District 4 candidates respond to questions

The Republican Primary for the Laurens County Council District 4 special election is set for Tuesday, July 9 with challengers Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson vying for the seat. With no Democratic challenger, the winner of the GOP Primary will be the presumed winner of the Sept. 10 special election. The Advertiser asked both candidates…

On basis of ‘vote buying scheme’ City of Clinton sued in PMPA lawsuit

  The City of Clinton is one of four Upstate electric providers named in a lawsuit which claims that potential votes for a planned rate adjustment were negotiated in a “vote buying scheme” among four of the 10 municipal electric provider members who make up Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA). The City of Clinton and…

Laurens’ Parks and Rec offers family movie tonight, concert Saturday, Freedom Fest

Laurens, South Carolina – The Little River Amphitheater, 205 Gordon Street, Laurens, will be the spot for a family movie tonight, Friday, June 28, night, a Saturday night family concert tomorrow and the annual Laurens Freedom Festival, offering plenty of entertainment options this week by the City of Laurens’ Department of Parks and Recreation. The first event…

The Shag Doctorz, Sweet Tea Soiree in downtown Laurens tonight

Laurens, South Carolina – A night of sweet tea and Carolina beach music by The Shag Doctorz will bring shag dancing to the Historic Downtown Square in Laurens tonight highlight the June Finally Friday! tonight, Friday, June 28, as Main Street Laurens holds its annual Sweet Tea Soiree for its third Finally Friday! of the summer…

Council says no to trash plan, changes EMS policy

After objections from Laurens County Council Vice-Chairman Joe Wood, council members decided Tuesday to forego a plan to build a $1.375 million solid waste transfer station. County Purchasing Director Billy Wilson and Solid Waste and Recycling Manager Chris Gurga asked council to accept a bid from Sossaman Construction in Gaffney, but Wood, a retired professional…

Absentee voting begins for District 4 primary

Absentee voting for the Laurens County Council District 4 Republican Primary Election is going on now through Monday, July 8. Voting began Monday and is scheduled for each weekday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Laurens County Historic Courthouse. The office will be closed on July 4. The GOP Primary Election is set for Tuesday,…

Caime among 5 finalists for Horry County post

Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime is among five candidates in the running for the top job in Horry County. Caime said he is content in Laurens County, but the decision to apply for the position in Horry County came about after he looked at the potential compensation package and considered the size of the county…

Shaw to shutter Clinton flooring plant

Shaw Industries announced Monday that it will be closing its Clinton-based operation in late August. The hardwood-flooring factory, located on Torrington Road, will close on Aug. 24. About 120 employees are expected to either be relocated to one of the company’s other facilities or lose their jobs. In a release from Shaw, company executives said…

GOP to host forum for county council hopefuls

The Laurens County Republican Party will host a candidate forum Tuesday to hear from candidates seeking the open county council seat for District 4 at the Laurens County Museum in the Witherspoon Building on the Historic Square in Laurens. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and feature candidates Jennifer Garrett and Brown…

Burned deputy back at Augusta burn center

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy who suffered severe burns while working on his vehicle was back in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, for the third time in two weeks, according to a Tuesday morning post on his wife’s Facebook page. “We are heading back to Augusta Burn Center,” the post on Darlene Kopper Braswell’s…