Simpsonville museum moving artifacts to Laurens

The Simpsonville Revolutionary War Museum has found a new home in Laurens. The Laurens County Museum is taking in exhibits from the Revolutionary War at least for the next two years. The exhibits were moved into spaces in both the new Laurens County Museum on the historic square in Laurens and in the museum’s building…

Clinton woman pleads, sentenced in fatal DUI case

A Clinton woman was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a 2018 automobile crash on Highway 76 that left two people dead. Khelsy Chanta Rice, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury…

Community pitches in after fire destroys family home

Geannie Greene was able to laugh a little Monday morning, less than two weeks after her home of 26 years in the Fountain Inn area of Laurens County burned to the ground. She said the tears had come in full force a day earlier, on a gray, rainy Sunday. “I had my breakdown came last…

‘3rd-generation merchant’ closing shop at Midtown Paint

Laurens, S.C. – While the level of activity has ebbed and flowed during the past hundred years, generations of hard workers have continued the tradition of running businesses in the historic downtown, and with the sale of Midtown Paint Shop, the third-generation retailer next to City Hall is closing its doors this month after 50…

Bomb threat at PC halts final exams

Exams at Presbyterian College were interrupted after a bomb threat was found on campus Monday night. PC officials closed all academic buildings Tuesday as the last day of finals for the fall semester was delayed. Campus police and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated the incident after a note threatening a bomb…

Cheek nominated to take over as coroner

Vickie Cheek is one step closer to being named Laurens County Coroner. The Laurens County State Legislative Delegation officially recommended Cheek for the job Tuesday, sending a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster signed by all four member of the delegation. McMaster will then make the appointment as to who will replace the late Nick Nichols…

LPD, LCSO working on Christmas drives

Local law enforcement agencies are working hard this holiday season to make sure Santa Claus comes to town for needy children across the area. Christmas for Kids coordinator Courtney Snow of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Christmas in the City coordinator Paige Burke, an administrative assistant with the Laurens Police Department, said their respective…

3 candidates interviewed for coroner post

Three candidates interviewed this past week for the vacant Laurens County Coroner position formerly held by the late Nick Nichols. Nichols, who was serving his fifth term as coroner, died unexpectedly after suffering a fall on Monday, Dec. 2. He was 76. His successor is to be appointed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster following…

LCSO seeking suspect in Lakeside auto break-ins

Several cars were broken into early Monday morning in the Lakeside Country Club community off of Highway 76 in Laurens, and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect. The suspect was caught on security cameras during commission of the crime. Investigators said they are currently seeking only one…

Suspect sought in Dollar General robbery

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect wanted for robbing the Dollar General on Highway 221 North in Laurens around 10 o’clock Tuesday night. The suspect was armed with a firearm and appeared to leave the store on foot “with a substantial amount of money,” according to a release from the LCSO.…