County council asking local vets to lead pledge

The Laurens County Council began a new tradition at its first regular meeting for June on Tuesday, June 4. U.S. Military veterans are being asked to lead off meetings of council with the Pledge of Allegiance. The veterans will be recognized prior to the meetings. Interested veterans are asked to fill out a form that…

Peaches, veggies on tap as Laurens Downtown Farmers Market opens

Laurens, South Carolina – Last weekend’s Saturday morning storms didn’t materialize as forecasters predicted, and the Downtown Farmers Market was one of several events which postponed plans based on the weather reports. One advantage, however, is that another week has provided more time for vegetables and fruit to ripen, and Coggins peaches will also be…

Miniature horse Pikachu found dead

The remains of a miniature pony that disappeared from a Fountain Inn farm around 10 days ago have been found. “Pikachu,” a two-month-old filly, disappeared from Hidden Pasture Farms, and owner Kate Nichols had offered a reward for her safe return, but NetPosse.com announced Thursday morning on its Facebook page that the miniature horse was…

Injured LCSO deputy recovering, back at Augusta burn center

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy that was severely burned when his car engine burst into flames was back in surgery Thursday afternoon at the Jason M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Deputy Ralph Braswell suffered burns over 44% of his body, including his face, torso, head and hands. An elevated heart rate and high…

Special election set to fill Cross Hill council seat

Candidate filing for a special election to fill a vacant spot on the Cross Hill Town Council is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday, June 21. The filing period for the Aug. 13 special election will last until noon on Saturday, June 29. An at-large seat on the Cross Hill Town Council became vacant…

Ten at the Top hosting workshop at The Ridge

A workshop addressing community involvement and growth in Laurens County is scheduled for Thursday evening at The Ridge in Laurens. The event, which is scheduled from 6-8 p.m., is presented by Ten at the Top, a consortium of representatives from 10 Upstate counties working together to foster economic and community development across the Upstate. “The…

Laurens Co. Magistrate’s Office looking to fill voids

Judges from neighboring Greenville County could help the short-staffed Laurens County Magistrate’s Office work through its caseload as state leaders attempt to fill vacant positions in the office. Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet died May 31 in Laurens, leaving an already taxed office without a leader and another opening on the bench. By the…

Owner offers reward for missing mini horse

A reward for a miniature horse that went missing from a Fountain Inn farm this past week has been increased if the tiny horse named Pikachu is found alive and well. Pikachu, a two-month-old colt, disappeared from Hidden Pasture Farms during the overnight hours of Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. Her owner, Kate…

Antiques appraisals Sunday afternoon by Friends of Library

The Laurens County Library will host an antiques appraisal today, Sunday afternoo, June 9, as part of its annual meeting for Friends of the Library, and anyone can have an appraisal of  antiques they may be curious about. John Ivy, owner of Ivy Auctions, and local antiques expert Martin Meek will evaluate and offer informal…

LCSO deputy, family of 7 lose home in fire

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and his family lost their home in a house fire in Newberry County this past week, and now both communities are pitching in to help the family rebuild. LCSO Deputy Adam Teseniar and his partner, Amanda Carter, who is a deputy with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, and their…