Area Breaking News

Registration, info meeting this week for Dist. 55 Virtual Academy

Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens County School District #55 (LCSD 55) announced in a press release on Saturday the development of a full-time online virtual academy learning option for students in grades 5K through 12 beginning in the fall of 2020. Laurens County Virtual Academy (LCVA) is designed to accommodate families who may not be…

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USC Union, Laurens campus announce fall plans

USC Union will reopen for in-person classes on the Union campus and at the Laurens location on August 20, 2020. Face coverings will be required at both locations and social distancing will be encouraged among members of the campus community. The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov.…

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Coates wins 100th Late Model race at LCS

Frank Coates won his 100th race at Laurens County Speedway Saturday with a Limited Late Model feature victory. All of Coates’ victories have come in the speedway’s Late Model division. Austin Watkins was second behind Coates and Steve Bowie was third. In other division: 602 Crate: 1. Colt Smith; 2. Colby Cannon; 3. Travis Morgan;…

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King Dixon, 83, dies of cancer

• Friends, colleagues remember USC, local legend below King Dixon, former athletic director and football star at the University of South Carolina, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and the champion of countless local causes, died Monday evening after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83. “He’s the measure that I’ve sort of judged myself by…

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Mask resolution passed by Laurens City Tuesday night

Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens City Council held a special called meeting Tuesday night June 30, and, after lengthy discussions, unanimously passed a resolution encouraging Laurens residents to seriously take on the habits as outlined by health professionals in wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands often to try and prevent the spread of…

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Write-in votes deliver city seat for Campbell

Cassandra Campbell mounted a successful write-in campaign to win the District 3 seat on Laurens City Council in a special election Tuesday. Campbell defeated David Turner by three votes – 39-36 – to take the seat left vacant due to the death of Councilman Johnny Kelly. “It has been a mixture of excitement, anticipation and…

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49 COVID-19 cases in Laurens Co., Whitten Center now a hot spot

Laurens County set a new record for the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day on Tuesday as Whitten Center in Clinton became a hot spot for the novel coronavirus. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 49 newly confirmed cases in Laurens County. Those cases were among 1,741…

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4 injured in Laurens Co. Speedway accident

Four people were injured Saturday night when a racecar crashed through a fence and into fans at Laurens County Speedway. Speedway officials confirmed the accident in a Facebook post Sunday morning. “There was an accident at the track tonight with a late model car. It did jump the wall and went through a fence and…

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