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When Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church started their search for a new pastor two years ago, they found a Hickory Tavern native that was led to return home. Alex Henderson has been the pastor of the church since July.

The GoLaurens Pet of the Week is a male Beagle mix. He has short hair and a great temperament.

Leah Lawson was named the 2014 Miss Laurens County, while Glenda Robinson took first runner up on Saturday evening at Laurens District High School. Heather Madden won Miss Laurens County Teen, with Brianna Hice as first runner up. They were crowned by the reigning Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller, of Mount Pleasant, who co-emceed the event with Jeff Parks.

The new SMG Self Regional Express Medical Care/Urgent Care Group has opened between Laurens and Clinton.

On Saturday evening, the Laurens County branch of the NAACP held its 37th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. “We Shall Not Be Moved” was the night’s theme. Toastmaster Lumus Byrd Jr. peppered the events with quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. T.E. “Bud” Marchant, president of Central Carolina Community College since 2008, has been selected as The Sanford Herald’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.

In recognition of its 75th anniversary in 2014, Laurens Electric Cooperative announced a community initiative called 75 Acts of Kindness.

“Together ... We Can” was the theme for Tuesday evening’s Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. The Master of Ceremonies was King Dixon, with Michael C. Riordan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Health System.

Terrorist survivor and founder of Strength to Strength, and New Jersey native, Sarri Singer spoke at Thursday's Rotary meeting.

This month, Hickory Tavern’s Kimberly Lollis Parrish launched her new book, “All the Way to Heaven and Back: Surviving the Loss of a Loved One.”  It is the culmination of years of grief and speaking about loss and living life afterwards.