STILL KEEPING THE FAITH: Local churches reopen tentatively

The Rev. Bruce Sayre, pastor at Leesville United Methodist Church, stood at the front door in the shadow of the towering steeple and greeted a few members of the congregation…

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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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Local church plans prayer service during ‘moment of crisis’

With racial tensions and violent protests rising across the country, and with the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, one local church has planned a day of prayer and…

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Gospel Music Center plans to lift its voices after COVID-19 silence

Silenced for the past two months because of the novel coronavirus shutdown, the Midland Gospel Singing Center will once again hear live music on Saturday night June 6. The performance…

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Weather dampens plans for BLHS drive-in baccalaureate

The unusual circumstances surrounding the Class of 2020’s journey toward graduation continue, as plans for a “drive-in baccalaureate service” hosted by local faith leaders have been washed out. Heavy thunderstorms…

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Message of hope awaits graduates at baccalaureate service

As this most unique Class of 2020 prepares to celebrate the historic 100th graduation in Batesburg-Leesville High School history, friends and family will have two opportunities Wednesday night to shine…

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COLUMN: Life lessons from that first Easter Sunday years ago

Wow, what a storm Sunday night – and I slept right through it! I heard some noise but didn’t wake up until daylight. I saw many of you lost power,…

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