First speaker tonight in virtual African American History Series by Laurens County Museum Association

Monday, Feb. 8  Laurens, S.C. – Laurens County Museum is holding a virtual African American History Lecture series each of the first three weeks in February, and the first event begins tonight featuring  Dr. Bobby Donaldson of the University of South Carolina. Donaldson will speak on “Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement.”…

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Lifetime of History : Neighborhood celebrates centenarian

Laurens, South Carolina – On the cusp of Black History Month, an entire neighborhood came together last weekend to honor one of their own who has experienced 100 years of history in Laurens County. Bessie Johnson didn’t know about the big plans which were being made to celebrate her birthday Sunday afternoon, honoring the cen-…

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District 55’s Spires Named 2021 SCASL Librarian of the Year

Laurens, S.C.  – On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Michelle Spires, Media Specialist at Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle School (GCO), was named the 2021 Librarian of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL). In a ceremony held at GCO, Spires was astonished when Tamara Cox, the Awards Chair for SCASL, arrived on campus with…

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Upstate K-9s, handlers gather in Laurens for training

See full story in the Wednesday  Jan. 27 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser Laurens, South Carolina – As part of a large-scale training program, K-9 officers and their handlers from five different Upstate police departments spent Monday and Tuesday searching through office space, storage areas and the property outside the former Todd Distributor building.…

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Presbyterian hosts Jan. 27 MLK Virtual Convocation, community welcome

Clinton, South Carolina – Clinton residents are invited to join the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Convocation. Set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, the 6:30 p.m. will be available via Zoom. Entitled “Post 2020: Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community,” it features guest panelists Dr. Adolphus Belk, professor of political science…

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Local NAACP presents first virtual Freedom Fund program

Laurens County, South Carolina – When a large group of white liberals and seven African Americans met in the wake of a string of deadly race riots in Springfield, Illinois, the result was the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was 1908 and the anti-black riots, including lynchings, had…

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