Richland County deputies, Columbia Police officers, and Columbia firefighters compete for most blood donor votes in the annual drive By W. Thomas Smith Jr. COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), the Columbia Police Department, and the Columbia Fire Department are partnering with the American Red Cross onceContinue Reading

Dr. Akil Ross, Superintendent of Lexington/Richland School District Five, presented a now-and-then-styled presentation to the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo on May 17. Ross has served in his present position since February 2022. Ross first offered a comprehensive assessment of the district’s current status. From 2019 to 2023 District FiveContinue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo welcomed Dean Widener, a candidate for the State House of Representatives District 89, as the guest speaker at their breakfast meeting on May 24. Widener, who describes himself as a non-politician willing to serve, shared his journey from political sidelines to candidacy, encouraged byContinue Reading

On May 3, the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo welcomed Sharon Frazier, Executive Director of the local Yogi Bears Program, as their guest speaker. Frazier discussed the program, an outreach of Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC), describing it as a “for-profit social enterprise” that also offers some programs pro bono throughContinue Reading

On May 12 at Union UMC, members of the St. Andrews Woman’s Club presented a donation to Michelle Cochcroft, coordinator of the Snack Pack project. The project provides weekend food packs for 117 children attending Harbison West Elementary School. Pictured from left to right: Michelle Cochcroft, coordinator; Gail Elfert, AnnContinue Reading

During the Midlands Gives campaign, the Saint Andrews Women’s Club showed their generous spirit by presenting a check to PAALS, an organization dedicated to training service animals. The contribution was a testament to the club’s commitment to making a positive difference in the community. In the Photo: The check presentationContinue Reading

On April 20, members of the St. Andrews Optimists were treated to an enlightening presentation by Billy Chastain, representing Dominion Energy. As the Manager of Lake Management/Parks and Recreation, Chastain shared valuable insights into the history and ongoing upgrade project of Lake Murray. Chastain delved into the rich history ofContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. A pair of linemen who first developed their craft at high schools in Irmo have received an opportunity to compete on the pro level. Offensive lineman Kameron Stewart of Dutch Fork and defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat of Irmo both signed undrafted free agent deals with respectiveContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. Dutch Fork was one of three teams with an opportunity to claim a share of Region 4-5A softball title. The Lady Silver Foxes visited Lexington last Friday looking to sweep the season series. Just a week earlier, they rallied from a 6-0 deficit with 10 unansweredContinue Reading