Zoning issue on garage to proceed for ‘fairness to everyone’

Updated, 7:45 a.m. Feb. Laurens, S.C. – Concerning a controversial zoning issue decision, Laurens City Council opted Tuesday night to go with an “objective opinion” and voted unanimously to allow a circuit court judge to rule on a downtown Laurens business’ plan to build a garage yards from the Historic Square. “The vote was unanimous,…

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District 55 trustee resigns, special election to be set

Laurens County District 55 will be financing a special election after the Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of  Mark Earle, the trustee representing Seat 4. Before going into executive session at Monday night’s called meeting of District 55 Board of Trustees, trustees unanimously accepted the resignation of Seat 4 Trustee Mark Earle of Gray…

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Laurens Historic Preservation Commission hosts Tuesday forum

Laurens, S.C. – On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the City of Laurens Historic Preservation Commission will host a forum on the proposed addition of the West Main and South Harper historic districts to the city’s historic preservation ordinance. The forum will begin at 5:30 pm at the Laurens County Library. Currently, only the historic Square is…

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Museum hosts Gospel program Friday for Black History Month

The  Laurens County Museum will celebrate African-American History Month with a concert of gospel music this Friday evening, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum’s Witherspoon Building, 116 South Public Square in Laurens. Featured groups for the “Give from the Heart Gospel Program” include The Tamesa Young Project from Greenville, The Gospel…

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Cities hope for major reform to Business License Reform Bill

Story updated at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 4, 2020 Laurens, S.C. – Officials from the cities of Laurens and Clinton will be heading to Columbia on Tuesday for the Hometown Legislative Action Day, hoping to convince legislators to vote against House Bill H4431, a business license reform bill which could drastically cut revenue for already cash-strapped smaller cities.…

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1 year x 4: Laurens quads celebrate first birthday

Laurens, S.C. – What better way to represent how far their babies have come than to picture them with photos from one short year ago, when Dylan and Ashley Hernandez of Laurens were spending their days in the Self Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and welcoming prayers for their four premature babies. On Saturday they…

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NAACP speaker stresses need for ‘street view’ of injustice

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a clear view of injustice because he lived among the people who experienced it, and former Ohio Senator Nina Turner said that same vantage point is required to ever bring about change. Turner served as the keynote speaker Saturday night, Jan. 18, as the Laurens County…

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Day of Service proclaimed as NAACP honors community workers

Laurens, S.C.  – Among the many greetings at the 43rd NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday night was an announcement that Monday, Jan. 20, had been proclaimed as a Day of Service in Laurens as a way to further honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Laurens County Chapter of the NAACP held its annual…

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CPW sets short power outage this morning

Laurens CPW electric customers in the Lynn Avenue, Spring Street, Hillcrest Drive, Laurens Glen and Watts Mill areas will experience a brief outage at approximately 11:30 this morning. The reason for the outage is a mechanical issue with a piece of equipment at the Caroline Street Substation. If all goes according to plan, the outage…

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