Laurens County teachers rally with peers

Around 60 educators from Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 are expected to participate in today’s “SC for Ed” rally in Columbia. Laurens County District 55 spokesman Ed Murray said about 10 percent of the teachers in Laurens District 55 – about 50 teachers – have requested the use of personal days to attend…

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Dates set for county council special election, Jones sworn in

The dates have been set for the special election that will fill the District 4 seat on Laurens County Council. Former Councilman Stewart Jones (R-Laurens) resigned from his spot on council after winning the District 14 seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives on April 23. Jones defeated fellow Councilman Garrett McDaniel for the…

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Late PC coach memorialized, remembered

Calhoun Folk “Cally” Gault, the man who became synonymous with Presbyterian College football and arguably the institution’s most recognizable alumnus passed away Friday. He was 91. Gault, who graduated from PC in 1948, returned to his alma mater in 1963 and led the Blue Hose football program until 1984, winning 127 games and a pair…

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Neighbors save woman, dogs from house fire

A fire that gutted a home on Fleming Street Extension in Laurens Monday afternoon could have been more tragic if not for the actions of a teenager and good neighbors. According to reports, neighbor Brianna Plaia helped an elderly woman from the home, while husband Kris Plaia rescued a dog from inside the house and…

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Jones defeats McDaniel for Dist. 14 seat

Republican Stewart Jones won Tuesday night’s special election for the State House District 14 seat, defeating fellow Laurens County Councilman Garrett McDaniel for the vacant seat. Jones finished with 56.4 percent of the vote in Laurens County and easily took four Greenwood precincts with 226 votes, compared to 82 for McDaniel. In Laurens County, Jones…

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Jones, McDaniel set for Tuesday’s Dist. 14 special election

With the long-awaited special election for the State House District 14 seat looming Tuesday, candidates Stewart Jones and Garrett McDaniel are entering the final stretch of their respective campaigns. Polls will open in District 14 in Laurens and Greenwood counties at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Voters will choose between the Republican…

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Alleged Laurens County Hospital shooter denied bond

A Clinton man who allegedly carried a handgun into the Laurens County Hospital emergency room and shot a hospital police officer Thursday morning now faces attempted murder and other charges related to the incident. Kevin Boyce Patterson, 27, is being held in the Johnson Detention Center without bond after being charged with attempted murder, kidnapping…

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Gray Court installs new mayor, councilwoman

Newly elected Gray Court Mayor Stellartean Jones presided over a meeting of the town council for the first time since her election in March. Jones was sworn into office Monday night along with newcomer town council Shaterica Neal and veteran councilman Adolphus Brewster, who will begin his 40th year on council. “I thought everything went…

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Gray Court honors former mayor for service

Former Gray Court Mayor John Carter typically delivered one-liners as he said good-bye to the office he held for 32 years. “If anybody could give me a ride to the unemployment office tomorrow morning, I’d appreciate it,” Carter joked following the regular meeting of the Gray Court Town Council Monday night. It was the first…

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Ware Shoals High senior killed in prom night crash

A Ware Shoals High School senior was killed as she was returning home from prom Saturday night. Trinity, Brandasia Harrison, 18, died after being involved in a car crash with a suspected drunk driver. According to reports, the 2013 Dodge Avenger, in which Harrison was a front-seat passenger, was struck head on by a 1999…

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