Area News

BMX, country music, BBQ headline ROTR fest in Clinton

Clinton, SC – A rising star in the country music world and a fast-paced BMX bicycle stunt show, as well as an “anything goes” juried car show, are among the many new items headlining this weekend’s Rhythm on the Rails and barbecue festival in Clinton. Main Street Clinton is sponsoring the event, which starts with…

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Battlemud LC offers wet weekend event

 Laurens, SC –  When the GHS Battlemud Laurens County planning committee decided to change its annual mud run from August to May, it was primarily because of the typically dry conditions in August, so with the ample rains this week, it seems the move was a good one.    “It would be so dry we…

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Geren hosted by Laurens Co. Democrats

With just under a month to go before the 2018 Democratic Primary election, U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District hopeful Mary Geren made a campaign stop in Rep. Jeff Duncan’s backyard. Geren, who is seeking the right to challenge Duncan in the November general election, spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Laurens County…

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LPD’s Brewington named county Officer of the Year

The month of May has already been monumental in the life of Laurens Police Officer J.C. Brewington. Two weeks after being promoted to lead investigator with the Laurens Police Department, Brewington was named 2018 Laurens County Police Officer of the Year Tuesday during the Third Annual Laurens County Officer Recognition Luncheon at the Piedmont Technical…

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3 arrested in burglary after I-385 car chase

Three arrests were made Tuesday in connection with a burglary following a car chase that ended with a crash on I-385. Toby Christopher Horne, Nikki Gerber Fields and Darrell Scott Ellason were taken into custody by the Laurens Count Sheriff’s Office following the interstate chase. Charges are pending as the trio was taken to the Johnson…

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Kempster family voices son’s struggle with mental illness

The family of the Clinton teenager arrested this past week for making threats toward a local school on social media issued a statement to The Advertiser late Friday. The teen’s mother, Kristy Wirth Kempster sent the statement through a Facebook message, and she cited her son’s battle with mental illness as the reason behind the…

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Joanna man hit, killed by train

A Joanna man was killed Thursday, May 5 after being hit by a train while apparently walking on the railroad tracks near his home. Earl Wright, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:03 a.m., according to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. An autopsy report stated that Wright died of multiple blunt-force injuries. Cheek said the…

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‘Bark Out Loud’ leads off busy month of May

The inaugural “Bark Out Loud” fundraising event is set for Saturday, May 5 at the Chick-Fil-A in Laurens. The event, which is organized by the Laurens Police Department K9 Unit and Tractor Supply, is to get started at 8 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. – or longer. Money raised will be donated to the…

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Clinton teen arrested for social-media threats

A Clinton teenager was arrested Wednesday by deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with making threats toward a school. Damon Keith Kempster, 17, of Torrington Road in Clinton, was charged with breach of peace of a high-and-aggravated nature, according to a release from the LCSO. The deputies initially responded to an altercation…

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