The Catch-Up: Lexington animal shelter running adoption special, airport seeks artists

Posted 12/8/22

Lexington County Animal Services is trying to find forever homes for its canine residents this holiday season.

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The Catch-Up: Lexington animal shelter running adoption special, airport seeks artists


Lexington County Animal Services is trying to find forever homes for its canine residents this holiday season.

To achieve that goal, it’s hosting a dog adoption event that lasts through Dec. 22. 

During the Home for the Holidays event, dogs that have been in the shelter for longer than 30 days will be free to adopt and all others will have a $20 adoption fee. All are up to date on immunizations (including rabies) and are spayed and neutered and have had a behavioral assessment “so they are ready to find their forever family,” a release states.

“Anyone who is interested in adopting a dog is encouraged to visit the shelter at 321 Ball Park Road in Lexington,” the release states. “All of the shelter staff are very familiar with the dogs that are ready for adoption so they will help you find the perfect dog to fit your family and lifestyle. Adopting a new pet is a significant commitment, and the staff is ready to assist with their knowledge and experience to make sure the adoption is successful.”

Normal capacity for the shelter is holding about 40 dogs ready for adoption. According to the release, the shelter had 70 such dogs as of Nov. 30.

Airport art program seeks submissions

For artists who want their creations displayed in the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, now is the time to act.

The Art in the Airport program, which sets up rotating gallery displays of a local artist that last three months, is currently selecting submissions for 2023.

Those who wish to submit can find criteria and instructions at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Dec. 31.

“The Art in the Airport program has become something our valued passengers look forward to seeing and experiencing every time they travel through our airport. We’ve gotten calls about various artists' work, as well as individuals thanking us for simply displaying local talent,” said Kim Crafton, the airport’s director of marketing and air service development, is quoted in a release

“This program not only shines a light on artists in this community but provides the perfect sense of place for our travelers. We are so grateful to welcome them to our city in this way.

Batesburg-Leesville Middle a ‘School to Watch’

Batesburg-Leesville Middle School is once again a “School to Watch.”

Lexington County School District 3 announced last week that the school was once again recognized by the School to Watch program, a product of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades, which seeks to shine a light on “diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle grades.”

The school first received the designation in January 2020, with the redesignation process set to happen every three years.

“The criteria that is set forth in the Schools to Watch model is rigorous, growth-oriented and earned based on achievement across the domains of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and school organization,” district Superintendent Ashley Atkinson is quoted. “We could not be more proud of the administrators, faculty, staff and students of Batesburg-Leesville Middle School for this tremendous accomplishment.” 

31 other schools in the state have received the designation, including Chapin Middle School, which was recently redesignated as a School to Watch for a third time.

Card collector business opens in Lexington

Card collectors have a new spot to revel in their hobby.

The State’s Chris Trainor reports that Palmetto Cards recently opened at 404 West Main St. in Lexington, next to the New York Butcher Shoppe in a small shopping center near downtown.

The hobby shop “carries a wide variety of sports cards — baseball, basketball, football, soccer, pro wrestling and more — as well as other sports collectibles. The shop sells, buys and trades cards and also submits cards for grading. Grading is the process of submitting cards to a third party to verify their quality and condition,” Trainor writes.

Owner Aaron Cordero, who runs the business with his son Jacob and fiance Meredith Hatley, had been running a card grading submission business for years.


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