Record totals for COVID-19 in S.C., 269 in Laurens County

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise across the state this past week, nearby Greenville is requiring that masks be worn in some establishments, and the state’s top infectious disease official urged South Carolinians to take public health precautions. The state set new records for single-day confirmed cases several times over the past week…

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COVID-19 continues to complicate school plans

A Laurens County School District 56 leader said Tuesday that the district has to be ready to adapt for whatever happens as the 2020-21 school year draws closer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brenda Schrantz, District 56 assistant superintendent for instruction, spoke in response to state leaders who cast the normal beginning of the school year…

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Commission submits list for Capital Project Sales Tax

The list of projects to be paid for a by a 1% Capital Project Sales Tax if approved by voters in November was presented to the Laurens County Council Tuesday night. Walter Hughes III, chairman of the CPST Commission appointed by council members, was to present the 16 projects approved by the commission and one…

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Spike in county COVID-19 cases over weekend reported

• Free testing set for Clinton, Fountain Inn The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County as reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has grown to 174. DHEC reported 34 more confirmed cases in the county Sunday on 23 on Monday. Sunday’s total was a new single-day record for…

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3 killed in Old Airport Road vehicle crash

Three people were killed, including a father and son, late Wednesday afternoon after the truck they were traveling in struck a tree. The accident occurred near the intersection of Old Airport Road and U.S. Highway 76. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the 1999 Chevy S10 pickup went off the right side of the…

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Smith Chevrolet sold as automotive landscape changes

As the final remnants of shuttered Baldwin Automotive are being sold via online auction, Smith Chevrolet is changing hands after more than 70 years in Laurens. Smith Chevrolet, which opened its doors in 1947 as a Pontiac dealership, has been run by the Smith family ever since. That is expected to change Wednesday when the…

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County COVID-19 cases passes 100, testing sites announced

As voters in Laurens County went to the polls for several local Primary Elections, cases of COVID-19 across the state continued to climb, surpassing 15,000 on Tuesday. DHEC has increased testing sites, including one in Laurens Thursday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at E.B. Morse Elementary in Laurens. (See below for current…

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Reynolds tops GOP field; Rankin stuns in Dist. 2

Don Reynolds defeated three Republican challengers to win a second term as Laurens County Sheriff, while a veteran County Councilman was upset in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Reynolds captured 52.2% of the unofficial tally with 6,073 votes to avoid a runoff for the GOP nomination. He defeated former sheriff Ricky Chastain (2,513 votes), former chief deputy…

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LPD investigating Sunday night shooting

The Laurens Police Department is investigating a second shooting incident that has occurred over the past three days in Laurens after two people were wounded Sunday night at a Spring Street apartment complex. According to Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore, two people were hit by gunfire at a small gathering at the apartments. One victim was…

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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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