Town Council rejects first 2020-21 budget proposal

Without swift action, the current fiscal year in the Town of Batesburg-Leesville likely will expire June 30 without a new budget in place for the next year, as Town Council…

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Ridge Spring-Monetta graduates collect a long list of firsts

The Ridge Spring-Monetta High School Class of 2020 had only a few weeks to enjoy their new school before the coronavirus closed classrooms all across South Carolina. That didn’t stop…

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COLUMN: A place of unity, a symbol of hope should take root in Batesburg

Four small American flags, planted at the foot of the historical marker, gently swayed in a warm afternoon breeze. I looked down at them, and a tear formed in the…

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Gilbert High Class of 2020 ‘unified’ through virus, shared tragedy

The stadium where rival teams come to face Gilbert High School’s intimidating football program is affectionately called “Gilbert America.” On Thursday, the GHS Class of 2020 – with help from…

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BI-LO parent is selling stores to Food Lion; B-L is not on the list

The long-term future of the BI-LO Supermarket location in Batesburg-Leesville is in doubt as it is not on a list of 62 stores that Southeastern Grocers Inc. is selling to…

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Pastor: ‘We try to come together and love’ amid national unrest

Jacob Watson, a corporal with the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, slipped out of his pew, stepped to the microphone at Christ Community Church, read from the biblical Psalm 46 and prayed….

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Town Council hosts budget work session

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council met Tuesday night in a work session to discuss the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. The elected officials argued over money – again – in a time…

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