Filing period for elections begins March 16, Anthony won’t run

The filing period for candidates seeking nominations for the 2018 General Election is set to begin at noon on Friday, March 16 and will close at noon on Friday, March 30. In addition to South Carolina’s gubernatorial and other statewide elections, local races are to be contested among the Laurens County Council, state legislature and…

Magistrate move leaves Gray Court lacking judge

A move by Laurens County to consolidate its magistrates’ office will temporarily leave the Town of Gray Court without a municipal judge. As of March 1, all four Laurens County magistrates will be working out of the Laurens County Judicial Complex at Hillcrest in an effort to better work through the office’s heavy caseload. Glynda…

Safety concerns voiced after deadly accident on Hwy. 221

New Prospect Baptist Church secretary Jeri Lynn Nobles said she has watched drivers speed up and down Highway 221 near the church and feared one day a traffic accident would turn tragic. “We’re forever having wrecks down here,” Nobles said. “People are forever flying and passing down here on double lines. I’ve been scared to…

15 Dogs found ‘executed’ in Gray Court

The picturesque nature photos featured on Mickey Fortin’s Facebook page were in sharp contrast to the live video post he made Tuesday morning. The Gray Court resident came across a grisly dumping ground, counting 11 dead dogs as he walked roughly 1.5 miles along Stoddard Road near Bryson Ford, going live on Facebook just prior…

Clinton reroutes traffic after Wednesday a.m. SCDOT incident

The City of Clinton is having to reroute traffic this morning after a piece of  SC Department of Transportation equipment used for paving turned over at the corner of West Main and Elizabeth Streets. City of Clinton has crews from Department of Public Safety and Department of Public Works on hand to assist the SCDOT in…

“50 years and it still gets to me” – Cooke remembers Orangeburg Massacre

Laurens, SC – The front artwork on the 1968 South Carolina State yearbook showed a collection of yearbook covers from the previous 14 years, giving little indication to the tragedy represented on the first pages. There on an “In Memorium” page were pictured the three young men who died 50 years ago. Delano Middleton, Samuel Hammonds and…

Laurens man arrested in CPW truck theft after police chase

A Laurens man led local law enforcement on a vehicle chase after allegedly stealing a Laurens Commission of Public Works truck around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. According to Laurens Police Assistant Chief Chrissie Cofield, the chase ended after the suspect ran over stop sticks placed on Ora Road by deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.…

Deadly accident claims 4 Sunday morning

The calm of Sunday morning worship at New Prospect Baptist Church in Laurens was shattered by a deadly accident outside the church’s doors. Four people were killed, including a Laurens man and three teenagers, in a three-car accident that families broken and members of a church congregation shaken. Bruce Blair, 54, of Laurens was pronounced…

Laurens Burger King catches fire

Firefighters from the Laurens Fire Department responded early Tuesday afternoon to a fire at the Burger King restaurant on Highway 76 in Laurens. According to Burger King employees, the restaurant’s broiler caught fire and flames reached into the hood and burned the ceiling. The fire broke out during lunch hours Tuesday. No injuries were reported. Firefighters…

Laurens boy in coma after being struck by car

A 7-year-old boy from Laurens was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on S.C. Highway 221 Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. about 2.5 miles south of Laurens near Miss Emma Lane. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the child entered the roadway, walking east when he was struck buy…