Christmas on the Square Friday at 6

December 2, 2020

In spite of the limitations caused by the pandemic, this Friday evening will offer socially distanced activities for children when Christmas comes to Laurens during “Christmas on the Square.” The City of Laurens begins the event with the tree lighting at 6 p.m. The tree was moved from the corner at what is now Back…

Clinton premiers new musical light show Thursday

December 2, 2020

The introduction of Clinton’s new musical Christmas light show, “O Lighted Night,” created by a nationally-known designer, will take Clinton’s Christmas decor to an entirely new level starting at 6 p.m. this Thursday and running every half hour each evening through the new year. “John Reynolds is multi-Emmy award winning lighting designer,” said Main Street…

Details for CPST to be outlined for council

December 1, 2020

At the final 2020 meeting of the Laurens County Council next Tuesday, County Administrator Jon Caime is expected to introduce a resolution that will set the path forward for the Capital Project Sales Tax. The CPST was approved overwhelmingly during the Nov. 3 General Election by county voters who voted “yes” to a referendum. The…

COVID causing havoc in high school hoops

December 1, 2020

• Ticket info for Raiders, Red Devils below The high school girls basketball season has already met with speed bumps for Clinton and Laurens high schools – and neither had made it to tip off in an actual game as of Tuesday night. LDHS Athletic Director Tommy Spires announced Tuesday morning that the Raiders varsity…

COVID-19 halts PC women’s hoops

December 1, 2020

Just days after Presbyterian’s season-opening loss at Clemson, the Blue Hose announced a halt to women’s basketball activities due to a positive COVID-19 test within the program. The PC athletic department said Monday that the team’s next three scheduled games have been canceled, including on set for this past Monday night at Furman. No makeup…

Thornwell planning return for Saints teams

November 25, 2020

Thornwell returned as a charter school, opening for elementary and middle-school children for the 2019-20 academic year, and now administrators say the Saints will return to athletic competition as early as this spring. The current plan is to bring back high school football by 2023-24. “Thornwell was a big part of the Laurens County sports…

Wanted Parsons caught after return to Laurens County

November 25, 2020

A two-week manhunt that spanned the Carolinas and West Virginia ended back in Laurens County where it started Thursday afternoon with the arrest of fugitive Tracy Parsons. Parsons, 53, of Honea Path now faces a litany of criminal charges, including resisting arrest after attempting to evade Laurens County sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon. Parsons was piloting…

District 55 moving to full in-person classes

November 25, 2020

All Laurens County School District 55 students not attending the county’s Virtual Acdemy are to return to the physical classroom five days a week after the Thanksgiving break, Superintendent Ameca Thomas told the district’s board of trustees Monday. Seventh, ninth and 10th graders have been on a hybrid schedule – a mix of face-to-face and…

Filing opens December 7 for March municipal elections

November 23, 2020

Municipal elections set for March 2 may seem like a long time off, but with filing opening in early December, those considering a run in local town and city elections have a couple of weeks to begin making their plans. Filing opens on Monday, Dec. 7, for all the open seats, all of which are non-partisan,…

Highways turn deadly in county over weekend

November 18, 2020

The past weekend turned deadly beginning Thursday night on Laurens County highways. Six of the eight traffic fatalities that occurred in South Carolina over the weekend happened in the county. A two-car crash on I-385 in the early hours of Sunday morning claimed five lives, and the driver of a stalled vehicle on South Carolina…