State, local biz prepare for another reopening phase

One week after allowing restaurants to reopen for indoor dining, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is completing his mission to reopen the rest of the state’s economy by allowing “close-contact” businesses to reopen. Those businesses, including barber shops and hair salons, nail salons, massage therapy businesses and tattoo establishments, will be allowed to reopen Monday amidst…

Restaurants to open for indoor dining Monday

234 new confirmed cases across state 2 new cases in Laurens County South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday that restaurants across the state will be allowed to reopen for dine-in customers beginning Monday. Restaurants were granted the ability to offer outdoor dining this past Monday. The indoor dining will include restrictions such as eight…

Summie Carlay to join brother Wesley at The Citadel

Former Laurens District High School standout offensive lineman Summie Carlay announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will transfer from the University of South Carolina to The Citadel. Carlay will join his younger brother, Wesley Carlay, who is completing his freshman year at the Citadel and plays on the defensive line for the Bulldogs. Summie Carlay, 6-5, 285…

Quarles ready for hoops, rodeo with Flying Fleet

When Blair Quarles leaves for Erskine College in the fall for her freshman year, she won’t be going alone. Quarles, who graduates this year from Laurens Academy, signed this past week to play basketball and compete in rodeo for at Erskine. The Flying Fleet rodeo team will be in its second year of competition with…

Capital Sales Tax Commission nearing deadline

The county’s Capital Project Sales Tax Commission will hear project requests for the final time on Tuesday, May 12. The commission was appointed by the Laurens County Council to consider project proposals to be paid for by a potential capital project sales tax that is to be put to a referendum in November’s General Election.…

Primary Election registration deadline is Sunday

The deadline to participate as a voter in the upcoming statewide primaries is coming up this Sunday. Anyone planning to vote in the June 9 primary elections must be registered before must be registered by Sunday (May 10), according to the South Carolina Election Commission. The list of people not currently registered to vote in…

Outdoor seating opens up, Laurens Co. adds 42nd COVID-19 case

Taylor Estes and Holly Szymanski were on their lunch break outside of Steamer’s in Clinton, sharing the lone table set out on the sidewalk by the restaurant Monday afternoon. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had declared late last week that restaurants throughout the state would be able to serve diners outside beginning Monday as he…

McMaster rescinds work-home order, county total at 40

Restaurants can offer outdoor seating Monday McMaster: Day of Prayer this Sunday South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday that the statewide work-or-home order he issued in early March is being rescinded as of Monday. At the afternoon press conference, McMaster also said restaurants, which have been limited to drive-thru and takeout service during South…

Clinton postpones ROTR, plans for June festival

Clinton, South Carolina – The City of Clinton announced Wednesday evening it will postpone Rhythm on the Rails from the scheduled dates of May 15 and 16 to its new dates of Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. After consulting with state health officials about guidelines on social distancing and mass gatherings, the decision…

UWLC offers COVID fund to help agencies which help residents

Safe Home, etc., stretched thin as COVID cuts into donations  Laurens County, South Carolina –  Like other non-profit agencies, the Safe Home of Laurens County is stretched thin even on a good day while working to provide needed services to its clients, most of whom never live within the shelter for abused women. Now with the…