Long lost LDHS class ring returned to Neely family

A package holding a treasure was on its way to Laurens native Teri Irby and her family this past weekend. The Laurens District High School class ring belonging to Irby’s father, Stan Neely, had been lost years ago and thought to be gone forever. “He mentioned it quite a few times,” Irby said. “When I…

Traffic deaths rise in county once again

The year 2018 was barely a month old when a tragic accident on Highway 221 in Laurens claimed four lives, including those of a Laurens man and three teenagers from Union County. That three-car crash on Sunday morning proved to be a carryover from a deadly 2017 on Laurens County’s roads and highways and a…

Fire destroys Ware Shoals home, family assistance needed

A Ware Shoals family of seven lost all their possessions and the family dog was killed in a house fire that gutted their residence on North Greenwood Avenue Extension early Saturday afternoon. Ware Shoals Fire-Rescue is working to help the family – Jorge Sanchez, Amanda Altman and their five children. The family moved to Ware…

Lexington man killed in I-26 wreck

A Lexington man was killed early Saturday morning in a two-car accident on I-26 in Laurens County. Patrick Nathaniel Davis, 36, succumbed to injuries at the scene of the accident at 1:55 a.m., according to the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. He died as a result of blunt-force trauma. The accident occurred near mile marker 46,…

Senn to challenge Stankus for Laurens mayor

Laurens attorney Nathan Senn launched his campaign for mayor of Laurens Friday afternoon and will challenge incumbent John Stankus in the upcoming municipal election in March. “I made the decision to run for mayor because I believe that we are at a turning point,” Senn said in a release. “With strong leadership and by making…

Former substitute teacher arrested for soliciting minor

A former substitute teacher at Ford Elementary School remained in the Johnson Detention Center Monday after being arrested for soliciting a Ford student for sex. Michael Bernard Bunner, 66, was arrested and charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor. According to reports from the Laurens…

3rd candidate joins GOP field for District 14 seat

A third Laurens County Republican has announced his candidacy for the South Carolina House of Representatives seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens). Michael Seymour, who ran against Pitts for the District 14 GOP nomination in 2002, said he once again plans to seek the Republican nomination. “First and foremost, I want…

Laurens County ranked 2nd in GDP growth

A federal study has Laurens County listed among the top counties in the U.S. for recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released statistics this past week that positioned Laurens County second among all counties nationwide in GDP growth in terms of…

Woman to face felony charges in ‘Champ’ case

The Laurens woman charged with starving her former boyfriend’s dog nearly to death will face felony animal abuse charges, according to the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. A grand jury returned an indictment on felony charges Monday afternoon, said 8th Circuit spokesman Brian King. Elizabeth Lena James was arrested in August by Laurens County Sheriff’s Office…

Horne, Jones declare to run for District 14 seat

Republican County Councilman Stewart Jones announced his candidacy for the South Carolina House of Representatives in a social media post Monday, becoming the first to publicly declare for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens). Ware Shoals businessman Scott Horne, also a Republican, announced his candidacy Tuesday morning, also on social media. Pitts announced…