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Brookland-Cayce defeats Airport in rivalry game

Brookland-Cayce defeated crosstown rival Airport Thursday night at Airport by a score of 35-0. Brookland-Cayce got a running TD from Benjamin Pugh and the extra point was good by John Allen Mower to give BC a 7-0 lead. Naahzeikiel Mays caught a 31-yard TD pass from BC QB Tanner Staton […]

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SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis says Biden Administration’s proposal to track personal bank deposits is an overreach

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis of West Columbia announced he has joined 22 fellow state financial officers to speak out against a Biden Administration proposal that would require financial institutions to report private citizens’ personal bank account information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if they exceed $600 of deposited funds. “The […]

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Lexington 2 update on Monday’s school shooting threats

Monday morning, Lexington Two administrators were alerted to social media posts from an unknown individual who allegedly threatened a shooting during lunch at an unnamed school. An investigation was immediately launched and Cayce police officers were contacted. Because of information in the posts, it was determined that the threats involved […]

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1 killed, juvenile injured in Lexington crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single vehicle accident in the 2300 block of South Lake Drive at approximately 3 a.m., Sunday. According to Fisher, Mr. Charles Lamar Chestnut, 22, of Lexington was traveling westbound towards Lexington when his vehicle went off the […]

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The River District’s membership is growing

More and more business owners are becoming members of West Columbia’s River District Association. The River District Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth and viability of small and independently owned businesses in The River District, from Riverwalk, on the Congaree River, to Triangle City. The River District […]

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Black Rooster Owner Kristian Niemi receives Appearance Award from West Columbia Beautification Foundation

Black Rooster Owner Kristian Niemi received the Quarterly Appearance Award from West Columbia Beautification Foundation Chairwoman Kathy Whetzel and Vice-Chairwoman Lainie Lewis. Niemi received the award Tuesday at the September West Columbia City Council Meeting. Council thanked Mr. Niemi for his wonderful restaurant addition in the Brookland Development and for […]

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Marion Boyce selected as new West Columbia Police Chief

The West Columbia City Council has selected Marion Boyce as the next West Columbia Police Chief.   Chief Marion Boyce began his law enforcement career as a Patrol Officer for the West Columbia Police Department in 2006, after serving in the US Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical operations specialist. […]

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Cayce City Council institutes emergency mask ordinance

Members of the Cayce City Council unanimously adopted an emergency face covering ordinance at theCity Council Meeting, Tuesday. As a result of the increase in the COVID-19 cases nationwide and at the request of our local hospital, Lexington Medical Center, an emergency face covering ordinance will go into effect at 6 a.m. on […]

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Man shot in West Columbia, Tuesday, arrest made by police

At 12:26 pm, the West Columbia Police Department responded to 901 Mohawk Drive in West Columbia in reference to an alleged altercation. Upon an investigation of the incident, it was determined that thirty-five-year-old James Austin Parks shot Brandon Reese Baker. Mr. Baker was transported to Prisma Health Richland for his […]

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East Point Academy Celebrates 10 Years

From Channing Anderson – East Point IT Director – East Point Academy opened its doors August 18th to over 800 students as it ushered in ten years of serving students as the premier public language immersion Charter School in South Carolina. East Point Academy started modestly in a former “Sandy’s […]

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Lexington man charged with arson by SLED

Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Wednesday arrested aLexington County man in connection to a house fire in Richland County Feb. 10. Willie Herman Womble, 41, was charged with second degree arson. The SLED investigation was requested by the Richland County Emergency ServicesDepartment.Womble was booked at the Alvin […]

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Lexington County teen dies in crash

A Gaston teen was killed in a single-vehicle in Fairfield County.Joshua Ray Brown, 18, of Gaston was killed in a single-vehicle accident, Friday, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Chris Hill said Brown was traveling on Highway 21 N when he lost control of his vehicle causing it […]

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2 teens die in West Columbia crash, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher is releasing the identities of the two individualswho died in a two vehicle accident on Friday at the intersection of EdmundHighway and Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia. According to Fisher, Alexis Nicole Evans, 18, of West Columbia and Maliyah ClaireScott, 18, of Lexington were […]

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Driver dies in I-26 crash, Wednesday night

One person died in a crash on I-26, in Richland County Wednesday night, according to Master Trooper Brian Lee of the SC Highway Patrol. Lee said the driver of a 2002 Toyota pickup truck died in the crash, around 11 p.m.. It happened at the 108 mile marker, near the […]

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Students return to Lexington 2 schools, Monday

You may notice more traffic on the streets Monday morning. You’ll see yellow school buses, too. The first day of classes for Lexington Two students is Monday. Teachers reported back last Monday. There are two high schools, four middle schools and six elementary schools in Lexington Two. Those schools serve […]

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1 dies in shooting incident on I-26

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was on the scene of a shooting in which one person died, after 7 p.m., Sunday. I – 26 eastbound was blocked at the 91 Mile Marker as SLED is investigated an officer-involved shooting, Sunday night, according to Master Trooper David Jones of the SC […]

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Lexington County grew by 12%, according to US Census report

Lexington County is the fastest-growing county in the region known as the Midlands, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Lexington County’s population grew by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Richland County grew by 8 percent. Lexington County’s population was listed at 293,991. Richland County’s […]

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Child pornography-related arrest made in Lexington County

Christopher Jesus Ruiz, 19, of Batesburg, has been arrested on 14 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors, SC Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday. Ruiz was arrested Thursday.  He is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up […]

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Crash in Lexington slows traffic

The Lexington Police Department reported a collision on East Main Street (US-1) near Library Hill Lane, after 1 p.m., Wednesday that affected inbound lanes. Police asked drivers to look for an alternate route while emergency crews were on the scene and worked to clear the road. By 2 p.m. the […]

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Crews respond to crash in West Columbia, Wednesday

Crews from the West Columbia Police Department, West Columbia Fire and Lexington County EMS were on the scene of an accident between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Wednesday. It occurred on Sunset Boulevard, at Hook Avenue, in West Columbia in front of the former Fred Anderson – now Pete Boulware […]

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Pipe bomb found in Irmo, near neighborhood entrance

A pipe bomb was found, Monday, at a bridge into an Irmo subdivision. Irmo Police found a “suspicious device” at the entrance to the Hidden Oaks subdivision, near the intersection of Cressfell and Chapelwhite roads, according to Irmo Police Chief Courtney Dennis. Traffic on the bridge was closed to allowed […]

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1 person is dead in West Columbia after shooting

A shooting in West Columbia has left one person dead. West Columbia Police responded to a shooting incident in the 800 Block of Osage Avenue in West Columbia around 1:30 p.m., Saturday. Officers arrived on scene and found one person deceased. WCPD Capt. Marion Boyce stated in a press release […]

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Police respond to crashes in Lexington

The Lexington Police Department worked a two-car collision in the 4700 block of Sunset Blvd. (US-378) Friday after 11 a.m. Police asked drivers to seek an alternate route to avoid this traffic congestion. The collision was caused by a driver failing to yield the right away. The LPD was also […]

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1 killed in Lexington County crash

One person died in a crash in Lexington County, Wednesday. It occurred on South Lake Drive (or SC 6) near New Orangeburg Road, about four miles south of South Congaree, according to Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol. A 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling west on SC […]

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Cayce Honored for Special Achievement in Mapping Technology

From Ashley Hunter, Cayce Public Information Officer – The City of Cayce earned high praise for its Geographic Information System (GIS) by Esri, the global leader for location intelligence. The city received Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS for its innovative use of mapping and analytics technology and leadership in the field of local government. Cayce […]

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1 injured in Sunset Boulevard crash in West Columbia

The West Columbia Police Department, West Columbia Fire and EMS crews were on the scene of a two-car accident Monday. It happened around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hummingbird Drive, in West Columbia. One person was transported to the hospital with what appears to be minor […]

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Cayce holds Block Party, Saturday

The Cayce – West Columbia Block Party was held Saturday. It celebrated the Julius Felder Community at James Street.It was attended by members of the community along with Dog West, Cayce Department of Public Safety officers, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Mayor Pro Tem James “Skip” Jenkins. Those who donated: Neek […]

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Man killed in Cayce crash is identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a single-vehicle collision in the 1500 block of Axtell Drive in Cayce at approximately 11:30 p.m., Saturday. According to Fisher, Mr. Wilfredo Luis Torres, 21, of Columbia was killed when the vehicle hewas driving ran off the […]

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Lexington teen has returned home and is with his family

Micah Longstreet returned home and is with his family. His return was reported by the LPD, Tuesday morning. Initial story: A Lexington teen has been missing for several day and the Lexington Police Department is asking for assistance to find him, according Chief Terrence Green. Early Saturday morning (July 3) […]

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Lexington County mobile home burns, Saturday morning

Lexington County Fire Service units responded to a reported mobile home fire around 6:30 a.m., Saturday. The fire was on Bub Shumpert Road in the Pelion area. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-wide mobile home with fire throughout it. Nine companies with a 17 total of personnel brought the fire […]

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Collision blocks lane in Lexington, Wednesday evening

The Lexington Police Department asked drivers to please use caution while traveling inbound on South Lake Drive at Roberts Street, around 6 p.m. Wednesday. A collision had an inbound lane blocked. Police asked motorists to please pay attention to officers detouring traffic around the incident. Consider using an alternate route. […]

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Man shot and killed in the Town of Lexington

A fatal shooting occurred in the 100 block of Freedom Drive, in Lexington Sunday according to Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green. Green stated the shooting took place at approximately 5:25 p.m. Officers with the Lexington Police Department were dispatched and found a man who had been fatally shot. This investigation […]

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Man shot to death at a home in Lexington County

Lexington County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting in the 800 block of Meadowfield Road. Deputies said they found a man shot to death at a home Sunday morning. Investigators are still searching for the gunman. “We have no reason to believe this was a random act,” Lexington County Sheriff […]

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Summer Camp opportunities abound in West Columbia

The Lexington Two school year ended last Friday and lots of West Columbia kids are looking for ways to spend their summer. There are many summer camp opportunities in West Columbia. East Point Academy is offering several camps this summer, from June until the end of July.“Our goal is to […]

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Man accused of harassment sought by Lexington Police

Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green is asking the public for information on the whereabouts of Ray L. Wyatt, age 50 of Columbia. He is wanted by the Lexington Police Department for Harassment, Second Degree and Unlawful Communication. During the investigation, the man was positively identified by both victims as Ray […]

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Is Cook Out coming to Knox-Abbott Drive, Cayce?

Is Cook Out coming to Know-Abbott Drive, Cayce? An inquiry to Cook Out’s corporate office was not immediately answered. But a letter regarding “Cook Out Rezoning” to West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles, from attorney Robert F. Fuller was published by Miles Wednesday. Link to letter The letter references the address […]

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Crash blocks I-26 West

A collision on I-26 West near the 107 mile marker had traffic backed up Wednesday around noon. The crash caused congestion all the way to the West Columbia, Lexington Exit onto US 378. EMS and law enforcement vehicles were on the scene.

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Lexington man charged in drug case

A Lexington man accused of drug trafficking charges was arrested earlier this month. Ratravious Untwai Quattlebaum, 35, is charged with four counts of trafficking meth, according to arrest warrants. “Narcotics agents got a tip about Quattlebaum selling meth,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Agents set up multiple controlled drug […]

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City of West Columbia Awarded 2021 South Carolina Community Development Association Award of Excellence

The City of West Columbia was recently awarded the 2021 South Carolina Community Development Association (SCCDA) Award of Excellence for the River District Redevelopment Project. The SCCDA award is given annually to quality community development projects and outstanding individuals in community development. The project must have significantly improved the community […]

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Taste on the River sold most tickets ever

The West Columbia Beautification Foundation’s Taste on the River was a rousing success. It was held last Tuesday at Stone River.  “We are thrilled with the response and the support of the community,” said Kathy Whetzel, chairwoman of the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. It was the fifth year of Taste […]

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42-year-old man shot in Cayce identified by coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was fatally shot on Groover Circle, Cayce, in the early morning hours of Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Jose L. Gonzalez, 42, was pronounced deceased at the scene due to a single gunshot wound.  An investigation by the State Law […]

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Male found dead in Cayce early Monday morning

A male was found shot to death in Cayce overnight, according to SFC Evan R Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. At approximately 3:40 a.m. on Monday, the Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to a 911 call regarding an unconscious male in a vehicle on Groover Circle. […]

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Man charged with sexually abusing a minor

Robert Miller of West Columbia has been charged with sexually abusing a minor. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the June 3, arrest of Miller, age 37, Friday, on five charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and […]

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Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove retiring

From Ashley Hunter, City of Cayce – Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove, announced his retirement, Thursday, after more than 35 years in law enforcement. Upon his retirement, Snellgrove was praised for his leadership and his commitment to professionalism and community policing, in a City of Cayce press […]

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11-year-old is killed in Lexington County shooting

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred in the 700 block of Madera Road, Batesburg,at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesay. According to Fisher, Miss Tashya Michelle Jay, 11, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound. Another girl […]

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Driver injured in road shooting on I-77 near Cayce

A driver was wounded by gunfire Thursday in Cayce.The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating a driver-involved shooting. A driver left 12th Street in Cayce and drove onto I-77 North at about 10 p.m., Thursday. Cayce Police said another driver pulled up beside him and fired. At least four […]

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D’s Wings West Columbia location is OPEN

D’s Wings has opened its West Columbia location in West Columbia, Wednesday. It’s at 415 Meeting Street, behind the buildings of State Street, beside the Interactive Art Park and Artisan Market. Customers were in the new building at lunch, Wednesday. D’s owners announced a move from Parkland Plaza in Cayce […]

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No tax increase in West Columbia’s 2021-22 budget

City Administrator Brian Carter told West Columbia City Council, Tuesday there will be no tax increase required to fund the City of West Columbia’s 2021-2022 budget. The city’s general fund budget is $18.3 million. The water and sewer budget is $19.9 million. No city employees will be added this year […]

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Crash causes a traffic backup on I-77, Thursday

A crash on Interstate 77 south was blocking traffic, Thursday morning. According to Master Trooper David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, traffic was blocked in the south bound lanes of I-77 at mile marker 9. A tractor trailer and a dump truck were traveling in the north bound […]

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1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 400 block of Dixired Road in Leesville at approximately 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Damon Watts Jaynes, 27, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to his […]

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City of Cayce ends mask mandate

Cayce City Council voted to repeal its face coverings mandate, Wednesday. After the vote, the City of Cayce published to following announcement: In accordance with the requirements of the recent Executive Order issued by Governor Henry McMaster, the members of our Cayce City voted to repeal Emergency Ordinance 2021-15 concerning […]

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West Columbia moves toward post-COVID

The City of West Columbia’s face covering mandate expired on May 1. A day later, the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner was held and more than 1,000 attended. Five days after the Bridge Dinner, Art on State drew a large crowd for music, shopping and outdoor celebration.  (Feature photo Art on […]

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Body found on the Saluda River

A body was found in the Saluda River in Columbia, Wednesday, according to the Columbia Police Department.A call came in after 12 noon that the body had been found in the water in the area of Candi Lane, close to the Greystone Boulevard exit at I – 126. The river […]

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Fire engulfs Lexington County chicken house

The Lexington County Fire Service responded to a fire at a chicken-breeding facility in the 2300 block of Calks Ferry Road, Friday. Upon arrival firefighting crews reported heavy fire engulfing the structure. In all 14 units and 26 crew members were on the scene. Lexington County Public Works was called […]

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Brookland-Cayce students celebrate Spanish culture

Brookland-Cayce High School Assistant Principal Brenton Coe listened as a group of students in his mentoring group talked about how they wanted the school to learn a bit more about them. That casual conversation among Coe’s ESOL students in the Young Men/Women of Character and Distinction resulted in the recent […]

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Lexington 2 students, employees not required to wear masks

Early Thursday, SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman rescinded the state face covering policy for public schools. Due to the Department of Education rescinding its policy, and an order that drops mask mandates from Gov. Henry McMaster, Lexington Two is changing its mask policy. Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade announced […]

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Woman, 56, dies after vehicle hits tree in Batesburg

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 2100 block of Broad Street, in Batesburg, at approximately 6 p.m., Tuesday. According to Fisher, Ms. Rhonda Faye Beaty, 56, of Leesville was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to her injuries. […]

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Brookland-Cayce Wrestlers Deontae Strader; Jonah Del Priore; and Terry Hildebrand honored by West Columbia City Council for championship season

The West Columbia City Council passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday, recognizing the The Brookland-Cayce Varsity Wrestling Team for all of their accomplishments in the 2021 school year. Specifically recognized were Coach Craig Watts, wrestlers: Deontae Strader; Jonah Del Priore; and Terry Hildebrand II (all pictured. for their accomplishments. […]

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West Columbia City Council celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

The West Columbia City Council recognized Teacher Appreciation Week at its regular meeting, Tuesday. The recognition was to thank past and present teachers for their service. West Columbia Councilwoman Casey Hallman and Councilman Mickey Pringle (both professional educators) stood with Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Brooks to receive the proclamation, Tuesday.

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Richland County teen Sanaa Amenhotep died after being shot

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the official cause of death ofRichland County teen, Sanaa Amenhotep, whose body was recovered from a woodedarea in Leesville, Thursday. According to Fisher, an autopsy performed Friday confirmed that MissAmenhotep sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The autopsy concluded that thegunshot wounds were the cause […]

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See the full moon over the Congaree River

Have you seen the full moon this week? One of the most attractive places to see the moon is over the Congaree River. These photos were taken of the river and of the Gervais Street Bridge. Most were taken from different spots on West Columbia’s Riverwalk. One is the moon […]

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55 Lexington 2 employees recognized for years of service

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington 2 Communications Director – Fifty-five employees of Lexington Two are being recognized for service to the district. The annual service awards recognize employees with 10, 20, 30 and 40-plus years of service in Lexington Two. Among the recipients, their schools and years of service: 10 […]

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Lexington County launches Text-to-911 service

Lexington County Emergency Services announced Wednesday the launch of Text-to-911 service. The County’s Text-to-911 uses the latest state-of-the-art technology allowing hearing- and speech-impaired residents, as well as those in potentially dangerous situations, to reach out for help. Text-to-911 will be available for all Lexington County residents and visitors in the […]

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Work on The Modern Locksmith in Cayce is progressing

It was announced in November that Irmo Lock Company purchased property for its second location in the Columbia market at 538 Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce. The new business will be named “The Modern Locksmith.” The unique shaped building is across from the Brookland-Cayce High School basketball arena.Crews have been […]

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Fire destroys mobile home in Lexington County

Lexington County Fire Services and West Columbia Fire units responded to the 3100 block of Dudley Road in reference to a mobile home fire just after 4:15 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, heavy flames could be seen coming from the home. Firefighters immediately went to work extinguishing the fire. There were […]

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Woman rescued from Congaree River Friday afternoon

A woman was rescued from the Congaree River near the Blossom Street Bridge, Friday afternoon. She transported to a local hospital. The rescue was a combined effort between the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the City of Columbia Police and Fire Departments and the City of West Columbia Police and […]

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Crash in Lexington causes lanes to be closed temporarily

There was a three-vehicle collision in Lexington Saturday at the intersection at Sunset Boulevard and Hope Ferry Road. The Lexington Police Department reported the accident before 1 p.m. All inbound lanes into Lexington were shut down as emergency personnel assessed the situation. Police asked motorists to use alternative routes until […]

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Lexington man charged in home remodeling fraud case

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused of contracting to do construction work he is not licensed to perform. James Brandon Jordan, 29, is charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses for signing a contract and accepting more than $30,000 to work on a Chapin home last October, according […]

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Gray Collegiate Academy getting a new weight room

Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia is getting a new weight room. The new facility is being constructed at the school’s campus off of Leaphart Road. The new weight room includes weights and racks from William’s Strength of West Columbia. The flooring is being done by BSN. The contractor is […]

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Vehicles and building destroyed by fire

Firefighters from Lexington County Fire Services, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Batesburg-Leesville and Irmo were dispatched to the 300 block of Broad Street – to Derrick’s Service Center – in reference to a commercial structure fire. Upon arrival several vehicles and a gas tanker were on fire. Firefighters immediately began extinguishing the […]

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Coroner identifies man killed in Lexington County crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. Monday, at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Fairview Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Allen Maurice Johnson, 53, of Leesville was transportedfrom the scene and pronounced dead […]

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Fire destroys Lexington County home

Lexington County Fire Services and EMS units responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Tannery Drive just before 3 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming the roof of the single-family home. Firefighters immediately went to work making sure there was no […]

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Teen missing in Richland County

Teen missing in Richland County. Kaleel McCain, age 16, was last seen leaving his home on Sterling Cross Drive, Wednesday afternoon (March 31.) His home is off Summit Parkway in Northeast Richland County. McCain is approximately 5’6” tall, and weighs 180 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. He […]

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Busbee, Brookland-Cayce Archery Teams finish the season strong

Dawn Kujawa, Lexington Two Communications– Lexington Two had a strong finish to its archery season, with both individual and team recognitions at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) Virtual State Championship. Elizabeth Pittman, an eighth-grader at Busbee Creative Arts Academy, finished third in the State Championship. She came in […]

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Lexington County deputies looking for Rex Corder

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Rex Corder. He’s wanted on three arrest warrants. He’s also a person of interest in the theft of an RV (pictured below) from a Gilbert home, according to Lexington County detectives. Call Crimestoppers to share anonymous info on where Corder might be. […]

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Lexington woman gets 12 years for felony DUI involving death

Last week, Lauren Michelle Dangerfield, 33 from Lexington, was sentenced to 12 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections following a guilty plea to Felony DUI, Involving Death. Dangerfield entered her guilty plea by videoconference using the Court’s Virtual Courtroom platform on Dec. 7. The sentencing hearing was delayed […]

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West Columbia Riverwalk closed, flood warning in effect

The West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road, and 100 Riverside Drive, West Columbia, is temporarily closed due to flooding. Flood Statement National Weather Service Columbia SC 537 AM EDT Sun Mar 28 2021 …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Carolina… Congaree River At […]

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Lexington road reopens after crash, Saturday

A three-vehicle collision on Augusta Road (US-1) at Cedar Road, in Lexington, closed the road for a while Saturday, according to the Lexington Police Department. The cars were removed from the road and all lanes have reopened about 1:30 Saturday afternoon. The cause of the collision was from a driver […]

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41 Lexington Two students named Myrdis Walker Scholars

From Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications – Forty-one Lexington Two students are being honored as 2020-21 Myrdis Walker Scholars. The district program, established in 1990, recognizes African-American students in eighth through 12th grades who have demonstrated academic excellence.  It is named for Myrdis Walker, who taught for many years […]

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West Columbia PD collecting food for Spring Break Food Drive

The West Columbia Police Department collected non-perishable foods for their annual Spring Break Food Drive last Saturday. The WCPD will also be collecting food on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at KJ’s Market (the former Bi-Lo), 2349 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Items Requested Are: Peanut Butter Jelly Spaghetti-O’s/Ravioli Microwave […]

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Body found on I-20, teens charged in fatal shooting

Lexington County deputies have arrested two 17-year-old males in connection with a fatal shooting in a car traveling on Interstate Highway 20 Tuesday night. “Based on forensic evidence and the information we gathered from witness statements, the teens we arrested had some sort of disagreement with Torrian Oree as they […]

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Body found on I-20, Tuesday evening, coroner identifies

Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was found deceased Tuesday, near exit 51 along Interstate 20 eastbound. Click here for initial report According to Fisher, Mr. Torrian Bryant Oree, 21, of Edgefield was discovered just east of exit 51 shortly after 7 p.m. Mr. Oree had sustained multiple […]

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Man’s body found on I-20 in Lexington County

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, late Tuesday night, it was in the early stages of a death investigation along I-20 east between exits 51 and 55. I-20 East was closed in that area. State troopers set up a detour. The interstate was later reopened. It was closed after a man’s […]

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Joshua Spry crowned Airport High School’s Mr. Eagle

Joshua Spry was crowned Airport High School’s Mr. Eagle, Saturday.  Fourteen students participated in the competition, which raises money for Airport’s Annual Charity Drive for Camp Kemo. More than $2,000 was raised at this year’s event to send children with cancer or blood disorders to summer camp. Among this year’s […]

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Lexington woman dies in West Columbia crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision that occurred in the 2000 block of Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia at approximately 7:40 a.m. Monday. According to Fisher, Ms. Kayla Marie Troutman, 32, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due […]

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Lanes reopen after crash in Lexington

All lanes have reopened on North Church Street in Lexington, around 6 p.m. Monday. The lanes were opened in the aftermath of a collision that resulted in their closing. The collision was caused by a driver failing to yield the right of way when crossing over from Butler Street, according […]

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Wave of Lexington 2 school personnel get COVID vaccine

A couple hundred Lexington School District Two employees were scheduled to get their first COVID vaccine shots Monday. About 230 Lexington Two employees signed up for the vaccination clinic at the Lexington Two Innovation Center in Cayce. By 11:30 a.m., 160 had been vaccinated. The vaccination session was scheduled to […]

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Tax filing deadline for individuals moved to May 17

The date to file individual incomes tax forms of the year 2020 has been extended. The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) is following the deadline change announced Wednesday by the IRS. The normal April 15 deadline has been changed to May 17. The recent IRS deadline change only applies […]

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Tiny house community to open in West Columbia

West Oaks Village is opening soon in West Columbia. It’s a tiny home community that will welcome its first residents in April. There will be eight homes on the site. Another tiny home community is planned near Lake Murray. Tiny homes are as small as 400-square-feet, with one or two […]

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Be prepared for severe weather Thursday

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict severe weather for South Carolina beginning late Thursday morning and lasting into Thursday evening. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are possible throughout the entire state Thursday. Your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado if a warning is issued […]

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West Columbia man arrested on drug and child neglect charges

A West Columbia man accused of drug trafficking charges is also accused of neglecting a child after Lexington County narcotics agents stopped him during a drug investigation. Curley Brooks, 44, is charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack, and unlawful neglect of a child, according to arrest warrants. “Agents from the […]

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Missing 1 year-old is found and is safe

The Cayce Department of Public Safety issued a statement Tuesday morning, asking for help to find one-year boy named “Khazi.” The child was found safe according to a Cayce DPS post before 5 a.m. Tuesday. The searched for the child was focused in the area of Cayce Cove Apartments, at […]

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Is it spring?

A period of warm weather in mid-March is producing colorful blooms in our neighborhoods. It’s not yet St. Patrick’s Day, but the colors of yellow, white, pink, and fuschia are popping out all over. The high temperature is predicted to be 54 degrees, with rain, Tuesday. But highs will be […]

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West Columbia man dies Friday, after Thursday crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was killed in a vehicle collision that occurred on Thursday shortly before 10 a.m. The incident occurred at the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Boiling Springs Road. According to Fisher, Mr. Phillip Auston Jones, 26, of West Columbia was […]

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West Columbia’s Gira Steel featured in Newsletter

This article is featured in the February-March issue of the West Columbia Newsletter: Click here to see Gira Patel is the president and CEO of Gira Steel, housed in a 269,000 square-foot facility on Williams Street in West Columbia. The company was established in 1997 to serve local contractors with […]

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Lexington man facing child sex charges

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man accused in two cases of sexual contact with a minor. Donald Sadler, 47, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to arrest warrants. “We were called […]

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Lexington Chamber recognizes local businesses and professionals

The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored Midlands businesses and professionals at its virtual Chamber Awards on Wednesday.  “The Chamber is proud to honor outstanding businesses and individuals who have made contributions to our community,” said Angelle LaBorde, Chamber President & CEO. “We believe a part of our mission is to provide […]

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Gervais Street Bridge Dinner planned for May 2

The Gervais Street Bridge Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 2. West Columbia City Council approved a request related to the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner at its March 2, meeting. The City of Columbia will consider approval at its council meeting on Tuesday (March 16.)  The May 2, event  would be […]

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2 Leesville residents arrested on drug charges

Lexington County deputies arrested two people last month after responding to a call about someone sleeping in a truck stop parking lot. Patrick Keith Gladden, 47, and Serena Ann McBee, 35, are charged with trafficking meth and altering pseudoephedrine, according to arrest warrants. “We received a call to check on someone […]

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Fire heavily damages West Columbia apartments

Units from the West Columbia Fire Department along with City of Cayce Public Safety, Lexington County Fire Services, the Irmo Fire District and Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to 1035 Comanchee Trail for a reported structure fire at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, West Columbia Fire Department firefighters found […]

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New TownePlace Suites in West Columbia is now open

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is now open at 2915 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The 111-room hotel is across from Lexington Medical Center.TownePlace Suites by Marriott is owned by Lexington 26 Hotel Associates LLC and the property is managed by Solara Hospitality of Columbia. “We are excited to introduce the […]

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Bamberg man arrested in catalytic converter theft

A 911 call about a suspicious vehicle Feb. 28 led Lexington County deputies to a Saint Andrews Road business where a man is accused of stealing catalytic converters. Rudolph Edward Myers, 50, is charged with two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, tampering with a vehicle and possession of […]

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Town of Lexington suspends face mask ordinance

Effective immediately, the Lexington Town Council has voted to suspend the ordinance that requires individuals to wear face coverings in retail establishments {grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores, etc.} within Town limits. Suspension of the face mask ordinance was announced on Friday. Also on Friday, SC Gov. Henry McMaster announced […]

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3 arrested, 3 wanted in financial fraud scheme

Lexington County deputies have arrested three people, while three others are wanted in connection to a scheme featuring stolen and forged checks, and fraudulent bank accounts. “Our investigation into the scheme started during a Jan. 26 traffic stop on a stolen vehicle,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The deputy […]

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Home significantly damaged in early morning fire

Lexington County Fire Services units responded to an early morning house fire off Lake Murray Friday, which displaced three people. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire in the 2100 block of Shull Avenue just after 3 a.m. Upon arrival, heavy flames could be seen coming from the home. Water shuttle, […]

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Lexington man arrested with 80-plus catalytic converters

Lexington County deputies arrested a man Tuesday after he was found with more than 80 catalytic converters. Curtis Sebastian Crummie, 41, is charged with 85 counts of felony property crimes in connection with the catalytic converters and a stolen truck and trailer he was using, according to arrest warrants. “We […]

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William “Bill” Mooneyhan obituary is published

William “Bill” MooneyhanFebruary 4, 1959 – February 27, 2021West Columbia, South Carolina – Bill Mooneyhan, 62, loving and devoted husband of Laura H. Mooneyhan, of McSwain Drive West Columbia, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021, unexpectedly at his home. Bill was born in Columbia, February 4, 1959, a son of […]

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Crash in Lexington affects traffic flow, Tuesday

A collision on Sunset Blvd. and US-378 near Old Cherokee Road in Lexington affected had inbound lanes, Tuesday. The Lexington Police Department reported the crash around 1 p.m. Police asked drivers to be alert for emergency personnel who were on scene. Police also asked drivers to consider an alternate route […]

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Woman who hit tree died of medical event, says coroner

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorist who died just after merging onto I-77 northbound from I-26 at approximately 11 a.m., Sunday. According to Fisher, Mrs. Vernetta Tillman, 73, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mrs. Tillman, who was wearing a seat belt, left the roadway […]

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2 men arrested for stealing catalytic converter

Two men who have been arrested by Lexington Police for stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle, Police Chief Terrence Green announced Monday. They were arrested after they fled from a business. On Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to a business at the 200 block of Swartz Road as the […]

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1 person killed in I-77 crash

One person was killed around 11 a.m., Sunday in a crash on I-77, at the 1 Mile Marker in Lexington County. Master Trooper David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol reported the fatality. A 2013 Toyota Avalon was traveling north when the car left the interstate, veering left. The car […]

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West Columbia businessman Bill Mooneyhan passes away

Bill Mooneyhan. Sr., who owned and operated Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia passed away Saturday evening (Feb. 27.) (Bill Mooneyhan in feature photo on the right with friend Steve Cohen.) Bill Mooneyhan Jr. Posted the following on Facebook: Last night I held my dads hand and told him goodbye. […]

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Lexington man dies in motorcycle crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the motorcyclist who died in collision that occurred in the 500 block of Boiling Springs Road at approximately 4:50 p.m., Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Marvin L. Drawdy, 59, of Lexington was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained.  Mr. Drawdy, […]

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West Columbia experiencing a wave of new businesses

Lots of new businesses are coming to West Columbia, and those businesses are thriving. Business owners say there is a welcoming spirit in West Columbia and the relationship between entrepreneurs and the City of West Columbia spurs growth. RE/MAX Southern Collection opened at 130 State St in West Columbia in […]

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Gray defeats York Prep, advances in 2A playoffs

Gray Collegiate Academy defeated York Prep 66 to 64, in the Class 2A Upper State playoffs Thursday evening. The win over second-ranked York Prep was the War Eagles tenth straight win this season. Gray has won three consecutive 2A state championships in basketball. Gray, of West Columbia, now has a […]