LCSO deputy charged with domestic violence

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave without pay after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in neighboring Greenwood County. Sgt. Jeremy McMahan was arrested Saturday night by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office and charged with second-degree domestic violence. He was transported to the Greenwood County Detention Center and has…

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Ware Shoals schools receive threats

  Law enforcement officers from Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville and Ware Shoals were on hand Tuesday morning as the bell rang for classes at Ware Shoals District 51 Schools. For the second time in a matter of days, threats of violence were made against the schools online. Three people are now under arrest in the Greenwood…

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Suspect in domestic incident in custody

A suspect in a domestic violence incident Sunday, March 12 morning in Laurens turned himself into Laurens Police Friday, March 17. Antonio Marquiese Hunter, of Garlington Street in Laurens, allegedly fired a gun on Fleming Street before returning to his apartment on Garlington Road. Police followed Hunter to the apartment but were unable to locate him.…

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Fire destroys Cross Hill home

Firefighters from Laurens and Greenwood counties responded to a mobile home fire near Cross Hill Thursday afternoon, but were unable to save the structure. According to Laurens County Director of Fire Services Greg Lindley, the residents at 66 South Drive in Cross Hill were at home, but uninjured in the blaze. A cause of the…

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Fountain Inn woman dies from injuries in Feb. 17 wreck

A Fountain Inn woman died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a Feb. 17 traffic accident on North Old Laurens Road. Hattie Anita Johnson, 50, of Boyd Street, Fountain Inn, was involved in a single-car accident about a mile north of Gray Court just before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. According to the S.C.…

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Bishop wins Cross Hill mayor race, Jones is top vote getter for council

Long-time Cross Hill town councilman Randy Bishop was elected the town’s mayor in Tuesday night’s election, which also seated two new council members along with two incumbents. Bishop defeated political newcomer Bobby Kersey, 69-10, earning 85.2 percent of the mayoral vote. Newcomer Beverly Lindsay Jones was the top vote getter among six people vying for…

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Waterloo principal moved to district post

Waterloo Elementary School Principal Taria McIntosh (nee Taria Stokes) is being transferred to a district-level position effective for the remainder of the school year, according to a press release Friday afternoon from Laurens School District 55. Jennifer Abercrombie, who is currently assistant principal at E.B. Morse Elementary will take over as interim principal at Waterloo.…

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Violent storm wreaks havoc in county

A mild, sunny day, typical of this un-wintry winter, gave way to violent thunderstorms Wednesday evening that left thousands of Laurens County residents without electricity and some with damaged property. A massive storm front, which included heavy winds, rain and hail in some areas, rolled through the county after 6 p.m. That’s when Kenneth and…

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Laurens man pleads in federal court

A Laurens man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Greenville to charges stemming from a robbery of a drug store in Laurens. Iquill Wayne Morrison, 22, pleaded guilty to obstruction of commerce by robbery and to use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Morrison, who was being held in the Laurens County…

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Laurens City Council lessens pay increase

Laurens City Council amended and approved second reading of an ordinance Wednesday that will give the mayor and council members pay increases. The amended ordinance will grant $100 monthly increases for council members and the mayor. The original ordinance asked for $300 increases across the board in monthly stipends, which would have meant increases of…

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