COVID-19 cases in Laurens County grows to 6

McMaster closes additional businesses, stops short of stay-at-home order South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster shut down other businesses by executive order Friday that had previously been deemed essential as COVID-19 continued to spread across the state. Two additional cases of the novel corona virus were confirmed in Laurens County, bringing the total to six across…

SCHSL makes no call on spring sports, to meet again

The South Carolina High School League executive committee met via conference call Thursday afternoon, but did not come to a definitive decision as to what to do about the remainder of the spring sports seasons for its member schools. All spring sports and practices have been suspended due to the COVID-19 virus. Schools are closed…

Potential impact for Clinton day care, many families, by COVID-19

On Tuesday evening long-time Clinton business Young World Day Care announced a two-week closure for total cleaning after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Two evenings later, however, Young World Day Care Director Gail Cunningham was less focused on the week’s stress on her family’s business than she was about concerns about the children,…

Clinton daycare closes after COVID-19 cases

Clinton, South Carolina – A Wednesday evening release by a Clinton daycare facility confirmed social media reports that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and closed its doors Tuesday. According to the letter, an employee tested positive Tuesday (March 31) and has been in self-quarantine, and the family member of an employee tested positive for the virus…

District 55 buses to deliver WiFi to communities

Beginning today (April 1), Laurens County School District 55 will be placing WiFi equipped school buses at the following locations for students to access the internet and internet-based classroom materials. These buses will be on location for the remainder of this week (April 1-3). They will not be on location during spring break (April 6-13,…

Hiro to Hero: K-9 making most of second chance

Laurens, South Carolina – Hiro, a reddish pit bull, came perilously close to never getting the second chance she now has with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. With his nose to the ground on a short tracking training mission, Hiro was among several LCSO K-9 officers participating in training this past week at…

Fibertex, Jostens make moves to combat COVID-19

Shortages of medical supplies such as protective masks, shields and other equipment have prompted at least two local industries to join the effort to combat COVID-19. Gray Court-based Fibertex Nonwoves and Jostens in Laurens are both refocusing production lines to help lessen the shortfalls in medical equipment. Fibertex Vice President Darryl Fournier said business as…

Four COVID-19 cases in county, non-essential biz closed

Four cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County since Saturdays were confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) over the weekend and on Wednesday. The cases were confirmed as DHEC continued to announce laboratory results. The first confirmed case in the county was reported Saturday. One additional case was added Sunday, a third…

PC students to finish semester remotely, commencement on hold

Students at Presbyterian College will not return to campus this academic year, PC President Bob Staton announced in an open letter to students, parents, faculty and staff Friday. The letter was posted on the college’s website, presby.edu. “Today, we find ourselves with deep regret making another difficult decision designed to keep everyone in the PC…

Unemployment numbers jump across state, county

• U.S. Treasury link for information on available small business loans More than 31,000 people across South Carolina, including 239 in Laurens County, filed initial unemployment claims for the week ending March 21, an increase of about 1,600% from the previous week as state residents and businesses began to cope with the spread of COVID-19.…