LCSO seeking suspect in abuse case

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Laurens County man wanted on charges of kidnaping, attempted murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Joseph Dwain Bryan had yet to be located as of Monday after arrest warrants were obtained by the LCSO. Bryan could be in the company of three females – Mary Haggy,…

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Walking Dead Woods haunted trail open this weekend

The Walking Dead Woods haunted trail will be open this upcoming weekend on Friday and Saturday nights at Ceramtec Park in Laurens. Walking Dead Woods, which is a fundraiser for the Laurens Police Department’s Christmas in the City program, will open Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at dusk and remain open until around 10…

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Traffic accidents claim 2 lives

A spate of deadly accidents on roads in Laurens County continued this week. Carl Edward Hurley, 38, was killed in a two-car accident Thursday on Indian Mount Road north of Walterboro, and Michael Tollison, 43, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Highway 76 around six miles north of Ware Shoals Sunday. Five people have…

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Wreck claims life of Laurens man

A Laurens man was killed Thursday night in a two-car collision on Indian Mound Road. Carl Edward Hurley, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. He died of blunt-force trauma at 9:35 p.m. See next Wednesday’s Laurens County Advertiser for complete details.  

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Enoree woman killed in head-on crash

A head-on collision Friday afternoon claimed the life of an Enoree woman. Nicole Hanks, 51, succumbed to injuries she received in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Bramlett Road about four miles south of Woodruff. According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland, Hanks was traveling south…

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Gray Court woman dies in home fire

A Gray Court woman died in an early Sunday morning house fire despite the efforts of her family and local firefighters to save her. Brenda Taylor, 57, died in the blaze, which quickly engulfed the double-wide mobile home located on Fairview Road in Gray Court just after 5 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled Monday,…

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I-26 crashes lead to fatality, DUI charges

A pair of separate accidents minutes apart on I-26 near Clinton led to DUI charges for a Texas truck driver and the death of a Clinton resident. Clinton resident Tommy Ramage was killed just after 10 p.m. after colliding head-on with another vehicle. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Ramage was traveling the wrong way near mile…

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3rd case of West Nile discovered in county

Laurens County officials confirmed Thursday that another case of West Nile virus had been discovered in the county, bringing the total number of cases to three in as many weeks. The third case was found in the Barksdale area. Like the one discovered this past week in northern Laurens County, the latest is also an…

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District 56 extends contract for O’Shields

Laurens County District 56 Superintendent David O’Shields will impart the lessons he has learned from a career in education and from a father who labored in local textiles to District 56. O’Shields received a contract extension with a 2-percent salary increase through 2021 during Monday night’s District 56 Board of Trustees meeting at Joanna-Woodson Elementary…

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Minister, wife face charges in kidnapping, domestic violence

A mother’s frantic attempts to locate her missing infant and its babysitter led to the arrest Friday of a local minister and his wife by deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer Bunting (English), 31, was charged with kidnapping and unlawful conduct toward a child after she was located with the child at a…

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