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Annual Laurens County Shrine Race set for June 13

The Laurens County Shrine Race, the local Shrine Club’s largest annual fundraiser for Shriners Children’s Hospitals, is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at the Laurens County Speedway. Over the past 41 years, the race has raised over $1 million, including more than $80,000 in 2022, for the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children. This year’s race…

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2 arrested following break-ins at area churches

Two people have been arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office following a rash of break-ins at area rural churches. Reedy Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, Cedar Grove Baptist, Mt. Pleasant Baptist and New Prospect Baptist reported burglaries and vandalism on March 26-27. Both Cedar Grove and Mt. Pleasant churches are located on Indian Mound Road.…

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Waterloo man killed in single-car crash

A single-vehicle crash near Joanna claimed the life of a Waterloo man early Wednesday morning. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, William Dalton Gullion, 20, of Waterloo was killed when the vehicle he was driving overturned on S.C. Highway 66 two miles west of Joanna around 1:50 a.m. South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper…

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Georgia woman dies following Kinards crash

A Georgia woman who suffered injuries in a May 10 car crash in Kinards died six days later, the Laurens County Coroner’s Office said Monday. Edith “Edie” Gwaltney, 71, of Villa Rica, Georgia, was transported from the scene of the two-car collision on Highway 56 to Prisma Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was one of three…

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Roadways, rivers benefit from record spring cleanups

Laurens County, South Carolina – With more than 200 volunteers participating, April’s various cleanup events throughout the county appears to have brought in the highest amount of trash ever collected from Laurens County roadways within a single month. While the year-old  Keep Laurens County Beautiful affiliate has encouraged volunteer cleanup events several times a year,…

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Ceremony planned as Laurens CPW receives $5M natural gas grant

Laurens, South Carolina – There will be a brief award ceremony in The Magnolia Room of The Laurens County Museum at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 19 as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization (NGDISM) presents Laurens Commission of Public Works with a Natural Gas infrastructure…

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