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Moo-ving on: Governor helps corral cow on I-385

Casey McCarty wasn’t completely surprised when a motorist stopped on I-385 to lend him a hand — it’s South Carolina after all, and that’s what folks do. Who it was, well, that was a bit of a shocker. McCarty, who works at Laurens Livestock just off of I-385 at Highway 49 was attempting to corral…

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Sports Roundup: Raiders enter volleyball, tennis playoffs

• Chapman thwarts Red Devils for region title … again • Laurens Academy volleyball finishes off perfect 12-0 region season • Clinton’s Peyton Pitts, Laurens’ Zy Todd headed to all-star game   Laurens volleyball, tennis set for postseason The Raiders are readying for playoff matchups this week. The Laurens District High volleyball and girls tennis…

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Panthers escape Clinton with 27-26 victory

A battle of Class 3A heavyweights lived up to the billing Friday night, but Chapman escaped Wilder Stadium with a 27-26 win over previously unbeaten Clinton and the inside track to the Region 3-3A title. The Red Devils battled back from a one-time 21-7 first-half deficit to take their first lead of the game in…

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Rawl, Todd lead offensive explosion in Raiders’ return

TAYLORS – Quarterback James Rawl threw for five touchdowns, and Zy Todd ran for 104 yards and a pair of scores to lead Laurens to a 69-10 win at Eastside Friday night. The Region 2-4A victory came after a two-week layoff for the Raiders (3-3 overall, 1-0 region) brought on by COVID-19 cases and quarantines…

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Latimore, Ledda in top ranks of S.C. Police Chief Association

Laurens County, South Carolina – Laurens County now has two law enforcement officials holding top spots in the South Carolina Police Chief Association following this past weekend’s SCPCA annual leadership conference. Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore was installed as the president of the South Carolina Police Chief Association, and Clinton Police Chief Sonny Ledda was…

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Ministers creatively seek discussions outside church walls

So, do all dogs go to heaven? Does God really care who wins a football game? Maybe there are no real answers, but those and many more questions remain, and Mike McCracken, pastor at Laurens First Presbyterian Church felt there was need for discussion. And that was the beginning of Taproom Theology, a monthly open…

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LA scores big with 66-30 homecoming victory

The seventh time was the charm for Laurens Academy. The Crusaders notched a homecoming victory Saturday afternoon, rolling over Jefferson Davis Academy 66-30 at Todd Kirk Field. The game had been postponed from Friday night due to rainy conditions, but LA had waited an agonizing seven weeks to pick up a victory, but didn’t have…

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Newborn dies soon after pregnant mother injured in wreck

A Simpsonville woman suffered injuries in a collision near Gray Court early Saturday morning that caused her to lose her unborn child. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the 33-year-old pregnant Simpsonville woman was driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima north on Old Laurens Road around 7:25 a.m. when she crossed the center line and…

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Raiders set to return after unwanted break

Laurens got back to practice at near full force Monday. Now, the Raiders just have to make it to Friday night. COVID-19 positive tests and quarantines forced LDHS to cancel its last two scheduled varsity football games, which were region contests against Greenwood and Greenville. The outbreak and quarantines entirely decimated two position groups, forcing…

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