Mistrial declared in fatal DUI case, jury hung

After deliberating for most of Friday afternoon, a jury was unable to return a verdict in a felony DUI case against a Gray Court woman, and a mistrial was declared just after 5 p.m. at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Pamela Michelle Tackett, 32, was charged with felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI with injury…

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Tackett testifies as fatal DUI trial closes

A Gray Court woman accused of killing a man on I-385 while driving under the influence of prescription drugs took the stand in her own defense Thursday afternoon on the fourth day of her trial at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Pamela Michelle Tackett, 32, was on the witness stand for more than two hours, saying…

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Peters appears in TBN documentary; District 55 gala a success

  Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent Stephen Peters made an appearance in recently released documentary that was produced and aired by Trinity Broadcasting Network. The nearly 30-minute long documentary called “Taking Care of Business – Education at a Crossroads” featured Peters and two other prominent educators as well as several students discussing the challenges…

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Jones wins Gray Court mayoral runoff

Gray Court has a new mayor for the first time since 1987. Stellartean Jones defeated Scott Cook in a runoff election Tuesday for the Town of Gray Court’s top post. Jones, a two-term councilwoman, finished with 126 votes while Cook had 85. “I was confident, and then I was anxious,” Jones said of her emotions…

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Trial in DUI fatality continues this week

A ghost of a Polish accent still punctuated the speech of Ireneusz Glodz as he described what he saw nearly a year ago as he and his family drove up I-385 toward Greenville. “It was like a flying man fell from the sky on the highway in front of us,” said Glodz, who said he immigrated to…

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Cross Hill shooting sends 2 to hospital

A domestic violence incident earlier today (Friday) in Cross Hill sent two people to the hospital. According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, a man arrived at his ex-wife’s home on Ballard Drive and opened fire before turning the gun on himself. A report from the LCSO said the woman was shot in the arm…

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Gray Court runoff for mayor set for Tuesday

  Voters in Gray Court will return to the polls Tuesday for a runoff in the town’s mayoral election. Scott Cook and Stellartean Jones are vying for the mayor’s office after emerging as the top two vote getters in the March 5 municipal election. Cook finished with 67 votes (37.6 percent) and Jones had 57…

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Elections board upholds ballots, candidate claims fraud

A former candidate for Clinton City Council’s District 2 seat continued to levy accusations against incumbent Shirley Jenkins following a protest hearing Friday morning in front of the Laurens County Voter Registration and Elections Board. Rosa Booker, who was the second-leading vote getter in a five-person race for the District 2 seat in Tuesday’s municipal…

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County Council to consider capital sales tax

The Laurens County Council has spent a great deal of time at its meetings so far in 2019 looking toward the future. At its March 26 meeting, council members will put part of it to a vote. At council’s Feb. 26 meeting, Chairman Mike Pitts announced the upcoming vote on a penny sales tax for…

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Booker protests Clinton District 2 results, hearing set

A protest hearing concerning Tuesday’s Clinton City Council election is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Laurens County Elections Office. Rosa Booker, one of five candidates for Clinton City Council District 2, filed an official protest this morning (Thursday) with William Adair, chairman of the Voter Registration and Elections Board. Incumbent Shirley Jenkins handily…

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