Laurens County SC

Day of Service proclaimed as NAACP honors community workers

Laurens, S.C.  – Among the many greetings at the 43rd NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday night was an announcement that Monday, Jan. 20, had been proclaimed as a Day of Service in Laurens as a way to further honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Laurens County Chapter of the NAACP held its annual…

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Layoffs at Prisma Health announced Thursday ‘to streamline operations, position for future growth’

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Prisma Health officials announced today that they are taking additional measures to improve operating efficiencies and streamline the organization.  “The health-care environment in which we operate is becoming increasingly challenging for a variety of reasons, including lower reimbursements and increasing numbers of patients who are underinsured or uninsured,” said Mark O’Halla, president and…

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District 55 to hire new superintendent from within

The Laurens School District 55 Board of Trustees spent part of Tuesday night in executive session during a called meeting to decide the next step in finding a new superintendent. After emerging from executive session, the board voted 5-2 to hire the next District 55 superintendent from among several potential candidates already working for the…

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Utility pole fire requires cooperation, short-term outage Tuesday

Laurens, SC – A Duke Energy utility pole fire Monday night led a required power outage Tuesday afternoon for about 75 electric customers of the Laurens Commission of Public Works. The incident began when CPW was contacted by Laurens County Dispatch about a fire high up utility pole on Church Street Monday night. “Someone had reported…

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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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988 provides new lifeline in suicide prevention

It might take 18 months until it’s ready for use but the Federal Communications Commission just approved “988” as a new 3-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline,. That is good news for mental health professionals at a time of year when many struggle more than usual. “The holidays are tough for a million reasons,” said Charlie…

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Things to do, places to give to this Christmas

Laurens County, S.C. – Small Business Saturday followed Black Friday and gave Laurens County residents many opportunities to shop and support local business this past weekend. There will be more local shopping specials and much more Christmas magic in coming days as the county celebrates the Yuletide season. And all month long, Woodbridge Senior Living…

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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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Grab a Bag event set for this weekend

For its Fall Quarterly Community Cleanup event this weekend, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will be working alongside the Grab A Bag SC anti-litter campaign planned for Saturday by Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette.     “We typically are on a different weekend,” said Amanda Munyan, executive director of the LCCC, “but we moved our cleanup event…

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Power crews head out to assist after Dorian

Crews from Laurens Electric Cooperative (LEC) and Laurens Commission of Public Works (LCPW) left early Friday morning to assist utility companies struggling to get customers’ power back up after Dorian’s sweep through the South Carolina Lowcountry and Midlands, which is good news for the more than 202,000 electric customers who were still without power Friday morning. Six…

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