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With Mosquito Joe, outside is fun again!

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 5:41 am. Posted to Business, Community, Education.

With Mosquito Joe, outside is fun again!

Trey Powell, and his family, moved to the Columbia area a couple of years ago, and quickly learned that living near the lake can come with some unwanted extras.

“My wife and I had built our dream home on the lake,” he recalls. “The first night we moved in we were greeted by bugs – midges swarming our house, millions of them, coming up off the lake. They look similar to mosquitos, but they don’t bite. They are just really annoying pests that lay thousands of eggs at a time. They were covering our house, attracted to light. And then the spiders moved in. Every window and door in the house was a big mess.”

Trey Powell and family

Trey Powell and family

“We had Mosquito Joe of Columbia come out last August. They treated our house, and it worked so well that I bought a franchise about a month later, for the only territory left around the lake in the Columbia area – Chapin, Irmo, Lexington and parts of Columbia and West Columbia.

“We bought the franchise and signed the paper work last December, and we officially opened for our first season on April 1. We already have over 600 customers, and I’ve been thrilled with it,” he said.

Mosquito Joe uses a back pack blower, and does a mist spray around homes, under eaves and porches and into all the bushes and shrubs to create a barrier against the pests.

“The products we use are micro-encapsulated. They are time-released. We spray them on plants, and once the spray dries, it adheres to the leaves and becomes rain proof.   The synthetic product we use 90 percent of the time, continues to work for three weeks.

“If someone wants to get rid of mosquitos, but doesn’t want pesticides, we offer a completely all natural product that lasts for two weeks and does exactly the same thing.   The first treatment will get rid of about 85 percent of the mosquitos. Nothing legal or safe will get rid of 100 percent.


Chapin High Athletic Hall Of Fame To Induct 6 Sept. 5

Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 1:59 pm. Posted to Education, Sports.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Chapin High School Athletic Hall of fame will induct six new members as part of a ceremony to be held in the Chapin High Cafeteria.

The new inductees will be: Pam Bostain Shear, Jerry Bowers, Mike Slice, Andy “Beef” Williams, Roger Woolbright, and Coach Paul Shealy. The 1972-73 State Champion Girls’ Basketball team and the 1982 State Champion Baseball team will also be honored at the ceremony.

The Hall of Fame inductees will also be honored at halftime at the previous evening’s football game vs. Swansea.


Pam Bostain
• 6 year letterman in girls basketball
• Career 2,053 points scored
• All State as a junior and senior
• All Conference as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Conference MVP as senior.
• Girls Basketball – Conference Champions in 1969-1970, 1971-72, 1972-73
• Girls Basketball – State Champions 1972-73
• Girls Basketball record during Sophomore, Junior and Senior years was 64-7 (19-4 sophomore year, 20-2 as junior, and 25-1 as senior).
• Girls Track 1969-1970
• Girls Volleyball 1972-73
• Attended Winthrop University on basketball scholarship, but played and lettered in volleyball and softball.
o Lettered 4 years in basketball
o Lettered 4 years in volleyball
o Lettered 1 year in softball (73-74)


Roger Woolbright
• Football
o State Champs in football in 1973
o 1973 Shrine Bowl
o Prep All- American in football in 1973-74
o Saw action starting at quarterback as a freshman in 1970
o 1971 Conference Champions in football and 10-0 in regular season
o 1973 Conference Champions in football
o All State DB in 1971 and 1972 as a sophomore and junior
o All State DB and QB in 1973 in senior season
o AA State Back of the Year in 1973
o 5 year letterman in football
• Basketball
o All Conference in basketball 4 years as freshman through senior years
o Lettered 4 years
o Leading scorer in Columbia area in 1972-73 and 1973-74
o Boys Basketball Conference Champs in 1972-73 and 1973-74
• Track
o Lettered 5 years
o Boys Track 1972 – conference champs
• One of top 5 high school athletes in the Carolinas
• Attended University of South Carolina on football scholarship and lettered 3 years

Paul Shealy
• Head Boys Track Coach for 15 seasons (1978-1992)
• Girls Basketball Head Coach for 1 season (1977-1978)
• Football
o B Team coach for 2 seasons (1977 and 1978)
o JV team coach for 2 seasons (1979 and 1980)
o Varsity Assistant/Offensive Line Coach for 11 seasons (1981-1991)

Jerry Bowers
• Football
o Lettered 5 years
o State Champs in 1974
o All Conference 1974 and 1975 (1974 as a defensive lineman)
o Columbia Area Leading scorer in 1975 with 26 touchdowns and 5 two point conversions (Coach Cecil did not believe in kicking PATs)
o Rushed 215 times for 1,104 yards for a 5.1 yard per carry average as a junior in 1975
o Leading receiver on 1975 team with 479 yards receiving and 9 TDs
o One of top tacklers with 78 total tackles in 1975
o 25-1 record in 1974 and 1975
o Attended Indiana University on football scholarship
• Basketball
o Lettered in 1974 and 1975
• Track
o Lettered 5 years

Andy “Beef” Williams
• Basketball
o Played in North-South All Star Game
o All Conference 1977-78, 1978-79, and 1979-80
o All State 1978-79 and 1979-80
o All Midlands Team as Junior
o Career average of 23 points and 17 rebounds
• Played for USC – Aiken
o 3 Time NAIA District 6 Player of the Week
o All District 6 NAIA Team
o USC – Aiken Team MVP 1985
o Averaged 18.1 points and 12.2 rebounds for career
• Played professionally in Europe 1985-1987

Mike Slice
• Football
o 6 year letterman in football
o State Champs in football in 1973 and 1974
• Track
o 6 year letterman in track
o All Conference in 1974 880 and Mile Relays
• Basketball
o 5 year letterman in basketball
o All Conference in 1975 and 1976
• Baseball
o 4 year letterman in baseball
o All Conference in 1975 Pitcher and 1st Baseman
• ICRC Coach from 1988 to 2006 in Baseball, Basketball, and Football
o 1997 Dixie Youth Boys League Champs
o 2000 Dixie Youth Boys District Champs

School Board Reads Budget, Considers Millage Increase

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 3:41 pm. Posted to Education.

The Lexington-Richland District Five School Board Monday gave first reading to a $167,772,453 proposed budget for 2016. The question now is, how will the board make up for the projected $4.9 million shortfall in revenue as compared to the projected expenses.

Board members discussed at length its options for increasing tax millage, dipping into reserve, and instituting cost saving measures, but no decision was reached. Budget figures are tentative, and depend largely on action of the General Assembly. The budget will be up for final reading on June 8.

The board could call for a 6.4 mill increase, the district’s millage cap for the coming year. That would bring in an estimated $1,516,329. The Board might also elect to capture unused millage from three previous budget cycles, 9.3 mills, which would bring in an estimated $2,203,416.


District Five Superintendent Named SCASA Superintendent of the Year

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 8:36 pm. Posted to Education.

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner has been named state Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School AdminiHEFNERstrators (SCASA).

Hefner will now compete for the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Aramark and VALIC. Hefner also won the SCASA Superintendent of the Year award in 2012, making him the only superintendent in South Carolina history to earn the honor twice.

“Dr. Hefner is a proven leader and consummate professional,” said Elizabeth “Beth” A. Phibbs, Executive Director of SCASA. “His vision to transform Lexington-Richland School District Five into a nationally and internationally recognized school district is providing unique learning opportunities for his students. He is highly respected in his community and among his peers. We are delighted that he has been chosen for this honor.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree at Southeast Missouri State College, Hefner began his career in education as a high school teacher in his home state of Missouri. He earned a master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. In 1974, he began work as a guidance counselor at Spring Valley High School. In 1994, he was named superintendent of Richland School District Two, where he served until 2010. He became superintendent of Lexington-Richland School District Five in January 2011.


Chapin High Has Two Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 8:59 pm. Posted to Education, Sports.

Chapin High School’s Savanna Fuller and Matt Bickley made it official Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by signing their National Letter of Intent to play tennis and track and field.Savanna Fuller

Savanna has made a deep impact on the court for the Eagles. She has an overall record of 87-19, a five time All Region selection, three time Region Player of the Year, five time All Area, three time All Area Player of the Year, All State, and 2014 Chapin High School Captain Award. Savanna will be taking her talents to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The Tars are a coached by Beverly Buckley and they are members of the Sunshine State Conference of The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. “Savanna is one of the most talented young ladies we have ever had. She is a true team player that will be missed dearly,” said Chapin head tennis coach John Rodgers. “We are all excited for her and look forward to seeing her compete at the next level.”Bickley

Bickley, an outstanding two sport athlete and leader (football/track) for the Eagles will be taking his talents to the track at The Citadel. The Bulldogs are coached by Jody Huddleston and are members of the Southern Conference of The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.”Matt worked hard under Coach Bowers and had a great State Meet as a junior. His knee injury this year has limited him, but he has dedicated himself to rehabilitation and will be a great asset to The Citadel track program,” said Chapin head track coach Jack LeGrand.

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