Area Breaking News

LCSO: Inmate dies at Johnson Detention Center

A man arrested in Enoree Friday morning died later at Johnson Detention Center after experiencing what the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office described as a medical emergency. According to a release from the LCSO, the prisoner was rendered aid by deputies at the detention center until EMS arrived. The inmate, who was arrested for breach of…

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Prisma doctors urge vaccines, masking due to Delta surge

Doctors from Prisma Health reacted Wednesday to new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for masks to be worn indoors, imploring state residents to take advantage of a wealth of available vaccines to curb the more communicable Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The current surge of what is going on now is a scourge…

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PC picked to finish 5th in Pioneer preseason poll

Presbyterian was selected to finish fifth in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday. The Blue Hose earned 59 points as they enter the season under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Kelley. Presbyterian embarks on its first full season in the…

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LCDC set to move into offices on Laurens square

The Laurens County Development Corporation made a couple of major moves at its July 20 board meeting, and one of them will be to downtown Laurens. The LCDC Board of Trustees approved a plan for the LCDC to move its offices from a location it shares with the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce on Professional…

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Malouf bringing facility, 270 jobs to county

A planned addition to Laurens’ industrial community appropriately dubbed “Project Sleepy” by the Laurens County Development Corporation was officially announced today by state and local leaders. Malouf Companies, which warehouses and distributes home furnishings including bedding and other products, announced intentions to establish operations in Laurens County with a $47.2 million investment expected to created…

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Lake Greenwood drowning victim found by dive teams

The body of a man who drowned in Lake Greenwood over the weekend was recovered Tuesday by recovery teams after a three-day search effort. Divers from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Abbeville Dive Team continued a third full day of recovery efforts Tuesday, combing the area between the Grand Harbor community…

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County condemns mausoleum at Forest Lawn

Laurens, S.C.  – After months working to get the owner of Forest Lawn Mausoleum to make badly needed repairs, Chuck Bobo, the director of Building Codes for Laurens County, placed a condemned notice  on the structure today, Tuesday, July 27. “We have been working with South Carolina Labor, Licensing and Regulations Agency and have written…

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Walk-ins available for COVID-19 testing, vaccines this week at Laurens County Health Department

DHEC is providing regular updates for COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing opportunities in the Upstate Region and hours include daytime and on Tuesday, early evening hours. (see below) For the most current vaccine clinic information:  scdhec.gov/vaxlocator.  For the most current testing site information: scdhec.gov/findatest. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson &…

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DHEC reports June COVID-19 cases, deaths, primarily in unvaccinated

An analysis  by DHEC revealed the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the first two weeks of June were among residents who were not fully vaccinated. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) discovered similar results when looking at provisional data for the entire month. From June 1-30:  5,344 cases…

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Alleged cockfighting operation busted by LCSO

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested five people on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges, and investigators believe they were at least two of them were involved in a cockfighting operation on Hope Road in Gray Court. In all, the Laurens County Animal Control seized more than 400 animals, including 12 horses, 30 dogs,…

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