Best in class

MYRTLE BEACH – Richard Winn Academy won Best Historical Scrapbook at the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA)’s Student Government Spring Convention, which was held in Myrtle Beach March 5-7. Richard Winn’s scrapbook was compiled by student body historian Lacey Peak. It documents a visual record of events and projects completed by the school’s student […]

Davis receives $615K separation agreement

COLUMBIA – In a separation agreement with Richland School District Two, former Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis will receive $615,000, it was announced on Monday. On Jan. 17, the district accepted Dr. Baron Davis’ resignation after a six-hour meeting at which his contract was discussed. After Davis and the board mutually agreed to separate during the […]

High Honors

BLYTHEWOOD – Thirty-six Blythewood High School juniors and seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society on Jan. 26. Membership is based on academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community.  The mission of the NHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to encourage the development […]

Westwood senior wins national computer award

 BLYTHEWOOD – Zora Stephens is focusing her future on making advances in computer science, and she is already being seen as a “rising star”. Stephens is a senior at Westwood High School and takes courses at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) Student Innovation Center. Stephens was selected as a 2023 South Carolina Affiliate […]

Restraining order ruled for Philpott

COLUMBIA – An ongoing dispute over Richland Two ethics filings has escalated with Amelia McKie, the district’s former school board chair, obtaining a restraining order against Columbia blogger Gus Philpott, who’s written several articles about her. Filed Jan. 19, the order prohibits Philpott from having any contact with McKie for one year from the date […]

R2 board not notified about late audit

COLUMBIA – Richland Two financial leaders blamed the recent Inspector General’s investigation on why the school district is over 60 days tardy in submitting its annual audit. Intense questioning from board members during a Tuesday night work session suggested breakdowns in communication compounded the problem. “I’ve worked in industries all my life and you just […]

Gregory named R2 interim super

COLUMBIA – Former Blythewood Middle School Principal Nancy Gregory has been named Interim Superintendent for the Richland Two School District just two days after the board voted 6 – 1 to accept the resignation of the district’s former superintendent, Baron Davis. Gregory has more than 40 years of experience with Richland Two and served most […]

What does it take to be R2’s Bus Driver of the Year?

BLYTHEWOOD – For Sharon Chisolm, a Richland Two school bus driver who drives a route in Blythewood, the workday begins around 5:45 a.m. when she picks up her logbook, her school bus key and reviews her pre-trip safety check list. But Chisolm is not just a bus driver. She’s the Bus Driver of the Year […]

R2’s Davis resigns under pressure from school board

COLUMBIA – Dr. Baron Davis has stepped down as superintendent of Richland School District Two, the second of two high-ranking departures in the district in a month. No official reason was stated for Davis’ departure. He had held the district’s top post since 2017. On Tuesday night, after a nearly six-hour executive session, school board […]


WINNSBORO – Fairfield Middle School student Chloe Young is the winner of the Winnsboro Lions Club’s 2022 International Peace Poster contest. “We are delighted with the winnng poster and so proud of Chloe and her work,” said Lion Paul Dove, at right in the photo. Dove presented a certificate and monetary award to Chloe on […]