Special election set to fill Cross Hill council seat

Candidate filing for a special election to fill a vacant spot on the Cross Hill Town Council is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday, June 21. The filing period for the Aug. 13 special election will last until noon on Saturday, June 29. An at-large seat on the Cross Hill Town Council became vacant…

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Ten at the Top hosting workshop at The Ridge

A workshop addressing community involvement and growth in Laurens County is scheduled for Thursday evening at The Ridge in Laurens. The event, which is scheduled from 6-8 p.m., is presented by Ten at the Top, a consortium of representatives from 10 Upstate counties working together to foster economic and community development across the Upstate. “The…

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Laurens Co. Magistrate’s Office looking to fill voids

Judges from neighboring Greenville County could help the short-staffed Laurens County Magistrate’s Office work through its caseload as state leaders attempt to fill vacant positions in the office. Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet died May 31 in Laurens, leaving an already taxed office without a leader and another opening on the bench. By the…

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Owner offers reward for missing mini horse

A reward for a miniature horse that went missing from a Fountain Inn farm this past week has been increased if the tiny horse named Pikachu is found alive and well. Pikachu, a two-month-old colt, disappeared from Hidden Pasture Farms during the overnight hours of Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. Her owner, Kate…

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LCSO deputy, family of 7 lose home in fire

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and his family lost their home in a house fire in Newberry County this past week, and now both communities are pitching in to help the family rebuild. LCSO Deputy Adam Teseniar and his partner, Amanda Carter, who is a deputy with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, and their…

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Inabinet remembered as judge, friend

Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet was remembered this week as a dedicated and valued part of the county’s judicial system. Inabinet, 62, died Friday following a medical episode in Laurens. She was driving her vehicle on Highway 221 North at Chestnut extension when she suffered the episode around 1:30 p.m. She pulled to the…

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Judge dies following medical episode while driving

The Laurens Police Department said a medical episode led to the death of Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet Friday afternoon. A text from LPD Chief Chrissie Cofield said that Inabinet was driving on U.S. Highway 221 North at Chestnut Extension when the episode occurred around 1:30 p.m. Inabinet pulled to the side of the…

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County council candidate forum set for Thursday

The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and the Laurens County Farm Bureau are hosting a forum for the two candidates seeking the vacant District 4 seat on Laurens County Council. The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Farm Bureau, 726 East Main Street in Laurens. Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson are seeking…

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Child abuse nets Clinton woman 15 years

A Clinton woman received a 15-year prison sentence Thursday afternoon in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court for abusing her infant son. Erica Shunta Kelley, 25, pleaded guilty to inflicting great bodily injury on a child. Judge Allison Lee then handed down the 15-year sentence – close to the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.…

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Laurens man killed in Highway 221 crash

A Laurens man was killed on U.S. Highway 221 Friday after striking a tractor near Old Switzer Road in Spartanburg County. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Steven William Oliver, Sr., 67, hit the tractor from behind at 6:10 p.m. while driving a 2015 Lexus. Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene of the…

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