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Ford janitor charged in theft, students’ Charleston trip still on

May 10, 2018

• Sheriff: Anonymous donation to replace stolen money A class from Ford Elementary School will still be going on a field trip to Charleston despite having $1,200 the students had raised for the trip stolen from their classroom. Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds posted on his Facebook page that an anonymous donation to replace the…

Kempster family voices son’s struggle with mental illness

May 8, 2018

The family of the Clinton teenager arrested this past week for making threats toward a local school on social media issued a statement to The Advertiser late Friday. The teen’s mother, Kristy Wirth Kempster sent the statement through a Facebook message, and she cited her son’s battle with mental illness as the reason behind the…

Joanna man hit, killed by train

May 8, 2018

A Joanna man was killed Thursday, May 5 after being hit by a train while apparently walking on the railroad tracks near his home. Earl Wright, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:03 a.m., according to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. An autopsy report stated that Wright died of multiple blunt-force injuries. Cheek said the…

‘Bark Out Loud’ leads off busy month of May

May 3, 2018

The inaugural “Bark Out Loud” fundraising event is set for Saturday, May 5 at the Chick-Fil-A in Laurens. The event, which is organized by the Laurens Police Department K9 Unit and Tractor Supply, is to get started at 8 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. – or longer. Money raised will be donated to the…

Clinton teen arrested for social-media threats

May 3, 2018

A Clinton teenager was arrested Wednesday by deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with making threats toward a school. Damon Keith Kempster, 17, of Torrington Road in Clinton, was charged with breach of peace of a high-and-aggravated nature, according to a release from the LCSO. The deputies initially responded to an altercation…

Victim’s daughter recalls father as VFW trial concludes

May 1, 2018

Libby Burroughs, daughter of the slain Jim Bolt, attempted to describe her father to everyone in the courtroom Thursday, especially to the man who had just been convicted of killing him in 2003. Arthur “A.J.” Bowers hung his head and stared downward from the moment the guilty verdict was read by 8th Circuit Judge Donald…

LCSO, Gaston Police awaiting answers from Waterloo investigation

May 1, 2018

A missing persons case more than two decades old found its way to Laurens County this past week as officials searched a property in Waterloo for the remains of a missing North Carolina woman. A ground-penetrating radar system was used to look underneath a cement pad that was once the floor of a backyard utility…

LPD arrests 2 on child-abuse charges

May 1, 2018

The Laurens Police Department has arrested two people suspected of injuring two 13-month-old toddlers in a case of child abuse. Randy Burnside Jr. was arrested Tuesday morning after the Laurens Police Department asked for the public’s assistance in locating him. Burnside was charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and two counts…

Controversy ensues from legislator’s school district consolidation bills

April 28, 2018

Laurens County, SC – South Carolina Rep. Mike Pitts’ bills regarding financial oversight of the school budget and consolidation of the two primary school districts in Laurens County sailed through the South Carolina House in Columbia Thursday morning, surprising at least some of the local lawmakers and blindsiding members of local school boards and district…

LCSO aiding in Waterloo search for missing N.C. woman

April 27, 2018

By John Clayton, Editor Laurens County, SC – Authorities are searching today (Friday, Aug. 27) for a body in a missing-person cold case near the intersection of Lois Lane and Serene Drive in Waterloo. The Gaston County, N.C. case dates back to the mid-1990s and involves a missing woman. According to Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Capt.…