Bishop wins Cross Hill mayor race, Jones is top vote getter for council

March 7, 2017

Long-time Cross Hill town councilman Randy Bishop was elected the town’s mayor in Tuesday night’s election, which also seated two new council members along with two incumbents. Bishop defeated political newcomer Bobby Kersey, 69-10, earning 85.2 percent of the mayoral vote. Newcomer Beverly Lindsay Jones was the top vote getter among six people vying for…

Laurens man enters guilty plea on marriage fraud charges

March 7, 2017

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated on March 2 that Jason Bolt, 39, of Laurens, pled guilty on Feb. 27 in federal court in Florence, to Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence, accepted the plea and will…

Waterloo principal moved to district post

March 3, 2017

Waterloo Elementary School Principal Taria McIntosh (nee Taria Stokes) is being transferred to a district-level position effective for the remainder of the school year, according to a press release Friday afternoon from Laurens School District 55. Jennifer Abercrombie, who is currently assistant principal at E.B. Morse Elementary will take over as interim principal at Waterloo.…

Violent storm wreaks havoc in county

March 3, 2017

A mild, sunny day, typical of this un-wintry winter, gave way to violent thunderstorms Wednesday evening that left thousands of Laurens County residents without electricity and some with damaged property. A massive storm front, which included heavy winds, rain and hail in some areas, rolled through the county after 6 p.m. That’s when Kenneth and…

Laurens man pleads in federal court

March 1, 2017

A Laurens man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Greenville to charges stemming from a robbery of a drug store in Laurens. Iquill Wayne Morrison, 22, pleaded guilty to obstruction of commerce by robbery and to use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Morrison, who was being held in the Laurens County…

Laurens City Council lessens pay increase

March 1, 2017

Laurens City Council amended and approved second reading of an ordinance Wednesday that will give the mayor and council members pay increases. The amended ordinance will grant $100 monthly increases for council members and the mayor. The original ordinance asked for $300 increases across the board in monthly stipends, which would have meant increases of…

‘Meth cook’ sentenced to 15 years

February 23, 2017

A Waterloo man identified by prosecutors as a “longtime meth cook” was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after being found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamines. Roy Ellis Smith, 51, of Waterloo, was convicted for a third time of narcotics-related crimes by the Eighth Circuit Court. The jury took only an hour to return the…

LCSO deputies involved in chase

February 22, 2017

A deputy from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office avoided injury Wednesday when suspects in a Gray Court break-in attempted to run the deputy over. The deputy fired two shots into the wheel well of the silver sedan driven by the suspects to disable the vehicle and arrested its occupants. According to the LCSO, deputies responded to…

Fatal crash near Hickory Tavern

February 20, 2017

An adult and two children are dead following a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Neely Ferry Road near Covenant Drive in Laurens County near Hickory Tavern. A fourth victim was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the three deceased victims were from Clinton and none were wearing seat belts while traveling…

County council approves pipeline letter

February 17, 2017

The Laurens County Council approved the content of a letter concerning the Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission pipeline that will run through the county. The letter urges Dominion to use existing rights-of-way “without disturbing or encroaching upon additional private lands.” Council also said the proposed route for the pipeline will “disrupt long-standing forestry programs as well…