County’s first 2021 rabies exposure north of Clinton

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a raccoon found near Highway 56 North in Clinton, SC between Countryside Circle and Springdale Drive has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed and has been referred to their healthcare provider. Two weeks ago DHEC announced a rabid raccoon in Greenwood County, and…

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New business to pay homage to legacy of Historic Square

Laurens will soon have a tap room, and brothers Wade and Wes Meetze have let the historic downtown building dictate both the style and the name of their planned tap room, Palmetto Brothers Dispensary. The tap room is set to open in early May at 115 W. Public Square in what for many years was…

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Friday Night Live goes live, 2nd free Moving on Main Saturday

April 2, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – After canceling most of its large-scale public events last year, Main Street Laurens’ first two forays into resuming larger events downtown have been very successful, according to Main Street Director Jonathan Irick. The Finally Friday two weeks ago brought in more people than some of the businesses and restaurants…

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Greenwood County rabies report fourth Upstate case since February

March 26, 2021 Greenwood, S.C. – As the warmer spring weather promotes more time outside, South Carolina DHEC is warning South Carolinians to be especially cautious of wild animals which might be carrying the rabies virus. On Thursday DHEC received confirmation that a raccoon in Greenwood County had tested positive with rabies after it had exposed…

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Thursday afternoon storms take down trees, cause outages

March 25, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – A strong and quick moving thunderstorm, part of a tornado warning for the area, caused downed trees and power outages. Crews from Laurens Commission of Public Works and Laurens Electric Cooperative are currently out working to restore power. “We had 180 out around Wattsville and Church Street,” said John…

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Gary Jacks still sought by Clinton police regarding last week’s park shooting

March 17, 2021 Clinton, South Carolina – Warrants were obtained on Monday regarding a shooting which took place last Wednesday afternoon in Oak Street Park, Clinton, and the suspect, Gary Lee Jacks, is currently considered a wanted person in connection with the shooting. Jacks, 35, is wanted for attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and…

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Afternoon shooting in Oak Street Park, Clinton

March 10, 2021 Clinton , S.C. – On Wednesday, March 10, approximately 3:30 p.m., the Clinton Police Department responded to Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital in reference to an individual who had arrived with severe injuries from a gunshot wound.  Investigators quickly determined that the incident/ crime scene was located at Oak Street Park in…

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Caime placed on leave, council to hold called meeting

* UPDATE: Council to hold called meeting March 18 Laurens County, S.C. – Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime was put on leave Tuesday night March 9 following an executive session. “We sent a memo to department heads Wednesday morning to let them know that Dale Satterfield has been named Acting County Administrator,” said Laurens County…

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Incumbents roll in city elections

In Tuesday’s municipal elections, outlying towns in the county had several uncontested races, while campaigning had been strong for council seats within the cities of Laurens and Clinton, but incumbents held on in every race. All vote totals were unofficial until they certified Thursday by the board of elections, said Laurens County Voter Registration director…

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