Laurens SC

Biden takes Laurens County in unofficial results

Laurens County, South Carolina – Laurens County went big for Joe Biden according to the unofficial results posted just before 9 p.m. by the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Laurens County. The polls opened at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. Of the 4,850 votes cast across Laurens County, 2,410,…

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Museum hosts Gospel program Friday for Black History Month

The  Laurens County Museum will celebrate African-American History Month with a concert of gospel music this Friday evening, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum’s Witherspoon Building, 116 South Public Square in Laurens. Featured groups for the “Give from the Heart Gospel Program” include The Tamesa Young Project from Greenville, The Gospel…

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1 year x 4: Laurens quads celebrate first birthday

Laurens, S.C. – What better way to represent how far their babies have come than to picture them with photos from one short year ago, when Dylan and Ashley Hernandez of Laurens were spending their days in the Self Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and welcoming prayers for their four premature babies. On Saturday they…

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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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