Sundance fans give ‘Burden’ top Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film

At this past week’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, “Burden,” the movie which tells a story from a specific Laurens event in the 1990s, was the winner of the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic films. Presented by Acura, it was the top audience award winner among the top 16 U.S. Dramatic films in the festival competition. Directed…

Laurens man arrested in child porn case

A state-level investigation ended Thursday with the arrest of a Laurens man on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators with the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and an Internet Crimes Against Children unit contacted the Laurens Police Department identified Donald Ruff of Laurens as a suspect in a child-pornography case. State agents met with…

Laurens’ 1990s story, ‘Burden’ among top dramas at Sundance Film Fest

Laurens, SC – Rev. David Kennedy of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens left this morning to be in Utah in time to see the Sundance Film Festival’s final showings of “Burden” the film which is among the 16 films in the U.S. Dramatic Film Competition. Starring Forest Whitaker as Kennedy and Garrett Hedlund in the…

LCSO makes arrest in animal abuse case

A Simpsonville man is in the Johnson Detention Center in connection with a case of animal abuse in Gray Court investigated by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Two dogs were found starved to death and three others malnourished on an empty lot in Gray Court. Sylvester Antonio Bolden, of Terriblewood Drive in Simpsonville, was charged with…

District 55 registration for new students delayed

With inclement weather resulting in school closings last week, Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD55) has issued revised dates for new student registration. Any student who will be attending school in LCSD55 for the first time for the 2018-2019 school year should be registered. Registration will be held at schools on Jan. 24 from 8:30…

Laurens Police partners for additional K9 training

The City of Laurens Police Department went sniffing around for a working partnership for its K9 Unit and found one nearby with Woodruff. Laurens Police agreed to a “memorandum of understanding” with the Woodruff Police Department so that the two agency’s K9 Units can easily work and train together. Laurens Police currently has three K9…

LCSO deputy shoots car-theft suspect in Woodruff

An alleged vehicle theft and chase led to the suspect in the theft being shot by an off-duty Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputy Sunday morning in Woodruff. A report of a stolen pickup truck from Kellett’s Quick Stop on S.C. Highway 101 in Gray Court came into Laurens County Dispatch early Sunday morning. The truck…

Suspect found, arrested in shooting incident

A two-day manhunt for a Gray Court shooting suspect by Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies came to an end Friday afternoon when Andrew Christopher Eaton was taken into custody. According to LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder, Eaton was arrested at a residence on Georgia Road in Gray Court. Reeder said LCSO investigators were working with…

City of Clinton offers Warming Station for residents impacted by Thursday’s power outage

Clinton, SC  – City of Clinton Electrical crews have been working since 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 18, to restore power to parts of Clinton due to problems associated with an equipment failure in the city’s substation. Crews have been able to reduce outage numbers significantly; however, the remainding outages in the southwest part of the city are…

Gray Court-Owings School raising funds to help family

The holiday season, with all its joy and wonder, can also be a tragic time for some. That is especially true for four students from Gray Court-Owings School and their family. Their holiday season brought with it the loss of their home in a devastating fire. The fire that destroyed that home is among a…