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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…

Lexington outlasts Gilbert in first-ever meeting

Thomas Grant photos The environment prevalent throughout Wildcat Stadium for Friday’s first-ever football meeting between Lexington and Gilbert rivaled that of a playoff game. A sea of red on the visitor’s side was matched on the homestands by blue and gold. Both teams entered the contest undefeated and seeking to draw first blood in a new in-county rival. In the…

Family ties strong in first-ever Lexington/Gilbert meeting

Lexington running back Akeem Nicholas with the carry against Dreher. GoFlashWin photo Friday’s first-ever football meeting between Lexington and Gilbert will have a “family reunion” atmosphere. The close proximity of the two communities has created lifelong connections for the head coaches of the respective schools: – Lexington head football coach Perry Woolbright’s father, Marty, coached 11 seasons with the Indians….

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…

Gilbert holds off Gray Collegiate

Gilbert running back DeAndre Cook rushed for 168 yards and three TDs versus Gray Collegiate. Thomas Grant photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The fans at Tomahawk Stadium itching for football after last year’s historic season at Gilbert were treated to a dominating start Friday night. The host team Indians opened up a 21-0 lead over visiting Gray Collegiate in the…

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…

Lexington District One Board approves $365 million, 5-year building plan

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees has approved a $365 million five-year building plan. According to a district press release, the plan is needed to address rapid student growth. The initial facilities improvement plan, recommended by a a Facilities Study Committee, was presented to the board at cost of $393 million. That amount was trimmed to the $365 million…

Midlands man creates business out of garage, grows to 90-employee company

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Lexington Police, school district reps kick off summer meals program

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