Laurens County South Carolina

Local NAACP presents first virtual Freedom Fund program

Laurens County, South Carolina – When a large group of white liberals and seven African Americans met in the wake of a string of deadly race riots in Springfield, Illinois, the result was the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was 1908 and the anti-black riots, including lynchings, had…

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Essay contest winners get radio spot to celebrate MLK

Laurens, South Carolina – Four children who participated in the annual Sanders High Alumni Association MLK Celebration Essay Contest became Saturday morning radio stars on Real Talk Radio WLBG during MLK weekend. “With the pandemic we had to cancel all our usual activities,” said Sanders alumni member Elma Morrison, “but we had several children participate…

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Prisma Health restricts ‘broad visitation’ starting this weekend

 Prisma Health released information Friday afternoon explaining that patient visitation will be restricted effective Saturday, Jan. 9, in the wake of a growing surge of COVID-19 infections across South Carolina. The restrictions are system-wide for Prisma Health facilities, including the Prisma Health Laurens County Campus. “We know that being with families is itself a healing therapy and…

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Non-profit LC Humane Society offering ‘kitty sale’

The Laurens County Humane Society is hoping that many caring folks put kittens at the top of their Christmas wish lists this year. The non-profit has puppies and dogs available as usual, but the staff has launched a kitten sale in hopes of encouraging people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider one…

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Filing opens December 7 for March municipal elections

Municipal elections set for March 2 may seem like a long time off, but with filing opening in early December, those considering a run in local town and city elections have a couple of weeks to begin making their plans. Filing opens on Monday, Dec. 7, for all the open seats, all of which are non-partisan,…

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Upgrades are coming to city, county parks

Children of Laurens County, and adults who are young at heart, will have splash pads to play in to cool off now that the Capital Project Sales Tax passed in this week’s election. The three splash pads will go into parks within the City of Laurens, Joanna and Ware Shoals as part of a large scale upgrade to…

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Voters say ‘Yes’ to CPST referendum

Laurens County voters approved a 1-cent Capital Project Sales Tax Tuesday, voting overwhelmingly in favor of a plan that will invest nearly $35 million in 16 building and improvement projects all around the county. When the votes were tallied, 14,370 people voted for the referendum (58%) and 10,366 (42%) voted against it. The “Yes” votes…

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Autopsy: Gray Court woman attacked, killed by dogs

A 32-year-old woman found deceased in a yard at an Allegra Lane residence in Gray Court Tuesday was apparently mauled to death by dogs, the Laurens County Coroner’s Office said following an autopsy Wednesday morning. Jaqueline Nicole Robinson of Gray Court was identified as the victim of the attack. Her body was found Tuesday morning…

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Fountain Inn man killed in Clinton shooting

Clinton Police are investigating a shooting death that happened Tuesday night on or near Academy Street. Kevern Dimone Simmons, 29, of Fountain Inn has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office as the victim in the shooting. He was found dead at in a grassy field inside his car near First Pentecostal Church on…

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