LCSO investigating double homicide in Laurens

A double homicide that occurred Saturday night in Laurens is still under investigation by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Two men were shot and killed during a block party on the 200 block of Winette Street in Laurens. The victims were identified as Roydrecilous Irby, 26, and Sidney Speaks, 43. Irby and Speaks were transported…

Munyan tapped to lead Chamber as first woman CEO

Amanda Munyan is heading back to the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce in a few weeks, but when she returns July 10, she’ll be in a new role as CEO and president, and the first woman to hold that position in the chamber’s history. “We have a new CEO, Amanda,” said board chair Marilyn Easter,…

Crash causes power outage in Waterloo

Power was restored by 9:20 a.m. Thursday after the crash of a box truck on U.S. 221 near Waterloo disrupted service. The crash downed power lines and caused a power outage in the area, including at Waterloo Elementary School. Laurens School District 55 officials said Waterloo Elementary began school without power, but Duke Energy crews…

CHS ‘Hairspray JR.’ production ends this weekend

Some 400 people have already experienced the Clinton High School’s production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” adaptation and more will have the chance this weekend as “Hairspray JR.” returns to the CHS Auditorium for its second and final week with three shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “It went really, really well,” said director Valerie Wiltberger,…

Rhythm on the Rails set for this weekend in Clinton

This weekend’s railroad-themed festival won’t begin until 4 p.m. Friday, but the day will start really early for Clinton city employees when WSPA sets up to broadcast live at 4:30 a.m. “We will be out here Friday morning from 4:30 to 9 a.m. because WSPA will be here doing ‘Daybreak’ from The Depot,” said Mary-Wallace…

LCSO’s Coates named Police Officer of the Year

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mickey Coates called being named the 2017 Laurens County Police Office of the Year Tuesday afternoon the “cherry on top” of a long career. “This is such an honor,” Coates said after being presented the award by 2016 winner Lt. Tyrone Goggins of Clinton Public Safety. “I’m doing what I…

Auto research topic for Friday’s LCCC breakfast

A breakfast this Friday will give area business people the chance to learn more about South Carolina’s growing position in the automotive research world. The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Red Carpet Breakfast on May 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the keynote speaker is Fred Cartwright, executive director of Clemson…

Local prison chaplain killed in car accident

A Laurens resident died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 76 and Barnes Road in Laurens County. Stuart Allen Edmisten, of Wilson Road in Laurens, wrecked just before 8 a.m. and was flown by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. Edmisten was the…

Shooting suspect surrenders, denied bond

A Simpsonville man is in Laurens County’s Johnson Detention Center and facing attempted murder charges after surrendering to authorities Monday. David Jerome Bulter, 43, remained at large over the weekend following an early morning shooting Friday at the YanFeng Manufacturing plant in Fountain Inn. Butler was taken into custody by Simpsonville Police and transferred to the…

Man sought in Fountain Inn plant shooting

A Simpsonville man is still at large and considered armed and dangerous after an early morning shooting Friday at the YanFeng Manufacturing plant in Fountain Inn. David Jerome Butler, 43, allegedly injured two people in the shooting just before 6 a.m. Friday. Butler, a 5-foot-9, 186-pounds black male, may be driving a 2009 blueish-green Ford…