Four from Greenville arrested after shooting

Four people from Greenville were arrested Thursday after allegedly shooting into a Hickory Tavern residence that was occupied by five people, including three children. All four people arrested each face five counts of attempted murder as well as counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during the commission of…

LCSO needs info on Destination Powersports break-in

LCSO investigators are seeking information on an early morning break-in Monday at Destination Powersports on Highway 76 in Clinton. Four unknown subjects broke into the dealership around 3:30 a.m. Monday. They arrived in a white panel van. Here is a link to the surveillance video. After breaking into the showroom, the suspects left with three…

Fire safety tips in focus for New Year

The Christmas holidays are done, but cold weather and New Year’s celebrations can lead to fire and safety hazards as can the remnants of Christmas past. Clinton Fire Chief Phillip Russell said live Christmas trees and leftover boxes and wrapping paper can  become dangerous if they aren’t taken away. “Now is the time to get…

2 fatalities in county mar holiday week

The Christmas holiday in Laurens County was dampened by a pair of traffic fatalities. The first occurred early Christmas morning on I-385 near the 22 mile marker in Fountain Inn. According to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, Mario Karice Suber, 29, was killed due to blunt force trauma in the single-vehicle crash just before 2:30…

Post holiday recycling encouraged for city and county

The Laurens County recycling centers will open Friday, but Laurens and Clinton cities were opening theirs on Thursday and Friday. The Caroline Street recycling center in the City of Laurens will reopen Thursday morning, and Department of Streets and Sanitation Director Kerwin Tribble said people can begin dropping off the usual recyclables like plastic bottles,…

988 provides new lifeline in suicide prevention

It might take 18 months until it’s ready for use but the Federal Communications Commission just approved “988” as a new 3-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline,. That is good news for mental health professionals at a time of year when many struggle more than usual. “The holidays are tough for a million reasons,” said Charlie…

Simpsonville museum moving artifacts to Laurens

The Simpsonville Revolutionary War Museum has found a new home in Laurens. The Laurens County Museum is taking in exhibits from the Revolutionary War at least for the next two years. The exhibits were moved into spaces in both the new Laurens County Museum on the historic square in Laurens and in the museum’s building…

Clinton woman pleads, sentenced in fatal DUI case

A Clinton woman was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a 2018 automobile crash on Highway 76 that left two people dead. Khelsy Chanta Rice, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury…

Community pitches in after fire destroys family home

Geannie Greene was able to laugh a little Monday morning, less than two weeks after her home of 26 years in the Fountain Inn area of Laurens County burned to the ground. She said the tears had come in full force a day earlier, on a gray, rainy Sunday. “I had my breakdown came last…

‘3rd-generation merchant’ closing shop at Midtown Paint

Laurens, S.C. – While the level of activity has ebbed and flowed during the past hundred years, generations of hard workers have continued the tradition of running businesses in the historic downtown, and with the sale of Midtown Paint Shop, the third-generation retailer next to City Hall is closing its doors this month after 50…