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Town Reminds Residents of Fireworks Ordinance 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:56:00 AM

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville hopes everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday, and would like to remind residents that Town Ordinance allows fireworks to be discharged between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on July 4th only.

The Town Ordinance does not restrict the use, of what is commonly known as sparklers, which may be used at anytime. Additionally, all fireworks discharged must be under the direct supervision of a responsible adult.

Should any citizen discharge fireworks prior to 10:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. on July 4th or discharge fireworks any other days around July 4th, law enforcement may respond and issue a citation for violation of the firework ordinance.

If you have questions regarding the firework ordinance, please call Town Hall. To report a violation, please call the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department at 532-4408.

Batesburg-Leesville to Host Disposal & Recycling Event 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Not sure what to do with your old and unused electronics, tires or bank statements? The Town of Batesburg-Leesville will host a disposal and recycling event on June 20th from 8AM – 1PM in the old Winn Dixie parking lot (244 West Columbia Avenue). Residents will have the opportunity to dispose of tires and electronic waste and to shred sensitive, unneeded documents. This event will be in partnership with Advanced Disposal, Lexington County Solid Waste Management, Shred With Us, and Palmetto Pride.

Below is a list of items being accepted for disposal and recycling:

•Tires – limit 8 per resident of Batesburg-Leesville. Must not be on rims and only passenger or light truck tires will be accepted. No commercial dealers will be allowed to dispose of tires.

•Paper Shredding – paper only. No binders, books, or plastic coated paper (magazines). Staples and paperclips are acceptable.

•E-Waste – up to 8 items per visit from Lexington County residents and small businesses. Items can be computers, TV’s, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones household electronics including stereo’s, radio’s, PDA’s and electronic game systems. Electronic waste must have been generated in Lexington County for this event, and residents should keep electronics intact for the purpose of recycling.

To find out more about the recycling and disposal event, contact Seth Duncan at sduncan@batesburg-leesville.org or 803-532-4601. 

Volunteers spend Memorial Day cleaning overgrown cemetery 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, May 29, 2015 11:20:00 AM

After WIS first uncovered the terrible conditions at an abandoned local cemetery, dozens decided to help out on Memorial Day.

The abandoned cemetery in Batesburg-Leesville is the resting place for a number of veterans. More tombstones of veterans have been uncovered, including one of a Purple Heart recipient.

It's likely the first time sunlight has hit some of the tombstones in decades.

"We rolled up and we saw all of the Kudzu and the overgrowth,” said Kermit Elliott. “It's sad, you know. We heard there were World War I and also World War II veterans' graves out there."

Several groups of volunteers from Charleston to Chapin traded hot dogs and hamburgers for bug spray and power tools.

"Over the course of a day, I put together a few of my club members, and he brought up some tools, and we came this way," said Danny Richardson.

It's all part of an effort to clean up the forgotten cemetery where a number of veterans were laid to rest.

To read more, please click here.

 

More than 100,000 Visitors Anticipated for the 2015 SC Poultry Festival 

Posted by McKay Public Affairs Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:57:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville is gearing up for one of its’ largest annual events – the 29th Annual South Carolina Poultry Festival.  The three-day festival featuring great music, good food and family fun kicks off on Thursday night, May 7th and ends on Saturday, May 9th.

Named for the state’s largest agri-business – the $1 billion poultry industry; the SC Poultry Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the Town of Batesburg-Leesville annually!

“We are excited to welcome friends, neighbors and new visitors to our Town! The Leesville Merchant’s Association, the Poultry Festival Steering Committee, and the hundreds of volunteers from our Town and around the County do an amazing job of putting on this wonderful family-friendly weekend in Batesburg-Leesville!” stated Mayor Rita Crapps.

By the Numbers: The South Carolina Poultry Festival

6 Stages for Music and Entertainment

More than 30 Food Vendors

Amusement Rides

More than 110 Entries in the Parade

More than 100 Entries in the Car Show

More than 120 Artisans and Crafters

More than 30 Commercial Vendors

5K Road Race

Volleyball Tournament

Fireworks Show

Bar-B-Que Cookoff

Car Show

To find out more about the South Carolina Poultry Festival, contact Genna Copeland at GCopeland@Lex3.K12.sc.us or 803-609-6936. Click here to view the map and schedule of events. Stay up-to-date on what is happening in the Town of Batesburg-Leesville by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Welcome from the Mayor 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, May 1, 2015 8:37:00 PM

I would like to welcome you to the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, located in western Lexington County and the vibrant Midlands of South Carolina. Batesburg-Leesville, formally two independent municipalities, consolidated services in 1992. B-L is strategically located in the heart of SC, only 2 hours from the mountains and the ocean. Surrounded by peach trees, and rolling fields, B-L, a family friendly community, is minutes from the state capital, museums, 5-star dining, an extraordinary zoo, botanical gardens, and family recreation.

While engaged in providing opportunities for economic growth and development, we diligently preserve our tranquil atmosphere. We strongly encourage community involvement, citizen’s participation in civic events, and the support of local businesses. We have created a safe community for residents and visitors, fostering a relaxed environment that is a great place for families, young and old. Whether you are looking for a permanent escape from the noise and chaos of city life, an outing for shopping, antiquing, or a place to appreciate genuine Southern cuisine, we welcome and invite you to come be a part of our family. Batesburg-Leesville, maintaining small town ambiance and a family state of mind.

B-L Fire Department Preps for CO Detector Blitz 

Friday, April 17, 2015 2:53:00 PM

The B-L Fire Department is collaborating with four other jurisdictions in the midlands on a Carbon Monoxide alarm grant.  The collaboration was organized by the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation (www.jeffreysfoundation.org).  They wrote a grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and received $25,000 towards the purchase of 1,000 CO alarms and 20 CO monitors.  Of these alarms 200 are earmarked for our community and the B-L Fire Department will conduct a blitz on May 2nd when volunteers will go door-to-door installing as many alarms as possible.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.  For more information visit:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Carbon-Monoxide-Information-Center/Carbon-Monoxide-Questions-and-Answers-/

 

Number of Alarms Provided
City of Columbia (USC)      300
West Columbia                   200
Irmo                                      200
Batesburg-Leesville            200
Lexington County               100

Police Chief Supports Officer-Worn Body Cameras 

Friday, April 17, 2015 2:15:00 PM

A bill aimed to make police officers more accountable cleared a hurdle today at the State House.

A Senate subcommittee approved a plan to make all officers in the state wear body cameras.

At the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, body-worn cameras are nothing new. The town's 20 officers have been wearing them for years.

"Obviously, I like the idea of cameras,” Chief Wallace Oswald said. “And I think they're a beneficial piece of equipment.”

It wasn't something Batesburg-Leesville was ordered to do, but Chief Oswald says they did it to be progressive. Now, state lawmakers are working to make body cams mandatory after a police shooting in North Charleston drew the eyes of the nation...

...to read more please click the link below.

http://www.wistv.com/story/28815775/local-police-chief-weary-of-body-camera-bill

wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Batesburg-Leesville Employees Will Have Room To Grow 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:42:00 PM

Employees with the Town of Batesburg-Leesville have been working in cramped office space and narrow hallways for two decades. But it's looking like that may soon change.

When the Town of Batesburg and the Town of Leesville consolidated, President George H.W. Bush was finishing his only term in office. More than 20 years later, the town's offices are still housed in the same building.

"It's time to have some new office space," said Ted Luckadoo, Batesburg-Leesville Town Manager. "As any customers or citizens that come into our facility have seen, we've outgrown that space."

To read more please click the link below:
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/features/2014/12/15/batesburg-leesville-employees-to-be-cramped-no-more/20457909/

 

Batesburg-Leesville eyes new Town Hall 

Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Batesburg-Leesville is on the verge of fulfilling a decade-old dream of a new Town Hall.

Town leaders are moving to acquire an office complex on Church Street and transform it into their new headquarters.

The site – expected to be ready by midsummer – will replace a former bank that’s been Town Hall since the two communities in western Lexington County merged 22 years ago.

“We’ve outgrown our first home,” Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said. “A new facility was long overdue.”


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13926437.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1#storylink=cpy

To read more, please click the link below.

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13926437.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1

Face-lift Starting at Batesburg-Leesville Industrial Park 

Posted by Seth Duncan Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:21:00 AM

A long-wanted face-lift is starting at an industrial area in Batesburg-Leesville.

After a 13-year wait, Lexington County and town leaders are adding roads, water and sewer at the 176-acre tract on the east edge of the community.

“It’s been a long haul to get to where we are,” town Mayor Rita Crapps said.

The improvements should be complete by Dec. 31, officials said.

It’s not clear how long it will take the $4 million project to produce a payoff, but Crapps predicted “somebody will bite the hook” once the facilities are ready.

Adding the improvements is vital to attract jobs to the town of 5,400 residents. Companies looking to expand want parcels that can be used quickly instead of waiting for roads and utilities to be brought in, officials say.


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13726316.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1#storylink=cpy

To read more please click the link below.

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13726316.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1

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