Gray Court motorcyclist killed in Friday collision

By: Daniel J. Lauer A two-vehicle collision claimed the life of a Gray Court man Friday afternoon, the fifth fatality in two weeks according to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. 35-year-old Vincent Bailey of 245 Campbell Chapel Road, Gray Court, died as a result of the accident, which happened at 12:15 p.m. According to the…

Cities request Christmas recycling, trees for grinding

Cities accepting Christmas boxes, paper, trees for grinding By Judith Brown Staff Writer The City of Laurens recycling center is open today for holiday boxes and wrapping, and Christmas trees free of ornaments and hooks can be delivered to the Caroline Street center for mulching. The center is staffed and it will be open for…

Gray Court woman dies in single-vehicle crash

A Gray Court woman became the third person to die in a collision on Laurens County roads in less than two weeks late Wednesday night, after her car went into a culvert about a mile from her home. Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols said Jacqueline Hudgens, 46, of Sawmill Road in Gray Court was pronounced…

LCSO K9s get body armor thanks to national nonprofit

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K9 officers Annie and Rice will be a little bit safer now, thanks to a generous donation from an organization that donated bulletproof vests at no cost to the county. The donations came courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit charity in East Taunton, Mass. established in 2009 to…

Clinton man dies of heart attack after crashing into building

A Clinton man who crashed his truck into a building on Torrington Road didn’t die from injuries he received in the wreck, but instead from a massive heart attack that caused him to crash. Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek said Joe Nathan Taylor, 73, of Summit Street in Clinton, died from a heart attack…

LCSO hosting blood drive today

After a long weekend of Christmas shopping, local residents have the opportunity to give the most important gift of all today when The Blood Connection sets up at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office for the last blood drive of the year. Blood Connection busses arrived at the LCSO on West Main Street in Laurens at 8:15 this morning,…

Crime Stoppers rewards waiting at the bank

The Laurens County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors announced this week that it has paid out two rewards for tips that led to the arrest of three people on multiple charges. Capt. Mickey Coats of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said the first arrest came on Nov. 8, when a tip led narcotics agents to…

Laurens County firefighters head to Pinnacle Mountain

Laurens County firefighters traveled to Pickens County this week, joining crews from both North and South Carolina in an attempt to contain the wildfire at Pinnacle Mountain. Fire Coordinator Greg Lindley said nine Laurens County firefighters were deployed this week, including two from Durbin Creek, three from Gray Court, three from Youngs and one from…

SLED to conduct audit on LCSO

In January, there will be a new Sheriff in town and outgoing Sheriff Ricky Chastain is doing what he can to ensure the transition is a smooth one. As part of the transition, Chastain has requested that the State Law Enforcement Division perform an audit of all evidence and funds in the Sheriff’s Office. Administrative…

Air Quality Alert posted for Upstate

LAURENS – Wildfires in the North Carolina mountains, and the resulting smoke that has been carried by the wind over the Upstate, led to an Air Quality Alert Monday. It is in effect until midnight Tuesday. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control declared an Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates related…