Safety tips for holiday weekend celebrations

The July 4 holiday is a time for celebration, but it also comes with perils for pets, people traveling and revelers. Laurens County Humane and Litter Supervisor Geoff Brown said the noise from fireworks can prove particularly dangerous for family dogs. “Neighbors will set of fireworks and the dogs will injure themselves trying to get…

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Update: Both suspects in animal abuse case arrested

An arrest was made Monday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in a case of animal abuse at a Gray Court residence. Laurens County Animal Control Officers responded to reports of ill-treated and neglected along with deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at a residence on Tractor Road. They seized two horses, a cat…

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Court upholds Green murder conviction

A South Carolina appellate court upheld the murder conviction of a Laurens man convicted of murder in the 2016 slaying of a local teenager. Attorneys for Fabian Green filed an appeal in early March, asking that the murder conviction and 45-year sentence levied in 8th Circuit Court be overturned. Green was convicted of murder and…

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District 4 candidates respond to questions

The Republican Primary for the Laurens County Council District 4 special election is set for Tuesday, July 9 with challengers Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson vying for the seat. With no Democratic challenger, the winner of the GOP Primary will be the presumed winner of the Sept. 10 special election. The Advertiser asked both candidates…

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Council says no to trash plan, changes EMS policy

After objections from Laurens County Council Vice-Chairman Joe Wood, council members decided Tuesday to forego a plan to build a $1.375 million solid waste transfer station. County Purchasing Director Billy Wilson and Solid Waste and Recycling Manager Chris Gurga asked council to accept a bid from Sossaman Construction in Gaffney, but Wood, a retired professional…

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Absentee voting begins for District 4 primary

Absentee voting for the Laurens County Council District 4 Republican Primary Election is going on now through Monday, July 8. Voting began Monday and is scheduled for each weekday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Laurens County Historic Courthouse. The office will be closed on July 4. The GOP Primary Election is set for Tuesday,…

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Caime among 5 finalists for Horry County post

Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime is among five candidates in the running for the top job in Horry County. Caime said he is content in Laurens County, but the decision to apply for the position in Horry County came about after he looked at the potential compensation package and considered the size of the county…

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Shaw to shutter Clinton flooring plant

Shaw Industries announced Monday that it will be closing its Clinton-based operation in late August. The hardwood-flooring factory, located on Torrington Road, will close on Aug. 24. About 120 employees are expected to either be relocated to one of the company’s other facilities or lose their jobs. In a release from Shaw, company executives said…

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GOP to host forum for county council hopefuls

The Laurens County Republican Party will host a candidate forum Tuesday to hear from candidates seeking the open county council seat for District 4 at the Laurens County Museum in the Witherspoon Building on the Historic Square in Laurens. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and feature candidates Jennifer Garrett and Brown…

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Burned deputy back at Augusta burn center

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy who suffered severe burns while working on his vehicle was back in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, for the third time in two weeks, according to a Tuesday morning post on his wife’s Facebook page. “We are heading back to Augusta Burn Center,” the post on Darlene Kopper Braswell’s…

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