Simmons retiring after 43 years at Clinton YMCA

December 29, 2020

The New Year will bring a new title to Clinton YMCA CEO Gene Simmons: Retiree. Simmons announced his pending retirement in August, and is to make it effective on Friday, Jan. 1. He has worked with the Clinton YMCA since June of 1977 and has served as CEO for the past 40 years. “I’m going…

Uncertainties linger for county’s BI-LO stores in new year

December 28, 2020

Buyers are still being sought for the county’s two BI-LO stores, which are among the last dozen or so Southeastern Grocers’ BI-LO stores which remain unsold following the first and second rounds of divestitures earlier this year.  In June, 2020, it was announced that the Jacksonville, Florida-based, Southeastern Grocers was selling all its 63 BI-LO and Harveys…

Santa visits Laurens via city’s ‘Neighborhood Parade’

December 24, 2020

Laurens, S.C.  Laurens families gathered in front lawns and on street corners Sunday afternoon and for at least a few minutes were able to see Santa pass by, waving from the City of Laurens Trolley, and fire trucks with sirens blaring and city trucks decorated for the holiday. “We saw lots of smiles on little kids’…

How to help: Community giving aid to fire victims

December 23, 2020

By Tuesday afternoon, a public Facebook group entitled “Assistance for Landau Fire” had more than 1,500 members as volunteers worked feverishly to come to the aid of those displaced by an early Sunday morning fire that decimated eight units in Clinton’s Landau Apartments. “Everybody has really come together,” said Courtney Snow, public information officer for…

4-year-old perishes in Clinton apartment fire

December 23, 2020

As State Fire Investigators sifted through the ashes at Landau Apartments in Clinton late Sunday evening, a child’s car seat sitting in the parking lot in front of the fire-torn building served as a reminder that so much more was lost. The blaze, which destroyed an entire eight-unit building within the apartment complex and displaced…

Child killed in Clinton apartment fire

December 20, 2020

An early morning fire Sunday claimed the life of a 3-year-old in Clinton. The Clinton Fire Department responded to the call around 5:45 a.m. The fire destroyed one block of units at Landau Apartments. Fire investigators were still at the scene Sunday evening. In total, eight units were destroyed and 15 people were displaced by…

Coming to your neighborhood: City of Laurens Christmas Parade Sunday, 1 p.m.

December 17, 2020

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 LAURENS, S.C. – The City of Laurens has planned a new Christmas Parade for this Sunday afternoon, and rather than heading straight down West Main Street, the route will include neighborhoods throughout the City of Laurens. “The City of Laurens Christmas Parade is going where no parade has gone before,” said Mayor…

Laurens man among Federal ‘RICO’ indictments

December 15, 2020

• Investigation includes Laurens Co. kidnapping, execution-style murder from 2019 The long and arduous investigation into the execution-styled murder of a woman who was driven to and shot in rural Laurens County in 2017 culminated this past week with a sprawling 147-count indictment and charges filed in the largest federal racketeering conspiracy in state history.…

City of Clinton considers hiring rec project manager

December 12, 2020

Clinton, S.C.  – A letter from a Clinton resident was read to Clinton City Council Monday night, prompting a discussion among council members about the possibility of hiring an overall project manager for the recreation complex being built off of S.C. Hwy. 56 near the edge of the city limits. Due to the rising COVID-19…

Sanders Middle shifts to e-learning due to COVID-19

December 11, 2020

Sanders Middle School joined Waterloo Elementary moving to e-learning for the final week of school before the Christmas break due to COVID-19 quarantines, Laurens County School District 55 announced Friday. “LCSD 55 will be moving all students and staff at Sanders Middle School to eLearning for the final week before the holiday break,” said District…