CPW gets DHEC approval and begins treatment as geosmin levels rise

  Laurens, South Carolina – Tuesday morning the water treatment staff at the Laurens Commission of Public Works were finally given approval by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to add Earth Tech, the first of its planned treatment systems to decrease the high geosmin levels in the water coming in from Lake Rabon.…

2 arrests made in Dodge murder case

Two Gaffney men have been arrested in connection with the July 20 execution-style murder of a woman in Laurens County. Brandon Lee Phillips, 34, and Billy Wayne Ruppe, 53, face accessory and conspiracy charges related to the murder of Michelle Marie Dodge. Dodge’s body was found in a rural area off of McDaniel Road near…

District 55 to require clear bags for events

A new policy requiring clear bags for athletic and other events at some Laurens District 55 schools will be in place when the academic year begins later this month. In a release, District 55 officials said the move to require the clear bags is over safety concerns. “The new procedure is similar to those already…

County bond proposal passes first reading

The Laurens County Council voted unanimously at its July 23 meeting to approve first reading on a $4 million bond to finance repairs at the Historic County Courthouse and the county offices and judicial complex at Hillcrest. In addition to the $4 million for those projects, County Attorney Sandy Cruickshanks recommended to council members that…

Missing Hickory Tavern man found deceased

The search for an elderly Hickory Tavern man ended sadly Sunday near his home. Eugene “Gene” William Reed, known as “Mr. Gene” to many of his Hickory Tavern neighbors, went missing Saturday morning. His body was discovered around noon Sunday a short distance from his home on Highway 76 West, according to the Laurens County…

Family friendly Friday activities downtown Laurens tonight

Laurens, South Carolina – Main Street Laurens is offering  two more Finally Fridays! this summer, and the July session starts off tonight, July 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., with children’s bicycle safety classes offered by the Laurens Police Department right on the Public Square, Laurens. There will also be free watermelon slices until they last,…

Laurens Main Street hosts Finally Friday, national representatives

While Main Street Laurens has been busy this summer with the Downtown Farmers Market and its Finally Friday! summer series, its pivotal role is economic development of the historic district and its acceptance for a pilot program in South Carolina will help that happen in Laurens. There are two more Finally Fridays this summer, and…

Geosmin woes: Laurens CPW offers water quality update

Laurens, South Carolina – High levels of geosmin in Lake Rabon  are still affecting the smell and taste of water for Laurens Commission of Public Works and Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission customers. While Lake Rabon is owned and maintained by LCWSC, the CPW water treatment staff is tasked with identifying a process to treat the geosmin,…

Plea deal reached in 2007 Clinton killing

The suspect in the 2007 killing of a Clinton teenager pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in 8th Circuit Court at the Hillcrest Judicial Complex. Maurice Jermaine Langford, 31, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Sylvester Brown, 18, in 2007. Brown and Langford grew up together in Clinton. Langford was 19 at…

Murder victim’s car found in Cherokee County

The vehicle sought by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a murder investigation was found Tuesday night in Cherokee County. The 2006 Dodge Charger was discovered abandoned in a wooded area around 7:20 p.m. Investigators from Cherokee County said they believe whoever abandoned the vehicle along Wolf Den Lane was trying to either set it…