Laurens council hires Cofield as first female chief of Laurens Police Department

After less than a week as acting chief of police, Chrissie Cofield was named as the chief of the Laurens Police Department. The hire was announced Tuesday after a very short executive session at Laurens City Council’s regular meeting. “Chrissie Cofield is your new chief,” said Mayor John Stankus, and several visitors in the audience…

Laurens fugitive arrested in Mississippi

A Laurens man wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping and abuse of a vulnerable adult is in jail in Hernando, Mississippi awaiting extradition back to Laurens County. Joseph Dwain Bryan was arrested by DeSoto County sheriff’s deputies Friday after a routine traffic stop, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Bryan was taken into custody and is being…

4 arrested on drug, theft charges by LPD

Four arrests were made by the Laurens Police Department early Monday after an investigation yielded a cache of drugs and stolen property on North Harper Street in Laurens. James Chorly, Jr., 29, of Gaston, Neo Desmond Haywood, 32, of Swansea, Paris D’Shawn Sutton, 20, of Gaston, and Dakarie Quinzell Jefferson, 24, of St. Matthews were…

School Districts 55 and 56, LA closed Thursday

Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 will be closed Thursday due to severe weather expected from Hurricane Michael. Laurens Academy announced that it will be closed Thursday as well. The county is currently under a tropical storm warning. The national weather service has placed Laurens County in a Tropical Storm Warning zone, which means…

LCSO seeking suspect in abuse case

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Laurens County man wanted on charges of kidnaping, attempted murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Joseph Dwain Bryan had yet to be located as of Monday after arrest warrants were obtained by the LCSO. Bryan could be in the company of three females – Mary Haggy,…

Walking Dead Woods haunted trail open this weekend

The Walking Dead Woods haunted trail will be open this upcoming weekend on Friday and Saturday nights at Ceramtec Park in Laurens. Walking Dead Woods, which is a fundraiser for the Laurens Police Department’s Christmas in the City program, will open Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at dusk and remain open until around 10…

Votes sought as LCPW’s patriotic tank up for Tank of the Year

Laurens, SC –  The patriotic design and painting on the Laurens Commission of Public Works’ Fleming Street water tank has been nominated for Tank of the Year, and CPW officials are hoping residents will help by voting.       “Voting began Oct. 8 and ends Oct. 19,” said GIS/Mapping Director Kevin Smiley.      …

Family-friendly ‘Scots and Brats’ Saturday in Clinton’s mini-festival

Clinton, S.C. –  Bagpipes and Highland games events will be among the features in Clinton this weekend when the City of Clinton and Presbyterian College team up for the city’s first Scots and Brats festival this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, from 3 to 9 p.m.    “We’re calling it, ‘A Scottish Octoberfest,’” said Main Street…

Tropical Storm Warning issued for Laurens County

The National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Laurens County that will last until further notice due to the approaching Hurricane Michael. A Tropical Storm Warning means conditions are expected within the area within the next 36 hours. NWS Meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor said Wednesday the forecast is now calling for 3-4 inches…

Traffic accidents claim 2 lives

A spate of deadly accidents on roads in Laurens County continued this week. Carl Edward Hurley, 38, was killed in a two-car accident Thursday on Indian Mount Road north of Walterboro, and Michael Tollison, 43, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Highway 76 around six miles north of Ware Shoals Sunday. Five people have…