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Global nonprofit Point 27 honors fallen Cayce Police Officer Andrew Barr

Cayce, SC 05/21/2022 – Recently, Global nonprofit Point 27 recently honored fallen Cayce Police Officer Andrew Barr who was shot and killed in the line of duty April 24, 2022, responding to a domestic disturbance. To honor Barr, Point 27 sent gifts of scripture-inscribed Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength dog-tag necklaces to the Cayce Police Department for his partner and the officers serving closely with him. They also sent a scripture-inscribed Folded Flag Necklaces for his parents. Based in Atlanta, Point 27 is headed by US Army (Ret.) Col. David Dodd. “It is tragic that this officer and his family sacrificed so much,” Dodd said. “We salute his courageous and selfless commitment to service and sacrifice.” Point 27 also sent 6,000 Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength for families of fallen officers attending National Police Week ceremonies this past weekend in Washington D.C. In late 2018, Point 27 began honoring every fallen officer, their agencies and families. Since 2014, Point 27 has gifted more than 510,000 Shields of Strength to members of the military, more than 220,000 to law enforcement officers, and 29,000 Folded Flag Pendant Necklaces to bereaved families of fallen members of the military and law enforcement. “Since 2018, the numbers and nature of reported line-of-duty deaths have made alarming turns. Not only have the line-of-duty deaths increased dramatically, especially last year and this year with the border crisis and the number of COVID-19 officer deaths; but the radical turn in some communities against law enforcement has magnified the need for encouraging law enforcement officers and their families, who are risking and facing so much,” Dodd said. “In these days when so many are publicly criticizing and questioning law enforcement, we are resolutely dedicated to sharing God’s Word with them and their families to encourage them and to show appreciation for their sacrifice and service. We want them to know we value them, God loves them, and they are never alone” Dodd said. Dodd commanded a battalion of the first troops deployed to Afghanistan following 911. He wore a Shield of Strength inscribed with Joshua 1:9 next to his government-issued dog tags; and equipped each of the soldiers in his command with a Shield of Strength before they deployed. Dodd says he hopes the scripture on the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength encourages these deputies and the family of the fallen, who are making and have made tremendous sacrifice for their communities. The face of the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength shows an engraved silver American flag face designed with one flag stripe of blue. The back of the dog tags is inscribed with Matthew 5:9," Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." The design and scripture were chosen by law enforcement officers. The Folded Flag Pendant necklaces are engraved with John 15:13; “Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Dodd served 27 years and four deployments in the military. After his military retirement, he founded Point 27, in 2014, to share the scripture-inscribed dog tags that encouraged him and his troops, with members of the military and veterans. Since – at the request of the law enforcement community, the outreach has expanded to include the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength for law enforcement officers. Point 27 has distributed hundreds of thousands of Shields of Strength including high-volume gifts in partnership with the national organizations: Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Tragedy Assistance Program for [military] Survivors (TAPS), Patriot Guard Riders, Carry The Load and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Global nonprofit Point 27 honors fallen Cayce Police Officer Andrew Barr

Bald Cypress Builders presents generous gift of $1,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation

Lexington, SC May 21, 2022 - The leadership team at Bald Cypress Builders recently presented a generous gift of $1,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation. This corporate donation will provide support to the Lexington Technology Center’s Building Construction Program in Lexington County School District One. Lexington One Educational Foundation Executive Director Julie Anderson Washburn shared, “We truly appreciate generous corporate partners like Bald Cypress Builders for prioritizing our students through their gifts to the Educational Foundation. This donation is a wonderful investment in our LTC students who are enrolled in the Building Construction Program this year. Such kindness enables LTC to continue to offer these amazing, hands-on courses and experiences to our students.” The Building Construction Program in Lexington District One currently provides real-world experiences for students through courses at the Lexington Technology Center (LTC), Gilbert High School and Pelion High School. It’s part of the district’s School of Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies Architecture & Construction Cluster. Students are able to complete the Building Construction Career Technical Education Sequence by enrolling in Building Construction 1 & 2. In addition, LTC offers courses in Cabinetmaking, Construction Project Management, and Electricity 1 & 2. fairviewgeneralsupply.comStudents may also compete in the state and national competitions each year with SkillsUSA, which is an organization that promotes leadership and partnership between students and industry. Each school program builds a house and the students are involved in every step of the home building process. This gives the enrolled students practical, real-world, hands-on experiences that industry partners value. One of the Bald Cypress Builders owners, Amelia Pocta, shared, “We’ve seen how wonderful and fulfilling careers in the construction industry can be, especially for folks who put in valuable time and effort towards learning how to do things the right way early on. We wanted to directly impact the Lexington community by contributing to some of the industry educators, and especially to the students those educators are molding into future construction rock stars!” The Educational Foundation and Lexington Technology Center are very fortunate to have Bald Cypress Builders supporting skilled education in Lexington District One, as they are cultivating future industry leaders in the Lexington community.

Bald Cypress Builders presents generous gift of $1,000 to the Lexington One Educational Foundation

Brookland-Cayce High School student earns National Merit Scholarship

Cayce, SC 05/19/2022 - A Brookland-Cayce High School student has earned a National Merit Scholarship. Senior David Hoffman was named a winner of the prestigious scholarship. Winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Hoffman plans to attend the University of South Carolina and has been offered a National Merit Scholarship for USC. CLICK ON OUR AD TO LEARN ABOUT ALL THE SERVICES OFFERED BY CORDER PEST CONTROL The National Merit Scholarship Program begins when high school juniors take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. In the fall, the highest-scoring participants from an initial field of roughly 50,000 nationwide are named among 16,000 semifinalists. From there, over 15,000 students meeting the very high academic standards and other requirements advance to the finalist level of the competition. Of those, about 7,500 are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. In addition to the PSAT/NMSQT, other criteria in selection of winners includes academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official. CAPTION: David Hoffman

Brookland-Cayce High School student earns National Merit Scholarship

Cayce based Dominion Energy SC's Charitable Foundation makes $120,000 grant to SCDNR

Cayce, SC 05/19/2022 - As Memorial Day approaches and many South Carolinians and visitors prepare to enjoy the lakes and other waterways across the state, a donation from the Cayce, SC based Dominion Energy SC and its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will provide the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) with new equipment to assist its mission of protecting the state’s waterways. Dominion Energy South Carolina President Keller Kissam on Wednesday presented Gov. Henry McMaster and SCDNR officials with a new side-scan sonar device during a ceremony at Lake Murray Public Park in Lexington County. Dominion Energy provided a $120,000 grant to the South Carolina Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association (SCWLEOA), which used the funding to purchase the new equipment. The agency had only one side-scan sonar device for use across the entire state. With the second system, SCDNR can now divide the state into two zones, significantly increasing its efficiency and response time during emergencies. Having two devices will also provide more options for first responder training and assist with underwater maintenance work. “In every corner of South Carolina, you’ll find breathtaking waterways that attract people from all around the country, and it is imperative that we do all we can to protect them,” McMaster said. “I’m grateful for Dominion Energy’s grant that will help the Department of Natural Resources keep these waterways safe, but we all have to do our part in responsibly enjoying these natural gifts.” Side-scan sonar devices emit intense pulses, which can provide a vivid image covering a wide range in zero-visibility conditions along the bottom of a lake or river. With it, responders can quickly scan a large body of water during search and recovery operations. “Safety is Dominion Energy’s top priority in everything we do, including operating Lake Murray,” Kissam said. “We rely heavily on the partnerships we have with law enforcement agencies such as SCDNR -- the true guardians of these irreplaceable resources that make South Carolina so unique. It is Dominion Energy’s pleasure to provide a significant grant for this much-needed equipment, to promote water and boating safety, and to encourage personal responsibility regarding the trash footprint no one should ever leave behind when enjoying the wonders of nature in our beloved home state. Working together, we can preserve this legacy for generations to come.” SCDNR Director Robert H. Boyles Jr., said, “We are grateful and thankful for Dominion Energy’s purchase of a side-scan sonar device for use on South Carolina’s major lakes and waterways. The sidescan sonar will assist SCDNR law enforcement personnel in search and recovery operations and emergency management incidents all across the state. This is especially timely and appropriate as next week is National Safe Boating Week.” In addition to its close work with SCDNR, SCWLEOA will partner with community groups to educate boaters on common water dangers and how to prevent and respond to emergencies while on the water. Dominion Energy is also partnering with Keep the Midlands Beautiful on an anti-litter campaign. This campaign will add permanent signs at all of Lake Murray’s islands and boat ramps reminding visitors to “Leave Only Footprints Behind.”

Cayce based Dominion Energy SC's Charitable Foundation makes $120,000 grant to SCDNR

Oh no you didn’t! Thief takes dogs during burglary

Lexington, SC 05/19/2022 (Paul Kirby) – There use to be an old southern saying that went something like this. “You can mess with my house, me, or just about anything else I own but don’t you ever, ever mess with my dogs!” Unfortunately, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, that’s just what someone did during a recent burglary. CLICK ON THIS AD TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES OFFERED BY CAYCE COUNSELING SERVICES According to the Department, someone stole these two cuties from a home on Wallace Way in the Oak Grove area of Lexington County during a burglary last week, according to the owner. The two precious pugs are now with the bad guys, and we can’t help but point out that’s not a good thing. If you have any info about this dog knapping or the burglary, please contact Det. Barr at 803-785-8230.

Oh no you didn’t! Thief takes dogs during burglary

LMC announces Avery L. Buchholz, MD has joined the staff of Lexington Brain and Spine

West Columbia, SC 05/19/2022 - Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Avery L. Buchholz, MD, to the hospital’s network of care at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute. Specializing in diseases of the brain and nervous system, Dr. Buchholz joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute to provide comprehensive care in the treatment of disorders affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves, including surgery for degenerative conditions, trauma and cancer. Dr. Buchholz graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He then completed a neurological surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, serving as chief resident. After his training at MUSC, Dr. Buchholz completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While there, he also completed an AO spine fellowship, winning its national award for best clinical research. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Buchholz is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society, among other organizations. He has also served as second lieutenant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard 13th MEED, Medical Service Corp., and as captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard Medical Command, Medical Service Corp. Dr. Buchholz treats all disorders of the spine with specific expertise in spinal deformity, scoliosis, complex spine surgery, tumors of the spine and minimally invasive surgeries. He has more than 15 years of clinical experience and most recently served as assistant professor of Neurosurgery at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville and as an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at MUSC. Dr. Buchholz is accepting new patients. You can reach his office by stopping by the Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, Lexington Medical Park 3, 222 East Medical Lane Suite 200, West Columbia, SC or by calling (803) 935 - 8410.

LMC announces Avery L. Buchholz, MD has joined the staff of Lexington Brain and Spine

Lexington One names Keisler as new principal for Pelion Middle School

Lexington, SC 05/19/2022 - On May 17, 2022, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Jessica L. Keisler to principal of Pelion Middle School. A 16-year, award-winning educator, Keisler currently serves as PMS assistant principal. Keisler’s commitment to the Pelion community is evident, as she’s spent her entire career serving the students of PMS. She began her career in 2006 as an English language arts teacher at PMS, before she transitioned to teaching mathematics. During her ten years in the classroom, she served as ELA and math department chair, collaborated to develop curriculum and participated in Teacher Leadership Council. She also coached middle school and junior varsity girls basketball. She earned the Lexington District One Distinguished Reading Teacher Award in 2007. She also won Teacher of the Year in 2012 at PMS and was named a Top 5 finalist for district Teacher of the Year for 2012–13. Additionally, from 2015–2017, Keisler served as the adult education coordinator for Pelion High School, where she supported students and handled administrative needs of the program. In 2017, she was promoted to instructional coach and lead interventionist. In this role, she provided professional development for teachers, implemented schoolwide Tier 2 Response to Intervention programs and planned community outreach events. She was awarded the Michelin Golden Apple Award for 2018. The district promoted Keisler to assistant principal at PMS in 2018. She currently coordinates testing, supervises special education programs, oversees emergency and safety drills and procedures, develops master schedules, and conducts teacher observations and professional learning. She holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and psychology from Charleston Southern University, as well as a Master of Education in teaching and a Master of Education in administration from University of South Carolina. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.

Lexington One names Keisler as new principal for Pelion Middle School

Batesburg-Leesville hires well known Lexington County lawman as new Chief of Police

Batesburg-Leesville, SC 11/19/2022 - Batesburg-Leesville Town Manager, Ted Luckadoo, has announced the hiring of Darren Amick as the new Chief of Police for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. Chief Amick will be stepping into the new role following the retirement of Chief Wallace Oswald, who served as Chief of Police for 42 years, on July 1, 2022. After a 2-month process which included panel interviews with highly regarded law enforcement officials, city managers, and officials from the Solicitor’s Office, the decision was made that Amick was the best choice and brought the most management and leadership experience to continue what Chief Oswald has built over the last 42 years. Luckadoo, stated “I can’t begin to describe how difficult it has been to go through this process and to find the person you feel is right to follow in the footsteps of a highly regarded 42-year Police Chief. We had a wonderful pool of candidates, both internal and external, and there were so many great options to decide from, but ultimately you must select a candidate based on overall credentials and ability to lead and Darren was the most qualified and experienced person. I know he will come in and lead the department, pick up on where Chief Oswald is leaving off, and move us into the future. Change is always difficult, but I know his experience will be very beneficial during this time of change.” Amick, who resides in the Gilbert area, has an extensive career in law enforcement that stretches over 36 years. He began his career in April 1986 as a telecommunications operator for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. After serving in that role for a year, he became a deputy and from there his career advanced up the ranks within the Department. During his time at Lexington County, he attended and graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy. His most notable roles within the Sheriff’s Department were Lieutenant of Narcotics/Task Force Commander (2001-2003),Captain/Region Commander (2005-2007), Captain/Headquarters Commander (2007-2010), and his final position within the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was Major of Operations (2010-2014). These leadership positions over that 13-year period afforded him the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and management experience. During his career, Amick served for 3 years in the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as a Chief Investigator, where he investigated and prepared Capital murder cases for trial. In 2012, Amick decided to retire and return to the Sheriff’s Department in his same role as Major of Operations. More recently in November 2020, Amick went to work at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, where he serves as an Instructor/Training Coordinator for their Mobile Training Unit. “When you talk about Amick’s experience and leadership, he has led from the front across many different aspects of law enforcement to include instructing, community policing, narcotics, operations, investigations, and most importantly administration,” Luckadoo stated. Amick, a native of the Chapin area of Lexington County, is excited about the opportunity to lead the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, which he is very familiar with, having worked closely with Chief Oswald and the department over the years while at the Sheriff’s Department. He stated “I’m looking forward to working with the men and women of BLPD, the Town Council, and more importantly the community as we provide professional law enforcement services. I know following in the footsteps of Chief Oswald will be no easy task, but I know he has built a strong foundation of success and I intend to continue and build on those successes. My vision is one of strong community relationships, community policing, and serving others.” Chief Oswald officially retires June 30, 2022, and Chief Amick will begin his new role in the next couple of weeks, which will afford him some time with Chief Oswald before his retirement. In Amick’s first official move, he is promoting Captain Dave Bouknight to the rank of Major to serve as Assistant Police Chief. Amick understands the importance of having the internal knowledge and feels Bouknight is the person to serve by his side in his new role.

Batesburg-Leesville hires well known Lexington County lawman as new Chief of Police

38 Lexington Two students qualify for South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy

West Columbia, SC 05/18/2022 - Thirty-eight Lexington Two high school students qualified for the South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy, an award from the SC Department of Education that recognizes students who have attained proficiency in English and another language by graduation. Students are recognized for their levels of mastery in testing, with gold being the highest. The Seal of Biliteracy may appear on the student’s diploma or a separate certificate, and it may include a notation that appears on a graduating senior’s transcript. Among the Lexington Two students recognized: Airport High School Janet Alarcon Bautista (Spanish, silver) Stephanie Bornios Gonzalez (Spanish, bronze) Alejandra Gabino Hernandez (Spanish, silver) Brianna Nicole Cruz (Spanish, silver) Carlos Lopez Lopez (Spanish, silver) Melissa Mar Morales (Spanish, silver) Jocelyne Martinez Miravete (Spanish, silver) Jennifer Diaz Montalvo (Spanish, silver) Geraldine Paniagua Ilagor (Spanish, silver) Daniel Perez Martinez (Spanish, silver) Karina Ponce Vargas (Spanish, bronze) Dayanara Arellano Bernal (Spanish, silver) Jacob Kaminski (Polish, bronze) Antonia Alvarez (Spanish, silver) Kaley Contreras Silva (Spanish, bronze) Lineth Castillo Ortega (Spanish, gold) Monserrat Diaz Mendez (Spanish, silver) Elisabeth Gonzalez Linares (Spanish, silver) Brittany Rafael Perez (Spanish, silver) Brookland-Cayce High School Dainery Hernandez Oseguera (Spanish, gold) Irene Hernandez (Spanish, bronze) Atzhiri Torres Castanon (Spanish, bronze) Ilia Martinez Ramos (Spanish, silver) Louis Mouhteros (Spanish, bronze) Abel Zuniga Hernandez (Spanish, silver) Brandon Jimenez Cortez (Spanish, bronze) Antonio Culebro Pacheco (Spanish, bronze) Brayan Alvarenga Alvarenga (Spanish, bronze) Luis Agudo Colon (Spanish, silver) Morgan Swygert (Latin, bronze) Amanda Lam (Latin, silver) Sydney Springs (Latin, bronze) Tara O’Toole (Latin, bronze) Abigail Boone (Latin, bronze) Margaret Caldwell (Latin, bronze) Marya Sherzad (Dari, gold) Massooma Al-Rshim (Arabic, bronze) Sahrish Ahmad (Hindi, silver) The Lexington Two students will be recognized at the May 19 board meeting. The South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy advances the state's commitment to preparing every learner for college- and career-readiness in an increasingly international community, according to the SC Department of Education. The majority of U.S. states and Washington D.C. have approved Seals of Biliteracy.

38 Lexington Two students qualify for South Carolina Seal of Biliteracy

Lexington One Foundation presents Administrator of the Year Award to Heath Branham

Lexington, SC 11/18/2022 - On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Lexington One Educational Foundation presented the 2022 Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year Award to Mr. Heath Branham at the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees meeting. Established by the Foundation in 2005, this foundation award recognizes an outstanding and deserving administrator in the district, while also honoring an esteemed administrator from the original Lexington School District One staff of 1952, the late Mr. Joseph M. Bedenbaugh. Mr. Bedenbaugh worked in the district for 36 years serving as a seventh-grade math teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for personnel and federal programs. The Educational Foundation honors Mr. Bedenbaugh annually as its leadership presents the award to a contemporary administrator at the end of each school year. Mr. Branham currently serves as the Principal of Centerville Elementary School (CES). He is a seasoned educator with more than 20 years of teaching and educational leadership experience. Centerville Elementary School second grade teacher Emily Walker initiated and led the nomination of Mr. Branham and shared in the submitted packet, “When reading the Lexington One Educational Foundation’s Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year Award criteria, I could not find a single requirement that Heath did not meet.” Other teachers and students from the second and third grades contributed photos, writings and personal quotes. One student said he is “always kind and caring,” while another said, “he always keeps us safe and if we need help, he helps us…he is the best!” Staff shared that Branham is an encouraging and supportive leader who expects the very best of his teachers, staff and students and believes in them. He was described as a wonderful communicator, greeting students in a “happy voice” each day and updating staff and parents weekly. Others said he is very kind and thoughtful and makes his staff feel appreciated. Finally, students shared through descriptive writings that Mr. Branham interacts with CES students on a daily basis by welcoming them to school each day, encouraging them by assisting in the classroom and/or celebrating their “dreambox lessons with music.” Branham also shares on the CES website his belief that all children can and must learn and lead a life full of rewarding opportunities, which emanates in everything he does in leading the school as principal. Mr. Branham began his career in education as a teacher at Newberry Middle School in 1995, moving the following year to teach at Prosperity-Rikard Hill Elementary. Soon after he was promoted to assistant principal and then principal at the elementary level at various schools. Branham first came to Lexington District One in 2005 as principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary School. In 2007, he was promoted to the position of Lexington District One’s Director of Elementary Schools. In 2009, he left the district to join Edison Learning and the South Carolina Department of Education as SC senior vice president in the School Turnaround program. In 2011, he became the executive director for school improvement and worked with partnership schools, turnaround schools, and dropout centers across the nation. Branham returned to Lexington District One in 2017 as the Gilbert Elementary principal and was appointed as Centerville Elementary School’s first principal in 2019. Branham received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Newberry College and a Master of Education in supervision and administration from Clemson University. He is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Learning Forward, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Literacy Association. Branham’s wife, Julie, and his children, Drew, Libby and Sydney, as well as Branham’s parents, F.L. and Linda Branham, all attended the surprise meeting to celebrate the honor presented to such a deserved Lexington District One administrator. Many individuals from Centerville Elementary School also attended for the special surprise presentation. It is always a challenge for the Educational Foundation’s Bedenbaugh Selection Committee to make decisions each year, as many wonderful administrators are nominated. However, once the administrator of the year is revealed, it’s evident that the individual stood out among the others, as Heath Branham was the obvious choice for the Educational Foundation’s 2022 Administrator of the Year in Lexington District One. Pictured: Front Row (Left to right): Heath Branham’s parents, Linda and F. L. Branham; Branham’s children, Drew Branham, Libby Branham and Sydney Branham; Branham’s wife, Julie; award winner & Centerville Elementary School (CES) Principal Heath Branham; Educational Foundation Executive Director Julie Anderson Washburn; Lexington District One Superintendent Dr. Gregory D. Little; Centerville Elementary School Assistant Principals Kim Streett and Patrick Burnett Second Row (Left to right): Lexington District One Board of Trustees Kathryn W. Henson, Timothy F. Oswald, Michael E. Anderson, Anne Marie Green (chair), Dr. Brent M. Powers and Jada B. Garris

Lexington One Foundation presents Administrator of the Year Award to Heath Branham

Local artist and art teacher to hold Art Camp in Pelion over summer break

Pelion, SC 11/18/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Local artist and art teacher Karen Gladden is offering several day camps this summer based on all types of art. Each of the camps will be held at the Pelion Community Center in the 800 block of Pine Street next door to Shumpert’s IGA. Gladden has set a minimum class size of 4 campers and the classes will cap at 12 campers. Some courses are for campers 6 to 14, while others are for children aged 8 to 14. According to Gladden, campers will create 2-D and 3-D art pieces based on the session’s topic. All of the morning Art Camp sessions are Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The afternoon sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m. Each session is $155 and that covers all the supplies, materials, and a daily snack. There are 3-weeks’ worth of Art Camp to chose from. Week 1 is from June 13-16 and will focus on Art Around the World in the morning sessions and Aliens and Astronauts in the afternoon. Week 2 begins July 11 and continues though July 14. Its themes are Carnival, Castles, and Creatures in the morning and Fairies and Fantastic Beast in the afternoon sessions. Week 3 is from July 25 through July 28 and will feature Animal Adventures in the mornings. The afternoon’s feature is As Seen on the Big Screen. For more information about the Pelion Summer Art Camps, contact Karen Gladden at 803 553-7442 or by email at karengladdenartworkshops@gmail.com.

Local artist and art teacher to hold Art Camp in Pelion over summer break

Lexington County firefighters battle several structure fires Tuesday afternoon

Pine Grove, SC 11/18/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County firefighters battled several working structure fires Tuesday afternoon. One was off Bradley Drive in the Pine Grove area of Lexington County and the second was off Meadowfield Road near its intersection with Woodtrail Drive close to the Town of Gaston later in the day. The first fire was reported in a single-family home in the 100 block of Bradley. When the first due truck arrived, the crew found heavy smoke and fire coming from the single-story home in a quiet neighborhood. They were able to pull their attack lines and advance on the fire, bringing it under control. In this area of the county, there are fire hydrants that the trucks were able to use to establish a reliable water source for the fight. A second truck stretched a large diameter hose from a hydrant and kept the interior crews from running out of water as they worked. A neighboring home was damaged by the blaze according to the County. Servprolexingtonsc.com According to a spokesperson for the County of Lexington, there were two people displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Lexington County firefighters also received help from crews with the City of West Columbia Fire Department. The second structure fire was reported about 3:00 p.m. on Meadowfield Road between the Woodtrail Drive roundabout and Fallaw Road. Before the first due fire truck arrived on scene, neighbors reported that fire was quickly consuming the mobile home. Firefighters from across southern Lexington County rushed to the scene of the fire and began to attack it with their hoses. As more equipment and manpower arrived, the crews were able to overwhelm the fire with water and bring it under control. Lexington County has not said if anyone was displaced as a result of this fire. Both fires are being investigated to determine the cause and origin of the blazes.

Lexington County firefighters battle several structure fires Tuesday afternoon