LPD, LCSO working on Christmas drives

Local law enforcement agencies are working hard this holiday season to make sure Santa Claus comes to town for needy children across the area. Christmas for Kids coordinator Courtney Snow of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Christmas in the City coordinator Paige Burke, an administrative assistant with the Laurens Police Department, said their respective…

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3 candidates interviewed for coroner post

Three candidates interviewed this past week for the vacant Laurens County Coroner position formerly held by the late Nick Nichols. Nichols, who was serving his fifth term as coroner, died unexpectedly after suffering a fall on Monday, Dec. 2. He was 76. His successor is to be appointed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster following…

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LCSO seeking suspect in Lakeside auto break-ins

Several cars were broken into early Monday morning in the Lakeside Country Club community off of Highway 76 in Laurens, and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect. The suspect was caught on security cameras during commission of the crime. Investigators said they are currently seeking only one…

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Suspect sought in Dollar General robbery

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect wanted for robbing the Dollar General on Highway 221 North in Laurens around 10 o’clock Tuesday night. The suspect was armed with a firearm and appeared to leave the store on foot “with a substantial amount of money,” according to a release from the LCSO.…

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Ladies and Gentlemen’s clubs induct new members

Sometimes they walked near the podium set up in the Laurens District High School gym one by one. Sometimes they came in large groups. But nearly 200 Laurens County District 55 students – minus a few middle school basketball players who had games on their schedules – came to be installed in the district’s Ladies…

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McMaster to appoint Nichols’ successor

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will be asked to replace Laurens County Coroner F.G. “Nick” Nichols, who died unexpectedly Monday afternoon. McMaster will appoint Nichols’ successor. Nichols had just under a year remaining on his latest four-year term. He was initially elected as coroner in 2000 and served four complete terms. Laurens County Administrator Jon…

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Nichols remembered for passion, compassion

F.G. “Nick” Nichols arrived at work Monday like most any other day. The long-time Laurens County Coroner was greeted by Chief Deputy Coroner and friend Vickie Cheek, who held the door open for him. “He smiled with that big cigar hanging out the side of his mouth and said, ‘Did you think I couldn’t open…

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Man sentenced to 30 years after manslaughter plea

A Fountain Inn man who shot and killed his girlfriend last year pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court just before his trial was set to begin at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Anthony Cruz Garcia, 35, was sentenced to the maximum 30 years in prison by 8th Circuit Judge Donald…

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Victims of fatal crashes identified

Three women were killed this past holiday weekend in two separate single-vehicle accidents in Laurens County. A fiery crash in northern Laurens County left two Fountain Inn women dead in the early morning hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The single-car crash occurred around 1 a.m. on Nov. 29 and left a stream of fire…

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Nichols dies after 37 years in coroner’s office

Laurens County Coroner F. G. “Nick” Nichols died Monday afternoon, county officials confirmed. Nichols was in his 37th year as Laurens County coroner. He was elected to what proved to be his final term in 2016, fending off a challenge from William Weir by about 1,700 votes. Nichols had suffered several medical setbacks over the…

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