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Sept. 13: Tools for School: Everyone is invited to the first annual back to school event “Tools for School” workshop event. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 13th from 6 pm-7:30 pm at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center located at 227 Highland Ave. This event will feature members from DJJs Insiders that will be sharing their personal stories in hopes to deter youth from engaging in delinquent behaviors. This is an event that you don’t want to miss. This is a free event and refreshments will be provided

Sept. 15-17: Belles & Beaus Children’s Consignment Fall/Winter event will be held Friday – Sunday, September 15-17 at Ball Park Rd. gym in Lexington, SC. Times will be: Friday, September 15 9am – 7pm; Saturday, September 16 9am – 6pm; Sunday, September 17 1pm – 5pm.

Sept. 16: Shealy History Reunion 2017: This is the 20th reunion since we began gathering in 1997 to celebrate the Schule family in SC. This year we will meet on Saturday, September 16th at Union Lutheran Church, 4077 Highway 378 near Leesville. The church is about four miles east of the Saluda Traffic Circle towards Lexington. Come from Highway #1 in Lexington, it is about 13 miles west on Highway 378. Meal will be catered by Shealy’s BBQ. Cost will be $18.00 per person and $12.00 for children under 8 years old. This will help the facility and mailing costs. Program and business will start at 10:30 a.m. featuring the Honorable Senator Katrina Shealy speaking on past and present Shealy’s in the political world. Please bring family members or friends along with family photos and/or Shealy family history. Please send your check by September 14th to Shealy Family Committee, PO Box 3547, Leesville, SC 29070. State the number of adults and children with your check. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with lunch served about noon. Please mark your calendar. Final NOTICE for more information call Larry O. Shealy at 532-2314.

Sept. 17: Waters Reunion – The annual JAMES “JIM” and LOUISA KNEECE WATERS family reunion will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Providence Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located on Pond Branch Road near Leesville, SC. Bring picnic lunch and tea. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring Old Photographs, Newspaper Clippings and Land Records that belonged to our ancestors. Phone other members of our family and remind them of our Reunion. For additional information phone Carolyn Smith at (803)532-3435 or Shirley F. Trotter at (803)356-1739.

Sept. 18: The regular Saluda County Council meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. has been canceled due to possible inclement weather resulting from Hurricane Irma. The September 11, 2017 meeting has been rescheduled for September 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Saluda County non-emergency offices will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017 due to possible inclement weather resulting from Hurricane Irma.

Sept. 18: Art Pottery Classes: September 18- 3-legged cup & picture frame; October 9- coiled pumpkin (coiled) cup; November 13-box with a ribbon & spoon rest class fee: $35-reservations required! Limited Space. Classes held will be held at the Art Center of Ridge Spring. Email,, or or phone (803) 315-9203. Contact members of the Art Association of Ridge Spring on Fridays or Saturdays from 10-4.

Sept. 19: Members of The Ridge Protection Coalition are pleased to announce their guests for their September meeting. Guests will be, REPRESENTATIVE CAL FORREST – District 39, SENATOR KATRINA SHEALY – District -23, and SENATOR SHANE MASSEY – District 25. The meeting will be TUESDAY, September 19th at 7 PM, 1220 Cedar Grove Road, Leesville, SC. Please note this meeting ONLY will be on TUESDAY instead of the usual Thursday night. If you are concerned about environmental issues in this state, it is imperative that YOU attend. It is free and open to the public. Come let your voices be heard.

Sept. 19: GOP Saluda County Soapbox Stump Meeting: Open to the public. Will host a “Meet the Candidates” running for the Office of Chairman Saluda County Council. It will be held Tuesday, September 19th, at the SALUDA THEATER, 105 Law Street, in Saluda, next to the County Court House. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Prior to the meeting, at 5:30 pm, a “Greet & Meet” the candidates will be held next door at the Saluda Historical Society Museum. This is an opportunity for voters to aid in their decision at the Open Primary October 17th. For additional information check our FaceBook Saluda County GOP.

Sept. 22: Mission Team Pancake Supper Friday, September 22, 5:30-7:30 pm. $7.00 plate at Nazareth UMC. Eat in or take out. Call Joyce Kirkland for tickets 803-429-2916.

Sept. 25: The Lexington County Community Mental Health Center Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2017 at 108 Palmetto Park Blvd., Suite D. Residents of Lexington County are invited.

Sept. 28: September General Membership Meeting: The September General Membership Meeting of the Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center will be Thursday, September 28th at Hite’s Bar-B-Que beginning at 12:00 PM. Our sponsor this month is Andy Shumpert/Edward Jones Investments.

Sept. 30: 1 Day Women’s Retreat: Please join us at First Baptist Church Batesburg on Saturday, September 30, for a One Day Women’s Retreat – One Generation Encouraging Another. Beverly Taylor will be speaking on Being a Titus 2 Woman, and Jean Padgett will be speaking on Attributes of a Godly Woman. The conference will begin at 9:30. Cost is $10 per person, or $5 ages 70 & over. A salad lunch will be served. Free childcare will be available upon request, but please notify us of this by September 15. Please go to for more information, or on Facebook at One Day Women’s Retreat.

Sept. 30: Circle Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser: Serving Chicken and Ribs and a Bake Sale Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Serving 1:30 to 3:00 pm, cost is $8.00 for a pound of BBQ ribs or whole BBQ chicken. Pre-orders may be given to any CVFD member up to September 22, 2017.

Sept. 30: Mountain Dulcimer Workshop: Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument but thought it was too late to learn? Now is your opportunity. A Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, sponsored by the Dulcimores of South Carolina, will be presented Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Blythewood, SC. It will feature nationally known dulcimer player and instructor, Joe Collins, as special guest teacher and performer. Classes will be held for intermediate/advanced, novice, and beginner players, followed by a free concert featuring Joe Collins. The cost for the workshop is $45 in advance or $50 at the door. The public is invited to the concert free of charge. If you have further questions, you may contact Loretta at (803) 429-1319 or Betsy at (803) 960-3918.

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Restore Hope Ministries Thrift Store is a non-profit thrift store located at 4810 Augusta Hwy. across from Buddy Taylor’s Produce Stand near Gilbert. They are open Thursday thru Saturday at 11 am. All proceeds go to the local school system. Donations accepted and volunteers needed. For info., call 803-397-3798.

Community Christian Fellowship’s Emergency Food Pantry is open by appointment. Food is provided free of charge to those who qualify. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Located near the Traffic Circle. For information, call 892-4179.

The Lexington County Veterans’ Affairs officer, Ed Lundeen, meets veterans, surviving spouses dependents and beneficiaries at the Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m.- noon.

Town of Gilbert welcomes you to visit our Depot Museum the first Sunday of each month from 2-5 p.m. It is located at 333 Hampton Street. Donations are accepted. To schedule appointments, please call 892-2344.

The Christian Ministry Center, 1408 Summerland Ave., Batesburg. The pantry days and hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. for clients; 8 a.m.-noon for donations. Food and clothes are provided free of charge with an application process. The Christian Ministry Center serves those in need.

Operation Reach Out hours: Thrift Store and Emergency Food Pantry, at 519 E. Columbia Ave., open Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. We also deliver meals to home bound and have a Thrift Store open to all, no discrimination.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group of Saluda County will meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Ridge Spring Library at 7:00 PM. Any questions regarding this group contact 803-687-1087.

Support Group for Grandparents raising Grand kids. Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church located at 144 E. Columbia Ave (across from Bojangles’) in Leesville. Receive encouragement, emotional and spiritual support. For more information, contact Jan Cushman at 803-331-2449 or St. Paul’s Church at 803-532-9279