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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Lexington, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Lexington.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Lexington, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Lexington. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Lexington, SC, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Lexington. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Lexington, SC

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Lexington to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Lexington.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

Install-Surge-Protectors

Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Lexington, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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These Midlands restaurants had the lowest health inspection ratings in September, October

South Carolina health department workers found rodent droppings, roach activity and flies during restaurant inspections in the months of September and October.The state Department of Health and Environmental Control each month releases grades and inspection reports for food establishments across Lexington and Richland counties.Here are the restaurants that received some of the lowest ratings in September and October, based on The State’s review.? Publico Kitchen & Tap, Greene Street in ColumbiaDur...

South Carolina health department workers found rodent droppings, roach activity and flies during restaurant inspections in the months of September and October.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control each month releases grades and inspection reports for food establishments across Lexington and Richland counties.

Here are the restaurants that received some of the lowest ratings in September and October, based on The State’s review.

? Publico Kitchen & Tap, Greene Street in Columbia

During a Sept. 23 inspection of Publico Kitchen & Tap in Five Points, DHEC health inspectors awarded the restaurant a score of 79, or a B.

While at the Five Points eatery, inspectors saw drain flies by the mop sink and the dry storage area. They also noticed an employee wash their hands without using soap. Employees also failed to wash their hands between points of contamination, according to the report. Inspectors also saw standing water in the bottom of cabinet coolers.

Inspectors also marked that the restaurant’s cooler was not holding to the proper temperature. Publico has since replaced the cooler, its owner said.

Since DHEC’s September inspection, Publico has received follow-up visits. During two of the follow-up inspections, Publico was awarded a C, but on Oct. 15, the restaurant was given an A.

? IHOP, Assembly Street in Columbia

The IHOP on Assembly Street received a B, or an 80, during an inspection Sept. 28.

While at the restaurant, DHEC inspectors saw an employee touch raw chicken and then deli ham without properly washing their hands, according to the inspection report. Inspectors also noticed “roach activity at expo line.” A microwave in the wait staff area had “heavy debris build up.”

In the past, the IHOP on Assembly Street received all A’s. During subsequent follow-up inspections, the restaurant received a B and two C’s .

? PQ Grill of Harbison, Columbiana Drive in Columbia

After a Sept. 22 inspection of PQ Grill in Harbison, DHEC inspectors awarded the restaurant with an 86 or a B.

There, inspectors saw soiled knives stored as if they were clean. The restaurant failed to store raw meat at the proper temperatures, according to the inspection report. Ants were also observed crawling up the wall between some of the equipment. Inspectors also noticed dust and grime accumulation on the ceiling tiles over food prep areas, as well as grease and “food splash” on walls throughout the grill, prep and storage areas.

The Sept. 22 inspection was the restaurant’s first. During a follow-up inspection on Sept. 24, the restaurant was awarded an A.

? British Bulldog, Bower Parkway in Columbia

On Sept. 27, after a DHEC inspection, the British Bulldog was awarded a C or a 76.

While at the restaurant, inspectors saw “roach activity” in the prep line on equipment and the walls and “rodent droppings” on top of food storage containers. They also noticed fruit flies at the bar area. There was “black build up” on the inside of the ice machine and ice bin. Inspectors also saw an employee fail to wash their hands after touching raw food, ready to eat foods or after picking things up from the floor.

During past inspections, the British Bulldog always received an A. After a Sept. 30 follow-up inspection, the restaurant was awarded an A once again.

? Reggae Grill, Holland Drive in Cayce

During a Sept. 13 inspection on Reggae Grill in Cayce, DHEC inspectors awarded the restaurant a 73 or a C.

While at the restaurant, inspectors saw numerous flies in the kitchen landing on the food and surfaces that contact food. They also saw a “build up of grime and food debris” on the outside of sinks, on prep tables and walls throughout the kitchen. Restaurant workers were also using an outdoor grill even though the facility had not been approved for outdoor cooking. Inspectors saw employees coming in from outside without washing their hands prior to touching food.

During past inspections, Reggae Grill was awarded A’s. During follow-up inspections, the restaurant was given two C’s and then an A on Oct. 6.

Auburn seeks win at South Carolina after 2 losses, QB injury

Auburn's chances for a Southeastern Conference title fell apart the last two games. The Tigers will look to bounce back at South Carolina with a new quarterback after Bo Nix's injury.Nix, Auburn's starter, broke his ankle yet kept playing in a 43-34 loss to Mississippi State after the Tigers were up 28-3.It wasn't until after that Auburn coach Bryan Harsin found out the significant of the injury. Nix had surgery this week and will miss the rest of the season meaning former LSU quarterback T.J. Finley will get the call when the ...

Auburn's chances for a Southeastern Conference title fell apart the last two games. The Tigers will look to bounce back at South Carolina with a new quarterback after Bo Nix's injury.

Nix, Auburn's starter, broke his ankle yet kept playing in a 43-34 loss to Mississippi State after the Tigers were up 28-3.

It wasn't until after that Auburn coach Bryan Harsin found out the significant of the injury. Nix had surgery this week and will miss the rest of the season meaning former LSU quarterback T.J. Finley will get the call when the Tigers (6-4, 3-3 SEC) play at South Carolina (5-5, 2-5) on Saturday night.

Finley came in late a week ago when Nix was limping around. Harsin said he knew that Nix couldn't continue with the Tigers still trying to find a way back into the game.

“At that point, too, can we get a spark, can we make something happen,” Harsin said.

Instead, the one-time SEC West contender lost a second straight to fall out of the championship picture.

Now, it's Finley's turn to get Auburn going. He'll face South Carolina for a second straight year after leading LSU to a 52-24 victory a season ago. Finley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to put the Gamecocks away.

It will be Finley's first start with the Auburn Tigers. His first start at LSU was that win over South Carolina last season. Finley said he and his family discussed that this week.

“So I’m just going to go out there and do what I did last year and just play consistent and do my job, get the job done,” Finley said.

South Carolina has had its quarterback issues this season with current passer Jason Brown the third to start this season. Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer said the FCS transfer from St. Francis, Pennsylvania, will get his third consecutive start after doing enough good things in a 31-28 loss at Missouri a week ago.

Grad assistant turned quarterback Zeb Noland is also healthy after knee surgery during the team's bye week last month.

BOBO'S BACK

Former South Carolina offensive coordinator and interim head coach Mike Bobo returns as Auburn's OC. Bobo had accepted Beamer's offer to stay on to lead the offense before Harsin's call came and Bobo left. The Gamecocks know to expect what they saw every day in practice — a strong dose of running. “That's all he did when he was here,” Gamecocks defensive lineman Zaach Pickens said. “That's what he does, run the ball.”

NEW KICKER

Starting placekicker Anders Carlson (knee) also sustained a season-ending knee injury against Mississippi State. That means Ben Patton is likely to handle kicks. Patton hasn’t attempted a field goal but has made three extra points in his career.

BEAMER'S FUTURE

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was asked about any interest he might have at returning to his alma mater, Virginia Tech, as football coach. Beamer, the son of Hokies' great Frank Beamer, said as much affection as he has for the school, his dream job remains South Carolina. “My goal is to bring an SEC championship here to Columbia,” Beamer said. “We’re just at the beginning stages.”

SECOND-HALF STRUGGLES

Auburn lately has struggled mightily in the second half. The Tigers have scored nine points halftime in the past three games combined. They were outscored 50-6 in back to back losses to Texas A&M and Mississippi State. “You can’t coast your way through the rest of the game once you come out there and have a great first half," Harsin said.

YOU AGAIN?

Auburn is playing at South Carolina for a second straight season. The Gamecocks snapped an eight-game losing streak since their last win in the series in 1933 with a 30-22 win in the pandemic-affected, all-SEC season of 2020. Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer does not believe last year's contest means anything this week, given new coaching staffs on both sides along with new players.

AP Sports Writer John Zenor contributed to this report.

For prominent CEO, moving back to Lexington County ‘was the best decision of our lives’

A proud Lexington High School Wildcat, I grew up right here in the Midlands.I moved away after graduating from the University of South Carolina, eventually becoming CEO of Orlando-based Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. I assumed I would never come back.But thanks to a confluence of circumstances, and the outstanding economic development recruiters of Team South Carolina, my husband and I re-located Nephron to Lexington County almost a decade ago.It was the best decision of our lives.Why?Because the futu...

A proud Lexington High School Wildcat, I grew up right here in the Midlands.

I moved away after graduating from the University of South Carolina, eventually becoming CEO of Orlando-based Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. I assumed I would never come back.

But thanks to a confluence of circumstances, and the outstanding economic development recruiters of Team South Carolina, my husband and I re-located Nephron to Lexington County almost a decade ago.

It was the best decision of our lives.

Why?

Because the future has never been brighter for Lexington County – and for our company.

One of the fastest-growing counties in the state and region, Lexington County is full of unlimited potential – world-class corporate citizens, talented employees and rich natural resources.

Moving Nephron from Orlando to West Columbia was a no-brainer once we came to understand the only boundaries constraining company growth are our own dreams.

I love being back home, I love watching the transformation happening around me, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Part of what made moving to Lexington County appealing is the talent.

The high schools, technical colleges and, of course, the flagship university right down the road, provide a recruiting base of hard-working and talented employees who power the creativity, innovation and ingenuity that make Nephron great.

Health care and life sciences are exploding in South Carolina.

Lexington County, in many ways, is ground zero for the explosion.

For example, Lexington Medical Center is known locally for providing care to those who need it.

We have announced expansion after expansion, including this summer’s big news that we are going to do our part to help shore up the domestic supply chain for PPE, by building a nitrile glove manufacturing plant.

Lexington County is not only a great place to work; it is a wonderful place to live, raise a family and play.

There is bountiful farmland and beautiful areas to hunt.

We continue to invest in the arts, as critical investment in the future as a community can make, and we benefit from the three rivers that converge here. Lake Murray, where I live, is a jewel.

I challenge the leaders of Lexington and Richland counties to come together and work with the business community on riverfront development.

I commend the work that has gone into improving the greenway around the Saluda Shoals area; it illustrates the positive impact of investing in things people love.

Events, such as the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner, prove that we can make the riverfront shared by our two counties a destination people come from all over to take advantage of, and that would be an economic boon for the Midlands.

I would be remiss if failed to mention one thing: I believe Lexington County – located at the intersection of three major interstates, and a short distance from the Port of Charleston – lags behind other parts of the state when it comes to strengthening infrastructure.

While we have the talent and schools to support our growth, we do not have the support for fixing our roads. I hear it everywhere I go.

From Lexington to Columbia, and beyond, state leaders must work together to invest in Lexington County infrastructure, as well as the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

There is no reason, with the kind of investment we saw from state leaders in the Upstate and Lowcountry over the last quarter century, that Lexington County cannot become known, as it should be, as an internationally recognized life sciences center and tech hub.

Future growth depends on it.

Lou Kennedy is CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation in West Columbia.

No. 1 SC women beat No. 2 UConn 73-57 to solidify top spot

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Dawn Staley’s top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter to turn away UConn.Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Gamecocks held the No. 2 Huskies to three points in the final 10 minutes of a 73-57 victory in the championship game of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.“Our players are determined. They are resilient,” said Staley, South Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. “We knew exactly what we had to do ...

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Dawn Staley’s top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter to turn away UConn.

Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Gamecocks held the No. 2 Huskies to three points in the final 10 minutes of a 73-57 victory in the championship game of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

“Our players are determined. They are resilient,” said Staley, South Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. “We knew exactly what we had to do especially on the defensive side of the ball. We had to disrupt. UConn’s a team that’s a well-oiled machine. If you allow them to run their stuff, they’ve made teams look stupid. We had the personnel to disrupt and force them into contested shots.”

This was the 61st meeting between the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll and the sixth time it has happened in November. The No. 1 team holds a 38-23 advantage. The last meeting of the top two teams before Monday was between these same squads back in February. UConn was the No. 2 team and won 63-59 in overtime.

The Gamecocks (6-0) wouldn’t let the Huskies (3-1) beat them in the Bahamas, outscoring them 16-3 in the final quarter, setting off a postgame celebration that had South Carolina swaying alongside a Bahamian dance group.

Trailing 52-50 late in the third quarter, South Carolina cranked up its defense, holding UConn without a field goal for 7:38 spanning the final two periods. By the time Evina Westbrook hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 5 minutes left — UConn’s only points of the fourth — the Huskies trailed 63-57.

They got no closer. Destiny Littleton quickly answered with a 3 on the other end to restore the comfortable margin. She had hit a 3-pointer late in the third period to give the Gamecocks a 57-54 advantage heading into the fourth.

“Our defense did a superb job for 40 minutes,” Staley said. “You didn’t see the impact in the first half. It’s in the third and fourth quarters when you start feeling what our defense does to teams.”

Paige Bueckers, UConn’s sophomore sensation, had 19 points to lead the Huskies, who had won nine of the 10 previous meetings between the schools.

With the championship game taking place around the same time the poll is released each Monday, the AP decided to delay the poll for a day so it would reflect the outcome – the second time since the poll began in 1976 that it has been delayed.

The only other time also involved UConn. The second-ranked Huskies were playing No. 1 Tennessee on Jan. 16, 1995, in the first meeting of their storied rivalry. The Huskies pulled off the upset victory and moved to No. 1 for the first time in school history.

UConn couldn’t do it again on Monday.

“I liked 30 minutes of what we did; it was great,” said Huskies coach Geno Auriemma, also a Hall of Famer. “We got tired; our transition game was great in the first half.”

It was an entertaining first half played at the Atlantis Resort inside a converted ballroom that had a spirited crowd supporting both teams. South Carolina jumped out to a 6-0 lead before UConn went on a 20-2 run sparked by senior center Olivia Nelson-Ododa. She had two blocks and drew an offensive foul in the span of a minute during the burst. The Huskies, who once were up by 13, led only 20-14 after one quarter.

The defensive intensity continued in the second quarter as the Gamecocks were able to whittle down their deficit to 36-33 at the half. They continued to chip away in the third quarter before the big run that gave them control of the game.

This was the first of two meetings this season between these teams. The Huskies will visit South Carolina on Jan. 27. Both teams expect to be much improved by the second matchup.

In “the next four months, the team you saw today could be a completely different team. That’s every coach’s hope and prayer,” Auriemma said. “Our team can keep changing every week. Use every experience to build on. … This team, this team’s got some work to do if that’s going to happen. We’re going to have to work really, really hard for that to happen.”

BOARD DOMINANCE

South Carolina outrebounded UConn 42-25, including grabbing 19 offensive boards.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: This was the third win over a top-10 team for the Gamecocks this season. They’ve already beat No. 5 North Carolina State and ninth-ranked Oregon.

UConn: The Huskies fell short because they couldn’t get enough offense to help Bueckers.

BY THE NUMBERS

UConn has been involved in 26 of the 1-vs-2 games and has gone 22-4 in those contests, winning the previous nine before Monday’s loss.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Hosts Elon on Friday.

UConn: Visits Seton Hall on Dec. 3.

More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Local mother raises alarm about bullying at Lexington One school

PELION, S.C. – (WIS) The mother of a Pelion High School student in Lexington School District One worried that if she didn’t speak up in light of the bullying her son has experienced in recent days, the problems would persist.“If this is happening to him, I know it’s happening to other people,” Victoria Veintimilla said. “And it’s not fair for our kids, it’s not fair for parents, and I feel like problems are only going to get worse if they don’t put a serious end to it.”...

PELION, S.C. – (WIS) The mother of a Pelion High School student in Lexington School District One worried that if she didn’t speak up in light of the bullying her son has experienced in recent days, the problems would persist.

“If this is happening to him, I know it’s happening to other people,” Victoria Veintimilla said. “And it’s not fair for our kids, it’s not fair for parents, and I feel like problems are only going to get worse if they don’t put a serious end to it.”

Veintimilla said her son has been physically assaulted multiple times in the last week, but that the school took no action and did not notify her until a fourth incident occurred on Monday of this week. Lexington One disputes this.

The District released a statement that reads in part, “The November 1 incident is the only documented case of a physical altercation on campus reported by [Veintimilla’s son]. He did not report any other physical altercations to administrators. There is no evidence to suggest that there were multiple physical altercations.”

The district added that the other student involved was punished following Lexington One’s disciplinary protocols.

Veintimilla said the bullying is an ongoing problem.

“There’s parents who have posted on my Facebook that their children have been bullied, but they were scared to reach out or scared to ruffle feathers, to bring attention to it,” she said. “It’s not going to stop, the school districts are not going to get serious about it until we stick together and show them that it is serious and they do need to take it seriously and put an end to it.”

Incidents like this occurred 41 times in Lexington One schools during the 2020-2021 school year, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Education’s report cards. For comparison, there were 28 such incidents in Richland School District Two, the state’s fifth-largest school district.

Out of 5,807 responses for Lexington One’s 2020-2021 report cards, 91 of parents said that their child feels safe at school, but only 57 percent agreed or strongly agreed that “my child’s teachers and school staff prevent or stop bullying at school.”

83 percent of Richland 2 parents said that their child feels safe at school, while 56 percent said that the school prevents bullying. This was out of 3351 responses.

Veintamilla said she’s waiting for Pelion High School leadership to provide a safety plan for her son, and until that happens she won’t be sending him back to the classroom.

“Their actions are showing me they don’t care,” she said. “They can say that they care but what they’re doing shows different. It’s frustrating because my child spends most of the day with them. And I trust them to keep him safe, you know at any age. I trust the high school to keep my kid safe just as much as I trust the elementary school to keep my kid safe.”

Lexington One’s statement also said that Pelion High School administrators continue to work with Veintamilla’s son to ensure his safety at school.

“He deserves to feel safe while learning at school, as do his classmates,” the District said.

Lexington One said it “prioritizes the safety of its students,” and will not tolerate violence, threats against students and staff, or bullying. The District encourages students to report bullying to the administration or anonymously by calling or texting the Lexington District One Tip Line.

The South Carolina Department of Education has a regulation that was written in 2015 to set levels of behavior misconduct and provide suggested disciplinary measures. According to the agency, school districts must base their discipline policies on this regulation.

The state Department of Education also provides ongoing technical assistance to support educators with best practices for student discipline. This includes addressing student behavioral health and providing anti-bullying resources and ways to reduce violence.

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