is a town in Lexington
counties in the U.S. state
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of South Carolina
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. The population was 5,517 at the 2000 census
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. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina
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Metropolitan Statistical Area
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On February 13, 1946, Isaac Woodard
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an African American
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World War II
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veteran, was beaten and blinded as he passed through the town.
The town of Batesburg-Leesville was formed in 1992 by the merger of the towns of Batesburg and Leesville, South Carolina.
The town council comprises eight elected council persons representing single member districts. The current council members are:
- District 1: Linda Deloach
- District 2: Todd O'Dell
- District 3: Stephen Cain
- District 4: Charles M. Simpkins
- District 5: Gladys Cullum
- District 6: Kathy Mingo
- District 7: Rita J. Crapps (also mayor pro tem)
- District 8: Frank Fox
The top employer in Batesburg-Leesville is Lexington County School District Three
with four different schools and a district office. Following closely is Union Switch & Signal
in their 184000 sq ft (17,094.2 m²) manufacturing facility.
The town's economic dependence on poultry harvesting is apparent due to the presence of two large processing plants: Amick Farms
and Columbia Farms. These assist in making Lexington County
the top poultry producer in the state.
The South Carolina Poultry Festival (formerly the Ridge Poultry Festival) has been on the second Saturday in May since the year 1986. The Festival features live music, food vendors, craft vendors, a carnival, a parade, and to conclude the event a cake auction and firework show.
On May 9, 2007, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
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opened a new 180000 square feet (16,722.5 m²) Wal-Mart Supercenter near the middle of town, as well as a strip mall for smaller businesses. Despite creating 375 new jobs, the Wal-Mart has been a point of contention for many residents since it was announced, as fears arise that competition from a new Wal-Mart will force local business owners to shut down. However, many also argue that historically when a Wal-Mart moves into a small town, the associated economic boom will result in heavily increased population growth which may allow the local businesses to remain open.
The public school system in Batesburg-Leesville is administered by Lexington County School District Three
, which consists of:
All sports teams associated with Lexington County School District Three
use a panther as their mascot. The Panthers' colors are purple, blue and gold.
W. Wyman King Academy
and The Ridge Christian School are both private, non-denominational Christian schools accepting students in grades K-12.
Area Colleges and Universities
The University of South Carolina Aiken campus
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, The University of South Carolina Columbia campus
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, and several Midlands Technical College
campuses are within an approximate 30-45 minute drive from town.
In 2008, Midlands Technical College opened a new Batesburg-Leesville satellite campus around the site of the Old Haynes Auditorium in the Leesville side of town.
Batesburg-Leesville is served weekly by The Twin City News, which specifically focuses on local news as well as that from immediately surrounding areas (mostly Gilbert
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). It is usually devoid of national or world news.
The town is also served by The State
newspaper, which is also circulated through most of the state of South Carolina.
In 2007, Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch-News began circulating at town stores and business to compliment their subscribers in the area. The newspaper covers all county governments, state, national and international news as it affects Lexington County residents.
Batesburg-Leesville has only one radio station transmitting from within its borders, WBLR 1430 AM. However, Batesburg-Leesville is in range of several radio stations broadcasting from the surrounding areas, including:
- WYFV 88.7 FM - Christian - Cayce, SC
- WMHK 89.7 FM - Christian - Columbia, SC
- WUSC 90.5 FM - University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
- WLTR 91.3 FM - Classical/NPR - Columbia, SC
- WARQ 93.5 FM - New Rock - Columbia, SC
- WCOS 97.5 FM - Country - Columbia, SC
- WLXC 98.5 FM - R&B/Soul - Lexington, SC
- WWDM 101.3 FM - R&B/Soul - Columbia, SC
- WEKL 105.7 FM - Classic rock - Augusta, GA
- WNOK 104.7 FM - "Top 40" - Columbia, SC
- WTCB 106.7 FM - "Top 40" - Columbia, SC
Over-the-air channels receivable in Batesburg-Leesville include:
- WJBF - Channel 6 - Augusta, GA
- WAGT - Channel 26 - Augusta, GA
- WRDW-TV - Channel 12 - Augusta, GA
- WOLO-TV - Channel 25 (ABC
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Affiliate) - Columbia, SC
- WFXG - Channel 54 - Augusta, GA
- WLTX - Channel 19 (CBS
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Affiliate) - Columbia, SC
- WACH - Channel 57 (Fox
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Affiliate) - Columbia, SC
- WIS-TV - Channel 10 (NBC
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Affiliate) - Columbia, SC
- WRLK-TV - Channel 35 - Columbia, SC
Alternatively, digital cable providers Time Warner Cable
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and Pond Branch Telecommunications
collectively cover the majority of the greater Batesburg-Leesville area.
Batesburg-Leesville is located at 33.909767°N 81.534296°W (33.909767, -81.534296).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.2 km2
), of which, 7.3 square miles (19.0 km2
) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2
) of it (1.21%) is water.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 5,517 people, 2,167 households, and 1,482 families residing in the town. The population density
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was 751.4 people per square mile (290.2/km2
). There were 2,446 housing units at an average density of 333.2 per square mile (128.7/km2
). The racial makeup of the town was 52.82% White, 45.66% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.40% from other races
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, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.
There were 2,167 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples
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living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,865, and the median income for a family was $40,040. Males had a median income of $32,447 versus $22,196 for females. The per capita income
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for the town was $16,078. About 16.1% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.
Notable figures who were born in, lived in, or are otherwise associated with Batesburg-Leesville.
- Ed McDaniel
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, former professional football player for Minnesota Vikings
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- Zackary Bowman
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, professional football player for the Chicago Bears
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- Maurice Simpkins
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, professional football player for the St. Louis Rams
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