LCDC: New tenant coming to Hunter Industrial Park

By John Clayton, Editor Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Jonathan Coleman told members of the corporation’s board Tuesday that a new tenant has signed on with Hunter Industrial Park. “We have a letter of intent from a new company at Hunter,” Coleman said at the LCDC regular board meeting. Coleman said he could not…

Hickory Tavern Fire Dept. to celebrate 40 years

By John Clayton, Editor The Hickory Tavern Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 40th-anniversary celebration Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the fire station. Hickory Tavern Fire Chief Lance Roper said the event is open to the public, and he hopes the community and former firefighters, supporters and their families will drop in for the…

Business Security program Tuesday perfect for owners, employees

Clinton, SC  – Business owners may fear the day that their business is threatened, either by a disgruntled customer or potential thief, and on Tuesday evening, July 17,  a “Business Security” event will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  at the Higher Ed. Center, 663 Medical Ridge Rd., Clinton to help people know what…

Laurens County joins class-action opioid lawsuit

The Laurens County Council voted after executive session Tuesday at its regular meeting to join a class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that are being blamed in part for the rise in opioid addictions across the country. Spartanburg-based attorney John B. White invited the Laurens County to join in the class-action suit at its May 8…

Russian resigns to take job in Greenwood

Laurens County Director of Public Works Rob Russian officially announced his resignation Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the Laurens County Council. Russian has accepted a job as an engineer with Greenwood County. He is a resident of Ninety Six. “It’s going to feel weird to not make that turn and come over the…

2 arrested on warrants in Waterloo

A man wanted by the S.C. Highway Patrol and a Waterloo woman were arrested by state troopers and deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Sunday on Relax Street in Waterloo. Kristopher Damian Burton, 37, was arrested without incident after initially locking himself in a bedroom. He was taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center…

Car crashes into A Taste of Home restaurant

An elderly couple crashed a car into A Taste of Home restaurant Thursday afternoon. The restaurant has been closed for the week of July 4, and no one was injured. According to officials, the driver of the vehicle became confused and hit the accelerator instead of the break. The car lurched forward through the building’s glass…

Vigil held for slain Clinton toddler

When Chas Hayes prayed Sunday, sometimes pausing slightly in mid-sentence in search of words as the air hung heavy and humid with hints of rain, he prayed for justice. Hayes, associate pastor at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, was among some 50 people attending a vigil at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office for 2-year-old murder victim…

2 arrested in toddler’s murder, bond denied

A child’s mother and her boyfriend are being held in the Johnson Detention Center without bond after being charged in the beating death of her 2-year-old son Saturday morning on Country Lane in Clinton. Jessica Blake Smith, the child’s mother, and her boyfriend, William Ryan Looper, both face multiple charges stemming from their arrests. Laurens…

Fountain Inn woman killed, boyfriend arrested

A domestic-violence incident turned deadly Sunday afternoon when a woman was allegedly shot and killed by her boyfriend in northern Laurens County. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 call to Tullyton Drive in Fountain Inn and found the body of Faith Elizabeth Garza, 24, in a camper where she died of an…