LDHS student arrested by LCSO in gun threat

The Laurens District High School senior who made threats on social media that he would bring a gun to school is now facing more than a school suspension. Harley Dean Bogar, 17, of Woodruff, was charged with disturbing school Friday and booked into the Johnson Detention Center. As of Tuesday evening, Bogar was still in jail…

Clinton man gets 15 years after plea deal

A Clinton man, who 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo referred to as a “menace,” was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a 2016 drug charge. Jeraka Jerome Choice, 37, pleaded guilty to one charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Choice was arrested in July of 2016 after…

Torch Run cyclists peddle through county

Cyclists participating in the S.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run rolled through Laurens County on their way to Charleston Monday. The three-day ride is part of a series of law-enforcement-backed fundraisers for Special Olympics. Will Richter, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office of Greenville County, said the ride, which includes stops in Newberry and Orangeburg before…

Body found in Lake Greenwood identified

The body of a Ninety Six man found in Lake Greenwood Saturday has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. Cain Ashley DeYoung, 37, was believe to have died on Thursday, Oct. 12. His body was found in the area of Commodore Drive in Cross Hill. His autopsy was to have been performed today (Oct.…

LDHS senior suspended for gun threat

A Laurens District High School senior was suspended Thursday morning after posting threats to bring a gun to school on social media. According to Laurens District 55 Acting Superintendent Edward Murray, the student did not carry out his threat, which was posted on Snapchat. “Our students let us know about the social-media threat,” Murray said.…

1st confirmed case of West Nile in Laurens County

The first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in Laurens County has been reported, county officials said Friday afternoon. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has identified locations in Laurens and neighboring Greenwood counties where spraying for mosquitos will begin Saturday night, barring rainfall in the area. “We’re trying to be proactive…

Greenpond man dead of self-inflicted gunshot

A man found shot Tuesday afternoon at his Greenpond residence has died, and his death has been ruled a suicide by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered the man shot inside a residence as they responded to a domestic-violence call Tuesday on Simmons Road in the Greenpond Community. The LCSO received…

Storm damage causes LA school closure Monday

Laurens Academy was damaged by Sunday afternoon’s storm, and school officials have cancelled classes on Monday as they further assess the extent of the damage to the school. Several families had already expressed a willingness to volunteer in cleaning up  downed trees and other needed work, but headmaster Todd Kirk explained it was still too soon to…

Chinese investment in Southeast topic Monday at PC

On Monday evening, Oct. 9, Presbyterian College Confucius Institute will host John Ling, formerly with the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Shanghai, China. Ling will speak about the increasing Chinese investment in the Southeastern United States. Set for Monday at 7:15 p.m. at the Harrington-Peachtree Amphitheater, Ling’s visit is sponsored by the Presbyterian College Confucius…

Specific tourism funds give Clinton unexpected visitor center

Clinton City Council approved recommendations by the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee to grant three requests that will help promote tourism in the City of Clinton. Although the city each year benefits from accommodations and hospitality tax funds for use in the city’s general fund, a portion of the funds had been held by TERC, the…