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Mary B. Simpson

Ms. Mary Blakely Simpson was born on May 24, 1941, in Laurens County, South Carolina to the late Odell Blakely and Mary Sanders Blakely. She attended the public schools of Laurens County, South Carolina and was a graduate of Bell Street High School in Clinton, South Carolina. She furthered her education at Waverly Beauty College…

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Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Southern Trade Outfitters

The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Southern Trade Outfitters, LLC, 124 South Public Square in Laurens, on Friday, October 1, 2021. This much-anticipated business is the “partner store” of Southern Twist, also located in Downtown Laurens. Southern Trade Outfitters carries name brand men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, hunting…

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Rev. Tony Ellis Crouch

Laurens, South Carolina Rev. Tony Ellis Crouch, 73, of 435 Hood Creek Road and husband of Mary Ann Phillips Crouch, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. Born in Greenwood, he was the son of the late Joseph Ellis and Myrtis Nell Brewington Crouch. Tony pastored for over thirty-two years…

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Workforce development partners hold first ever drive-thru job fair in county

Laurens County, South Carolina On Wednesday, February 10, Laurens County‚Äôs first ever drive-thru job fair was held at the Piedmont Technical College Center for Advanced Manufacturing (PTC CAM) in Laurens. Hosted by partner organizations Piedmont Technical College, SC Works Upper Savannah, and the Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC), the job fair included five participating industries.…

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Local NAACP presents first virtual Freedom Fund program

Laurens County, South Carolina – When a large group of white liberals and seven African Americans met in the wake of a string of deadly race riots in Springfield, Illinois, the result was the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was 1908 and the anti-black riots, including lynchings, had…

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LCCT presents Willy Wonka Jr., opens Friday

The Laurens County Community Theater will be presenting a youth theater production starting this weekend of Willy Wonka Jr. Stan Walsh is playing the role of Willy Wonka in the youth adaptation of the classic story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The production opens Friday, March 13, at the Gillam Center for the Performing…

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