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Bell resigns, LA again searching for football coach

Laurens Academy is once again searching for a new head coach for its varsity 8-man football program. Stacy Bell, who was hired in May from Heathwood Hall, resigned Sunday without coaching a game at LA. Bell had been Heathwood Hall’s defensive coordinator. LA Athletic Director Travis Plowden said Bell informed him of the decision during…

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Clinton Junior Legion splits DH with Newberry

The Clinton Post 56 Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader Monday against Newberry at Clinton High School. In the first game, Clinton 9-6 after rallying from a five-run deficit early in the game. Newberry won the nightcap in even more dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winning run in the final inning. The two teams…

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County health department closed for renovations

Laurens County Administrator Thomas Higgs said Monday that the county-owned building housing the local South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Department of Social Services is closed temporarily due to needed renovations and repairs to the building. According to a post on the Laurens County Health Department’s Facebook page its offices…

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Primary runoffs set for Tuesday, early voting through Friday

Local candidates in this past week’s Primary elections were able to avoid runoffs scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, but two statewide races – one Democratic and one Republican – are still up for grabs. Polls for the runoffs will be contested Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting starts today (Wednesday) and lasts through Friday…

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Clinton approves budget reading, hears concerns of missing funds

Clinton, S.C. – In a special called meeting Monday night, Clinton City Council held a public hearing for its 2022/23 fiscal year budget of $31,598,373. It’s a decrease of 4.09% from last year’s budget of $30,305,165, yet includes an increased tax millage rate of 119.10 compared to last year’s 113.78 millage rate. “This is due…

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Fresh waters will finally flow for Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation

Gray Court, S.C. – On Thursday morning last week, Dexter “Yellow Hawk” Sharp got the final approval from a visiting DHEC engineer on a well which will finally provide quality drinking water for the PAIA Tribal Grounds of the Piedmont American Indian Association (PAIA) Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation S.C. in Gray Court. It’s a process…

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Jones, Gilliam handily win GOP Primary races

Incumbents Doug Gilliam and Stewart Jones won landslide re-election bids for the state House of Representatives in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election. Jones earned the GOP nomination for District 14 in a three-way race with retired teacher and U.S. Army officer Joe Benson and Waterloo businesswoman Cole Kazmarski. Jones garnered 61.5% (2,258) of the votes in…

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Compton returning to LDHS as principal

District 55 makes other moves at Waterloo, GCO Lewis Compton, who taught 19 years and began his career at Laurens District High School, is heading back there as the school’s principal. “It’s amazing, the circle of life that has brought me back to Laurens District High School,” Compton said. “I appreciate (District 55 Superintendent) Dr.…

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Council sees options on portion of Whitten Center property master plan

Clinton, S.C. – The undeveloped and heavily wooded areas which the City of Clinton acquired from Whitten Center could eventually include areas set aside for industrial uses, large parcel residential areas and a small commercial area if council adopts and begins working toward WK Dickson’s tentative master plan. Clinton City Council and residents of the…

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