Puppy mill shut down, two arrested

Two people have been arrested on charges of animal cruelty by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office after a puppy mill was shut down Wednesday on Indian Mound Road in rural Ware Shoals. A puppy in poor health purchased from the suspects led to the investigation that began Tuesday and concluded with the last animals being…

Person killed in Highway 14 wreck

UPDATE: Victim identified as Patricia Black Wootton, 76, of Laurens. A head-on collision on Highway 14 Tuesday morning in Gray Court claimed one life. It was the first traffic fatality of 2020 in Laurens County. The accident occurred on Highway 14 at Equinox Road, according to the South Carolna Highway Patrol. A gold Chevrolet sedan…

District 55 to hire new superintendent from within

The Laurens School District 55 Board of Trustees spent part of Tuesday night in executive session during a called meeting to decide the next step in finding a new superintendent. After emerging from executive session, the board voted 5-2 to hire the next District 55 superintendent from among several potential candidates already working for the…

Man gets 27 years for attempted murder

A Fountain Inn man was sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court to attempted murder. Quientin Eugene Spearman, 54, pleaded guilty to the October 2018 stabbing of a woman in Fountain Inn. He was arrested by Fountain Inn police after he stabbed his then girlfriend several…

Intense winds leave path of destruction in Clinton

A strong and very fast storm which hugged the north side of Clinton Saturday night brought down dozens of trees, took out power to more than a thousand residents and left at least a few families looking for housing. Damage stretched from the area near Clinton High School through Willard Road and North Adair Street…

Utility pole fire requires cooperation, short-term outage Tuesday

Laurens, SC – A Duke Energy utility pole fire Monday night led a required power outage Tuesday afternoon for about 75 electric customers of the Laurens Commission of Public Works. The incident began when CPW was contacted by Laurens County Dispatch about a fire high up utility pole on Church Street Monday night. “Someone had reported…

Small scale power outage required by CPW Tuesday afternoon

Laurens Commission of Public Works has cut electric power for a couple of hours near Lakeview and Lynn Ave.  Tuesday afternoon (today) as it assists Duke Energy with an issue regarding a fire on a Church Street utility pole. CPW crews assisted Duke Energy Monday night and again Tuesday morning when a Duke Energy utility pole on…

SWAT Team called in Gray Court arrest

A traffic stop Thursday in Gray Court led to a chase and stand off with Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies as well as activation of the county’s SWAT team. Jonathan Mark Fuller, 60, of Gray Court was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a blue light, felon in possession of a fire arm…

LDHS coach Liner to take Greenwood reins

Laurens District High School head football coach Chris Liner is leaving the helm of the Raiders after six seasons. Liner, a former Greenwood High assistant, is returning to the Eagles’ program as head coach. Former Eagles head coach Dan Pippin retired as football coach after the 2018 season. Greenwood finished 6-5 overall this past season…

Clinton petitions governor to vote against business license act

At its regular Monday night meeting, Clinton City Council voted to sign a petition joining other cities requesting that the governor vote against what is being called the South Carolina Business License Tax Reform Act. Mayor Bob McLean said that, as he understood, every mayor was sent a copy of the petition because if it…