In & Around Laurens County

CHAMBER & MORE, added: 2 from Library: LCCC will welcome members


The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will start off the new year by welcoming these new business members with ribbon-cuttings during January:

-- Fleetwood Pharmacy, 100D Fleming St., Laurens, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.;

-- The Coffee Roost, inside the Artists’ Coop, 113 East Laurens St., Laurens, Thursday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.;

-- TNB Financial Services, 103 East Pitts St., Clinton, Thursday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.

The Chamber has welcomed 48 businesses as its newest members. See


CNNGA Board Meeting

The Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority Board of Directors meeting will be Thursday (Jan. 4), 6 p.m. in the Clinton office. The meetings are usually held the last Tuesday of every month with the location alternating between the Clinton and Newberry offices. Meeting notices are posted in each office the week prior to the meeting.


Republican Party Meeting

Laurens County Republican Party is meeting on Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 pm at Laurens Library, 1017 W. Main St. Guest speaker is William Herlong, Candidate for SC Attorney General. The public is invited to attend.

(Note: The Library is not a sponsor of this event.)


Next Step Activities

Next Step, a fellowship community for widowed persons in Laurens County, will hold it regular meeting at Roma’s on the Square in Laurens on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. No reservations needed.

Activity for January is to attend the Laurens County Community Theatre performance of “Lying in State” on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 pm Members who do not have season tickets should call 833-5228 to reserve a ticket or purchase your at the door. This promises to be a fun show to attend!

Contact Edith Davis, president, for further information; e-mail or call 984-4535.


Writers Association Meeting


NEWBERRY - A new chapter of the South Carolina Writers Association has been established in Newberry. A meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, noon - 2 p.m. at the Newberry County Library. Established in 1990, the association is a literary arts organization serving new and established writers, and nearly every type of writing is represented, from poetry to mainstream novels, to short stories to non-fiction. Membership is open to anyone at least 18 years of age.


Fire Safety Training

Carolina Gardens Senior Living at Laurens will offer a fire safety training Thursday, Jan. 11, 2 pm (it lasts about two hours) at the facility, 420 West Farley Ave., Laurens. The training is being led by DHEC’s Health and Facilities Construction Division. A Fire and Life Safety Program Coordinator will lead the session. Anyone interested in attending call contact Natalie Fleck at 864-984-9844, or e-mail:


LCCT’s Next Production

The next production of Laurens County Community Theatre will be “Lying In State” on Jan. 12, 13, 18 and 19, curtain 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 20, 3 p.m. matinee at the Gillam Center for the Performing Arts, Thornwell campus, 203 West Calhoun St., Clinton. 

“Seussical Jr.” will be the next youth production in late February-early March, followed by “Charlotte’s Web” in April. Info: 864-833-5228.


MLK Day Celebration

Thomas Sanders High School Alumni Association will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13, noon at Sanders Middle School, 609 Green St., Laurens. Guest speaker: Rev. Gladys Byrd Nance, Class of 1968 Valedictorian. More than 20 vendors in the gym, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Info: Mrs. Elma C. Morrison, president, 864-981-1738.


41st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The Laurens County Branch of the NAACP has scheduled the 41st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet for Saturday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. in Springfield Baptist Church, Jersey Street, Laurens. Keynote speaker will be Lewis H. Nelson, Jr. of the Columbia area, in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets:

George Casey……………..963-2020

Doris Hamilton……………316-0208

Carolyn Beasley Shortt.…..682-5228

Adolphus Brewster…….…682-0306

Betty Beasley…………..…682-5293.


It’s “Game On” at the Library: Calling all teens ages 12-18: Come join the Afternooners at the Laurens County Public Library for “Game On!” on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. 

Challenge your friends to board and video games. Pizza and drinks will be served. Teen programming is free and open to students. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend all programs. Adults must be accompanied by a teen.

The Laurens County Library is happy to offer a welcoming environment to students who come in after school. The library has resources for study, both traditional and online, as well as comfortable areas for social interaction. As always, when in the library, it is recommended that students have their library card with them to be able to access the full range of resources available. As program dates approach, more information will be released, but patrons can also call the Laurens Public Library at 864-681-7323 or visit    


Stuffed Animal Sleepover Set at the Library: In their continuing partnership, the Laurens County Library and Laurens County First Steps will be putting on a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, Stuffed Animal Sleepover, at the Laurens Library on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 24. 

On the evening of January 23rd 5-7 p.m., parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children to the library to drop off a stuffed animal. The children are encouraged to fill out an emergency contact form in case their stuffed friend needs them. Once dropped off, the stuffed animals will get ready for bed, have story time, and be tucked in by trained library staff. The next morning January 24th, the children are invited back for a special story time with their stuffed animals. There will be breakfast snacks provided by Bojangles of Laurens and a presentation of pictures of the previous night’s mischief.

Whether or not a child has dropped off a stuffed animal, all children are welcome to attend the Wednesday morning story and participate in snacks and stories. Each child will receive a free book provided by Laurens County First Steps. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten helps to provide a word-rich environment, increasing a child’s exposure to a wide variety of books and promoting the child’s use of the library – a gold mine of free material available to community members. Family members are encouraged to count each book read to a child by a parent, grandparent, older sibling or anyone else. Since many children will ask for the same book to be read many times, parents may count every book read every time it is read.

The Laurens County Library and Laurens County First Steps have dedicated themselves to family engagement and early literacy. The Laurens County Library Youth Services is happy to offer a welcoming environment for children and their families. The library has resources for parents as well as grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. For information on 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and other story time programming, patrons may call the Laurens Public Library at 864-681-7323 or visit


Guardian ad Litem 

The season of giving is upon us and there is no better gift than giving back to your community.

Being a volunteer with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program allows you to give a short amount of your time to an abused and neglected child in Laurens County all year round. The joy you will receive knowing you made a difference in the life of a child is priceless.

Through the shared efforts of the Guardian ad Litem and various county partners, the child’s feeling of uncertainty is lessened by ensuring they have a voice. By volunteering, you can make a deep and lasting impact on a deserving child who is need of help.

Being a Guardian ad Litem volunteer means you are the eyes and ears for a judge and the person who tells the child’s story to the court. The goal for all of the children we serve is a safe, permanent home.

To volunteer, you must be at least 21 years old, be able to pass background and reference checks and successfully complete the free 30-hour training. The next training session for Laurens County will be Jan. 22 – Feb. 26. Please go to to learn more.

Now is the time to start thinking about your 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Make a meaningful one by volunteering approximately four to five hours a month working with abused and neglected children in Laurens County.


Laurens SC Works Center

The Laurens SC Works Center has moved from the Laurens Public Library to the Laurens County Adult Education Center at 1029 West Main St., Laurens.

The new location will allow the center to increase its hours of operations. The location’s new hours and days of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the center, call 864-681-1605.

SC Works provides all jobseekers with career counseling, job referrals, testing and training services, and resume-writing assistance. With centers located in every region of the state, employment representatives are available to help jobseekers find the resources, services and job opportunities that will help them find work.


Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra 

The Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra (FISO) recently launched its new website:

The updated website is reconstructed with a completely new design, aligned with an elevated brand image, including a new logo, that was established in print materials for the orchestra’s current season. 

“This new site is a reflection the exciting new direction the orchestra is taking,” Brian Gencarelli, FISO Board President, said. “We are dedicated to bringing the arts to as many people in the Upstate as possible and providing our patrons with an online platform to connect with and learn from will help us achieve that goal.”

The individual webpages share details of each performance and the home page recognizes season sponsors. There is increased prominence for the “Support” functionality, as the site allows online donations that are much needed to further the FISO mission. Links to FISO’s social media channels are also featured on the site to support ongoing engagement with FISO activities.

The Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra exists to enrich Fountain Inn’s diverse community by presenting outstanding programming and engaging performances that inspire, entertain and educate. As Younts Center for Performing Arts’ resident orchestra, the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra (FISO) shall be an ensemble dedicated to the joyful pursuit of excellence through innovative programming ranging from pop favorites to masterworks and new compositions, all with the purpose of connecting the enjoyment of music to people’s lives. To learn more, call the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra at 864-409-1050, or visit the website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



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