Gran Fondo cycling event set for Michelin Proving Grounds

  More than 100 cyclists are expected to visit Laurens County Saturday for the 2nd Annual Gimme 3 Gran Fondo. Laurens Police Department Officer Jody Thibodeau said around 120 cyclists have registered online for the event, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Michelin Proving Grounds “We’re doing more options this year,” Thibodeau said. “We’re…

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Capital sales tax commission members chosen

The Laurens County Council needed several ballots and two separate discussions in executive session, but finally filled out the six-member commission that will oversee next year’s Capital Sales Tax Referendum. The referendum will be on the ballot for county voters in the 2020 General Election in November of next year. The proposed referendum will add…

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Boy missing from Clinton located after search

A 12-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday evening from 93 Human Services Road in Clinton, which is the address of the Department of Social Services, was located hours later. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said Hunter Edge, walked away from the address wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans around 6 p.m. Tuesday night. The…

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Gray Court man charged in Exxon armed robbery

A Gray Court man remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday after being arrested and charged with armed robbery by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the LCSO, Crerousia Smith, 43, allegedly robbed the Exxon gas station on Highway 14 in Gray Court at knifepoint. The LCSO said Smith demanded money while wielding a…

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Post 25 celebrates reminder of ‘who we are’

Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn not only celebrated local veterans for their military service, he pointed out their long history of civic involvement. Senn and Rep. Stewart Jones spoke during Monday’s Veterans Day ceremonies presented by American Legion Post 25 at the Historic Laurens County Courthouse. Senn pointed out a 1921 “transatlantic furor” caused by Col.…

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Gray Court, LCWSC closer to management deal

The Town of Gray Court could soon be out of the water business – at least for a while. The town council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Stellartean Jones to sign a proposed six-year agreement that would transfer the town’s water operations to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Authority. The agreement is pending final…

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McDaniel takes state post in presidential campaign

Local businessman and Lauren County Councilman Garrett McDaniel is trying his hand at national politics. McDaniel began his new job as deputy political director for the presidential campaign of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “I’ll be in charge of going around the state and making contacts with state and local leadership, getting endorsements and…

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Chamber oyster roast will include usual suspects, good times

At one point Clemson’s mascot, The Tiger, was only penciled in for Thursday night’s 12th Annual Laurens County Chamber of Commerce College Football Fan Challenge Oyster Roast. But Clemson fans need not fear, The Tiger will definitely be in attendance, representing the defending NCAA FBS National Champions. The Tiger will be among some 600 local…

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Clinton man arrested, charged with murder

Local law enforcement officials responded to a second murder in Laurens County in less than a week. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Clinton man early Monday morning after he allegedly shot and killed another man at a residence on Highway 72 East in Clinton. Osvaldo Antonio Flores, 20, is charged with murder and…

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Morse honored for 44 years of local service

Robin Morse, a career law enforcement officer in Laurens County, was honored Tuesday during an occasionally emotional luncheon at the county’s Higher Education Center. Morse’s long career has spanned 44 years and included stints as the City of Laurens police chief, Clinton’s director of public safety, a county sheriff’s deputy and a South Carolina Highway…

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