LCSO plans another security class for churches

Ora ARP Church in Gray Court will play host to a church security training class Saturday morning. It is the second such class conducted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office since December. The upcoming class is designed for churches that have security teams in place or have created their security teams since the last training…

Lander student killed in single-car crash

A Lander University student was killed Thursday night in a single-car accident on U.S. Highway 25 near Ware Shoals. James Logan Lusk, 19, died when the 1999 Ford Mustang he was driving veered off the right side of the road and struck both a guard rail and a monument, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.…

Arrests made after District 55 students made threats

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Laurens District High School Student Wednesday after he allegedly made a threat concerning the school on social media. Mikal Aaron Culbertson, 17, remained in the Johnson Detention Center Thursday after being charged with disturbing schools because those comments were perceived as a threat and “caused fear throughout the…

Investigation continues into slaying of dogs

Local law-enforcement officials said a few phone tips have come in over the past week after the bodies of 15 dogs were discovered in a wooded area in Gray Court, but no arrests have been made. Mickey Fortin came across the morbid scene while on a walk along Stoddard Road near Bryson Ford Road on the…

DHEC extends deadline for comments on CeramTec cleanup

The S.C. Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) has extended a public-comment period concerning a cleanup of contamination from two plants located on CeramTec property in Laurens. The first of at least two public meetings concerning contamination was held Feb. 6 at Laurens Elementary School. Another meeting is expected to be scheduled for sometime in March,…

Filing period for elections begins March 16, Anthony won’t run

The filing period for candidates seeking nominations for the 2018 General Election is set to begin at noon on Friday, March 16 and will close at noon on Friday, March 30. In addition to South Carolina’s gubernatorial and other statewide elections, local races are to be contested among the Laurens County Council, state legislature and…

Magistrate move leaves Gray Court lacking judge

A move by Laurens County to consolidate its magistrates’ office will temporarily leave the Town of Gray Court without a municipal judge. As of March 1, all four Laurens County magistrates will be working out of the Laurens County Judicial Complex at Hillcrest in an effort to better work through the office’s heavy caseload. Glynda…

Safety concerns voiced after deadly accident on Hwy. 221

New Prospect Baptist Church secretary Jeri Lynn Nobles said she has watched drivers speed up and down Highway 221 near the church and feared one day a traffic accident would turn tragic. “We’re forever having wrecks down here,” Nobles said. “People are forever flying and passing down here on double lines. I’ve been scared to…

15 Dogs found ‘executed’ in Gray Court

The picturesque nature photos featured on Mickey Fortin’s Facebook page were in sharp contrast to the live video post he made Tuesday morning. The Gray Court resident came across a grisly dumping ground, counting 11 dead dogs as he walked roughly 1.5 miles along Stoddard Road near Bryson Ford, going live on Facebook just prior…

Clinton reroutes traffic after Wednesday a.m. SCDOT incident

The City of Clinton is having to reroute traffic this morning after a piece of  SC Department of Transportation equipment used for paving turned over at the corner of West Main and Elizabeth Streets. City of Clinton has crews from Department of Public Safety and Department of Public Works on hand to assist the SCDOT in…