Fountain Inn woman shot, ex-boyfriend charged

A Simpsonville man has been arrested and charged with the murder Wednesday of his ex-girlfriend in Fountain Inn. Aaron Hewitt, 42, was arrested by Fountain Inn police and transported to the Johnson Detention Center Wednesday. Hewitt, who was identified as the victim’s ex-boyfriend, is charged with murder, burglary and possession of a weapon during a…

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Guilty plea nets woman 22 years in felony DUI

A Fountain Inn woman received a 22-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a felony DUI charge Monday stemming from a June 2018 crash that killed a Laurens farmhand. Tara Ann Mahan, 35, entered a guilty plea in 8th Circuit Court at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Judge Frank Addy, Jr. handed down the sentence. Mahan…

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LCDC beginning strategic plan with survey

The Laurens County Development Corporation is set to tackle a new strategic plan leaders say is overdue. Avalanche Consulting, based in Austin, Texas, has been contracted by the LCDC to help develop a new economic development strategy for the county. “Most organizations do a strategic planning process every 3-5 years, but we haven’t done one…

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Boo! in the Park moved to The Ridge

Impending rainy weather this week has forced some organizers of Halloween activities to adjust their plans. Boo! in the Park, which was scheduled for Thursday night at Laurens City Park will be Boo! at the Ridge instead. Laurens Parks & Recreation Director Jason Pridgen made the decision to move the popular annual event indoors Tuesday afternoon.…

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Museum to host trivia, auction fundraiser

The Laurens County Museum has put together one of its biggest fundraising events of the year Thursday night at the former Witherspoon Building on the Historic Square in Laurens. All proceeds from the Trivia Night and Silent Auction will go to the museum. Event organizer Connie Daniels said about 30 people have pre-registered for the…

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Bus involved in traffic accident, no students injured

Two people were taken to the hospital Monday evening after a car collided with a school bus on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens. According to the Laurens Police Department, the two occupants of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Laurens School District 55 spokesman Ed Murray said none of…

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Gray Court ponders 6-year deal with LCWSC

The Gray Court Town Council is considering an agreement with the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission that would potentially provide the town with new water meters for its customers. The proposed six-year agreement was outlined Monday night at council’s regular meeting. If council members agree to the expanded partnership, LCWSC would take over billing…

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First Laurens UMC celebrates bicentennial

An estimated 250-300 people attended Sunday’s bicentennial celebration at the Laurens First United Methodist Church. “We were very humbled,” First United Methodist Church Pastor Daniel Eplee said. “We know for sure that we stand on the promises and the work of the saints who have come before us. We stand on their shoulders.” Descendents of…

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Law Enforcement Center study back in play

UPDATED FOLLOWING PRINT EDITION: A motion to study the needs of the Laurens County Law Enforcement Center may not be dead after all. In September, a motion to spend $25,000 with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects for a comprehensive study on the needs for a new or updated law enforcement center and coroner’s office died with a tied…

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Laurens to welcome blues, roots music fest in 2020

The City of Laurens has added a spring music festival to its lineup of activities. The inaugural Blues & Roots Music Festival was announced for the spring of 2020 at Monday’s Laurens City Council meeting. No date has been set for the music festival as of yet. “This is going to be a lot of…

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