Batesburg-Leesville

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…

“You stole her childhood” – Lexington County sex offender gets life-plus-40

William H. Heath- LCSD photo. After a week-long trial in Lexington County, sex offender William H. Heath, 50, received a consecutive sentence of life plus 40 years. The trial began May 7, and ended late Friday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges, according to a press release from the office of 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard….

White Knoll softball team going to the 5A state final

WKHS softball team- by Thomas Grant Jr.  Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  It took 16 innings over two games on the road, but the White Knoll softball team earned a second straight trip to the Class 5A final. Needing two victories Friday at Ashley Ridge to repeat as Lower State champions, the Lady Timberwolves emerged from the Class…

Second person dies after Wednesday crash in Lexington County

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the second individual who died after a vehicle collision. The crash occurred in the 3500 block of Augusta Highway near Gilbert at approximately 5:50 a,m. Wednesday. According to Fisher, Mr. Robert Anthony O’Kelley, 44, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at an area hospital, Thursday. O’Kelley was traveling south on Augusta Highway when he…

River Bluff, Airport headed to state finals in high school baseball

Airport after win, Wednesday- Christy Stone photo Show Caption Hide Caption River Bluff versus Lexington Show Caption Hide Caption For the second consecutive year, the River Bluff baseball team is headed to the Class 5A final. The Gators shut out Region 5-5A champion and rival Lexington 4-0 to repeat as Lower State champions. Grant Brittingham struck out nine and held…

Fallen Lexington County officers memorialized at service, Wednesday

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Overturned tractor-trailer closes 1 lane of Highway 321 in Lexington County

Lexington County photo. One lane of Highway 321, at the Highway 21 split, was closed Wednesday afternoon due to an overturned tractor-trailer. No injuries were reported, but emergency response personnel asked motorists to seek an alternate route, and to slow down while the area was being cleared. Categories: Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Lexington County, Pelion, Swansea, West Columbia

Woman killed in Lexington County crash is identified

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision.  It occurred in the 3500 block of Augusta Highway near Gilbert at approximately 5:50 a.m on Wednesday. According to Fisher, Ms. Margaret Anne Burke, 61, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Burke was traveling north on Augusta Highway when she was involved…

1 killed and 1 injured in head-on collision in Lexington County

One person was killed and another was critically injured in a head-on crash in Lexington County . The collision took place just before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning on US-1/Augusta Highway near Golden Jubilee Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the person who was hurt was transported to the hospital…

Lexington County “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” is May 25

Lexington County “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” is May 25. The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium will host a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel” Workshop on Friday, May 25. It’s from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning with check-in at 8:45 a.m. at Emergency Medical Services, 407 Ball Park Road and culminating at the Public Works garages located at 440 Ball…

Lexington County coroner identifies man killed in collision, Monday night

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single motor vehicle accident. It occurred in the 800 block of Haven Road at approximately 9:45 p.m., Monday. According to Fisher, Mr. Christopher Lee Oswalt, 28, of Batesburg was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. Oswalt’s vehicle crossed the center line…