CHS, LDHS unveil revised football schedules

Clinton and Laurens District high schools released revised varsity football schedules Thursday after the South Carolina High School League pushed back start dates for high school athletics due to COVID-19. Football and competitive cheer – both considered high risk for the spread of the novel coronavirus – will be the last two fall sports to…

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Williamson returns to LA as assistant coach

Reagan Williamson graduated from Laurens Academy a couple of months ago, but her career with the Crusaders isn’t over quite yet. Williamson, a decorated all-state point guard with a pair of South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships on her resume, I set to join the LA basketball program as an assistant coach while…

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Ware Shoals man killed in crash

A Ware Shoals man was killed just after midnight Sunday morning as the result of a head-on collision with another vehicle in Waterloo. According to the Laurens County Deputy Coroner Robin Morse, Jeffrey Lee Olivier, 29, died of blunt force trauma at the scene of the accident. The two-car accident occurred at 12:10 a.m. on…

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Criminal court returns with murder trial

Eighth Circuit Court in Laurens County is hosting the first jury criminal trial in South Carolina since state courtrooms were shuttered in April due to COVID-19. The murder trial of Lutavious Denard Elmore, 32, of Laurens, got underway Monday with 8th Circuit Judge Donald B. Hocker presiding. Elmore is charged with the 2018 stabbing death…

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Lake Greenwood drowning claims victim in Waterloo

UPDATE: Victim identified A person drowned Monday afternoon on the Laurens County side of Lake Greenwood. The victim has been identified as Patrick Webb, 30, of Laurens. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, no cause of death has been determined. An autopsy is pending, according to Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. Emergency…

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PC football loses bulk of slate due to COVID-19

A transition season as a Football Championship Subdivision independent between memberships in the Big South Conference and non-scholarship Pioneer League is proving to be a challenge for Presbyterian College during COVID-19. Conferences at all levels of college football are adjusting their schedules as they attempt to cope with COVID-19. Many of them have opted to…

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Capital Project Sales Tax will be on November ballot

A referendum for a 1-cent Capital Project Sales Tax for Laurens County will be on the ballot in the November General Election. The Laurens County Council approved third reading of an ordinance that will send the proposal to the voters at its Tuesday night meeting. The “yes” or “no” question will now go to the South Carolina…

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Magistrate Court moving to The Ridge in August

The Laurens County Magistrate’s Office is experiencing a high number of pending cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be holding criminal and traffic court hearings at The Ridge in Laurens. The move is designed to alleviate overcrowding at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex, which is also the home of several county administrative offices. The…

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Some LDHS athletes to return Monday

Laurens District 55 High School athletes will have the option to begin voluntary fall workouts starting Monday. These workouts will initially be allowed for fall high school sports only. Football, girls tennis and cross country will be allowed to return to campus this coming Monday, while cheerleading and volleyball may return on Monday, Aug. 10. Only…

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Hospital head urges masks to fight COVID surge

The head of Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital asked members of the county’s Development Corporation Board to help encourage workers and residents in the county to wear masks and practice social-distancing measures as COVID-19 cases across the state continue to rise. “We’re in the middle of a surge,” said Laurens County Hospital Administrator Justin Benfield.…

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