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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Coaching in an offensive slugfest that stretched over two days is nothing new for head coach Chad Leaphart. Back in 2015 as head coach at Swansea, he witnessed his team engage in a legendary dual for the ages with Chapin. The 63-60 overtime win by the Eagles, a game which was completed the following day due…

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…

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 an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The initial collision involved several vehicles, according to Cpl. David Jones of the S.C….

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…

GoFlashWin photos. In South Carolina, the sign of football season is a little different than other states and areas. From high school football to college, and then the NFL, it’s an event when the pigskin picks back up. The weather doesn’t quite change until later in the year but we still get our football. Schools going back in session excites…

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…

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…

Michael Eugene Bryant – LCSD photo. A Gilbert man is accused of kidnapping a man and a woman last Wednesday and forcing them to drive to an ATM after he had an argument with the man about money. Michael Eugene Bryant, 44, is charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault and battery, according to arrest…

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…

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…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the pedestrian who was fatally struck by a motor vehicle shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Broad Street in Gilbert. According to Fisher, Mr. Damarj Torrel Morris, 18, of Lexington was in the roadway when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene due…

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…

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the pedestrian who was killed due to being struck by a motor vehicle Thursday around 10:15 p.m. The incident occurred in the 4200 block of Augusta Highway in Gilbert. According to the coroner, Kevin C. Jones, 46, of Lexington, was walking in the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle. Jones was…

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 Midlands for residents to find. This is the first year coin dealers across the country have held the event…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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 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…

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 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 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,…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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 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…

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…

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…

Diesel Laptops grand opening. Matt Lee photos. Tyler Robertson quit his full time job three-and-a-half years ago to begin a new endeavor. He had no idea that it would grow so quickly, and lead to Wednesday’s grand opening of his new 21,000-sq.-ft. location. Robertson created Diesel Laptops, a company that sells diesel diagnostic tools for semi trucks, farm tractors, and…

Karen Wingard delivering lunch. Photos by Karamie Sullivan and Polly Peyinghaus Officers from the Lexington Police Department were lending a helping hand Monday morning at Lexington School District One’s Summer Food Service kickoff event. The LPD partnered with Rosenwald Community Learning Center on opening day, providing free car seat safety checks, and the opportunity for children to learn bike safety…

Coach Damone Leaphart- Photos by Karamie Sullivan. Damone Leaphart has been a Lexington Wildcat since he started school at age six. He graduated from Lexington High School when he was 18. Leaphart left the school to get his degree, but he immediately came back and was hired to be the athletic trainer in 1982. Leaphart is a Wildcat through and through….

Photos by Karamie Sullivan. The Lexington County Blowfish baseball team’s merchandise store is on Main Street in Lexington.   Formerly, it sold mainly shirts, game tickets, and Blowfish paraphernalia for fans.  On Wednesday, the store unveiled a new, “sweet” addition.  Blowie’s Sweet Spot is now open for business, offering dippin’ dots, shaved ice, cotton candy, and jumbo swirl lollipops.   Blowfish General Manager Theo…