Laurens SC

NAACP speaker stresses need for ‘street view’ of injustice

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a clear view of injustice because he lived among the people who experienced it, and former Ohio Senator Nina Turner said that same vantage point is required to ever bring about change. Turner served as the keynote speaker Saturday night, Jan. 18, as the Laurens County…

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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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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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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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‘3rd-generation merchant’ closing shop at Midtown Paint

Laurens, S.C. – While the level of activity has ebbed and flowed during the past hundred years, generations of hard workers have continued the tradition of running businesses in the historic downtown, and with the sale of Midtown Paint Shop, the third-generation retailer next to City Hall is closing its doors this month after 50…

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Thursday PMPA meeting offers solution for supplemental power discord

Update note: Includes broader supplemental power agreements description. While the city councils of Laurens and Clinton handled an issue in very different ways, both councils approved resolutions this week ahead of a Thursday morning, Nov. 21, meeting of the Piedmont Municipal Power Authority. At issue is the supplemental power agreements that the 10 cities have…

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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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Library sets Sunday afternoon for public birthday drop-in

Laurens County Library is celebrating 30 years in its location on West Main Street in Laurens, and the Friends of the Library is hosting a party and the public is invited Sunday, Nov. 17 for a drop-in from 3 to 5 p.m. The non-profit Friends of the Library is welcoming the public for refreshments, door…

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LCPW acts ahead of more PMPA concerns

Commissioners with the Laurens Commission of Public Works voted Monday evening to allow CPW General Manager John Young to make a request of Laurens City Council regarding a Piedmont Municipal Power Agency contract. The commissioners took action following a lengthy executive session, voting to request that Young ask city council for the authority to cancel…

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