District 55 buses to deliver WiFi to communities

Beginning today (April 1), Laurens County School District 55 will be placing WiFi equipped school buses at the following locations for students to access the internet and internet-based classroom materials. These buses will be on location for the remainder of this week (April 1-3). They will not be on location during spring break (April 6-13,…

Hiro to Hero: K-9 making most of second chance

Laurens, South Carolina – Hiro, a reddish pit bull, came perilously close to never getting the second chance she now has with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. With his nose to the ground on a short tracking training mission, Hiro was among several LCSO K-9 officers participating in training this past week at…

Fibertex, Jostens make moves to combat COVID-19

Shortages of medical supplies such as protective masks, shields and other equipment have prompted at least two local industries to join the effort to combat COVID-19. Gray Court-based Fibertex Nonwoves and Jostens in Laurens are both refocusing production lines to help lessen the shortfalls in medical equipment. Fibertex Vice President Darryl Fournier said business as…

Four COVID-19 cases in county, non-essential biz closed

Four cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County since Saturdays were confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) over the weekend and on Wednesday. The cases were confirmed as DHEC continued to announce laboratory results. The first confirmed case in the county was reported Saturday. One additional case was added Sunday, a third…

PC students to finish semester remotely, commencement on hold

Students at Presbyterian College will not return to campus this academic year, PC President Bob Staton announced in an open letter to students, parents, faculty and staff Friday. The letter was posted on the college’s website, presby.edu. “Today, we find ourselves with deep regret making another difficult decision designed to keep everyone in the PC…

Unemployment numbers jump across state, county

• U.S. Treasury link for information on available small business loans More than 31,000 people across South Carolina, including 239 in Laurens County, filed initial unemployment claims for the week ending March 21, an increase of about 1,600% from the previous week as state residents and businesses began to cope with the spread of COVID-19.…

DHEC confirms 2nd COVID-19 case in Laurens Co.

121 new cases statewide, 2 more deaths reported Two cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County in as many days have been confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DHEC made the confirmations late Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s announcement was among 121 new cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed across the state.…

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Laurens County

The first case of COVID-19 in Laurens County has been confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DHEC made the confirmation of at least one case of the novel coronavirus in the county to local officials, County Director of Emergency Services Joey Avery said Saturday morning. The identity of the…

Preorders needed for CHS curbside Plant Sale Mon. and Tues.

UPDATE, Wednesday, April 1 : Many of the plants have been sold but more will be available Monday, April 6. For a listing of remaining plants email Bodie at  [email protected]   Clinton, South Carolina – With school closed now until at least late April, the Clinton High School horticulture classes need to sell as many of…

Waterloo camp temporary “home” for Ugandan children’s choir

Waterloo, South Carolina – Children’s voices and occasional pick-up soccer games have become the norm along the shores of Lake Greenwood as Camp Fellowship in Waterloo has become the new temporary home for the Imani Milele Children’s Choir of Uganda. The traveling choir, which raises funds for its Uganda-based program with its performances, had planned…