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AP teacher, academic team coach and superintendent – O’Shields wins lifetime achievement award

Columbia, S.C. – Superintendent of Laurens District 56 David O’Shields was one of four school leaders from across the state selected by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) as 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. In addition to O’Shields, other winners were Deputy Superintendent for Kershaw County Schools Timothy Hopkins; former Principal of Forest Lake Elementary…

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Clinton approves budget reading, hears concerns of missing funds

Clinton, S.C. – In a special called meeting Monday night, Clinton City Council held a public hearing for its 2022/23 fiscal year budget of $31,598,373. It’s a decrease of 4.09% from last year’s budget of $30,305,165, yet includes an increased tax millage rate of 119.10 compared to last year’s 113.78 millage rate. “This is due…

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Fresh waters will finally flow for Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation

Gray Court, S.C. – On Thursday morning last week, Dexter “Yellow Hawk” Sharp got the final approval from a visiting DHEC engineer on a well which will finally provide quality drinking water for the PAIA Tribal Grounds of the Piedmont American Indian Association (PAIA) Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation S.C. in Gray Court. It’s a process…

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City of Laurens presents its first Juneteenth Festival Saturday

Laurens, S.C. – The City of Laurens is presenting its inaugural Juneteenth Festival, which is planned for Saturday, June 18, on the Historic Downtown Square and features entertainment, speakers and a commemorative candlelight ceremony remembering those who suffered under slavery. The festival wraps up with a performance by The Band LevelZ from 7 to 9…

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Council sees options on portion of Whitten Center property master plan

Clinton, S.C. – The undeveloped and heavily wooded areas which the City of Clinton acquired from Whitten Center could eventually include areas set aside for industrial uses, large parcel residential areas and a small commercial area if council adopts and begins working toward WK Dickson’s tentative master plan. Clinton City Council and residents of the…

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Museum on Main Street : Stories of voting in America exhibit opens Saturday at Laurens County Museum

Laurens County, S.C.  – Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, an interactive exhibit created by The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street, will open at 1 p.m. on June 4 at the Laurens County Museum and residents will be welcome during regular hours to experience the free exhibit. The Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit will remain on…

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District 55 plans metal detectors at LDHS

Laurens, S.C. – Starting next fall, Laurens District High students will need to navigate new entrances to the sprawling LDHS building due to the addition of four metal detectors which District 55 administration has ordered for the next school year. The decision to order the metal detectors was announced last Monday during the May 23…

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