Forestry Commission issues burning ban for Upstate

COLUMBIA—The South Carolina Forestry Commission has expanded its State Forester’s Burning Ban from five Upstate counties to all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m. The counties covered by the ban include Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York. State Forester Gene Kodama…

Rural precincts carry Reynolds to victory

By Cory Engle cengle@lcadvertiser.com With all precincts reporting in about two hours after polls closed, Don Reynolds won the race to be the next sheriff of Laurens County, beating petition candidate Stephane Williams by almost 3,000 votes. Turnout was good on Tuesday, with over two thirds of registered voters in the county casting ballots. Of…

Gas price hike expected following pipeline fire

By Cory Engle cengle@lcadvertiser.com Drivers should expect to see a small jump in gas prices over the next few days after an accident at the Colonial Pipeline in Georgia Monday forced the closure of one of South Carolina’s main arteries for petroleum products. According to a press release from Colonial Pipeline, a crew working on…

Franks gets 45 years for double murder

By Cory Engle cengle@lcadvertiser.com   A Cross Hill man was sentenced to 45 years in prison this week, after a jury found him guilty of a double homicide in early 2014. Circuit Judge Frank R. Addy, Jr. handed down the sentence Friday, after three days of testimony in the trial of the State vs. Deshanndon…