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Medal of Honor recipient with local roots speaks to national media

On the eve of his recognition with the Medal of Honor, Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne went before the national press Thursday afternoon to discuss the high honor and…

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Report: Ranger with local roots to receive Medal of Honor

Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, a native of Batesburg-Leesville, is set to receive the Medal of Honor next week for his valor in a 2015 raid to rescue 70 hostages…

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With public schools’ start still ahead, private school begins

Zach Matthews, headmaster at Wyman King Academy, opens the front door of the school, slowly raises his arm and aims at the center of his midday visitor’s forehead. A few…

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Lake Murray VFW Post racks up at annual awards gathering

Taking care of our veterans. That is the most important role of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). This past weekend, Lake Murray VFW Post 6740 was honored for all…

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Riverwinds Landing pops up on site of former skating rink

Brad Taylor grew up being just “like most kids on the lake.” He loved fishing and swimming and going boating with friends and family. His family bought land from the…

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Dan A. Smith

BATESBURG – Mr. Daniel “Dan” Allen Smith, 65, answered his last call on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Dan is the husband of Brenda “Sue” Heyward Smith. Dan is the brother…

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Kenneth Dupree Laws

Kenneth Dupree Laws, 84, of Leesville, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at Wagener Cemetery. Mr. Laws was…

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