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City of Laurens presents its first Juneteenth Festival Saturday

Laurens, S.C. – The City of Laurens is presenting its inaugural Juneteenth Festival, which is planned for Saturday, June 18, on the Historic Downtown Square and features entertainment, speakers and a commemorative candlelight ceremony remembering those who suffered under slavery. The festival wraps up with a performance by The Band LevelZ from 7 to 9…

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LPD Chief Latimore to lead U.S. Marshals Service in state

Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore is leaving her post with the LPD to become the U.S. Marshal for South Carolina. The LPD announced Latimore’s nomination for the top spot in the U.S. Marshals Service in the District of South Carolina Monday night with a social media post. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Latimore will…

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District 55 board adopts modified calendar for 23/24 school year

Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens District 55 School Board on Monday night approved a change to a Modified School Year Calendar starting with the 2023/24 school year, meaning children will get eight weeks of summer vacation instead of ten weeks under the traditional schedule. In a presentation by Assistant Supt. for Pupil Services Jody Penland, the…

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Covid cases force closure of Laurens City Hall until Wednesday morning

Laurens, S.C.  – On Monday morning, Laurens City Manager Eric Delgado announced the temporary closure or Laurens City Hall effective immediately after city employees tested positive for Covid. The office will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday morning, May 25. “Essential services will not be affected,” Delgado said. “Payments will still be accepted online, or…

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Teacher discovers handgun at Laurens Elementary

A loaded handgun was discovered Friday morning in a classroom at Laurens Elementary School, Laurens County School District 55 officials reported. The weapon was discovered by a teacher who notified the School Resource Officer, an officer with the Laurens Police Department. The LPD will hold a press conference concerning the incident at 2 p.m. today…

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NBC’s ‘Today Show’ spot extends reach of The Echo Project

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. David Kennedy and his congregation’s Echo Project have been on the national stage before, and that was the case again Tuesday morning when Kennedy was interviewed by The Today Show host Craig Melvin for the beginning of Black History Month. Melvin visited Laurens in the fall to begin filming the five-minute…

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