Batesburg-Leesville

Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. CFF’s conducts an educational outreach…

Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum says opposition to Cayce TIF illogical

After some members of Lexington County Council opposed a TIF request from the City of Cayce,  Chairman Todd Cullum said blocking the TIF does not make sense. After TIF improvements, the value of the Cayce Brickworks property is $4.2 million. (Photo by Terry Ward.) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the directing of tax revenue to go to redevelopment of the…

Tartan Day South, John Banks’ baby is growing up

TDS begins March 29 and ends April 2

John Banks, right and his wife, Pam, at the Carolina Classic Home Home and Garden Show. And Banks at West Columbia’s City Council. (Photos Terry Ward) Wherever you see John Banks these days he’s promoting Tartan Day South. Banks is the tourism director for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. And he’s the proverbial boss of Tartan Day South….

Lexington County plans Leesville recycling event for March 11

Lexington County residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics, drop off used tires, and shred paper documents on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Leesville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is being hosted by the County of Lexington Solid Waste Management Department and the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. When: Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00…

UPDATED- man charged in Gaston incident turns himself in

Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. has turned himself in to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He’s in the detention center and expected in court Thursday. Initial story: A Gaston man is facing two charges from a domestic dispute that prompted a SWAT response at his house Monday afternoon. Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. (LCSD Photo.) Terry Lawrence Jordan Jr. is charged with domestic…

House of Raeford plant fire in North Carolina not expected to affect Lexington County facilites

A fire that destroyed House of Raeford Farms “Wallace” (NC) processing plant will not affect much of the company’s operations in the Midlands. Alberton Volunteer Fire Department Photo. The fire happened early Sunday morning. No one was hurt, but the plant was lost. And about 675 workers now have no place to work. House of Raeford has a processing plant…

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of child

"I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

Posey (Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Photo.) Antonio K. Posey 41, has been found guilty by a jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree. His trial was conducted in a Saluda County Courthouse. Posey was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison by Judge Eugene Griffith, Jr. following the reading of the verdict. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor…

Several Columbia-area high school basketball players chosen as Players-of-the-Year

The S.C. Basketball Coaches Association has named Brookland-Cayce’s Lloyd Hemming picked as the 3A Boys State Player-of-the-Year and Gray Collegiate Academy’s Jalek Felton is the 2A Boys Player of the Year. A.C. Flora’s James Reese was named 4A Boys Player of the Year; and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis, was named 5A Boys Player of the Year; Swansea’s Danae McNeal was…

Woolbright is Lexington High’s new athletic director and football coach

At a special board workshop, on Feb. 11, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Perry Woolbright as Lexington High School athletic director and head football coach. Woolbright joins Lexington District One on February 20, 2017. “I am delighted to have Coach Woolbright join our Wildcat family,” commented Melissa Rawl, LHS principal. “Being a…

Lake Murray Elementary student scores 99 percent on typing assessment

JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp (Photo Contributed.) During this week’s Lake Murray Live! news show at Lake Murray Elementary, one student received a certificate for a near-perfect score. On Monday, LMES Assistant Principal Leisa F. Clamp presented Fourth-Grader JoAnn Samuelyn Siebo with a certificate recognizing her work on the Typing.com program. In addition to being…

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…