Main Street Laurens’ planned music fest wins $5,000 grant

During a luncheon earlier today, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Main Street Laurens was again named as one of two winners of a $5,000 Hughes Investment grant, which will help fund its inaugural year of “The Piedmont Blues & Roots Music Festival,” slated for May 9, 2020. Main Street Laurens had already been named, along with…

Second arrest made in Clinton murder case

A second arrest has been made in connection with a Nov. 4 murder in Clinton. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Travis Lee Tukes, 29, of Anderson and booked him into the Anderson Detention Center. Tukes is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is to be…

Library sets Sunday afternoon for public birthday drop-in

Laurens County Library is celebrating 30 years in its location on West Main Street in Laurens, and the Friends of the Library is hosting a party and the public is invited Sunday, Nov. 17 for a drop-in from 3 to 5 p.m. The non-profit Friends of the Library is welcoming the public for refreshments, door…

Grab a Bag event set for this weekend

For its Fall Quarterly Community Cleanup event this weekend, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will be working alongside the Grab A Bag SC anti-litter campaign planned for Saturday by Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette.     “We typically are on a different weekend,” said Amanda Munyan, executive director of the LCCC, “but we moved our cleanup event…

Gran Fondo cycling event set for Michelin Proving Grounds

  More than 100 cyclists are expected to visit Laurens County Saturday for the 2nd Annual Gimme 3 Gran Fondo. Laurens Police Department Officer Jody Thibodeau said around 120 cyclists have registered online for the event, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Michelin Proving Grounds “We’re doing more options this year,” Thibodeau said. “We’re…

Capital sales tax commission members chosen

The Laurens County Council needed several ballots and two separate discussions in executive session, but finally filled out the six-member commission that will oversee next year’s Capital Sales Tax Referendum. The referendum will be on the ballot for county voters in the 2020 General Election in November of next year. The proposed referendum will add…

Boy missing from Clinton located after search

A 12-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday evening from 93 Human Services Road in Clinton, which is the address of the Department of Social Services, was located hours later. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said Hunter Edge, walked away from the address wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans around 6 p.m. Tuesday night. The…

Gray Court man charged in Exxon armed robbery

A Gray Court man remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday after being arrested and charged with armed robbery by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the LCSO, Crerousia Smith, 43, allegedly robbed the Exxon gas station on Highway 14 in Gray Court at knifepoint. The LCSO said Smith demanded money while wielding a…

Post 25 celebrates reminder of ‘who we are’

Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn not only celebrated local veterans for their military service, he pointed out their long history of civic involvement. Senn and Rep. Stewart Jones spoke during Monday’s Veterans Day ceremonies presented by American Legion Post 25 at the Historic Laurens County Courthouse. Senn pointed out a 1921 “transatlantic furor” caused by Col.…

Gray Court, LCWSC closer to management deal

The Town of Gray Court could soon be out of the water business – at least for a while. The town council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Stellartean Jones to sign a proposed six-year agreement that would transfer the town’s water operations to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Authority. The agreement is pending final…