Habitat to hold dedication, groundbreaking this Saturday

Laurens County Habitat for Humanity will hold a dedication for its newest home at 274 South Harper Street Extension in Laurens at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The April 8 event will also include a groundbreaking ceremony for Habitat’s next project at an adjacent lot. “We’ll be doing the groundbreaking on a lot right beside that…

Snake’s demise causes Clinton outages

A snake in a Gary Street substation in Clinton had an unfortunate end late Tuesday night and it took out the power for much of the city in the process, according to Dale Satterfield, the director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Clinton. “We had an outage about 11:15 Tuesday night,…

District 55, 56 to return early due to solar eclipse

Students in Laurens County District 55 Schools will return to school a few days earlier this August for what educators hope will be an out-of-this-world learning experience. The District 55 Board of Trustees voted at its March 27 meeting to shift the school calendar back so that students will report to school on Thursday, Aug.…

Collision with train kills Clinton woman

A train collided with an automobile late Thursday night, killing a Clinton woman. Cynthia Denise Alexander, 48, of Palmetto Street in Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just after midnight Friday morning, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. The accident occurred on the railroad crossing at Highway 76 West at…

Laurens police officer arrested in Abbeville

The Laurens Police Department confirmed Thursday afternoon that Officer Andrew Dean Ashley, 27, has been arrested by the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred in Abbeville County. Ashley, who was arrested Monday, has been charged with malicious injury to a tree or house, trespass on real property with an injury value of…

13th traffic death of year occurs in county

  A Laurens man described as a Clemson and NASCAR fan died of injuries suffered in a single-car accident on Fleming Mill Road in Laurens. The accident occurred just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 when Kevin Fulmer, 49, struck a tree that had fallen into the road while driving his 1997 Ford Ranger…

County council approves bid for fire station

The Laurens County Council approved a contract with Medlin Builders of Enoree to construct the new Thompson Road Fire Station Tuesday night. The contract is not to exceed $531,000 but Laurens County Fire Services Director Greg Lindley assured council members that the design-to-build project will come insignificantly under that number. “I’m very confident that we…

‘Jail and Bail’ set for Friday

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Public Safety and Laurens Police Department are teaming up for “Jail and Bail” this Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Ridge. The local law-enforcement team, called “Team Blue Line” will be “arresting” local business leaders who will have a chance to contact friends, family and colleague to raise…

Clinton area girl missing

The City of Clinton Department of Public Safety has now joined with Laurens County Sheriff’s Department, the LCSO K-9 units, SLED aviation and other agencies in a search for Zoey Carles, a 12-year-old Clinton area girl who was last seen at 6 p.m. Thursday evening on the 1600 block of Green Plain Road near Clinton.…

Main Street Laurens offers Casino Night This Thursday

Main Street Laurens will hold its first Casino Night, which is open to the public, on Thursday, March 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the new Laurens County Museum on the Historic Square. For $10 a ticket for Main Street Laurens members and $20 for non-members, participants will get a dinner of heavy hors…