Batesburg-Leesville

Gilbert Middle School Teacher-of-the-Year becomes U.S. citizen

The student body and staff at Gilbert Middle School recently celebrated one of their own reaching a meaningful milestone in her life. GMS’s Susana Cascante Fifer. (Photo Contributed.) In addition to being named GMS’s Teacher of the Year in September, Susana Cascante Fifer achieved a personal goal this year by becoming a naturalized United States citizen. Fifer took the oath…

Feds convict Batesburg-Leesville man on drug charges

John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon faces life imprisonment for gang-related cocaine deals

A Batesburg-Leesville man faces a possible life sentence after his conviction this week on federal drug charges, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Wednesday. John Timothy “Mr. J.T.” Cannon, 63, was convicted Monday by a federal jury in Columbia of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, along with four counts of using a…

Mother, son killed in accident near Batesburg are identified

Summerland Avenue Crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the two individuals who died in  a two-vehicle accident on Thursday. The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Summerland Avenue near Batesburg in Lexington County. According to Fisher, Gary Lee Cook, 44, and Mary Cook, 69, both of Batesburg-Leesville were killed when their vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Mr….

2 killed in Lexington County head-on crash

One flown to hospital after Thursday collision near Batesburg-Leesville

Two people were killed in a two-pickup-truck-collision Thursday afternoon, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The two trucks, a 2008 Chevrolet and a Dodge, collided on S.C. Highway 391 about one mile north of Batesburg-Leesville. Collins said the Dodge crossed the center line and the two trucks hit head on, killing the two people in the Dodge….

Woman killed, children injured, in Lexington crash

A Leesville woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Lexington County, according to Coroner Margaret Fisher. Two children in the rear of the vehicle were also injured in the crash and transported to an area hospital, but escaped serious harm, Fisher said. The wreck occurred around 12:48 p.m. Sunday on Corley Mill Road near Woodmill Road in Lexington when…

‘Armed and dangerous’ robber hits B-L bank

An armed man robbed a Batesburg-Leesville bank Tuesday, and local law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s help identifying him. According to the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department and CrimeStoppers, the suspect entered a BB&T branch on 303 W. Columbia Ave. in Batesburg and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Surveillance photo provided No one was injured…

Brookland-Cayce, Midlands teams vie for Lower State titles

Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville also vying for crowns

It’s the biggest game for Brookland-Cayce in 50 years. Brookland-Cayce hosts Dillon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, for the Lower State Championship. Brookland-Cayce won a State Championship with 10 wins in 1966, before the days of high school football playoffs. Brookland-Cayce in action recently against Georgetown. The team squares off at home Friday night against Dillon for the Lower State Championship….

Taco Bell coming to Batesburg-Leesville

New fast-food restaurant expected to hire more than three dozen employees

Continuing a trend of new development in the Batesburg-Leesville area, a Columbia-based developer on Wednesday said it plans to build a Taco Bell slated to open early next year. (Image provided by Cason Development Group) Representatives of Cason Development Group said the planned 2,200-square-foot, free-standing restaurant and drive-thru will be located at 177 E. Church St., next to Walmart, in…

Lexington District Three schools honor local veterans

While many adults celebrated Veterans Day last weekend, students all over the Midlands took the time to pay their respects to service men and women as well. Veterans from the community attend the Batesburg-Leesville High Veterans Day program. (Photo provided) Lexington County District Three schools showed their appreciation for local veterans by hosting several events. For instance, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School fourth-graders…

Suspect behind bars after burglary spree

A Batesburg man is behind bars and facing charges after a rash of home burglaries in Lexington County, the Lexington County Sheriff’s said. Quindell Tyquan Dozier Quindell Tyquan Dozier, 22, broke into homes in Batesburg, Gilbert, and Leesville and stole guns, jewelry, and electronics, according to arrest warrants. Dozier faces two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree…

Upsets, uncontested races highlight Lexington County elections

Lexington County political races Tuesday were marked by Republican domination, a handful of upsets, and a slew of uncontested races. Lexington County poll workers examine voting-machine cartridges Tuesday night as the count gets underway. (Photo by Hal Millard) With 69 percent turnout and 123,024 ballots cast in the county, new President Donald Trump was the overwhelming favorite of local voters,…

District 2 congressional candidates face off

Hundreds of students from Lexington get a first-hand look at the political process in live-streamed debate from River Bluff High

Hundreds of students from Lexington County got a chance on Friday to see the political process up close and personal at River Bluff High School. Second District congressional debate participants (from left): Arik Bjorn, incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson, Eddie McCain. (Photo by Rachel Ham) A debate between District Two GOP congressional incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson of Springdale, and challengers Democrat…

Congressional candidates set to spar Friday in debate showdown

Rep. Joe Wilson, along with challengers Arik Bjorn and Eddie McCain, will face off Friday morning at River Bluff High School

It’s on. A mere four days before the general election, the candidates for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District – incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of Springdale, Democratic/Green party nominee Arik Bjorn of Columbia, and American Party nominee Eddie McCain of Leesville – are set to take part in a moderated debate Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at River Bluff High…

Amber Bouknight named Lexington Three District Teacher of the Year

Batesburg-Leesville Middle School Art teacher Amber Bouknight has been named as the Lexington County School District Three Teacher of the Year, the district announced Monday. Lexington District Three Teacher of the Year Finalists (from left): Amber Bouknight (winner), Melanie Lorick, Jim Desrosiers, and Brandee Quarles. (Photo provided) Bouknight was selected from among four finalists, including Melanie Lorick, Batesburg-Leesville Primary; Brandee…

District 2 congressional candidates square off in SCETV appearance

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents District 2, and his two challengers confronted each other in a brief face-off Thursday night on SCETV in a warm-up before their main debate next week. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Arik Bjorn, and Eddie McCain. (Photo provided) Wilson, a Republican from Lexington County seeking his eighth term, and his two challengers – American Party…

High school marching bands to descend on Batesburg-Leesville for state championships

Saturday will be awash in brass, percussion, and pageantry when some of the state’s top high-school marching bands descend on Batesburg-Leesville for the 2016 S.C. Band Directors’ Association Class 1A and 3A State Championships. The competition featuring 25 bands will be held at Batesburg-Leesville High School’s Panther Stadium beginning at noon this Saturday, with tickets available at the gate. The…

Lexington One students outpace the state on college-bound tests

College-bound high school students in Lexington County One School District came up aces in the most recent round of testing this past spring, the district announced. On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two most-common tests relied on by colleges and universities for admission, Lexington One students’ average scores outpaced both the state and national averages. Students also…

‘Heart of a Panther’ campaign to help provide cardiac screening for middle, high school athletes

When Greg Peterson decided to attend the Lexington School District Three3 Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month, he had just one thing on his mind.  He wanted to share information with the board about the cardiac screening that he had provided for his son recently and how he thought it ultimately could save the lives of student athletes. After the death…

James ‘Jackie’ Erskine Hite, 76, the larger-than-life Barbecue Baron and Crappie King

James (“Jackie”) Erskine  Hite, 76, died peacefully Sept. 20, 2016, with his wife and four daughters at his side. Born April 21, 1940, he was a lifelong resident of Leesville. He was the son of the late James O. “Jack” Hite and the late Dorothy B. Hite. Jackie first burst on the Batesburg-Leesville scene as a star high school football…