Parent company SEG seeks ‘transaction’ options for unsold BI-LO stores

 Laurens County, South Carolina – It was announced on Wednesday that North Carolina-based Food Lion is purchasing 62 BI-LO Stores or Harvey’s Supermarkets from its parent company,  Southeastern Grocers (SEG). On Friday, a spokesman from SEG said the company doesn’t plan store closings in Clinton, Laurens and other locations at this point but hopes that BI-LO can be…

Laurens grad party turns violent, 4 shot

Four people were injured late Thursday night when an apparent graduation party turned violent on Holland Hill Road in Laurens. According to Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore, the victims were transported to area hospitals and one male victim remains in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. Lattimore said multiple assailants arrived at the…

Peaceful protest in Laurens as residents speak for justice

Laurens, South Carolina – At least 75 Laurens County residents gathered on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse Square early Monday evening, June 1, as the president of the Laurens County Branch of the NAACP spoke at a “Peaceful Rally” to honor George Floyd, the man who died after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed…

DHEC reports 68th case in county, 4th death

The total number of COVID-19 cases increased by more than 200 for the fourth straight day across South Carolina, bringing the overall total of confirmed cases in the state to 12,415. The South Carolina Department Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 285 more confirmed cases and one additional death due to COVID-19. The statewide death…

Phase 1: SCHSL paves way for sports to return

Local high school athletic teams have the green light to resume practices and workouts. Sort of. The South Carolina High School League released a three-phase plan for schools to resume athletic activities as early as Thursday, June 4 with safety precautions designed to protect students and staff from COVID-19. “We’ve had an initial discussion with…

Primary, special elections set for Tuesday

A busy Primary Election on Tuesday also includes a special election to fill a council seat in the Town of Gray Court. In addition to the non-partisan Gray Court election, the Primary includes a four-way GOP race for Laurens County Sheriff, challenges in three Laurens County Council Districts and a Republican challenge for the South…

Laurens County COVID-19 cases up by 1

Laurens County had its first newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in more than a week with one additional case reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Tuesday. Laurens County now has 58 total cases, but is still among the lowest in the state for per-capita cases with 85.93 cases per 100,000…

Local youth sports preparing to resume

Local youth sports organizations are preparing to return to the fields and ballparks on June 1 following a decision from state leaders to allow sporting events and practices to resume. Youth leagues were among those shut down by the state as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. “We’re going to take the recommendations from the state and…

MSL national win for members’ tech assessments, online help

Laurens, South Carolina – It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Main Street Laurens is one of only eight Main Street America programs across the nation to receive a Grills Funding for Main Street Revitalization Grant, which offers $10,000 to aid in the recovery from the economic crunch caused by COVID-19. A nationally accredited program, Main…

Attractions may reopen, sports’ return imminent

A Tuesday meeting of AccelerateSC, the business advisory committee focused on reopening South Carolina’s economy during COVID-19, led to Gov. Henry McMaster to announce Wednesday that attraction facilities can be reopened prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Attractions such as museums, historic sites and zoos among others will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday.…