Jury finds LCSO not to blame in 2011 murder

  A Laurens County jury agreed Friday that the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was not to blame in the 2011 death of Nicole Kingsborough. Minnie Kingsborough, the mother of Nicole, filed a lawsuit against the LCSO, accusing the department of negligence that led to the death of her daughter. In the suit, which was brought…

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McRaney death ruled ‘justifiable homicide’

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Michael Eric McRaney after local law enforcement ruled the Sunday, Nov. 5 incident a justifiable homicide. McRaney, 35, was shot and killed just after midnight on Nov. 5. Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident at 12:45 a.m. McRaney was pronounced…

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County telcom audit nets $62k in savings

A much-ballyhooed communications audit contracted by the Laurens County Council identified more than $60,000 in savings for the county, according to a report given to council at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Billy Wilson, purchasing director for the county, reported to council members that the Spyglass Audit discovered $62,423.16 in potential savings. That amount has…

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Four-way stop opens on U.S. 76 near LDHS

State Department of Transportation officials are hoping a four-way stop near Laurens District High School on U.S. Highway 76 at Dial Place Road and Trinity Church Road will be at least a temporary solution to an ongoing problem. The SCDOT installed a four-way stop at the intersection that went into use Monday morning. “We’ve tried…

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3 deaths on county roadways over past 5 days

A deadly week on Laurens County roads claimed three lives over the past five days, including that of a 24-year-old woman from Laurens. Somila McDowell, 24, died early Saturday morning following a single-car wreck on Old Milton Road in Clinton. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, McDowell, of Spring Street in Laurens, was traveling north…

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Charges yet to be filed in McRaney homicide

Deputies from Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating a shooting that occurred just after midnight Sunday morning. Michael Eric McRaney, 35, was shot and killed, and the incident was ruled a homicide after an autopsy was performed. As of Tuesday morning, the LCSO had not named a suspect or person of interest in the…

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District 55 schools to host Veterans Day events

Schools in Laurens County School District 55 will be observing Veterans Day throughout the coming week. Following is a list of the dates, times, schools, and some activities E.B. Morse Elementary will host a reception for veterans at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Following the reception, the school will have an indoor parade…

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LDHS locked down after report of pellet gun

Laurens District High School was placed under lockdown just before dismissal Thursday afternoon after reports of a gun on campus. Administrators and deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded and found a student in possession. The student was removed from class and admitted to having a pellet gun in his book bag. The pellet…

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Animal Control expansion under way

Laurens County Animal Control recently broke ground on a long-awaited expansion for the facility, which will include a new building with 16 new kennels. The expansion is funded by an agreement among Laurens County and the cities of Laurens and Clinton. Laurens and Clinton are funding half of the $104,000 project. “This week, we hoping…

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Investigation leads to contraband arrests

A drug investigation in Waterloo led to the arrests of two men who are alleged to be part of an illegal operation that sent large amounts of contraband to South Carolina prisons. Joshua George John, of Greenwood, and Travis Kemp, of Waterloo, were arrested Friday on multiple drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop…

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