Prosecution expected to rest in murder trial

The prosecution is expected to rest its case this morning (Wednesday) in the murder trial of Arthur “A.J.” Bowers, who is accused of killing Jim Bolt at the Laurens VFW nearly 15 years ago. The trial began Monday afternoon with 8th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowry calling witnesses directly involved in the initial investigation of…

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LCSO arrests 4 for auto theft, drugs

Deputies from e Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people on theft and drug charges Friday residences in Gray Court and Fountain Inn. The arrest of Michael Alan Ford, 22, of Fountain Inn for possession of a stolen Ford F-150 pickup led to the arrests of Kristen English Clark, 24, of Gray Court, Jonathan Chad…

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Study: PC’s local economic impact about $61.23 million

A new Presbyterian College economic-impact study conducted by a PC senior and Clinton native estimates the impact of the school on the Laurens County economy has nearly doubled since the last such study was completed more than a decade ago. Sela Vaughan, a business major with concentrations in accounting and management, presented her findings at…

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‘Shirtless’ car thief caught in York Co. after chase

A man suspected of a pair of car thefts in Laurens County was arrested after a car chase Friday that covered five counties and ended with a crash in York County. David Bruce Sanders, Jr., 45, of Union, allegedly stole a vehicle in Greenville County early Friday afternoon and was discovered in Spartanburg County a…

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Trial in 15-year-old murder case under way

Opening statements were made today (Monday) as a second trial in a nearly 15-year-old murder case got under way at the Laurens County Judicial Complex at Hillcrest. Arthur “A.J.” Bowers is accused of murdering James Bolt, who was working in the Laurens VFW, on Sept. 26, 2003. Bolt, 76, was beaten to death. Monday morning…

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LCSO asking for help finding suspected car thief

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in apprehending a man suspected of multiple car thefts in Laurens County over the past two days. On April 19, 2018 Clinton Public Safety was dispatched to a gas station on Musgrove Street in Clinton in reference to a shirtless male attempting to steal gas from…

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Lawn mower racing set for Gray Court’s Creekside Speedway

Gentlemen, start your mowers. That’s exactly what is set to take place Sunday, April 29 at the new Creekside Speedway on S.C. Highway 101 in Gray Court. The eighth-mile oval will host lawnmower racing each week, a first for Laurens County and possibly the state. “We want everyone to come out and participate,” said Creekside…

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Second trial in VFW murder set to start Monday

The man accused of killing of Laurens resident James Bolt in 2003 at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars building is expected to come to come to trial Monday. Arthur “A.J.” Bowers is charged with murder in the nearly 15-year-old case that shocked the local community because of its brutality. Prosecutors aim to prove that…

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Joanna spring festival set for April 27-28

The Joanna community will host its annual spring festival Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. This year’s festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday with “Puttin’ on the Hits” at the Clubhouse Grounds at 302 Milton Road (corner of Milton Road and Ellis Street). Buddy Bridges will serve as emcee for the talent showcase. To participate in…

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Ratliff takes over as agent-in-charge

Tamara Ratliff is still finding her way around, but the newly appointed agent-in-charge of the Laurens County office of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services said she is settling in nicely after a few weeks on the job. Ratliff, who has worked with the SCDPPPS for 20 years – all in Spartanburg…

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