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1 killed, 2 injured in early morning crash

A single-vehicle accident claimed the life a passenger in the vehicle early Friday morning on Charlottes Road in Clinton. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Brandon Bolt, a 2013 Jeep Cherokee with three occupants was traveling east on Charlottes Road around 1:30 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road…

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Bell resigns, LA again searching for football coach

Laurens Academy is once again searching for a new head coach for its varsity 8-man football program. Stacy Bell, who was hired in May from Heathwood Hall, resigned Sunday without coaching a game at LA. Bell had been Heathwood Hall’s defensive coordinator. LA Athletic Director Travis Plowden said Bell informed him of the decision during…

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Clinton Junior Legion splits DH with Newberry

The Clinton Post 56 Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader Monday against Newberry at Clinton High School. In the first game, Clinton 9-6 after rallying from a five-run deficit early in the game. Newberry won the nightcap in even more dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winning run in the final inning. The two teams…

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County health department closed for renovations

Laurens County Administrator Thomas Higgs said Monday that the county-owned building housing the local South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Department of Social Services is closed temporarily due to needed renovations and repairs to the building. According to a post on the Laurens County Health Department’s Facebook page its offices…

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Primary runoffs set for Tuesday, early voting through Friday

Local candidates in this past week’s Primary elections were able to avoid runoffs scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, but two statewide races – one Democratic and one Republican – are still up for grabs. Polls for the runoffs will be contested Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting starts today (Wednesday) and lasts through Friday…

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Jones, Gilliam handily win GOP Primary races

Incumbents Doug Gilliam and Stewart Jones won landslide re-election bids for the state House of Representatives in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election. Jones earned the GOP nomination for District 14 in a three-way race with retired teacher and U.S. Army officer Joe Benson and Waterloo businesswoman Cole Kazmarski. Jones garnered 61.5% (2,258) of the votes in…

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Compton returning to LDHS as principal

District 55 makes other moves at Waterloo, GCO Lewis Compton, who taught 19 years and began his career at Laurens District High School, is heading back there as the school’s principal. “It’s amazing, the circle of life that has brought me back to Laurens District High School,” Compton said. “I appreciate (District 55 Superintendent) Dr.…

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Voters head to polls for Primaries Tuesday

Voters are set to go to the polls Tuesday, June 14 for statewide Democratic and Republican Primary Elections. The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting ends Friday. Locally, five Republican candidates are seeking nominations from their party for Statehouse seats in District 42 and District 14. In District 14, incumbent…

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Senn: City will move quickly to find Latimore successor

Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn said Tuesday morning that he wants to move quickly to find a successor to Chrissie Latimore as the city’s police chief. “I’d like to have no interim chief, so we’re posting the job, and we think we’ll find qualified candidates,” Senn said. “We’re starting the interview process, and hopefully we’ll have…

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LPD Chief Latimore to lead U.S. Marshals Service in state

Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore is leaving her post with the LPD to become the U.S. Marshal for South Carolina. The LPD announced Latimore’s nomination for the top spot in the U.S. Marshals Service in the District of South Carolina Monday night with a social media post. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Latimore will…

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