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Early primary voting for Democrats begins Jan. 22

By Judith Brown and John Clayton Laurens County, South Carolina – A reshuffling of the political calendar means South Carolina Democrats will be the first in the nation to cast their ballots in the 2024 Democratic Presidential Primary Election. South Carolina moved ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire on the calendar. The Iowa Caucuses have…

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ROTR back with great crowds and Clinton’s Got Talent

The 2023 version of Rhythm on the Rails had great crowds and great music, and with a ton of work by city staff, Clinton’s community event planner Dianne Wyatt was very pleased with the results. “Friday had especially good crowds,” Wyatt said. “A lot of people came out to support everyone at Clinton’s Got Talent,…

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Big Air Trampoline Park and bowling alley headed to Laurens

Laurens, South Carolina – With the planned opening this winter of a Big Air USA Trampoline Park venue, Laurens County will have new options for family fun without having to leave the county. Jake Cooper, owner of Riverside Garages on West Main and North Harper streets in Laurens, has just signed off on a Big…

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Laurens’ Juneteenth celebrated ‘spirit of freedom and unity’

Laurens, SC – The City of Laurens held its second annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, and organizers were pleased to see not only a diverse crowd but also a wide range of ages celebrating the meaning of Juneteenth, and the joy and freedom the holiday represents. “I believe the great attendance reflected an excitement to…

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Joanna Spring Festival on tap for this Saturday

Joanna, South Carolina – The Joanna Spring Festival Committee has rescheduled its annual festival for Saturday, June 17, and the committee still has plenty of space for certain vendors. “We don’t need any more food vendors but we still have plenty of space for vendors who don’t require electricity,” said festival committee member Donna Price.…

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Roadways, rivers benefit from record spring cleanups

Laurens County, South Carolina – With more than 200 volunteers participating, April’s various cleanup events throughout the county appears to have brought in the highest amount of trash ever collected from Laurens County roadways within a single month. While the year-old  Keep Laurens County Beautiful affiliate has encouraged volunteer cleanup events several times a year,…

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City of Laurens seeks volunteer board, commission members

Laurens, South Carolina – The City of Laurens is seeking city residents who are interested in filling four different volunteer commissions, and it hopes to have all applications in by June 1, said Planning and Development Director Madison Workman. “In March council gave City Administrator Eric Delgado the authority to restructure all the three boards…

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Tonight’s Sip&Stroll has music, shopping and wine tasting

Laurens, South Carolina – Tickets are still available for Main Street Laurens’ annual Sip & Stroll on the Historic Courthouse Square tonight  from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-stroll-wine-tasting-tickets-586395724397?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse. With 20 participating businesses, it’s among the largest of the downtown shopping and wine tasting events so far, said Main Street…

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