LDHS to replace Allen as girls hoops coach

Laurens District High School is looking for a new girls basketball coach following the resignation of Yoneko Allen. Allen, an acclaimed player for the Raiders, returned to her alma mater and took over as head coach, but the team never enjoyed the success it did when Allen was in uniform herself. “We’re taking applications, and…

Clinton police investigating Saturday homicide

Clinton Police are still investigating the Saturday morning shooting of a Clinton man. Freddie Markell Byrd, 31, was found shot behind a house on Friendship Drive in Clinton. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2 a.m. Saturday, according the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. An Monday autopsy determined the cause of death as a…

New LCSO deputy locates missing toddler

A toddler who wandered away from her Gray Court home Monday afternoon was found in short order by a Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputy who had only officially been sworn in as a deputy a few hours earlier. The 3-year-old girl was located about a mile from her home on Highway 92 in Gray Court…

2 county deaths suspected from COVID-19

The number of people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Laurens County grew to eight through Wednesday afternoon, and one county resident has died from the virus and another is suspected to have succumbed to it. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, two persons exhibiting symptoms of the virus have at Prisma Health…

McMaster strengthens executive orders

• McMaster: ‘Work or stay home’ • Facemasks recommended in public • Hospital systems prepare for more patients with National Guard, 3,500 beds to be added • Churches not ordered to close, online services recommended South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued another executive order intended to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus Monday afternoon, this one requiring…

COVID-19 cases in Laurens County grows to 6

McMaster closes additional businesses, stops short of stay-at-home order South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster shut down other businesses by executive order Friday that had previously been deemed essential as COVID-19 continued to spread across the state. Two additional cases of the novel corona virus were confirmed in Laurens County, bringing the total to six across…

SCHSL makes no call on spring sports, to meet again

The South Carolina High School League executive committee met via conference call Thursday afternoon, but did not come to a definitive decision as to what to do about the remainder of the spring sports seasons for its member schools. All spring sports and practices have been suspended due to the COVID-19 virus. Schools are closed…

Potential impact for Clinton day care, many families, by COVID-19

On Tuesday evening long-time Clinton business Young World Day Care announced a two-week closure for total cleaning after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Two evenings later, however, Young World Day Care Director Gail Cunningham was less focused on the week’s stress on her family’s business than she was about concerns about the children,…

Clinton daycare closes after COVID-19 cases

Clinton, South Carolina – A Wednesday evening release by a Clinton daycare facility confirmed social media reports that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and closed its doors Tuesday. According to the letter, an employee tested positive Tuesday (March 31) and has been in self-quarantine, and the family member of an employee tested positive for the virus…

District 55 buses to deliver WiFi to communities

Beginning today (April 1), Laurens County School District 55 will be placing WiFi equipped school buses at the following locations for students to access the internet and internet-based classroom materials. These buses will be on location for the remainder of this week (April 1-3). They will not be on location during spring break (April 6-13,…