City of Clinton seeks public input Tuesday on planned Rec Complex

Clinton, S.C. – The City of Clinton, along with the city’s Recreation Committee, will conduct a community input forum on Tuesday, Jan. 22, beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the M.S. Bailey Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the M.S. Bailey Municipal Center. City staff, along with representatives from the engineering firm, will reveal…

Shoplifting numbers hit highs in 2018

The Laurens Police Department has been busy with shoplifting cases in the city, the vast majority of them occurring at the WalMart store in Laurens. A predictable spike in shoplifting happened between Nov. 1 and the end of the year as the Christmas holidays arrived, but the spike was smaller than expected. From Nov. 1-Dec.…

Lawsuits filed in 2017 fatal DUI

The family of a Joanna woman who was killed in a car crash in September of 2017 is reportedly suing three Greenville restaurants for serving alcohol illegally to the woman charged in the felony DUI. Geraldine Overstreet Bailey, 72, of Joanna was killed in the crash just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2017. The accident…

Freedom Fund Banquet highlights MLK Day weekend

The 42nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet hosted by the Laurens County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will highlight several local events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Springfield Baptist Church Life Center in…

Expected quads doing well, growing

A Laurens family expecting quadruplets is doing everything they can to keep the babies growing and thriving before their anticipated delivery possibly later this month. Dylan and Ashley Hernandez of Laurens learned during the summer that instead of expecting one anticipated baby, they’d be having four. After some early labor scares, her physicians admitted Ashley into…

Local Clemson fans revel in win at home, on road

Jonathan Coleman’s trip to the National Championship began not unlike Clemson’s itself: Like Clemson, he had a good idea of where he was headed, he just needed the ticket to get there. The Tigers got theirs with an undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference championship season and a lopsided playoff semifinal win over Notre Dame. Coleman picked…

GOP field grows to 4 hopefuls for Dist. 14 seat

By the time candidate registration closed Saturday for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 14, the Republican field and grown to four. The foursome, which includes Ninety Six resident Grant Blair, Ware Shoals businessman Scott Horne, Laurens County Councilman Stewart Jones and Laurens businessman Michael Seymour, will face off in a Feb. 19 primary…

Dems McDaniel, Gregory enter District 14 race

Laurens County Councilman Garrett McDaniel registered this past week as a candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 14 upcoming special election, becoming one of two Democrats in the field of six. McDaniel will face Laurens resident Bobby Gregory, Sr. in the Democratic primary election set for Feb. 19. “This was a long-range…

David Pitts elected new county council chairman

The Laurens County Council held its first regular meeting of 2019 Tuesday night at the Historic Courthouse on the square in Laurens and elected David Pitts as its new chairman. Two new council members also took their seats for the first time as members. Jeff Carroll, who defeated Keith Tollison in the Republican Primary in June for the…

Surprise quads have Laurens family expecting four times the blessing

Laurens, SC – Like many expectant families, Dylan and Ashley Hernandez are excited as they anticipate the new addition to their family, but this young Laurens family will be doubling their household as they are expecting quadruplets, possibly within the next couple of weeks. “It’s exiting and terrifying at the same time,” said Ashley, as…