DHEC unveils ‘social distancing’ restaurant inspections

The next time your favorite restaurant in Batesburg-Leesville or the Ridge gets inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), it might not be a typical…

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Lexington Co. reports second-highest new COVID cases

Lexington County logged South Carolina’s second-largest number of new coronavirus cases in the latest tally released Thursday by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Statewide, the Palmetto…

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Three charged in Saluda County after body found off roadway

Authorities have arrested three suspects charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man’s body was discovered in rural Saluda County early Sunday morning. Constance Leigh Jackson of Trenton, James Alex Welch…

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DHEC estimates nearly 800 ‘possible’ cases in Lexington Co.

As promised, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has begun releasing not just confirmed cases of coronavirus but projections of how many “possible” cases might exist per…

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Council passes ordinance pausing H-tax, nixing late fees

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council, spread out at tables scattered around the Council chambers with some members wearing face masks, held a 13-minute emergency meeting Monday night and unanimously approved a…

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Governor finally issues ‘go home, stay home’ mandate

After resisting the decision since the COVID-19 pandemic began weeks ago, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has now issued a mandatory “stay at home” order for the Palmetto State. The…

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Restaurateurs unite, asking Town to suspend hospitality tax

Several independent restaurateurs in the Batesburg-Leesville area have bonded together to ask the Town of Batesburg-Leesville to temporarily suspend its still-controversial hospitality tax for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak….

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