Laurens grad party turns violent, 4 shot

Four people were injured late Thursday night when an apparent graduation party turned violent on Holland Hill Road in Laurens. According to Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore, the victims were transported to area hospitals and one male victim remains in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. Lattimore said multiple assailants arrived at the…

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DHEC reports 68th case in county, 4th death

The total number of COVID-19 cases increased by more than 200 for the fourth straight day across South Carolina, bringing the overall total of confirmed cases in the state to 12,415. The South Carolina Department Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 285 more confirmed cases and one additional death due to COVID-19. The statewide death…

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Phase 1: SCHSL paves way for sports to return

Local high school athletic teams have the green light to resume practices and workouts. Sort of. The South Carolina High School League released a three-phase plan for schools to resume athletic activities as early as Thursday, June 4 with safety precautions designed to protect students and staff from COVID-19. “We’ve had an initial discussion with…

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Primary, special elections set for Tuesday

A busy Primary Election on Tuesday also includes a special election to fill a council seat in the Town of Gray Court. In addition to the non-partisan Gray Court election, the Primary includes a four-way GOP race for Laurens County Sheriff, challenges in three Laurens County Council Districts and a Republican challenge for the South…

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Stevenson looks to Louisville for senior season

The strangest offseason of Anna Stevenson’s athletic career dragged on into May as she continued individual workouts at home in Gray Court, anxious to return to Louisville for her final season of collegiate volleyball. The former Laurens Academy and Laurens District High School volleyball standout is looking forward to a senior season that could surpass…

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Laurens County COVID-19 cases up by 1

Laurens County had its first newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in more than a week with one additional case reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Tuesday. Laurens County now has 58 total cases, but is still among the lowest in the state for per-capita cases with 85.93 cases per 100,000…

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Local youth sports preparing to resume

Local youth sports organizations are preparing to return to the fields and ballparks on June 1 following a decision from state leaders to allow sporting events and practices to resume. Youth leagues were among those shut down by the state as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. “We’re going to take the recommendations from the state and…

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Attractions may reopen, sports’ return imminent

A Tuesday meeting of AccelerateSC, the business advisory committee focused on reopening South Carolina’s economy during COVID-19, led to Gov. Henry McMaster to announce Wednesday that attraction facilities can be reopened prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Attractions such as museums, historic sites and zoos among others will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday.…

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LCSO to take over animal shelter, control officers

 The Laurens County Animal Shelter and Animal/Litter Control will soon be under the direction of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The Laurens County Council accepted a recommendation from Sheriff Don Reynolds to move the shelter and animal control and their six employees under the auspices of the LCSO beginning with the new fiscal year on…

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County ‘cautiously’ opens up all offices, services

As “close-contact” businesses such as salons and gyms opened up Monday as restrictions eased once again across South Carolina, so did Laurens County’s government offices. The Laurens County Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday (May 12) to reopen all functions of county government. Essential government functions had remained opened, while others operated on a…

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