Community, Rice Fund helps first-responder family after fire

January 20, 2021

  New Year’s Day is normally a day filled with hope for a coming year, but for a local law-enforcement couple the holiday turned tragic. Clinton Police Officer Cody Heithold and fiancé Mary Moss, who works with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, and son Eli lost everything in a house fire. “We are having to…

Laurens Handee Mart robbed at gunpoint, LPD investigates

January 20, 2021

Laurens Police are seeking two suspects in an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at the Laurens Handee Mart at the corner of Church Street and Anderson Drive. Officers responded to a call from the convenience store around 5 p.m. Monday. According to Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Lattimore, two suspects entered the store armed with…

Prisma gains staffing help through collaboration with state agencies, S.C. National Guard

January 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 Clinton, S.C. –   Like other hospitals across the Upstate of South Carolina, Prisma Health Laurens County is feeling the squeeze caused by the high numbers of COVID-19 patients, and four South Carolina National Guard medics have already been assisting at the local hospital. “Prisma Health is experiencing the effects of extreme…

Older Joanna, Cross Hill fire trucks headed to Belize

January 13, 2021

The words, “Long live the brotherhood,” are written in script on one of the Joanna Volunteer Fire Department’s trucks, and it’s something Chief Robert Plaxico takes to heart. “I truly believe that,” Plaxico said, pointing to the words on the truck. “That’s what it’s about – just trying to help people.” So, it may be…

Patterson, Carroll tapped to lead county council

January 13, 2021

A newly constituted Laurens County Council met for the first time in 2021 Tuesday night and chose new leadership as the first order of business. Brown Patterson, who won a special election to replace Stewart Jones as councilman in District 4 in 2019, was elected as chairman. Patterson replaces former council chair David Pitts. Pitts…

State says residents 70 and older may get vaccine by appointment

January 11, 2021

According to a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) press release Monday afternoon, South Carolinians aged 70 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning Jan. 13. The press release follows: Governor Henry McMaster and the  (DHEC) announced that beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older, regardless…

Prisma Health restricts ‘broad visitation’ starting this weekend

January 8, 2021

 Prisma Health released information Friday afternoon explaining that patient visitation will be restricted effective Saturday, Jan. 9, in the wake of a growing surge of COVID-19 infections across South Carolina. The restrictions are system-wide for Prisma Health facilities, including the Prisma Health Laurens County Campus. “We know that being with families is itself a healing therapy and…

“Dire” COVID surge creates challenges for Prisma Health Laurens Hospital

January 7, 2021

In a Thursday evening, Jan. 7, called meeting of the Prisma Health Laurens County board, Regional Chief Operating Officer Justin Benfield explained plans to add beds to enable Laurens to serve as a “surge unit,” but he said that already “the situation with COVID is real. It’s dire.” The Prisma Health Laurens County Hospital has…

County schools go virtual again, court closes due to COVID spike

January 6, 2021

Leaders from both Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 have chosen to return to remote learning following the Christmas holidays due to a continuing surge locally in cases of COVID-19. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Tuesday that Laurens County has recorded 671 positive cases over the past two…

Separate wrecks shut down highways

January 6, 2021

A Greenwood man was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 221 south of Laurens near Cold Point Monday afternoon that caused the closure of the main highway between Laurens and Greenwood for several hours. Another incident on I-26 at Highway 49 (Exit 44), caused I-26 to be shut down in both directions. In that…