BLPD to Host Concealed Weapons Permit Class  

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, September 8, 2017 11:35:00 AM

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department will be hosting a Concealed Weapon Permit Class in September.

The course consists of two sessions and participants must attend both to complete the program. The first session, the classroom portion, will take place on Thursday, September 28th, 2017, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department.  The session will last 4-5 hours.

The second session will be held at the BLPD Firing Range on Saturday, September 30th at a time to be announced at the end of the classroom session. Participants should be prepared to bring at least 50 rounds of ammunition and an appropriate secure holster for their handgun of choice for the range qualification. Targets, hearing protection and eye protection will be provided.

The cost of the course is $50.00. Applicants are required to register and pay fees at the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department before September 28th.

The cost associated with and process of applying for the Concealed Weapons Permit with SLED is separate. This course is designed to provide the applicant with the training and materials needed to complete the application process through SLED.


For more information, please contact BLPD at (803) 532-4408. 

Council Meeting Canceled by Executive Order 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, September 7, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Mayor Rita Crapps as issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. With the arrival of Hurricane Irma likely Monday evening, the Mayor has rescheduled September's Council Meeting from the 11th to the 18th. A copy of the executive order can be found here

Special Election Town Council District 8 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, August 11, 2017 4:35:00 PM

Due to the resignation of Council Member Jim Wiszowaty, a special election will be held to fill the remaining 2 years of his term. 

Filing for this seat will begin on August 17th and end at noon on September 8th. 

The election will be held with the regularly scheduled general election on November 7th. 

For more information, please click here


Election Season 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, August 11, 2017 1:55:00 PM

Every two odd years, town citizens go to the polls to select council members. This year voters will be selecting individuals to fill the following seats: 

  • Council District 1 
  • Council District 3
  • Council District 5
  • Council District 7
  • Mayor

In addition to the above races, a special election will be held to fill the remaining term of District 2

Interested candidates must file with Lexington County Elections Commission (even if they live in the Saluda County portion of town) before noon on Friday, August 25, 2017

Petition forms and Statement of Intention of Candidacy are available at Town Hall, but must be submitted to Lexington County Elections Commission by noon on the closing date (above). These forms can be found online here

Candidates seeking to run for a district seat or mayor are required to obtain a minimum number of valid signatures. The exact number varies by district, but overall, each candidate for a seat needs to obtain 35 signatures for council districts, and 235 for mayor. Lexington County Election Commission will determine the validity of the signatures submitted. The Town of Batesburg-Leesville uses a petition filing process, therefore, no fees are assessed to run for Town offices. 

Candidates for municipal office must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) through the State Ethics Commission website.  Candidates may also be required to make Campaign Disclosure reports.  Visit the State Ethics Commission website for more information.

Good luck! 



Annual Chamber Auction 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:07:00 PM

2017 will be the 28th year of our Annual Auction.  The auction will be held on Saturday August 26th at T&S Farm.  Registration, social networking , and the Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 PM.  The live Auction begins at approximately 7:15 PM.  Tickets, $35 each, include heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  An entertaining and respected auctioneer, Billy Shaw, will bring excitement to the evening.  For information on tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or donations please go to, click on Annual Auction in events and download the application.  Sponsors at this time are: SILVER - Town of Batesburg-Leesville, Lexington Medical Center, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative; BRONZE-SCE&G, Batesburg Insurance Agency, Oswald Wholesale Lumber, Inc., Economy Furniture, South State Bank, Comporium, Derrick Plumbing, Jerrold A. Watson & Sons, Cal Forrest, First Citizens Bank, Herlong Chevrolet-Buick.

Solar Eclipse 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, July 28, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Residents and visitors to Batesburg-Leesville are in for a celestial treat on Monday, August 21st. For for the the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will pass over our region. The Town is working with the Batesburg-Leesville Branch of Lexington County Library for a viewing party. We are still working on the details, but check out the save the date flyer below. We hope you make plans to join us for this historic event. 

National Night Out 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, July 14, 2017 11:44:00 AM

The Town would like to invite everyone to the annual National Night Out event at Leesville College Park on Tuesday, August 1st from 5pm to 8pm. The event is co-hosted with Lexington County Sheriff's Department. There will be tons of activities, food, and fun. Hope to see you there. 

Hospitality Tax Presentation 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:40:00 PM

Click here for tonight's presentation


Hospitality Tax Information Session 

Posted by Seth Duncan Monday, June 26, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Town staff will be conducting Hospitality Tax Information Sessions on Monday and Tuesday (June 26th & 27th) starting at 6pm in Council Chambers (120 W. Church Street, Suite B). These sessions are designed to provide more detailed information regarding the H-Tax, how it can be used, and early plans for its use in Batesburg-Leesville. The sessions will begin at 6pm with a presentation by staff with questions to follow. Town Council members may be present, but these events are not designed to be official Council Meetings, nor will any action be taken even if a quorum is present. Monday night's presentation is geared towards the businesses that will be impacted, whereas, Tuesday's session is for the general public. 

Hope you can join us. 


Advanced Disposal Increasing Collection Rates 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Town Council was informed Monday night that Advanced Disposal will be increasing its garbage and recycling collection rates beginning July 1st. The current rate of $9.37 per household will increase to $9.71 per month, according to the information provided to Council.

“We are implementing a 3.6% increase in conjunction with the BLS CPI figures for 2016,” wrote Hardee Horne, Municipal Marketing and Governmental Affairs Manager for Advanced Disposal, in a letter to the Town. This increase is the first increase in more than three years.

“This is a trend we are seeing with many of our service providers; prices for goods and services are going up across the board,” remarked Ted Luckadoo, Town Manager. “We have always directly passed the cost of this service to the customer, and in July, residents and businesses with Town garbage service will see the 34 cent increase in their bill.”

Advanced Disposal became the Town’s garbage and recycling service provider in 2013 when it bought out Southland Sanitation. The Town’s current contract expires June 30, 2018.

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