Alleged cockfighting operation busted by LCSO

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested five people on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges, and investigators believe they were at least two of them were involved in a cockfighting operation on Hope Road in Gray Court. In all, the Laurens County Animal Control seized more than 400 animals, including 12 horses, 30 dogs,…

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Clark wins County Council District 3 Democratic Primary

For the first time in over 30 years, Laurens County District 3 will not be represented by someone with the last name McDaniel on county council. Shirley Clark won Tuesday’s Democratic Primary special election, handily defeating Lee McDaniel and William Kilgore, Jr. Clark will now face Republican Scott Tollison in the Sept. 21 special election.…

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Foreign Legion: Former Raiders team up for Post 20

At one point during Greenwood Post 20’s American Legion playoff victory over visiting Easley Monday night at John Nave Field, the bases were loaded with former Raiders. And Zach Faulkner, Zak Rice and Aidan Pridgen – all former Laurens District High standouts – all made it home, scoring on a calamity of pitching and defensive…

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Laurens mural takes top statewide award

The vibrant design, the spectrum of pastels, the 1950s postcard design all had a purpose. One of them was not necessarily winning statewide awards, but “Pride of the Piedmont” mural on Harper Street has done just that for Main Street Laurens. The mural won the Outstanding Project Award from Main Street SC, giving Laurens its…

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Shooting suspect arrested in York Co., returned to Clinton

A suspect in a March shooting incident was returned to Clinton after being arrested this past week in York County. Clinton Police had sought Gary Lee Jacks, 36, as a suspect in the shooting incident. Jacks has been charged with attempted murder in addition to possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent…

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New retailer headed to Laurens Historic Square

A new retailer is headed to the Laurens Historic Square and will occupy the former John Graham department store building on the north side of the square. Christie Finley, owner of the Southern Twist boutique and gift store located a few doors down from the planned Southern Trade Outfitters, said in a Facebook post that…

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Fibertex breaks ground on $49.5 million expansion

Construction crews were already hard at work in Gray Court this past Wednesday as Fibertex hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its $49.5 million expansion. The expansion project includes a new manufacturing facility that will add a new spunlace textile production line for Fibertex Nonwovens, which opened in Gray Court in 2016, as well as a…

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Woman killed in downtown Laurens wreck

A single-vehicle crash on West Main Street in Laurens claimed the life of a Laurens woman early Tuesday morning. Princess Kierra Fuller, 33, died in the crash about 1 a.m., according to Laurens County Chief Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. The wreck happened at First United Methodist Church near the Church Street intersection. Laurens Police Chief…

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Gray Court council reverses course on LCDC funding

The Gray Court Town Council was to meet Tuesday night at a special called meeting at town hall, approving a budget item to fund the Laurens County Development Corporation after initially cutting most of its funding from the town’s budget. Council also voted to approve a lease agreement with the S.C. Empowerment Centre, which is…

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SCDNR courtesy boat inspections set for July 4 holiday

COLUMBIA – In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the Independence Day holiday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will once again be conducting courtesy boat inspections at certain public boat landings around the state. The Fourth of July weekend is the year’s busiest weekend on state…

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