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Gilbert looks to continue “Golden Age” in football

Gilbert High School running back Colten Mason (27) is tackled by Red team members Shadarious Hair and Deandre Cook during the Red and White Spring Game. Photo courtesy of PALMETTOSPORTSIMAGING.com. Gilbert High teams have produced a football Golden Age the past three seasons. Under head coach and alumnus Chad Leaphart, the Indians have set an unprecedented success with: – 29…

Lexington County man charged after beating grandmother to death, stabbing dog, police say

Dustin Hoff, booking photo provided. Lexington County deputies have charged a Gilbert man in the apparent beating death of his grandmother. According to arrest warrants, Dustin Edward Hoff, 30, will also be charged with ill treatment of an animal after deputies found a dog stabbed to death inside the victim’s home. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim…

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 business participating in national coin hunt, dropping valued coins across Midlands

mercury dimes Show Caption Hide Caption standing liberty quarter Show Caption Hide Caption hologram coin Show Caption Hide Caption Photos provided. Steve Twitty, owner of the Gilbert Coin Exchange, has decided to participate in a nation-wide hunt. Twitty and his staff are taking part in the Great American Coin Hunt by dropping hundreds of valued coins at locations around the…

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…

River Bluff, Gilbert place runner-up at state wrestling finals

The Gilbert wrestling team gather together to receive the S.C. High School League Class 3A wrestling runner-up trophy at Airport High School. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Gilbert High wrestlers made their first SC High School League championship appearance in Class 3A. River Bluff was seeking its second title in three years in Class 5A at Airport High’s Eagles Nest. Both…

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 County wrestling teams advance to Lower State final

Gilbert’s Joshua Johnson locks in on his Aynor opponent and comes away with the pinfall win. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Lexington County had plenty to brag about thanks to its high school wrestling teams. Seven of the nine schools that reached the S.C. High School League playoffs came away with opening round victories. Wins in the second round by River…

Preseason high school baseball rankings include 10 Midlands teams

Thomas Grant photos. Midlands teams dominate the preseason rankings of the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. A total of 10 teams, including 5 in Class 5A, are included in the first rankings of the season. Six of the eight teams ranked are also competing in the NaturChem Invitational starting Feb. 28 at River Bluff and Lexington high schools, including defending…

Columbia Metro Bowl preview, by Tyler Cupp

The Columbia Metro Senior Bowl is finally here. The inaugural game will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Irmo High School and feature some of the best Midlands high school football players in the area. There will be 38 different schools represented with players and coaches. You’ve read about it by now, but what does this game really mean? To some,…

Inaugural Columbia Metro Bowl set for Saturday

The high school football season officially wraps up this weekend in the Midlands. The first-ever Columbia Metro Bowl featuring All-Star players from 38 Midlands schools will be at Irmo High School’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium Saturday. The brainchild of Ridge View’s head coach Perry Parks, the game will pit a West team of schools in Lexington-Richland District Five, Lexington and Newberry…

Lexington County Fire Service responds to call Wednesday morning

The Lexington County Fire Service and EMS responded to a structure fire before 8 a.m., Wednesday, in the 100 block Water Ferry Road near Gilbert. There was heavy smoke at the structure when crews arrived, according to a Lexington County report. Firefighters entered the home and quickly extinguished a fire in kitchen area. One resident was found outside and was transported…

American Pickers coming to South Carolina, seeking owners of unique collections

American Pickers Mike and Frank.  Photo provided. The History Channel’s American Pickers will be coming to the palmetto state in January to film episodes for the show. The show is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” Episodes follow Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. The show is searching…

Lexington County Coroner identifies Gilbert man who died in collision

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died as a result of a single motor vehicle collision that occurred on Shore Road near Belle Lindler Road in Gilbert. The incident occurred Monday at 12:15 p.m. According to Fisher, Mr. Luke Matthews King, 59, of Gilbert, was pronounced dead at the scene. King was traveling northbound on Shore…

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…

Lexington wins 13th state girls’ golf title

The 3-time Class 5A girls’ golf champion Lexington High School and head coach (far left) Brandon Smith. Thomas Grant photos The girls’ golf dynasty at Lexington High School under head coach Brandon Smith added to its trophy case Tuesday. At Mid-Carolina Country Club in appropriately-named Prosperity, the Lady Wildcats won the S.C. High School League Class 5A title for the…

Gilbert continues rapid rise in girls’ golf

Gilbert High girls’ golf team entering Season three under head coach Dru Nix. Front row (from left): Ally Moss, Meredith Price, Alexis Hodge, Edie Raine Hardee. Back row: Anna Moss, Kennedy Gooding, Camryn Sox and Kendall Brock. Dru Nix planted a seed in a modest field at Gilbert High three years ago. The seed was the site of the first-ever…

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…

Gilbert takes first place in region with volleyball win

Gilbert teammates Taylor McLain (13) and Chidera Wilson (2) are all smiles following a point. Thomas Grant photos. As a freshman, Courtney Price was a member of the Gilbert volleyball team that defeated Strom Thurmond to claim the Region 5-3A title. She and the Lady Indians took a step towards regaining the title on Thursday with a 3-set win over…

River Bluff rallies to defeat Gilbert, and remain undefeated

River Bluff quarterback Michael Rikard is sacked by Gilbert’s Darrius Bell. For the second straight contest, the River Bluff football team faced its biggest deficit of the season. Just like the previous game against Lugoff-Elgin, the Gators used a dominant second-half surge to extend its best start in school history. In spoiling Gilbert’s “Homecoming” Friday with a 42-30 road victory,…

Tree down, causes road closure in Gilbert

Lexington County Twitter photo Lexington County officials reported a road closure around 5:50 p.m. Friday afternoon in Gilbert.  A downed tree blocked the roadway on the 300 block of Wyatt Way. No injuries were reported.  Both lanes of the road were closed directly following the incident.  As of 6 p.m., an update was provided via Twitter:  “LCFS and Public Works…

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…