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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Recycling event planned in B-L for next weekend

Next weekend, Batesburg-Leesville residents will have the opportunity to recycle electronics and tires, have old papers shredded on-site and to donate household goods to be repurposed. A Recycling Drop-off Event…

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Lively 5-year-old leads spirit life with cochlear implant

Gunner Norton, in all aspects, is a normal 5-year-old little boy who loves swimming, playing outside, and driving his Gator and John Deere tractor. He enjoys playing with his friends…

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DHEC: Local mask mandates are working, data suggests

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, the Batesburg-Leesville Town Council still has not officially discussed whether to enact a local face mask mandate – even as Councilmen Steve Cain and…

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