Chapin Historical Association works to designate Commercial Historic District

“Bostain Mercantile” served as Chapin’s first grocery store. A beauty salon now occupies the historic structure.
Also known as the “Capital of Lake Murray,” Chapin is filled with history from decades past.  With its growing popularity and development, many are attracted to Chapin because of its …

Lexington’s Livi Warren is crafting a career for the record books

Lexington softball star Livi Warren is entering her junior year and already has four years of varsity experience under her belt.

Canning for safe food preservation demonstrations to be held at Pelion Branch Library July through November

Canning has made a resurgence in recent years and the Clemson Extension Service is showing South Carolina residents how they can use this method to safely store food.   Samantha Houston, …

What to expect in therapy 

There are many situations that lead people to therapy, but the common reason people go to therapy is to feel better.   Increasingly, our society recognizes that therapists provide benefits …

HOLY COW! HISTORY: Hairy politicians, revisited

What’s old has become new again in presidential politics. And it’s been a mighty long wait, too. For the first time in nearly a century, there’s a candidate with facial hair on a …

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S.C. parole department announces new program for offenders

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Probation Services has announced a new program aimed at assisting offenders with finding employment since 26% of the state’s active …

Lexington County resident found guilty on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced the sentencing of a Lexington man who was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.   On July 10, Michael Scott Valdario was found guilty by a …

Mission Lexington has provided care to those in crisis for 46 years

Mission Lexington, a faith-based organization established in 1978, provides life essentials to those in the community experiencing hardship. Initially, when an individual or family arrives at the …

HOLY COW! HISTORY: The assassin, automaker and Academy Award-winning actress

Admittedly, it sounds like the start of a joke: “So a presidential assassin, a pioneering automaker and an Academy Award-winning actress walk into a bar…” But it’s not.  …

Lexington Medical Center recognized as best hospital by U.S. News and World Report

The U.S. News and World Report has named Lexington Medical Center the best hospital in the Columbia metro area for the third year in a row.    U.S. News evaluated each hospital’s …

Columbia man charged after his mother’s death

A Columbia resident has been accused of killing his mother in December of last year. 37-year-old Terry Lee Self Jr. is charged with murder after a canoer found his mother’s body in the …

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Brookland-Cayce adds two new head coaches to its athletic staff

Two new coaches will be on the Brookland-Cayce campus next year. Matt Kline will be the school’s next baseball coach, and Jamaal Brown will be the next girls basketball coach.
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Batesburg-Leesville is home to landmarks on National Registry of Historic Places

Hidden underneath a pair of magnolia trees on East Columbia Avenue, the Hartley House is now used as an event and wedding venue.

Known for its quaint community, southern charm and famous buffet style restaurant, Shealy's BBQ, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville is filled with historic landmarks from times past. This small town, …

In America’s vocabulary the phrase, “Fourth of July,” is synonymous with “star-spangled party.” It’s been that way from the very beginning. Founding Father John …
The Fourth of July holiday falls on a Thursday this year, and while there will certainly be plenty of celebrations around the Midlands on that day, some popular spots around Lexington County have chosen to throw their Independence Day parties a little early.
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Lexington local crowned 2024 Miss South Carolina Teen 

Lexington local, Mary Elle Marchant, was crowned 2024 Miss South Carolina Teen on June 29, 2024. In addition to winning her new title, Marchant was also awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the Miss South Carolina Organization. With 14 years of dance experience, she danced a routine to The Chorus Line’s opening hit, “I Hope I Get It,” for the talent portion of the competition.

Lexington native, Mary Elle Marchant, 18, was crowned 2024 Miss South Carolina Teen on June 29, 2024. The daughter of Andy and Rhonda, Marchant is a recent graduate of River Bluff High School’s …

As the effects of recent hot and dry conditions are being felt throughout the Palmetto State, the S.C. Drought Response Committee, during its meeting via conference call July 9, upgraded all of South …
Three dogs were found deceased and another two were found in poor condition inside a Lexington County home which led to the arrest of 40-year-old Robert John Jachim.  Lexington County …
The Lexington County Council approved pay raises for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department that went into effect on July 8.    All positions at the sheriff’s department …
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Warm weather did not stop residents from visiting the Market at Icehouse

Throughout the past few weeks, Lexington County has started experiencing the hot and humid summers we’re known for, but the outside activities continue to prosper. This past Saturday, the Icehouse Amphitheater held its weekly Market at Icehouse.

Parkland Plaza is gaining a couple of new tenants in its shopping center. The outparcel building in the plaza is being leased to Oak Street Health, a primary health care practice providing care for …
That familiar jingle of the highly anticipated ice cream truck on a summer afternoon ignites a feeling of excitement quite like no other. And while it's not exactly ice cream, Kona Ice strives to create similar memories one shaved ice at a time.
Rio Express Grill, located at 5594 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington is now open, offering a variety of Brazilian BBQ options for locals and visitors alike.
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Lexington artist paints another mural in Cayce

Start with the eyes and paint from there. That’s how Lexington artist Michael Geddings starts his murals and paintings and how he began his latest mural on the side of Mrs. Goodfoot’s …

Irmo defends action on charter school

The town of Irmo is not accepting any blame for the sudden cancellation of the upcoming school year for a new charter school, Irmo Mayor Bill Danielson said in an interview with the Chronicle. He is …

Meet the Peach Queens

Miss Lexington County Young Peach - Shelby Adkins   Miss Lexington County Little Peach - Skylann Teseniar   Miss Lexington County Wee Peach - Natalie Price  Miss …
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