Andrew O'Byrne Sr. and Andrew O'Byrne Jr. have started two weekly papers, one for Bamberg County and the other for eastern Orangeburg County (South Carolina), The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) reported.

The papers will be named the Bamberg County Leader and the Orangeburg Leader.

The launch of the papers comes after the shuttering of the Bamberg Advertizer-Herald, the Holly Hill Observer and the Santee Striper.

The O'Byrnes also own The Calhoun Times Leader, the Wagener-based Aiken Leader and the Kershaw-based Kershaw News-Era, the paper says.