LCSO searching for Illinois fugitive

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve a warrant Thursday on a fugitive from Illinois, starting a manhunt in Waterloo after the man fled, leaving an infant behind. According to the LCSO, deputies were directed by a court order from Illinois to take custody of the infant after serving a warrant on Daniel Teitsort,…

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Truck driver killed in morning accident

The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed early Thursday morning after striking a felled tree on Highway 56 near Clinton. William Lee Weger, 58, died in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. Weger, who was driving a 2019 Freightliner, was a truck driver for Milliken. According…

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Calhoun-Ware fends off challenge; Little, Earle take District 55 seats

Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees Chair Susan Calhoun-Ware survived a challenge for her District 6 seat on the board during Tuesday night’s general election. Calhoun-Ware defeated David Underwood with 57.1 percent of the vote, receiving 794 total votes compared to 588 for Underwood. “I love giving my time, my energy and my…

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County approves Sunday alcohol sales

A referendum to allow Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated areas of Laurens County passed with just over 55 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s general election. The referendum passed with 10,961 votes (52.2 percent) for Sunday sales and 8,894 votes (44.8 percent) against it. With its approval, the referendum will allow alcohol sales in restaurants…

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McMaster, GOP sweep statewide elections

A Friday campaign stop in Gray Court en route to Greenville by Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith and running mate Mandy Norrell did little to help their upset bid against incumbent Henry McMaster. McMaster was elected South Carolina’s governor for the first time in Tuesday’s general election after ascending to the office following the resignation…

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Governor, U.S. District 3 on ballot for voters

South Carolinians will decide Tuesday whether to elect incumbent Henry McMaster as governor for the first time. McMaster, who ascended to the office two years ago upon Nikki Haley’s resignation to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, faces a challenge from Democrat James Smith. The gubernatorial election is atop a full slate of statewide…

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District 55 candidates vying for three seats

Voters in Laurens County School District 55 are being asked to make choices on three different seats on the District 55 Board of Trustees during Tuesday’s general election. The Nov. 6 local school board elections include five candidates vying for three seats in District 55 and three unchallenged incumbents in District 56. Tammy Stewart, Jan…

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Father, daughter arrested for incest

A father and daughter involved in what police termed a “consensual sexual relationship” have been charged with incest by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the LCSO, Katlyn Lauren Edwards gave birth to a child that was fathered by her father, James Travis Brown. The child died later at a medical facility in Charleston.…

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Sunday alcohol sales question has ballot snafu

Laurens County voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to allow alcohol sales on Sundays in unincorporated areas of the county, but that’s not what was supposed to be on the ballot. The phrase “unincorporated areas” was added to the question that appears on the General Election ballot, but the county’s ordinance calling for the…

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Halloween events eerily well, Walking Dead Woods closed

The ghosts and ghouls were out in full force on Halloween with the City of Laurens’ annual Boo in the Park event coupled with the Walking Dead Woods haunted trail presented by the Laurens Police Department at Ceramtec Park. Meanwhile, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Trunk or Treat at its headquarters on West…

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