SCHP: Safety a priority as school year begins

Troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol are doing what they can to remind people who share the roads that the beginning of the school year brings with it more traffic and additional responsibilities as a driver. “With kids going back to school, we want to remind people particularly about school bus safety,” said SCHP Cpl.…

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Bailey named principal at E.B. Morse

Jason Bailey was appointed principal at E.B. Morse Elementary School at a special called meeting Tuesday of the Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees. Bailey replaces Lynn Owings, who resigned to accept a position with the South Carolina State Department of Education. He comes to E.B. Morse after serving as an assistant principal…

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Lander scholarship created for late student

GREENWOOD ­– The parents of James Logan Lusk have established two Lander University scholarships to honor the memory of their son, who lost his life in a single-car accident in February while returning to school on U.S. Highway 25 in Laurens County. Beginning with the 2018 academic year, the Logan Lusk Angel Memorial Science Scholarship and Logan…

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Elderly Clinton man found safe

UPDATE: According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Paul Patterson has been located after a search that lasted through the night and morning. Patterson, an 84-year-old Clinton resident with Alzeheimer’s, went missing from his Clinton residence around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The LCSO thanked Clinton Public Safety and local volunteer fire fighters and first responders for…

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Laurens native killed in Myrtle Beach double murder

Story by Judith Brown and John Clayton An agonizing five days of waiting on news of their son ended Tuesday for David and Deborah Anderson when it was confirmed that their son, Shawn Anderson, was a victim in a brutal double murder Friday near Myrtle Beach. The Laurens couple had been in contact with Horry County police, who…

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County credit card purchases questioned by councilman

Laurens County Councilman Stewart Jones said he wants to see more accountability and transparency from the county government when it comes to spending – particularly with the county’s 101 credit cards. Jones is a proponent of putting all of the county’s credit-card statements online in an effort to keep the books open on spending by…

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Details emerge in murder, Laurens family awaits news

Story by Judith Brown and John Clayton David and Deborah Anderson are holding out hope that one of the victims of a brutal double murder near Myrtle Beach is not their son. The Laurens couple has been in contact with Horry County police, who have arrested four men and charged them with murder and other…

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Insurance Blog: Clinton ‘fastest’ city in U.S.

A blog at Insurify.com, a website that quotes car insurance rates for drivers, compiled a ranking of the “fastest cities” in the U.S., and Clinton is ranked at the top of the list. Statistics provided by Insurify.com say that 23.64 percent of Clinton residents responding to questions at the website have at least one speeding…

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District 56 passes $25 million budget, no tax hike

After waiting for the South Carolina State Legislature to finalize its education budget, the Laurens District 56 Board of Trustees approved its own budget on second and final reading Monday at its regular meeting. The balanced budget of $25,175,586 for the 2018-19 fiscal year is an increase of $794,090 (3.257 percent) over last year’s budget,…

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Classroom drives set for this weekend

With the new school year just around the corner, local agencies are gearing up by collecting gear for the classroom. The United Way of Laurens County and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are among the organizations collecting school supplies that will go to needy students across Laurens County. The local United Way’s event began Tuesday…

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