Purple Martin birdwatching hits peak at Lake Murray

Every year around this time, you can find excited bird watchers all around Lake Murray hoping to catch a glimpse of the Purple Martin. Purple Martins are a Neotropical bird species that migrate to …

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 …

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 …

Paint Like Bob Ross class at State Of The Art teaches you the joy of happy trees

One wonders what painter and TV host Bob Ross, who sadly passed away in 1995, would think of his popularity today. Ross, with his gentle voice, warm smile and Afro-style hairdo, was certainly …

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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 …

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.

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 …

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, …

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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