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Clinton opts to cancel third annual Scots and Brats

Citing concerns about the continuing cases of COVID-19, and with no end in  sight for CDC and DHEC guidelines to help prevent the virus, Clinton City Council on Monday night learned that city staff had decided to cancel the upcoming fall festival, Scots and Brats. “We have been following federal and state guidelines and city staff have…

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Main Street Laurens offers music, sidewalk sale Friday, Saturday

Music and tax-free retail sales will be combined this weekend in Historic Downtown Laurens, where Main Street Laurens and its partner retailers are planning a Tax-Free Weekend Sidewalk Sale. “Several businesses asked if we could do a sidewalk sale for the weekend,” said Main Street director Jonathan Irick. “It will run from 10 a.m. to…

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Williamson returns to LA as assistant coach

Reagan Williamson graduated from Laurens Academy a couple of months ago, but her career with the Crusaders isn’t over quite yet. Williamson, a decorated all-state point guard with a pair of South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships on her resume, I set to join the LA basketball program as an assistant coach while…

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Ware Shoals man killed in crash

A Ware Shoals man was killed just after midnight Sunday morning as the result of a head-on collision with another vehicle in Waterloo. According to the Laurens County Deputy Coroner Robin Morse, Jeffrey Lee Olivier, 29, died of blunt force trauma at the scene of the accident. The two-car accident occurred at 12:10 a.m. on…

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Criminal court returns with murder trial

Eighth Circuit Court in Laurens County is hosting the first jury criminal trial in South Carolina since state courtrooms were shuttered in April due to COVID-19. The murder trial of Lutavious Denard Elmore, 32, of Laurens, got underway Monday with 8th Circuit Judge Donald B. Hocker presiding. Elmore is charged with the 2018 stabbing death…

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Lake Greenwood drowning claims victim in Waterloo

UPDATE: Victim identified A person drowned Monday afternoon on the Laurens County side of Lake Greenwood. The victim has been identified as Patrick Webb, 30, of Laurens. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, no cause of death has been determined. An autopsy is pending, according to Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. Emergency…

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McMaster presents restaurant, limited mask mandates to slow virus spread

In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster presented an executive order that makes mandatory the measures which had previously been only recommended for restaurants, venues and other gathering places. They will go into effect Monday, Aug. 3. Then starting Aug. 5, McMaster said his executive order requires face masks be worn in…

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Main Street Laurens points to COVID, CDC guidelines, in decision to cancel Squealin’ 2020

Laurens, South Carolina – COVID-19 has claimed another casualty this year with the cancellation of the 2020 Squealin’ on the Square, the barbecue festival which serves as the primary fundraiser for Main Street Laurens. “Our steering committee made the decision,” said Main Street director Jonathan Irick. “With the guidelines on social distancing, we just didn’t…

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Capital Project Sales Tax will be on November ballot

A referendum for a 1-cent Capital Project Sales Tax for Laurens County will be on the ballot in the November General Election. The Laurens County Council approved third reading of an ordinance that will send the proposal to the voters at its Tuesday night meeting. The “yes” or “no” question will now go to the South Carolina…

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