Area Breaking News

PC hires ‘never punt’ Kelley as head football coach

Kevin Kelley, a high school coach at Arkansas’ Pulaski Academy known for never punting and a slew of state titles at the private school football powerhouse he helped create, is expected to be named head football coach at Presbyterian College at a news conference Friday (May 7) afternoon. KATV and other media outlets in Little…

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SLED: 2 arrests made for neglect at Whitten Center

Two women employed by Whitten Center at the time have been arrested and charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult at the center connected with an incident in November of last year. According to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), investigators arrested Marquita Antoinetta Mcgowan, 35, of Clinton and Jasmine Lariane Tomika Carter, 25, of…

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District 55’s Murray accepts Washington superintendent job

Laurens County School District 55 Chief of Staff Ed Murray is set to take over as superintendent of the Lopez Island School District in Washington. Murray, who has served in several capacities in District 55 including public relations and district-wide athletics director, is to begin his new job across the country on July 10. “I…

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McDaniel resigns from council to take HUD post

Hours after receiving a job offer Thursday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Laurens County Councilman Garrett McDaniel announced that he would be resigning from county council. McDaniel, who represents District 3 on council, was hired as director of executive scheduling and operations at HUD, where he will help with newly appointed…

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LPD, SLED respond to bomb scare at Walmart

An early morning bomb scare Sunday forced the evacuation of the Laurens Walmart store. As the store was evacuated, customers with pickup orders began received calls telling them to refrain from coming to the store until told otherwise. The Laurens Police responded to the scene around 7 a.m. and called in the State Law Enforcement…

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A community mourns: Vigil takes life lessons from teens

A vigil held Sunday evening in Joanna for the two teens killed in an ATV accident on Thursday shone a light on race relations as friends, families and the surrounding communities attempted to come to terms with their grief. Jasmine Peake and Madison Simmons, both 14, died together when the ATV they were on was…

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Person killed in single-vehicle wreck in Cross Hill

A single-vehicle crash on Highway 39 early Saturday morning resulted in the death of one person, said South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis. Hovis said the driver of a 2011 Kia was traveling southbound on Highway 39 and ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then drove off the left side…

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Child abuse and foster care months reveal needs for action

April 28, 2021 Laurens County, S.C. – Partnering agencies are using two springtime months to spread the word that everyone needs to be working for the protection and safety of South Carolina’s children. Silver and blue pinwheels mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and it’s followed by National Foster Care Awareness Month in May.…

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New sales tax for Laurens County starts Saturday

Starting Saturday, Laurens County consumers will begin paying a penny more on the dollar for many local purchases. The Capital Project Sales Tax, which passed with overwhelming support in November’s General Election, goes into effect Saturday, May 1. In the county, the sales tax will increase from 8% to 9% with the addition of the…

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