Neighbors save woman, dogs from house fire

A fire that gutted a home on Fleming Street Extension in Laurens Monday afternoon could have been more tragic if not for the actions of a teenager and good neighbors. According to reports, neighbor Brianna Plaia helped an elderly woman from the home, while husband Kris Plaia rescued a dog from inside the house and…

Jones defeats McDaniel for Dist. 14 seat

Republican Stewart Jones won Tuesday night’s special election for the State House District 14 seat, defeating fellow Laurens County Councilman Garrett McDaniel for the vacant seat. Jones finished with 56.4 percent of the vote in Laurens County and easily took four Greenwood precincts with 226 votes, compared to 82 for McDaniel. In Laurens County, Jones…

Laurens Spring Festival, egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, Laurens YMCA

Laurens, SC – The Laurens Department of Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Spring Festival and Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.  as usual, though the location has been changed to the Laurens Family YMCA. Egg hunts at the Laurens Family Y will start promptly at 10 and will be divided into different age groups,…

Easter egg hunt options Thursday a.m. in Clinton, Saturday in Laurens

With City of Clinton’s Vance Park totally saturated by early morning rains Saturday, the City of Clinton was forced to cancel its Saturday afternoon Hoppy Easter Festival this past weekend, and a smaller version of the festival will now take place this Thursday morning, April 18, at Woodbridge. “Woodbridge was one of the primary sponsors…

Jones, McDaniel set for Tuesday’s Dist. 14 special election

With the long-awaited special election for the State House District 14 seat looming Tuesday, candidates Stewart Jones and Garrett McDaniel are entering the final stretch of their respective campaigns. Polls will open in District 14 in Laurens and Greenwood counties at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Voters will choose between the Republican…

Alleged Laurens County Hospital shooter denied bond

A Clinton man who allegedly carried a handgun into the Laurens County Hospital emergency room and shot a hospital police officer Thursday morning now faces attempted murder and other charges related to the incident. Kevin Boyce Patterson, 27, is being held in the Johnson Detention Center without bond after being charged with attempted murder, kidnapping…

Gray Court installs new mayor, councilwoman

Newly elected Gray Court Mayor Stellartean Jones presided over a meeting of the town council for the first time since her election in March. Jones was sworn into office Monday night along with newcomer town council Shaterica Neal and veteran councilman Adolphus Brewster, who will begin his 40th year on council. “I thought everything went…

Gray Court honors former mayor for service

Former Gray Court Mayor John Carter typically delivered one-liners as he said good-bye to the office he held for 32 years. “If anybody could give me a ride to the unemployment office tomorrow morning, I’d appreciate it,” Carter joked following the regular meeting of the Gray Court Town Council Monday night. It was the first…

Prisma Laurens County responds to Thursday morning shooting

From Prisma Health release: Clinton, SC –  In a release sent to media Thursday evening, Prisma Health leaders credited law enforcement and team members at Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital for helping quickly resolve an active-shooter incident that occurred just before 2 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at the hospital. Greenville Health Authority (GHA) Police were…

27-year-old Clinton man charged in Prisma hospital shooting

This post was updated 9:42 Friday morning, April 12 with a current booking photo. Laurens County, S.C. – A Clinton man, Kevin Boyce Patterson, 27, has been booked at the Johnson Detention Center and charged by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officers with attempted murder, kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm after an altercation…