District 55 to host forums on bond issue

The Laurens County District 55 Board and administration will host a series of four public forums concerning a proposed bond referendum to build a new Laurens District High School. The first of those four forums will be held Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Hickory Tavern. “We want to have a question-and-answer period with out…

LDHS junior, Clemson student take Miss LC crowns

Five different judges chose Kathryn Tribble, a junior at LDHS, as Miss Laurens County Outstanding Teen 2017 and Clemson University student Kyndall Ellis as Miss Laurens County 2017 Saturday night at the LDHS Lecture theater. The two winners were selected from fields of three Teen contestants and four Miss contestants following their competition in judges…

Fountain Inn man killed in crash

A single-car accident on Fairview Road near Quercus Run in claimed the life of a Fountain Inn man Wednesday night. Robert Harper, 54, of 285 Barynyard Rd., in Fountain Inn was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 10 p.m. According the S.C. Highway Patrol, Harper lost control of his…

Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 76

A Joanna man was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by two automobiles Tuesday night on S.C. Highway 76. Stephen E. Rhodes, 35, of 501 Browning Ave. in Joanna was walking toward Clinton about about an eighth-mile from his home when he was struck by the vehicles. He was pronounced dead at 10:10…

LCSO seeking person of interest

Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a “person of interest” in a stabbing Tuesday in Cross Hill. The person of interest is identified by the LCSO as James Morgan Hill, a 32-year-old black male born March 18, 1984. LCSO Deputies responded to an emergency call at the 90 block of Shealy…

Greenwood man arrested for attempted murder

A Greenwood man is in custody at the Laurens County Detention Center and faces charges stemming from a Jan. 15 shooting. Billy Deshawn Watson, Jr., 19, was arrested late Thursday morning and booked into the detention center charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. According to an incident report from…

Annual Coach Brock dinner set for Saturday

The Coach Bobby Brock Legacy Group will hold its annual foundation dinner this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Clinton. The evening of great food and fellowship is free to the entire community. Activities will begin on Friday, during the Clinton High School boys’ basketball…

Belton man killed in crash

  A Belton man was killed early Friday morning in a single-car crash on Highway 76 near Hickory Tavern. Johnny Dewayne Williams, 45, of 239 Southern Rd. in Belton was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m. Thursday. Williams was driving his 1998 Lexus ES300 toward Laurens when he lost control on a sharp…

LCSD 55 on delay Monday

Laurens County School District 55 will be on a two-hour delay Monday due to the expected icy roads following this weekend’s storm. All staff is asked to report at the regular time. As of now, Laurens County School District 56 and Laurens Academy are expected to open at the regular time Monday. Stay with the…

NWS issues Winter Storm Warning for Laurens Co.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Laurens County, as well as the entire Upstate of South Carolina, to run from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday. The storm is expected to start Friday as rain before changing to a mix of snow and sleet, then become all snow Friday night…