Pedestrian struck, killed in Hickory Tavern

September 24, 2020

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night on Neely Ferry Road in Laurens near the Hickory Tavern community. Michael Bagwell, 20, of Laurens was reportedly walking northbound on Neely Ferry Road near Covenant Road when he was hit by a Jeep Cherokee traveling northbound as well just after 8 p.m. According…

2 COVID-19 deaths reported in Laurens County

September 23, 2020

Five new positive cases and two deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Laurens County Tuesday by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The two deaths, which occurred on Saturday, were among 30 across the state and both were identified as elderly or age 65 and older. Fifty-six people in Laurens County…

Plan B: Clinton unexpectedly hosts Vikings

September 23, 2020

With little more than a week before Clinton High School’s 2020 football season was to begin, COVID-19 threw a wrench into the Red Devils’ plans. Due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 test within the program at Union County, the Yellow Jackets shut down football activities through at least Sept. 29, leaving CHS without a Week…

Reunited: Raiders to visit Liner, Greenwood

September 23, 2020

The start of the 2020 high school football season may have been delayed by a few weeks, but Laurens District High School won’t have to wait any longer to get reacquainted with former head coach Chris Liner. The two rivals will face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Greenwood’s J.W. Babb Stadium. Liner, who…

Laurens woman drowns in Anderson pond

September 23, 2020

A Laurens woman who ran a local soup kitchen and advocated for struggling neighborhoods drowned Saturday in Anderson County. Toni “Angel” Summers, 56, reportedly fell into a retention pond near Piedmont on Highway 17 while fishing there with friends. According to reports, Summers had been removed from the pond when EMS workers arrived and was…

LCSD 55 to stay in ‘Hybrid Phase’ next week

September 21, 2020

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Laurens, South Carolina – In a press release sent Monday afternoon, Laurens County School District #55 (LCSD 55) announced it will remain in a Yellow “Hybrid” phase of operations for the week of September 28. “We are concerned that the percent positive rate has gone back up but pleased to see our…

Lots of books go home under library’s new program, the ‘Big 10!’

September 17, 2020

Laurens and Clinton branches of the Laurens County Library are offering Laurens County students a book supply program called  “The Big 10,” which is a large bag filled with 10 books along the age and interests of students. It’s sponsored through a District 55 Literacy Grant, but any library patron from the county can sign…

LDHS baseball, football legend remembered

September 16, 2020

Former Pirates’ top pick died after month-long battle with COVID-19 Charles Peterson, who is permanently etched in local sports legend thanks to an amazing catch and a baseball career that enamored Major League scouts, died Sunday in Columbia. He was 46. His death came after a three-week battle with COVID-19. He was admitted to the…

CPD makes arrest in Sept. 1 shooting

September 16, 2020

Clinton Police arrested a Clinton man Monday in connection with a shooting that left a Fountain Inn man dead on Sept. 1. Marquidris Antonio “Grille” Cunningham, Jr., 28, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen…

Suspect in murder turns self into LCSO

September 16, 2020

A suspect wanted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a deadly shooting Friday in Fountain Inn turned himself in Monday afternoon, bringing an end to a nearly three-day search by investigators. Jason Dale Wentz, 38, of Fountain Inn has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of…