New retailer headed to Laurens Historic Square

A new retailer is headed to the Laurens Historic Square and will occupy the former John Graham department store building on the north side of the square. Christie Finley, owner of the Southern Twist boutique and gift store located a few doors down from the planned Southern Trade Outfitters, said in a Facebook post that…

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Fibertex breaks ground on $49.5 million expansion

Construction crews were already hard at work in Gray Court this past Wednesday as Fibertex hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its $49.5 million expansion. The expansion project includes a new manufacturing facility that will add a new spunlace textile production line for Fibertex Nonwovens, which opened in Gray Court in 2016, as well as a…

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Woman killed in downtown Laurens wreck

A single-vehicle crash on West Main Street in Laurens claimed the life of a Laurens woman early Tuesday morning. Princess Kierra Fuller, 33, died in the crash about 1 a.m., according to Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. The wreck happened at First United Methodist Church near the Church Street intersection. Laurens Police Chief…

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Gray Court council reverses course on LCDC funding

The Gray Court Town Council was to meet Tuesday night at a special called meeting at town hall, approving a budget item to fund the Laurens County Development Corporation after initially cutting most of its funding from the town’s budget. Council also voted to approve a lease agreement with the S.C. Empowerment Centre, which is…

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SCDNR courtesy boat inspections set for July 4 holiday

COLUMBIA – In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the Independence Day holiday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will once again be conducting courtesy boat inspections at certain public boat landings around the state. The Fourth of July weekend is the year’s busiest weekend on state…

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Cross Hill suicide leads to arrests

An apparent suicide in Cross Hill has led to the arrest Friday of two people who were operating what the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office termed as a “makeshift transitional home for vulnerable adults” out of a single-wide mobile home. Deputies from the LCSO responded to a residence on Billy Leopard Road in Cross Hill where…

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Iconic Laurens Glassworks shuttered 25 years ago

For 86 years, the smoke bellowed 24-7 from the stack at the Laurens Glassworks. The furnace fire never went out until it was extinguished for good in 1996 – 25 years ago last week. With it went the City of Laurens’ largest employer and its most iconic industry as it faded with local textile mills…

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Clinton firefighter, 20, dies in motorcycle crash, DUI arrest made

    A 2020 area high school graduate and member of the Clinton Fire Department was killed Friday in a hit-and-run incident on Highway 76 outside of Clinton. Nathaniel Hunter Sipes, 20, of Laurens died Sunday at Prisma Greenville Memorial Hospital of injuries he suffered in the wreck. According to Trooper Brandon Bolt of the South…

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PC begins Kelley era with two games at Bailey

The Presbyterian College football team will usher in the Kevin Kelley era with an 11-game slate this coming fall, it was announced this week. The schedule includes six home games and eight league contests with the Blue Hose opening Pioneer Football League this season. It won’t take PC fans long to get acquainted with Kelley’s…

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Gray Court passes budget, cuts LCDC funding

The Gray Court Town Council unanimously approved its budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year Monday night, voting 5-0 as council held second and final reading on the budget ordinance. The $690,500 budget was passed without public discussion from board members Monday night during their regular meeting and without public comment. Town Manager Garry Smith said…

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