covid-19

Absentee voting ends 5 p.m. today for open Laurens council seat

Laurens, South Carolina – Absentee voting ends at 5 p.m. today, Monday, June 29, for tomorrow’s special election of the  City of Laurens’ District 3 council seat left open after council member Johnny Kelly passed away on April 15.    “That election will be held Tuesday, June 30, at The Ridge in Laurens,” said Lynne…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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An additional death, more COVID cases reported for county

After several days of steady COVID-19 numbers, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday afternoon that two more residents have been confirmed as positive for the virus, and another elderly individual in the county has passed away. That brings the total who have died in the county to three, with two classified…

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Potential impact for Clinton day care, many families, by COVID-19

On Tuesday evening long-time Clinton business Young World Day Care announced a two-week closure for total cleaning after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Two evenings later, however, Young World Day Care Director Gail Cunningham was less focused on the week’s stress on her family’s business than she was about concerns about the children,…

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Clinton daycare closes after COVID-19 cases

Clinton, South Carolina – A Wednesday evening release by a Clinton daycare facility confirmed social media reports that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and closed its doors Tuesday. According to the letter, an employee tested positive Tuesday (March 31) and has been in self-quarantine, and the family member of an employee tested positive for the virus…

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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…

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