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Using the “2-finger touch”, children stopping by the Laurens County Library on Wednesday got acquainted with a few not-so-furry friends.

Adult obesity, adult smoking, low birth rate and physical inactivity are all percentages in which Laurens County recorded a higher rate than the state average. Fortunately, multiple agencies, grant teams and child nutrition experts are beginning to make an impact for the better due in part to wellness programs and community education.

Following a second vote of approval by the Greenville Water System board, the Laurens County Water Sewer Commission will lock in additional capacity for the next several decades. The move by the LCWSC is part of an effort to ensure enough resources in anticipation of industry growth in the northern end of Laurens County.

Laurens County Council unanimously approved funding requests for both a local youth sports team and industrial park as part of their agenda on Tuesday.

The high turnout at last week’s celebration of the Hickory Tavern Fire Department was a true testament to what the devoted volunteers mean day in and day out to the small community. Dozens of residents joined past and present HTFD firefighters on July 18 to commemorate the department’s 35 years of service and protection.

If you haven’t been able to make a trip to your nearest beach this summer, be sure to stop by downtown Clinton this Thursday to hear The Embers.

Raider students and parents will need to mark their calendars for important back-to-school dates at Laurens District 55 High.

Springfield Missionary Baptist Church invites locals to enjoy a parade and talent show this weekend.

A flurry of costume and mic fittings greeted young actors as they arrived at the Gilliam Center for Monday’s dress rehearsal of “Annie”. With the curtain rising this week on the Laurens County Community Theatre’s inaugural show of the 2013 season, they wasted no time getting down to the business of perfecting well-known numbers in order to portray the orphans’ “hard-knock life”.

Free live entertainment returns to Little River Park this Thursday with a band that will play its first-ever show at the Laurens Amphitheater.