Public invited to line West Main to pay respects as Laurens holds King Dixon Day Friday

LAURENS, S.C. – The City of Laurens will honor the legacy of one of her most respected native sons, Lt. Col. Albert King Dixon II, USMC (retired) on Friday, July 10, 2020, and the public is strongly encouraged to take part in this celebration of Dixon’s life, according to a release by the Mayor’s office…

USC Union, Laurens campus announce fall plans

USC Union will reopen for in-person classes on the Union campus and at the Laurens location on August 20, 2020. Face coverings will be required at both locations and social distancing will be encouraged among members of the campus community. The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov.…

King Dixon, 83, dies of cancer

• Friends, colleagues remember USC, local legend below King Dixon, former athletic director and football star at the University of South Carolina, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and the champion of countless local causes, died Monday evening after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83. “He’s the measure that I’ve sort of judged myself by…

Clinton passes non-enforceable mask resolution for COVID-19 safety

With a split vote, Clinton City Council Monday night voted not to adopt an ordinance which would have made the wearing of masks inside public buildings an enforceable law. The meeting was closed to the public but was available on Facebook Live. What did pass after much discussion was a non-enforceable resolution urging the Clinton…

Public welcome for Sunday candlelight, prayer for county’s unity, health

Laurens, South Carolina – The public is invited to an ecumenical prayer and candlelight service for unity and health in Laurens County from 8 to 9 p.m. this Sunday evening, July 5, at the Laurens City Amphitheater on Gordon Street. It is sponsored by the Sanders Alumni Association and the Ministerial Alliance. The people of…

City of Laurens, Connect Lake Greenwood offering fireworks shows on Friday

Laurens County, South Carolina – Between the Connect Lake Greenwood Fireworks Celebration at 9:30 p.m. and a larger-than-usual show in downtown Laurens soon after 9 p.m., Independence Day revelers will have options on land or at the lake. Both of the fireworks shows are planned for Friday night, July 3. Connect Lake Greenwood is planning to begin the…

Mask resolution passed by Laurens City Tuesday night

Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens City Council held a special called meeting Tuesday night June 30, and, after lengthy discussions, unanimously passed a resolution encouraging Laurens residents to seriously take on the habits as outlined by health professionals in wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands often to try and prevent the spread of…

Write-in votes deliver city seat for Campbell

Cassandra Campbell mounted a successful write-in campaign to win the District 3 seat on Laurens City Council in a special election Tuesday. Campbell defeated David Turner by three votes – 39-36 – to take the seat left vacant due to the death of Councilman Johnny Kelly. “It has been a mixture of excitement, anticipation and…

49 COVID-19 cases in Laurens Co., Whitten Center now a hot spot

Laurens County set a new record for the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day on Tuesday as Whitten Center in Clinton became a hot spot for the novel coronavirus. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 49 newly confirmed cases in Laurens County. Those cases were among 1,741…

Absentee voting ends 5 p.m. today for open Laurens council seat

Laurens, South Carolina – Absentee voting ends at 5 p.m. today, Monday, June 29, for tomorrow’s special election of the  City of Laurens’ District 3 council seat left open after council member Johnny Kelly passed away on April 15.    “That election will be held Tuesday, June 30, at The Ridge in Laurens,” said Lynne…