CPD makes arrest in Sept. 1 shooting

Clinton Police arrested a Clinton man Monday in connection with a shooting that left a Fountain Inn man dead on Sept. 1. Marquidris Antonio “Grille” Cunningham, Jr., 28, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen…

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Suspect in murder turns self into LCSO

A suspect wanted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a deadly shooting Friday in Fountain Inn turned himself in Monday afternoon, bringing an end to a nearly three-day search by investigators. Jason Dale Wentz, 38, of Fountain Inn has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of…

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CHS tennis rolling into unusual 2020 season

The Clinton High girls tennis team began a season unlike any other with dominating wins over Union County and Broome this past week, proving that the more things change the more they stay the same. The Red Devils scored a 5-1 victory at Union County on Sept. 1 before starting their home season Thursday with…

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Charity raises nearly $7k for animal shelter

An out-of-state charity helped the Laurens County Animal Shelter raise nearly $7,000 this past week as Jordan’s Way founder Kris Rotunda visited the local shelter as well as the Union County Animal Shelter. Rotunda, who founded Jordan’s Way in memory of his own dog, is traveling the country to raise money and awareness for animals…

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Sales tax would pay for shelter improvements

(Editor’s Note: The Laurens County Advertiser is taking a look at each of the 16 projects proposed to be funded by the Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) in Laurens County. The 1-cent sales tax will be put to a referendum in the Nov. 3 General Election. The next proposed project, our sixth in the series,…

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Teen drowns after jumping from bridge into S. Rabon Creek

A Greenville teenager drowned Thursday afternoon after jumping off a bridge into a section of South Rabon Creek that feeds into Lake Rabon. The Laurens County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Max Hofbauer, 15, of Greenville. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Wilsontown Road in Laurens. The teen was apparently at the bridge…

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2016 double murder conviction upheld on appeal

The 2014 double murder conviction of a Cross Hill man was upheld in court, according to an opinion filed by the court on Aug. 12. Deshanndon Markelle Franks, 33, filed the appeal in October of last year, asking that a superior court overturn his conviction in the shooting deaths of Sammie Leake and Nikesha James…

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Advertiser takes top SCPA honor

From Staff Reports For the second year in a row, The Laurens County Advertiser captured first place for General Excellence among weekly newspapers in its division in the South Carolina Press Association annual awards contest. The awards were originally to be announced in April at the annual SCPA meeting, but the event was canceled due…

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Fountain Inn man killed in Clinton shooting

Clinton Police are investigating a shooting death that happened Tuesday night on or near Academy Street. Kevern Dimone Simmons, 29, of Fountain Inn has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office as the victim in the shooting. He was found dead at in a grassy field inside his car near First Pentecostal Church on…

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Holly Hill downs Crusaders 18-12 in opener

Visiting Holly Hill Academy held Laurens Academy scoreless for the better part of three quarters Friday night in an 18-12 victory at LA’s Todd Kirk Field. It was the season opener for both teams in SCISAA Class A 8-man football and the first game played in Laurens County amid COVID-19 restrictions. The Raiders (1-0) jumped…

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