Audit: No illegalities in county’s credit card charges

Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime said Tuesday an audit of credit card usage by county employees uncovered no evidence of fraud, but the county will be revising some of its spending policies and procedures. Caime was to present a report on the audit to the Laurens County Council Tuesday at its regular meeting. Questions concerning…

Motorcyclist killed in Cross Hill accident

A motorcyclist from Greenwood was struck and killed Tuesday morning while traveling on Highway 72 in Cross Hill. Justin Perrin Justice, 36, of Greenwood, was died at the scene of the accident near Gables Drive, according to Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek. He was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m. from multiple blunt-force injuries. Cheek said…

District 55 candidates focus on discipline, safety

Candidates seeking seats on the Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees shared some common themes at a forum Thursday night at the Laurens Y. Discipline and school safety were among the subjects addressed most often by the four candidates who participated in the forum, which was hosted by the Laurens County Tea Party…

Laurens County’s leash-free dog park will honor Emilie G. Marchant

Press release, Laurens County, S.C. – Laurens County will now have a leash-free dog park that will honor the life of a former Clinton resident, the late Emilie G. Marchant.      Her husband, Dr. T. Eston “Bud” Marchant, is making the establishment of the leash-free dog park at Laurens County Park possible through a generous donation.…

Family Promise puts the FUN in Saturday fundraiser

Laurens, S.C. – A bed race on the Historic Downtown Square in Laurens will likely bring a lot of laughs this Saturday morning, Sep. 29 as teams push decorated beds around a temporary racetrack. Planners for the unusual event hope it also brings in a good bit of funding for the non-profit organization Family Promise, which is using…

8th Circuit to seek death penalty in toddler’s murder

The man accused of sexually assaulting and beating a small boy to death this past June could face the death penalty. Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo and Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds released a joint statement Tuesday morning that prosecutors will seek the death penalty against William Ryan Looper for the June 30 murder of…

LCSO seeking suspects in robberies, car theft

Investigators from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information from the public on two recent thefts, one in Hickory Tavern and the other in Clinton. On Monday, LCSO deputies investigated a break-in at 3S International on Neely Ferry Road in Hickory Tavern. According to the LCSO, the perpetrators broke into the business and stole…

Alleged owner of ‘Courage’ found, arrested

The Gray Court man accused of leaving a dog to starve on a chain in a wooded area in Gray Court was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges. Michael Christopher Yeargin was booked into the Johnson Detention Center, charged with ill-treatment of animals and has since been released on bond. Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s…

County, state brace for Hurricane Florence

Laurens County Swift Water Response Team headed to coast While parts of the state continue to brace for Hurricane Florence, which is due to hit the South and North Carolina coastlines late Thursday night, a group of local firefighters will be heading into the storm. Eight members of the Laurens County Swift Water Response Team…

LCSO seeking suspect in animal cruelty case

Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are seeking a Gray Court man in connection with a case of animal cruelty. “Courage,” a pit bull terrier mix, was found by deputies in response to a call from a person in the Carriage Farms Court area of Gray Court. The dog was found nearly starved to…