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…

Pitts to stay with District 56

February 14, 2017

Laurens School District 56 Assistant Superintendent David Pitts will remain at his current post after becoming a finalist for the top job at Greenwood District 52. Pitts, who also serves on the Laurens County Council, was among three finalists for the position, which went to Ninety Six High School Principal Rex Ward Monday night. Ward…

Weekend accidents claim two lives

February 13, 2017

A pair of weekend accidents brought the total number of traffic fatalities in Laurens County to six since the beginning of 2017. Derrick Cofield, 38, of 110 Benson Place Drive in Newberry, was in a single-car accident Friday and died Sunday afternoon at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Cofield was travelling on East Jerry Road on his birthday,…

Dr. Peters addresses bond referendum at forum

February 10, 2017

Dr. Peters lays out case for District 55’s $109 million bond referendum, fields questions Next forum scheduled for Monday By Daniel J. Lauer For the Advertiser Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters faced a capacity crowd Tuesday evening in the Hickory Tavern School auditorium during the first of four scheduled community forums…