Area News

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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An additional death, more COVID cases reported for county

After several days of steady COVID-19 numbers, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday afternoon that two more residents have been confirmed as positive for the virus, and another elderly individual in the county has passed away. That brings the total who have died in the county to three, with two classified…

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CHS boosters cancel annual golf tourney

The Clinton High School Athletic Booster Club has reluctantly had to cancel its biggest fundraiser and signature event, the annual golf tournament at Musgrove Mill Golf Club. The tournament is typically a kickoff for the new school year and its athletic seasons. Booster Club director Buddy Bridges said it builds camaraderie and “come together” as…

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Absentee voting opens; new temporary provisions for SC voters

Absentee voting in Laurens County began Monday ahead of the Tuesday, June 9 primaries for elected local, state and national level seats. Now a vote by state legislators Tuesday evening May 12, provides any voter in South Carolina the option to vote absentee for the June primaries and runoffs. “We were already encouraging absentee voting,” said…

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All voters can vote absentee in June primaries, runoffs

Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June Primaries and Runoffs.  Gov.  Henry McMaster Wednesday signed into law legislation passed Tuesday by the General Assembly that authorizes any voter to vote absentee in any election in June 2020.  The provision expires on July 1, 2020 and does not apply…

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CPW reports Wednesday morning gas line issues

It does not carry a safety threat, but the Laurens Commission of Public Works announced Wednesday that it is currently experiencing an issue with some natural gas lines in the city. “There appears to be an excessive amount of air in the gas system,” said General Manager John Young. “While this doesn’t necessarily create a safety…

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Shooting leads to six arrests by LCSO

Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people stemming from an early morning shooting incident Tuesday on LC Drive in Laurens. According to the LCSO, Emily Hamilton Nickles of Ware Shoals was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a…

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Clinton police make arrest in murder, suspects sought

One arrest has been made and the Clinton Police Department is searching for two other suspects investigators believe to be involved in the April 4 murder of Freddie Markell Byrd. Khalid Asiatic Cunningham, 23, of Clinton was arrested and booked into the Johnson Detention Center on aggravated breach of peace charges on April 13 and…

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