The new Mayor of Laurens set an immediate tone of hope and inspiration for the city after he was sworn in at City Hall on Tuesday.

Nathan Senn’s opening remarks were high-minded.

“In times where important things matter … all has to be dependent on faith,” he said. “In that hope, we find true hope and peace.

“We can be so much more than we have been. If not for your support, we wouldn’t be here. People tell me they are upbeat about Laurens again. Now we have to get the word out that Laurens is open for business.”

Senn’s first goal is to spruce the town up and get it ready to show off to businesses that might want to come here and to young people who might want to move here, or, in cases like the mayor’s, come back home. Senn is a member of a prominent Laurens family who came back home to practice law and, as it turned out, lead the city.

The new mayor, who narrowly defeated incumbent John Stankus in the March 5 municipal election, was the center of attention but not the only public servant sworn in. Johnny Kelly succeeds 12-year incumbent Sylvia Douglas, and councilors Johnnie Bolt and Martin Lowry were reelected without opposition. Lowry was elected Mayor Pro Tem.

The only other item on the agenda was a presentation by Jason Tavenner, director of the Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. He screened a short local video commemorating March as Disabilities Awareness Month.