A group of local students was involved as Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn in for a second and final full term in office Jan. 11 at the Statehouse in Columbia.
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The Irmo High School Concert Choir performed during the inauguration ceremony.
Under the direction of choral director Frank Turner, the students sang “Stars I Shall Find” as part of the program.
The Lexington County School District 1 Educational Foundation announced continuing contributions from a pair of corporations operating in Lexington County:
Four Lexington County schools were recently named by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control as Champions of the Environment.
“‘Champions of the Environment’ awards are issued each school year to foster environmental education and action in South Carolina’s classrooms, from kindergarten through 12th grade,” according to a release. “Teachers apply for grant funding by outlining their educational project that focuses on pollution or waste reduction, water or energy efficiency, or preservation of natural areas. The grant program is sponsored by DHEC, Dominion Energy, and Sylvamo, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina.”
The 20 winners selected for 2022-23 is the largest number in the program’s history. The projects the funding will go toward include “gardens, habitat restoration projects, litter prevention, citizen science, waste management, and alternate energy sources,” the release states.
The Lexington County winners were Beechwood Middle ($2,500), Glenforest School ($2,500), Leaphart Elementary STEAM Magnet ($1,000), and Swansea High Freshman Academy ($1,000).
Nearly a year after its short move was announced, Lexington’s “downtown” Sonic Drive-In is open in its new location along Columbia Avenue.
The outpost of the fast-food burger chain, which had operated at 312 Columbia Ave. for nearly three decades, opened for business at 461 Columbia Ave. Jan. 11, completing a move that was revealed in February 2022.
“A mixture of old and new faces have been training and are waiting to take your order!” the restaurant posted to Facebook. “Come by and meet the crew and tell us what you think.”
Sonic takes the place of a Bojangles that closed in 2017.
It’s the second drive-through burger spot to open near downtown Lexington in recent weeks, as the fast-casual chain Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, which had been under construction at the corner of Swartz Road and E Main Street, opened Dec. 14.
Per its Facebook, the new Sonic is opening with limited time items including steak and bacon grilled cheese, sweet minis and pickle fries.
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