Laurens SC

County condemns mausoleum at Forest Lawn

Laurens, S.C.  – After months working to get the owner of Forest Lawn Mausoleum to make badly needed repairs, Chuck Bobo, the director of Building Codes for Laurens County, placed a condemned notice  on the structure today, Tuesday, July 27. “We have been working with South Carolina Labor, Licensing and Regulations Agency and have written…

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Immunity for parents, Safe Haven for babies

The South Carolina Department of Social Services announced this month that earlier in April an infant born at Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital had been surrendered to Laurens County Sheriff Deputies and then to DSS under Daniel’s Law, the name for the state’s Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act. Daniel’s Law was established after a…

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The new debate – Allergies or COVID?

April 15, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – Yellow pollen clouds aren’t quite as thick as they were a week or so ago but allergy season is still in full swing, and the “Is it COVID or is it allergies?” question is a common thread in conversations in workplaces and in doctors’ offices. Dr. Nate Benitez with…

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New business to pay homage to legacy of Historic Square

Laurens will soon have a tap room, and brothers Wade and Wes Meetze have let the historic downtown building dictate both the style and the name of their planned tap room, Palmetto Brothers Dispensary. The tap room is set to open in early May at 115 W. Public Square in what for many years was…

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Incumbents roll in city elections

In Tuesday’s municipal elections, outlying towns in the county had several uncontested races, while campaigning had been strong for council seats within the cities of Laurens and Clinton, but incumbents held on in every race. All vote totals were unofficial until they certified Thursday by the board of elections, said Laurens County Voter Registration director…

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Churches partner to bring about home after 2020 storm

A partnership between Upstate church congregations and the love and assistance of friends and family culminated in a prayerful dedication service last week for a new home for Bill Stephens. “It’s perfect,” Stephens said following the time of prayer. “It’s all I need.” Stephens had not been as confident on April 13 when he was…

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