Batesburg-Leesville Waste Water Staff Conducts Pre-Treatment Program 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:26:00 PM

From July 27 through August 14, the staff of the Batesburg-Leesville Waste Water Treatment Plant conducted their Annual Industrial Pre-treatment Program for several local businesses: Berwick-Offray, Columbia Farms Hatchery, and J.B. Martin.

The Industrial Pre-treatment Program is designed to control the introduction of pollutants into the Town's wastewater treatment facility. Any business discharging pollutants into a receiving stream must be permitted by either the Environmental Protection Agency or South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The pretreatment program allows industries to discharge into a publicly owned treatment facility while using the Town's permit and eliminating the possibility of accidental discharges by local industries and businesses.

Every business that takes part in the pretreatment program is inspected annually by Town staff to ensure that all requirements are being met. The Wastewater Treatment Plant staff has the authority to enforce the standards to any business failing to meet the permit requirements. Since the late 1980's, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has administered a Wastewater Pre-treatment Program. The Batesburg-Leesville Public Works provides water & sewer services to a population of more than 5,600 residents and businesses.

Tim Schumpert, Director of Utilities, for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville states, "A quality pre-treatment program is attractive to both the Town and to new industries looking to move into the Town. The program allows industries to avoid the expensive waste elimination process and stringent discharge limits." Shumpert works closely with Angela Adkins, Wastewater Superintendent and Industrial Pre-treatment Program Coordinator.

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Batesburg-Leesville Named One of the Safest & Most Peaceful Places to Live in SC 

Saturday, August 15, 2015 8:45:00 PM

Out of more than 270 municipalities in the state, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville was recently selected as the ninth safest and most peaceful place to live in South Carolina, according to Only in Your State.

Town Manager Ted Luckadoo stated, “We are excited by this recognition because our town is not only safe and peaceful, it is also one of the fastest growing municipalities in Lexington County. Our low crime rates are just one of the things that makes Batesburg-Leesville a great community for families and businesses!”

The Only in Your State list consists of South Carolina’s top ten safest and most peaceful towns out of over 200 cities and towns statewide. These towns are ranked based on assaults, burglaries, and violent crime rates. A high ranking, such as Batesburg-Leesville’s, indicates that a town has low crime rates across multiple categories.

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Redesigned Utility Bills Coming in August 

Posted by McKay Public Affairs Monday, July 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville Department of Public Works will outsource the printing and mailing of utility bills for the town’s 2,900 customers. The new bills will hit customer mailboxes starting August 1st.

Town Manager, Ted Luckadoo, “Anytime we can save money and staff time and provide a more detailed, easy-to-read bill for our customers, it is an easy decision for us. This is just one additional area where we are working to become more efficient and effective.  Keeping costs low for our citizens and customers and keeping them informed is one of our top priorities.”

Professional Mail Services Inc., a billing company with more than 30 years of experience, was selected to print and mail utility bills for the Town. The Town will be able to take advantage of bulk and pre-sort discounts to save money and include additional features to keep the public informed.

The new bills, which will consist of a tri-folded single-sided printed page with a detachable stub, will accompany a return envelope for easy mailing or drop off. All of the information contained within the bills will remain the same, with just a new look and feel. Customers will still be able to make payments online, in-person, or by mail. One new feature, however, will allow the Town to add inserts or have notices printed directly on the bills therefore increasing the flow of communication.

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Successful Recycling Event 

Posted by Seth Duncan Sunday, June 21, 2015 9:19:00 AM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville recently received a grant from Palmetto Pride to help reduce litter and promote recycling in our parks and Town Hall. New smoke receptacles and dual recycling/trash containers have been placed at Leesville College Park, Wilson Street Park, and Town Hall. These receptacles will help us keep our community parks clean, while bringing awareness to the importance of recycling. The Town will maintain these new bins and ensure all recyclables are disposed of properly.

At Town Hall, we have taken a number of steps recently to reduce waste and go green. We now have an active recycling program to reduce paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottle waste. Staff members limit the number of pages printed and work as best they can to go green. They also turn off lights, computer monitors and other electricity consuming items when not in use.

Additionally, the Town recently held a Recycling and Disposal Event to collect and recycle unwanted tires, electronics and paper. The event was a huge success netting 468 tires, 680 pieces of electronic waste, and approximately 7,722 pounds of paper shredded. Thanks to all those that participated, and our wonderful sponsors including Advanced Disposal, Lexington County Solid Waste, and Palmetto Pride.

When it comes to keeping our parks, green spaces, and community looking their best, we all need to take a moment and pitch-in. I hope you all will take time to properly dispose of your waste when you visit one of our beautiful parks or Town Hall, and join us in going green. 

- Town of Batesburg-Leesville

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 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 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 (  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:


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

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