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Jones re-elected to statehouse District 14

Rep. Stewart Jones (R-Laurens) fended off a challenge from Democratic newcomer Daniel Duncan in Tuesday’s election for the South Carolina House of Representatives. Jones, who was running for his second second full term in the statehouse representing District 14, won handily with 70.3% of the vote. Duncan earned 3,728 votes. “It’s an incredible honor, and…

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Raiders’ Darden named TD Club Player of the Week

Laurens RB/LB Gemire Darden has been named Player of the Week by the Laurens County Touchdown Club for his performance Friday night in the Raiders’ first-round playoff game against Indian Land. The senior led the Raiders in rushing with 99 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown, while also pacing the team in tackles with…

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Gray Court-Owings set to host 1st fall festival

The inaugural Gray Court-Owings Fall Festival set for this Saturday from 3-7 p.m. will feature the usual trappings of community fests – music, vendors, food and fun. But it is also unique with four locations in downtown Gray Court, downtown Owings, First Baptist Church of Gray Court and Ole Blue Truck Farm. All four locations…

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Laurens, Clinton to hold Veterans Day observances

Both Laurens and Clinton will hold Veterans Day observances Friday. The City of Laurens will host its Veterans Day Celebration at 10 a.m. at the new water park at 122 South Street just off the Historic Square. The event will feature the Davidson Brass ensemble and state Rep. Doug Gilliam (R-Union), a retired U.S. Army…

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Statehouse District 14, LCSD 55 board contested Tuesday

By Judith Brown and John Clayton Staff Writers Two seats on the Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees will be contested in Tuesday’s election, and for the first time in nearly three decades Susan Calhoun Ware will not be on the ballot. Ware is stepping down and ending her long career as an…

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Flyers ground game overpowers PC

Things couldn’t have started more startlingly better for the Presbyterian offense Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. But the ending was all too familiar for the Blue Hose who were overpowered by Dayton 52-28 under cloudy skies that delivered occasional rain showers on the Pioneer Football League matchup. The Blue Hose answered an 11-play, 65-yard Flyers…

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Indian Land topples Raiders as part of Region 4-4A sweep

Laurens’ luck ran out. The Raiders, who had everything fall into place for a share of the Region 2-4A title and the conference’s No. 1 seed in the Class 4A playoffs as they sat idle a week ago, stumbled in the opening round of the playoffs. Indian Land, the No. 4 seed from Region 4-4A,…

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Red Devils down Devil Dogs, to host BHP

Clinton handed its playoff business much the same as it did during a perfect regular season, defeating Travelers Rest 49-14 Friday night at Wilder Stadium in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Red Devils (11-0), ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, will host No. 6-ranked Belton-Honea Path in next Friday’s second…

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Holly Hill dominant in 8-man win over LA

Holly Hill Academy began its quest for a third-straight SCISA 8-man Class 1A state championship Friday night with a 74-28 opening-round playoff victory over visiting Laurens Academy. Holly Hill (10-0) led 30-0 by the end of the first quarter and 60-8 by halftime. LA wide receiver Buddy Baker scored three of LA’s four touchdowns on…

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LA falls to Winn again; Raiders get help, No. 1 seed

Richard Winn Academy left Laurens Academy’s Todd Kirk Field with a 58-28 victory Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. It was the second time the Eagles defeated LA this season, and this one was a SCISA Region 1-1A contest. LA finished its season at 4-6 overall and 1-3 in region play. Richard…

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