upstate SC

Doves fly at FOTD as Hospice brings 400 cyclists to Clinton

Walt Willard and Claire Hamanaka of Hidden Lake at Cross Hill are typically riding along with other tandem bicyclists at rides like the Georgia Tandem Rally or the Southern Tandem Rally in Greenwood held in September.      This past Saturday, Aug. 10, however, they were among the 400 cyclists from Laurens County, across South Carolina,…

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City of Clinton offers warnings about upcoming heat

Clinton, S.C. – With a 10-day forecast including heat indexes above 100 degrees and daytime temps in the upper 90’s, the City of Clinton is warning residents to check on family and friends, especially the young and elderly who may have more difficulty in the extreme weather. The office of the City Manager encouraged residents to avoid exposure by drinking plenty…

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Unwelcome guest crashes Laurens pool

Laurens, S.C. – A West Main Street, Laurens, couple was awakened early this morning when the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed through a wall and into their swimming pool. “It was a stolen vehicle from outside the county and we always get a BOLO (be on the lookout) through central dispatch,” said Laurens Police Chief…

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Weekend volunteers sought for Ford Playground installation

Laurens, S.C. – Volunteer opportunities are available Saturday and Sunday at Ford Elementary School, which will be getting a full scale playground thanks to a grassroots effort and a matching gift from District 55. The vision for a playground and fundraising began the first week of June following a visit to the Lucas Avenue, Laurens…

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Laurens County Master Gardener Course Offered

Laurens, SC – Starting Aug. 13, and going through the fall, the Clemson University Extension Service will be offering a Master Gardener Program in Laurens County.  The Program will be held once each week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will last for 17 weeks. The purpose of this program is…

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CPW gets DHEC approval and begins treatment as geosmin levels rise

  Laurens, South Carolina – Tuesday morning the water treatment staff at the Laurens Commission of Public Works were finally given approval by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to add Earth Tech, the first of its planned treatment systems to decrease the high geosmin levels in the water coming in from Lake Rabon.…

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Clinton contingency riding to fight Alzheimer’s

  Almost 340 cyclists this morning are making a stop in Laurens County along their 252-mile, three-day journey in a fundraising ride for the South Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. A four-member team from the Laurens County Cycle Club is part of the group filling small backroads of South Carolina in “A Ride to Remember,” which is in…

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Quaint evening parades, fireworks set for long holiday, July 3-5

Local residents don’t need to leave the county to find patriotic Fourth of July celebrations, as there are several options for fun. Two events take place this evening, Wednesday, July 3. • The City of Laurens is hosting its annual Riverfront Freedom Festival, with Laurens-based band, Outshyne performing from 7-9 p.m. After a patriotic tribute, fireworks…

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Laurens’ Parks and Rec offers family movie tonight, concert Saturday, Freedom Fest

Laurens, South Carolina – The Little River Amphitheater, 205 Gordon Street, Laurens, will be the spot for a family movie tonight, Friday, June 28, night, a Saturday night family concert tomorrow and the annual Laurens Freedom Festival, offering plenty of entertainment options this week by the City of Laurens’ Department of Parks and Recreation. The first event…

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Peaches, veggies on tap as Laurens Downtown Farmers Market opens

Laurens, South Carolina – Last weekend’s Saturday morning storms didn’t materialize as forecasters predicted, and the Downtown Farmers Market was one of several events which postponed plans based on the weather reports. One advantage, however, is that another week has provided more time for vegetables and fruit to ripen, and Coggins peaches will also be…

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