Council creates career ladder, pay scale for EMS

The Laurens County Council voted unanimously to put together a career ladder and standardize pay for the county’s EMS employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night. County Administrator Jon Caime said the new organizational chart and pay scale for EMS workers will help retention within the agency. “This career ladder will help people give people…

Nash remembered as county leader, servant

Friends and colleagues remembered Ted Goodwin Nash as a “Fountain Inn man through and through” following the former long-time Laurens County Councilman’s death this past week. Nash, 81, died on Thursday, July 4. He was laid to rest Sunday at Harmony Baptist Church in Fountain Inn. Nash’s health had been in decline for some time.…

Patterson wins Dist. 4 seat in landslide

Brown Patterson had been active behind the scenes in local politics for some time, watching and absorbing the issues facing Laurens County. Soon, he will have a chance to put that information to use. On Tuesday, Patterson won the Republican Primary election for the District 4 seat on Laurens County Council, defeating Jennifer Garrett in…

Kid’s Day this Saturday a.m. at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

On July 20, the Battle at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will be offering a Kid’s Day program from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 8-15, and another will be offered next month, Saturday, Aug. 24. The morning with the South Carolina Park Ranger will include a one hour Ranger-guided hike of the 1.1…

County Council Dist. 4 GOP Primary set for Tuesday

The Republican Primary election between Laurens County Council District 4 candidates Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson is set for Tuesday, July 9. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. With only GOP candidates Patterson and Garrett running for the District 4 seat, the winner of the primary election will be the presumed…

Laurens woman dies in two-car accident

A two-car collision on Highway 14 just outside of Gray Court resulted in a fatality just after 2 a.m. Friday. Kacey Craigo, 28, of Laurens succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident after being transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Justin Sutherland said the Jeep SUV driven by the victim crossed…

Quaint evening parades, fireworks set for long holiday, July 3-5

Local residents don’t need to leave the county to find patriotic Fourth of July celebrations, as there are several options for fun. Two events take place this evening, Wednesday, July 3. • The City of Laurens is hosting its annual Riverfront Freedom Festival, with Laurens-based band, Outshyne performing from 7-9 p.m. After a patriotic tribute, fireworks…

Safety tips for holiday weekend celebrations

The July 4 holiday is a time for celebration, but it also comes with perils for pets, people traveling and revelers. Laurens County Humane and Litter Supervisor Geoff Brown said the noise from fireworks can prove particularly dangerous for family dogs. “Neighbors will set of fireworks and the dogs will injure themselves trying to get…

Update: Both suspects in animal abuse case arrested

An arrest was made Monday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in a case of animal abuse at a Gray Court residence. Laurens County Animal Control Officers responded to reports of ill-treated and neglected along with deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at a residence on Tractor Road. They seized two horses, a cat…

Court upholds Green murder conviction

A South Carolina appellate court upheld the murder conviction of a Laurens man convicted of murder in the 2016 slaying of a local teenager. Attorneys for Fabian Green filed an appeal in early March, asking that the murder conviction and 45-year sentence levied in 8th Circuit Court be overturned. Green was convicted of murder and…