Sheriff denounces actions of Laurens Hospital staff after sexual assault

  Staff at the Laurens County Memorial Hospital raised the ire of Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds after doctors and nurses failed to collect evidence from a rape victim this past Thursday. According to a release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) was not on duty to perform the…

Former District 56 employee faces charges for ‘pornographic’ message

  A former employee of Laurens County District 56 has been charged by Clinton Public Safety with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly sending pornographic images to a 16-year-old student’s cell phone. Roddy Tykee King, 22, a former substitute teacher at Clinton High School and special-education teacher’s aid at Eastside Elementary, was…

Laurens man charged with attempted murder

A Laurens man is in the Johnson Detention Center charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to run down someone with his vehicle. Eddie Gene Bagwell, 46, of Laurens, was arrested Friday afternoon by Laurens Police officers and charged with attempted murder and breach of peace aggravated in nature. According to the incident report, witnesses and the…

3 arrested in LPD stolen-vehicle case

Three people were arrested Monday by Laurens Police in connection with a stolen vehicle out of Waynesville, N.C. Nathaniel Shane Davis, of Weaverville, N.C., and Keisha Lashae Moore, of Asheville, N.C. were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis was also charged with damaging state property for…

Museum retires debt on collection

  The Laurens County Museum celebrated its final payment on the Native American artifact collection of Dr. Robert Crawford with a drop-in reception Thursday night at the museum. The collection includes more than 8,000 artifacts collected over more than 70 years by Crawford and joins a similar collection held by the museum donated by S.C.…

June 30 Finally Friday! rescheduled

The rains have cleared out this afternoon, but another threat of rain this evening prompted Main Street Laurens to reschedule tonight’s Finally Friday! and the “Sweet Tea Soiree,” both of which had been set for tonight, June 30. Main Street has rescheduled the Sweet Tea Soiree and the featured musicians and singers, soulful gospel group…

Thursday through July 4th weekend heats up with holiday music, events

The recent weather may have given Upstate residents a little break from the heat, but summer is heating up with activities and plenty of music, from party bands to gospel, as Laurens County heads into a long holiday weekend. Clinton gets the holiday celebration going with music at 7 p.m. this Thursday, June 29, as…

Windy City: GE locating facility in Clinton

A second sizable investment in the renewable-energy sector is being made in Laurens County. General Electric announced a $29 million facility to be located at Clinton’s I-26 Commerce Park that will focus on “onshore wind technologies.” The facility, which was dubbed “Project Windy” by local officials, will test prototype-bearing designs and evaluate next-generation bearing technology…

Foster family info session Tuesday

Anyone who has considered the possibility of becoming a foster parent is encouraged to attend a one-hour informational meeting in Clinton this Tuesday evening, June 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. Located at the Heritage Fellowship Church, 305 East Main Street in downtown Clinton, the meeting has been organized by Jonathon Sampson, a recruiter for…

Miss LC Teen and Miss LC in pageant weekend

The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageants will continue tonight, Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m., following the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant which was held last night. Miss Laurens County Teen Kathryn Tribble of Laurens, pictured, right,  was among the top 17 young women who made it into the first round in the finals of…