Council incumbent unseated; District 6 faces runoff

The Rev. Charles Simpkins, a longtime member of Batesburg-Leesville Town Council, was unseated by political newcomer Johnnie Mae Speech-Lemon in municipal elections Tuesday. Meanwhile, voters in District 6 will have…

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Panthers get past Saluda in regular season finale

  Batesburg-Leesville quarterback Tre Robinson connected with Marvin Gantt on a 7-yard pass with 27 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Panthers to a 28-24 road win over…

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Thousands gather for celebration of simple life at Richland Creek

    Cooler weather, beautiful trees, and crisp leaves falling through the air. What does this make you think of? Yes, the Richland Creek Antique Fall Festival. The festival was…

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Halloween On Main draws a huge crowd despite weather worries

Dark clouds hung over Batesburg-Leesville and the rest of the Ridge region late Halloween afternoon as a fast-moving storm system rolled across South Carolina. Lightning flashed in the distance. Brown,…

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Watercraft owners face change in taxes, fees

A change in tax and fee payment is arriving for watercraft owners in Lexington and Saluda counties. It won’t affect the amount of tax owed on boats but will make registration…

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Teenager’s blessing box tribute brings Gilbert community together

  When 16-year-old Audrey Binkley returned home from a mission trip, she knew she wanted to help those in her own community who might otherwise go hungry. She also wanted…

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VFW Post offers care for veterans, hospitality to the community

Carol Long stepped up to the passenger-side window of a pickup truck that had stopped for a traffic  signal at Highway 23 and Mitchell Street. She held up a tiny…

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