Suspect found, arrested in shooting incident

A two-day manhunt for a Gray Court shooting suspect by Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies came to an end Friday afternoon when Andrew Christopher Eaton was taken into custody. According to LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder, Eaton was arrested at a residence on Georgia Road in Gray Court. Reeder said LCSO investigators were working with…

LCSO seeking Gray Court shooting suspect

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Andrew Christopher Eaton after responding to an incident on Cowens Bridge Road in Gray Court Wednesday afternoon. Eaton is wanted for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Eaton is described as a white male, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. Deputies interviewed…

Gray Court-Owings School raising funds to help family

The holiday season, with all its joy and wonder, can also be a tragic time for some. That is especially true for four students from Gray Court-Owings School and their family. Their holiday season brought with it the loss of their home in a devastating fire. The fire that destroyed that home is among a…

2011 murderer of girlfriend, deputy dies in prison

The man convicted of murdering Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputy Roger Rice and Nicole Kingsborough died Saturday at the Perry Correctional Institute in Pelzer. Bennie Ray Brown, Jr., 45, went into cardiac arrest and subsequently died a spokesman from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office said. Brown was serving two life sentences for the 2011 murders…

District 55 activity bus in accident, no students on board

A Laurens County School District 55 activity bus was involved in a collision Thursday morning on Church Street at Anderson Drive in Laurens. According to Laurens District 55 Director of Administrative Services, Athletics and Public Relations Ed Murray, no students were on the bus and the bus driver was uninjured. “To my knowledge, there were…

Restrictions placed on visitors to GHS hospitals, Laurens County Memorial

With flu cases rising across the country and in the Upstate, Greenville Health System officials have placed restrictions on those who can make visits to the GHS hospitals, and that goes for GHS-Laurens County Memorial Hosptial as well. Visitation to patients at Greenville Health System hospitals, including Laurens County Memorial Hospital, is restricted for persons under…

Record-high bills likely result from record-low temps

Temperatures warmed up on Tuesday afternoon, but the ponds were still frozen on Monday when Duke Energy Carolinas announced its customers had set an all-time peak record for energy usage during the long stretch of extremely cold weather. It’s notable that Duke and all the other energy providers in Laurens County were able to prevent…

Speaker at free LCHCF dinner to address depression, suicide

The Laurens County Health Care Foundation is hosting its annual dinner free of charge this Thursday evening, Jan.11, in order to give the public an opportunity to hear from a speaker who addresses the tough topics of depression and suicide. “The dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Mabry Smith Yonce Center at Presbyterian College,”…

Mayflower descendant to speak at Thursday genealogy meeting

The first meeting of the Laurens District Genealogical Society will feature a speaker who has three ancestors from the Mayflower, and the public is welcome to attend at the Laurens County Library. Set for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 11 at the main branch in Laurens, the speaker is Nancy Grammar Byers Roberts of Simpsonville. Roberts…

Workforce, building sites among LCDC priorities for 2018

Laurens County Development Corporation leaders said workforce development has become a priority as the agency enters the New Year. The LCDC will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Musgrove Mill Golf Club. Dr. Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus and former economics professor at Clemson University, will be the keynote speaker. LCDC Executive Director…