Wreck claims life of Laurens man

A Laurens man was killed Thursday night in a two-car collision on Indian Mound Road. Carl Edward Hurley, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. He died of blunt-force trauma at 9:35 p.m. See next Wednesday’s Laurens County Advertiser for complete details.  

Enoree woman killed in head-on crash

A head-on collision Friday afternoon claimed the life of an Enoree woman. Nicole Hanks, 51, succumbed to injuries she received in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Bramlett Road about four miles south of Woodruff. According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Justin Sutherland, Hanks was traveling south…

Gray Court woman dies in home fire

A Gray Court woman died in an early Sunday morning house fire despite the efforts of her family and local firefighters to save her. Brenda Taylor, 57, died in the blaze, which quickly engulfed the double-wide mobile home located on Fairview Road in Gray Court just after 5 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled Monday,…

I-26 crashes lead to fatality, DUI charges

A pair of separate accidents minutes apart on I-26 near Clinton led to DUI charges for a Texas truck driver and the death of a Clinton resident. Clinton resident Tommy Ramage was killed just after 10 p.m. after colliding head-on with another vehicle. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Ramage was traveling the wrong way near mile…

Novelist about Southern sororities at Library Tuesday night

     Bestselling author Lisa Patton will be at the Laurens County Library on Tuesday October 2 at 7:00 pm. to talk about her writing, as well as her new book, Rush.       This latest novel was inspired by Lisa’s experiences as a sorority member at the University of Alabama, and born after a chance encounter with one…

Ledda resigns as Laurens Police Chief

Laurens Police Chief Sonny Ledda submitted his resignation from the Laurens Police Department Monday. Ledda submitted his resignation to Laurens Mayor John Stankus Monday morning. “After much deliberation and prayerful consideration, I have decided to tender my resignation from the Laurens Police Department,” Ledda said in a message to the Laurens County Advertiser. “By many accounts…

Next two weekends offer plenty of family fun across Laurens County

Laurens County, SC – A busy weekend of events started on Thursday, and now that Friday is here the options continue tonight Friday,  Sep. 28. Laurens County is host to plenty of fun family-friendly events across the county over the next two weekends. All are open to the public, and most are at no or low cost. *…

Clinton DPS director Morse said to be relieved of post by Friday

By John Clayton and Judith Brown, Advertiser Staff Clinton, S.C. – In spite of Clinton City Manager Bill Ed Cannon’s statement last month that “nobody’s going to lose a  job,” Robin Morse’s tenure as Clinton’s Director of Public Safety was to end this week after five years, according to multiple sources.    Morse had no comment on…

3rd case of West Nile discovered in county

Laurens County officials confirmed Thursday that another case of West Nile virus had been discovered in the county, bringing the total number of cases to three in as many weeks. The third case was found in the Barksdale area. Like the one discovered this past week in northern Laurens County, the latest is also an…

District 56 extends contract for O’Shields

Laurens County District 56 Superintendent David O’Shields will impart the lessons he has learned from a career in education and from a father who labored in local textiles to District 56. O’Shields received a contract extension with a 2-percent salary increase through 2021 during Monday night’s District 56 Board of Trustees meeting at Joanna-Woodson Elementary…