LCSO investigating double homicide in Laurens

A double homicide that occurred Saturday night in Laurens is still under investigation by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Two men were shot and killed during a block party on the 200 block of Winette Street in Laurens. The victims were identified as Roydrecilous Irby, 26, and Sidney Speaks, 43. Irby and Speaks were transported…

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Crash causes power outage in Waterloo

Power was restored by 9:20 a.m. Thursday after the crash of a box truck on U.S. 221 near Waterloo disrupted service. The crash downed power lines and caused a power outage in the area, including at Waterloo Elementary School. Laurens School District 55 officials said Waterloo Elementary began school without power, but Duke Energy crews…

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CHS ‘Hairspray JR.’ production ends this weekend

Some 400 people have already experienced the Clinton High School’s production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” adaptation and more will have the chance this weekend as “Hairspray JR.” returns to the CHS Auditorium for its second and final week with three shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “It went really, really well,” said director Valerie Wiltberger,…

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LCSO’s Coates named Police Officer of the Year

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mickey Coates called being named the 2017 Laurens County Police Office of the Year Tuesday afternoon the “cherry on top” of a long career. “This is such an honor,” Coates said after being presented the award by 2016 winner Lt. Tyrone Goggins of Clinton Public Safety. “I’m doing what I…

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Local prison chaplain killed in car accident

A Laurens resident died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 76 and Barnes Road in Laurens County. Stuart Allen Edmisten, of Wilson Road in Laurens, wrecked just before 8 a.m. and was flown by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. Edmisten was the…

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Shooting suspect surrenders, denied bond

A Simpsonville man is in Laurens County’s Johnson Detention Center and facing attempted murder charges after surrendering to authorities Monday. David Jerome Bulter, 43, remained at large over the weekend following an early morning shooting Friday at the YanFeng Manufacturing plant in Fountain Inn. Butler was taken into custody by Simpsonville Police and transferred to the…

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Man sought in Fountain Inn plant shooting

A Simpsonville man is still at large and considered armed and dangerous after an early morning shooting Friday at the YanFeng Manufacturing plant in Fountain Inn. David Jerome Butler, 43, allegedly injured two people in the shooting just before 6 a.m. Friday. Butler, a 5-foot-9, 186-pounds black male, may be driving a 2009 blueish-green Ford…

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District 55 study breaks down tax impact of referendum

A study recently completed by Laurens County School District 55 breaks down the cost of a proposed bond referendum for property owners in Laurens County. As part of the analysis, the district also put together a comparison of average property-tax rates in counties surrounding Laurens. The proposed referendum requests taxpayers approve $109 million in bond…

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Police Officer of the Year nominees announced

Officers from each of the county’s three law-enforcement agencies have been nominated for Laurens County Police Officer of the Year. The officers will be recognized and the winner announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 16. The event is open to the public. Each nominee will receive various gift certificates and a recognition plaque. The…

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‘Prank Day’ turns to vandalism at Clinton High

UPDATE, May 3, 2017: Some 15 Clinton High School seniors have been suspended for their roles in pranks that escalated to vandalism Thursday night and some could face criminal charges. CHS Principal Maureen Tiller said what began as a few pranks outside the building such as painting windows shut and putting syrup on door handles…

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