Donalds man, Enoree woman killed in accidents

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night when another vehicle turned into his path on Highway 49 outside of Laurens. Kevin Bruce McClain, 54, of Donalds was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 7:45 p.m. According to Trooper Joe Hovis of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, McClain was riding a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle…

Fire erupts, destroying campers at RV park

Roger and Phyllis Knox arrived at their lakeside getaway at T Roy’s Landing Monday in Cross Hill looking forward to a week of relaxation. Within 20 minutes, those plans were interrupted when a heating unit malfunctioned in the couple’s camper, causing a fire that quickly destroyed their camper along with another on a neighboring lot.…

Gray Court Councilman Brewster dies at 72

  Adolphus Gentry Brewster, longtime Gray Court Town Councilman and former president of the Laurens County chapter of the NAACP, died Saturday. Brewster, 72, had struggled with recent health issues. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cannon Brewster, son Garnard Brewster and daughter Geneik Brewster. Also surviving, his brother, Stanley Brewster, six grandchildren and…

Sunny Saturday options include Community Cleanup Day, Musgrove Mill hike

The rain should be finishing up by Friday morning, giving the ground a little bit of time to dry out before some planned outdoor activities this weekend, including Saturday morning’s guided hike at Musgrove Mill, and a volunteer-driven Community Cleanup morning. At 10 a.m. on Saturday March 7, the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will…

Census 2020 needs your numbers

Every 10 years since 1790, the United States government has launched a census to try and count every resident within the nation. At Clinton City Council Monday night, Census Partnership Specialist Carolyn Calwise of Atlanta explained to council members why an accurate count is essential to the federal funds which flow into each county. She…

It’s official: Cheek appointed county coroner

A nearly three-month wait for Vickie Cheek ended Monday when she received a letter from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster confirming her appointment as Laurens County Coroner. With the executive order from McMaster, Cheek will complete the unexpired term of former coroner Nick Nicholls, who died suddenly in December. The order was signed by McMaster…

Stumbo to seek third term

David Stumbo will seek a third term as 8th Circuit Solicitor, the chief prosecutor for Laurens, Abbeville, Greenwood and Newberry counties. Stumbo announced his intention to seek re-election in an email Tuesday morning. “We have come a long way in the past seven years to change the culture of this office and strengthen relationships in…

Chastain enters race for sheriff

An already crowded field of candidates for Laurens County Sheriff grew larger Tuesday with the addition of former sheriff Ricky Chastain. Chastain, who served as sheriff from 2000 until he was defeated in 2016 by current Sheriff Don Reynolds, announced his candidacy for the office in an email Tuesday. “It takes everyone working together to…

Biden takes Laurens County in unofficial results

Laurens County, South Carolina – Laurens County went big for Joe Biden according to the unofficial results posted just before 9 p.m. by the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Laurens County. The polls opened at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. Of the 4,850 votes cast across Laurens County, 2,410,…

Withdrawn names on ballot, precinct changes for Saturday primary

In advance of Saturday’s 2020 Preferred Presidential Primary for the Democratic candidates, representatives from the national campaigns visited with Laurens County residents last week, and this week those still in the running have been in Charleston, with more heading to Greenville ahead of Saturday. In the meantime, the Board of Voter Registration and Elections for…