Fisher Barton to close local plant in September

Fisher Barton, a manufacturer located just inside the Laurens County line in Fountain Inn will be closings its doors by mid-September. Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Jonathan Coleman said the plant employs about 100 workers who will soon be displaced. “There are several hundred job openings in the vicinity of that plant,” Coleman said.…

‘Vote Yes’ event draws supportive crowd to The Ridge

  Around 200 people showed up to Tuesday night’s Kids 1st – Laurens Future Kick-Off Event Tuesday night at The Ridge. The “Vote Yes” event was organized in support of the $109 million bond referendum for a new Laurens District High School and other district-wide building projects brought forth by Laurens School District 55. The referendum…

Family, LCSO searching for missing Joanna man

The family of a Joanna man has been using social media in an attempt to find news of his whereabouts, and now the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is involved in a missing persons case. Gregory McSwain Morgan, 38, was last heard from two weeks ago, and his sister, Beverly Morgan, said for him to leave…

Clinton hosts ‘National Night Out’ tonight

In celebration of National Night Out, the City of Clinton is holding an event tonight, Tuesday evening, Aug. 1, designed to bring the community and emergency personnel out together for an evening of food and fun, according to special projects coordinator Mary-Wallace Riley. The event will take place tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. at…

Body of missing man found in Clinton

UPDATE: A body found on Imperial Drive in Clinton has been identified as Mitchell Edward Scott. Scott, 59, had been last seen by family members on July 15. According to Laurens County Coroner Nick Nicholls, the cause of death is undetermined after autopsy, but foul play is not suspected. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office had…

Afternoon blood drive at county library today

The Laurens County Library will host a community blood drive with the Greenville Blood Connection today, Thursday, July 20, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the main branch location at 1017 West Main Street in Laurens. For more information or to make an appointment, call 864-681-7323. “Hosting a blood drive coincides with Laurens Library’s core…

Sweet Tea, gospel and yard sales fill weekend in Laurens

The Square will be the locale for plenty of music and refreshments as Main Street Laurens holds an additional Finally Friday! event this week, followed Saturday morning by a Community Yard Sale and Downtown Farmers Market. The Singing Tornadoes, an Upstate Gospel group, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday night and many of…

Hall of Heroes to induct 13 on Sept. 9

The Laurens County Veterans Affairs Office firmed up its plans for this year’s Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at a recent meeting. The Hall of Heroes ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Clinton High School. About 15 veterans are to be inducted this year and featured at the Hall of…

Cross Hill chase leads to drug arrest

A man carrying more than 40 grams of crystal meth attempted to escape arrest by hiding in the Cross Hill Fire Department Monday afternoon. According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, LCSO Deputy Darrin Boyd chased down Bryan Lee Roeker and arrested him as Roeker attempted to flee the fire department on foot. Roeker, of…

Sheriff denounces actions of Laurens Hospital staff after sexual assault

  Staff at the Laurens County Memorial Hospital raised the ire of Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds after doctors and nurses failed to collect evidence from a rape victim this past Thursday. According to a release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) was not on duty to perform the…