Suspect found, arrested in shooting incident

A two-day manhunt for a Gray Court shooting suspect by Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies came to an end Friday afternoon when Andrew Christopher Eaton was taken into custody. According to LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder, Eaton was arrested at a residence on Georgia Road in Gray Court. Reeder said LCSO investigators were working with…

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LCSO seeking Gray Court shooting suspect

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Andrew Christopher Eaton after responding to an incident on Cowens Bridge Road in Gray Court Wednesday afternoon. Eaton is wanted for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Eaton is described as a white male, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. Deputies interviewed…

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Gray Court-Owings School raising funds to help family

The holiday season, with all its joy and wonder, can also be a tragic time for some. That is especially true for four students from Gray Court-Owings School and their family. Their holiday season brought with it the loss of their home in a devastating fire. The fire that destroyed that home is among a…

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2011 murderer of girlfriend, deputy dies in prison

The man convicted of murdering Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputy Roger Rice and Nicole Kingsborough died Saturday at the Perry Correctional Institute in Pelzer. Bennie Ray Brown, Jr., 45, went into cardiac arrest and subsequently died a spokesman from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office said. Brown was serving two life sentences for the 2011 murders…

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District 55 activity bus in accident, no students on board

A Laurens County School District 55 activity bus was involved in a collision Thursday morning on Church Street at Anderson Drive in Laurens. According to Laurens District 55 Director of Administrative Services, Athletics and Public Relations Ed Murray, no students were on the bus and the bus driver was uninjured. “To my knowledge, there were…

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Workforce, building sites among LCDC priorities for 2018

Laurens County Development Corporation leaders said workforce development has become a priority as the agency enters the New Year. The LCDC will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Musgrove Mill Golf Club. Dr. Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus and former economics professor at Clemson University, will be the keynote speaker. LCDC Executive Director…

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Local government offices to close for MLK Day

Local municipalities and Laurens County offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15. The annual federal holiday celebrates the birthday of the Civil Rights leader. The City of Clinton, City of Laurens and Town of Gray Court will close their offices as will Laurens County government offices.

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Fire safety bigger issue in cold weather

The U.S. as a whole sees an uptick in residential fires during the winter months. Laurens County is no different. The American Red Cross has given aid to several families in the wake of residential fires over the past week, including victims of a Christmas Day fire in Ware Shoals. Other fires have damaged homes…

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Dunlap takes over tourism in York Co.

Billy Dunlap, owner of Dunlap Media and publisher of GoLaurens.com, was recently named executive director of the Rock Hill-York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organization announced the hiring via Twitter on Dec. 20 as Dunlap met with local media in Rock Hill. He began work on Jan. 2. Dunlap, who has lived in Laurens…

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Electric heater, extension cord cause Clinton home fire

  Leslie Eubanks awoke Tuesday morning to find her car battery dead, but the worst was yet to come. An early morning fire severely damaged the interior of her residence on Little Acres Road in Clinton, but Eubanks said she walked outside about 7:30 a.m. to discover the dead battery in her vehicle. A few…

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