COVID-19 testing at CHS, Newberry, Greenwood this week

Clinton, South Carolina – With a total reported Monday of 107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clinton, a free COVID test site will be held this Wednesday at Clinton High School. Others will follow in Newberry, Greenwood and Greenville counties. Carolina Health Centers will hold the free screenings at Clinton High School this Wednesday,  June 24, from 9…

Spike in county COVID-19 cases over weekend reported

• Free testing set for Clinton, Fountain Inn The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County as reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has grown to 174. DHEC reported 34 more confirmed cases in the county Sunday on 23 on Monday. Sunday’s total was a new single-day record for…

3 killed in Old Airport Road vehicle crash

Three people were killed, including a father and son, late Wednesday afternoon after the truck they were traveling in struck a tree. The accident occurred near the intersection of Old Airport Road and U.S. Highway 76. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the 1999 Chevy S10 pickup went off the right side of the…

ROTR brings BBQ, Mother’s Finest, fireworks to Clinton festival June 19, 20

The City of Clinton and Main Street Clinton will present its annual Rhythm on the Rails festival next weekend, exactly a month after the BBQ festival had originally been planned before COVID-19 disrupted public events. While most of the musical acts remained as planned, the addition of Mother’s Finest to the line-up is new as of Wednesday…

With final approval from state, ROTR is on for next weekend

The City of Clinton and Main Street Clinton will present the Rhythm on the Rails festival next weekend, June 19-20, exactly a month after the annual festival had origi- nally been planned. “We got a letter Monday from the South Carolina Department of Commerce giving permission to hold the festival and explaining it’s up to…

Smith Chevrolet sold as automotive landscape changes

As the final remnants of shuttered Baldwin Automotive are being sold via online auction, Smith Chevrolet is changing hands after more than 70 years in Laurens. Smith Chevrolet, which opened its doors in 1947 as a Pontiac dealership, has been run by the Smith family ever since. That is expected to change Wednesday when the…

County COVID-19 cases passes 100, testing sites announced

As voters in Laurens County went to the polls for several local Primary Elections, cases of COVID-19 across the state continued to climb, surpassing 15,000 on Tuesday. DHEC has increased testing sites, including one in Laurens Thursday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at E.B. Morse Elementary in Laurens. (See below for current…

Reynolds tops GOP field; Rankin stuns in Dist. 2

Don Reynolds defeated three Republican challengers to win a second term as Laurens County Sheriff, while a veteran County Councilman was upset in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Reynolds captured 52.2% of the unofficial tally with 6,073 votes to avoid a runoff for the GOP nomination. He defeated former sheriff Ricky Chastain (2,513 votes), former chief deputy…

Prisma Health, DHEC, communities offer more free COVID-19 testing sites

In a Monday, June 8 press release, Prisma Health announced near-daily COVID-19 community testing events throughout South Carolina during June 8-13, including a free Laurens testing site on Thursday, June 11. Other sites this week include Cayce, Columbia, Greenville, Manning, Mauldin and Sumter. The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health…

LPD investigating Sunday night shooting

The Laurens Police Department is investigating a second shooting incident that has occurred over the past three days in Laurens after two people were wounded Sunday night at a Spring Street apartment complex. According to Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore, two people were hit by gunfire at a small gathering at the apartments. One victim was…