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The drought is over: Lexington wins first state basketball title in 24 years

Lexington defeated Byrnes in the 5A state title game to give the program its first basketball championship in 24 years.
Lexington dominated Byrnes to secure the 2024 5A boys basketball state title and end a 24-year drought.
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Lexington high schoolers to learn financial literacy with program funded by SAFE Federal Credit Union

SAFE membership development officer Amanda Reed shows the online program that some South Carolina students will be using to practice financial responsibility on. SAFE Federal Credit Union invested over $100,000 into the initiative to promote financial literacy in South Carolina students and announced on Feb. 28 that the course would be coming to schools throughout the state.
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Schools throughout South Carolina, including public and private schools in Lexington County, now have access to a course teaching financial literacy.  SAFE Federal Credit Union has invested …

Lexington addiction recovery nonprofit expands into Columbia

The Courage Center will offer the same addiction recovery services it offers in Lexington at its new Columbia location.

A local nonprofit centered around addiction recovery is expanding into Richland County.

The Catch-up: Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee expanding to Ballentine, suspending operations in Chapin

Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee is hard at work on its forthcoming Ballentine location.

A Lexington County coffee brand is expanding again, but also cutting back.

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Gray Collegiate wins program's sixth state title in last 2A dance

The Gray Collegiate boys basketball team won its sixth 2A state title, defeating Oceanside in Florence Friday.
The Gray Collegiate War Eagles cemented their dynasty, winning their sixth 2A state title Friday after beating Oceanside.

Lexington duo captures Athlete of the Week honors

Two Lexington High School sports stars claimed this week’s Athlete of the Week honors after putting on a masterclass for their team. 

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 …
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Railroad work closed several key Lexington County crossings in recent weeks

Farming Creek Road in Irmo was one interchange that saw improvements during a recent round of railroad work in Lexington County.

A recent round of railroad maintenance within Lexington County is now complete, with CSX having completed the Lexington County portion of work at various crossings.

Midlands Technical College continued to celebrate Black History Month with its ninth annual Harbison History Day.
Art has been a passion of Kim Winn since she was a young girl drawing on the floor. After the passing of her brother and then her father a few years ago, she decided to pursue her artist’s dream and give back to the community she grew up in. 
A recently departed Cayce distillery and its unconventional landmark aren’t coming back to the city along the Congaree River, but the business’ owners are starting fresh in another part of Lexington County.
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Lexington County state representative at forefront of push to reform liquor liability

State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.

Local restaurant owners continue to push against rising insurance rates in South Carolina, described by many as a dire threat to their continued operation.

It appears that Compton’s Kitchen, a West Columbia institution that has reliably served up country breakfast and “meat n’ fixins” since 1977, has closed.
Hard at work on a plan to take it into the future, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport hit another milestone in its recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown.
A key spot along Lexington’s Main Street, once slated to be the site of an ultimately scrapped beer garden, is now fully rented out, with the latest future tenant also planning to sling craft beer.
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State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Jay Kilmartin (R-Lexington) speaks at a Feb. 20 South Carolina Venue Crisis rally at the Statehouse.
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Six athletes from Lexington County took home the top prize, and many others finished in their classes top-4. 
Lexington has found a permanent solution for a downtown sewage issue that has necessitated a truck to be on site pumping 24/7 for almost a year.
Three teams played in last week’s upper and lower state championships in Florence, with the Lexington and Gray Collegiate boys advancing to the state finals.
In the wake of a backlash over Lexington County’s move in December to cancel a 40-year-old agreement to maintain roads in county towns and cities,  County Council has approved a new agreement that will continue to provide maintenance services but with some exceptions.
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