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Spiking costs cause for increased base fees in CPW’s tentative budget; no rise in usage rates

November 15, 2021

Laurens, South Carolina – The recent spike in natural gas prices is among the many reasons that Laurens Commission of Public Works customers will see an increase in monthly base utility fees starting in January. The CPW’s fiscal year budget runs from January to December, and commissioners always get a rundown on the tentative new budget…

Main Street Laurens’ Finally Friday, early shopping events tonight

November 12, 2021

David E and the Band Levelz will take the stage again as Finally Friday brings back the Upstate group for the last Finally Friday of the year. “Everybody loves this band and David’s music and his style, so we wanted to bring him back as our final performer,” said Main Street Laurens director Jonathan Irick. This…

Looper pleads guilty in murder of toddler

November 11, 2021

The man charged with the murder of a 2-year-old boy in 2018 pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon at the Laurens County Judicial Complex, accepting a plea arrangement and thereby avoiding a capital murder trial that had been scheduled to begin in late January. William Ryan Looper, 30, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility…

Laurens, Post 25 to honor local veterans Thursday

November 10, 2021

The City of Laurens will celebrate Veterans Day at 10 a.m.Thursday with a ceremony on the Historic Square. The ceremony is being put presented by American Legion Post 25, Main Street Laurens, the City of Laurens, Laurens Parks and Recreation and Laurens School District 55. “We have invited all the 7th graders from District 55…

Muffin Mam closes Laurens plant, files Chapter 7

November 10, 2021

Muffin Mam, a wholesale bakery that expanded its Upstate operation and corporate offices to Hunter Industrial Park in 2019, is closing its doors. The company has made no official announcement, but Laurens County Development Corporation President/CEO Jonathan Coleman confirmed the closure Tuesday afternoon. He said the company has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Muffin Mam initially…

Clinton Police arrest man with self-inflicted gunshot

November 10, 2021

Clinton Police arrested a Laurens man Monday evening after the suspect apparently shot himself in the leg following a domestic violence call and short car chase that ended on AB Jacks Road. Tommy Richard Brown, Jr. of Laurens was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during…

85 dogs seized, 2 people arrested, charged

November 3, 2021

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on animal cruelty charges Tuesday morning at two residences in Laurens and Gray Court, seizing more than 85 dogs during the investigation. Allen Earl Bridwell, Jr. and Kimberly Hockenberry Bridwell, both of Laurens, were charged with multiple counts of ill-treatment of animals, torture/ill-treatment of animals and overworking/ill-treatment…

LDHS students volunteer, learn at animal shelter

November 3, 2021

The black puppy with no name and white paws like little socks was terrified, frozen close to the ground at the Laurens County Animal Shelter as two Laurens District High students stroke her gently, giving the pup a loving touch it perhaps had never experienced before. That’s part of a normal Friday for students in…

Laurens, District 55 mourns loss of orchestra teacher

November 3, 2021

A rainbow appeared over Laurens District High School the morning after the death of popular orchestra Paula Harshaw, convincing some that Harshaw had sent one final message. Harshaw, 56, died on Oct. 26 from injuries she suffered in a three-car accident on Highway 221 in Laurens on Oct. 22. She was buried Monday afternoon in…

PC purchase of Capitol Theatre potential pacesetter

October 27, 2021

Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn believes the partnerships behind Presbyterian College’s purchase of the Capitol Theatre in Laurens could serve in the future as a model for small communities attempting to build their futures while paying homage to their pasts. PC President Matt vandenBerg, Senn and other local leaders announced that PC had purchased the Capitol,…