Guilty plea pre-empts Belcher murder retrial

A Laurens County murder case that found its way to the South Carolina Supreme Court on appeal and set a new precedent for prosecutors came to an end Monday in General Sessions Court at the county’s Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Johnny Rufus Belcher, of Gray Court pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of…

Murder suspect arrested in Spartanburg Co.

A Laurens man wanted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a Jan. 23 two weeks ago was arrested by Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon. Hakeem Qudell Evans, 30, of Laurens was taken into custody after reportedly being spotted by Mauldin Police when they attempted to initiate a traffic stop in Mauldin.…

LDHS hires from within, names Smith head coach

Laurens District High School got its man – and didn’t have to look far to find him. Daryl Smith was named the Raiders’ head football coach Tuesday, ending a search to replace former head coach Chris Liner that lasted around a month. School and District 55 officials confirmed the hire Monday. An official announcement is…

District 55 trustee resigns, special election to be set

Laurens County District 55 will be financing a special election after the Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of  Mark Earle, the trustee representing Seat 4. Before going into executive session at Monday night’s called meeting of District 55 Board of Trustees, trustees unanimously accepted the resignation of Seat 4 Trustee Mark Earle of Gray…

Laurens Historic Preservation Commission hosts Tuesday forum

Laurens, S.C. – On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the City of Laurens Historic Preservation Commission will host a forum on the proposed addition of the West Main and South Harper historic districts to the city’s historic preservation ordinance. The forum will begin at 5:30 pm at the Laurens County Library. Currently, only the historic Square is…

Single-vehicle crash kills Fountain Inn man

A Fountain Inn man died Thursday night in a single-vehicle accident near his home on Highway 418. Laurens County Deputy Coroner Robin Morse identified the victim as Matthew James Holcombe, 21, of Fountain Inn. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis, the victim was driving a 2013 Toyota pickup east on Highway 418…

Museum hosts Gospel program Friday for Black History Month

The  Laurens County Museum will celebrate African-American History Month with a concert of gospel music this Friday evening, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum’s Witherspoon Building, 116 South Public Square in Laurens. Featured groups for the “Give from the Heart Gospel Program” include The Tamesa Young Project from Greenville, The Gospel…

Felony DUI charge levied in fatal crash

A Cross Hill man now faces charges stemming from a Jan. 15 accident that left one woman dead and another injured in Gray Court. Steven Renaud Jackson, 38, was arrested this past week by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with felony DUI resulting in death and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.…

Arrest made in Laurens murder case

One arrest has been made in a Laurens murder investigation, but deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office continue to look into the shooting. Brandy Standridge, 32, of Iva has been charged with murder in the shooting of Rasham Walker, 32, of Laurens. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, Walker died of multiple gunshot…

Cities hope for major reform to Business License Reform Bill

Story updated at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 4, 2020 Laurens, S.C. – Officials from the cities of Laurens and Clinton will be heading to Columbia on Tuesday for the Hometown Legislative Action Day, hoping to convince legislators to vote against House Bill H4431, a business license reform bill which could drastically cut revenue for already cash-strapped smaller cities.…