Inabinet remembered as judge, friend

Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet was remembered this week as a dedicated and valued part of the county’s judicial system. Inabinet, 62, died Friday following a medical episode in Laurens. She was driving her vehicle on Highway 221 North at Chestnut extension when she suffered the episode around 1:30 p.m. She pulled to the…

Judge dies following medical episode while driving

The Laurens Police Department said a medical episode led to the death of Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet Friday afternoon. A text from LPD Chief Chrissie Cofield said that Inabinet was driving on U.S. Highway 221 North at Chestnut Extension when the episode occurred around 1:30 p.m. Inabinet pulled to the side of the…

June 1 guided battlefield hike at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

At 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 1, a guided hike of the battlefield trail will be offered at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton, off U.S. Hwy. 56 at 398 State Park Rd, Clinton. The Battle of Musgrove’s Mill, which occurred on August 19th, 1780, was a vital turning point in the Patriot’s fight for…

R&B, Motown highlight downtown Laurens, May 31 Finally Friday!

Main Street Laurens has mapped out plans for its May Finally Friday, which will take place Friday night, May 31, and feature the music of Soulified 7, a Greenville-based band which performs pop, rhythm and blues, and Motown. “They performed a couple of weeks ago at Spartanburg’s Spring Fling, and they’ve performed at events in…

Public invited to June 1 National Trails Day, Lake Rabon

The first Laurens County Trails Day Celebration will be held on National Trails Day, June 1, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lake Rabon Park located on SC Highway 252 at 647 Lake Rabon Drive eight miles west of Laurens. The Laurens County Trails Association, host of the event, will extend a welcome and…

County council candidate forum set for Thursday

The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and the Laurens County Farm Bureau are hosting a forum for the two candidates seeking the vacant District 4 seat on Laurens County Council. The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Farm Bureau, 726 East Main Street in Laurens. Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson are seeking…

Child abuse nets Clinton woman 15 years

A Clinton woman received a 15-year prison sentence Thursday afternoon in 8th Circuit General Sessions Court for abusing her infant son. Erica Shunta Kelley, 25, pleaded guilty to inflicting great bodily injury on a child. Judge Allison Lee then handed down the 15-year sentence – close to the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.…

Laurens man killed in Highway 221 crash

A Laurens man was killed on U.S. Highway 221 Friday after striking a tractor near Old Switzer Road in Spartanburg County. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Steven William Oliver, Sr., 67, hit the tractor from behind at 6:10 p.m. while driving a 2015 Lexus. Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene of the…

Garrett, Patterson vying for vacant council seat

The special election to replace Stewart Jones on the Laurens County Council will be an all-GOP affair this summer. Jennifer Garrett and W. Brown Patterson, Jr. both filed as Republicans to seek the District 4 seat on council vacated by Jones. The weeklong filing period ended Saturday at noon. The Republican Primary is scheduled for…

Local schools set for busy graduation schedule

Mortarboards are flying through the air as May winds to a close and June arrives with graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2019 and related events throughout the county. Laurens District 55 and Clinton high schools have their respective graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, while Laurens County’s two private schools…