Body discovered, LCSO searching for victim’s vehicle

The body of a York County woman was discovered in a rural area near Ekom Beach Road Saturday, and now the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for her vehicle. The LCSO identified the victim as Michelle Marie Dodge of York County. According to a release Monday from the LCSO, the victim’s vehicle – a…

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Laurens company fined for violation of labor law

A Laurens-based company has been forced to pay nearly $35,000 to a former employee by the U.S. Department of Labor for illegally firing the employee. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor, Alupress LLC – a manufacturing subsidiary of Alupress AG – has paid $34,538 to a former employee after the U.S. Department of Labor’s…

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Library closes due to broken AC, extreme heat

The Laurens Library will close at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 19 and will be closed on Saturday, July 20 due to broken air conditioning at the library. Director Ann Szypulski said, “Four out of six of our air conditioning units are out of service, and with the extreme heat expected this afternoon and tomorrow,…

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Tackett found guilty in felony DUI cases, given 15 years

It took a Laurens County jury just under 90 minutes Thursday at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex to convict Pamela Michelle Tackett of Gray Court on two counts of felony DUI and on a related charge of child endangerment. Afterward, Circuit Judge Roger Couch sentenced Tackett to 15 years in prison for felony DUI with death in…

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Retrial begins in felony DUI case

A second trial of a Gray Court woman charged with felony DUI in the death of a man working near Exit 19 on I-385 and the serious injury of another got under way Monday. The first trial in March ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict as to…

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2 traffic fatalities in county over weekend

After more than two months without a traffic fatality in Laurens County, two people died on local highways over the weekend. A 21-year-old Leesville man was killed on I-26 Friday afternoon after colliding with a tractor trailer, and a Clinton woman died in a single-car crash Saturday morning near on Hurricane Church Road near Clinton.…

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Council creates career ladder, pay scale for EMS

The Laurens County Council voted unanimously to put together a career ladder and standardize pay for the county’s EMS employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night. County Administrator Jon Caime said the new organizational chart and pay scale for EMS workers will help retention within the agency. “This career ladder will help people give people…

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Nash remembered as county leader, servant

Friends and colleagues remembered Ted Goodwin Nash as a “Fountain Inn man through and through” following the former long-time Laurens County Councilman’s death this past week. Nash, 81, died on Thursday, July 4. He was laid to rest Sunday at Harmony Baptist Church in Fountain Inn. Nash’s health had been in decline for some time.…

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Patterson wins Dist. 4 seat in landslide

Brown Patterson had been active behind the scenes in local politics for some time, watching and absorbing the issues facing Laurens County. Soon, he will have a chance to put that information to use. On Tuesday, Patterson won the Republican Primary election for the District 4 seat on Laurens County Council, defeating Jennifer Garrett in…

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County Council Dist. 4 GOP Primary set for Tuesday

The Republican Primary election between Laurens County Council District 4 candidates Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson is set for Tuesday, July 9. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. With only GOP candidates Patterson and Garrett running for the District 4 seat, the winner of the primary election will be the presumed…

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