Area Breaking News

Thornwell planning return for Saints teams

Thornwell returned as a charter school, opening for elementary and middle-school children for the 2019-20 academic year, and now administrators say the Saints will return to athletic competition as early as this spring. The current plan is to bring back high school football by 2023-24. “Thornwell was a big part of the Laurens County sports…

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Wanted Parsons caught after return to Laurens County

A two-week manhunt that spanned the Carolinas and West Virginia ended back in Laurens County where it started Thursday afternoon with the arrest of fugitive Tracy Parsons. Parsons, 53, of Honea Path now faces a litany of criminal charges, including resisting arrest after attempting to evade Laurens County sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon. Parsons was piloting…

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District 55 moving to full in-person classes

All Laurens County School District 55 students not attending the county’s Virtual Acdemy are to return to the physical classroom five days a week after the Thanksgiving break, Superintendent Ameca Thomas told the district’s board of trustees Monday. Seventh, ninth and 10th graders have been on a hybrid schedule – a mix of face-to-face and…

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Filing opens December 7 for March municipal elections

Municipal elections set for March 2 may seem like a long time off, but with filing opening in early December, those considering a run in local town and city elections have a couple of weeks to begin making their plans. Filing opens on Monday, Dec. 7, for all the open seats, all of which are non-partisan,…

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Highways turn deadly in county over weekend

The past weekend turned deadly beginning Thursday night on Laurens County highways. Six of the eight traffic fatalities that occurred in South Carolina over the weekend happened in the county. A two-car crash on I-385 in the early hours of Sunday morning claimed five lives, and the driver of a stalled vehicle on South Carolina…

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CHS, Clinton Middle back to e-learning due to quarantines

Laurens County School District 56 announced Friday that in-classroom students at Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School are returning to e-learning through the Thanksgiving break due to a higher number of COVID-19 related quarantines as pandemic numbers across the state and country have spiked over the past couple of weeks. Classrooms are set to…

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Holly Hill ends LA’s playoff run, 50-36

HOLLY HILL – Fireworks were set off in celebration minutes after Holly Hill Academy eliminated visiting Laurens Academy from the SCISA 8-man football semifinals Friday night, downing the Crusaders 50-36. But truthfully, the fireworks had been going on since Holly Hill’s Zack Pelloni returned the opening kick 66 yards for a touchdown. The unbeaten Raiders jumped out…

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Voters, challenges were numerous during election

The results from the Nov. 3 General Election in South Carolina and Laurens County became official Monday when the state Election Commission certified the results even as nationally results of the presidential election continued to be contested by President Donald Trump, who was defeated by President-elect Joe Biden. Lynne West, director of the Laurens County…

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Chief: Social media posts concerning, not dangerous

Unseemly posts on social media after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the victor in last week’s presidential election did not rise to the threshold of criminality, said Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore. Lattimore said the LPD received complaints about the posts from concerned residents. Afterward, the LPD posted on its own Facebook page, acknowledging the…

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