988 provides new lifeline in suicide prevention

It might take 18 months until it’s ready for use but the Federal Communications Commission just approved “988” as a new 3-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline,. That is good news for mental health professionals at a time of year when many struggle more than usual. “The holidays are tough for a million reasons,” said Charlie…

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‘3rd-generation merchant’ closing shop at Midtown Paint

Laurens, S.C. – While the level of activity has ebbed and flowed during the past hundred years, generations of hard workers have continued the tradition of running businesses in the historic downtown, and with the sale of Midtown Paint Shop, the third-generation retailer next to City Hall is closing its doors this month after 50…

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Things to do, places to give to this Christmas

Laurens County, S.C. – Small Business Saturday followed Black Friday and gave Laurens County residents many opportunities to shop and support local business this past weekend. There will be more local shopping specials and much more Christmas magic in coming days as the county celebrates the Yuletide season. And all month long, Woodbridge Senior Living…

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Thursday PMPA meeting offers solution for supplemental power discord

Update note: Includes broader supplemental power agreements description. While the city councils of Laurens and Clinton handled an issue in very different ways, both councils approved resolutions this week ahead of a Thursday morning, Nov. 21, meeting of the Piedmont Municipal Power Authority. At issue is the supplemental power agreements that the 10 cities have…

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Main Street Laurens’ planned music fest wins $5,000 grant

During a luncheon earlier today, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Main Street Laurens was again named as one of two winners of a $5,000 Hughes Investment grant, which will help fund its inaugural year of “The Piedmont Blues & Roots Music Festival,” slated for May 9, 2020. Main Street Laurens had already been named, along with…

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Library sets Sunday afternoon for public birthday drop-in

Laurens County Library is celebrating 30 years in its location on West Main Street in Laurens, and the Friends of the Library is hosting a party and the public is invited Sunday, Nov. 17 for a drop-in from 3 to 5 p.m. The non-profit Friends of the Library is welcoming the public for refreshments, door…

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Grab a Bag event set for this weekend

For its Fall Quarterly Community Cleanup event this weekend, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will be working alongside the Grab A Bag SC anti-litter campaign planned for Saturday by Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette.     “We typically are on a different weekend,” said Amanda Munyan, executive director of the LCCC, “but we moved our cleanup event…

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LCPW issues ‘Boil Water Advisory’ for S. Harper region of city

Laurens Commission of Public Works has issued a “Boil Water Advisory” after a water main burst Tuesday morning in the South Harper Street Extesion area. According to General Manager John Young, Laurens CPW crews are repairing the damage, but as a precautionary measure, the CPW advices all residents on the following streets to boil their…

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LCPW acts ahead of more PMPA concerns

Commissioners with the Laurens Commission of Public Works voted Monday evening to allow CPW General Manager John Young to make a request of Laurens City Council regarding a Piedmont Municipal Power Agency contract. The commissioners took action following a lengthy executive session, voting to request that Young ask city council for the authority to cancel…

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