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Lexington Irmo Lake Murray Real Estate Update 10-21-2010
Lexington Irmo Lake Murray Real Estate Update 10-21-2010  
140 years of history – The Chronicle and The Dispatch-News celebrating freedom of press- Over the last 140 years, the Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch News has become the oldest continuously operating business in the county. That’s a distinction in a time when pessimists are already predicting “the inevitable death” of the American newspaper. The newspaper was born in the backroom of Harman’s Bazaar, a general store on East Main Street where the Walker law office now stands next to the old courthouse. Godfrey Harman, better known as “Uncle Josh” was a veteran of the War for Southern Independence. Like many boys in 1861, he ran away to join the Confederate States Army but was sent home as too young for combat. He later rejoined the CSA and saw combat in Virginia before the war’s end. While he was gone, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s army captured and burned much of Lexington including the courthouse, homes and churches.
 
A newspaper is born – On returning home, Harman went into business and started the newspaper at the urging of community leaders. He named his newspaper the Lexington Dispatch.
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