Batesburg-Leesville

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…