Cross Hill man dies in motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist died Friday night after being struck by another vehicle on Harris Springs Road near Cross Hill. The victim was identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office as Earnest Raynor, 56, of Cross Hill. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Raynor was piloting a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle north on Harris Springs Road about…

County police officer of the year to be honored

Three local law enforcement officers have been nominated for the 2019 Laurens County Police Officer of the Year award. The award is given annually to an officer from among the Clinton Police Department, Laurens Police Department or the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. This year’s awards luncheon is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, May 14 at…

SCHP searching for leads in hit and run

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still looking for information concerning a high-and-run incident that occurred Thursday on Trinity Church Road in Laurens. According to the SCHP, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle around 8:39 p.m. Thursday on Trinity Church Road near U.S. Highway 76. The vehicle involved, believed to be a Chevrolet SUV,…

Former caregiver charged in abuse case

A former employee of Whitten Center in Clinton was arrested Monday by investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and charged with abusing a client of the center in 2017. Ivory Dakota Williams, 28, was charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult and was booked into the Johnson Detention Center, where she remained…

Caime gets 3-year contract extension from county

The Laurens County Council voted unanimously to extend the contract of County Administrator Jon Caime following an executive session at its Aug. 23 meeting. Caime’s extension is for three more years, and he said its compensation package is the same as his original three-year deal. Caime was hired away from the same post in Hart…

Laurens County teachers rally with peers

Around 60 educators from Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 are expected to participate in today’s “SC for Ed” rally in Columbia. Laurens County District 55 spokesman Ed Murray said about 10 percent of the teachers in Laurens District 55 – about 50 teachers – have requested the use of personal days to attend…

Dates set for county council special election, Jones sworn in

The dates have been set for the special election that will fill the District 4 seat on Laurens County Council. Former Councilman Stewart Jones (R-Laurens) resigned from his spot on council after winning the District 14 seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives on April 23. Jones defeated fellow Councilman Garrett McDaniel for the…

Sip & Stroll, Relay for Life, 5K, etc….Event-filled weekend begins Thursday

Laurens County, SC –  This weekend is filled with numerous opportunities for Laurens County residents beginning Thursday.   Thursday evening, the editors of the Discovering Laurens County book series will be signing books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Holmes Photography and the Square Roots Store.   Also on Thursday, at The Ridge in Laurens the…

City of Clinton chosen for $20,000 in TD Green Space funding

Clinton, South Carolina – For the second year, the City of Clinton is among 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 TD Green Space Grant. Director of Utilities Joey Meadors said he expects the city to work with Clinton Canopy to develop specific plans for the funds. “We virtually did…

Late PC coach memorialized, remembered

Calhoun Folk “Cally” Gault, the man who became synonymous with Presbyterian College football and arguably the institution’s most recognizable alumnus passed away Friday. He was 91. Gault, who graduated from PC in 1948, returned to his alma mater in 1963 and led the Blue Hose football program until 1984, winning 127 games and a pair…