Deputy becomes Lexington County’s first state-certified emergency manager

A longtime member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has become Lexington County’s first Certified Emergency Manager. Lt. Billy Aiken used his free time to pursue something he’s seriously considered since nine people died in the Graniteville train derailment more than a dozen years ago. “The incident in Graniteville exposed the vulnerabilities and vast needs […]

Man charged with attempted murder

A Charlotte man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after an altercation with a woman at a Lexington County apartment complex Tuesday morning. Christopher Scott Griffin, 50, is charged with grabbing the woman by the neck and choking her to the point of restricting her airway, according an arrest warrant. “The woman hit […]

Lexington County man charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor

A Swansea man has been arrested and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Michael Shawn Smith, 34, is charged with inappropriately kissing a victim multiple times between December 2016 and March 2017, according to arrest warrants. “This arrest and charge are part of an ongoing investigation,” […]

How to prevent drowning incidents

During a hot day, cooling off at the pool or Lake Murray is a great family activity. However, water can quickly go from fun to dangerous for children. Movies and television shows dramatize what drowning looks like; flailing arms and shouts for help aren’t always indicators. If you plan to spend a day by the […]