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Laurens City Council approves property sale for 130 homes

With a unanimous vote, Laurens City Council on Tuesday night took the first step to approve the sale of city property which may soon become a housing development for at least 130 homes. The property is a 66-acre tract behind The Ridge at Laurens that will eventually have entrances both on Exchange Drive and Fleming Street…

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Laurens council considers ways to increase census counts

During last week’s regular August meeting of Laurens City Council, council members were challenged by Carolyn Calwise, a regional Census 2020 official, to treat the census as if they were campaigning for their seats on council. “Do what you did when you wanted to get elected,” Calwise said during her telephone call presentation to council.…

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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…

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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…

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Laurens council member Kelly passes away unexpectedly

Update: Later Wednesday night, Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn announced flags would be flown at half-staff in honor of Councilman Kelly. “In recognition of the loss of a sitting City Councilor, Johnny Kelly, and in thanksgiving for his life and service, it is appropriate that the City should honor and show its great affection for him,” Senn said.…

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Cities hope for major reform to Business License Reform Bill

Story updated at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 4, 2020 Laurens, S.C. – Officials from the cities of Laurens and Clinton will be heading to Columbia on Tuesday for the Hometown Legislative Action Day, hoping to convince legislators to vote against House Bill H4431, a business license reform bill which could drastically cut revenue for already cash-strapped smaller cities.…

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Post holiday recycling encouraged for city and county

The Laurens County recycling centers will open Friday, but Laurens and Clinton cities were opening theirs on Thursday and Friday. The Caroline Street recycling center in the City of Laurens will reopen Thursday morning, and Department of Streets and Sanitation Director Kerwin Tribble said people can begin dropping off the usual recyclables like plastic bottles,…

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Main Street Laurens’ planned music fest wins $5,000 grant

During a luncheon earlier today, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Main Street Laurens was again named as one of two winners of a $5,000 Hughes Investment grant, which will help fund its inaugural year of “The Piedmont Blues & Roots Music Festival,” slated for May 9, 2020. Main Street Laurens had already been named, along with…

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Back Street gathering Saturday will document, share Laurens history

A grassroots effort and an invitation to remember the importance of “Back Street” in Laurens has prompted several Laurens residents and Laurens natives to plan a “Back Street Market” this Saturday. Their hope is to bring people together who can provide their memories about an area of vital economic and cultural importance to the African American community…

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