Referendum discussion for public Thursday at Ridge

The Laurens County Council has scheduled an informational meeting concerning a potential Capital Project Sales Tax for Thursday, Sept.  5, at The Ridge at Laurens. Council members voted in March to place a referendum for a capital project sales tax on the ballot for the November 2020 General Election, asking local voters to decide on…

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Motorists, cyclists must stay aware while sharing roads

By John Clayton, Editor Gray Court, South Carolina The death of a Simpsonville cyclist on a Laurens County road this past week served as a reminder that sharing roadways is a partnership among motorists and the Upstate’s growing cycling community, said Jody Thibodeau of the Laurens Police Department Bicycle Unit. “People just need to slow…

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Alleged orchestrator of murder moved temporarily to JDC

UPDATE: According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, James Robert Peterson, who is accused of orchestrating the murder of a York woman in Laurens County was returned to the South Carolina Department of Corrections following a bond hearing on Wednesday. The man accused of ordering the murder of a York County woman was temporarilty relocated to the…

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Man arrested after crashing into Laurens pool in stolen car

By Judith Brown A West Main Street, Laurens, couple was awakened early Saturday morning when the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed through a wall and into their swimming pool. Patrick Anderson was arrested and remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday on charges of reckless driving, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle.…

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New apprentices sign with ZF Transmissions

ZF Transmissions welcomed a new class of apprentices to the fold on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at its annual “Signing Day” ceremony at the Piedmont Technical College Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). This year’s class of 10 students – including five from Laurens County – brings the total number of ZF apprentices to 27. This year’s…

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Jester wins uncontested Cross Hill seat

Connie Jester is now a councilwoman for the Town of Cross Hill. Jester won Tuesday’s uncontested special election Tuesday with seven votes. The final tally was 7-0. She will fill the at-large seat vacated by former Councilman Brett Davis in May. Davis, the former pastor at the First Baptist Church of Cross Hill, resigned in…

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Jester unopposed in Aug. 13 special election

Connie Jester will be the only name on the ballot for Tuesday’s special election for a Cross Hill Town Council Seat, so her first foray into politics is most probably a formality. Barring a successful write-in campaign, she will finish the term of former councilman Brett Davis, who resigned when he moved out of Cross…

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LCWSC gets more funding for treatment plant

If all goes according to plan, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Lake Greenwood water treatment plant sometime in October. The LCWSC approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to accept more than $5.8 million in funding for the project during a special meeting Tuesday…

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‘Fill the Cruiser’ set for Friday

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office will hold its 3rd Annual Fill the Cruiser event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Chic-Fil-A in Laurens. Each year the LCSO collects school supplies and monetary donations to help needy students in Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56. More than 40 book bags were collected and distributed to…

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Continental to close Laurens County plant

Continental Automotive is closing its Fountain Inn facility, citing an inability to compete due to increased pressure related to international tariffs levied at the federal level. The Nelson Drive facility, which employs 40 people, is set to close in December. All 40 are expected to be left without jobs with Continental. As part of a…

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