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Photos: Lexington County Chili Cookoff draws big crowd for 10th annual event

The annual Lexington County Chili Cookoff was back in action for a 10th time Feb. 18, continuing to draw big crowds with its mix of community and warming grub. This year, the event spilled into the … more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Feb. 15

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Large crowd takes a cold plunge to fund Special Olympics efforts

A large crowd got cold and wet for a good cause Feb. 10. What looked to be about 1,000 people showed up for the 2024 Lake Murray Polar Plunge near the reservoir’s dam, running into the less than hospitable water as part of an annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics South Carolina. more

10 years later, Lexington County Chili Cook Off has grown, still about community

It’s a Lexington County tradition a decade in the making this year.  more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Feb. 8

Things to do in Lexington County. more

A guide to Valentine’s Day in Lexington County

To help your celebration live up, the Chronicle has some suggestions, with ideas ranging from where to get flowers to where to eat to local activities and more. more

Cayce museum adds exhibit spotlighting history of city's Black community

A little more than a week into Black History Month, the Cayce Historical Museum is unveiling a new permanent exhibit spotlighting the history of its African-American community. more

Jamil Shrine Center celebrates 50 years with circus it’s hosted throughout that time

A local mainstay is celebrating 50 years entertaining and giving back to the community. more

Supported by community, Batesburg-Leesville farm sanctuary cares for 200 potbelly pigs

Just down the road from downtown Batesburg-Leesville is an animal sanctuary like no other. Cotton Branch is home to more than 200 surrendered animals from across the U.S. The thing that sets them apart is the farm’s potbelly pigs. more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Feb. 1

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Photos: Savage Craft celebrates 3rd anniversary with help from country singer Cody Webb

Savage Craft Ale Works, West Columbia’s resident craft brewery, celebrated three years in business Jan. 27. more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 25

Things to do in Lexington County. more

Get bewitched by Village Square Theatre’s latest play

A romantic comedy between a witch and a publisher is portrayed for the first time at Village Square Theatre for two weekends. more

The Catch-Up: Shaq to DJ at Cayce electronic music festival

Shaquille O'Neal will be in Cayce come March. To DJ. more

Photos: Attendees brave cold to show off, check out collectable cars in Irmo

Despite waking up to some of the lowest temperatures the area has seen thus far this winter, local car enthusiasts still showed up in the parking lot of the Irmo location of Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee. more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 18

Things to do in Lexington County. more

Photos: More than 150-year-old organ featured in recital

An instrument steeped in history. more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 11

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The Catch-Up: Yamato closes, 24 Hour Pickleball sets opening date, it's Restaurant Week

For the second time in the span of a month, a Midlands restaurant that has been serving the area for nearly 50 years has closed. more

Artist with 13 years experience opens Deviant Tattoo studio in West Columbia

Junior Mondragon opened up his Deviant Tattoo studio Jan. 3. more

Meeting Street Music Fest to return for year two in West Columbia

They’re running it back in West Columbia. more

Photos: Kayakers paddled, ran and swam at the Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships

For a 24th year, kayakers and canoeists took to the cold Saluda River for the Millrace Massacre and Iceman Championships. more

Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 4

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Photos: New Brookland Tavern’s last night in West Columbia, first night in Five Points

"I walked into the old space Friday night with a bad attitude and too much of that 'kids these days' cynicism that chains people to the past. I’m getting older. We all are." more

Photos: New Brookland Tavern community says goodbye to West Columbia location

The New Brookland Tavern community gathered Dec. 27, two days before Lexington County’s longest continuously operating music venue was set to hold its final concert in West Columbia before moving across the Congaree River to Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood. more
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