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Last Call: Avery retires after 31 years

Laurens County Emergency Services Director pecks at his iPhone and the words appear on a screen in front of a 9-1-1 operator. “Do you have an emergency?” operator Jodi Shea types. “I’m lost,” Avery responds via text, and he receives a link he can click that should lead responders right to his location. “That’s what…

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2 drownings in Ware Shoals at Pitts Memorial Park

Two men drowned in as many days in the swift waters of the Saluda River after entering the water at Irving Pitts Memorial Park in Ware Shoals. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office identified both men Wednesday morning. According to reports, leaders at the Ware Shoals Police Department were conducting a TV interview at the park…

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Family: Kalah Gary ‘fell through the cracks’

The family of a woman who was shot and killed by a Laurens County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday night spoke publicly for the first time since her death on Wednesday after apparently getting the access to materials from the LCSO and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigation into the incident. After first questioning an LCSO…

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Sanders Middle School student charged after making online threats

An eighth-grader at Sanders Middle School was arrested Wednesday by the Laurens Police Department and now faces charges of “communicating threats,” District 55 said in a release Wednesday night. According to District 55 officials, the LPD received reports of a perceived threat made toward District 55 on a social media chat chain among some Sanders…

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Graduations move back indoors Friday

After moving commencement celebrations outdoors during the pre-vaccination heights of COVID-19, local high schools are once again going indoors for graduation ceremonies this Friday. It’s just as well. Friday has a 77% chance of rain, according to weather forecasts. Clinton High School will introduce its newly minted 167 graduates to the world first with a…

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Protest in wake of LCSO fatal shooting

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigation the shooting of a 26-year-old Laurens woman Saturday night by a Laurens County Sheriff’s deputy. According to the LCSO, deputies responded to a residence on Old Stable Lane in Laurens following a 9-1-1 call around 8 p.m. Minutes after they arrived, Kalah Shannon Gary was shot…

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LCSO deputy involved in Saturday night shooting incident

UPDATE: Victim identified as 26-year-old Laurens woman A Laurens County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting Saturday night that resulted in a fatality, according to a statement from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Old Stable Lane in Laurens. The victim was identified as Kalah Shannon Gary, 26,…

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LA’s Kirk leaving football post, Bell to take helm

The head coach and driving force behind Laurens Academy’s football program is stepping down, the school announced in an email Thursday afternoon. Kirk, who is also LA’s headmaster, is stepping down to devote more time to his job atop the school’s administration. He will also take over as head coach of LA’s middle school team.…

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Some happy, some blue with ARPA fund calls

The Laurens County Council divvied up $5 million in funds from the federal American Relief Plan Act in early May but were unable to completely fund the requests of all of the 34 non-profit organizations who submitted proposals and five municipalities and other agencies such as the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission for infrastructure-related…

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