Nichols dies after 37 years in coroner’s office

Laurens County Coroner F. G. “Nick” Nichols died Monday afternoon, county officials confirmed. Nichols was in his 37th year as Laurens County coroner. He was elected to what proved to be his final term in 2016, fending off a challenge from William Weir by about 1,700 votes. Nichols had suffered several medical setbacks over the…

Bell: New superintendent search to start in 2020

The search for a new superintendent for Laurens County District 55 is to begin in earnest after the New Year. Laurens County District 55 Board of Trustees Chairman Robby Bell said the board will conduct a work session in early January to map out a plan for replacing Dr. Stephen Peters. Peters resigned Monday night…

Animal shelter over capacity after animal seizures

Laurens County Animal Control took in 40 dogs over a three-day period this past weekend, beginning with two animal seizures in Cross Hill. According to Laurens County Animal Control Manager Geoff Brown, seven dogs were seized at one residence with four of those being malnourished. At another residence, one dog and 16 cats were living…

Fountain Inn man killed in wreck, arrest made in fatal hit and run

A Fountain Inn man died in a I-385 crash early Saturday morning near Exit 30. According to reports, David Johnson, 71 was killed in the single-vehicle wreck and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The wreck occurred just before 4:30 a.m. Saturday.   Arrest made in Enoree hit and run An Enoree man…

Scott makes quick Laurens visit

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) held a short question-and-answer session Tuesday at the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, addressing some of the problems facing local farmers, immigration and the high price of health care. Scott’s staff arranged the visit through the Chamber and the Laurens County Development Corporation and spoke to a small crowd of around…

Peters resigns as District 55 superintendent

Laurens County District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters announced his resignation Monday night at the District 55 Board of Trustees meeting after almost four years on the job. Peters, who was hired to lead District 55 in 2016, will stay on the job until the end of the academic year. After that, he will join…

Thursday PMPA meeting offers solution for supplemental power discord

Update note: Includes broader supplemental power agreements description. While the city councils of Laurens and Clinton handled an issue in very different ways, both councils approved resolutions this week ahead of a Thursday morning, Nov. 21, meeting of the Piedmont Municipal Power Authority. At issue is the supplemental power agreements that the 10 cities have…

Suspects sought in auto theft, kidnapping

Clinton police are still looking for suspects involved in a car theft and apparent accidental kidnapping Sunday night. According to the Clinton Police Department, a black 2008 Ford Fusion was stolen from the Pilot travel center at Highway 56 North and I-26. When the car was taken, a 1-year-old child was inside the vehicle. Clinton…

LCWSC breaks ground on $50 million project

The Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission ceremonially broke ground Thursday on a project nearly 50 years in the making. LCWSC Executive Director Jeff Field said the inspiration for the project came from the leaders of the Rabon Creek Water District, the predecessor of the LCWSC. A total of $5.8 million in funding from the…

Toddler killed in hit and run, Laurens man charged

A Laurens man with a lengthy criminal record who police say was driving on a suspended license was arrested and charged in the hit-and-run death of a 17-month-old girl Sunday. Adrian Daniel Brown, 33, was traveling west in a 1996 Dodge pickup on Belleview Church Road in Laurens when he allegedly struck three pedestrians, killing…