Upstate South Carolina

Peaceful protest in Laurens as residents speak for justice

Laurens, South Carolina – At least 75 Laurens County residents gathered on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse Square early Monday evening, June 1, as the president of the Laurens County Branch of the NAACP spoke at a “Peaceful Rally” to honor George Floyd, the man who died after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed…

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Fibertex, Jostens make moves to combat COVID-19

Shortages of medical supplies such as protective masks, shields and other equipment have prompted at least two local industries to join the effort to combat COVID-19. Gray Court-based Fibertex Nonwoves and Jostens in Laurens are both refocusing production lines to help lessen the shortfalls in medical equipment. Fibertex Vice President Darryl Fournier said business as…

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Power crews head out to assist after Dorian

Crews from Laurens Electric Cooperative (LEC) and Laurens Commission of Public Works (LCPW) left early Friday morning to assist utility companies struggling to get customers’ power back up after Dorian’s sweep through the South Carolina Lowcountry and Midlands, which is good news for the more than 202,000 electric customers who were still without power Friday morning. Six…

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High speed chase ends with wreck in Laurens

First update –  8:15 p.m. Laurens , South Carolina – According to reports, a white Chevy Caprice crashed into a tree near SC Hwy 14 following a high speed chase through and near Laurens City limits shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Officers were seen searching the area for the car’s occupants. Laurens City Police Chief…

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District 55 requires clear bags for athletic, other events

By John Clayton Editor      Laurens, South Carolina – A new policy requiring clear bags for athletic and other events at some Laurens District 55 schools went into place this week with the opening of the school year.    In a release, District 55 officials said the move to require the clear bags is over…

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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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