Roberts testifies in own defense in VFW Bolt accessory trial

A morning of sometimes-contentious testimony in the trial of Brenda Roberts ended Wednesday before noon with Roberts taking the stand in her own defense. Roberts is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the 2003 murder and armed robbery of James Bolt at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Laurens. She is…

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1st trial begins in VFW Bolt murder

Nearly 14 years after the murder of James Bolt, the trial of a woman charged with accessory after the fact began Monday in 8th Circuit Court. Brenda Roberts, 65, was arrested in July of 2015 in Laurens County. About that same time, Arthur Jason “A.J.” Bowers, who was then living in Murrells Inlet, S.C., was…

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County retirees to voice insurance concerns

Retirees from Laurens County will have a chance to voice their opinions on their insurance coverage during Tuesday night’s Laurens County Council meeting. The Laurens County Council recently voted to enforce a policy that would shift the cost of some insurance premiums back to the retirees. Those retirees claim that the county is responsible for…

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Bike to School planned for E.B. Morse students

The Laurens Police Department is making plans for its inaugural Bike to School Day for students at E.B. Morse Elementary School on Tuesday, May 23. The ride to school will begin for kindergarten-through-fifth graders at 7:50 a.m. at Collyar Park. “We want to have a parade-style ride and encourage people to come out and cheer…

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2 more lives claimed on county roadways

Two more people were killed on Laurens County roadways this past week, bringing the total of highway deaths within county lines to 15 this year. Just before sunrise on Monday, Zahri Mahmoud Abozahri was struck while riding a bicycle on S.C. Highway 101 North about a half-mile south of I-385. Mahmoud, 22, of Gray Court,…

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Committee cuts architects for potential new LDHS to 2

A Laurens School District 55 committee composed of administrators and Board of Trustees member Robbie Bell narrowed a list of architects for a proposed new Laurens District High School down to two at a Thursday morning meeting. The two architectural firms chosen from 11 initial applications are Jumper-Carter-Sease Architects of West Columbia and SfL+a Architects…

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Clinton, Musgrove Mill prepare for golf, unknown

The staff at Musgrove Mill Golf Club knows what to expect and what to do when the men’s ACC Golf Tournament arrives in Clinton for the first time next week. But for the City of Clinton, it’s a new world filled with more ifs than whens. “This is all new for us,” said Clinton’s Amanda…

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Habitat to hold dedication, groundbreaking this Saturday

Laurens County Habitat for Humanity will hold a dedication for its newest home at 274 South Harper Street Extension in Laurens at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The April 8 event will also include a groundbreaking ceremony for Habitat’s next project at an adjacent lot. “We’ll be doing the groundbreaking on a lot right beside that…

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District 55, 56 to return early due to solar eclipse

Students in Laurens County District 55 Schools will return to school a few days earlier this August for what educators hope will be an out-of-this-world learning experience. The District 55 Board of Trustees voted at its March 27 meeting to shift the school calendar back so that students will report to school on Thursday, Aug.…

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