Gilbert

River Bluff, Gilbert remain undefeated, to face each other next week

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The stage is now set for next week’s “Showdown in the Swamp” between two Lexington County undefeated teams. River Bluff and Gilbert both improved to 5-0 Friday and will face each other in each teams’ final non-region regular season contest. The Gators held off Irmo 14-7 at home. Shrine Bowl running back Braden Walker accounted for…

Gilbert stays undefeated with 42-32 win

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. For the third time in four years, the Gilbert football team is off to a 4-0 start in the Chad Leaphart era. The Indians held off Airport 42-32 Friday in the Eagles’ Nest. It was the second straight week the Class 3A school defeated a Lexington County foe in a higher classification and first win this…

Longs Pond Road exits on I-20 to close for parts of Thursday, Friday and Saturday

SCDOT file photo. The SCDOT will close the I-20 Longs Pond Road exits beginning Thursday for ramp paving. Interstate-20, Exit 51 Westbound will close Thursday (Sept. 12) from 11:30 pm until 4 am Friday (Sept. 13 .) Motorists wishing to use the westbound on-ramp should proceed along the detour route of Two Notch Road to Industrial Drive to South Lake…

Gilbert gets big win over Lexington

Hardly a seat was left unfilled Friday at Leonard Price Field as Gilbert played host to in-county foe Lexington. The contest pitted 2 undefeated teams with ties on both sides. Indians’ head coach Chad Leaphart played under Marty Woolbright, the father of Wildcats’ head coach Perry Woolbright. The younger Woolbright looked to lead Lexington to a 2nd straight win over…

Lexington County rivalries clash in high school football week two

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Another week, another round of matchups between schools within close proximity of each other. Only about nine miles separate Dutch Fork and Irmo. The same is true for Friday combatants Lexington and Gilbert in a game that is this week’s Sonic Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week (Spectrum Channel 1250 or Digital 57.2). There are…

2 bodies found in home in Gilbert

A death investigation was underway Wednesday in the 1000 block of Drawdebil Road in Gilbert. Two bodies have been found inside a home, there. At this time, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said it is not seeking any suspects or persons of interest in connection with this case. The information regarding the incident is limited at this time. Any additional…

Gilbert rallies for 52-35 win

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Leonard Price Field was the site of another offensive slugfest. This time, however, the home contest for the Gilbert football team was played to its conclusion. The Indians defeated Batesburg-Leesville 52-35 to improve to 2-0 on the season. This marked the first time in school history Gilbert had defeated its crosstown rival four straight years and…

Sgt. Adam Creech, worked on the Jones child murder case, is Chamber Officer of the Month

Sheriff Jay Koon, Sgt. Adam Creech and Vaughn Dozier, sponsor of the award. Sgt. Adam Creech works in the Special Victim’s Unit – Major Crimes- with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was recognized as the Officer of the Month Tuesday by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s Breakfast. It was at the Wingate in Lexington. Lexington…

Rival clashes highlight prep football schedule

Airport running back Bruce Staley, the cousin of former University of South Carolina and Philadelphia Eagle running back Duce Staley, rushed for 219 yards and two scores last week against Dreher. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. This is Rivalry Week in certain Lexington County circles. Teams with longstanding histories against each other usually use the early portion of the schedule for…

High school football week 0 games to watch, by Tyler Cupp

GoFlashWin photo. MALLARD CREEK(NC) VS DUTCH FORK Two games in the palmetto state are getting national coverage and attention. As part of ESPN’s Geico High School Kickoff, a number of games will be televised with two of them right here in South Carolina. It’s the first time since 2014 that teams from SC have been on ESPN and the first…

High school football storylines to watch, by Tyler Cupp

Silver foxes looking to four-peat as state champs. GoFlashWin photos. Can Dutch Fork continue their dominance? The short answer is yes. They absolutely can. However, only five schools in South Carolina football history have pulled off the four-peat. A lot of folks, including myself, looked at last year as a major win for Dutch Fork considering that the big time…

Pedestrian hit on I-20, in Lexington County

I-20 crash Show Caption Hide Caption I-20 crash 1 Show Caption Hide Caption I-20 crash EMS Show Caption Hide Caption David Jones-SCHP images. Lanes of I-20 East were blocked for a while Tuesday, at the 59 mile marker due to a crash. A pedestrian in the road was struck by a vehicle. The person hit was transported by EMS to…

Dominant victory by teams at Lexington Sportsarama

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. A near-capacity homecrowd at Gilbert High School were treated for a preseason warmup from seven Lexington County schools. The third annual Lexington Sportsarama featured 4 2 quarter scrimmages which had its share of high scores and big offensive plays. This was also the final opportunity for teams to prepare for their respective season-openers Aug. 23: GAME…

Gilbert football looks to continue recent success

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The perception of Gilbert High School’s football has changed over the past three seasons. Under head coach Chad Leaphart, the Indians have posted a 29-7 overall record, won a region tile for the first time in school history and advanced in the Class 3A playoffs three straight years. Senior quarterback Jy Tolen has especially noticed the…

Woman and teen charged in connection to shooting in Lexington County

Brandi Ann Strawderman-LCSD photo. Lexington County deputies have charged a Lexington woman and a minor in connection with a shooting Wednesday night in Gilbert. Brandi Ann Strawderman, 20, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants. The minor is charged with attempted murder and unlawful possession of a handgun. “Based…

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…