Area News

With transfer station closed, trash options explored

The Laurens County Council decided to reverse course at its last meeting on a deal that would have kept a garbage transfer station in Clinton open. With the transfer station now closed – operations ceased on Jan. 31 – Laurens County is now sending household garbage to Greenville County’s Twin Chimney landfill and considering options…

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‘Hands-free’ bill making way through house

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would up the price on texting and driving in the state. If approved and signed into law, the bill would make it illegal for motorists to use hand-held communication devices while driving. “We are pleased to see movement with the important proposed legislation and commend lawmakers for…

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Drug conviction overturned by S.C. Supreme Court

A 2013 Laurens drug conviction was overturned this past week by the South Carolina Supreme Court. In overturning the conviction and five-year sentence of Daniel Herrera, who was convicted in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court, the justices said prosecutors overstepped when offering a Laurens Police officer as an expert witness in the case. Herrera was…

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District 14 candidates take part in forums

Candidates vying for the vacated South Carolina House of Representatives District 14 seat have gathered twice over the past week in separate forums. The first was held Thursday night in front of about 60 people at Cedarwood Community Church in Waterloo and involved candidates seeking both the Democratic and Republican nominations for the seat. The…

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Cofield tabbed ‘Upstate Black History Maker’

Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Cofield has been named an Upstate Black History Maker by a Greenville-based radio station. WJMZ, 107.3 Jamz FM, is honoring one Upstate Black History Maker each day during February, which is Black History Month. Cofield was the honoree for Monday, Feb. 4. “I was so honored. It was very nice,” Cofield…

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Pickup destroyed by fire in Waterloo

A pickup truck was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning in Waterloo on Dillard Road near Highway 221. The Waterloo Fire Department responded to the blaze and reported that the Ford F-150 pickup was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene around 7:30 a.m. Firefighters said the truck began smoking as the driver traveled…

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Scheduled candidate forums begin tonight, Laurens Y

With Republican and Democratic primaries for the state House District 14 special election about two weeks away, the Laurens County Republican Party is holding a candidate forum for Republican candidates Monday, Feb. 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Laurens Family YMCA. “We sent invitations to all four of the Republican candidates, and all of them have confirmed,”…

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Laurens family gets four times the joy with safe delivery of quads

A  young Laurens family is experiencing plenty of  joy after the safe delivery of quadruplets, which were delivered by C-section around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night, Jan. 30. Dylan and Ashley Hernandez welcomed two little girls and two little boys, named Jacobi, Gabriel, Isabella and Arianah. The quads already have two big sisters. After some early labor scares…

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Mauldin teen’s body found in Laurens County

The body of a missing Mauldin teenager was found in a rural area of Laurens County early Thursday morning. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sosa Mandiez Croft, 18, and charged him with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and grand larceny. The case began as a missing person’s investigation Wednesday. The…

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