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District 55 addresses fights at LDHS

February 10, 2017

A substantial portion of the Laurens District 55 High School student body stayed home Friday after three incidents of violence at LDHS on Tuesday and Thursday with rumors of more to come circulating on social media and in the community. District 55 officials addressed the incidents at a Friday morning press conference, saying an increased…

LCSO Blood Drive set for Monday

February 9, 2017

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13 at the Sheriff’s Office at 216 West Main St., in Laurens. The drive will run from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. All donors will receive a sweatshirt and 200 reward points from The Blood Connection.

LDHS student in fight to face charges as adult

February 7, 2017

A Laurens District 55 High School student who allegedly injured another with a knife during an early morning incident Tuesday in the school gym will be charged as an adult, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The student who instigated the incident has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated…

Mountville woman, 91, dies in crash

February 3, 2017

A Mountville woman was killed early Friday morning when the car in which she was a passenger ran off the road and crashed into a tree on Lisbon Road. Helen Coates, 91, of 289 Breazeale Creek Drive in Mountville was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Her husband, James Coates, 93, was driving a…

Early morning fire destroys Waterloo home

February 2, 2017

WATERLOO – Firefighters responded to an early morning call that destroyed a residence at 312 Cochise Drive in Waterloo. According to reports, two residents were asleep when smoke detectors woke them, and they discovered the rear of the home on fire. The call went out at 3:04 a.m. Thursday, and the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department…

Clinton burglar sentenced to 20 years

February 2, 2017

  A Clinton man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of charges stemming from 2012 Clinton home break-in. Keaston Kinard, 23, was convicted of first-degree burglary, safecracking and grand larceny after a two-day trial in Eighth Circuit Court at the Laurens County Courthouse. “A family should be able to…

District 55 to host forums on bond issue

February 1, 2017

The Laurens County District 55 Board and administration will host a series of four public forums concerning a proposed bond referendum to build a new Laurens District High School. The first of those four forums will be held Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Hickory Tavern. “We want to have a question-and-answer period with out…

LDHS junior, Clemson student take Miss LC crowns

January 28, 2017

Five different judges chose Kathryn Tribble, a junior at LDHS, as Miss Laurens County Outstanding Teen 2017 and Clemson University student Kyndall Ellis as Miss Laurens County 2017 Saturday night at the LDHS Lecture theater. The two winners were selected from fields of three Teen contestants and four Miss contestants following their competition in judges…

Fountain Inn man killed in crash

January 26, 2017

A single-car accident on Fairview Road near Quercus Run in claimed the life of a Fountain Inn man Wednesday night. Robert Harper, 54, of 285 Barynyard Rd., in Fountain Inn was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 10 p.m. According the S.C. Highway Patrol, Harper lost control of his…

Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 76

January 25, 2017

A Joanna man was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by two automobiles Tuesday night on S.C. Highway 76. Stephen E. Rhodes, 35, of 501 Browning Ave. in Joanna was walking toward Clinton about about an eighth-mile from his home when he was struck by the vehicles. He was pronounced dead at 10:10…