Area News

Historic Cross Hill’s ‘Comin’ Home’ festival this weekend

The 29th Annual “Comin’ Home to Cross Hill” Festival is set for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, beginning Friday evening, Aug. 31, and continuing throughout the day on Saturday,  Sept. 1 in the historic town in the Southern part of Laurens County. The Saturday morning parade begins at 10 a.m., and musical guests throughout the day include the 282nd…

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Speedway fundraiser donates $11k for child’s funeral

An almost impromptu fundraiser at the Laurens County Speedway Saturday night raised more than $11,000 to cover funeral expenses for a 1-year-old drowning victim. “We pulled it off in four days, and I can’t believe that, but it was a huge success,” said Brandi Hurley, who operates the Laurens County Speedway with husband Danny. Logan…

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Cross Hill man sentenced to 10 years in federal court

A Laurens County man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drugs and weapons charges Friday in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Keandre Armon Connor, 37, received the sentence at a change-of-plea hearing that found him guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a…

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1-year-old dies after bathtub drowning

A 1-year-old child from Clinton died Wednesday, eight days after being found drowning and unresponsive in a bathtub. Logan Wade Sumeral was pronounced dead at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday after remaining on life support for more than a week. An autopsy was performed Thursday and confirmed drowning as the cause of death, according to Laurens County…

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Water main break at LA impacts school, sports

A water main break at Laurens Academy Thursday forced the school to close at 12:15 p.m., and it will remain closed through Friday. All after-school care is also off due to the break, and the home volleyball match scheduled for Thursday against Wardlaw Academy has also been postponed. There was no make-up date for that…

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Arrest made in Laurens Family Medicine burglary

A Piedmont man was arrested Tuesday by investigators from the Laurens Police Department and charged with burglary in connection with thefts Sunday from Laurens Family Medicine. Michael J. Jarvis, 33, faces grand larceny and second-degree burglary charges for allegedly stealing electronic equipment from the medical office. He was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday…

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Report: Kohlhepp buried two more victims in Enoree area

The Greenville News reported Tuesday that convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp has told authorities that two additional victims were buried near I-26 in the Enoree area. Kohlhepp is serving seven consecutive life sentences for seven murder convictions at the state’s Broad River Correctional Facility. He has been in prison since May of 2017. Other victims,…

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Two die in Laurens County accidents

A single-car crash in northern Laurens County claimed the life of a Fountain Inn woman Monday morning. Susan Hiott, 65, was traveling south on Fairview Road about five miles south of Fountain Inn when she ran off the road in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner and struck a tree, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Bill…

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