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Record-high bills likely result from record-low temps

January 10, 2018

Temperatures warmed up on Tuesday afternoon, but the ponds were still frozen on Monday when Duke Energy Carolinas announced its customers had set an all-time peak record for energy usage during the long stretch of extremely cold weather. It’s notable that Duke and all the other energy providers in Laurens County were able to prevent…

Speaker at free LCHCF dinner to address depression, suicide

January 10, 2018

The Laurens County Health Care Foundation is hosting its annual dinner free of charge this Thursday evening, Jan.11, in order to give the public an opportunity to hear from a speaker who addresses the tough topics of depression and suicide. “The dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Mabry Smith Yonce Center at Presbyterian College,”…

Mayflower descendant to speak at Thursday genealogy meeting

January 10, 2018

The first meeting of the Laurens District Genealogical Society will feature a speaker who has three ancestors from the Mayflower, and the public is welcome to attend at the Laurens County Library. Set for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 11 at the main branch in Laurens, the speaker is Nancy Grammar Byers Roberts of Simpsonville. Roberts…

Workforce, building sites among LCDC priorities for 2018

January 9, 2018

Laurens County Development Corporation leaders said workforce development has become a priority as the agency enters the New Year. The LCDC will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Musgrove Mill Golf Club. Dr. Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus and former economics professor at Clemson University, will be the keynote speaker. LCDC Executive Director…

Local government offices to close for MLK Day

January 9, 2018

Local municipalities and Laurens County offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15. The annual federal holiday celebrates the birthday of the Civil Rights leader. The City of Clinton, City of Laurens and Town of Gray Court will close their offices as will Laurens County government offices.

Dr. King’s legacy to be presented in Jan. 13 program

January 5, 2018

Laurens, S.C. – The Sanders High Alumni Association will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13, the Saturday morning just prior to the holiday which celebrates the life of the esteemed civil rights leader. “We will start at 10 a.m. with booths and exhibits, including two authors…

Fire safety bigger issue in cold weather

January 3, 2018

The U.S. as a whole sees an uptick in residential fires during the winter months. Laurens County is no different. The American Red Cross has given aid to several families in the wake of residential fires over the past week, including victims of a Christmas Day fire in Ware Shoals. Other fires have damaged homes…

Dunlap takes over tourism in York Co.

January 3, 2018

Billy Dunlap, owner of Dunlap Media and publisher of, was recently named executive director of the Rock Hill-York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organization announced the hiring via Twitter on Dec. 20 as Dunlap met with local media in Rock Hill. He began work on Jan. 2. Dunlap, who has lived in Laurens…

Electric heater, extension cord cause Clinton home fire

January 3, 2018

  Leslie Eubanks awoke Tuesday morning to find her car battery dead, but the worst was yet to come. An early morning fire severely damaged the interior of her residence on Little Acres Road in Clinton, but Eubanks said she walked outside about 7:30 a.m. to discover the dead battery in her vehicle. A few…

Laurens NAACP Banquet set for Sat., Jan. 13

December 26, 2017

The Laurens County NAACP is set to host its 41st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Springfield Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m. The NAACP banquet will share the date with the Sanders High School Alumni Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, which is set to begin at 10 a.m.…