Area News

Laurens company fined for violation of labor law

A Laurens-based company has been forced to pay nearly $35,000 to a former employee by the U.S. Department of Labor for illegally firing the employee. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor, Alupress LLC – a manufacturing subsidiary of Alupress AG – has paid $34,538 to a former employee after the U.S. Department of Labor’s…

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Library closes due to broken AC, extreme heat

The Laurens Library will close at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 19 and will be closed on Saturday, July 20 due to broken air conditioning at the library. Director Ann Szypulski said, “Four out of six of our air conditioning units are out of service, and with the extreme heat expected this afternoon and tomorrow,…

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Tackett found guilty in felony DUI cases, given 15 years

It took a Laurens County jury just under 90 minutes Thursday at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex to convict Pamela Michelle Tackett of Gray Court on two counts of felony DUI and on a related charge of child endangerment. Afterward, Circuit Judge Roger Couch sentenced Tackett to 15 years in prison for felony DUI with death in…

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‘Naturally occurring’ water issues pester CPW, LCWSC

Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission and the Laurens Commission of Public Works are having an unwelcome moment of deja vu with the current water issues facing the providers. Quite a few customers each day are calling with concerns about the tap water’s “earthy” odor and taste, which has been found to result from geosmin.…

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Offered at L.C. Library: Behind the scenes at Apollo 11

Laurens, South Carolina – Next Tuesday evening,  the Laurens County Library will host a speaker who will offer a glimpse of the many tasks which went into preparation for the moon landing, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday.   The free public program on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m will feature NASA Solar System…

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Retrial begins in felony DUI case

A second trial of a Gray Court woman charged with felony DUI in the death of a man working near Exit 19 on I-385 and the serious injury of another got under way Monday. The first trial in March ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict as to…

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2 traffic fatalities in county over weekend

After more than two months without a traffic fatality in Laurens County, two people died on local highways over the weekend. A 21-year-old Leesville man was killed on I-26 Friday afternoon after colliding with a tractor trailer, and a Clinton woman died in a single-car crash Saturday morning near on Hurricane Church Road near Clinton.…

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Friday I-26 accident claims life of 21-year-old

A Leesville man was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on I-26. Dakota Linton, 21, was died in the crash that occurred on I-26 westbound at mile marker 56 in Joanna, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. The accident occurred after 1 p.m., and Linton was pronounced dead just after 1:30 p.m. Details from…

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Clinton contingency riding to fight Alzheimer’s

  Almost 340 cyclists this morning are making a stop in Laurens County along their 252-mile, three-day journey in a fundraising ride for the South Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. A four-member team from the Laurens County Cycle Club is part of the group filling small backroads of South Carolina in “A Ride to Remember,” which is in…

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