Power crews head out to assist after Dorian

Crews from Laurens Electric Cooperative (LEC) and Laurens Commission of Public Works (LCPW) left early Friday morning to assist utility companies struggling to get customers’ power back up after Dorian’s sweep through the South Carolina Lowcountry and Midlands, which is good news for the more than 202,000 electric customers who were still without power Friday morning. Six…

Volunteers prepare for ‘Team Up to Cleanup’

The Quarterly Community Cleanup, part of the Keep Laurens County Beautiful Campaign, will take place this Saturday, Sept. 7, and there are already 20 groups signed up to participate, according to Dianne Wyatt with the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the program. Safety vests, trash bags and gloves are available at the chamber,…

Referendum discussion for public Thursday at Ridge

The Laurens County Council has scheduled an informational meeting concerning a potential Capital Project Sales Tax for Thursday, Sept.  5, at The Ridge at Laurens. Council members voted in March to place a referendum for a capital project sales tax on the ballot for the November 2020 General Election, asking local voters to decide on…

Suspect caught after Saturday evening Hwy 14 chase, wreck

Laurens SC – The LCSO sent a release regarding the chase which ended in a wreck on SC Hwy 14 outside of Laurens.: “Today at approximately 7 p.m., a Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop after observing an individual potentially involved in a drug transaction. The subject refused to stop for the…

High speed chase ends with wreck in Laurens

First update –  8:15 p.m. Laurens , South Carolina – According to reports, a white Chevy Caprice crashed into a tree near SC Hwy 14 following a high speed chase through and near Laurens City limits shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Officers were seen searching the area for the car’s occupants. Laurens City Police Chief…

Beach Bash, Finally Friday and Comin’ Home to Cross Hill spread music, fun across county

The final days of August offer plenty of family fun in Clinton with its Thursday Beach Bash, in Laurens and its Finally Friday! and in Cross Hill with the annual Comin’ Home to Cross Hill Festival and Saturday morning parade. Aside from food and other shopping options, all of the events are free. The fun…

Motorists, cyclists must stay aware while sharing roads

By John Clayton, Editor Gray Court, South Carolina The death of a Simpsonville cyclist on a Laurens County road this past week served as a reminder that sharing roadways is a partnership among motorists and the Upstate’s growing cycling community, said Jody Thibodeau of the Laurens Police Department Bicycle Unit. “People just need to slow…

Name released of cyclist killed in Gray Court

Updated Friday 8/22, 5 p.m. Gray Court, S.C. – A vehicle vs bicycle accident Thursday evening resulted in the death of a bicycle rider 1.4 miles north of Gray Court. According to Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek, Richard Bouchard, 67, of Cassidi Court, Simpsonville, was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on 101 N…

Suspect in Waffle House assault case arrested, released

Laurens, South Carolina The search for the suspect in the alleged assault of two Laurens Waffle House employees has ended as the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest was made Wednesday afternoon, and today he was released from Johnson Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond. Jose Antonio Montano of Greenville, South Carolina, was arrested on…

District 55 requires clear bags for athletic, other events

By John Clayton Editor      Laurens, South Carolina – A new policy requiring clear bags for athletic and other events at some Laurens District 55 schools went into place this week with the opening of the school year.    In a release, District 55 officials said the move to require the clear bags is over…