All county offices closed on state orders

All Laurens County offices are being closed to the public, according to a statement released by county officials late Tuesday. The closures come on the heels of an executive order by Gov. Henry McMaster prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people. A called meeting of county council to discuss the county’s response to COVID-19 was…

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College, prep spring sports seasons suspended

First, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster shut down public schools in the state through the rest of March, and then the South Carolina High School League shut down the spring sports seasons at least through April 5. The closures were made due to threat of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The Center for Disease Control is…

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Big South cancels women’s tourney, SCHSL weighs options

The Big South Conference announced Thursday that it will cancel the remainder of its women’s championship basketball tournament due to the spread of the coronavirus and is considering whether to continue spring sports seasons at the present time. “Given concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the rapidly escalating developments nationally, the…

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Clemson baseball, softball sweep Blue Hose

CLEMSON – A five-run first inning propelled No. 19 Clemson to a 12-0 win over the Presbyterian College baseball team on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Zacchaeus Rasberry led the Blue Hose with a pair of hits including a double. Jackson Lindley (1-0) got the win on the mound for Clemson. Starter Clark Dearman (0-2)…

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Donalds man, Enoree woman killed in accidents

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night when another vehicle turned into his path on Highway 49 outside of Laurens. Kevin Bruce McClain, 54, of Donalds was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 7:45 p.m. According to Trooper Joe Hovis of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, McClain was riding a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle…

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Fire erupts, destroying campers at RV park

Roger and Phyllis Knox arrived at their lakeside getaway at T Roy’s Landing Monday in Cross Hill looking forward to a week of relaxation. Within 20 minutes, those plans were interrupted when a heating unit malfunctioned in the couple’s camper, causing a fire that quickly destroyed their camper along with another on a neighboring lot.…

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Gray Court Councilman Brewster dies at 72

  Adolphus Gentry Brewster, longtime Gray Court Town Councilman and former president of the Laurens County chapter of the NAACP, died Saturday. Brewster, 72, had struggled with recent health issues. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cannon Brewster, son Garnard Brewster and daughter Geneik Brewster. Also surviving, his brother, Stanley Brewster, six grandchildren and…

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Bucs end PC hoops season with tourney win

Host Charleston Southern shot almost 60% in the second half and hit 13 three-pointers to earn the 81-64 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball Tuesday night team in the first round of the Big South Men’s Basketball Championship. Cory Hightower led the Blue Hose with 16 points, with Sean Jenkins tops on the boards…

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It’s official: Cheek appointed county coroner

A nearly three-month wait for Vickie Cheek ended Monday when she received a letter from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster confirming her appointment as Laurens County Coroner. With the executive order from McMaster, Cheek will complete the unexpired term of former coroner Nick Nicholls, who died suddenly in December. The order was signed by McMaster…

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Stumbo to seek third term

David Stumbo will seek a third term as 8th Circuit Solicitor, the chief prosecutor for Laurens, Abbeville, Greenwood and Newberry counties. Stumbo announced his intention to seek re-election in an email Tuesday morning. “We have come a long way in the past seven years to change the culture of this office and strengthen relationships in…

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