Area Breaking News

DHEC confirms 2nd COVID-19 case in Laurens Co.

121 new cases statewide, 2 more deaths reported Two cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County in as many days have been confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DHEC made the confirmations late Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s announcement was among 121 new cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed across the state.…

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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Laurens County

The first case of COVID-19 in Laurens County has been confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DHEC made the confirmation of at least one case of the novel coronavirus in the county to local officials, County Director of Emergency Services Joey Avery said Saturday morning. The identity of the…

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Preorders needed for CHS curbside Plant Sale Mon. and Tues.

Clinton, South Carolina – With school closed now until at least late April, the Clinton High School horticulture classes need to sell as many of its greenhouse plants as possible early this next week. “We are having a sale this Monday and Tuesday but we can only allow a couple of students to come assist in…

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Waterloo camp temporary “home” for Ugandan children’s choir

Waterloo, South Carolina – Children’s voices and occasional pick-up soccer games have become the norm along the shores of Lake Greenwood as Camp Fellowship in Waterloo has become the new temporary home for the Imani Milele Children’s Choir of Uganda. The traveling choir, which raises funds for its Uganda-based program with its performances, had planned…

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2020 local election field taking shape

Just days after being sworn is as Laurens County Coroner, Vickie Cheek filed for re-election. Cheek, who was appointed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to fill the unexpired term of Nick Nichols, is seeking her first full term. Nichols passed away in December. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love my job,” said…

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County council declares state of emergency

Members of the Laurens County Council met by telephone Tuesday and declared a state of emergency for Laurens County in reaction to the threat of the novel coronavirus. The cities of Laurens and Clinton had made similar moves in order to gain potential access to relief funds from the state and U.S. governments. County Attorney…

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Laurens, Clinton YMCAs closed for now

The YMCA locations in Laurens and Greenwood and Laurens counties closed their doors Friday due to the threat of COVID-19. The YMCA’s in Laurens, Gray Court and Greenwood and operate under the Lakelands Region YMCA of South Carolina. Clinton’s YMCA operates independently. “Trust me, the decision to close our facilities was not an easy choice,…

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Throw them away – don’t flush ‘flushable’ wipes

The Laurens Commission of Public Works is asking for help from the public to keep the sewers clear by disposing disinfectant wipes and paper towels in the trash rather than attempting to flush them down toilets. In a press release submitted by Laurens CPW, the utility provider explained it’s a problem that is happening across…

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County council approves paid absences for two weeks

The Laurens County Council voted during and emergency meeting Wednesday to pay any county employees who miss work due to illness or childcare issues over the next two weeks. The absences must be approved by the employee’s direct supervisor and County Administrator Jon Caime. “It’s the right thing to do,” said Council Chairman David Pitts, who…

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ZF to close Gray Court plant through end of March

ZF Transmissions’ Gray Court plant will close down Friday and remain closed through March 30, the company announced Thursday. ZF North American Head of Communications Tony Sapienza released the following statement: “We have been preparing for the potential outcome that we would have to pause both individual product lines or even entire plants in order…

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