LCSO deputy charged with domestic violence

A Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave without pay after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in neighboring Greenwood County. Sgt. Jeremy McMahan was arrested Saturday night by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office and charged with second-degree domestic violence. He was transported to the Greenwood County Detention Center and has…

Clinton Middle School Academic Team wins state title again

For the second year in a row, Clinton Middle School has won the South Carolina Academic Challenge, the term for the academic team competition, in Camden earlier today, Thursday, March 16. CMS defeated Camden Middle School by a score of 41-26 in the semifinals, and then won against Indian Land Middle School with a score…

Ware Shoals schools receive threats

  Law enforcement officers from Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville and Ware Shoals were on hand Tuesday morning as the bell rang for classes at Ware Shoals District 51 Schools. For the second time in a matter of days, threats of violence were made against the schools online. Three people are now under arrest in the Greenwood…

Suspect in domestic incident in custody

A suspect in a domestic violence incident Sunday, March 12 morning in Laurens turned himself into Laurens Police Friday, March 17. Antonio Marquiese Hunter, of Garlington Street in Laurens, allegedly fired a gun on Fleming Street before returning to his apartment on Garlington Road. Police followed Hunter to the apartment but were unable to locate him.…

Fire destroys Cross Hill home

Firefighters from Laurens and Greenwood counties responded to a mobile home fire near Cross Hill Thursday afternoon, but were unable to save the structure. According to Laurens County Director of Fire Services Greg Lindley, the residents at 66 South Drive in Cross Hill were at home, but uninjured in the blaze. A cause of the…

Fountain Inn woman dies from injuries in Feb. 17 wreck

A Fountain Inn woman died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a Feb. 17 traffic accident on North Old Laurens Road. Hattie Anita Johnson, 50, of Boyd Street, Fountain Inn, was involved in a single-car accident about a mile north of Gray Court just before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. According to the S.C.…

Incumbents tossed in Clinton election, hold on in Laurens, CPW races

In a municipal election with contested races in three cities or towns, a low voter turnout of 12.75 percent was marked by upsets in at least a couple of races. Up against two contenders for her District 1 council seat in the City of Laurens, long-term incumbent Marian Miller held onto her seat with 57.78…

Bishop wins Cross Hill mayor race, Jones is top vote getter for council

Long-time Cross Hill town councilman Randy Bishop was elected the town’s mayor in Tuesday night’s election, which also seated two new council members along with two incumbents. Bishop defeated political newcomer Bobby Kersey, 69-10, earning 85.2 percent of the mayoral vote. Newcomer Beverly Lindsay Jones was the top vote getter among six people vying for…

Laurens man enters guilty plea on marriage fraud charges

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated on March 2 that Jason Bolt, 39, of Laurens, pled guilty on Feb. 27 in federal court in Florence, to Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence, accepted the plea and will…

Waterloo principal moved to district post

Waterloo Elementary School Principal Taria McIntosh (nee Taria Stokes) is being transferred to a district-level position effective for the remainder of the school year, according to a press release Friday afternoon from Laurens School District 55. Jennifer Abercrombie, who is currently assistant principal at E.B. Morse Elementary will take over as interim principal at Waterloo.…