Laurens Drugs burglarized, cash taken

Officers from the Laurens Police Department responded Tuesday morning to a break-in at Laurens Drugs on West Main Street. The burglary apparently occurred overnight either on Monday night or the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the Laurens Police Department. The LPD was called after employees arrived to open the drug store around 8…

Cannon sets Wednesday morning called public session for DPS fate

Clinton, South Carolina – On Monday, Aug. 20, the office of Clinton City Manager Bill Ed Cannon issued an agenda for a second called meeting in as many weeks, and this one is set for first thing this Wednesday morning, Aug. 22. In the 8:30 a.m. meeting, Clinton City Council will hear and vote on second reading…

Laurens woman arrested for starving dog

A Laurens woman accused of starving a dog for a month as it languished on a chain at her residence has been arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with ill-treatment of an animal. Elizabeth Lena James was arrested Thursday evening and booked into the Johnson Detention Center. Laurens County Animal Control had…

Candidate registration closes for non-partisan elections

  Incumbents Tammy Stewart and Jan Bridges Simmons filed over the past week to seek re-election to the Laurens County School District 56 Board of Trustees, while another candidate joined the District 55 school board race just before the registration deadline. The deadline to file with the Laurens County Election Commission for the non-partisan elections…

Clinton council moves to dissolve Public Safety Department

Story by Judith Brown Without a single question or comment by members of Clinton City Council in open session, on Thursday council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to dissolve the Department of Public Safety, and soon after the vote a discussion and questions about council’s knowledge of the measures resulted in a series of angry…

Discolored water temporary and safe, says CPW

Laurens, South Carolina  – According to a press release by the Laurens Commission of Public Works, some Laurens area residents have been experiencing discolored tap water over the last few days. CPW general manager John Young told commissioners Monday night that this is caused by higher than normal levels of manganese. Manganese is a common, naturally occurring mineral…

Clinton man guilty of sexually assaulting young girl

A Clinton man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 repeatedly over a six-year span was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in 8th Circuit Court at the Laurens County Hillcrest Judicial Complex. After four days of testimony, a jury found Michael Cliff Eubanks, 32, guilty of one count each…

SCHP: Safety a priority as school year begins

Troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol are doing what they can to remind people who share the roads that the beginning of the school year brings with it more traffic and additional responsibilities as a driver. “With kids going back to school, we want to remind people particularly about school bus safety,” said SCHP Cpl.…

Bailey named principal at E.B. Morse

Jason Bailey was appointed principal at E.B. Morse Elementary School at a special called meeting Tuesday of the Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees. Bailey replaces Lynn Owings, who resigned to accept a position with the South Carolina State Department of Education. He comes to E.B. Morse after serving as an assistant principal…

Lander scholarship created for late student

GREENWOOD ­– The parents of James Logan Lusk have established two Lander University scholarships to honor the memory of their son, who lost his life in a single-car accident in February while returning to school on U.S. Highway 25 in Laurens County. Beginning with the 2018 academic year, the Logan Lusk Angel Memorial Science Scholarship and Logan…