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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Layoffs at Prisma Health announced Thursday ‘to streamline operations, position for future growth’

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Prisma Health officials announced today that they are taking additional measures to improve operating efficiencies and streamline the organization.  “The health-care environment in which we operate is becoming increasingly challenging for a variety of reasons, including lower reimbursements and increasing numbers of patients who are underinsured or uninsured,” said Mark O’Halla, president and…

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Intense winds leave path of destruction in Clinton

A strong and very fast storm which hugged the north side of Clinton Saturday night brought down dozens of trees, took out power to more than a thousand residents and left at least a few families looking for housing. Damage stretched from the area near Clinton High School through Willard Road and North Adair Street…

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Utility pole fire requires cooperation, short-term outage Tuesday

Laurens, SC – A Duke Energy utility pole fire Monday night led a required power outage Tuesday afternoon for about 75 electric customers of the Laurens Commission of Public Works. The incident began when CPW was contacted by Laurens County Dispatch about a fire high up utility pole on Church Street Monday night. “Someone had reported…

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Small scale power outage required by CPW Tuesday afternoon

Laurens Commission of Public Works has cut electric power for a couple of hours near Lakeview and Lynn Ave.  Tuesday afternoon (today) as it assists Duke Energy with an issue regarding a fire on a Church Street utility pole. CPW crews assisted Duke Energy Monday night and again Tuesday morning when a Duke Energy utility pole on…

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Clinton petitions governor to vote against business license act

At its regular Monday night meeting, Clinton City Council voted to sign a petition joining other cities requesting that the governor vote against what is being called the South Carolina Business License Tax Reform Act. Mayor Bob McLean said that, as he understood, every mayor was sent a copy of the petition because if it…

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Clinton rewards Christmas spirit

Clinton City Council named winners Monday night for its Spirit of Christmas contests, which included awards for parade winners and for business and residential Christmas light displays. Parade winners included Bellview Baptist for non-profits, Deerfield Farm for commercial, Clinton High School Cheerleaders for educational, CHS Jr. ROTC for performance and CHS chapter of FFA was the…

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Post holiday recycling encouraged for city and county

The Laurens County recycling centers will open Friday, but Laurens and Clinton cities were opening theirs on Thursday and Friday. The Caroline Street recycling center in the City of Laurens will reopen Thursday morning, and Department of Streets and Sanitation Director Kerwin Tribble said people can begin dropping off the usual recyclables like plastic bottles,…

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