County Council approves FY 2018-19 budget

The months-long process of creating and finalizing the Laurens County budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year came to a close Tuesday night as the Laurens County Council held third and final reading on the proposed budget. After a time for public comment, council finalized the budget, which came in at more than $23 million, on third…

County struggles with CDL driver needs

Signs near industrialized areas of Greenville and Spartanburg counties are attempting to attract truck drivers as manufacturing and construction booms in the region. While those businesses are flourishing, they are also attracting qualified drivers away from Laurens County is hampering the county’s ability to provide needed services, especially in more rural areas. Truckers with commercial…

Laurens County magistrate arrested in Donalds pot bust

A Laurens County magistrate was arrested Tuesday in the Donalds area of Abbeville County along with another Laurens man in connection with a marijuana-growing operation. Mareno Cyrus Foggie, 38, and Jonathan O’Neal Grant, 36, were charged with manufacturing marijuana at a property in Donalds owned by Foggie, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division…

LCDC: New tenant coming to Hunter Industrial Park

By John Clayton, Editor Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Jonathan Coleman told members of the corporation’s board Tuesday that a new tenant has signed on with Hunter Industrial Park. “We have a letter of intent from a new company at Hunter,” Coleman said at the LCDC regular board meeting. Coleman said he could not…

Hickory Tavern Fire Dept. to celebrate 40 years

By John Clayton, Editor The Hickory Tavern Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 40th-anniversary celebration Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the fire station. Hickory Tavern Fire Chief Lance Roper said the event is open to the public, and he hopes the community and former firefighters, supporters and their families will drop in for the…

Business Security program Tuesday perfect for owners, employees

Clinton, SC  – Business owners may fear the day that their business is threatened, either by a disgruntled customer or potential thief, and on Tuesday evening, July 17,  a “Business Security” event will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  at the Higher Ed. Center, 663 Medical Ridge Rd., Clinton to help people know what…

Laurens County joins class-action opioid lawsuit

The Laurens County Council voted after executive session Tuesday at its regular meeting to join a class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that are being blamed in part for the rise in opioid addictions across the country. Spartanburg-based attorney John B. White invited the Laurens County to join in the class-action suit at its May 8…

Russian resigns to take job in Greenwood

Laurens County Director of Public Works Rob Russian officially announced his resignation Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the Laurens County Council. Russian has accepted a job as an engineer with Greenwood County. He is a resident of Ninety Six. “It’s going to feel weird to not make that turn and come over the…

2 arrested on warrants in Waterloo

A man wanted by the S.C. Highway Patrol and a Waterloo woman were arrested by state troopers and deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Sunday on Relax Street in Waterloo. Kristopher Damian Burton, 37, was arrested without incident after initially locking himself in a bedroom. He was taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center…

Car crashes into A Taste of Home restaurant

An elderly couple crashed a car into A Taste of Home restaurant Thursday afternoon. The restaurant has been closed for the week of July 4, and no one was injured. According to officials, the driver of the vehicle became confused and hit the accelerator instead of the break. The car lurched forward through the building’s glass…