans Friday morning in an assembly. It was billed as a special day. East Point Academy Celebrates Veteran’s Day. Students at South Carolina’s Premier Chinese Language Immersion School to Celebrate Honor our Nation’s Bravest What: Students from kindergarten to middle school will come together to honor our veterans at two assemblies. The event will […]

by · November 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
QT gas station coming to Lexington, after buildings torn down

QT gas station coming to Lexington, after buildings torn down

A new QT (QuikTrip) gas station is coming to the corner of South Lake Drive and Glassmaster Road in Lexington. The new store will be where three rundown buildings used to be, across from Industrial Drive, according to a Facebook post on the Town of Lexington page. The three buildings on that property are in the process of being torn down. […]

by · November 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Space heater fire causes damage to home

Space heater fire causes damage to home

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Big Valley Lane in Lexington, was damaged by a fire Sunday morning. Lexington County Fire Services responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three people by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. The cause […]

by · November 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Vehicle – motorcycle collision  in Lexington, Friday night

Vehicle – motorcycle collision in Lexington, Friday night

A vehicle versus motorcycle collision in the 4900 block of Sunset Blvd./US-378 is affecting inbound and outbound lanes of traffic. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash at about 10:15 p.m. . Police asked mortorists to please proceed with caution and be alert for emergency personnel who are on scene this collision.

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport, Gray Collegiate get first-round playoff wins Friday night

Airport, Gray Collegiate get first-round playoff wins Friday night

Airport picked up a win in the first round of the S.C. High School playoffs, defeating Colleton County, 21-14, at Airport, Friday night. Airport now moves on to play Lower Richland next week in round two, at Lower Richland. Lower Richland defeated Marlboro County 20-14, Friday.  Gray Collegiate Academy beat Fox Creek 42-7 in the 2A playoffs. Gray QB Hunter Helms […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies 2 pedestrians killed on Sunset Blvd. Thursday evening

Coroner identifies 2 pedestrians killed on Sunset Blvd. Thursday evening

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individuals who died after being struck by twp separate vehicles in the 700 block of Sunset Boulevard just before p.m. Thursday. Link to initial report According to Fisher, Mr. Rodney T. Mack, 41, of Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Mr. Mack was walking in the roadway […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk already a big hit

West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk already a big hit

The wait is over. The City of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk, at 212 Hudson Street, is open. It’s totally free and the early reviews for the all-inclusive park are excellent. Sherry Wright teaches four-year-olds with special needs at Riverbank Elementary School. She, and her students, were at the opening of the park Monday. “I think the park […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
It will be cold Friday night, according to forecast

It will be cold Friday night, according to forecast

It’s going to get cold overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the day will be in the 50s Friday and Saturday, but low temperatures, overnight, will drop into the lower 30s. A Freeze Watch has been issued for Saturday morning. By Sunday, temperatures will warm up to the mid-60s. By Monday, the highs are forecast to be […]

by · November 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 killed in traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia

2 killed in traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia

Two pedestrians were killed in the 900 block of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Thursday. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. Scott Morrison assistant chief of the West Columbia Police Department, said first a pedestrian was hit. Then the driver of another vehicle, who saw the accident stopped and got out of the car to render aid to the pedestrian. […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Earthquake reported overnight, near Cayce

Earthquake reported overnight, near Cayce

An earthquake was reported in the Cayce-West Columbia area early Thursday morning. The the U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.0 magnitude earthquake was reported 1.7 miles from Cayce. West Columbia Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison said the department’s “Computer Aided Dispatch” did not register an earthquake. The rumbling and shaking could be felt at 3:45 a.m. and had a depth […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Drop-in held to honor departing Mayor Bobby Horton

Drop-in held to honor departing Mayor Bobby Horton

A Drop-In was held for West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton Wednesday. It was at the West Columbia City Hall. Horton, who did not run for reelection, is leaving office after three terms as mayor. Click to see photos on the City of West Columbia Facebook page “It’s been a pleasure to serve you,” Horton said of his 23 years in […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sex offender gets 20 years for rape in Cayce, caught using DNA profile

Sex offender gets 20 years for rape in Cayce, caught using DNA profile

From the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. After a trial this week in the County of Lexington, repeat sex offender Rodney Jerome Furtick, 51, received the maximum sentence of 20 years incarceration. The trial began on Monday and concluded late Wednesday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict of Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree. This crime is classified under South […]

by · November 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two says Airport, Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating

Lexington Two says Airport, Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating

The Lexington Two School District issued a press release Wednesday informing the public that Airport and Brookland-Cayce are not consolidating. The release was in response to information that the schools could combine. The Lexington Two release is below: A video surfaced last week presenting the idea of consolidating the district’s two high schools. This is not the case. There has […]

by · November 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles elected West Columbia mayor, Dickey wins Dist. 4 seat, Moye wins Dist. 8 seat

Tem Miles elected West Columbia mayor, Dickey wins Dist. 4 seat, Moye wins Dist. 8 seat

Tem Miles has been elected the next mayor of West Columbia. Miles received 1,277 votes to 456 for Madison Duncan, Tuesday. Miles will replace outgoing Mayor Bobby Horton who did not run. Miles was the District Four councilman on West Columbia City Council. Joseph Dickey won Miles’ former seat Tuesday night. David Moye won the Dist. 8 seat on city […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
David Moye wins Dist. 8 seat on West Columbia City Council

David Moye wins Dist. 8 seat on West Columbia City Council

David Moye won the Dist. 8 seat on city council. The challengers were Dave Shaw, Jan Anderson and Rod Lorick. 

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia releases its November – December Newsletter

City of West Columbia releases its November – December Newsletter

Link to City of West Columbia Newsletter The City of West Columbia has released its November – December Newsletter. It is the fourth edition of the city’s newsletter. It includes a the final message from Mayor Bobby Horton who is not running for reelection. There are also updates from all of West Columbia City Council members. The newsletter includes a […]

by · November 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton receives Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton receives Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton received the Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Henry McMaster Monday night at his last city council meeting.  The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. It is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance. Tuesday is election day, and Horton, who has served […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia’s much-anticipated enabling park opens

West Columbia’s much-anticipated enabling park opens

The City of West Columbia cut the ribbon on the much-anticipated Carraway Park at the Riverwalk, Monday morning. It’s at 212 Hudson Street, and described as “A Place for All Children to Play Together.” Special education students and teachers from Lexington Two’s Northside Middle School and Riverbank Elementary School attended the ceremony. US Rep. Joe Wilson was also on hand. […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire Services respond to dump truck fire

Lexington County Fire Services respond to dump truck fire

Lexington County Fire Services Ladder 33, Tanker 12, Squad 5 and Battalion 2 responded to a dump-truck fire at the sand pits on Pine Ridge Drive Monday afternoon. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
District 8 candidate David Moye releases list of endorsements

District 8 candidate David Moye releases list of endorsements

David Moye, a candidate for the District 8 seat on West Columbia City Council, released a list of names, with quotes of people who have endorsed him. “David Moye’s influence is a key reason Primal Gourmet chose West Columbia for our new flagship.” – Greg Martin, owner, Primal Gourmet (A former police officer who is a resident of the district.) […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
New Starbucks coming to West Columbia

New Starbucks coming to West Columbia

A new Starbucks is being built in West Columbia in the Danwood Shopping Center. The store will be on Augusta Road near Sonic, and McAlister’s Deli. Richard Skipper is the executive director of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He said he is not surprised by the new business. “There is a lot happening now,” said Skipper. “The Chamber […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Large crowd comes out for West Columbia Fall Back Fest

Large crowd comes out for West Columbia Fall Back Fest

West Columbia’s State Street was filled with music and art, Friday, for the 4th Annual Fall Back Fest. “It’s wonderful to see all these people,” said West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. “All parts of the community are represented. There are single people, some are on a date, and there are families. They are all here and it’s free.” Artists painted […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tem Miles Campaign releases list of endorsements in West Columbia mayor’s race

Tem Miles Campaign releases list of endorsements in West Columbia mayor’s race

The campaign of Tem Miles has released a list of West Columbia business and community leaders who have endorsed him in his bid to become the next Mayor of West Columbia. Miles is a councilman and Mayor Pro Tem. The election is Tuesday. Miles has also been endorsed by current Mayor, Bobby Horton, who is not seeking reelection. Mr. Joe […]

by · November 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Brookland Cayce defeats Airport, both going to playoffs

Brookland Cayce defeats Airport, both going to playoffs

Brookland Cayce defeated Airport Friday night to win the Region 5 4 A Championship. The Bearcats won the game by a score of 21-0. With the win, BC will get a by Friday. Airport will also make the playoffs and play Colleton County at Airport.

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia woman killed in Lexington crash

West Columbia woman killed in Lexington crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 200 block of Cedar Road in Lexington just before noon Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mrs. Sharon Polk Mills, 75, of West Columbia was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead on Thursday due to her injuries. Mrs. Mills […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia and Springdale elections are Tuesday (Nov. 5)

West Columbia and Springdale elections are Tuesday (Nov. 5)

Elections are scheduled for the City of West Columbia and the Town of Springdale and seven other Lexington County municipalities, Tuesday, Nov. 5. In the City of West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton is not running for re-election. The two candidates for mayor are West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles and Madison Duncan. For City Council District 2 Incumbent Robert […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER: West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest is Friday on State Street

REMINDER: West Columbia’s Fall Back Fest is Friday on State Street

,The City of West Columbia invites you to the 4th Annual Fall Back Fest on the 100 Block of State Street, Friday, (Nov. 1) from 6 PM – 9 PM. The Meeting Street Artisan Market will be open for a special night edition to kick off the holiday shopping season. Businesses on State Street will have specials for the event […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man, 59, is killed after being struck by bulldozer

Man, 59, is killed after being struck by bulldozer

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who died due to being struck by a bulldozer on Thursday, shortly before 10 a.m. The incident occurred at GTR Complex, which is comprised of tracks and trails for use by recreational vehicles, near Swansea. According to Fisher, Mr. James Byron Williams, 59, of Swansea was pronounced dead at the scene […]

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Halloween storm takes down tree, power line in Lexington

Halloween storm takes down tree, power line in Lexington

Crews from Dominion energy and the Town of Lexington Parks Department worked to clean up debris from a downed tree Thursday night. The storm that blew across Lexington county also took down power lines with the tree at Dreher Street near Harmon Street. The street was cleared.

by · November 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Traffic-light system being upgraded on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, to monitor traffic flow

Traffic-light system being upgraded on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, to monitor traffic flow

Recently, travelers may have noticed changes in traffic patterns, on Highway 378, as the Town of Lexington works to optimize the operation of the Adaptive Computerized Signalization System. Traffic signals along Highway 378, between Lott Court and Hummingbird Drive, are nearing completion and will help to improve emergency response times for patients requiring hospital care. The $2 million project, which […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce presents 3 Nature in the 12,000 Year History Park events, Saturday

Cayce presents 3 Nature in the 12,000 Year History Park events, Saturday

Nature in the Park is scheduled for Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, Saturday. It includes three programs to identify the birds and wildlife that exists in the area by the Congaree River. The Bird Watching Trail Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center (1120 Fort Congaree Trail.) it last until 11:30 a.m. […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 former Airport High School athletes to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame, Friday

2 former Airport High School athletes to be inducted into school’s Hall of Fame, Friday

Two former Airport High School athletes who made a name in their respective sports will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday, November 1. This year’s inductees, Ray Stackley and Raymond Hallman, participated in several sports during their time at Airport High, including football and track.  They join other athletes and coaches who have been honored since […]

by · October 31, 2019 · 3 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says make  Halloween safety a priority

West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says make Halloween safety a priority

There are a lot of kids in West Columbia looking forward to Thursday evening because it’s Halloween. From Wonder Woman and Dr. Seuss to Goldilocks and Spiderman, the streets will be filled with children. “We’ll have more personnel out there from the West Columbia Police Department for Halloween,” said WCPD Chief Denis Tyndall. “They’ll be keeping a special eye out […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Airport High School Drill Team takes top spot in two competitions

Airport High School Drill Team takes top spot in two competitions

From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington Two Schools Communications Director Airport High School’s Army JROTC drill team brought home two 1st Place Overall finishes in October competitions. The award-winning Golden Talon team earned the top spot overall at a drill competition Oct. 26 at Blythewood High School. Other finishes at the event included: 1st Place: Individual Exhibition with Arms 1st Place: Armed […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk is Monday, Nov. 4

Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk is Monday, Nov. 4

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together – has been moved to Monday, November 4, at 9:30 AM. On that date- the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to the public. When: Monday, November 4, 2019, 9:30 AM Where: West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington YMCA is closing

Lexington YMCA is closing

The Lexingotn YMCA family center in Red Bank, off of old Orangeburg Road, is closing. It has been open for more than 60 years of providing the Lexington community with its services. But lately the Y has not been generating enough revenue because not enough people have been using it. The Lexington Y will officially close on Dec. 20. The […]

by · October 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers Amazon gift cards to recognize good job

House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers Amazon gift cards to recognize good job

House of Raeford’s FLOCK philanthropic organization presented three Lexington School District Two teachers with Amazon gifts cards valued at $350, Friday. Each teacher was selected by their principals and chosen because of their commitment to their dedication. The teachers receiving the gifts include: Ryann Gaffney of Cayce Elementary School; Bailey Pearson of Busbee Creative Arts Center; and Kim Smartt of […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosts groundbreaking ceremony, adding 4 new bays

Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosts groundbreaking ceremony, adding 4 new bays

Mooneyhan’s Auto Service hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Mooneyhan’s is adding four new service bays to its facility at 1224 B Ave, West Columbia. “West Columbia is the best place to be and do business,” Mooneyhan said. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson attended the groundbreaking. He said it’s good to see Mooneyhan’s growing. Wilson was a supporter of Mooneyhan’s when he […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Carraway Park at Riverwalk Ribbon-Cutting is Wednesday

West Columbia’s Carraway Park at Riverwalk Ribbon-Cutting is Wednesday

The Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together Ribbon Cutting, is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 AM. At that time, the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to the public. When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 AM Where: West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for […]

by · October 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Providence Presbyterian Trunk Or Treat is Friday

Providence Presbyterian Trunk Or Treat is Friday

Providence Presbyterian Church’s Trunk Or Treat is Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church. 1112 Hummingbird Drive, West Columbia. Kids wear your costumes for this candy-oriented event.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mt. Tabor Lutheran Halloween in The Park is Sunday

Mt. Tabor Lutheran Halloween in The Park is Sunday

Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church’s Halloween in The Park is Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 1000 B Ave, West Columbia. Halloween in The Park features Dinner; Games; Attractions; a Haunted House; and Family Fun For Everyone.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mt. Hebron United Methodist  Country Fair 2019 is Sunday

Mt. Hebron United Methodist Country Fair 2019 is Sunday

Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Country Fair 2019 is Sunday from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, 3050 Leaphart Rd., West Columbia. The Country Fair features Games, Food, Magic Show, Door Prizes, Hay Rides, and MORE. Costumes are welcomed and remember to be Church friendly please.

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Zombies for West Columbia Halloween, with Boo at the Zoo, Halloween Hoopla

Zombies for West Columbia Halloween, with Boo at the Zoo, Halloween Hoopla

Halloween night is getting closer and that means zombies are lurking at  1705 Redbird Lane in West Columbia. The zombie posse is comprised of scary wooden figures crafted by artist Jeff Matthews who lives at the house that has presented the attraction for the last four years. Matthews cut out and sketched the zombies. He created the zombie gaggle to […]

by · October 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop, Select Physical Therapy coming to Brookland

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop, Select Physical Therapy coming to Brookland

Two tenants have signed leases to move into Building Three of the Brookland development at the corner of State and Meeting streets in West Columbia. The new additions to the multi-million-dollar complex were announced on the Wilson-Kibler Twitter page. NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop is coming to Brookland and Select Physical Therapy is also going to locate in the Brookland […]

by · October 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate surprises principal to celebrate “excellent” rating

Gray Collegiate surprises principal to celebrate “excellent” rating

Gray Collegiate Academy Principal Dr. Brian Newsome was treated to a pep rally of sorts Wednesday, as the student body celebrated the West Columbia charter school’s South Carolina report card ‘excellent’ rating.  Click here for original story Gray is in the 2A classification and it’s one of only five high schools in the Midlands to receive an excellent rating. It […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER – West Columbia Citywide Clean-up Day, Garden Planting is Saturday

REMINDER – West Columbia Citywide Clean-up Day, Garden Planting is Saturday

CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP DAY and COMMUNITY GARDEN FALL PLANTING Help Beautify West Columbia by Taking Pride in Our Homes and Neighborhoods. The following will be collected at the City Hall parking lot:• Tires (limited to 4 per household)• Batteries• Electronics: Computers, Monitors, Printers , Laptops, Microwaves, Radios, Phones, Gaming Systems,DVD Players, and TVs• Paint cans (limited to 4 per household) must […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Chamber introduces new members at breakfast

Cayce-West Columbia Chamber introduces new members at breakfast

New members of the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce were introduced at the Chamber Breakfast on Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. New members are: (pictured above) Joseph Dickey with Dickey Law Group; Dee Dee Northcutt and Donna Robinson with Home Instead Senior Care; Jenna Dulaveris with Veritas Health Group; Kelli Pournaras with Columbia Smiles; and Tim […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion

Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion

Leadership Lexington raises $75,000-plus for veterans pavilion The 2019 class of Leadership Lexington County is celebrating raising more than $75,000 through sponsorships, in-kind donations and brick sales, to build a pavilion for the veterans of Central Midlands Transitional Retreat (CMTR). Leadership Lexington will be hosting a pavilion dedication on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler is guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler is guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast

Cayce City Manager Tracy Hegler was the guest speaker at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Hegler said the City of Cayce has implemented a plan of strategic and wise growth. The she talked about the new residential units being built on the grounds at the historic Cayce Brickworks at the base […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
The Dickey Law Group cuts the ribbon on new West Columbia office

The Dickey Law Group cuts the ribbon on new West Columbia office

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Dickey Law Group. The relocated law office is at 440 Center Street in West Columbia. Pictured are: Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Richard Skipper; Paralegal Brigette McGowens; Attorney Joseph Dickey; and his wife Kiosha Dickey, with daughter Alexis; and West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. The Dickey Law Group’s […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Absentee voting for West Columbia, Springdale elections is now open

Absentee voting for West Columbia, Springdale elections is now open

Absentee Voting in Lexington County is now open. Election day is Nov. 5, for several municipalities, including West Columbia and Springdale. It’s less than two weeks out. If you are not going to be able to vote on November 5, contact the Lexington County Election Commission to obtain your absentee ballot TODAY! There are 3 ways to vote absentee: Call: […]

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Joseph Buchmaier is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce’s Joseph Buchmaier is Chamber’s Student-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce High School student Joseph Buchmaier was recognized as the Lexington Two School District’s Student of the Month at the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Buchmaier is pictured with BCHS Principal Gregg Morton, right, and Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper.

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Brookland-Cayce’s Ryan Van Omen is Teacher-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce’s Ryan Van Omen is Teacher-of-the-Month

Brookland-Cayce High School teacher Ryan Van Omen was recognized as the Lexington Two School District’s Teacher of the Month at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday. It was held at Cayce United Methodist Church. Van Omen is pictured with BCHS Principal Gregg Morton, right, and Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper.

by · October 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Helms, Dollison, Castles, Lawrence on North-South All Star team

Helms, Dollison, Castles, Lawrence on North-South All Star team

Rosters for the annual Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South Bowl were released Monday. The game will be played Dec. 14 at Myrtle Beach High School. Gray Colligiate Quarter back Hunter Helms and Gray wide receiver Omarion Dollison are on the North team. Brookland-Cayce offensive limeman Tradd Castles and Airport Wide Receiver Nanders Lawrence are on the South team. Brookland-Cayce’s head football […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County coroner identifies man who died after vehicle hit utility pole

Lexington County coroner identifies man who died after vehicle hit utility pole

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in vehicle collision that occurred in the 2000 block of Whetstone Road in Swansea at approximately 9:40 A.M. on Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. William R. Watts, 77, of Gaston was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to his injuries. Mr. Watts was traveling south when a vehicle […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Troopers looking for car involved in fatal hit-and-run on I-77 in Columbia, Monday

Troopers looking for car involved in fatal hit-and-run on I-77 in Columbia, Monday

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run after a person walking near Interstate 77 was killed in Columbia, Monday. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. at mile marker 12 (the Forest Drive exit.) The person was hit by the car and the car kept going after the collision, according to Trooper David […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Failure to yield the right-of-way causes Sunset Blvd. crash, says Lexington Police

Failure to yield the right-of-way causes Sunset Blvd. crash, says Lexington Police

Lexington Police worked a collision, Monday morning on Sunset Blvd. (US-378) at Caughman Farm Road. The crash had all inbound lanes closed at about 8 a.m. By 8:45 A.m. all lanes were reopened at the collision scene. The cause of the collision was a driver failing to yield the right-of-way, according to the LPD.

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Growl at the Moon, Friday at the S.C. State Museum

Growl at the Moon, Friday at the S.C. State Museum

SC State Museum –Growl at the Moon, Fri., Oct. 25 – 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. A signature Halloween event of the SC State Museum will feature the debut of Fright Lights, a new planetarium laser light show, new Haunted Virtual Reality experiences, live music from the Reggie Sullivan Band, haunted ghost tours, a dance performance and fortune-telling. Plus, food […]

by · October 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Street closures expected for Trump visit Friday, says Cayce Public Safety, Democratic candidates expected too

Street closures expected for Trump visit Friday, says Cayce Public Safety, Democratic candidates expected too

The Cayce Department of Public Safety reported that it will release more information related to road closures and detours early next week. Travel patterns will be affected by a visit to Columbia from President Donald Trump. Presidents when visiting Richland and Lexington counties land at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Lexington County. The president is expected to speak on Friday (Oct. […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gervais Street Bridge Dinner held in perfect weather

Gervais Street Bridge Dinner held in perfect weather

There was rain earlier in the day Sunday, but the clouds broke and the sun came out in the afternoon for the annual Gervais Street Bridge Dinner. The weather was perfect. The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner is an annual seated sunset Sunday supper on the Columbia region’s most iconic landmark, featuring live music, vibrant artists, and a three-course dinner with […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Radio Cult played Rhythm on the River, Truckstop Preachers next

Radio Cult played Rhythm on the River, Truckstop Preachers next

The Rhythm on the River concert Friday was held under beautiful skies Friday night. It featured: Scott Rankin opening. the Headliner was Radio Cult. The last concert of the Fall series is this Friday and it is from 6 to 9 p.m. The Headliner is: Truckstop Preachers and opening is: Dirty Gone Dolas Presented by Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber […]

by · October 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Some West Columbia streets to close Sunday for  Gervais Street Bridge Dinner:

Some West Columbia streets to close Sunday for Gervais Street Bridge Dinner:

Beginning at 9 a.m., on Sunday (Oct. 20) the following roads will be closed for the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner: Sunset Blvd at State Street, Meeting Street at State Street, and Alexander Road at Oliver Street. All roads are scheduled to reopen at midnight

by · October 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate, Brookland-Cayce, Airport win in high school football

Gray Collegiate, Brookland-Cayce, Airport win in high school football

Gray Collegiate Academy had little trouble with Calhoun County Friday night.  The game was played at the Midlands Sports Complex in Pine Ridge. The War Eagles defeated the Saints by a score of 58-20. Gray Quarterback Hunter Helms was 18-for-27. He passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns. By the end of the third quarter Gray was up 58-14 and […]

by · October 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
President Trump coming to Columbia next week

President Trump coming to Columbia next week

President Donald Trump is coming to Columbia next week. He is the keynote speaker at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, Friday at Benedict College (1600 Harden St.). Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis released a statement regarding Trump’s visit: Benedict College is honored to have been selected by the 2020 Bipartisan Justice Center as the Historically Black […]

by · October 18, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Parents of kids of all abilities anticipate opening of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk

Parents of kids of all abilities anticipate opening of West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk

“I have never been more proud of anything, than I am of that park,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. The Ribbon-Cutting for West Columbia’s Carraway Park at the Riverwalk – A Place for All Children to Play Together – is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m. At that time, the All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Park will be opened to […]

by · October 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce’s Lynn Summer inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society

Brookland-Cayce’s Lynn Summer inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society

A retired Lexington Two school teacher has been honored with one of the district’s most prestigious awards. Lynn Summer — who worked at Brookland-Cayce High School for more than two decades before her retirement earlier this year — was inducted into the Heroes and Heroines Society during a reception Thursday at the District Education Center. Summer was a health teacher […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Massive crash on Sunset Boulevard closes road

Massive crash on Sunset Boulevard closes road

A chase involving a stolen car ended in a massive crash on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, Thursday afternoon. The pursuit began at approximately 3:20 p.m. in the Broad River Road and Bush River Road area, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies tried to pull over the car believed to be stolen. The driver fled and the chase […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3-vehicle crash in Lexington

3-vehicle crash in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department reported a three-car collision on Columbia Avenue at West Main Street, Thursday afternoon. The collision was blocking two outbound lanes, and was later cleared. There was emergency personnel directing traffic and attending to victims.

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Developer Joe Taylor investing in West Columbia

Developer Joe Taylor investing in West Columbia

This article was first published in the Sept.- Oct. City of West Columbia Newsletter (Click for link.) One of the state’s top developers is very excited about the opportunities to invest in West Columbia. Joe Taylor is the former S.C. Secretary of Commerce and owner of State Street Development Co. He is involved in several projects in West Columbia. Taylor […]

by · October 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Expands

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Expands

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9 AM – 1 PM, through December 21, under the pavilion, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Due to the wonderful response from vendors and the public, the West Columbia […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia offers new ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations

West Columbia offers new ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations

The City of West Columbia has new and enhanced ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations. The new system gives the ability to view water and sewer account details and pay traffic and code enforcement citations online. There is also a new pay by phone option. To access the new and enhanced bill pay options: Pay a water/sewer bill, westcolumbiasc.gov/water-sewer (step-by-step directions […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate Academy Receives Best of West Columbia Award

Gray Collegiate Academy Receives Best of West Columbia Award

Gray Collegiate Academy has been selected for the 2019 Best of West Columbia Award in the High School category by the West Columbia Award Program. Each year, the West Columbia Award Program identifies entities that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Passenger traffic continues to increase at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Passenger traffic continues to increase at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

From Kim Jamieson of Columbia Metropolitan Airport Columbia Metropolitan Airport continues to see strong and steady growth into the third quarter of 2019. In August, passenger traffic increased 9.15% over July with 120,648 passengers traveling through CAE during the month. Year-to date traffic stats show a 17% increase over the same travel period in 2018 with 898,024 passengers traveling through […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Springdale Police conducts coat collection,coat-giveaway

Springdale Police conducts coat collection,coat-giveaway

Do you have an unwanted coat that someone else could use? The Springdale Police Department is conducting a coat-give-away. Coats are being collected for give-away Friday through Monday at Springdale Elementary School and Springdale Police Department. The coats will be given October 26 from 10 am ’til Noon at the park next to the Springdale Police Department. If you are […]

by · October 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser is Oct. 25

Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser is Oct. 25

Get Gregg Corley’s World Famous Chicken Bog at the Brookland-Cayce Chicken Bog Fundraiser. The fundraiser is Oct. 25. It’s $5 for a 16 oz. serving. Pick-up at 1500 12th Street from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or from BCHS Stadium from 5:30 p.m. until. Delivery available for order of 15 cups or more. Must be placed in advance. Text Gregg […]

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Latino Business Day declared at West Columbia City Council meeting

Latino Business Day declared at West Columbia City Council meeting

West Columbia Mayor Mayor Bobby Horton and and City Council presented Mota Enterprises with a resolution declaring October 15, South Carolina Latino Business Day. West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles is pictured with Vanessa Mota. The presentation took place Tuesday at the city council meeting.

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 men shot to death, Lexington County coroner identifies

2 men shot to death, Lexington County coroner identifies

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department reported a double homicide that occurred Friday night. The two killed have been identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher as Richard DeQuincy Broadwater, 26, and Daniel Nathanial Robinson, 33. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Friday, the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department responded to a residence after a call reporting that someone had been shot. When the officers arrived, […]

by · October 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Did you see the Hunter’s Moon Sunday night?

Did you see the Hunter’s Moon Sunday night?

The October full moon was also a Hunter’s Moon. It rose Sunday night and reached fullness at 5:08 p.m. These photos were taken in West Columbia, near Lexington. Over Northside Middle School.  The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon following the Harvest Moon. It’s also the closest full moon to the fall equinox. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Hunter’s […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Rhythm on the River plays under a full moon

Rhythm on the River plays under a full moon

The Rhythm on the River concert Friday was held under a full moon. It featured:Chris Compton opening. the Headliner was Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths. The concerts are held until October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Presented by Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, City of West Columbia and House of Raeford Enjoy music with friends […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire extinguishes blazing backhoe

Lexington County Fire extinguishes blazing backhoe

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to 900 Turkey Berry Lane last Thursday afternoon for a heavy equipment fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming from a backhoe. Arriving units quickly extinguished the fire. One firefighter received minor injuries after one of the tires of the backhoe erupted. He was treated on scene and units cleared.

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man exposed himself on at Sunset Blvd. shopping center, police say

Man exposed himself on at Sunset Blvd. shopping center, police say

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is asking the Midlands community for assistance in finding Larry Britt Brown, age 32 of Orangeburg, as he has been identified as the suspect of an indecent exposure incident that occurred on the morning of Tuesday, October 8. On that date at approximately 10:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Lexington Place shopping center parking […]

by · October 14, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Artisan Market an irresistible attraction

West Columbia’s Artisan Market an irresistible attraction

West Columbia’s Artisan Market is already a big hit. “The response has been great,” said Colleen Otte, the city’s contact for the market. “We’re pleased with the community support we’ve received. After people visit the first time they come back and bring their friends.” The market at 425 Meeting Street opened Sept. 14. It’s open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. […]

by · October 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dr. Rudy Mancke to conduct a Guided Nature Tour on Cayce Riverwalk

Dr. Rudy Mancke to conduct a Guided Nature Tour on Cayce Riverwalk

Dr. Rudy Mancke will conduct a Guided Nature Tour along the Cayce Riverwalk on Saturday, Nov. 2. An 10 AM there will be a Children’s Nature Tour – and at 1 PM.a Guided Nature Tour – at 201 Naples Ave. Cayce. Explore plants, animals and geology of the area on the slow and leisurly walk by the Congaree River. It’s […]

by · October 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia Lions perform eye exams for Saluda River students

Cayce-West Columbia Lions perform eye exams for Saluda River students

The Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club performed eye screenings and hearing tests for hurdreds of students at Saluda River Academy for the Arts last week. The Lions make their way through Lexington Two Schools perfoming the tests. In all the Lions will screen 4,000 students through out the year, said Bill Mooneyhan of the Lions Club. The children also got a […]

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tokyo Joe performs Tom Petty Tribute live at SC State Fair Friday at 7 p.m.

Tokyo Joe performs Tom Petty Tribute live at SC State Fair Friday at 7 p.m.

Tokyo Joe performs their Tom Petty Tribute live at the South Carolina State Fair. The show also features members of popular local band The Root Doctors. This is a free show with admission to the fair. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11) at the SC State Fair music stage. Tokyo Joe is well-known as a band featuring […]

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Truck takes out utility pole in Lexington

Truck takes out utility pole in Lexington

The intersection of East Butler Street at Creps Street in Lexington was closed Wednesday due to a collision involving a semi truck and trailer striking an electrical pole.

by · October 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Husband of woman killed in deer-motorcycle crash dies

Husband of woman killed in deer-motorcycle crash dies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the second individual killed as the result of a motorcycle versus deer accident that occurred Saturday. The accident happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. on U.S. 378 in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mr. James Derek Payne, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead, Wednesday morning, at an area hospital due to his injuries sustained in […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Drawings published of West Columbia’s new Savage Craft Ale Works

Drawings published of West Columbia’s new Savage Craft Ale Works

Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors has released some drawings of the proposed Savage Craft Ale Works, that is planned for Center Street in West Columbia. The drawings are on the City of West Columbia’s Facebook page. According to the Facebook post: “This project involves the renovation of several historic structures including the former West Columbia City Hall and Fire […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington DUI crash results in injuries

Lexington DUI crash results in injuries

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision late Tuesday night. It was in the 5300 block of Augusta Road (US-1) The crash resulted in injuries and caused multiple lanes to be closed. The cause of the collision was an intoxicated driver crossing the median and striking a vehicle head on, according to the LPD. The intoxicated driver was transported by […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is  Saturday at 10 a.m.

Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Cayce Fall Plant Exchange is this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cayce City Hall! Refreshments will be served and a Master Gardner will be available to answer all of your fall planting questions! **While you do not have to bring a plant to the exchange to participate, if you are bringing plants please drop them off between 9 and […]

by · October 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Train hits truck on Old Dunbar Rd, West Columbia

Train hits truck on Old Dunbar Rd, West Columbia

The SC Highway Patrol and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene of a train versus pickup truck crash early Tuesday morning, in the 1800 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. It happened around 4 a.m. and involved a possible entrapment. An injury has been reported, but the condition of that person is not known.

by · October 8, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers $350 Amazon gift cards as a reward for their dedication

House of Raeford’s FLOCK gives teachers $350 Amazon gift cards as a reward for their dedication

House of Raeford’s FLOCK philanthropic organization presented three Lexington School District Two teachers with Amazon gifts cards valued at $350, Monday. The teachers receiving the gifts were: Stephanie Burgess, fourth-grade teacher at Saluda River Academy For The Arts, Kaylee Madge, third- grade teacher at Riverbank Elementary, and Jessica Zearfoss, ELA and math teacher at R.H. Fulmer Middle School. “We wanted […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Gray Collegiate Cheerleaders win first place in cheer competition

Gray Collegiate Cheerleaders win first place in cheer competition

The Gray Collegiate Academy Cheerleaders won first place in the 2A division at the Battle of the Bluff Competitive Cheer event, Saturday. It’s an annual competition at Lexington’s River Bluff High School. Gray Collegiate Academy, is a 9-12 Charter School, on Leaphart Road in West Columbia.

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Funeral plans for firefighter Paul Quattlebaum announced

Funeral plans for firefighter Paul Quattlebaum announced

Funeral services have been announced for Lexington County Fire Service Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum. Visitation hours will be Monday evening, 5 until 8 p.m. with the funeral on Tuesday at 4 p.m. inside the Fine Arts Center at Batesburg-Leesville High School. Quattlebaum was fatally struck by a semi-truck while responding to a motor-vehicle collision Friday afternoon. The accident happened as […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Rhythm on the River in West Columbia Amphitheater

Rhythm on the River in West Columbia Amphitheater

The Rhythm on the River Fall Concert series resumed at the Riverwalk Amphitheater Friday with The Get Right Band and Jeff Lucero. Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths play Rhythm on the River this coming Friday. It’s at West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater from 6 until 9 p.m. There’s plenty of parking at the new West Columbia parking garage in […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman killed when motorcycle hits deer

Woman killed when motorcycle hits deer

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a motorcycle versus deer accident that occurred at approximately 11:35. a.m., Saturday. The incident occurred on U.S. 378 in Lexington. According to Fisher, Mrs. Ruth Hunt Payne, 53, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. The motorcycle, on which […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Body of firefighter Paul Quattlebaum escorted back to his home

Body of firefighter Paul Quattlebaum escorted back to his home

Officers of the Lexington Police Department Patrol Division assisted the Lexington County Fire Service with traffic direction Saturday afternoon as the vehicle carrying Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was escorted through the Town of Lexington, on his return to his home town of Batesburg-Leesville. Quattlebaum was fatally struck by a semi-truck while responding to a motor-vehicle collision Friday afternoon. The accident […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash slows traffic in Lexington, Sunday

Crash slows traffic in Lexington, Sunday

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision after 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of West Main Street (US-1) and Park Road. Multiple lanes were closed. Police asked motorists to please be alert to emergency personnel who are in the road responding to the incident. The site was later cleared. The collision was caused by a driver failing to stop for […]

by · October 7, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County issues statement on the passing of former Councilman Bill Banning

Lexington County issues statement on the passing of former Councilman Bill Banning

The County of Lexington is deeply saddened to report that former County Councilman and Chairman Bill Banning passed away Friday morning. Banning was elected to represent the residents of District 8, encompassing the West Columbia area, for 16 years. He was first elected in 1995, serving two terms, and was then re-elected in 2007 for an additional two terms. During […]

by · October 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Former Lexington County Councilman Bill Banning has passed away

Former Lexington County Councilman Bill Banning has passed away

Former Lexington County Councilman Bill Banning, of West Columbia, has passed away. “We were just informed of the passing of former County Councilmember Bill Banning,” Joe Mergo, III, County of Lexington, Administrator, wrote in an email that was sent out just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. “Bill served the County, its residents and visitors faithfully for many years on council, Mergo […]

by · October 4, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
West Columbia Police Chief and Fire Chief are prepared in case of emergency

West Columbia Police Chief and Fire Chief are prepared in case of emergency

National Preparedness Month just ended and that’s a good time for West Columbia families to go over their emergency plans. In South Carolina, we have had a hurricane threat this year. There is also the possibility of tornadoes, and flooding from rain storms. Consider how you will respond to emergencies that can happen anywhere, such as home fires and floods. […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Sheriff mourns sudden passing of Deputy “Billy” Aiken

Lexington Sheriff mourns sudden passing of Deputy “Billy” Aiken

A member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s command staff passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning. Lt. William C. “Billy” Aiken, 57, died at a hospital after a medical event at his Irmo home. Aiken joined the Sheriff’s Department in November 2001. He most recently served as the lieutenant over special operations. Aiken, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, also […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Reminder: Friday’s State Street Art Crawl features painters, music, receptions

Reminder: Friday’s State Street Art Crawl features painters, music, receptions

The State Street Art Crawl (First Fridays on State) for October is Friday, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The free event is hosted by State + Meeting and it’s on State Street, West Columbia. Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing is hosting Collections-A Multi Artist Show (with art by Lindsay Wiggins, Dylan Fouste, and Pascale Bilgis, amongst others) Frame of Mind will […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia posts historical photo of State St.

West Columbia posts historical photo of State St.

The City of West Columbia has posted an historical photo of West Columbia on its Facebook page. Visible is what is now Terra and Ed’s Editions and a couple of buildings now longer standing. It is a view of State Street looking at Meeting Street, circa 1961. The credit for the photo goes to Mr. GL Locklear. Mr. Locklear researches […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Cayce Fall Fest is Saturday from 1 -7 p.m., at Granby Gardens Park

Cayce Fall Fest is Saturday from 1 -7 p.m., at Granby Gardens Park

The City of Cayce Events Committee is excited to announce a new event for Cayce residents and visitors, the Cayce Fall Fest. This FREE culturally diverse event will be held Saturday, October 5, from 1 pm – 7 pm in Granby Gardens Park featuring performances by live local bands and a DJ. The band line-up includes Mystic Vibrations, a four-piece […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Moped rider killed in front of school, coroner identifies

Moped rider killed in front of school, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred on Old Orangeburg Road, in front Saxe Gotha Elementary School, at approximately 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Scott Andrew Woodruff, 33, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Mr. Woodruff, who was operating a moped, was […]

by · October 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Knights Inn business license suspended

Cayce Knights Inn business license suspended

The business license for the Knights Inn Hotel, at 1987 Airport Boulevard in Cayce, is under suspension as of Wednesday. This suspension will remain in effect pending a hearing before Cayce City Council members. This hearing, scheduled for Oct. 24, at 5:30 pm, will determine whether the business license will be revoked permanently. The Cayce Department of Public Safety believes that […]

by · October 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 Lexington County teens charged in separate school threats

2 Lexington County teens charged in separate school threats

Two males have been charged in separate and unrelated incidents with making threats to students at their respective schools. One of the males attends Carolina Springs Middle School. The 13-year-old made a statement Sept. 30 to another student he was going to “shoot up the school then shoot himself,” according to an incident report. The other male, 12, attends Pine Ridge Middle […]

by · October 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate rated “Excellent” by S.C. Dept. of Education

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate rated “Excellent” by S.C. Dept. of Education

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. It is the the highest rating achieved by Gray in school history. Gray is in the Charter Institute of Erskine and its rating is the highest in […]

by · October 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Eagle Scout Rhett Galloway installs benches in West Columbia parks, recognized by city council

Eagle Scout Rhett Galloway installs benches in West Columbia parks, recognized by city council

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council presented Rhett Galloway, Eagle Scout, a resolution for his community service project. Rhett built and installed three wooden benches in the Fowler Park and Douglas Reeves Park in West Columbia. (Pictured: Robyn Galloway, Mother, Rhett Galloway, and Mayor Pro-Tem Miles.)Tags:

by · October 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pineview Minors All-Star Team recognized by West Columbia City Council

Pineview Minors All-Star Team recognized by West Columbia City Council

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council recognized the Pineview Minors All-Star Team, at the West Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday. The team was recognized for their accomplishments this season including placing third in the Dixie Youth World Series in in August in Rushton Louisiana. The team received a resolution presented by West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem […]

by · October 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Jamie Hook named West Columbia Exceptional Employee

Jamie Hook named West Columbia Exceptional Employee

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council named West Columbia Public Works Director Jamie Hook as an Exception West Columbia Employee, Tuesday at the city council meeting. Hook was presented with a resolution by West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. He is pictured with wife Elizabeth, daughter Ann-Kate and sons Witt and Preston.

by · October 1, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Nephron is one of S.C.’s fastest-growing businesses

Nephron is one of S.C.’s fastest-growing businesses

S.C. Biz News recognized Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation as one of South Carolina’s top three fastest-growing businesses during a celebration last Thursday in Columbia. Nephron is outside of Cayce -in Lexington County’s Saxe Goth Industrial Park- and it has a West Columbia address. “South Carolina is open for business,” said Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy. “Thanks to the competitive environment for business […]

by · October 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mt. Hebron UMC Annual BBQ is Saturday

Mt. Hebron UMC Annual BBQ is Saturday

A tradition that is nearly half-a-century old will continue Saturday. The United Methodist Men of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church will hold its 49th Annual Bar-B-Que. The United Methodist Women will conduct a bake sale, too. Pork, chicken and ribs are all included, said ID Hook, who has overseen the Bar-B-Que for years. Carry-out orders will be available in the […]

by · October 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Starbucks is open

Cayce Starbucks is open

The Starbucks in Cayce is now open. The coffee store is on the property that was once the site of Kershaw Tire. It’s between Taco Bell and Captain D’s Seafood at 727 Knox-Abbott Drive. It’s the first Starbucks location in Cayce.

by · October 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia K-Mart to close

West Columbia K-Mart to close

The K-Mart store at 1500 Charleston Highway in West Columbia is closing by the end of the year. The Lexington K-Mart at 748 West Main St. is closing, too. K-Mart is closing several stores around the country. There is a digital billboard sign where US 1 and Klapman Boulevard come together in West Columbia. It is advertising a “Closeout” sale […]

by · September 30, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
Coroner identifies man who died in I-20 motorcycle crash

Coroner identifies man who died in I-20 motorcycle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who died as a result of a collision on the Interstate 20 Westbound near exit 63 shortly before 10 p.m., Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Jeffrey Jay Wurtz, 44, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained. Mr. Wurtz, who was not wearing a helmet, appeared to […]

by · September 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
3 Seconds…and Counting Unveiled at West Columbia Riverwalk

3 Seconds…and Counting Unveiled at West Columbia Riverwalk

The City of West Columbia unveiled a 27-foot-long and 9.5 feet in diameter bottle sculpture on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. The artist, Karl L. Larsen, locally sourced the almost 12,000 bottles used for the project in less than a month from citizens who brought their bottles to city hall, Lexington County Recycles, Dynamic Health […]

by · September 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Coroner IDs man killed in Friday crash

Coroner IDs man killed in Friday crash

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred in the 200 block of James Dunbar Road near Pelion shortly before 9 a.m., Friday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. David Charles Dickerson, 52, of Pelion was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries. Mr. Dickerson’s vehicle was eastbound when an oncoming vehicle […]

by · September 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
105 public parking spaces added in West Columbia

105 public parking spaces added in West Columbia

The City of West Columbia’s Public Parking Garage at 310 Court Avenue, near  State Street in the Brookland Development is now open to the public. There are street parking spots open too.  This project adds 105 parking spaces to West Columbia’s river district. The parking is free. Future parking projects in the river district will provide approximately 95 additional free parking […]

by · September 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
New parks draw activity to State + Meeting, free WiFi too

New parks draw activity to State + Meeting, free WiFi too

The new parks in West Columbia are sparking activity in the business community. “You can see it coming,” said Mark Plessinger, owner of Frame of Mind at 140 State Street. “You can feel it coming.” Plessinger said the new mural off of State Street in the alleyway leading to the Interactive Art Park and Artisan Market, open from 9 a.m. […]

by · September 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Rhythm on the River begins Friday, shuttle provided

Rhythm on the River begins Friday, shuttle provided

The 2019 Rhythm on the River Fall Concert Series begins Friday night. The shows are from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. Rob Crosby and Sour Wood Honey are playing. A shuttle is provided by the City of West Columbia Parking Information for Rhythm on the River Concert Series SHUTTLE SERVICE DETAILS Provided by the […]

by · September 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man dies in motorcycle crash, coroner identifies

Man dies in motorcycle crash, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who in a collision with a vehicle. The crash that occurred in the 960 block of Two Notch Road in Lexington at approximately 11:35 a.m., Thursday. According to Fisher, Mr. Dallas Ashton Kalin, 23, of Lexington was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at an area hospital as a result of multiple […]

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia introduces Take Pride in the West Side anti-litter campaign

West Columbia introduces Take Pride in the West Side anti-litter campaign

Don’t Trash Where We Splash is one of the slogans that is part of the City of West Columbia’s new initiative to stop littering. Take Pride in the West Side is another. Based on the belief that our rivers are the jewels of the city, the campaign is committed to protecting our natural resources. Anyone found guilty of littering will […]

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Kyra Picardo is Chamber’s Student of the Month

Kyra Picardo is Chamber’s Student of the Month

Kyra Picardo, as student at Lexington School District Two’s Busbee Creative Arts Center was recognized as Student of the Month as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting, Tuesday. It was held at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Pictured with Kyra, middle, are Richard Skipper, the Chamber’s executive director and Stephanie Hucks, Busbee’s principal.

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Beth Brooks is Chamber’s Teacher of the Month

Beth Brooks is Chamber’s Teacher of the Month

Beth Brooks of Lexington School District Two’s Busbee Creative Arts Center was recognized as Teacher of the Month as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting, Tuesday. It was held at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Pictured with Brooks, middle, are Richard Skipper, the Chamber’s executive director and Stephanie Hucks, Busbee’s principal.

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
WCFD’s Andrew Hershelman is Chamber’s Officer of the Month

WCFD’s Andrew Hershelman is Chamber’s Officer of the Month

Andrew Hershelman of the West Columbia Fire Department was recognized as Officer of the Month as the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting, Tuesday. It was held at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Pictured with Hershelman are Vaughan Dozier, award sponsor, and West Columbia Fire Chief Chris Smith.

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woodridge Memorial Park holds Ribbon Cutting

Woodridge Memorial Park holds Ribbon Cutting

Woodridge Memorial Park held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, at its 138 Corley Mill Road location with the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce.  Pictured L to R:   Gregg Pinner-Family Service Advisor, Chad Frye – Market Leader for Thompson & Woodridge , David Hardee – Location Leader w/ Woodridge. Kim Graber -Family Service Advisor. Lexington Chamber L to R, […]

by · September 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Administrator Brian Carter chronicles West Columbia commercial growth at Chamber Breakfast

Administrator Brian Carter chronicles West Columbia commercial growth at Chamber Breakfast

Tax incentives and opportunity zones await in the City of West Columbia. That was the message from West Columbia City Administrator Brian Carter. He spoke at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast Tuesday morning, at West Columbia’s Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. “We are hungry for growth,” said Carter, and that appetite is being addressed. Carter detailed new businesses coming to the […]

by · September 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia’s “Bottle Project” unveiling is Friday at Riverwalk

City of West Columbia’s “Bottle Project” unveiling is Friday at Riverwalk

You’re invited to the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater Friday, at 5:45 p.m., to experience the unveiling of the City of West Columbia’s unique interactive art piece, created by artist Karl L. Larsen. The unveiling is followed by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Rhythm on the River Fall Concert Series featuring Rob Crosby! #wecosc #bottleproject The City of West Columbia invites […]

by · September 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man dies days after collapsing during encounter with deputies

Man dies days after collapsing during encounter with deputies

A Lexington man who collapsed Sept. 18 during an encounter with Lexington County deputies died Tuesday at Lexington Medical Center, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Click for link to report Fisher identified the man as 34-year-old Stephen Walter Gagliani. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. “We extend our condolences to Mr. Gagliani’s family members and friends as they […]

by · September 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
11-year-old charged for bomb threats to school

11-year-old charged for bomb threats to school

An 11-year-old male who attends CrossRoads Intermediate School in Columbia has been charged after deputies determined he made threats on social media to bomb the school and shoot school buses. A Lexington County deputy interviewed the student, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 18, during an investigation prompted by screenshots shared with school administrators. […]

by · September 25, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia releases Sept-Oct Newsletter

City of West Columbia releases Sept-Oct Newsletter

The City of West Columbia has released its newsletter for September-October 2019. It is the third newsletter the city has produced since June. The newsletter updates West Columbia residents about all the happenings in the city with messages from Mayor Bobby Horton, and the city’s eight council members.The newsletter is mailed to city residents. The just-released edition of the newsletter […]

by · September 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Chapin woman charged with arson, burning land

Chapin woman charged with arson, burning land

A Chapin woman is accused of intentionally setting two fires on the same Lexington County road last week. Kimberly Carothers Wooten, 55, is charged with second-degree arson and willfully burning lands of another, according to arrest warrants. “Based on information gathered during our investigation, Wooten set fire to a trash can beside a house in the 2100 block of Island […]

by · September 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Museum of Oz at the S.C. State Museum beginning Saturday

Museum of Oz at the S.C. State Museum beginning Saturday

Museum of Oz Sept. 28 – Nov. 3, 2019 Get ready for a month-long Halloween adventure as the South Carolina State Museum becomes the Museum of Oz! Travel to Oz with daily showings of, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™, enjoy special OZ themed events all month long and adventure through the “Magical Maze of Oz” as you follow the Yellow Brick Road from a Kansas farm […]

by · September 24, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man charged with BUI after fatal crash on Lake Murray

Man charged with BUI after fatal crash on Lake Murray

A man has been charged with felony Boating Under the Influence after a 68-year-old man was killed on Lake Murray, Saturday night. Two others were also injured and were taken to the hospital as a result of the collision. Tracy Gordon, 53, is charged with three counts of felony BUI after the boat he was driving hit a pontoon boat, according […]

by · September 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Elementary holds Thank A Police Officer Day

Cayce Elementary holds Thank A Police Officer Day

Cayce Elementary students had a special surprise Friday for police officers and firefighters. Students with the school’s Service Club hand-colored about 100 bags and stuffed them with goodies as part of National Thank A Police Officer Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 21. Roughly 20 members of the Cayce Department of Public Safety turned out to receive the gifts for the […]

by · September 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two school employees recognized for service

Lexington Two school employees recognized for service

Nearly 50 longtime employees of Lexington Two were recognized for their service this week. Awards were presented for 10, 20  and 30 years of service in Lexington Two during a reception before Thursday’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting. Among the recipients, their schools and years of service: 10-year awards: Annette Ariail, Cayce Elementary; Sean Bech, Riverbank Elementary; Dawn Blaum, Springdale […]

by · September 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Enabling Park moves closer toward completion

West Columbia’s Enabling Park moves closer toward completion

It will not be long before West Columbia’s new Enabling Park, for people of all abilities, will be complete. The park is on Hudson Street, adjacent to the West Columbia Riverwalk. “The parking lot has been paved and striped,” said West Columbia City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, Tem Miles. “The playground equipment has been set up.” Miles said he expects […]

by · September 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Reminder: West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open

Reminder: West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9 AM – 1 PM, through November 23, under the pavilion, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia invites the public to attend every Saturday to […]

by · September 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
John Hardee Expressway at airport renamed “Columbia Airport Expressway”

John Hardee Expressway at airport renamed “Columbia Airport Expressway”

The S.C, Department of Transportation Commission  re-named the portion of Road S-378 in Lexington County between Platt Springs Road (SC 602) and Airport Boulevard (SC 302) as the “Columbia Airport Expressway” It was named the “John Hardee Expressway.” In August, Hardee, 72, was booked into Richland County’s Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Link […]

by · September 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
New River District Association holds meeting, seeks members

New River District Association holds meeting, seeks members

The River District Association held its Monthly Breakfast Meeting Wednesday, at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Makaela Randolph, a business consultant for the State Farm Insurance Co. was the guest and spoke about protecting a business from natural disasters, like hurricanes. The River District Association will feature a guest speaker each month. Jennifer Wilkes, a State […]

by · September 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce Riverwalk reopens after suicide investigation, Wednesday afternoon

Cayce Riverwalk reopens after suicide investigation, Wednesday afternoon

A portion of the Cayce Riverwalk (Phase 4 – Thomas Newman Boat Landing) was closed Wednesday afternoon. A body was found and the Cayce Department of Public Safety was investigating a possible suicide. Later, Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce spokeswoman said in an statement: “Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. All further questions should be directed to the […]

by · September 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pine Ridge Middle’s Jennifer Eskridge is Lexington 2  Teacher of the Year

Pine Ridge Middle’s 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. James Jr., Principal David Basile and other administrators stopped in to her Pine Ridge […]

by · September 18, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 1 to purchase Lexington Middle School relocation site

Lexington 1 to purchase Lexington Middle School relocation site

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. […]

by · September 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nephron Pharmaceuticals, CEO Lou Kennedy, donate to school pharmacology program

Nephron Pharmaceuticals, CEO Lou Kennedy, donate to school pharmacology program

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation and CEO Lou Kennedy are continuing support of Lexington County School District One students. Kennedy recently donated $9,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation to cover course fees for students enrolled in Lexington District One’s Pharmacology course. The district offers the course at Lexington Technology Center and White Knoll High School. The donation pays the $300-per-student fee […]

by · September 17, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sen. Nikki Setzler co-chairing committee to address interstate congestion

Sen. Nikki Setzler co-chairing committee to address interstate congestion

Sen. Nikki Setzler, of West Columbia, is co-chairing a panel that has been assembled to address congestion on South Carolina’s interstates. Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman issued a memo thanking members for serving on the special subcommittee. Setzler is the co-chairman of the committee with Sen. Thomas Alexander. In the memo, Leatherman explains the need to address interstate congestion. The […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Mardel Christian and Education store holds grand opening

Mardel Christian and Education store holds grand opening

The Mardel Christian and Education Store held a ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Monday morning. The new business is in the West Side Plaza next to Hobby Lobby, 2305 Augusta Rd. West Columbia. “It’s a great addition to the growing number of businesses in West Columbia,” said Richard Skipper, executive director of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Jay DePalmo […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man faces multiple drug, weapon charges

Lexington man faces multiple drug, weapon charges

Lexington County deputies have charged a man after tracing property reported as stolen back to his address, where they found drugs, guns and a commercial trailer with an altered vehicle identification number. Michael Gerald Tart, 38, is charged with trafficking heroin, possession of less than a gram of cocaine, trafficking ice, possession of LSD, possession of anabolic steroids, operation of […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia man accused of distributing marijuana, smoking it in front of children

West Columbia man accused of distributing marijuana, smoking it in front of children

Lexington County deputies arrested a man Wednesday after smelling marijuana coming from his trailer in a Charleston Highway mobile home park. Datrell Alonzo Graham, 20, is charged with possession of a distribution amount of marijuana and unlawful neglect of a child, according to arrest warrants. “After getting a search warrant for Graham’s home, investigators found more than 28 grams but fewer […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Artisan Market opens, adds energy to thriving River District

West Columbia Artisan Market opens, adds energy to thriving River District

There was a full house of artists, produce vendors and food booths as West Columbia cut the ribbon on its Artisan Market, Saturday morning. “This market is exactly what we need to help push the energy between where we’re standing and the river. This market will help drive activity to Center Street and Meeting Street,” said West Columbia Mayor Pro-Tem, […]

by · September 16, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Fatal crash in Lexington County results in reckless homicide charge

Fatal crash in Lexington County results in reckless homicide charge

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision in the 4200 block of US 321 near Garners Terrace, Gaston, in Lexington County Saturday. The incident occurred at 7:03 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol.A 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling south on US 321 when it was hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado […]

by · September 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Relief from the heat expected later this week

Relief from the heat expected later this week

Do you think it’s been hot this September? The forecast is for some lower temperatures later this week. Highs will be in the 90s, with lows in the 70s, that’s above normal, Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. But highs will drop to the lower to mid 80s for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Overnight lows […]

by · September 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia water is safe, but may smell different

West Columbia water is safe, but may smell different

Lake Murray is currently experiencing turnover, a naturally occurring event, which contributes to an increase in natural organic matter. This summer, the region has experienced periods of heavy rain followed by long dry periods with high temperatures. As a result, the water treatment facilities that draw from Lake Murray have been presented with extremely high levels of organic compounds, which […]

by · September 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
River District Association’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting is Wednesday at Blue Moon

River District Association’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting is Wednesday at Blue Moon

The River District’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting for the River District Association is Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia. It’s a Membership meeting. Join and see what the River District is all about. You will be shown how to join the growing the River District that is coinciding with the phenomenal growth in West […]

by · September 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Grand Opening is 9 a.m. Saturday

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Grand Opening is 9 a.m. Saturday

The City of West Columbia is holding a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturday, Sept. 14 – at 9 a.m. The market will be open until 1 p.m.

by · September 13, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Longs Pond Road exits on I-20 to close for parts of Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Longs Pond Road exits on I-20 to close for parts of Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The SCDOT will close the I-20 Longs Pond Road exits beginning Thursday for ramp paving. Interstate-20, Exit 51 Westbound will close Thursday (Sept. 12) from 11:30 pm until 4 am Friday (Sept. 13 .) Motorists wishing to use the westbound on-ramp should proceed along the detour route of Two Notch Road to Industrial Drive to South Lake Drive and Enter […]

by · September 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Nominations being accepted for Brookland-Cayce Athletic Hall of Fame until Sept. 30

Nominations being accepted for Brookland-Cayce Athletic Hall of Fame until Sept. 30

Nominations are being accepted through Monday, Sept. 30, for the Brookland-Cayce High School Athletic Hall of Fame.   The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of former athletes and coaches who excelled in any organized, competitive events on boys’ or girls’ school teams.  To be eligible for the Athletic Hall of Fame, nominees must have graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School […]

by · September 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Flag over Lexington 9-11 Memorial retired, Wednesday

Flag over Lexington 9-11 Memorial retired, Wednesday

In remembrance of the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Lexington County Fire Service retired the American flag that flew over the 9/11 Memorial in Lexington, on Wednesday (9-11.) It was a project of Leadership Lexington County

by · September 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
If you see fire and emergency vehicles on Platt Springs Rd. – It’s only a drill

If you see fire and emergency vehicles on Platt Springs Rd. – It’s only a drill

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is conducting a full-scale emergency exercise today (Thursday) from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. AirSafe 2019 will be held on the airport property adjacent to Platt Springs Road. Be aware that AirSafe 2019 is a practice drill. It should not alarm those who see it. There is expected to be fire, smoke, and emergency vehicles near […]

by · September 12, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Tribute for Trees raises $50,000 for West Columbia Beautification Foundation –  Photos of event

Tribute for Trees raises $50,000 for West Columbia Beautification Foundation – Photos of event

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL PHOTOS The Fifth Annual Tribute for Trees Gala drew its largest crowd ever to the Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall Tuesday evening. Keep The Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacqueline Buck, who is retiring, was honored for her contributions to the West Columbia Beautification Foundation and the WCBF received two large contributions. The […]

by · September 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington House Rep. Chris Wooten hospitalized after snake bite

Lexington House Rep. Chris Wooten hospitalized after snake bite

Lexington House Rep. Chris Wooten was bitten by a snake. “I stepped on a copperhead,” Wooten said as he walked across his yard with flip-flops on- taking a pet outside, around 8 p.m. Sunday. Wooten in a Facebook post said: “Shoot yourself with a .22 rifle in the big toe if you want to know what it felt like.” He […]

by · September 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Accident on I-20 backed up traffic in Lexington County

Accident on I-20 backed up traffic in Lexington County

I-20 eastbound near mile marker 59.5 in Lexington County  was blocked due to a collision that occurred around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Injuries were reported by the S.C. Highway Patrol. Officials are on the scene.

by · September 11, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Grand Opening is at 9 a.m. Saturday

West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market Grand Opening is at 9 a.m. Saturday

The City of West Columbia is holding a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturday, September 14 – at 9 a.m.. The market will be open until 1 PM.

by · September 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Receives Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting

West Columbia Receives Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of West Columbia by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 28th consecutive year. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial […]

by · September 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
4 top Nashville songwriters at Steel Hands Brewing Wednesday

4 top Nashville songwriters at Steel Hands Brewing Wednesday

Songwriters in the Round is coming to Cayce’s Steel Hands Brewing. It features four of Nashville’s top songwriters. They are: Brent Anderson, Monty Criswell, Lynn Hutton, and Frank Rogers. The songwriters have written for award-winning artists including Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crowe, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley. will share stories […]

by · September 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Price to increase for 4 Lexington County waste collection districts

Price to increase for 4 Lexington County waste collection districts

Effective Oct. 1, customers who live in Lexington County Curbside Waste Collection Districts 2, 3, 4 and 7 (see map provided) and who subscribe to curbside collection service will experience a slight rate increase as shown below. The increase in rates reflects a CPI increase in expenses experienced by GFI-Waste Industries, which provides curbside collection services for these districts. The […]

by · September 10, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
REMINDER – Big announcement coming at Tribute for Trees Gala, Primal Gourmet food, too, on Tuesday

REMINDER – Big announcement coming at Tribute for Trees Gala, Primal Gourmet food, too, on Tuesday

The Fifth Annual West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Tribute for Trees Gala is Tuesday, Sept. 10. It’s in the New Brookland Room of the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th St. “We’re really looking forward to the Tribute for Trees Gala,” said Melissa Sprouse-Browne, chairwoman of the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. “We grow every year and we anticipate a very […]

by · September 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Emergency Service Complex East Region Headquarters is opened

Lexington County Emergency Service Complex East Region Headquarters is opened

Lexington County officials celebrated the opening of the Lexington County Emergency Service Complex East Region Headquarters with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Friday. 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 and […]

by · September 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man and woman arrested on drug, weapon charges

Man and woman arrested on drug, weapon charges

MA narcotics operation last month netted two arrests, which prompted agents to search a home and a storage unit. Richard Eugene Ford, 60, and, Cynthia Rooks, 51, are charged with trafficking meth and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. “Ford and Rooks distributed more than 1,000 grams during an operation that included agents from the […]

by · September 9, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Man reported missing is found, accused of shooting girlfriend to death

Man reported missing is found, accused of shooting girlfriend to death

A Lexington man who was reported missing has been located and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. Link: http://westmetronews.net/deputies-searching-for-lexington-man-after-body-was-found-at-his-home/ Vincent Thomas Shivers, 50, was apprehended in Canada Thursday evening by members of the Toronto Police Fugitive Squad as he boarded a plane bound for London at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. “Investigators determined Shivers was not […]

by · September 6, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
The First Friday Art Crawl is from 5 pm. – 9 p.m. on State Street in West Columbia

The First Friday Art Crawl is from 5 pm. – 9 p.m. on State Street in West Columbia

The State Street Art Crawl- or First Friday- in West Columbia is Friday (Sept. 6) from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Come see what all the fuss is about on the left side of the river at the shops and restaurants of the State Street. Lainie Lewis is the owner of State Street Trading Company at 134 State St. “Christine […]

by · September 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Regular schedule resumes as Hurricane Dorian moves out

Regular schedule resumes as Hurricane Dorian moves out

Hurricane Dorian has passed and Lexington Two schools are operating on a normal schedule Friday. The forecast for Friday is sunny, with a high of 95 degrees. S.C. Public Safety director Leroy Smith said there were no deaths reported from the storm. In the West-Metro section of Lexington County- including Cayce and West Columbia and Springdale, the wind gusts were […]

by · September 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County woman  struck by multiple vehicles on I-20, coroner identifies

Lexington County woman struck by multiple vehicles on I-20, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of a pedestrian who died after being struck by multiple vehicles Thursday morning on I-20 eastbound at mile marker 65.  The incident occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. Christy Mildred Branham, 46, of James Dunbar Road, Pelion, died at the scene after being struck.  An autopsy indicated that the cause of death […]

by · September 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Ribbon is cut on West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park

Ribbon is cut on West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park

As a testament to West Columbia’s revitalization; the ribbon was cut on the city’s Interactive Art Park, Wednesday.  West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton spoke of the significance and the park, at 425 Meeting Street. And 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 […]

by · September 5, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Sanitation to work Thursday routes

West Columbia Sanitation to work Thursday routes

West Columbia Sanitation will be collecting the Thursday, September 5, route as scheduled. High wind gusts are expected in West Columbia overnight and into tomorrow. West Columbia Sanitation crews are asking Trash and Recycling Customers to Please secure your trash cans, debris, and outdoor furniture. Please make sure your bins are secure from the Wednesday route, tonight. Please secure your […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
2 bodies found in home in Gilbert

2 bodies found in home in Gilbert

A death investigation underway in the 1000 block of Drawdebil Road in Gilbert where two bodies have been found inside a home. At this time, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said it is not seeking any suspects or persons of interest in connection with this case.

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Deputies searching for Lexington man after body was found at his home

Deputies searching for Lexington man after body was found at his home

Lexington County deputies are searching for a man who was reported missing after they found a body at his home Tuesday morning. Read initial article- click here: http://westmetronews.net/woman-shot-and-killed-in-lexington-coroner-ids/ Vincent Shivers, 50, was reported missing after coworkers asked law enforcement to look for him at his house, in the 200 block of Carriage Hill Court. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington Two schools will be closed Thursday

Lexington Two schools will be closed Thursday

Due to forecasts of high winds and possible tropical storm force gusts associated with Hurricane Dorian that could make school bus travel hazardous,  Lexington Two schools and administrative offices will be closed Thursday, September 5. All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled for Thursday,  including athletic events, extracurricular activities, after-school programs and adult education classes.  The decision to close schools […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Woman shot and killed in Lexington, coroner IDs

Woman shot and killed in Lexington, coroner IDs

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the victim of a homicide that is believed to have occurred on the morning of September 2, in the 200 block of Carriage Hill Court in Lexington. Coroner Fisher identified the victim as Ms. Roselynn W. Cedeno, 45, of Lexington.  Ms. Cedeno, who had been shot multiple times, was found […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lane reversal on I-26 between Columbia and Charleston will end at noon Wednesday

Lane reversal on I-26 between Columbia and Charleston will end at noon Wednesday

Lane reversal operations on I-26 in South Carolina will cease at noon Wednesday so that crews can seek shelter at safe locations outside of the storm’s projected path, according to the SC Department of Public Safety. Law enforcement will begin at noon Wednesday breaking down the lane reversal on I-26 between Charleston and Columbia. If you still wish to use […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce-West Columbia DYB Baseball Team gets resolution from West Columbia City Council

Cayce-West Columbia DYB Baseball Team gets resolution from West Columbia City Council

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton and West Columbia City Council recognized the Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team for winning the Dixie Youth Ozone State Championship for the 2019 season. West Columbia Mayor Pro Tem, Tem Miles is pictured with the team. The Cayce-West Columbia Dixie Youth Ozone Baseball Team players are: Judson Decell, KJ Griffin, Hunter Hursey, Cole […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 is on a regular schedule, Wednesday

Lexington 2 is on a regular schedule, Wednesday

Lexington School District Two will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday, Sept. 4. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and consult with local and state emergency preparedness officials, watching for the potential for any high winds that could arrive Thursday and make for hazardous travel. We will share updates as soon as possible if any schedule changes are deemed necessary.#HurricaneDorian

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Less than an inch of rain forecast for Thursday, tropical storm conditions possible

Less than an inch of rain forecast for Thursday, tropical storm conditions possible

The National Weather Service – Columbia’s latest forecast is calling for rain Thursday as Hurricane Dorian passes off the coast of South Carolina. Rain should end by midnight. The forecast for Friday is for sun and a high of 92. There is a Hurricane Warning Entire SC Coast / Flash Flood Watch Mainly I-95 East. Major Impacts Expected for Southeast […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia man, 60, dies after being struck by vehicle on Platt Springs Road

West Columbia man, 60, dies after being struck by vehicle on Platt Springs Road

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the person who died after being struck by a vehicle in the 1900 block of Platt Springs Road. The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. Saturday. According to Fisher, Robbie Lee Grimsley, 60, of West Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries he sustained. Grimsley was walking across the road […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man whose son was killed in home invasion, is charged with drug possession

Lexington man whose son was killed in home invasion, is charged with drug possession

The father of the child who was fatally shot during a home invasion plot in May has been charged in connection with drugs deputies found in the house. Austin Graham Hanahan, 35, is charged with unlawful conduct to a child, according to arrest warrants. Hanahan is also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. “During the course of their investigation […]

by · September 4, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
No cancellations yet, hurricane expected to bring high winds to Lexington County

No cancellations yet, hurricane expected to bring high winds to Lexington County

Hurricane Dorian was 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla, early Tuesday morning. It has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds of 120 mph. Dorian is expected to bring winds from 39-to-57 mph to Lexington County, according to the National Weather Center in Columbia. As of early Tuesday morning, No cancellations had been announced in […]

by · September 3, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington 2 to operate on a regular schedule, Tuesday

Lexington 2 to operate on a regular schedule, Tuesday

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. 

by · September 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
PETSinc asks for help as it takes in evacuated animals

PETSinc asks for help as it takes in evacuated animals

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the South Carolina coast, animal shelters are being evacuated. Animals are being moved to PETSinc for safety on Monday.The shelter is at 300 Orchard Dr, West Columbia, SC 29170 To handle the extra paws, additional supplies are needed immediately. Those supplies include: crates, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, trash bags and pet food. More help […]

by · September 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia partners with  2020 Census for jobs

West Columbia partners with 2020 Census for jobs

The City of West Columbia is excited to announce that it has partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! To learn about the census and apply for a job, visit 2020census.gov/jobs or come to City Hall on Sept 5, 10 AM – 3 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/499579784161261/

by · September 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
I-26 exits in Cayce to be closed Monday morning, to help with evacuations

I-26 exits in Cayce to be closed Monday morning, to help with evacuations

On Monday, the City of Cayce’s Department of Public Safety will work with state officials to reroute traffic for those being evacuated from the coastal counties in response to Governor McMaster’s order of mandatory evacuations, effective at noon on Monday, September 2. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, motorists will not be able to travel eastbound on I-26 starting around exit […]

by · September 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Dorian expected to impact S.C., evacuations ordered on coast

Dorian expected to impact S.C., evacuations ordered on coast

Hurricane Dorian is a Category 5 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. It made landfall on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island, Sunday. At 11 p.m. Sunday, the hurricane was about 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla., moving at about 6 mph. with winds at 180 mph. There are currently no watches or warnings for South […]

by · September 2, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Units respond to car fire on 12th Street Extension

Units respond to car fire on 12th Street Extension

The Lexington County Fire Service Ladder 5 unit responded to the 4400 block of 12th Street Ext. Sunday morning for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, heavy flames were coming from the vehicle, but firefighters had the fire extinguished in a short amount of time, according to a Lexington County report. One person was transported to local hospital for medical […]

by · September 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia woman gets 21 years for fatal DUI crash

West Columbia woman gets 21 years for fatal DUI crash

Catherine L. Crumley, age 55, of West Columbia, was sentenced Friday following a guilty plea to felony DUI resulting in death. According to the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, there were no plea negotiations in the case. The Circuit Court judge imposed a lengthy prison sentence of 21 years in prison. Felony DUI resulting in death is classified as a violent […]

by · September 1, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Brookland-Cayce defeats Airport in rivalry game

Brookland-Cayce defeats Airport in rivalry game

Brookland-Cayce defeated Airport Friday night at Fort Knox, on the BC campus, by a score of 35-32. Both teams are 4A in Region 5. It was a game that came down to the last possesion. The Bearcats got on the board first with nine miniutes left in the first qurater. Will Way ran the ball in for a score, BC […]

by · August 30, 2019 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Gray gets win over Swansea

Gray gets win over Swansea

Gray Collegiate Academy defeated Swansea Friday night by a score of 63-12. Gray QB Hunter Helms went 21/26 402 yards passing and 6 TD’s. Gray was up 28-6 over Swansea at the half. QB Helms had over 200 yards passing and 4 TD’s in first half.Gray is in West Columbia.

by · August 30, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Interactive Art Park, Alleyway on State Mural Ribbon Cutting is Wednesday

Interactive Art Park, Alleyway on State Mural Ribbon Cutting is Wednesday

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 4) for West Columbia’s Interactive Art Park and Alleyway on State Mural. It’s at 10 a.m. at 425 Meeting St. The one-of-a-kind park will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk. The park […]

by · August 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Student-painted mural unveiled at Cayce Elementary School

Student-painted mural unveiled at Cayce Elementary School

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 […]

by · August 29, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Home building industry is healthy, says Earl McLeod of the Building Industry Association

West Columbia Home building industry is healthy, says Earl McLeod of the Building Industry Association

Earl McLeod said expect the number of homes constructed to continue to grow. McLeod is the Executive Director of the  Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. “The building numbers are better, but it’s different,” said McLeod.  He said expect the construction of more town homes, multi-family structures and the redevelopment of closed shopping centers to include residential units. McLeod […]

by · August 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Sgt. Adam Creech, worked on the Jones murder case, is Chamber Officer of the Month

Sgt. Adam Creech, worked on the Jones murder case, is Chamber Officer of the Month

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 County Sheriff Jay Koon said Creech was instrumental in getting critical information from […]

by · August 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Man Convicted of Murder  for 2014 Killing of Dutch Fork High School Student

Lexington County Man Convicted of Murder for 2014 Killing of Dutch Fork High School Student

Kierin Marcellus Dennis, a 24 year old Lexington County man, was found guilty of the murder of Da’von Nathaniel Capers by a Lexington County jury after a six day trial. In reaching their verdict, the jury rejected Dennis’ claim of self-defense. The Honorable Eugene Griffith sentenced Dennis to thirty (30) years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Under South […]

by · August 28, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
UPDATE: Picture taken at the corner of 13th St/US 1 – Did a gator once live here?

UPDATE: Picture taken at the corner of 13th St/US 1 – Did a gator once live here?

We asked last week: Do you know where this business was on Augusta Highway in West Columbia? Bill Mooneyhan of Mooneyhan’s Auto Service provided the copy of the photo. He said the picture is the “gas station where the K-Stop (pictured below) is now. It’s right in front of the former motel that is now the pawn shop. It’s at […]

by · August 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington County Fire Service personnel will carry, Narcan for opiod overdoses

Lexington County Fire Service personnel will carry, Narcan for opiod overdoses

In an effort to combat the ever-increasing dangers associated with opioid drug use, Lexington County Fire Service firefighters will now carry and administer Narcan for patients suffering from symptoms of an overdose. From Aug. 1, 2018 to Aug. 1, 2019, Lexington County emergency responders answered 223 calls for service where Narcan was administered during the call. This fact represents the […]

by · August 27, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Several West Columbia businesses on “Best Of” list

Several West Columbia businesses on “Best Of” list

Several West Columbia businesses were recently included on a the “Best Of” list in a Columbia publication. The City of West Columbia recognized those businesses in a Facebook post with the words below: We are so proud to have so many amazing businesses in West Columbia!! The Best of for 2019 are: Thompson Funeral HomesPalmetto Outdoor CenterEast Point AcademyCafe Strudel […]

by · August 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Volunteers needed for the Scooter Scott Project

Volunteers needed for the Scooter Scott Project

The Scooter Scott Project needs 24 volunteers to work three-hour shifts to collect food on on Oct. 5 and 6, at the West Columbia Walmart . The Scooter Scott Project is providing Snack packs that will go to nine schools in Lexington School District Two to help kids in need. Call Joyce Coleman, 803-397-6944, to sign up. The Scooter Scott […]

by · August 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Springdale Splash Pad will close for the season Sept. 8

Springdale Splash Pad will close for the season Sept. 8

Springdale Splash Pad will close for the season on Sunday, Sept. 8. The splash pad operating hours are 10 am to 8 pm every day. “It has brought such joy to see that the park and splash pad have been full of happy children and families! We are so excited that everyone has been able to enjoy free family fun […]

by · August 26, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash temporarily closes lanes on Augusta Road in Lexington, Friday afternoon

Crash temporarily closes lanes on Augusta Road in Lexington, Friday afternoon

A collision on Augusta Road (US-1) and Cedarcrest Drive in Lexington has lanes closed in both directions on Augusta Road. The Lexington Police Department reported the incident at about 1:45 p.m.. Officers are asked motorists to proceed with caution and be alert to emergency personnel in the road. Lanes were later reopened.

by · August 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
New businesses are flocking to West Columbia

New businesses are flocking to West Columbia

The level of activity in the City of West Columbia’s business community is robust. There are 2,547 businesses in West Columbia. And from January until August, 162 new business licenses had been issued by the City of West Columbia, according to Ellen Ravenell, the city’s Business License Official. Those new businesses include some high-profile additions. Black Rooster, the French Bistro-like […]

by · August 23, 2019 · 1 comment · NEWS
Riverbanks Zoo’s eldest female elephant has died “unexpectedly”

Riverbanks Zoo’s eldest female elephant has died “unexpectedly”

One of Riverbanks Zoo’s elephants has died. Zoo representatives announced the passing of Robin in a Facebook post, Thursday: It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of one of Riverbanks’ two African elephants. Robin, the Zoo’s eldest female elephant, passed away unexpectedly overnight. “Robin had a lot of spunk and acted half her […]

by · August 23, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce seeks artists to paint 2 murals, proposals due Sept. 9

Cayce seeks artists to paint 2 murals, proposals due Sept. 9

The City of Cayce is working to implement an Arts District on State Street, the original heart of Cayce. Public art is essential to this vision and the City is commissioning artists to design and paint two murals that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving along State Street. The City is requesting proposals from […]

by · August 22, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Crash causes closed ramp on I-20, at SC 6 in Lexington, Wednesday morning

Crash causes closed ramp on I-20, at SC 6 in Lexington, Wednesday morning

A collision on eastbound I-20 between South Lake Drive (SC-6) and Augusta Road (US-1) has the entrance ramp I-20 at South Lake Drive closed. Lexington Police officers are assisting the S.C. Highway Patrol in the area. Seek an alternate route as this area is experiencing extreme traffic congestion.

by · August 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia man dies in I-20 accident

West Columbia man dies in I-20 accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in vehicle collision that occurred early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 westbound at mile marker 82, Elgin. Wesley Dean Welch, 47, of West Columbia, was the unrestrained driver of a SUV that was struck by a tractor trailer. Mr. Welch was pronounced dead at […]

by · August 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
West Columbia Police arrest car theft suspect

West Columbia Police arrest car theft suspect

The West Columbia Police Department made an arrest in a car theft that occurred on August 20, 2019 in the City of West Columbia. On August 20, 2019 at approximately 9:12 a.m. Officers received a call of a stolen vehicle that had just occurred. The vehicle was stolen from Lizard’s Thicket at 2234 Sunset Blvd in the City of West […]

by · August 21, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
19-year-old woman dies attempting to jump on tractor-trailer on I-20, says coroner

19-year-old woman dies attempting to jump on tractor-trailer on I-20, says coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died after being struck by a semi-trailer following a multiple vehicle collision that occurred on Interstate 20 Eastbound at mile marker 59 shortly before 11 a.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Maliyah Smith, 19, of East Point, Georgia was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to injuries sustained. Ms. Smith […]

by · August 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Pedestrian hit on I-20, in Lexington County

Pedestrian hit on I-20, in Lexington County

Lanes of I-20 East were blocked for a while Tuesday, at the 59 mile marker due to a crash. A pedestrian in the road was struck by a vehicle. The person hit was transported by EMS to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The initial collision involved several vehicles, according to Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The […]

by · August 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Female severely burned, man charged with attempted murder, arson

Female severely burned, man charged with attempted murder, arson

The  Cayce Department of Public Safety  at approximately 3:30 a.m., Tuesday,  responded to a call of a house fire on Lexington Avenue in Cayce. Upon arrival, officers found the back part of the home engulfed in flames and a female victim who was severely burned. She is being treated at an area hospital. Cayce Public Safety officers located the suspect […]

by · August 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Terra pre-selling tickets for 4-course wine dinner event

Terra pre-selling tickets for 4-course wine dinner event

A dinner event taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 at Terra on State Street in West Columbia. Terra Chef Mike Davis and the Terra team will have the pleasure of hosting Kevin Pike of Schatzi Wines for a special four-course wine dinner. The prix fixe menu, prepared by Chef Davis, will be complemented by a selection of […]

by · August 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Emergency personnel respond to house fire in Lexington, Monday

Emergency personnel respond to house fire in Lexington, Monday

Lexington Police Officers assisted Lexington County Fire Service with a residential structure fire on Allenbrooke Drive in the Wellesley neighborhood Monday just after 6 p.m. The structure is located right off of Sunset Boulevard, at the I-20 Exit. Access to homes in the area may were temporarily limited until emergency personnel cleared the scene. No injuries were reported, but one […]

by · August 20, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
“Kicking Diabetes Out Of The Park” fundraiser for Jerome Franklin is Sept. 7-8, in West Columbia

“Kicking Diabetes Out Of The Park” fundraiser for Jerome Franklin is Sept. 7-8, in West Columbia

Jerome Franklin was diagnosed with type two diabetes at age 26. At age 37, he had a stroke. He is determined to keep fighting the encroaching ailment said his Aunt Michelle Franklin, but he needs physical therapy. To help pay for the physical therapy, Michelle has planned a the Jerome Franklin Fund-raiser Kick-ball tournament for Sept. 7 and 8, at […]

by · August 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Cayce honors 1964 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series Championship team

Cayce honors 1964 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series Championship team

Leo Redmond said he remembers the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. That team was honored in a ceremony at the  Cayce Historical Museum, Friday afternoon. “All of us over here in Cayce were proud,” Redmond said. “There were signs all over the place. They stayed up for years.” Redmond, the former director of the Cayce Historical […]

by · August 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Lexington man dies in motorcycle accident

Lexington man dies in motorcycle accident

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died in a motorcycle collision that occurred Friday at approximately 7:10 p.m. The incident occurred in the 7600 block of St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Wade William Brentlinger, 39, of Ashe Street, Lexington, was the driver of the motorcycle. Mr. Brentlinger was transported from the scene by Richland County […]

by · August 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Schools starts Monday, look out for buses

Schools starts Monday, look out for buses

Lexington School District Two will be back in session Monday. The Cayce Department of Public Safety is reminding everyone about when to stop for a school bus. • Two-lane road: Everyone must stop – in each direction when the lights are flashing and the stop arm on the bus is extended.  • Multi-lane road (3 or more lanes): Everyone traveling […]

by · August 19, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Prospectus highlights West Columbia’s Opportunity Zone status, draws investors to top properties

Prospectus highlights West Columbia’s Opportunity Zone status, draws investors to top properties

West Columbia is a good place to do business. Now it’s even better. Gov. Henry McMaster has designated specific West Columbia properties as part of an Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are provided a capital gains-based, federal tax incentive for investors. The program is designed to encourage long-term private investments in communities that have the potential for a higher level of […]

by · August 16, 2019 · 2 comments · NEWS
25 Lexington Two teachers awarded Strong Schools grant from Colonial Life

25 Lexington Two teachers awarded Strong Schools grant from Colonial Life

Twenty-five Lexington Two educators have been awarded $20,000 in grants from Colonial Life as part of its Strong Schools Grant program. Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to purchase equipment and resources that support lessons focused on world-class knowledge and skills and life and career characteristics as outlined in the Profile of the S.C. Graduate. The teachers […]

by · August 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
Exhibit of 1964 Cayce DYB Little League World Series Champions opens Friday

Exhibit of 1964 Cayce DYB Little League World Series Champions opens Friday

The City of Cayce’s very special exhibit, honoring the members of the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team, opens at the Cayce Historical Museum beginning 3 p.m., Friday. The surviving members of the 1964 Dixie Youth World Series Champions Team will gather for a celebration of the exhibit opening at the Cayce Historical Museum. In 1964, […]

by · August 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
City of West Columbia collecting plastic water bottles for “cool project”

City of West Columbia collecting plastic water bottles for “cool project”

The City of West Columbia is collecting plastic bottles to be used in a cool new project. The bottles being collected are 16 ounce and 20 ounce, with lids, labels removed, clean and clear or green. No square bottles, and no one or two-liter bottles. Bring the bottles, by Sept. 13, to West Columbia City Hall and place them in […]

by · August 15, 2019 · 0 comments · NEWS
C-WC Lions Club hosts 18 foreign students

C-WC Lions Club hosts 18 foreign students

There were 18 foreign students,