Roberts testifies in own defense in VFW Bolt accessory trial

April 26, 2017

A morning of sometimes-contentious testimony in the trial of Brenda Roberts ended Wednesday before noon with Roberts taking the stand in her own defense. Roberts is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the 2003 murder and armed robbery of James Bolt at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Laurens. She is…

1st trial begins in VFW Bolt murder

April 26, 2017

Nearly 14 years after the murder of James Bolt, the trial of a woman charged with accessory after the fact began Monday in 8th Circuit Court. Brenda Roberts, 65, was arrested in July of 2015 in Laurens County. About that same time, Arthur Jason “A.J.” Bowers, who was then living in Murrells Inlet, S.C., was…

County retirees to voice insurance concerns

April 24, 2017

Retirees from Laurens County will have a chance to voice their opinions on their insurance coverage during Tuesday night’s Laurens County Council meeting. The Laurens County Council recently voted to enforce a policy that would shift the cost of some insurance premiums back to the retirees. Those retirees claim that the county is responsible for…

Bike to School planned for E.B. Morse students

April 20, 2017

The Laurens Police Department is making plans for its inaugural Bike to School Day for students at E.B. Morse Elementary School on Tuesday, May 23. The ride to school will begin for kindergarten-through-fifth graders at 7:50 a.m. at Collyar Park. “We want to have a parade-style ride and encourage people to come out and cheer…

2 more lives claimed on county roadways

April 18, 2017

Two more people were killed on Laurens County roadways this past week, bringing the total of highway deaths within county lines to 15 this year. Just before sunrise on Monday, Zahri Mahmoud Abozahri was struck while riding a bicycle on S.C. Highway 101 North about a half-mile south of I-385. Mahmoud, 22, of Gray Court,…

Committee cuts architects for potential new LDHS to 2

April 12, 2017

A Laurens School District 55 committee composed of administrators and Board of Trustees member Robbie Bell narrowed a list of architects for a proposed new Laurens District High School down to two at a Thursday morning meeting. The two architectural firms chosen from 11 initial applications are Jumper-Carter-Sease Architects of West Columbia and SfL+a Architects…

Clinton, Musgrove Mill prepare for golf, unknown

April 11, 2017

The staff at Musgrove Mill Golf Club knows what to expect and what to do when the men’s ACC Golf Tournament arrives in Clinton for the first time next week. But for the City of Clinton, it’s a new world filled with more ifs than whens. “This is all new for us,” said Clinton’s Amanda…

Clinton gets set for Saturday egg hunt

April 6, 2017

The city of Clinton will hold its Community Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. “We are doing the Easter egg hunt at Pine Haven Park off Highway 72,” said Mary-Wallace Riley, events coordinator with the City of Clinton. Pine Haven Park is located beside the American Legion Hut across…

Habitat to hold dedication, groundbreaking this Saturday

April 6, 2017

Laurens County Habitat for Humanity will hold a dedication for its newest home at 274 South Harper Street Extension in Laurens at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The April 8 event will also include a groundbreaking ceremony for Habitat’s next project at an adjacent lot. “We’ll be doing the groundbreaking on a lot right beside that…

Snake’s demise causes Clinton outages

April 5, 2017

A snake in a Gary Street substation in Clinton had an unfortunate end late Tuesday night and it took out the power for much of the city in the process, according to Dale Satterfield, the director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Clinton. “We had an outage about 11:15 Tuesday night,…