Rezoning sets high density development on track in Clinton

May 17, 2021

May, 17, 2021 Clinton, S.C. – Clinton City Council saw plans from three developers earlier this month during the regular May meeting, and while council still did not take a vote on which developer could purchase a tract on Highway 72, council members gave initial approval on rezoning property not far from Eastside School from industrial…

PC introduces Kelley as 19th head football coach

May 12, 2021

Presbyterian College reached into the high school ranks to hire a coach known nationally for his non-traditional brand of football. Kevin Kelley, a coach known for rarely punting and usually deploying on-side kicks instead of deep kickoffs, was announced as the 19th head coach in PC’s long football history at a press conference Friday afternoon…

Animal control, shelter honored with Lifesaving Award

May 12, 2021

Laurens County Animal Control was recognized this past week for its efforts to rescue and humanely treat animals. No Kill South Carolina presented LCAC and Sgt. Geoff Brown with the inaugural Lifesaving Award from No Kill South Carolina. Earlier this year, Brown won the Stop Puppy Mills Hero Award by the Humane Society of the…

Pipeline shutdown poses problems at pump

May 12, 2021

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the Colonial Pipeline is expected to reopen by the end of this week, but Laurens County residents still made a beeline for the pumps this week. The Colonial Pipeline, which shut down due to a cyber attack, supplies most of the gasoline along the East Coast, including the Carolinas…

PC hires ‘never punt’ Kelley as head football coach

May 6, 2021

Kevin Kelley, a high school coach at Arkansas’ Pulaski Academy known for never punting and a slew of state titles at the private school football powerhouse he helped create, is expected to be named head football coach at Presbyterian College at a news conference Friday (May 7) afternoon. KATV and other media outlets in Little…

SLED: 2 arrests made for neglect at Whitten Center

May 6, 2021

Two women employed by Whitten Center at the time have been arrested and charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult at the center connected with an incident in November of last year. According to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), investigators arrested Marquita Antoinetta Mcgowan, 35, of Clinton and Jasmine Lariane Tomika Carter, 25, of…

District 55’s Murray accepts Washington superintendent job

May 5, 2021

Laurens County School District 55 Chief of Staff Ed Murray is set to take over as superintendent of the Lopez Island School District in Washington. Murray, who has served in several capacities in District 55 including public relations and district-wide athletics director, is to begin his new job across the country on July 10. “I…

McDaniel resigns from council to take HUD post

May 5, 2021

Hours after receiving a job offer Thursday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Laurens County Councilman Garrett McDaniel announced that he would be resigning from county council. McDaniel, who represents District 3 on council, was hired as director of executive scheduling and operations at HUD, where he will help with newly appointed…

LPD, SLED respond to bomb scare at Walmart

May 5, 2021

An early morning bomb scare Sunday forced the evacuation of the Laurens Walmart store. As the store was evacuated, customers with pickup orders began received calls telling them to refrain from coming to the store until told otherwise. The Laurens Police responded to the scene around 7 a.m. and called in the State Law Enforcement…

A community mourns: Vigil takes life lessons from teens

May 5, 2021

A vigil held Sunday evening in Joanna for the two teens killed in an ATV accident on Thursday shone a light on race relations as friends, families and the surrounding communities attempted to come to terms with their grief. Jasmine Peake and Madison Simmons, both 14, died together when the ATV they were on was…