DHEC reports June COVID-19 cases, deaths, primarily in unvaccinated

July 23, 2021

An analysis  by DHEC revealed the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the first two weeks of June were among residents who were not fully vaccinated. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) discovered similar results when looking at provisional data for the entire month. From June 1-30:  5,344 cases…

Saturday morning’s family Quidditch Field Day at Laurens City Park

July 23, 2021

Laurens, S.C. – Broomsticks will be the mode of transportation tomorrow when the Laurens County Library holds an outdoor Quidditch Field Day tournament at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, in the Laurens City Recreation Park at 500 Brownlee Avenue. While there will be teams running on provided broomsticks, Hogworts craft booths will also be…

Alleged cockfighting operation busted by LCSO

July 21, 2021

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested five people on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges, and investigators believe they were at least two of them were involved in a cockfighting operation on Hope Road in Gray Court. In all, the Laurens County Animal Control seized more than 400 animals, including 12 horses, 30 dogs,…

Clark wins County Council District 3 Democratic Primary

July 20, 2021

For the first time in over 30 years, Laurens County District 3 will not be represented by someone with the last name McDaniel on county council. Shirley Clark won Tuesday’s Democratic Primary special election, handily defeating Lee McDaniel and William Kilgore, Jr. Clark will now face Republican Scott Tollison in the Sept. 21 special election.…

H2O Blue withdraws permit request for proposed Wastewater Evaporation facility 

July 20, 2021

After close to two weeks of conversations and planning by concerned Clinton residents, H2O Blue, LLC, withdrew its permit request for a proposed wastewater evaporation facility on Hwy. 56, according to a media confirmation by DHEC. “I can confirm to you that according to our Industrial Wastewater Permitting department, H20 Blue LLC withdrew its permit…

For Dist. 3 primary, absentee voting ends today, polls open at 7 Tuesday

July 19, 2021

Three candidates for Laurens County Council District 3 seat have been working this past month to earn the Democratic nomination in a Democratic Primary set for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20, and absentee voting closes after 5 p.m. today, Monday, July 19. The primary is ahead of a special election slated for Tuesday, Sept. 30, where…

Potential wastewater facility raises concerns in Clinton

July 15, 2021

From the Wednesday, July 14 issue of The Advertiser Clinton, S.C. – Clinton residents in the area just north of the city limits are concerned about a company, H20 Blue, LLC,  which is seeking approval from DHEC for the construction of a “hauled waste receiving and evaporating facility” on Highway 56 N, according to an…

Laurens mural takes top statewide award

July 14, 2021

The vibrant design, the spectrum of pastels, the 1950s postcard design all had a purpose. One of them was not necessarily winning statewide awards, but “Pride of the Piedmont” mural on Harper Street has done just that for Main Street Laurens. The mural won the Outstanding Project Award from Main Street SC, giving Laurens its…

Shooting suspect arrested in York Co., returned to Clinton

July 14, 2021

A suspect in a March shooting incident was returned to Clinton after being arrested this past week in York County. Clinton Police had sought Gary Lee Jacks, 36, as a suspect in the shooting incident. Jacks has been charged with attempted murder in addition to possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent…

New retailer headed to Laurens Historic Square

July 14, 2021

A new retailer is headed to the Laurens Historic Square and will occupy the former John Graham department store building on the north side of the square. Christie Finley, owner of the Southern Twist boutique and gift store located a few doors down from the planned Southern Trade Outfitters, said in a Facebook post that…