Area News

Stevenson looks to Louisville for senior season

The strangest offseason of Anna Stevenson’s athletic career dragged on into May as she continued individual workouts at home in Gray Court, anxious to return to Louisville for her final season of collegiate volleyball. The former Laurens Academy and Laurens District High School volleyball standout is looking forward to a senior season that could surpass…

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Laurens County COVID-19 cases up by 1

Laurens County had its first newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in more than a week with one additional case reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Tuesday. Laurens County now has 58 total cases, but is still among the lowest in the state for per-capita cases with 85.93 cases per 100,000…

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Local youth sports preparing to resume

Local youth sports organizations are preparing to return to the fields and ballparks on June 1 following a decision from state leaders to allow sporting events and practices to resume. Youth leagues were among those shut down by the state as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. “We’re going to take the recommendations from the state and…

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MSL national win for members’ tech assessments, online help

Laurens, South Carolina – It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Main Street Laurens is one of only eight Main Street America programs across the nation to receive a Grills Funding for Main Street Revitalization Grant, which offers $10,000 to aid in the recovery from the economic crunch caused by COVID-19. A nationally accredited program, Main…

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Attractions may reopen, sports’ return imminent

A Tuesday meeting of AccelerateSC, the business advisory committee focused on reopening South Carolina’s economy during COVID-19, led to Gov. Henry McMaster to announce Wednesday that attraction facilities can be reopened prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Attractions such as museums, historic sites and zoos among others will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday.…

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PC plans fall reopening, formulates changes

Clinton, South Carolina – Presbyterian College in Clinton announced late last week it will reopen for classroom instruction for the fall 2020 semester, and a group of staff and faculty from the college is currently preparing for how that “new normal” will play out. “The education we try and deliver is not just knowledge but helping to develop the person,” said…

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LCSO to take over animal shelter, control officers

 The Laurens County Animal Shelter and Animal/Litter Control will soon be under the direction of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The Laurens County Council accepted a recommendation from Sheriff Don Reynolds to move the shelter and animal control and their six employees under the auspices of the LCSO beginning with the new fiscal year on…

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County ‘cautiously’ opens up all offices, services

As “close-contact” businesses such as salons and gyms opened up Monday as restrictions eased once again across South Carolina, so did Laurens County’s government offices. The Laurens County Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday (May 12) to reopen all functions of county government. Essential government functions had remained opened, while others operated on a…

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Close-contact biz reopen; county numbers stay steady

At least one Laurens County YMCA member could hardly wait to get back to the gym. “Our first member was waiting at the door Monday at 4:48 a.m.,” said Brian Harlan, CEO of the Laurens County Y. The local Y was among “close contact” businesses allowed to reopen across the state as Gov. Henry McMaster…

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Compton, Thomas promoted to principal positions in District 55

Laurens, South Carolina – The Laurens County School District #55 (LCSD 55) Board of Trustees approved the appointment of new principals for both Laurens Middle School (LMS) and Waterloo Elementary School (WES) at the May 18, 2020 regular meeting of the board. The vacancies were a result of the promotions of Dr. Anna Brink and…

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