Mistrial declared in fatal DUI case, jury hung

After deliberating for most of Friday afternoon, a jury was unable to return a verdict in a felony DUI case against a Gray Court woman, and a mistrial was declared just after 5 p.m. at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Pamela Michelle Tackett, 32, was charged with felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI with injury…

Tackett testifies as fatal DUI trial closes

A Gray Court woman accused of killing a man on I-385 while driving under the influence of prescription drugs took the stand in her own defense Thursday afternoon on the fourth day of her trial at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Pamela Michelle Tackett, 32, was on the witness stand for more than two hours, saying…

Peters appears in TBN documentary; District 55 gala a success

  Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent Stephen Peters made an appearance in recently released documentary that was produced and aired by Trinity Broadcasting Network. The nearly 30-minute long documentary called “Taking Care of Business – Education at a Crossroads” featured Peters and two other prominent educators as well as several students discussing the challenges…

Jones wins Gray Court mayoral runoff

Gray Court has a new mayor for the first time since 1987. Stellartean Jones defeated Scott Cook in a runoff election Tuesday for the Town of Gray Court’s top post. Jones, a two-term councilwoman, finished with 126 votes while Cook had 85. “I was confident, and then I was anxious,” Jones said of her emotions…

Trial in DUI fatality continues this week

A ghost of a Polish accent still punctuated the speech of Ireneusz Glodz as he described what he saw nearly a year ago as he and his family drove up I-385 toward Greenville. “It was like a flying man fell from the sky on the highway in front of us,” said Glodz, who said he immigrated to…

Cross Hill shooting sends 2 to hospital

A domestic violence incident earlier today (Friday) in Cross Hill sent two people to the hospital. According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, a man arrived at his ex-wife’s home on Ballard Drive and opened fire before turning the gun on himself. A report from the LCSO said the woman was shot in the arm…

Gray Court runoff for mayor set for Tuesday

  Voters in Gray Court will return to the polls Tuesday for a runoff in the town’s mayoral election. Scott Cook and Stellartean Jones are vying for the mayor’s office after emerging as the top two vote getters in the March 5 municipal election. Cook finished with 67 votes (37.6 percent) and Jones had 57…

Victim transported to Greenville, suspect in custody after Walmart Dist. shooting

Laurens, S.C. – One male victim has been transported and a female suspect is in custody a shooting earlier in the afternoon at Walmart Distribution Center. “We have a female in custody and the male victim was transported to Greenville Memorial,”  said Captain Chris Martin with the LCSO. Martin was unaware of the extent of the injuries. Officers had…

LCSO clearing Walmart Distribution after Sunday afternoon shooting

Laurens, S.C. – Laurens County Sheriff Department officers are still on scene at Walmart Distribution Center after responding to an active shooter call earlier Sunday afternoon. According to unofficial reports, a woman was in custody,  but at 4:50 p.m.,  LCSO Captain Chris Martin said the scene is still busy. “We are still working the scene…

Elections board upholds ballots, candidate claims fraud

A former candidate for Clinton City Council’s District 2 seat continued to levy accusations against incumbent Shirley Jenkins following a protest hearing Friday morning in front of the Laurens County Voter Registration and Elections Board. Rosa Booker, who was the second-leading vote getter in a five-person race for the District 2 seat in Tuesday’s municipal…