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Country singer Cody Webb enters partnership to promote Lake Murray

Karamie Sullivan photo. Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office representatives announced Thursday night that they are entering into a new promotional partnership. Country music singer Cody Webb, who grew up in Saluda County on Lake Murray, said he will be proud to promote the Lake Murray Country region. “I’m so excited about this opportunity to represent Capital City/Lake Murray…

S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games start Tuesday in Lexington

Blythewood pitcher Landon Lucas and head coach Banks Faulkner. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The annual S.C. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Lexington High School. The two-day event will feature six contests, including two North vs. South Select contests which will serve as nightcaps. Representing the South Select teams are Caleb Speedy (A.C. Flora),…

Gilbert sex offender sentenced to 25 years after kidnapping female from restaurant parking lot

Booking photo provided. The Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced that Christopher Jody Jennings, 47, from Gilbert, pled guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct against a 21-year-old woman. Jennings was sentenced to 25 years in prison on both of these charges. He also pled guilty to carjacking and received a concurrent 20-year sentence. According…

Local fallen officers honored at Lexington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service

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SC Poultry Festival draws thousands

Batesburg-Leesville’s annual South Carolina Poultry Festival drew thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond, Friday and Saturday. First staged in 1987 and called the ridge Poultry Festival, it drew 20,000 visitors; today that number exceeds 100,000. Citizens in attendance availed themselves of over 30 food vendors, carnival rides, more than 120 arts and crafts booths, and a 110…

Lexington County Coroner’s Office investigating a cold case homicide, asks for public’s help

Julianne Lee – LCCO photo The Lexington County Coroner’s Office is investigating a cold case homicide and needs your help. On Sept. 2, 2006 Julianne Lee (born 1961) who would be 57, now, was found dead from stab wounds inside of her single-wide mobile home lat 628 Lawson Road in the Leesville area of Lexington County. At the time of…

Lexington County Sheriff explosives team disposes of artillery round from WWII

Round that was turned in. Deputies on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been handling a World War II-era relic. Based on research by the LCSD, it was a live 40 mm anti-aircraft artillery round. A resident requested the EOD team’s help in safely disposing of it. The round measures 18.5 inches. “It was apparently an…

Man dies in crash after police pursuit in Batesburg

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a vehicle collision following a police pursuit. The collision occurred in the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Batesburg at approximately 11:40 p.m., Wednesday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. Jawara A. Brunson, 26, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision….

DMV office named for Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter

Kyle Carpenter, right. Town of Batesburg-Leesville Photos. The Batesburg-Leesville Department of Motor Vehicles has named its state building in honor of Kyle Carpenter, Medal of Honor recipient. Carpenter was in Batesburg-Leesville Wednesday morning for the renaming of the local office in his honor. Sen. Senator Katrina Shealy of Lexington County sponsored a resolution honoring Carpenter. He is a veteran of…

Lexington pedestrian struck by tractor trailer, coroner identifies

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a tractor trailer early Tuesday morning around 12:10 a.m.  The incident occurred in the 4200 block of U.S. 178 in Leesville. According to Fisher, Tommy Wade Goss, 47, of Lexington was in the roadway when he was struck by the truck. Goss was…

Husband and wife arrested in Leesville drug seizure

Lexington County narcotics agents seized a large quantity of meth, marijuana from a married couple after executing a search warrant at a Leesville home last week. Nicholas Rattray, 34, and Kaitlin Rattray, 25, were arrested on multiple charges at the house Nov. 28, according to warrants. Nicholas Rattray is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of weapon during a violent crime, possession…

Line break in Batesburg-Leesville causes boil water advisory

Photo from Batesburg-Leesville Facebook page. The town of Batesburg-Leesville issued a limited boil water advisory at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. The cause of the advisory is due to a line break on N. Perry St.  Residents and businesses between Pine St. and Fair Ave., on West Columbia Ave., should boil their water until 5 p.m. tomorrow, according to the town’s…

Thursday night football in Lexington County

Thomas Grant photos. For the third straight year, the Gilbert football team earned a first-round home game in the Class 3A playoffs. The 35-7 road win over Pelion clinched second place in Region 5-3A for the Indians (6-3, 3-1). Cody Temples rushed for two first-half touchdowns and Jy Tolen connected with Matt Reed for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give…

4 Lexington County school districts cancel classes for Thursday

Lexington County School District One is canceling school tomorrow, Thursday, for all students and staff in all attendance areas. The safety of our students and staff drive our decision. Forecasters predict that Hurricane Michael will bring high wind gusts to our area on Thursday. School buses should not operate when sustained winds are at 30 miles per hour or greater…

Lexington County woman dies in Pond Branch Road crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single- vehicle accident. It occurred in the 4500 block of Pond Branch Road at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday. According to Fisher, Ms. Rhonda Rebecca Hartley, 30, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Ms. Hartley’s vehicle crossed the center…

High school football weekly preview, by Tyler Cupp

Sword & Saber trophy. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne photography. SPRING VALLEY (1-1) vs RICHLAND NORTHEAST (1-1) One of the more underrated and long going rivalries in the Midlands, these two schools have met every year dating back to 1978. The last win for the Cavs in the series came when they won back to back meetings in 2010-2011….

High school football recap, by Tyler Cupp

Lexington sophomore Cal Herndon. Photos by GoFlashWin and Jack Crayne Photography. LEXINGTON 21 GILBERT 14 The Wildcat defense is for real. On paper, this team has contained some really talented offenses the last three weeks. I am so impressed by what I have read and heard about Lexington. One had to think this Wildcat D would be tested against a…

SCE&G schedules October drawdown of Lake Murray

Lake Murray- Karamie Sullivan photo. A drawdown of Lake Murray is scheduled to begin in October to control aquatic weeds and water quality. Lowering of the lake will continue until it reaches an elevation target in the 350-foot range by mid-December, remaining at that elevation until approximately the end of January 2019. SCE&G is planning the drawdown in consultation with…

Rivalries highlight week 1 preview, by Tyler Cupp

Small town and cross county rivals headline our previews this week. From across the river, highway, or county, these schools are playing for a whole community. Bragging rights are on the line this Friday. Justin Gentry is entering his ninth season for the Chapin Eagles. He has won 57 games, so far, during his time as coach. GoFlashWin photos. Chapin…

Host team among winners at Lexington County Sportsarama

Gilbert running back DeAndre Harris gets past a Chapin defender.  Thomas Grant photos. By Thomas Grant Jr. Aside from a 45-minute rain delay, the Lexington Sportsarama at Lexington High School went without a hitch Friday night. Seven Lexington County teams – Pelion, Lexington, River Bluff, Batesburg-Leesville, Gilbert, Chapin and White Knoll – took part in four 2-quarter scrimmages: GAME ONE…

Ex-Swansea head football coach to meet with District 4 board Thursday

Gregory Wright-Thomas Grant Jr. By Thomas Grant Jr.  Embattled former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright could learn his future status in the coming days. He’s scheduled to meet with Lexington School District 4 board members during their Thursday meeting in Gaston. Wright’s attorney, J. Lewis Cromer, said Tuesday his client will express his grievances during executive session with the board….

18-year-old dies in vehicle accident

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single vehicle accident. It occurred in the 2000 block of Cedar Grove Road in Leesville at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday. According to Coroner Fisher, Mr. Timothy Robert “TJ” Langfitt, Jr., 18, of Leesville was pronounced dead at the scene due to the traumatic injuries sustained. Langfitt’s vehicle…

Lexington Police, school district reps kick off summer meals program

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Lexington County Coroner’s Report shows rise in overdose deaths

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and her team recently released the Annual Coroner’s Report for 2017. Their findings show the different types of patterns presented by the deaths of Lexington County residents throughout the year. According to the report, the county is 699 square miles, which makes it the 17th largest county in the state. The estimated persons per square…

13-year-old charged with 2 counts of attempted murder after shooting into house

A 13-year-old boy is charged with two counts of attempted murder and shooting into a dwelling after deputies said he shot at two men and toward a house. “Based on the information deputies gathered at the scene Friday, the young man fired a .22 rifle in the direction of his neighbor, who was outside his home on Bush Berry Road…