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Large lake home destroyed by fire early Friday morning

Gilbert, SC – 03/05/3032 (Paul Kirby) - A lake home described by the first arriving firefighters as a “three story house” was destroyed by fire early Friday morning. The fire was reported just before 3:00 a.m. off Shull Avenue on Shull Island, a prominent landmark on Lake Murray. Shull Island lies between the Chapin and Lexington shores of Lake Murray. It sits between Bombing Range Island and the area near Dreher Island State Park and further west, the Twin Bridges community. A fire at the end of Shull Island at night could almost certainly be seen for miles and probably was visible from at least three of the counties that border the lake. Firefighters from Lexington County stations rushed to the scene after the fire was originally reported. Shull Island is at the end of a long peninsula off US Hwy. 378 north of the town of Lexington. Because of its one way in/one way out access, it’s a long run for any emergency services. Still, the first crews arrived on scene within a reasonable time and reported that at least half of the home was already engulfed in flames. There are special challenges to fighting fire in areas along the shores of Lake Murray like this. Fire crews are surrounded by water but often have a difficult time accessing it to supply their efforts. In this case, there were no fire hydrants close by. Boat ramps that would allow heavy fire engines full access to the waters of the lake without homes or soft yards to hinder their approach were difficult to find. Originally, water tanker trucks were used to supply water to fight the fire until another source could be located and established. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s Fire Boat was requested but it had an extended response time due to the hour. It can draw water out of the lake to supply fire trucks or use a large monitor nozzle to direct a stream of water onto the fire itself. That boat eventually arrived, and a neighbor also offered a ramp close by that did give them access to draw water out of Lake Murray to fight the fire at some point. A portion of the home began to collapse as the fire progressed. Firefighters were undeterred, and they continued to fight diligently until the fire was brought under control. That took several hours. The home was deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

Town of Springdale welcomes two new police officers this week

Springdale, SC 03/04/2021 (Paul Kirby) – The Town of Springdale Police Department officially gave the oath of office to two new police officers this week. The small ceremony was held during the Springdale Town Council Meeting. Officer D. Rogers and Officer E. Stone were both sworn in by Chief Richbourg. They will join the other members of the department in patrolling the streets and keeping Springdale the quiet bedroom community that it is. The department also recognized Sgt. Gantt for 5 years of service to the citizens of the town. During this same ceremony, they also recognized Officer C. Wilhelm (not pictured) as the Springdale Police Department's Employee of the Month! CAPTION: L TO R Sgt. Gantt, Officer Rogers, and Officer Stone.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department needs assistance identifying this man

Lexington, SC – 03/04/2021 (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to locate a man they believe committed a crime. They say that the man whose picture is attached may have exposed himself in an indecent manner. Investigators have a photograph of the man and a car he was driving. Please look closely at both. If you believe you know who he is, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC. You can also make tips through their website at midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Lexington Police Department looking for vulnerable adult

Lexington, SC – 03/04/2021 (Paul Kirby) - The Lexington Police Department is hoping someone may have seen this elderly woman. Her name is Linda Holden. Recently, she left the assisted care facility where she lives on Addy Lane in the Town of Lexington, SC. Ms. Holden was last seen at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. She was wearing multi-colored pajamas. She is described as approximately 5'5" in height and weighs about 125 pounds. She has non-life-threatening mental health issues. Ms. Holden is not believed to be a danger to herself. They do need to make contact with her to ensure she is okay. If she is seen or you know where she is at, please call the Lexington Police Department at 803-359-6260.

SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Recalls are safety issues

Lexington, SC - 03/04/2021 (Sheriff Jay Koon) - In the almost six years I’ve served as your sheriff, I’ve made sure we, at the Sheriff’s Department, are doing all we can to help make Lexington County’s roads safer. We’ve worked with the South Carolina Highway Patrol to respond to crashes and on enforcement initiatives to save lives. With that in mind, I want to let you know next week is Vehicle Safety Recall Week. When we take care of our vehicles, it makes our roads safer for everyone. In 2020, there were 886 safety recalls affecting 55 million vehicles and other equipment in the United States, but a quarter of vehicle recalls are unrepaired. This puts drivers, passengers, and others on the road at risk. Recalls are easy to check, free to check and free to repair. You can check your vehicle identification number for open safety recalls using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN Look-Up Tool. This web-based portal allows checks for open safety recalls for vehicles or automotive equipment, such as tires and car seats. Checking your VIN is easy: The 17-digit number is located on the lower portion of your car’s windshield on the driver’s side. It may also be on your car’s registration card, or on your insurance card. Enter this number into the search bar at NHTSA.gov/recalls and, in seconds, you'll know if your vehicle is subject to an open safety recall. If your vehicle is affected by a safety recall, contact your dealer to schedule a recall repair as soon as possible. All recall repairs at your local dealership are free. This tool also provides details on any unrepaired recall in your vehicle for at least the past 15 calendar years. An urgent air bag recall is still ongoing, currently the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history. Check to see if your car is affected. Remember: Every vehicle recall is serious and affects your safety. If you have an open safety recall, do not delay in making an appointment to get the recall fixed immediately and for free.

Lexington man arrested with haul of catalytic converters

Lexington, SC 03/03-2021 - Lexington County deputies arrested a man Tuesday after he was found with more than 80 catalytic converters. Curtis Sebastian Crummie, 41, is charged with 85 counts of felony property crimes in connection with the catalytic converters and a stolen truck and trailer he was using, according to arrest warrants. “We were called about a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Shirway and Old Barnwell roads,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Someone spotted the catalytic converters in the bed of the truck and knew that didn’t look right.” Deputies responded to the intersection and encountered Crummie near the truck and the trailer, according to Koon. He had been inside a nearby business asking for money and to use the phone. “The catalytic converters were reported stolen from a metal recycling shop in Orangeburg County; the truck and trailer were stolen from an adjacent business,” Koon said. “We’re working with sheriff’s office detectives there and sharing information that will help both of our ongoing investigations.” Deputies arrested Crummie on the scene. He’s being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Head West on Saturday to Shop, Play, and Dine in West Columbia

West Columbia, SC 03/03/2021 – The City of West Columbia is the place to spend a Saturday shopping, dining, and enjoying the many entertainment options in the River District. The Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, at the Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Free parking is available in the Interactive Art Park, the City Parking Garage on Court Avenue, and at Capitol Square off Sunset Boulevard (Please use the proper crosswalks) (See attached map). Support local vendors, interact with the unique sculptures throughout the park, and then head to State and Meeting Streets, and Court Avenue to continue shopping and dining. For the latest information, follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/382626143054769. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Options in Walking Distance Café Strudel The Hideout in WeCo Savage Craft Ale Works New Brookland Tavern WeCo Bottle & Biergarten Palate Terra Black Rooster Al’s Upstairs This week’s Meeting Street Artisan Market vendors are: Art from the Hollow CBell Doodles Designs by Bird Downstairs Stitchery eep creative Faithful Foods, Inc. Fluid Art by Joni Trezza Mopickles Reveca Camacho Designs The Hope Chest Masks are required. The vendors are socially distanced. A handwashing station and hand sanitizers are placed around the market.

Mindy Kyzer CFP, AAMS qualifies for Edward Jones' Financial Advisor Leaders Conference

Lexington, SC 03/03/2021 - Mindy Kyzer, a experienced financial advisor with 16 years experience who is with Edward Jones Investments' at the office in Lexington, was among the 800 financial advisors who qualified out of the firm's more than 18,000 financial advisors in the U.S. and Canada. She is working out of the office located at 109 Old Rapids Rd, Suite A in Lexington, SC.

This achievement recognizes and celebrates financial advisors who are among the leaders in the financial services firm and provides important industry updates, best practices and ideas to help them serve more individual investors in their communities. "These financial advisors have shown a tremendous amount of discipline, commitment and work ethic," says John Rahal, an Edward Jones partner responsible for the firm's recognition events. "Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision this year to cancel the conference in order to put the health and safety of our associates and clients first. Qualifying for the event is none the less a testament to the quality of work Kyzer delivers to her clients."

"I am honored to be recognized as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor Leader," says Kyzer. "I share this honor with the clients who have entrusted me to help them reach their life's goals."

West Columbia extends Face Covering Ordinance again

West Columbia, SC 03/03/3031 – During its March 2, 2021, Special Council Meeting, the City of West Columbia City Council extended the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in certain establishments in the city. The ordinance expires on the 61st day, May 1, 2021. A summary of the ordinance is below. Businesses, where masks are required, must place a “Notice” (poster, placard, or notification, which shall be at least 8”x11”) in a conspicuous place notifying the public of the requirement to wear a face covering. Face coverings must be worn inside any Foodservice Establishment, Retail Establishment, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Barber Shops, Personal Hygiene Establishments, Medical Offices, and City Building including: grocery stores; pharmacies; commercial stores engaged in the retail sale of goods or services to the public including sporting goods stores; furniture and home-furnishings stores; clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores; jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores; department stores; hardware and home-improvement stores; book, craft, and music stores; florists and flower stores; bars and taverns; all other stores that sell supplies for household consumption or use; alcoholic beverage stores; and laundromats. All Foodservice Establishments and Retail Establishments within the City must require every employee to wear a Face Covering at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public or other employees or where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be observed at all times. Face Covering will not be required: (i) by any person who is unable to safely wear a Face Covering due to age or an underlying health condition; (ii) by any person who is physically unable to remove the Face Covering without the assistance of others; (iii) by all persons 10 years of age or under, unless in a restaurant, where the requirement is 2 years of age or over; (iv) all persons whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a Face Covering; (v) any person in a private or individual office; (vi) where it is not feasible to wear a Face Covering, including persons receiving oral health services, persons swimming, engaging in athletic activities; (vii) for patrons of Foodservice Establishments while they are dining; and (viii) by police officers, firefighters, and other first responders when not practical or engaged in a public safety matter of an emergency nature. Upon written request to the City, a Retail Establishment having the ability to isolate customers from employees and maintain social distancing may request a waiver of the Face Covering requirements. Waiver forms will be available from the City and submitted for registration and filing with the City. Copies of waiver forms and registration will be available via the City’s website: www.westcolumbiasc.gov. Grocery stores, Pharmacies, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Barber Shops, Personal Hygiene Establishments, Food Service Establishments, and Medical Offices are not eligible for the exemption. Violations are a civil infraction and will result in a fine of not more than $25.00 for each violation. No person shall be required to disclose any information or provide any actual evidence as to their individual qualification for any exemption. Complaints about violations can be made by calling the West Columbia Hotline at 803-939-8627.

We Care opens scholarship applications

Chapin, SC 03/03/2021 - Chapin We Care Center is now accepting scholarship applications from clients and their household members. These can help with the expenses of higher education for those who need that type assistance. Here are a few things you should know: All applicants should be aware of the following: Applicants must be a member of a current We Care client household. Scholarships are for one academic year. Awards will be $1,000. Scholarships may be renewed for additional years; however, application must be resubmitted every year and will be considered with all other applications. Acceptance and enrollment in a post-secondary (post-high school) institution are both required before scholarship money will be allocated. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the accredited institution. Scholarship money can be used only for payment of tuition, fees, required equipment and/or books, and must be used within one year. Preference will be given to students attending an institution in South Carolina. Scholarships are not limited to institutions awarding traditional four-year bachelor’s degrees. All post-secondary educational programs will be considered, including two-year associate degree programs. Certificate and training programs also qualify. In person and online/virtual courses also qualify. Please note that all items described in the following must be hand-delivered or mailed to Chapin We Care, PO Box 491, Chapin SC 29036. Each applicant will be interviewed by one or more representatives of We Care before a final decision on his/her application will be made. If an applicant is selected to receive a scholarship, that person must complete the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) prior to the transfer of money to the institution. We Care will be available to help with that application if needed. Every scholarship recipient will be required to have a second interview at the end of the scholarship period. To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit all of the following: 1. Completed and signed application form. 2. Your answers to the application questions should be submitted on a separate page(s). Type or write your name and the date in the top right corner of each page. 3. Your official high school transcript (if available), current through December 2020, and showing all previous courses taken as well as those in which you are currently enrolled. The transcript should be “official”, i.e. it should be delivered in a sealed envelope directly from your guidance department: - In person: We Care in person at 1800 Chapin Road, Chapin SC 29036 OR - By mail to PO Box 491, Chapin SC 29036 NOTE: We receive mail at our post office box ONLY (no street address mail) 4. At least one written recommendation from someone who knows you well (cannot be a family member). This is a direct link to the application form:

Lexington Medical Center to begin accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Group 1B

Columbia, SC 03/03/2021 - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and the Department of Health Environmental Control have announced that COVID-19 vaccinations for South Carolina residents in Group 1B will begin on Monday, March 8, 2021. For a full list of who is eligible to receive a vaccine in 1B, go to https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine. Beginning today, individuals in Group 1B can register for a vaccine at Lexington Medical Center by going to LexMed.com/vaccine and clicking on “Request Form” to register for the vaccine by providing information including their name, date of birth and email address. Lexington Medical Center will upload the email addresses to the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) on Monday, March 8. Then, individuals will receive an email from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowing them to complete their registration and schedule a date and time for a vaccine appointment. South Carolina residents in Group 1B without an email address or access to a computer can call (803) 739 – 3363 Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Lexington Medical Center representative will assist them with scheduling an appointment. Upon arriving for a vaccine appointment, individuals will need to present a driver’s license or identification card. South Carolina receives vaccines weekly. Appointments are subject to cancellation based on the number of vaccines received from the federal government.

Lexington Chamber now accepting applications for $5,000 Doris Burkett Scholarship

Lexington, SC 03/02/2021 - The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center<https://www.lexingtonsc.org> is now accepting applications for its $5,000 Doris Burkett Scholarship. The Doris Burkett Scholarship is given to one Lexington School District One student who will be attending either a four-year college, university or technical college. This scholarship places emphasis on moral integrity and the potential of the individual to become a productive citizen. Student who apply will be evaluated on the following criteria: * Strives to be academically successful and possesses a grade point average of 2.0 - 3.5 * Has a need for financial assistance * Shows ambition to achieve excellence * Participates in extracurricular activities * Involvement in community (i.e. church, volunteering, etc.) * Possesses an interest and ability to "give back" to the Lexington community Students can download the application at lexingtonsc.org/doris-burkett-scholarship<http://www.lexingtonsc.org/doris-burkett-scholarship>. Applications must be received by the Chamber no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students can either complete and return the scholarship application package to their career specialist prior to the application deadline or deliver to the Chamber and Visitors Center at 311 West Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072. To learn more about the Doris Burkett Scholarship and the Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center, visit www.lexingtonsc.org<http://www.lexingtonsc.org>.

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