LDHS student arrested by LCSO in gun threat

The Laurens District High School senior who made threats on social media that he would bring a gun to school is now facing more than a school suspension. Harley Dean Bogar, 17, of Woodruff, was charged with disturbing school Friday and booked into the Johnson Detention Center. As of Tuesday evening, Bogar was still in jail…

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Clinton man gets 15 years after plea deal

A Clinton man, who 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo referred to as a “menace,” was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a 2016 drug charge. Jeraka Jerome Choice, 37, pleaded guilty to one charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Choice was arrested in July of 2016 after…

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Torch Run cyclists peddle through county

Cyclists participating in the S.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run rolled through Laurens County on their way to Charleston Monday. The three-day ride is part of a series of law-enforcement-backed fundraisers for Special Olympics. Will Richter, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office of Greenville County, said the ride, which includes stops in Newberry and Orangeburg before…

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Body found in Lake Greenwood identified

The body of a Ninety Six man found in Lake Greenwood Saturday has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. Cain Ashley DeYoung, 37, was believe to have died on Thursday, Oct. 12. His body was found in the area of Commodore Drive in Cross Hill. His autopsy was to have been performed today (Oct.…

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LDHS senior suspended for gun threat

A Laurens District High School senior was suspended Thursday morning after posting threats to bring a gun to school on social media. According to Laurens District 55 Acting Superintendent Edward Murray, the student did not carry out his threat, which was posted on Snapchat. “Our students let us know about the social-media threat,” Murray said.…

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1st confirmed case of West Nile in Laurens County

The first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in Laurens County has been reported, county officials said Friday afternoon. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has identified locations in Laurens and neighboring Greenwood counties where spraying for mosquitos will begin Saturday night, barring rainfall in the area. “We’re trying to be proactive…

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Greenpond man dead of self-inflicted gunshot

A man found shot Tuesday afternoon at his Greenpond residence has died, and his death has been ruled a suicide by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered the man shot inside a residence as they responded to a domestic-violence call Tuesday on Simmons Road in the Greenpond Community. The LCSO received…

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District 55’s Peters to return from leave Nov. 1

Laurens County District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters will return to the district following a leave of absence on Nov. 1. The District 55 Board of Trustees approved a leave of absence for Peters at its Sept. 25 meeting. Peters requested the leave to care for his ailing father. “The time the board has given…

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State-funded facility to house LCSO satellite precinct

County workers got the go-ahead on a state-funded Emergency Services building for the Gray Court area at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Laurens County Council. The proposed building, which will sit on acreage donated to the county by ZF Transmissions, and will initially house a satellite precinct of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. In addition…

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Batesburg man 25th road fatality in county

A single-car accident on S.C. Highway 56 south of Clinton claimed the life of a Batesburg man Monday afternoon. Samuel Luther Smith III, 58, of New Holland Road in Batesville, became the 25th traffic fatality in Laurens County this year. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 4…

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